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Heraldic colour is dark blue, with dark green and rich purple accents.
The spirit of Lake’s End has always been in poor health, and no mortal knows how this came to be. In spite of this, she is quite a capable protector, and because of the town’s proximity to the Norwood her strength is called upon with some regularity. The crops grown by nearby farms look sickly as well, but are as healthy to eat as any neighbouring town’s harvest. She means well, but often misapplies her talents – this makes the town seem doubly unlucky to outsiders. Because of her illness, the spirit is rather withdrawn and reserved, but always has time to listen to her people’s troubles.
The spirit’s sickness is contagious, and every few months a new bout of disease sweeps through the townsfolk. After generations of this, the residents have become largely immune to it, but visitors remain at risk. The prevailing attitude in Lake’s End is one of grudging toil, as if everything is an unenjoyable chore – however, they do most everything asked of them with little complaint. They look different from other people, as well – a sallow paleness of skin that one instinctively knows is unhealthy.
The town is largely self-sufficient, which is a good thing, because nobody likes visiting for very long – they start to get depressed after a few weeks, and most likely sick as well. The buildings themselves look rather sickly, and the semi-constant rain leaves the streets permanently muddy. Solid barricades can appear quite quickly if needs be, however, as the town’s wild surroundings hide numerous dangers.
There is a prevailing menace towards arcane spellcasters in Lake’s End, because the spirit believes that wizards caused the sickness that plagues her. Whether this is true or not is a question lost to the ages, but its effects and the spirit’s hostility are still felt by spellcasters passing through the town. The clerics are rather average, all things considered, except that a few of the more powerful ones keep scrolls of antimagic field handy at all times.
Criminals get the unenviable task of paving the streets of Lake’s End. Their crime determines the length of street that has to be paved, and a notorious murderer currently has only ten more miles to work off. They are chained at the ankles and taken in at nights until their length is done, but after that they are free to go. The guards wear leather and hide armour, as metal rusts too quickly in the near-constant rain, and mostly stand around in groups of two or three on the corners of the main streets.
Fish are the main source of food for the town, so many of the townsfolk are connected to the fishing trade in some way. Some of the farms on the Floodplain are closer to Lake’s End than to New Sephos, and send their harvest to the smaller town to save on transport costs. Farms within a couple of days’ walk of Lake’s End look sickly, with drooping fields of wheat and disheartened workers, but produce higher quality food in larger quantities than those outside the spirit’s influence. The town is self-supporting, but not much more than that. Prices are fair, and remedies for common ailments are quite cheap. In fact, one can find medicines here that are completely unknown in other places, and yet work better than their more recognized contemporaries.
Another town that has been named fairly literally, Lake’s End is situated at the northern end of Broad Lake. The lake is a good source of fish, and irrigation channels are dug from the river to provide the surrounding farms with water. The mysterious Norwood skirts the town from the southeast to the north, coming to an abrupt end on the east bank of Kelwyn River.
Rain falls almost continuously for more than half the year, through most of spring, all summer, and the start of autumn. In spite of this, the lake almost never breaks its banks and floods the town. The colder half of the year is still quite wet, with showers averaging about once a week in autumn and winter. The summers are cool, due to the constant rain, and this far north the winters are mild. Because of the natural windbreak between it and the coast, Lake’s End gets gentle breezes at most, and usually in summer.
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