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In the world of Errant Road, a town in southern Veracia, near Lorenzel. Needless to say, no such town is known to exist in the Poe-verse.

Nautkia is perched atop a sea cliff (oddly enough) above the Lorenzel River, downstream of Lorenzel itself. This locale leaves it perfectly situated for use by smugglers, and in fact, that's what it's there for. At least five different smuggling outfits work out of the town, using a particularly large and ornate Reformed temple as a front.

A large gaggle of player characters descend on Nautkia in pursuit of the fugitive Father Egbert, whose sister Lucy Kankaniel heads one of the bands of smugglers. All manner of entanglements with smuggling groups ensue, with one group "interacting" with Argus, another with Sister Rose and Brother Miguel, and so on. Adding to the chaos, an elf is on scene and checking out the several half elves in town with murder on her mind. PC Lillith comes to the aid of her half-elven kinsmen and helps them escape the elf and head back north, although events conspire to keep her from joining them.

Alas, the main activity here doesn't turn out well. Argus, Rose and Miguel finally run Egbert to ground, after a search that has taken them half way across Veracia. However, he commits suicide, for reasons that mystify and appall his pursuers, by jumping off the sea cliff -- or does he? The situation can reasonably be described as "unsettled" as our heroes ride off into the sunset.

Characters from Nautkia

No player characters call Nautkia home, but the fact that an entire thread-plus was devoted to the place means that several NPCs with lasting roles got names there:

  • Antoni. a member of the half-elf community in town that looks to Lillith for help; an obvious Errant in certain ways
  • Bauti, nasty Peregin who's working the area and homes in on the visiting Cithule and Lillith, with near-disastrous consequences
  • Brother Kelso, ill-fated junior priest at the Reformed(?) temple
  • Father Nestor, corrupted senior priest or Abbot at the same temple
  • Ledos, another half elf, and with Antoni, an Item (and an Errant in his own right)
  • Leofric, leader of the half-elf group that's in town and looking to the PC party for a way out of it
  • Lisebeth Rogeriel, worker at the temple who appears to be a "mole" for the legitimate government of Nautkia, if any; gives Sister Rose a startling reminder of times gone by
  • Lucy Kankaniel. smuggler who mainly lives on her ship but uses Nautkia for her "business"; sister of the enigmatic (and deceased) Father Egbert
  • Nikolai, sinister agent for the Tsuirakuan government (or at least for Captain Kitaura, which is practically the same thing)
  • Ritsuko, driver of a produce wagon who just happens to do other things for one of the smuggling outfits as well
  • Sergeant Rogieriel, Lisebeth's father, and nominally, wielder of what passes for legitimate law enforcement in town -- or not
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