Fairwallow | E. Christopher Clark

Fairwallow

Fairwallow is a village in the southwest of Nalké which was shaped and then re-shaped by the supernatural weather system known as the Ceaseless Cyclone. Early in the Second Age, that terrifying tornado carved the two-hundred mile long road which would lead travelers to the once-remote Fountain of Ink—the landmark around which the village would be settled. But late in the Age, the Cyclone returned to decimate this place and transform another landmark—a statue of Laudine de Landuc—into the haunting effigy known today as the Wailing Widow.

 

Geography

The village was built upon a stretch of Nalkénean grassland on the eastern banks of the Bü‘ükopo Oadü, near the confluece of that river and one of its tributaries (the River O‘Pire).

 

A small wood sits at the northern edge of town.

 

Architecture

The architecture of the town recalls the quaint English villages of the founding settlers’ childhoods back on Earth-666—before The Calamity brought them here to Eden.

 

Notable Landmarks

At the northern edge of town sits Toad Grove, home to the aforementioned Fountain of Ink and a prosperous colony of horny toads. It is a place known both for its history as a spiritual retreat and as the sight of the famous duel between Laudine de Landuc’s first and second husbands: Esklado dab Mol and Yvain le Fay.

 

The statue of the Wailing Widow sits at the southernmost entrance to town. It is purported to be the frequent site of demonic possessions, but the people of Fairwallow know that not all demons are bad demons per se, so they’ve never made any attempts to cordon it off or tear it down.

 

And between the two, at the center of town, stands the Factory of the First Hearth. It is here that Laudine de Landuc’s parents, one a perfumer and the other a stationer, made their fortunes (one on ink from the nearby fountain, the other on an aphrodisiac made from the sweat of the toads). Inside the factory stands the First Hearth itself, a fire which is said to have been burning since the creation of Eden.

Founding Date
Second Age
Type
Village
Location under
Included Locations
Owning Organization
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Dec 31, 2023 02:41 by Dr Emily Vair-Turnbull

'It is purported to be the frequent site of demonic possessions, but the people of Fairwallow know that not all demons are bad demons per se, so they’ve never made any attempts to cordon it off or tear it down.'   And this seems like a terrible idea that will have consequences at some point.

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Dec 31, 2023 14:15 by E. Christopher Clark

Probably. I am an author, after all, and we are eeeeeeevvvvvvillll.

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Jan 3, 2024 21:43 by Chris L

The unregulated demonic possession statue bothers me too! Good luck to the folks who live there!


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Jan 4, 2024 12:01 by E. Christopher Clark

But not all demons are bad, right? Like maybe you'll get possessed by a FUN demon!

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