Excerpt from ‘The history of Vylbrand, from Nym to Limsa Lominsa’ by Archon Niniri Niri.
Brayflox Alltalks, the ever-industrious former quartermaster of the Company of Heroes, approached the ruin of her Longstop with stereotypically goblin resourcefulness, setting about to re-open it promptly. Unfortunately her work was disturbed somewhat by the untimely intervention of the mysterious Illuminati, goblin hoarders of knowledge seeking certain culinary secrets relating to cheese, an important cultural touchstone for their species. The Illuminati used their prodigious mechanized forces to break the Longstop, sending the unfortunate miss Alltalks running. It later came out however that Brayflox had stolen these cheese secrets from the Illuminati herself, making her the originator of the conflict.
The Mudstop Watergush
Accessed through a ‘sneakway’, simply a hidden back passage likely set up by Brayflox herself, this entrance was shielded by a small wall of debris through which access was possible. The Mudstop was an expansive plain of grass and water currents, fed by a number of small waterfalls, the Mudstop may have once been a residential area but it was dominated by shattered structures after the Illuminati assaulted the Longstop. The mud- component of the standard -stop name clearly indicates the less tamed nature of this area, while the goblins explained that the name watergush was inspired by the various waterfalls in the area.
This area was a thick patch of jungle, characteristically filled by the undergrowth common of inland Eastern La Noscea. The goblin’s name for this region was apparently Thicktwine. Goblin etymology can be a little difficult to unravel, but this area’s name could well be in reference to the thick, twisting undergrowth of the region. Unlike the previous trip to Thicktwine, this time the region was separated by a large wall of debris. The area was accessed by the ‘Unguest’s Watercross’, a small wooden bridge that was erected by the Illuminati as an avenue of invasion judging by the name Unguest, applied to it by Brayflox.
The Runstop Frontblock
The Frontblock seemed to occupy some role as a fortification against threats to the Longstop, and in the Longstop’s first iteration it was structured as an airlock-style space with a gate on either side. As with all goblin names, the Frontblock’s name is a portmanteau that means it blocks the front of the runstop, further confirming the area’s role as a fortification.
The Runstop was the most ‘civilized’ part of the Longstop, and was essentially a functioning goblin village by the time the team arrived. The egg-like huts of the village, typical of goblin make, were plentiful and in good condition despite the Illuminati moving in and imprisoning a number of the inhabitants. The name runstop likely refers to the purpose of the Longstop, a place to pause and rest from the endless frenetic nomadic ongoings of goblin culture.
The refuse dump of the Longstop, this area was a plateau of bare rock surrounding by jagged rocks, that was on the very fringe of the community. Dross is a word for something unwanted or considered waste, further illuminating the function of this area were it not already obvious.
The pride and joy of the Longstop was in a poor state during the Illuminati’s assault. Shattered houses and ruined wagons littered the area, either destroyed by the Illuminati, or never rebuilt after the attacks of Aiatar. A ‘swiftmake checkgate’ bars progress further within, named for it being rapidly manufactured and used to check the progress of those passing through the longstop.
The Unguest’s Breachhold
Formerly the den of the mighty Aiatar, the deepest region of the Longstop had been cleared of the eggs and biological matter of the dragon, and appeared to now be a fairly empty cavern. The Illuminati had gained entry to the Longstop as alluded to in the chamber’s name, via a ramp leading to a breach in a cave wall.