Lagerwater stead is both my Far Point campaign base and a storytelling nexus for Far Place fiction and exploration. The stead is the setting for A Rope of Cedarbark and other Far Place tales.
Young Lagerwater stead is located “on Snakepipe’s Edge”, in the wild and rain-soaked uplands of the Far Place between Jaskor’s Hold and Ginijji. It is essentially a fortified valley, a large stead that is home to a substantial minority of the Tresdarnii clan of the Tovtaros tribe.
Lagerwater holds a central place in the mythology of the Far Walkers. Taroskarla tells how Taros the Ridgeleaper first cut Lagerwater’s stead tree by the banks of the Lagertarn, and how it became home to the Animal Twins, heroquesters of the Three Element Dance. The original Lagerwater is now flooded beneath the Lagertarn, and Taros the Ridgeleaper is trapped undying below, awaiting his release and the heavy wyrd of vengeance he will bring upon all. Young Lagerwater sits by the shores of the tarn, isolated and defiant, soaked by the daily torrents that stream from Skyfall Lake.
Lagerwater suffered horribly during the Righteous Wind Revolt, and lost many of its finest warriors at Gamla’s Leap. Kinstrife threatens to erupt again within the stead, which has families both of Yelmalian and Elmali worshippers. In distant Piddledown, the Yelmalian tribal king plots openly to bring the wayward Tresdarnii clan to heel.
More recently a trollkin ‘hero’ and his followers who saved Lagerwater from Uz attack have imposed themselves on the stead’s hospitality, and shadows of Darkness grow. A foreign vingan is spreading strange notions amongst the young warriors. More and more strangers are in the gors, exploring the ancient, forbidden ruins of the Youf. All the while ancient enemies, Uz and broo and crawling chaos, look down from the storm-lashed heights and plot the stead’s destruction. Lagerwater wants nothing but isolation, but the Hero Wars are upon us all. Come the Hurricane.
Significant People at Lagerwater Stead
|Chieftain||Orlstein Blue Cloud||M||Dar||Sacred River|
|Lawspeaker||Kierston Twoworlds||F||Andrin||Twin Birch|
|Ploughmaster||Ranli Stranglebear||M||Barntar||Twin Birch|
|Second Plough||Vantar the Straight||M||Yelmalio||Sacred River|
|Herdmistress||Kiersa Windcloak||F||Uralda||Wind Spears|
|Boundary Thane||Garlon Blinks Twice||M||Barntar||Sacred River|
|Herd Mother||Varla Web In Hail||F||Uralda||Twin Birch|
|Clan Champion||Karim Wildspear||M||Daylanus||Twin Birch|
|Twin Speaker||Gamla the Antler||F||Animal Twins||Twin Birch|
|Sacred River Ancestor **||Ran Bloodfield||M||Barntar||Sacred River|
|Sacred River Hearthmistress||Yrsa the Flame||F||Mahome||Sacred River|
|Twin Birch Ancestor||Huma Saved-by-Bears||M||Ormalaya||Twin Birch|
|Twin Birch Hearthmistress||Forelda Copperkey||F||Kev/Orane||Twin Birch|
|First Yelmalian***||Gaumata Lynx Eye||M||Yelmalio||Twin Birch|
|“Loyal Wife”||Meleranda Cityborn||F||Yernalda||Twin Birch|
|Wind Spear Ancestor||Haldar Heavyhead||M||Minlister||Wind Spears|
|Wind Spear Hearthmistress||Sora Redcalf||F||Nevala||Wind Spears|
|Storm Godi||Tovar Thunderson||M||Daylanus||Sacred River|
|Storm Godar||Karim Gorsfire#||M||Helamakt||Twin Birch|
|Great Hunter||Erryn Jumping Salmon#||F||Oramayla||Wind Spears|
|Weaponthane||Braggi Hail-Blast#||M||Ereltharol||Twin Birch|
|Weaponthane||Braggi SunBlade||M||Helamakt||Sacred River|
|Weaponthane||Yestus Golden Throat||M||Yelmalio||Twin Birch|
|Healer||Gamla Unafraid||F||Jera||Twin Birch|
|Sun Carl||Maldon Fire-of-Waters||M||Elmal||Wind Spears|
|WoodWright||Dangar the Red||M||Orstan||Wind Spears|
|Gateman||Bhorghil One-Eye||M||Elmal||Wind Spears|
|Bonesmith||Merklan Thundergong||M||Gustbran||Twin Birch|
|Skald||Larthan Visionsinger||M||Drogarsi||Twin Birch|
|Reeve (Grain Keeper)||Rane ‘Maldonson’||M||Elmal||Wind Spears|
|Grain-Godi||Taros Oxback||M||Barnatar||Twin Birch|
|Midwife/Gyrda||Ula Willow Grouse||F||Eninta||Twin Birch|
|Sun Watcher||Yelmalhara Redgrain||M||Yelmalio||Sacred River|
|Sun Wife (Gyrda)||Harvina Altar Friend||F||Yernalda||Twin Birch|
|Gyrda****||Kari Loving Cup||F||Roitina||Twin Birch|
|Gyrda||Keslii Glowingcoal||F||Orane||Sacred River|
|Ancestral Shaman||Entarla Manyvoice||F||Animal Twins||Sacred River|
|Tower Thane||Keranas the Cold||F||Rigsdal||Twin Birch|
|Dishthane||Skarg the Paunch||M||Vanganth||Sacred River|
|Speaker to Uz||Nalda Laughing Tree||F||Odayla||Wind Spears|
|Trader||Skalgrim Deer Velvet||M||Issaries||Twin Birch|
|Trickster||No One Neverthere||F||Eurmal||None|
* The bloodlines of Lagerwater are the Kinlini (Sacred River), Validor (Twin Birch) and Heldarnii (Wind Spears).
** Spakeman, or bloodline elder, lit. ‘Ancestor’.
*** The Yelmalians at the stead are led by Gaumata Lynx Eye. Though of different bloodlines, most of the Yelmalians share a common hearth at the Golden Lodge, in their own quarter of the stead. They have food, clothing and behavioral taboos that set them apart from their storm kin.
Gaumata’s wife Meleranda Cityborn guides the Yelmalian wives. They join in communal Ernaldan ceremonies with the rest of the women, and are completely accepted therein, but Meleranda also leads Ernalda Yelmalio-Wife ceremonies at her hearth. Orlanthi call that aspect of the goddess ‘Yernalda’.
**** The Womens’ Circle does not make great use of formal titles.
# secret members of the Righteous Wind.
Other Important People
Conla Brightshield, king of the Tovtaros. A Yelmalian worshipper, usually called ‘the sun-swallowed’.
Cloudstrider, a crazed and seemingly immortal ancestral shaman who dwells in the gors and gallt. he knows much of the Youf and their ruins, and of the dragonewts.
Cradledaughter the Vingan, a controversial Kheldon stead guest with suspect alliances.
Octavian Redwheel, Etyries priest, trader, and year-husband to Kierston Two Worlds. Well-received by most, despite being a Lunar sorcerer.
Harlii Virginland, salt-lick gyrda of the hunting camps, a simple soul who walks with a goddess none can name.
Balin Godgift, young son of Kierston the Lawspeaker. Said to have the memories and powers of his deceased grandfather, the heroquester Balin Godwind.
Climbtree Zorakbane, a trollkin ‘hero’ who has saved the stead and so commands its hospitality. He and his enlo followers are a growing problem.
Jungra Manystep, A Praxian zebra rider, friend to Kierston and Cradledaughter. A frequent visitor to the stead.
Janerra Brightbronze, the chief’s daughter, soon to wed. The ongoing courtship contests have provoked much scandal and turmoil.
Silverquill, a wandering durulz grey sage, dedicated to explication of the Youf ruins that dot the gors.
And of course…
Quackbeth the Hueymakt, a hazia cigaro chewing, uni-ambular, durulz freebooter (though only the left boot) who haunts the trails between Ironspike and Lagerwater.