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Etceter

Etceter
Location: Quel
First Seen: Blade of the Avatar

The harbour town of Etceter lies adjacent to the mouth of the River Barren in northern Quel, on the southern coast of the Bay of Storms. Once a pirate town, now it is the only deep water port on the southern shore of the bay and has become known as the "Gateway to the Southern Straits". It is the only access from overland trade routes from Midmaer through Quel.

Etceter depends upon trade to survive due to the poor agricultural capabilities of the surrounding land. The port of Etceter is one of the few places where men and satyrs meet without violence. The satyrs run a booming trade in helping pilgrims travel to the fabled city of Xenos, where all dreams are fulfilled and all lusts are sated. Can the Avatar travelling the Path of Truth uncover the Artifice barely hidden?[1]

In the time of the Blade of the Avatar novella, Etceter is presided over by a baroness. The Baron's Keep stands as the most opulent structure in town.

Lore[edit]

...the pirate barons discovered that trade was more profitable – and certainly better for one's health – than was piracy. The original barons transformed their trade from cutlass to commerce and tried to bury their past under as much respectability as they could purchase.
- from Blade of the Avatar


Town of Etceter is one of the southern gateways to the tempestuous Bay of Storms, and the old stomping ground of the pirate lords in the centuries before the rise of the Obsidians, when the small seaside port generated enormous wealth from the now-abandoned Etceter Crag Mines. Passing through the town will eventually lead to the primary crossroads, where the port-side commerce and housing district (seen on the right) gives way to the richer estates that once belonged to the wealthiest privateers who made their fortunes when the Etceter Crag Mines were at the height of production!

Up the hill past the occupied estates, one can see the somewhat overgrown remnants of the main road leading straight from the docks below, to the abandoned ruins of the Baroness’ Keep! Just downhill and across the road from the keep is the walled, crumbling remnants of the stockade building that once served the keep, and further up the hill you can glimpse the rotting and moss-covered remains of smaller houses, both inside and outside of the wooden barricades built soon after the occupation of the Obsidians nearly 200 years ago.

Etceter was a small coastal mining town first and foremost, but its wealth eventually drew in raiding pirates, first on the seas, and then overtaking the town itself as they decided to involve themselves directly in the mining operations. Over time, it slowly became a more respectable town as the wealthy pirate lords chose to settle down and involve themselves in the less-dangerous pastime of trade. It is here that the culture that eventually blossomed in Norgard was born, and it was here that the Council of Might convened to discuss the rising Obsidian threat more than two centuries ago. This offense to the Obsidians was not forgotten, and before their eventual collapse they descended on Etceter, slaughtered its nobility, shattered the Baroness’ Keep, set up a garrison here with satyrs and fauns as a workforce, and continued to draw wealth from the mines until the fateful day the miners uncovered something terrible in the depths of those distant mountains. Eventually, after the Obsidian’s defeat, the town grew back again, with all the old structures still fairly intact, and an addition to the population in the form of the satyrs and fauns that escaped their dark masters toward the end…

The old stockade had housed some of the Obsidian garrison in those days, and though abandoned and decrepit now, it can still be visited by those who might not mind a broken ankle or two.

Just up the hill from that is an abandoned hovel or two, including the cottage of Amanda, the sister of Syenna, described in “The Sword of Midras” as having beautiful yet somewhat Elvin features, the product of the terrible Obsidian Reshaper experiments that left her somewhat crippled. There is little left of her life there centuries ago, and its barren interior bespeaks of sadness and loss. Syenna had hoped for a cure for Amanda, but in the end realized that the only cure the Obsidians would offer her sister was a vial of poison, and the release of death. Though little is known of Syenna’s fate, for it is said that she followed Aren Bennis to the northeast after the fall of Opalis 200 years ago, it is written that Amanda once loved to rest upon the stairs at her doorstep and chat over the stone fence with her neighbors, and to sit with great yearning inside her bay window, from which she could gaze down the earthen main road toward the center of town and the harbor beyond in the vain hope that one day she would see her beloved sister Syenna walking up that long path to finally come home for good.

Across the road and just down from Amanda’s cottage still stands the shattered and crumbling remains of the Baroness’ Keep. Here Aren Bennis was taken, Sword of Midras in hand, to speak before the Council of Might and be interrogated about the activities of the Obsidians before their fall. Within those somewhat treacherous ruins can still be seen the Great Hall where Aren stood before the seven chairs which contained the Baroness’ guests from distant lands. In retaliation for this affront, the Obsidians came and dealt a terrible blow to Etceter, and left this great Keep broken but still impressive despite its ruined state. May it forever stand as a testament to the sacrifice of those that helped to bring an end to the Obsidian Empire!

A “market square” can be found near the center of town, where the main road now passes beside the crafting pavilion.[2]


Housing Lots[edit]

Etceter Lot Details
Total Player Lots: 29
Inner City: Outer City: Water:
Row: 13 Row:
Village: 9 Village: Village:
Town: 5 Town: Town:
City: City: City: 2
Duke Keep: Duke Keep: Duke Keep:
LotM Castle: LotM Castle: LotM Castle:

Citizens (NPCs)[edit]

Key Characters[edit]

Pilgrims[edit]

Merchants[edit]

Trainers[edit]

Peasants[edit]

  • Felicia (beggar)
  • Barney - Frightened Faun
  • Chorby - Frightened Faun
  • Fit-Mit - Frightened Faun
  • Squirms - Frightened Faun
  • Koen - Caretaker Shrine of Honor, brother of Konrad
  • Konrad - Caretaker Shrine of Honor, brother of Koen

Guards[edit]

Animals[edit]

Creature Hit Points Damage Adv Exp Gold Loot
Pig 2 Unknown Unknown Gold.png 0-0 Sheep Carcass Sheep Carcass (0-1), Fabric Scrap Fabric Scrap (0-1)
Chicken 2 Unknown Unknown Gold.png 0-0 Chicken Carcass Chicken Carcass (0-1), Bundle of Feathers Bundle of Feathers (0-3), Egg Egg (0-3)
Cow 10 Unknown Unknown Gold.png 0-0 Bovine Carcass Bovine Carcass (0-1), Animal Hide Animal Hide (0-1), Leather Scrap Leather Scrap (0-1)
Watcher 3 Unknown Unknown Gold.png 0

Gallery[edit]

Trivia[edit]

  • Chapters IX and X of Blade of the Avatar disagree as to what the name of Etceter's baroness is; Baroness Agra and Baroness Gianna Baden-Fox respectively.
  • Etceter was cloned from Kingsport originally and while significant changes to the scene made it unique it needed more polish. It also needed more obvious visual references to the historical locations mentioned in The Sword of Midras (the prequel novel written by Tracy Hickman and Richard Garriott). Additionally after building Xenos we established a characteristic Greco-Roman ruins look for that region of the world and we wanted to propagate that look to nearby towns. For instance Aerie now has a “Little Xenos” quarter. Etceter was updated for Release 44.

References[edit]

  1. Update of the Avatar #147 - 2015.10.16: Etceter
  2. Update of the Avatar #237 – 2017.21.07: Etceter Polish

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