E is for: Edanu

The great river Edanu flows from the high western peaks of the Drakeback mountains  down across the plains of the Old Crown, finally flowing out to the ocean via the Whorl and the great bay of Queenstown.

Along its course, the Edanu skirts the edges of Wick Holdings on the far side of the Drakebacks, through the ancient tribal homes of the Gargants, down across the plains known as the Millers and the Yellowfields. It passes through the large town of Kingsmeet, built around a natural ford in the river, where the ancient Desh and Moorish kings often met to discuss peace, and here begins to flow through the northern edges of Slateleaf Forest.

One of the oldest trading roads in the Old Crown, the Edanu Way, connects Kingsmeet with Queenstown, a hundred leagues to the east. The Way is marked by small stone shrines to the Traveller roughly one per league. Though many of these shrines once stood on most of the regularly travelled roads of the Old Crown, most other routes have fallen into disrepair or been replaced by newer routes connecting different trading towns.

Before reaching the great bay beside Queenstown and the Whorl of spinning water at the centre of the great round harbour, the Edanu is bridged by a handful of crossings. The old Riverwitchs’ Bridge was shattered and fell into the river during the Undeath War and much of its remains can be found on the edges of Outwall, where they haven’t been scavenged for building material. The Great Northwood Bridge, which connects Queenstown to the northern shore of the Edanu, and to the Northwood and Ironroad beyond, spans almost half a league at one of the widest points of the river.

Finally, the waters a whipped up into the spinning Whorl in great bay of Queenstown. The great spinning eddy is strongest at low tide as the river empties into the bay, though in fact not much slower at high tide. The rafts of the Seawitches’ Moorings are tied fast to the edges of the river mouth, all the better to attract passing custom as guides to the Whorl. At the far side a few boats often linger for custom by those trade ships less familiar with the spinning waters.

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