Tuesday, November 14, 2023

Settlements and Sites of the Four City-States #316

Settlements and Sites of the Four City-States #316 

November 13th, 2023 

  • Number: 316 

  • Name: Deep Dive on an Area of Interest: Knights of the Borderlands – Part 1 

  • Location:  Northwest corner of County Macad in the City-State of Noldrune 

  • Population (approx.): Varies 

  • Brief: Once House Macad decided to join the City-State of Noldrune and then later the borders were settled with the City-States of Ceannar and Taodeas to the east and south, the famed Legionnaires of Macad had, for the first time in years, no wars to fight. Skirmishes continued, along the borders with Ceannar and Taodeas, and the Legions marched to assist Taodeas during the Plainswalker Wars, but the best training grounds for young Knights hoping to serve the County turned out to be hilly borders to the west and north. The hills, ridges, ravines and canyons concealed foes both human and monstrous. The region, commonly called the Borderlands, comprises about half of one of the three Viscounties of County Macad, Viscounty Ember. As House Macad was formed by the three Legionnaires of old, so the County is divided between three Viscounts, each a direct blood relative of the founding warriors. The Borderlands is home to a half-dozen notable small manors, homes to landed Knights in service to Viscount Ember. 

  • Geography: The Borderlands covers about 3,600 square miles of northwest County Macad, bounded by the Tuton Maug to the west and its northeastern spur to the north. The northwestern corner is near Outcrop (#111) the border between Counties Tolland and Macad being just south of the Dwarven village. The southeast corner is generally defined as Hemmeck Hill, which contains a spring, the source of the Ember River whose course leads it south to the Tauoi River. The region features hills mixed with both rough and level terrain, covered in flora ranging from grasslands to dense woods to thin scrub. The flora and fauna are typical for the region. 

  • Next Article: Over the course of this week, we’ll meet six notable landed Knights in service to Viscount Ember and House Macad. 

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