The earthen cliffs jut from ocean,Liton Tais is a town drilled into the side of the eastern cliffs of Lanasu Island, designed by Master-Architect Carolinus Stanton. Serving as a center for administration of the eastern half of Lanasu, it is also a trading hub, linking the capital district in the west with the trading ports in the east. The Order of Aeramen, having planned and built this town, has a heavy presence, with citizens working in shipyards and brick kilns around the city proper. This sleepy harbor town has become bustling with activity in the past few weeks. Colren is mustering troops "for the defense of the frontier". That is fooling no one: everyone knows they are preparing for an invasion of Mitrand. The sudden influx of troops has exacerbated class tensions, annoyed townsfolk, and worried the Society of Magisters, as their members begin disappearing one by one. Confused, the Society must find their lost members and conceal their terrible secret before troops deploy in one week.
The umber wood hugs the river,
The golden sun sets behind us,
The silver moon hangs overhead.
– Liton Tais, Marimon
Infrastructure and ArchitectureThe city is built on five levels, each fifty feet above the next, dug directly into the cliffs of Lanasu. The settlement has no real defensive structures, but the naturally defensible cliff is more than enough to stop any bandit raids. The town demonstrates Colreic architecture throughout: short, squat buildings of red oak and monarch pine, built on brick and stone foundations dug half a meter into the cliff. The wooden portion above the foundation is composed of elegant oak archways, combined with a slightly sloped pine roof. All the buildings mutually complement each other, and careful planning makes sure that they can weather even the strongest storm.
Geography, Government, Guilds, and FactionsLanasu. It is located roughly halfway between the two eastern port cities of Lanasu. The most powerful order is the naval Order of Aeramen due to this location's inherent ties to the sea. It occupies three out of seven voting seats in the Diet of Tais. Next is Order of Corel, which takes care of administrative matters, having two seats. The Coalition of Foodsellers are also given minimal power in proportion to the amount of farmers, with only one voting seat in the council, not enough to make any real decisions. Out of the myriad guilds, the Guild of Alchemists is the dominant, the only trade guild with voting rights in City Council. However, some organizations have stepped away from the light and into the darkness. Some farmers, tired of being underrepresented, joined forces to form a food cartel that keeps food prices artificially inflated so they can make a living. Another secret society that is pretending to be a legitimate organization is that of the Society of Magisters. It has sixteen members in Liton Tais, claiming just to be a center for strategic studies. However, they are much, much more...
The natural resources include sulfur, iron, copper, and timber, and clay, found around the settlement. The falls of the Lena River power mills for the grain produced above the city. The river and sea contain large numbers of fish, boosting the food sources of the town.
- Light blue is water (river/ocean)
- Light green is farmland supporting the village
- Dark green lines are inter-town roads
- Dark green area is city area (cliffside and harbor)
Society of Magisters
A bunch of diplomats ignored in the midst of war. Actually: powerful luck-intent magic users in hiding.
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