Passage of Borne
Passage of Borne
Several extended gnome families have settled along the shores of the Firth of Borne.
Eausannen’s inhabitants have established a longstanding trade arrangement with Farfenne, shipping goods through to the Northern Priories. Maester Gaerbender is the elder of the community and runs a boat building enterprise, employing at least a dozen apprentices. He usually has at least one longboat under construction at any one time and several smaller rowboats. A tender also operates across to Gargarr and down the firth to the Priories of Arne and Beauly.
Gargarr’s families are established in an old mine working which they have converted into a series of burrows extending down to the firth’s shoreline. The mine still yields small amounts of gems and silver that artisans work into fine jewelry as well as a fair amount of nickel. The residents managed to seal off much of the abandoned portions of the mine works, which are substantial. Doing this has enabled them to clear a safe passage to the upper mine head some miles above the hamlet and bypass a dangerous colony of bugbears, thereby reopening a passage to the Priory of Ende.
With the seaways along the outer coasts nearly impassible the gnome settlements in the inlet operate a ferry between Eaussanen and Gargarre. The ferry is small but fast when used in the inlet’s quick tides; passage takes as little as two hours when winds are favorable.
A guide who must be contracted in Gargarre controls access to the passage through the high passes. They direct travelers through a long maze of tunnels in the nickel works beneath the hamlet, which exit through a gate in the mountains to the north. The surrounding crags were infested with a warren of owlbears that were particularly dangerous, but have recently been dispersed by a group of mendicants travelling from Westernesse.