Borderlands/Froúrio sta Sýnora

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This small village and new military base in the foothills of the New Pindus Mountains is being built around the ruins of the Énaspétrinos Pýrgos. One part construction site, one part workers camp, one part frontier town, Froúrio sta Sýnora is constantly busy.

Population

Approximately 800 adults, mostly fighting age, and approximately 300 children. The population level is prone to suddenly swelling and dipping as labor and adventuring groups move in or out.

Long term residents are primarily human and dwarven in roughly even numbers, making up 60% of the population. The most significant minority groups are kentauroi (15%), fauns (12%), and gnomes (7%) but almost any civilized race can be found in small numbers, and even a few half-orcs.

Employment

15% of the population are members of the Lócho ton Synóron, a company of soldiers on long-term assignment (mostly human or dwarvish infantry, but there is notably a Dimoiría (platoon) of Kentauroi shock troupers). An equal number are noncombatants in military employ, including porters, animal handlers, cooks, prostitutes, coopers, carpenters, an armorer, and a blacksmith.

30% are craftsmen and laborers involved in the construction effort either directly or indirectly.

The remaining residents are garden farmers, herdsmen, and hunters and trappers, who have all moved inside the settlement for protection, adventurers, and a handful of merchants who make money off of everyone.

Construction Effort

The jumbled stones of the old ruins are being pillaged for construction material to build town walls and a fortress. The aim is to secure the area against threats coming down through (and out from under) the New Pindus Mountains.

Security and Governance

Defense

The town currently has a basic ditch and earthen wall topped with a wooden palisade around its entire perimeter, with the foundations of a stone wall in place around almost 40% of the perimeter. There is an armed guard of fourteen soldiers stationed on the walls during the day and six on watch at night, and a further Dimoiría (platoon) of soldiers are always "on duty" with arms close at hand.

One or two Dimoiría are usually outside the protection of the pallisades, on patrol or while guarding/assisting masons on a run for more stone from the ruins of Énaspétrinos Pýrgos.

Like citizens in Greek towns everywhere, every able-bodied adult is available for civil defense in a crisis, and there are enough spears and helmets stockpiled in the armory to equip 400 citizen-irregulars. Shields are a strict "bring your own" commodity, and citizens that can provide their own gear are encouraged to do so.

Security

There is no formal "town watch" or "peace keeping" force; crimes against soldiers or military noncoms are dealt with by the military commanders, while crimes against laborers and their families are dealt with by the Syntechnía (masons guild). Everyone else has to fend for themselves - but most of the villagers are connected to one organization or the other, or are adventurers and can more-or-less take care of themselves.

Government

The Lochagos (captain) of the resident Lochos (military company) is the military and defense leader and has absolute control in time of crisis. He represents the Lochos and has authority over not only its members but also over civilian camp followers.

The Chárakaktísti̱s (Ruling Mason of the Syntechnía) is the civic leader, and represents all members of the Syntechnía, their families, and allied tradesmen when dealing with the military.

Both leaders have a tendency to consult their respective priests for oracular advice before major decisions.


History

Construction on the Froúrio started ten years ago, but the settlement was razed to the ground in several waves of monster attacks. The Lóchos deployed three years ago with a new volunteer group of masons and settlers, and provided some much-needed stability to the region.

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