Bald Move D&D Play by Post (Level 2): Players Only Please
Woodside, a tour of the town…
The campaign begins in a small but bustling town of Woodside. Founded nearly a century ago, Woodside was originally the location of a wilderness hunting lodge built by a wealthy nobleman named Orek Jimmeron. Over the years as the lodge grew and expanded, a small town began to spring up around it. Many decades later, what was once a simple lodge is now known as Jimmeron Palace. The current occupant of the Palace is Queen Annabella Jimmeron, the eldest living ancestor of Orek and presiding monarch of Woodside. The Palace grounds are mostly open to the public (although the Palace itself is tightly guarded) and host a temple to Thellyne, Sister of the Hunt.
The Palace District
Directly to the East of the Palace is a walled community called The Palace District. This is where the wealthiest members of Woodside live. Only Ladies, lords and nobles – many of whom are descendants of Orek – along with the richest of merchants, traders and retired adventurers of upstanding reputation can call the Palace District home. Non-residents of the Palace District require a written invitation from a resident to gain entry into the Palace District.
Further to the East is a small stretch of government and bureaucratic buildings known as Administration Row. Agencies and offices dealing with the day to day running of the town can be found here. Among the buildings in this area are the Trade Union Hall, the Merchant’s Guild, the Currency Exchange, the Headquarters of the Falcon Guards (the town’s police/guard force) and other offices dealing with licencing, permits, regulatory issues and all of Woodside’s other bureaucratic needs.
Across the Town River lies a region of Woodside known as Rockbottom. Originally the location of a small serfdom of farmers, fishermen and labourers that sprung up to support Orek’s hunting lodge, Rockbottom is now home to Woodside’s poorest and most unsavory citizens. Rockbottom almost exists as a town unto itself as few citizens of either side of the Town River often cross it. When Woodside first erected its town walls, there was great debate about whether or not to include Rockbottom inside of the town’s official boundary. In the end, it was thought that the town would be safer from invasion with buffer of expendable people East of the river. Many people, from both sides, still question the wisdom of that decision. The Falcon Guards do not patrol Rockbottom, instead it is rumoured to be under the thumb of the area’s thieves’ guild known as the Quarrymen.
The area that makes up the majority of Woodside’s South-East neighbourhood is referred to as Middling Manor. The is where the bulk of the town’s population live, and is generally a blend of working and middle class families. Mixed among the houses of Middling Manor various shops, inns, drinking establishments and businesses can be found. The area is very self-sufficient and citizens rarely find the need to leave their neighbourhood.
At the town’s centre is a sprawling parkland known as the Commons. These are public lands available to be used by the citizens of Woodside for a wide range of activities ranging from picnics to political rallies (permits required!). It’s a popular location for weekend relaxation, weddings, sporting events and general leisure. At the very centre of the Commons, a fountain dedicated to the Goddess Thellyne.
The neighbourhood in Woodside’s South-West is called The Market. While it is home to the majority of the town’s trade and commerce, it is also a residential area – mostly for merchants, traders and their families. If you’re looking to buy something, the Market is the first place that you’d look. Its streets are lined and crowded with shops, stalls and booths selling all manner of goods, most locally produced by exotic items from far off lands can often be found here. There are many inns and taverns in the Market, and is usually the where travellers and adventurers can be found.
And finally, in the town’s North-West region lies the neighbourhood known as Forestview Heights. This area is generally viewed as being the home of Woodside’s non-noble upper class and other aspirational families. Not nearly as wealthy as those who live in the Palace District, residents still view themselves as a cut above the rest of Woodside’s citizens. Many of the wealthier families in Forestview Heights have petitioned for the construction of a wall to segregate their community from the rest of Woodside, but there’s little political will within the town’s administration to accommodate this.