It was like any other day before the earth roared. It was as though Lord Faolan himself was screaming out for help. But the silence after... the silence was worst of all.
was a small village under the Lordship
of the Vasey
family, located about three miles from their castle
. It was nestled in a valley in the foothills of The Teeth
, founded in a place where sun pooled like water.
In the five hundred years it stood, Sun's Hollow was mainly an agricultural village; their main export was a particular variety of apple known as Sun's Gold
and the cider
made from them.
On the fifth of Third Moon, 5340 EA, the people of Sun's Hollow awoke to a pale grey sky and light misty rain
. By early afternoon, the rain had grown heavier and was showing no signs of stopping. An eyewitness later stated that the slope above the village looked as though it was weeping.
At mid-afternoon, there was an almighty roar that reverberated through the valley. It was as though the dragons, who had disappeared centuries ago, had returned. Then the earth above the valley appeared to turn to water and a torrent of rock and mud rushed towards Sun's Hollow and swallowed it whole.
Less than an hour after the landslide was over, Lord Robert Vasey
rode out to Sun's Hollow with forty of his men. They joined forces with common folk who had travelled from other nearby villages in the effort to dig survivors out of the mud.
Unfortunately, only one survivor was found - a young boy of seven winters who, it was later said, Lord Vasey rescued from the earth himself. Though this claim is dubious at best, the Vasey family took the boy, Micah
, in and he was adopted as their son a year or so later.
The day after the tragedy, Priests of Faolan
, the Lord of Earth
, travelled from their temple
in the city of Broadgate to perform funeral rites
over the mound of mud and rock for any souls still trapped beneath. Bodies who had been dug out were then laid to rest nearby and given separate funeral rites. It took the priests a week to perform their duties.
It has been only six years since the catastrophe, but grass has now grown to cover the remains of the landslide and Sun's Hollow underneath. A marker
has been erected on Lord Robert Vasey's orders to honour the memory of those who lost their lives.
Only one tree that produces Sun's Gold apples remains. It was cultivated from a broken branch retrieved from the landslide by a Priest of Faolan there to take part in the funeral rites. This young tree currently grows in Broadgate's Temple of Faolan and is fiercely protected.