Sunday, October 29, 2023

Settlements and Sites of the Four City-States #301

Settlements and Sites of the Four City-States #301 

October 29th, 2023 

  • Number: 301 

  • Name: Deep Dive on a Site of Interest:  Skyfall – Part 7 

  • Location: Eastern coast of the City-State of Taodeas along the Sea of Hethichol 

  • Population (approx.): 151 (Felka Cove) 

  • Brief: Cooperation. The expedition cooperates to break camp, pack up Nisberra’s forge, collect and separately store various samples of rock, flora and fauna. They then begin the return trip to Felka Cove. The hike, slowed by the broken landscape and the wait for low tide, takes more than a day, the expedition returning to the settlement late in the evening. Despite most in town being early risers, a small anxious crowd is present for their arrival importantly including Ogden Ulbake, the most prominent and fortunately cooperative angler of the town’s fisherfolk. 

  • Ogden Ulbake, 33, male Human, is head of the Angler's Guild in Falka Cove. He is short and has prominent love handles. He shaves his head daily and uses products to prevent new hair growth. Ogden has a bum knee that prevents him from running but not fishing. He carries a cane/sword because it makes him feel daring. Ogden wears hose and a simple tunic most days but has a special outfit for Sunday worship.  

  • Ogden is one of the first to greet the returning party members. He looks at a fish sample and seems concerned it might not be edible. Ogden asks Brooke for the procedure for testing the properties of the fish and asks her to bless the fish. Jilrora, the town mayor, explains that we must do several days of testing before anyone eats any unique fish but that is not a concern at the moment and asks Ogden to summon all the local anglers. Once gathered, Ogden cautions all the anglers to throw back any fish that are glowing.  

  • Ogden lives in a comfortable house in town. His wife, Floretta, 28, female Humna, stays home to care for their five children. The children's names and ages are Insa, girl 12; Levi, boy 10; Amelia, girl 8; Darci, girl 5; and Leeroy, boy three. Floretta homeschools all the children and some of the neighborhood children. Ogden loves to carve wood and has made many toys for the children. He also hangs out with members of the guild at the Melting Heart Inn occasionally. 

  • Geography: What follows is an epic cooperative endeavor to sail the fishing fleet (a half dozen boats) from Felka Cover (location 1) through the infected water (location 3) to the above the meteorite (location 7). Harpoons, cables and nets, enchanted with protection by Brooke and Irakul, are guided by Nemes to the sea floor and secured in and about the strange alien stone. The Wizard hovers about the waters and swirls essence about the stone to lessen its weight allowing the boats, sailed and rowed, to slowly pull it from the silt and up to the surface. Irakul’s Grogs, Jilrora and Brooke cooperate to fend off sudden attacks by small sharks and other sea predators apparently trying to return the rock to the sea floor. Eventually the boats reach the shore near Felka Cova and drag the large gray and black stone, streaked with glows of yellow and green, onto the beach. From there, Irakul’s companions, waiting for the return, assist the Wizard in transporting it to a flat circle of bare brick-lined earth outside of the Tower (location 4). The Skyfall Stone, as locals call it, remains there to this day, subject to examination and experimentation but Irakul and visitors. 

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