Thursday, November 16, 2023

Settlements and Sites of the Four City-States #318

Settlements and Sites of the Four City-States #318 

November 15th, 2023 

  • Number: 318 

  • Name: Deep Dive on an Area of Interest: Knights of the Borderlands – Part 3 

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

  • Population (approx.): 3137 (Peace Blossom Manor and surrounding tenants) 

  • Brief: Most manors in the City-State of Noldrune pass quietly from the deceased Lord or Knight to the eldest capable living relative, who then journeys to the castle of Viscount Ember in Emberton to present themselves at court and have their credentials acknowledged, formalizing the transition. There are rare instances when a manor is left without a suitable heir, and it falls to the Viscount to fill the position. They may grant the title to a notable or unlanded Knight with a significant service record, or perhaps one with great martial or magical potential or in this case, to a master craftsman with years of service and a rather specific secret set of skills greatly desired by the Viscount. 

  • Sir Tohim Fecklemickle, Lord of Peace Blossom Manor, 43, is a male Forest Gnome and a gifted tinkerer. He is short and has a thin body. His hands are small and delicate. Tohim has light brown skin, pointy ears, and burnt-orange hair. His eyes are coal black, and he wears glasses for close-up work. Tohim has a tattoo of a pair of dice on his left arm. He usually wears tan leggings, colorful jerkins, and a black tool belt. He wears a bandolier of several throwing daggers if he thinks there will be trouble. 

  • Tohim used to own The Dapper Tinkerer, a toy and gift shop in Emberton, the Royal seat of the Viscounty. Currently, he only takes special commissions from other nobility as approved by the Viscount. He became a lord of the Peace Blossom Manor because of his skill in creating toys. Most people don't know that Tohim works for House Macad making alchemical explosives.  

  • Tohim lives in the manor with his new wife, Daphiza, 40, female Gnome. Daphiza works as a seamstress and takes commissions from wealthy gnomes to make various types of clothes. Tohim has a secret complex of rooms in the depths of the manor house for building bombs that even Daphiza doesn't know about. He mainly works after she goes to sleep. A tunnel accessed by a trap door in the lowest level leads to the edge of his property. Materials come in, and explosives go out through the trap door. 

  • Geography: Peace Blossom Manor (location 2 see below) is just south and west of Narrowcreek Manor. It sits on the south shore of Blossom Brook which flows east into the Narrowcreek. The Lord’s estate is surrounded by the growing village of Brookview and covers about 360 square miles. Several years ago, the prior Lord, a Dwarf master miner, died without an heir. The land and the ornate and elaborately constructed Lord’s Manor House, with its substantial secret underground levels, was the perfect place for Sir Fecklemickle to continue his works in support of Viscount Ember. The sublevels and secret entrance are known only to the Knight, his mechanical apprentices and his contacts in the Noldrune Scouting Service (NSS). 

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