Trickling Dart

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The Lordship of Trickling Dart

Duchy: Guardian

Barony: Trebachas

Leaders: Lord Dafyd Jarvis
Lady Sonia JarvisNPC

Population: 40,000

Known For: Goats, Cheese, Leather Goods, Mushrooms

Major Towns and Cities: Dunloch

Characters of Trickling Dart: Here

Description: Trickling Dart is a long-standing field of battle for many of the tribes of Trebachas, although the tribes that had made the river plain their home were long ago driven from it and sent retreating to the hills to the north and the swamps to the south. Its level terrain makes for a perfect sparring ground, and in-fighting has become something of an annual plague come spring as the tribes of Tel Girade and Fen March fight with each other and continue to harass the farmers who settle there.


Trickling Dart is a lordship known for a terribly uneventful history. Certainly, the constant raiding and occasional occupation by legionary training and muster forces make it a lordship known for a certain level of roughness. The people, a hardy sort, make their living mostly for their masterful tanning and crafting of leather. With the proximity to legions that pass through the flat grounds, they have found a pleasant niche providing leather goods for the troops.

Caught between two rebellious tribal presences in 30 AG, while the isle still warred over who would be the new ducal power, Trickling Dart was a battlefield quickly abandoned by the tribals and occupied as a stronghold of Barcan forces, trapping the northern lordship of Tel Girade between two Barca-loyal armies. The separation—the split and breaking–of the Northern and Southern tribes was one that was something that left Trickling Dart caught in the middle of not two, but three powers. After the war ended, however, it was the descendants of those legionnaires who had come to like the lands in their time there that ended up settling along the fertile Grey River.

Trickling Dart has, therefore, always been particularly accommodating to passing legionnaires. The women, according to many a soldier far away from home, in particular.


Trickling Dart, unlike Tel Girade to the north, has a negligible tribal presence. As such, it does not find it necessary to match tribals to non-tribals. After the victory of Barcan forces in 30AG, tribes were made decidedly unwelcome, and sent to live in the hills of the north and the swamps of the south. After the Schism, they still are not particularly welcome or well thought of, and so refugees from Fen March were sent further north to their brothers in the Northern Hills.

The lordship was first given to House Aelius, but Lord Marcus Aelius died without heir after nearly four hundred years of Aelius rule. The Morien family, the line of a faithful chamberlain, was elevated to take control in 504.

It is currently controlled by Lord Dafyd Jarvis, a former tribune who served under Wilhelmina Conway before her days as baroness. He took control of the lordship after a long period of vacancy, following the Morien massacre — a wereshark attack that took the lives of two Morien land-holding noblemen, as well as Siobhan Conway, daughter of Trahearn Conway, former Baron Trebachas.

Succession of Lords

November 11, 508 – Present

Lord Dafyd Jarvis (b. 470)
m: Sonia WhistileNPC (b. 482)

October 23, 506 – November 11, 508

Under Baronial Control

January 506 – October 23, 506

Lady Jamilah Morien (b. Mar 1, 486; d. Oct 23, 506)

504 – January 506

Lord Jenoch Morien

402 – 504

House Morien

30 - 402

House Aelius

Trickling Dart is bordered on the west by the Sea of Veils, on the north by the Trebachas lordship of Tel Girade, on the east by the baronies of Smithfield and Dun Artan, and the south by the Trebachas lordship of Fen March. It is divided by the Grey River, which makes for a highly fertile (for Guardians) stretch of land. Unfortunately, farms established on the flat river plain rarely do well for consecutive years due to the violence that plagues the territory.

While the land closest to the river is fairly flat, there are a number of tall hills just a small distance away from the river. They grow taller as they approach the eastern boundary, continuing into Smithfield and Dun Artan where the hills eventually meet the mountain range.

The Grey River at Sunset

Northern Trickling Dart, like Tel Girade, has an intense climate. Due to the winds that come off of the ocean, the river in its center, and its position against the high eastern mountains, it is prone to freezing winters and very hot, humid summers. Snow comes to the hillsides of the east during the coldest months, but then temperatures can climb as high as 104°F (40°C) in the hot months of July and August. As one moves south, however, the climate becomes more temperate and does not vary as wildly.

Goats Beside the Road

In the small city of Dunloch, currency is the typical form of exchange for goods and services. In the rest of the lordship, however, bartering is the rule.

To the north, there are small olive groves, although they are not of the same quantity or quality of those found in Tel Girade. Mushrooms are harvested in the spring in the south, and sent throughout the barony. Dried mushrooms are sold to the rest of the isle, but it is hardly a cash crop. More money is to be found in raising goats and, even moreso, in producing cheese. The people of Trickling Dart import cattle from the Fields as well, purchasing the most cattle annually out of all of the Trebachan lordships. Some farmers attempt raising cattle, but their herds are very small due to the poor nutrition provided by grazing grasses and the northern intrusion of Fen Wolves. Typically, cows are kept alive just long enough to be slaughtered properly for meat and leather.

Trickling Dart leather artisans in particular are known throughout the barony for their production of sheaths, leather armor, and saddles. Trebachan war saddles are highly coveted — known for their ornate tooling, superior smoothness, and lasting suppleness — and men and women come from all over the isle to apprentice under the master leather workers. There are other very talented saddle-workers in the barony, but they nearly all trained in Trickling Dart.


The men and women of Trickling Dart are not tribal people, and there is no significant tribal presence there. There is a respect of the Legions, and many are sent to the Legions with the expectation that they return and help defend their families’ property in the lordship from raiding parties from both the north and south.

The semi-annual drive of cattle from the Fields (in the spring and in the autumn) is celebrated in villages across Trickling Dart. From each village four men are chosen, two experienced drivers, to protect the village's cattle interests. The young men of the village – all who have recently participated in the Becoming Festival – then compete for the other two seats in a series of games on horseback and sparring. Beginning in the south, these men stop in each neighboring village to collect that village’s contribution to the drive. By the time they reach the port in the north, the group is upwards of one hundred men. They collect their cattle, and then begin the return home.

Along the way, there are occasionally raiding parties from the tribal peoples of the hills and marshes. More commonly, however, there is an endemic spirit of raiding. It's not intended to be violent, but rather to help Trebachan drivers to keep their skills sharp and ready for battle. Unfortunately, the back and forth nature of the exercises make it difficult to ascertain who really is the victor at the end of the drive.

Each village, upon receiving their count of cattle, greets the men who bring them as men of honor at a huge feast where there is much drinking and dancing. The men from the southernmost village, the village of Yarden, travel the furthest and therefore receive the most honour, as they are looked to as the leaders of the drive. They decide when to begin the journey, set the pace for it, maintain order, and settle disputes. They also bring home the best cattle to their own village as compensation for their work.

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