Berlas Clan Village
Location: North West of Rishoka’s South Port in a small valley
Climate: Temperate with cold and cloudy winters with pleasantly warm summers, rains fall commonly throughout the year, with snow only falling for a few months of each year.
Primary Terrain: To the North West of the village a large cliff juts up suddenly and a small mountain range extends out in both a northerly and southerly direction. Against the cliff and mountains, a stream runs which provides the village with most of its water needs – including powering a small mill. To the south lies the path outward from the valley and towards the nearest road, the path is little more than a dirt track running alongside the stream and through the woods. To the north of the village the forest is left mostly untouched and is primarily used for hunting of wild game and for foraging of various herbs, berries, fungi and other various things. The eastern side of the village is cleared of most forestation and has the various farms of the families of the clan, while most families choose to live in the village and rise early to walk to their farm each day the two families whose farms are over four hours brisk walk from the village reside their instead.
Government: The village is the settlement of the Berlas clan, an Elven clan that has been settled there for as long as anyone or any record can recall, as such the Beyen – Noyan – is currently in charge of the settlement and the clan. As the Beyen or Clan Elder he is responsible for settling all matters arising and for conducting any dealings with outsiders. He is assisted by the Keshik, the leader of the village’s small militia – currently Temur, the son and heir to Noyan – and the Behi, the wife of the Clan Elder – presently this position is vacant as Noyan’s wife passed away several years’ past. Oftentimes, the Beyen will choose to make his decisions in a common assembly of all members of the clan which given the size of the village is hardly a difficult prospect.
Affiliation (if any): Nominally speaking the village is part of the Old Empire, and it certainly pays its taxes as required, however as an Elven village and a village of so little import it barely sees or deals with anyone from the Old Empire.
Population: 153 people, all Elves.
Points of Interest: The two stone buildings in the village are the Beyen’s house, which also doubles as a meeting place, court, prison, and everything else that the running of the village and attending to the clan requires. There was also an attempt several centuries ago to surround the village with stone walls, but it never got further than the construction of the gate and one of the towers of the gatehouse before funds dried up. It now serves as the armoury and a guest quarters and general bunkhouse – it’s a popular spot with young lovers especially if one of them is on a patrol.
History: The Berlas Clan settled the village so long ago that the title to the land is as old as some noble lineages, yet despite the antiquity of the settlement it has changed and developed little. Indeed, despite the age of the village it has earnt no name simply being referred to as the village or home by the inhabitants and Clan Berlas’ settlement in the few official documents (mostly tax related) that it appears in. A few Beyen’s have tried over the centuries to improve the village with walls, towers, or other such things but their ambitions always outstripped their means. The water mill added by the current Beyen’s father and predecessor near three hundred years ago is perhaps the most successful development in the village’s and clan’s long history. Across all the tribulations that have wrought the Old Empire since the village’s foundation almost none of them truly reached the village, it is simply too unimportant and out of the way to be worthy of anyone but the tax collector’s attention – and they will come whatever the ruler or state of things.