Irontown (たたら, Tatara) is a small settlement in Studio Ghibli's film Princess Mononoke and one of the primary settings. Ruled by Lady Eboshi, it is protected by a lake on one side and high walls surrounding its entirety.
Lady Eboshi's militarism has resulted in an ideological clash with the rulers of the neighboring forest, resulting in San's repeated assassination attempts on her. Ashitaka arrives in town in the middle of this conflict and becomes fairly popular while working to help settle the dispute.
Eventually, Irontown is destroyed by the Nightwalker. However Ashitaka goes back to Irontown with the rest of the people and helps them rebuild it. He decides to live there too so that he is able to visit San.
Many inhabitants was prostitutes or discards. Lady Eboshi gave them a living and a workplace. She saves many lives from starvation and disgrace. So the people in the Irontown respect her for helping homeless people. They will risk their life to protect Lady Eboshi by any means
When Ashitaka visits the fortress, the inhabitants are curious and they badly want to see him as not many strangers visited the town. They are very friendly to Ashitaka, because he saves two men from their town. Normally they distrust strangers, especially Lord Asano, who attacks Irontown.
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