Stagford Moonwell Building / Landmark in Soldiers of the Sword Coast | World Anvil

Stagford Moonwell

Purpose / Function

The Stagford Moonwell serves as a temple to both Chauntea and Silvanus. Likely the largest remaining holy site still functioning on the isle of Alaron, the moonwell serves as a bastion of Ffolk culture and spiritual belief thought lost to the war. The moonwell holds great significance for local communities, serving not only as a place of worship but also as a gathering place for celebrations, events, and rituals. People come from far and wide to pay their respects and draw strength from the Moonwell's holy waters. It is a source of inspiration, hope, and renewal, playing a critical role in preserving the cultural heritage and beliefs of the Ffolk people.


Since his arrival, Archdruid Fenster has been dedicated to transforming the area around the spring into a beautiful walking garden. The once-crumbling monastery, now restored to its former splendor, stands in the center of nine expansive fields. Under Fenster's guidance, the garden has become a thriving hub of nature and spirituality, attracting visitors and aspiring monks. Fenster's passion and knowledge have inspired a new generation of young practitioners, who come to learn and work alongside the archdruid. They are drawn to his vision of harmony between the natural world and the spiritual realm, and are eager to carry on his legacy of preserving the sacred balance. As a result, Fenster's impact on the Stagford Moonwell and its surrounding community is far-reaching, ensuring that the traditions and beliefs of the Ffolk people will endure for generations to come.



The renovated monastery of the Stagford Moonwell is a marvel of architectural restoration. The once-crumbling building has been restored to its former glory, with gleaming stone walls and soaring ceilings that evoke a sense of reverence and awe. The centerpiece of the monastery is a large, spacious room used for oration, where the faithful can come to listen to sermons and prayers, or to sing hymns in honor of the gods. The room is filled with light, streaming in from tall windows and a skylight above, illuminating the intricate carvings and frescoes that adorn the walls and ceiling.   Adjacent to the nave are the private quarters for the residents of the monastery, including the archdruid and the other monks who tend the grounds. These rooms are simple but comfortable, designed for quiet reflection and meditation. Each resident has a private space, as well as access to common areas for dining and recreation.   In the center of the monastery is an open garden, a tranquil space where residents can wander and commune with nature. The garden is surrounded by tall walls, providing a sense of seclusion and privacy, and is filled with lush greenery, including flowering shrubs and towering trees. In the center of the garden is a large oak tree, which serves as a focal point and a source of inspiration. The open garden is a place of peace and beauty, a testament to the close relationship between the Ffolk people and the natural world.    

Walking Gardens

  The beautiful walking gardens at the center of the Stagford Moonwell are divided into two separate sections, each dedicated to one of the venerated deities, Silvanus and Chauntea. The section on the right is a lush, verdant oasis, filled with towering trees, fragrant flowers, and the soft rustling of leaves in the wind. This is the domain of Silvanus, god of the wilds, and the garden reflects the majesty and power of nature. Paths wind through the dense foliage, offering glimpses of streams, waterfalls, and tranquil pools, all surrounded by the sounds of birdsong and the whisper of leaves.   On the left side of the moonwell lies the garden dedicated to Chauntea, goddess of agriculture and fertility. This section is a symphony of color, with blooming flowers of every hue filling the air with their sweet fragrance. There are neatly tended rows of crops, bordered by vineyards and orchards, and the gentle trickle of irrigation canals can be heard throughout. The garden is a tribute to the life-giving powers of Chauntea, and symbolizes the importance of the land and the bounty it provides. Visitors are encouraged to stroll through the gardens, to bask in the beauty of the nature and to be inspired by the spirits of the land.


The area surrounding the grove is under the watchful eye of the druids who maintain the grounds. According to Ffolk lore, the land has the ability to come alive and defend itself against any would-be attackers, striking fear into the hearts of those who would do harm to the sacred site. While skeptics have questioned the existence of this mystical power, there have been instances where the land has indeed risen to defend the grove and its guardians. The Ffolk speak of watching in awe as the earth shook, trees twisted and roots rose up to repel invaders, leaving no doubt in their minds of the land's protectiveness of the spiritual sanctuary. The druids take their responsibilities seriously, knowing that their vigilance is necessary to maintain the delicate balance amidst the wartorn isle.
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The Walking Gardens are not just a testament to the power of nature, but a reminder that life itself is a journey, constantly growing and evolving with each step we take.
— Archdruid Fenster