WINTERHAVEN: Population 997
The rutted King’s Road leads to the foot of a broad hill that holds
the walled village of Winterhaven. The village is nestled in the
southern foothills of the Cairngorm Peaks. The walls are weathered stone topped by defensive palisades.
Small thatched homes stand around Winterhaven, each
fronting a small piece of farmland or pasture. Beyond the farms
to the west and south lie dark woods, and to the north, tall mountain peaks.
attack, the Regulars and what militia can be raised from
among the civilians guard the walls to stave off the threat.
The people of Winterhaven are mostly decedents of the old local garrison at the Keep. Most have spent their whole lives here, and few have traveled beyond the village vale. The majority of the villagers are farmers, though the walled heart of Winterhaven employs various craftsmen as well. Wagons occasionally head east down the old King’s road from Winterhaven to find trade with the next village, which is five days away. On more rare occasions wagons come into Winterhaven from Fallcrest. This causes a small stir as villagers gather excitedly to gain news of the Outside, and to buy new and exotic goods. This sometimes amounts to a miniature festival. However in more recent times this has become exceedingly rare due to the unsafe traveling conditions in the region.
Leadership: The village is lead by Ernest Padraig, the lord of Winterhaven, who is descended from the noble family that ruled the area in the time of the Keep under edict of the old empire. The villagers were happy with Lord Padraig’s father, and have found the authority of his son to be equally acceptable. However, Padraig does not hold absolute authority over the town or the minds of it’s people. The greatest attribute to his rule is that few else covet the position.
Padraig commands the Winterhaven Regulars, a core group of twenty soldiers who perform guard and police functions in and around the walled portion of the village. They patrol in pairs. To augment this force, Padraig can muster a group of fifty civilians, given a day’s notice. However he can only do that if the village is directly threatened. The villagers generally lack the time or desire to patrol beyond the outskirts of the farms. In times of great peril Paidrag can enforce a general state of alert, and call all able villagers to arms. This has only been done once in the history of the village, during a attack by a Goblin Warband.
Demographics: The population of Winterhaven is predominantly human, with a scattering of Dwarf families, and a handful of other common races, including several Elves.
Economics: Winterhaven is primarily a agricultural village based on barter and trade, though Lord Padraig keeps the monetary system afloat with his own coin.
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