Monday, December 18, 2023

Settlements and Sites of the Four City-States #351


Settlements and Sites of the Four City-States #351 

December 18th, 2023 

  • Number: 351 

  • Name:  Deep Dive of a Site and Persons Therein of of Interest: TriCounty Fairgrounds – Part 1 

  • Location: Corner of Counties Berian, Claid and Ulste in the City-State of Noldrune 

  • Population (approx.): 275 (Fair staff), 511 (Village of Fairwell) 

  • Brief: The passage of time as Aenwyld orbits the Sun and the weather and seasons change, is marked differently across the globe. The Houses of Noldrune brought with them the calendar of the northern realms as they moved south. The year is divided into parts marked by four days of celebration; the first being “First Bud” when plants return to life and spring begins; the second being “First Heat” when the sun grows hot in the skies and summer begins; the third being “First Harvest” when crops are culled, and fall begins and lastly; “First Frost” when ice encrusts the land and winter begins. The people hold festivals to celebrate each event in the cycle of seasons. In the City-State of Noldrune, the largest permanent festival site is the TriCounty Fairgrounds. As well as the four festivals, the fairgrounds host all manner of major events (sporting, crafting, entertainment and religious), minor celebrations and year-round vendors, food stalls, games of change and displays of interest. 

  • Geography: About 450 years ago, as the City-State of Noldrune forged itself from the shattered pieces of the Ta’arnan Empire, representative of three Houses, Berian, Claid and Ulste, met in a large open stretch of land to set the borders between the three notional Counties. The tents used for negotiations remained at the site to be used for celebrations of Statehood. Then for religious ceremonies. As the next festival came about, the site was essentially a permanent hub for events and became known as the TriCounty Fairgrounds. The fair sits on a spur of the main north-south highway (from Claid Castle (#142) to the border with Taodeas) that leads westward to Berian Manor (#145) and beyond to Lake Loloto Pogisa. It includes permanent structures (the great event tent, the vendor booths, food stalls and competition fields) and temporary constructions (for camping, parking, and minor event tents). Along the highway a small town, Fairwell, has grown to support the site. 

  • Next Article: Over the course of this week, we’ll present some of the notable people that one might encounter when attending the events and festivals at the Fairgrounds. 

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