Legends of the Middle Ages
Barlo is a small but prosperous village sitting just south in the shadow of Windcrag Mountain. The River Itchen runs next to Barlo on the west, and the forest of Itchmorrow lies beyond the river. The population of Barlo is around 250 people. The village is unwalled, but the structures are all made of stone – a very unusual feature for the townships of Hampshire.
Geography and Climate
The geography of Barlo is influenced by Windcrag Mountain and the River Itchen. Barlo is at the highest elevation of all the townships in Hampshire County, and has the coldest average temperatures. The wind at Barlo is also brisk from the weather fronts that battle at the range of the Hampshire Mountains. Winters in Barlo are often harsh and filled with snow, spring and summer typically rainy, with autumn being generally sunny and ideal for harvest. Unfortunately, the soil in Barlo is not well suited for growing many crops but the hardiest such as turnips, carrots, parsnips, radishes and potatoes. Barlo is noted for its apple orchards, many being of a tart flavor, making it well suited for baking – these are known as Barrcrag Apples. There are also some sweeter apples known as Barlo Sweets, but these are harder to grow, have a shorter season and thus are more expensive.
Barlo’s main source of trade and export to other townships are that of limestone. There are several quarry caves in Windcrag Mountain that provide this stone which is used to build structures. Lord Eric’s manor was made of stone from Barlo. Barlo also has an abundance of apples that is also used for trade. There are several goatherders in Barlo which tend a good amount of goats in the mountains and hillsides of Barlo which provides the town milk, cheese, meat and hides.
Barlos payment to Lord Eric consists yearly of 30 pounds of apples (at least 5 being Barlo Sweets), 15 pounds poultry, 5 rounds of cheese, 10 pounds of potatoes and 25 gold coins.
Barlo has one road, appropriately named Barlo Road which leads south to Traveler’s Road. Traveler’s Road leads west towards Southampton and east to Somersham. The main mode of transport is by boat on the Itchen River. Itchen leads directly to Southampton. Barlo has a dock for medium sized vessels for the transport of their valuable exporting of limestone.
Notable Structures and Places of Interest
Sister Mary’s Church
Barlo Limestone Mines
The Stories of Barlo
Being so close to Windcrag Mountain, the Witch of Windcrag predominately hunts her pray near the village. The townspeople have lost many goats and a sheepherder in the last year. Recently about a dozen children have gone missing in the last several months. The witch has swooped them up in the middle of the day, which has been unusual. One of the mothers, Catherine, has traveled to Southampton in hopes to bring back some brave (and armed) men to help rid the town of the monster.
In early April of 1314, the townspeople claimed that three brave people from Southampton came to Catherine’s aid and went up to Windcrag to dispatch the witch. They came back down the next day, with her head in a bag.