Granite Hollow

Granite Hollow

Country Hestial
Founded 9,912 A.E.
Ruler Baron Haveli Vilkas
Village Area 0.6 km2
Land Area 98 km 2
Average Elevation 122 m
Population 138
Population Density 1.4/km2
Demonym Granite Hollander
City Guard 0
Military Strength 0

Granite Hollow

Contents:
History
Geography
Climate
Demographics
Economy
Governance
Military Presence
Landmarks
Notable People

Granite Hollow is the name of a barony in central Hestial as well as the small village it contains.

History

It is unknown when the village of Granite Hollow was first founded, however the barony was established in 9,912 A.E., following the conclusion of the SIlver War.

Geography

Granite Hollow is located in central Hestial. To the north lies an escarpment on bedrock that looks over a valley. To the northwest lies the granite quarry that is responsible for the name of this area. A river runs from the northeast to the southwest. The Trader’s Road, which runs from the capital Haveed to the city of Skepshire, is found running east-to-west, and is directly adjacent to the village of Granite Hollow.

Climate

Granite Hollow has a humid continental climate with warm, humid summers and cold winters. The city experiences four distinct seasons, with considerable variance in day to day temperature, particularly during the colder weather season.

Demographics

Like most of Hestial the majority of the population is human,

Humans: 99.3%
Other: 0.7%

Economy

Granite Hollow’s economy is driven by the production from the nearby granite quarry and olive orchards, as well as the income generated by the proximity to the Trader’s Road.

Governance

Granite Hollow is governed by the Baron Haveli Vilkas.

There is no permanent policing force stationed in Granite Hollow. When an intervention is required, civilians are deputized and a posse is formed until the issue has been resolved.

Offenders to the law of the land are brought before the Baron for sentencing.

Taxation of land and business owners occurs and funds civil works as well as being forwarded to the capital for the national treasury.

Military Presence

There is no permanent military force stationed in Granite Hollow. When military support is required, troops are generally deployed from the capital or from a closer squadron currently on patrol.

Landmarks

Vilkas Estate: Lying north and separate of the village of Granite Hollow, the residency for the Baron of these lands lives in a tasteful and modestly-sized manor surrounded by well-tended grounds. The estate holds stables, servants quarters, the family mausoleum, a private orchard, and a well-spring.

The King’s Prayer: The only lodging to be found in Granite Hollow, and a larger inn than one would suspect for a village of this size, it manages to do good business as the Trader’s Road sees a high volume of traveling tinkers and merchants seeking refuge for the night.

Smithy: Used to mending horseshoes and staving barrels, this smith won’t have much of an armory for sale here.

General Goods: Carrying food rations and farm supplies this bare bones shop may not have much of interest to a band of adventurers, but someone looking to unload some unwanted gear may find a willing buyer.

Broken Tower: The ruins to an old watchtower on the valley escarpment found to the north, this crumbling structure’s basement contains the secret and enchanted entrance to a forgotten safehouse that belonged to Varkas Vilkas, of the Brotherhood of the Wolf.

Graveyard: The village graveyard serves as a final resting place for the people of Granite Hollow. In the summer of 10,162 A.E. a mausoleum in this graveyard was used by a mysterious figure wielding necromantic spells who seeked entrance to the safehouse at the Broken Tower and the secrets contained within.

Notable People

Baron Haveli Vilkas, oversees the barony of Granite Hollow. Born in 10,131 A.E. to the Baron Varkas Vilkas, Haveli lost his mother to an illness when he was five, and then his father when he was eleven. Raised by Edvun Bairain until he reached adulthood, Haveli is currently responsible for the barony and village of Granite Hollow.

Edvun Bairain, the steward to Haveli Vilkas, has served the Vilkas family for over thirty years and managed the Vilkas household from the time of Varkas Vilkas’ death until Haveli came of age.

Old Garn, a geriatric farmer who has lived in Granite Hollow for many years and who is eager to share his stories with any who would listen.

Baba Yarrow, an aged hedge-witch who acts as the healer and midwife for the town of Granite Hollow.

Granite Hollow

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