Yonder | E. Christopher Clark

Yonder

Yonder is a quiet hamlet, nestled in the foothills of Mount Munch, which overlooks the river which shares its name. Founded by Munchkins and Quadlings engaged in the construction of the Cubs’ Causeway, Yonder has long been considered a heavenly haven for queer Edenians of all sorts. Even during the oppressive reign of Oscar Diggs, Yonder maintained its status as a safe space for LGBTQIA+ individuals. Given the village’s strategic location on the border with neighboring Promiseland, all the Yonderers had to do when The Wizard or The Witch of the East tried to make trouble was to threaten their willingness to be annexed by the other side. That’s all they had to do to make the tyrants would go away.

 

Geography

The village sits upon the northern shore of the Yonder River. It is located in the foothills of nearby Mount Munch, which rises to the northwest.

 

Architecture

Most buildings in this settlement are small one-story bungalows built exclusively from materials found in the surrounding environment. This is in keeping with ancient halfling traditions that no building should ever rise higher than the tallest tree and that every place and tool a halfling makes should have no trouble being re-absorbed by Mother Nature.

The design aesthetic calls to mind the traditional villages of Polynesia here in The Real World—which makes sense, given that the halflings held dominion over that part of the world on their version of Earth, back before The Calamity which brought them to Eden.

 

Notable Landmarks

The Cubs’ Causeway, also known as The Bears’ Boardwalk is perhaps the most famous of the hamlet’s landmarks. Built to allow easy crossing of the Yonder River, it’s an historic spot for both hookups and more internationally significant parleys.

 

There is also the Hangar of Wings, the former home of an army of Winged Monkeys stationed here by Oscar Diggs during the run-up to the War of Western Aggression. These days, it is home to raucous parties held during Eden’s Pride Month.

 

Each of the town’s original homes has its own winding path to the peak of Mount Munch, a symbol of the founders’ belief that there are many ways to ”reach the top” in life and that none are more valid than any other.

 

And last but not least, upon the summit of the mountain sits the Tower Where Blades Dance—the meeting place of two Munchkin men who came there to fight over a mutual ex before realizing that guy sucked and that they should just be together instead. Today it is considered one of the most romantic spots in all of Munchkinland.

Founding Date
82
Type
Hamlet
Inhabitant Demonym
Yonderer
Location under
Owning Organization
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Dec 31, 2023 23:26 by Dr Emily Vair-Turnbull

At first I was like 'aww, how romantic' at the last bit, but also I am suspicious it is a penis joke. :P   This sounds like a lovely cosy place.

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Jan 1, 2024 02:42 by E. Christopher Clark

Oh crap, I made a penis joke without even realizing it!

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Jan 3, 2024 21:54 by Chris L

Sounds like another comfy little place where your characters can have peaceful lives before the ruckus finds them! And yeah I agree with Serukkis, the "sword-fighters" in the last paragraph. sounds gay to me!


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Jan 4, 2024 11:59 by E. Christopher Clark

Yep, definitely gay—but in a good way!

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