Sunday, June 27, 2010
The Rat Hills
The piles of garbage earned the place it's current name: "Rat Hills", and covered an area almost four miles in length by a mile in width. The accumulated waste poisoned the shallow waters and effectively prevented any hostile landing.
The Rat Hills Conflagration reduced the size of the piles to under two miles in length and a quarter of a mile in width (although the area is growing again by about half an acre per year) but apart from the daily Dungsweepers convoy and the guard patrols along the trade road, everyone leaves the area alone due the poisonous waters, the infestation of rats and the various monsters for which the Hills are a haven.
Every night a contingent of 20 or more men-at-arms, supported by at least two clerics of Torm and a hired wizard can be found watching over the Hills to make sure the hungry monsters don't make an incursion into the surrounding area.
As well as the poisonous water and the monsters, the Rat Hills are infested with disease. The animals and monsters carry it, the insects that constantly swarm the Hills carry it, the water (both rainwater pools and the seawater) and of course the dry garbage 'land' is infected. Although not the only disease you can catch, the most common one is known as darkrot.