Episode 56 – Week of Dryad Resting, 2020

Hello, I’m Branwyn Two-Moon of Clan Lightridge and these are the Ersatz Echoes of Eastfjord Harbor for the week Dryad Resting, 2020.

If you think it’s cold here, don’t head north.  As of the fourth day this week, we’ve received confirmation that all ports north of us on the great inland ocean have frozen over for the winter. With our local Sylph-casters reporting continued cold temperatures all next week, there are concerns that Eastfjord Harbor itself may succumb as well. At this time, no new ice is forming, but the little that has formed isn’t really going away.

Neither Cordellian harbor is as likely to freeze over as our own, which worked well for the embassy’s open house earlier this week. Merchants looking for additional trading routes that were not already aware of this were thrilled to hear this as they tried a variety of seafood delicacies. As the Cordellian population is 70% Lutridae, the significance of seafood in their culture is unsurprising, though I did not realize how much of their seafood is actually sourced from rivers and lakes rather than the ocean itself.

I don’t think anyone in attendance at the open house was surprised at the frequent references to Undine, but the references to Dryad and Gnome that extended beyond the harvest caught me off guard.  While most Vomba have no great love of water, the Vomba of the Cordellian region are apparently an exception and work with the Lutridae to craft massive underground caverns that can host vessels during storms.

Speaking of vessels, it should come as no surprise to anyone that every guild and business associated with the harbor is looking for help, as are overland caravans.  With the northern ports closed, shipments headed their way are now coming to us, some to arrive as early as tomorrow. Check town hall, inns, and taverns around Eastfjord Harbor if you’re interested in such work. And for those who aren’t in Pinecrest’s largest city, expect caravans to hire help as they reach your towns.

The new underground towns are as of yet, nameless. Traditions of naming a town after its founder or a local point of geological or geographic interest don’t work well when you’re repopulating an abandoned town.  The Vomba language has changed so much since these towns were last occupied that the old script found throughout the towns is unreadable. Historians specializing in ancient Vomba culture were already headed to the area, but the desire of some new residents to learn what their homes and business are labeled seems to be drawing even more.

The Ersatz Echoes of Eastfjord Harbor are brought to you by Red Wombat Tea Company, purveyors of fine and otherworldly tea. Red Wombat: We Dig Tea.

Also brought to you by the Cordellian Embassy, who would like to thank everyone who came by and let everyone know that a summer open house is currently being planned.

These have been the Ersatz Echoes of Eastfjord Harbor for the week of Dryad Resting, 2020. Take care, and stay warm.

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