Monday, October 9, 2023

Settlements and Sites of the Four City-States #281

Settlements and Sites of the Four City-States #281 

October 9th, 2023 

  • Number: 281 

  • Name:  Deep Dive on a Site of Interest: Tolfastun 

  • Location: Northwest Tuton Maug of Noldrune, southeast of Anum Taag 

  • Population (approx.): Varies per section 

  • Brief: Along the border of Anum Taag a lone hill sits in a clearing surrounded by the forest-covered hills of the Tuton Maug. Millenia ago someone, perhaps immediate descendants or early servant-Kin of the First Ones, constructed a grand complex about, above and below the hill. The three sections of the great building, named Tolfastun in a tongue lost to the passage of history, were designed to host Kin of the skies, of the ground and of the underground. Presently those three areas are home to Elves and Faeries of Anum Taag, Dwarves and other underground dwellers of Tuton Maug, and the rare Kin capable of flight in the skies over Noldrune. 

  • Geography: Tolfastun can be found on the southeastern border of Anum Taag (#37) in the depths of the Tuton Maug. The structure is composed of three sections, two of which can be seen from the surface. The topmost is a great citadel rising on top of the hill. Most of the walls feature wide openings serving as balconies for residents or landing pads for flight-capable travelers. Some of the passages connect to a great vertical chamber extending down through the other two sections. Residences fill the spaces between the outer and inner walls.  

  • The middle section is the hill which has been completely hollowed and rebuilt into a great structure of interconnected halls, chambers, malls many decorated with arrays of local flora and fauna. Flocks of birds regularly launch from inner atriums to the skies via the central chimney. The outer surface of the hill features rows of residences, their many windows looking out onto the forest. 

  • Below the surface, the lower section is an array of vaulted chambers and smaller caverns connected by tunnels and bridges that arch over the great central opening. Passageways radiate out through the underdark, connecting to distant caverns, natural or Kin-made. The central opening disappears into the depths, the chimney lit by the faint red glow of magma in the far far distance. 

  • Next Article: Over the course of this week, we’ll present some of the notable people, happenings and plot threads of Tolfastun. 

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