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Named for the heavy clay found in the mudflats where the town was established, Clayfield Village is a small outpost of humans and halflings built around a bridge across the outlet of the sluggish Laglach river.
While the local halflings still use the old name for the original halfling farm along this area, Laglin, when talking about the village, almost everyone else calls it Clayfield (unless they are trying to get in with the more conservative halflings). The yellowish grey clay deposited here by the Laglach is harvested by the locals to manufacture bricks as well as pottery. Lagle Ceramic (as the clay is known when fired and finished) is used for most flasks and household ceramic uses in the region although it is not particularly strong (making it sought after by some who seek easy-to-break containers for alchemist’s fire and similar substances).
Clayfield Village was originally inspired by a request from Mark Clover of Creative Mountain Games. I occasionally ask for requests from my patrons at the $2.50 level and above and try to draw as many of them as I can. The village was drawn entirely in freehand using Sakura Microns on regular printer paper (taken out of my printer for the job… which was a pain in the ass when I wanted to print a character sheet the next day and was out of paper).
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I like this a lot. It reminds me a great deal of the map/model of the estuary of Mystic, Connecticut. The model (as I recall, haven’t seen it in years) shows about a mile from the bridge at the narrows, down to Long Island Sound/the Atlantic. Along the bank are five or six villages, each partly focused on farming and cottage gardening, and each on a ship-building industry: the rope walk, the sail lofts, the chandleries, and the mast carving yards; every so often, these hamlets had a larger place for a weekly market, with boarding houses and taverns, printers offices and cooperages, stores and storehouses for hardware and textiles and overseas luxuries — and chapels and freemasons’ lodges and the customs house and the courthouses to serve all the people and rein them in.
Mystic launched seven to ten hulls a year, some for the us navy, some for whale hunting and some for the china trade, between 1800 and 1870. Most of those ships never returned home; they went to San Francisco, New York, shanghai and Boston.
The map is lovely: I’m sorry that I see a much larger project embedded in it.