Phatupous River (FAH-too-pow-ss)
"You'll be wanting passage through the Gate Tree, aye? Well, it'll cost ye. Them pilots knows the waters better than anyone, and for good reason. I'm 'minded of some ol' captain who thought he'd try his luck on 'is own. Gave all of us some proper laughs, watching his ship wander round in the currents and getting blown this way an' that. Well, 'til she capsized and all hands lost.... aye. Get yersel' a pilot. Trust me."The city of Altruis is bisected by a broad river that runs from Lake Myoniene in the east, to the gulf of Kyraris in the west, where the waters continue through the Altrusian Straits to the ocean beyond. Throughout the history of Altruis, it has been a vital part of its economy, allowing ocean-going vessels to access the city, and being navigable via a canal with locks to all but the largest ships up to Lake Myoniene itself. Since the arrival of Altruis in these realms it has also gained increased importance, as where the river runs through the city is also the site of one of the largest Gate Trees known to humans, and an important focal point for trade and exploration.
Etymology'Phatupous' is an old Altruisan word for 'broad' or 'wide' and is thought to refer to the size of the river as it passes through the city. Within the city itself, it is generally just referred to as 'the river'. The wide plain through which the river meanders is known officially as the Phatupous Plain on the maps, or just 'the plains' to those that live there.
GeographyThe Phatupous river is not very long, barely 10 kilometres in length, but is quite wide, approaching 300 metres as it passes through the city of Altruis. It meanders quite a lot as it travels through the loose loam, and regularly floods the land around it, as meltwater from distant mountains drains into Lake Myoniene. This makes the area upstream from Altruis highly fertile, with a lot of the food necessary for the city being grown there on large farms. Quite a large proportion of the nobility in Altruis owe their wealth to the land that they own upstream and consider themselves the 'true' nobility of the city, as opposed to the newer class of nobles who have made their fortune through trade.
The river drops almost 100 metres in elevation as it passes through the plains, although most of that drop takes place at the Iasetta Falls, a wide and impressive waterfall less than a kilometre from the outflow of Lake Myoniene. Whilst this originally made the river impassable for ships, a canal with locks was constructed about two hundred years ago, allowing vessels access to the lake. Food and raw materials are transported downriver to the city, with people and manufactured goods moved upriver.
Mosi-oa-Tunya; inspiration for the Iasetta Falls
by Diego Delso
by Diego Delso