List of Settlements
From Dragon Eye Atlas
Revision as of 08:29, 19 August 2020 by Tom
For the purpose of this atlas, settlements have been divided into several categories:
Cities are the largest settlements, but their main discriminating factor is that they have a local government structure and can pass their own laws. Most cities have a wall or other fortification and at least one market. They are typically a local center of economy and politics, and house several thousand or even ten-thousand people.
The main feature of a town is that it has a market. Towns are smaller than cities, usually between 500 and 2,000 inhabitants, though the main difference is the lack of local laws - a town is fully under the control and governance of the local lord and its laws are the same as in the villages around.
Smaller than towns, and without a local market, villages are rural communities that can be as small as a dozen houses. The peasants will travel to the nearest town for most commerce.
Even smaller than a village, a hamlet is a small cluster of buildings, and unlike the village has no inns, temples or other buildings that are not directly related to its economic purpose, be it agriculture or mining.
Farmsteads are large, individual farms, often inhabited by a single family with its hired hands, sometimes two families. They are often found in isolated places and on grounds not fertile enough to provide for an entire village.