Wednesday, November 8, 2023

Settlements and Sites of the Four City-States #311

Settlements and Sites of the Four City-States #311 

November 8th, 2023 

  • Number: 311 

  • Name: Deep Dive on an Area of Interest:  The Journey to Rest – Part 3 

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

  • Population (approx.): 2 (A cave along the Segnem River) 

  • Brief: Garett, after ensuring that not a speck of living green could be found in the ashes of the weedthralls, gathered his gear, made his farewells (with the usual assurances of his planned return) and headed south along the Segnem River. Half a day later, as the sun edged toward the western horizon, the tracker spotted a small sailboat abandoned on the far shore of the river. Backtracking, Garett forded the Segnem, approached and recognized the vessel as the sailing dinghy of his Macadam cousin, Jarod the Magician. 

  • Jarod Bearstride, 48, is a male Human Mage who is a cousin of Garett Macadam. He is short and has a gut that overhangs his leggings. His black hair is always messy, but his smile is quite disarming. Besides the leggings, Jarod wears multi-colored tunics that may have a bit of yesterday's lunch on them. Jarod uses an ornate oaken staff that adds to his magical ability. 

  • Jarod occasionally works as a mage for the Macadam family. He knows various spells having one for just about any occasion. Currently, he is stuck in a cave with one of Garett's bear friends, Rocky. They are fending off weedthralls with claws, spells and a temporary barricade. Jarod hopes some aid will come soon as he is running low on spells. 

  • Jarod lives in Segnem Falls and has cast some enchantments to help protect the town. He has a house on the outskirts and lives there with his wife, Celina, 44, female Human. She cares for their four children, Carlotta, girl 12, Minta, girl 11, Jahn, boy 9, and Sandon, boy 5. Jarod is a whittler in his spare time and makes toys for the children. He is also religious and attends local church ceremonies whenever he can. 

  • A trail of broken foliage and deep shuffling footprints leads inland from the damaged boat down a familiar game trail. Soon Garett is outside of Rocky’s den, concealed from view, and lets fly with a flaming signal arrow that brightens the cave’s darkness for Jaron and the bear. Working together they quickly dispatch and destroy this second spawning of weedthralls. Catching his breath, Jarod relates encountering the undead as he was fishing the Segnem. He concurs some is terribly wrong and agrees to accompany Garett and Rocky further south, but after a rest perhaps. Garett frowns but nods at the sense of it, so the three rest for the night in the cave and depart the next day. 

  • Geography: The Segnem River flows from the south of Segnem Falls, surrounded by small woods mixed with hilly terrain, fed by numerous brooks and creeks. Rocky’s den (location 2 see below) is about 15 miles south of Segnem Falls on the east side of the river. Jarod’s home in Segnem Falls (location 1) is near Garett’s but within the enchanted palisade. 

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