September Entry: Juggernaut1981 "Red Bluff"
Here is my first entry at the Cartographer's Guild. I was um-ing and ah-ing about doing it before I was retrenched, but being retrenched left me with plenty of time on my hands... so here it is.
This is the originally village, but now city, of Red Bluff. Red Bluff takes its name from the red bluffs overlooking the ocean that run along the coastline. There is a small shallow bay originally suitable for fishing boats which were beached at high tide.
The village was originally some scattered farmers and fishing people until the discovery of a copper deposit nearby. With the influx of miners and money the village has grown and just over 50 years ago, the King created the Shire of Red Bluffs and Red Bluffs Keep was constructed and handed over to a nobleman to be Lord of Red Bluffs. The Keep was placed to ensure the kingdoms supplies of copper mostly, but the King's Advisers think there may be more than just copper, since minerals often come together. Over the last 50 years a middle class has grown and the influx of money has brought technology, improved farming techniques and many more artisans to the area. While there is no market square, the main street contains most of the vendors of goods. Down near the Bay are warehouses, smokehouses and other trade sites. The North Side of the Bay has the barracks building for the small naval group commissioned by the first Lord of Red Bluffs, along with using the waste from the mine to build a rockwall to protect the naval ships from storms. Red Bluffs has a navy of one large three-mast schooner and two medium-sized two-mast galleons. Predominantly they escort shipments of copper along the coast, but are occassionally called upon to seek and destroy pirates that attack the shipping channels. The local area has been cleared of most of the trees for use in construction or to make way for pastures and fields of crops. With the improvements to farming, Red Bluffs has begun to export some of its grains and also started brewing from its local produce. An alchemist has taken up residence in the Lighthouse tower on the south of the bay and has also been working on making strong alcoholic spirits as well as selling potions for illnesses and providing medical assistance to the local people.
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