Bregos Settlement in Symbols of Power | World Anvil


The inaccessible city state

Bregos was a city-state located in the heart of the mountainous area of the Thaur Island (previously known as Merthiorn Island). It was characterized for being built directly in the mountains, which made it almost completely inaccessible for societarians of phenotypes less than ideally built for climbing.   Due to its remote location there was a certain mystery around how the inhabitants got in and out of the city and to the rest of the island as fast as they did, until the cave routes to Bregos running inside the mountains were discovered after the city's ruin.


The inhabitants of Bregos were predominantly furry societarians of ungulate phenotypes, better adapted to climbing and rocky terrain. The most usual phenotypes to find there were goats, sheep, deer, llamas, pumas and cavys, among others.
Other races and phenotypes found the city almost inaccessible, as there were no clear and easy paths to get to the city to the knowledge of other inhabitants of the island.

Industry & Trade

The city sustained itself by the trade relations it had with its neigbour, the Kingdom of Merthiorn that surrounded the mountain range they were in.   They traded precious metals and building materials, alongside unusual meats and produce, pottery and items such as pulleys and levers for mostly food and products imported from other islands, such as teobrew seeds for making coffee and chocolate.   Merthiorn considered them inoffensive and isolated enough to be not a threat and not worth of conquering, but their relationship was of slight distrust of each other besides their trade agreements.


Bregos' infrastructure was built as an intricate provisioning network.
Houses and establishments were partially excavated in the mountainside's rock, with a wooden side protruding from it, propped up and overhanging from the mountainside. Two narrow rivers crossed the city, on which they constructed watermills, water collection systems, and even plumbing and gutters that carried water to the homes and the plantations, with wood sourced in the forests under and above the city.
Pulley systems were placed everywhere on and under the city, in order to transport people and resources from down below.   Most of the city faced east, to the centre of the island, getting lots of sun in the mornings. The city used terrace agriculture, managing to grow a good amount of edible plants in the difficult terrain of the mountainsides.   As for the defences, the placement of the city made for very difficult access for any kind of military or large group of people, making a siege extremely just not worth the effort without the need of actual defensive structures. Some years after the fall of Bregos, the discovery of the secret cave routes in and out of the city revealed them to have built-in traps designed to collapse the tunnels in case of an attempt of invasion.

After the Fall

Corrosion by Naelín
The effects of The High Rust were brutal on Bregos. With everything built in such high altitudes, they were decimated almost completely. Most of the people and creatures living there were affected by Corrosion, that killed the majority of the population in weeks to months. The structures, such as bridges, pulley systems and buildings were corroded until most collapsed. The city was evacuated, and most of the survivors are now living in Thaur.   However, a handful of people still hold on to their old homes. The isolated, ruined ghost city has still around a dozen or a bit more of people still living on it, several of them still working as keepers of the cave routes in and out of this relic of better times.
Flag of Bregos
Flag of Bregos by Naelin

Year 1, E.Ru

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Breguine, Climber.
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The Haan Archipelago
Portrait of Danae, a holding his peace bird pen and a book containing a map
Danae by Naelin
The cartographer Danae from the City of Birdland in Thaur was commissioned to draw a map of the Haan Archipelago for the second edition of The Book of the Habits and Beasts, published in the 3rd of Birthing, 3 E.Ru.   Danae took advantage of the enclyclopaedia's team of researchers to gather precise information and went himself into research expeditions to survey remote areas. His work resulted in what is considered the most accurate and widespread map of the Archipelago to this day, which details even most of the coasts of the Savage Isles.
Bregos' Cave Routes
Geographic Location | Jul 28, 2022

After the fall of the secluded city in the mountainsides, some of their heavily guarded secrets are being revealed

Cover image: Bregos Banner


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Jun 29, 2021 11:03 by Dr Emily Vair-Turnbull

I'm so sad that the city is ruined now. It sounds like it was a nice place. :(

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