Tuesday, November 7, 2023

Settlements and Sites of the Four City-States #310

Settlements and Sites of the Four City-States #310 

November 7th, 2023 

  • Number: 310 

  • Name: Deep Dive on an Area of Interest:  The Journey to Rest – Part 2 

  • Location: Along the Segnem River between the Ulu Maug and the Danthas River in the Wastelands 

  • Population (approx.): 216 (Segnem Falls) 

  • Brief: Six years ago, one final tragedy struck the Macadams, leaving the old Count and Countess dead and the surviving children scattered across the region. Garett, 2nd son, his wife and family fled north and found themselves in Segnem Falls where the river meets the Danthas. They purchased a cabin on the outskirts of the village, refusing to exploit their prior station and settled down to a quiet life. One day, today in fact, a fisherman spotted a body drifting down the river toward the falls. Fearing a person in trouble, he waded into the waters and pulled a figure, wrapped in sickly green vines, to the shore. Before he could check for a pulse, the body lurched to its feet, throwing off its erstwhile rescuer, and stumbled toward Garett Macadam’s cabin. As the fisherman staggers to his feet, a second and then a third body rises from the waters and lurches inland. 

  • Garett Macadam, 32, male Human is a hunter. He is of average height and has a wiry build. He has light brown hair that he keeps short and serviceable. Garett has azure eyes and a soft smile. He wears a moss green hooded cowl along with leather pants. His leather doublet is a lighter green than the cowl. Garett uses a bow while hunting but usually walks with an exceptional staff that helps him detect animals nearby. He is capable, kind, and trustworthy. 

  • Garett learned to hunt from his father as a small child. As an adult, he has taken many roles for Segnem Falls, but now he guides the mayor about the health of the land and the flora and fauna on it. He still hunts daily and provides the venison and other meat for the Spicy Parsnip Inn and Restaurant. 

  • Garett's family is essential to him. His wife of ten years, Adreanna (Ade), 30, is female Human and all sweetness and light. She cares for their twin girls, Angela and Breanna, eight. They live in a cabin just outside of Segnem Falls. Garett's younger brother, Terrell, was his best friend for years. For years, they protected the Macadam lands to the south until something happened to Terrell, and he changed. Where once he was light, now he was dark. Garett eventually had to slay Terrell and buried him south along the river. Currently, something is happening. The local animals tell him that weedthralls (bodies animated by plants touched by Corruption) have come down the Segnem River to attack the town. 

  • So warned, Garett Macadam stands before his home, staff in hand. Behind him, Ade holds a container of lamp oil and a lit torch. Garett uses crushing blows to disable and down the weedthralls. Ade pours fuel upon them and sets the once dead alight, burning the weeds away and destroying the bodies. Other villagers, hearing the commotion, arrive and assist the Macadams in defeating a half-dozen undead in all. Terrible recognition comes to Garrett for these thralls were once minions used by his younger  brother Terrell in his time of madness. Turning to his wife, he says, “I must head south. These things targeted us. Something is amiss.” 

  • Geography: Segnem Falls (location 1 see below), as the name implies, can be found where the Segmen River tumbles into the Danthas River about 100 feet below. The village sits on a rise of flat ground, above the spring flood line, just west of the river. A wooden palisade runs in an arc from the Segmen to the Danthas, with most of the village inside. The Macadam house is southwest of the wall. 

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