Monday, December 11, 2023

Settlements and Sites of the Four City-States #344

Settlements and Sites of the Four City-States #344 

December 11th, 2023 

  • Number: 344 

  • Name:  Deep Dive of Subjects of Interest: Warriors of the Wastelands – Part 1 

  • Location: The Wastelands 

  • Population (approx.): Varies but likely 1. 

  • Brief: Five centuries the founding of the City-State of Carasta by the Guild Collegium signaled the beginning of the end of the Ta’arnan Empire. It was swiftly followed by the retreat of the Legions and the formation of Noldrune, Ceannar and finally Taodeas. Scattered forces attempted, over the following years, to retake the north but each succeeding attempt was weaker than the one before it. The dreams of empire building faded, and thoughts of reality and recovery came to the fore. In the present day, the Wastelands are a region in recovery with over a third of the land now part of small new City-States, existing Clan or Tribal holdings, or areas controlled by external forces (such as the Guilds) or internal forces of unknown origin (the Tinker King). 

  • In between these holdings, the Wastelands remains true to its name. Areas of abandoned civilization full of ruins and stretches of bare land ravaged by monsters or savaged by essence storms spawned by concentrated use of magics in rituals or battle centuries ago. Outside the patrolled areas of the newly formed City-States, travelers walk the wilderness. These Kin might be hunting, wandering, adventuring, questing or simply on the run, be them heroes or villains, the Wastelands are simply a means to get to a different destination for few calls it home. 

  • Geography: The largest area of wilderness (A) is the land between the Afale Maug to the west and the Ulu Maug to the east, featuring the dangers of the Rolling Green (#101) and Ulono Atu – City of Six Curses (#204). The west coast along the Arvach Ocean (B), east of the lands of the Tinker King (#174) features the debris-strewn L ost Coast (#64). A narrow band of the Ulu Maug (C) south of Clan Ironback (#67) and north of the Severed Churches (#172) remains untamed. And in the northeast corner of Taodeas (D), most avoid the wild lands of the north-eastern Mu Ono Desert east of the lands of the Saut Tribe (#161), south of the Dismal Marsh (#274) and west of Guild Watch (#170). 

  • Next Article: Over the course of this week, we’ll present some of the notable people that one might encounter while wandering about the Wastelands. 

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