is sometimes called the Jewel of the Vale. This is not a term that pleases
residents of the rival neighboring city of Iriaebor, though the two cities are
allies in matters
of trade and defense. The Uldoon Trail crosses the upper Chionthar at Berdusk.
Three bridges actually span the river here, two making use of a fortified island
to shorten their leaping spans. This spot.s usefulness as a landmark and parley
place plus the rising of a spring (the River Sulduskoon) to
join the Chionthar
here and the presence of rapids (the Breaking Steps) in the Chionthar just
upstream of this spot have combined to ensure that there.s been
some sort of
settlement at this site since the dawn days: first the elven moot of Clearspring;
then a human fishing village, Sulduskoon; and finally the city known today The
current city is named for Berdusk Orcslayer, a local human warrior whose
energetic patrols drove orcs from the area, making it safe to farm and opening
the Vale for human settlement.
Berdusk is an important trading center, much involved in the shipment of goods.
High-sided local waybarges are winched carefully through the rapids, which have
been known to smash normal rafts and barges, sending crew and cargo to the
freshwater kelpies below. Businesses in the city also make many wagons
(considered fair to poor by most merchants) and excellent barges, and do
extensive wagon repairs. Their wheels are very fine.
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