Abridged History of the 10th Age
|Town||Population: 3,000||Sheriff: Miles Grouse|
Oakbarton sits hard on an oakwood, surrounded by fields and high hedgewalls. Three hills surround the town, and the lowland spaces between them are bounded by hedgerows with wooden gates piercing them. The center of town is an unpaved square where a round rose trellis hides an altar of Leesha. The Black Anvil and the Oakbarton Inn both front the square. A public well and a public bread oven can also be found there.
The town is an ancient settlement, dating back to the late Second Empire. A thorough explanation of its little winding streets will reveal that there are some places where Second Empire stonework moulders and crumbles along the hillsides; these were once reinforced with Petracaes granite and formed bastions from which to survey the countryside. An old tower, northwards in the woods, known as the Knight’s Hold or the Towerhouse, was used by troops of Avaria as late as the middle 10th Age in order to watch the fording of the Arwater and ensure that Thyrnessan soldiers didn’t pour into the Lamp Country.
The people of Oakbarton live mostly in surface houses, with only the great Five Families dwelling beneath the hills. A farmer’s market takes place in the town center once each month in the spring, summer, and autumn on the 15th. During the Summer Feast (here known as the Summer Fair), men and halflings from the countryside round about all come into Oakbarton, take rooms at the inn, and celebrate the weather together.
While the only temple within the town is the trellised altar of Leesha, there is a temple of Eleia some ways through the west gate, up overlooking the Thistleman’s farm.
The Five Families
Like most halfling families of any import, the great ones own many farms through cousins and kin. In Oakbarton, as in most halfling towns, men do the out-of-the-house socializing and work, but all decisions are made by the families’ women.
The Bartletts own a number of fields and orchards throughout the Oakbarton countryside. Hammond Bartlett and Ophelia Bartlett run the family together. They live right in town and always provide free cider at the markets and festivals. It’s said that Harold Eikly buys his cider exclusively from the Bartlett presses; which may be true, since most of the huge barrels found in the inn have pear-marks burned into them.
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