Tuesday, December 26, 2023

Settlements and Sites of the Four City-States #356

Settlements and Sites of the Four City-States #356 

December 26th, 2023 

  • Number: 356 

  • Name:  Deep Dive of Four Places of Interest: Starting Points – Part 1 

  • Location:  Across the four City-States 

  • Population (approx.): Varies 

  • Brief: As the concept of organized adventuring begins to spread across Aenwyld, we see the emergence in this era of supporting groups such as the Expeditionsgilde and the Adventurers’ Guild. But what causes young worthies to leave their current way of life for high risk vs. reward ratio of questing? Usually, it is due to some event rising out of the confluence of geography, history and society in their home settlements. Some sample starting places exist on the fringes of civilization as described herein: 

  • City-State of Carasta – Thicket is a logging and hunting settlement in the deep woods on the border between ordinary forest and the stranger and magical Feystone Woods. 

  • City-State of Ceannar – Seaview is a settlement on the sparsely populated southeast coast weathering the great storms of the Sea of Hethichol. 

  • City-State of Noldrune – Highland is a settlement in the foothills of the northern Tuton Maug where farmlands of the north coast give way to sparse scrub and conifers, home to herders, hunters and wild things. 

  • City-State of Taodeas – Rockport is a settlement along the cliffs of the southeast Lanu Maug where the natural and Kid-made entrances to the underdark tempt with potential of great wealth tempered with a chance of a quick death. 

  • Geography: 

  • City-State of Carasta – Thicket can be found well west of the City-State of Carasta, on the eastern border of the Elven-claimed Feystone Woods, and south of Feystone Approach (#24). Threats might drift out of the Ashen Expanse (#25) or perhaps even from the Sleeping Woods (#62). 

  • City-State of Ceannar – Seaview can be found along the southern coast of Cean County a distance from the main east-west highway. Threats might come from the Everfrozen Lake (#48) or creatures rumored to live on the sea floor to the south of the Haunted Spires (#11) 

  • City-State of Noldrune – Highland can be found in the northern hills of the Tuton Maug on the border of County Minneh. Threats might include the ancient, summoned entities of the Floodlands (#41) and bandits of Smugglers Way (#5) and Outcrop (#111) further east. 

  • City-State of Taodeas – Rockport can be found in the hills of the Lanu Maug, northwest of Blackstone Fortress (#15) and a bit south of west from Crossroads (#54), on the western edge of Gotasi Tribal lands. Threats might include creatures of the Gap (#19) and the unknown enemies in the Diabas Cathedral (#125). 

  • Next Article: Over the course of this week, we’ll present four different locations (outlined above) with adventure-worthy settings and an NPC of note. 

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