Moros – MORE os (population3,247) is a small Gornarod city, crammed into a little less than 10 hectares on the west bank of the Dunsta River. It is a commercial outpost of the Gradec Working, situated in a bowl shaped valley just east of the fall line of the Dunsta. One road connects it to the City of Gradec, located roughly one hundred kilometers to the northwest.
Although the area has not been raided by L'npei in several centuries, there is a low, old city wall that is half-heartedly maintained, except along the river bank, where it was demolished. Beyond the wall are farms, the and a small iron mine. The is a stream that enters the town from the west, is bridged at and from there is channeled to the river.
The commercial area of Moros encompasses half a dozen streets that begin at the river. On the eastern riverbank itself is a long wharf with five public warehouses and the booking offices for two of the three companies that run barges on the river. North of the wharf, onare a sail-maker’s loft and the workshops of two naval carpenters.
Immediately inland from there and parallel to the wharf iswhere one can find four taverns, two inns, the booking office for the third barge company and the , a high end establishment providing lodging and meals for passengers waiting to embark on a barge. Heading off of Drunkards’ Street are four streets that intersect with it.
runs northwest from to the . Along that road are the workshops and homes of independent metal workers who take bar and sheet metal produced in the Werks and fashion it into weapons, small plates for assembly into scale mail, simple household and garden implements and a few decorative items like bells and rattles. Armor Road exits the city walls through the .
Next to the south is L'npei. Several shops specialize in dyeing the fabric in the green and pink sacred colors of Gens Tamroti and, to a much lesser extent, in the green and lemon colors prized by , and the green and turquoise of .which runs from due west to , the site of the City’s markets and council house. Along the north side of Weavers’ Street are the workshops and homes of independent spinners, dyers and cloth makers, some of whom weave a lightweight linen fabric favored by the
On the south side of the street are eleven shops of various cloth cutters and tailors, making coats, dresses, bed and table linen and all manner of fine and plain cloth articles. The buildings along the south side ofare unique in that the ground floors of these structures (housing the showrooms and workspaces of the owners) face Weavers’ Street while the first and second floor living quarters above, face and the .
South ofis , which runs to the southwest. It is the place where travelers stock up on all manner of tasteless dried meats, vegetables and grains to sustain them on their travels. While ale and wine of questionable provenance can also be obtained on , prudent merchants lay in their stores of drinkable liquids with visits to the two alehouses and the vintner who conduct their businesses from establishments on Green Street. These purveyors charge bulk prices and extend credit to reputable merchants.
Finally, there is, a short street that heads west then turns to the north and intersects with . It is home to the workshops and store houses of the makers and purveyors of all the sundry items that a self-sufficient merchant making a journey of several months might need.
Beyond the commercial area, Moros is like every other unremarkable small commercial center. It has inns, stores, craftsmen, homes and boarding houses, and aon the outskirts of the town to the north east.
One can divide the city west of the commercial area into four quadrants. Gradec. It enters Moros through the , located in the westernmost section of the town.– divides the north and south halves of the city and – divide the eastern and western ones. Gradec Road connects Moros to the working’s capital city of
The northwest quadrant contains the civic center of the city, including the council house, markets, merchants’’ association and fair grounds. It is also the most desirable residential section of the city, with the large houses of the most wealthy and powerful citizens situated on, and the portion of closest to .
The southwest quadrant is also residential with pleasant homes throughout, alongside small apartment blocks nearest toand adjacent to the city walls.
The northeast quadrant is home to tanners, weavers and dyers with all of the noxious smells and waste water associated with those trades. Most of the houses are small with workshops on the first floor and living quarters above.
The southeast quadrant is a mixed commercial and residential area. The best houses surround the park. The area surrounding the western part ofis home to craftspeople who prepare dried provisions for travelers on the barges, and the garrisons of the travelers’ stations. Along the city wall are rooming houses and small apartment blocks.
Moros Inns and Taverns:
1.– located on just inside the . Caters to traveling merchants. The best inn in Moros.
2.– located at the base of just south of the intersection. Caters to barge workers, including barge masters waiting for their next assignments. Clean rooms and a rollicking but safe dockside tavern.
3.– located on the northwest corner of and . Across from the offices of the . Limited to passengers on a Tidzke-Dunsta barge. Very clean and safe.
4.– located on the corner of and . Inexpensive rooms for passengers traveling down river. Cleanliness is reflected in the price.
5.– located on , just inside the . Clean, moderately expensive rooms for visitors doing business with the or the metal shops on .
6.– located on the southwest corner of and . River workers who can’t afford the drink here. A bit rough.
7.– located on the corner of and . Another river workers and cloth trade workers hangout. Better behaved than the clientele of the , rougher at night.
8.– Located on just north of . Metalworkers drink here. A rough and rowdy bunch, but safe for visitors.
9.– located on just up from . Near the tanning sheds, its name tells all a visitor needs to know about the prices and the quality of the food and drink. Very rough.
10.– located on . Gathering place for masters engaged in the cloth trade and their senior artisans. Good food and drink, reasonable prices.
11.– located across from the on in the neighborhood that is home to middleclass merchants and masters. Good food and drink, somewhat higher prices. No trouble ever.
12.– located on near . A nicer tavern for merchants, barge masters who want to get away from the river folk and artisans who work in the provisioning trades. Quiet during the day, somewhat rowdy but mostly safe after dark.
13.– Located on near the . Much like during the day. After work, it is a hangout for the workforce. Drinks get cheaper, crowd gets rougher. Not unsafe but also not a place to start a fight.
14.– located on across from . Best tavern in the city. Food and drink very good and very expensive. The most successful merchants and the city councilors gather here to conduct business at tables discreetly placed in nooks and corners. A place where middling folk come in the evening to celebrate happy events.
15. Rooming houses abound onand its southern extension, .
16. Unlicensed drinking places can be found in basements along, , and the alleyways of the quarter along the northwest wall. Outsiders, meaning anyone not known in the immediate neighborhood are generally unwelcome.
Businesses serving the river trade:
1.– located on across from the barge sheds just north of the quai. One of two naval carpenters in Moros.
2.– located on across from the barge sheds just north of the quai. One of two naval carpenters in Moros.
3.– located on . Abuts the two barge builders.
4. Booking Offices and Warehouse – located on across from the north end of the quai. One of three companies operating barges on theDunsta River. Barges go down river to where they are broken up and the timber sold.
5. Dunsta River. Outland merchants ship trade goods bound for to the warehouse to hold pending arrival. Also stores trade goods arriving from Fort Tamroti until shipment out from Moros can be arranged.– located on the quai. One of the public warehouses in Moros, serving merchants traveling on the
6. Dunsta River and the only one to offer return passage from . Because the Tidzke-Dunsta barges return to Moros, they are better made and accommodations on board are more finished and comfortable.Booking Offices and Warehouse – located on the Quai just south of the . The premier company operating barges on the
7.Dunsta River. Barges go down river to where they are broken up and the timber sold.Booking Offices and Warehouse – located at the south end of the quai. One of three companies operating barges on the
Civic places in Moros:
1.– located south of where and meet to form . The occupies the central part of City Plaza. The has quarters on the north end of the plaza and the /Jail is located on the south end.
2.– located just east of . A public space with a fountain.
3.– located north of on . the is housed here, along with a private court to resolve disputes between its members.
4.– located a short distance southeast of , bounded by , , and . Land donated by and maintained by the . A grassy field with informal plantings, benches and a few trees.
5. The– located on , just south of the . Home to a smallish fair held twice a year for outland merchants and peddlers to display their wares. The late autumn fair affords outland river trade merchants a venue to sell off goods they don’t wish to transport or store.
6.– located on south of and . Weekly market where local farmers sell fresh fruit and vegetables.
7.– located on north of . Twice weekly market where butchers and rybmongers sell flesh.
8. Gleaners (Morosai street urchins who pilfer from outland merchants) to sell their wares from tables provided by the city.– tucked between the and along . A flea market for
9. Gradec MetelCentre enters.– located in the west wall of the city where the main road to
10.– located in the north wall of the city where the road to the enters.