Legends of the Middle Ages
Southampton is a small unwalled city in the near center of Hampshire County. The River Itchen runs besides Southampton, and then branches out to the southwest as River Bure while continuing on southeastwards as the River Itchen. Most of the structures in Southampton are made from timber, with daub and straw roofs. Only the structures owned by the wealthy merchants and the church are stone. The population of Southampton is around 900 residents, but can grow up to 1200 during festivals and tournaments.
Geography and Climate
The Hampshire Mountain Range influences Southampton’s climate. The range traps much of the front, trapping much of the rain clouds, giving Southampton a higher than usual annual rainfall. Due to the large amount of rain, the growing of some crops is difficult. The temperature in Southampton is mild in the spring and summer, while the fall gets cold, and the winters freeze. Southampton gets a mild amount of snow during the winter.
Being at the center of Hampshire, Southampton has become a large center for merchants and traders to gather. Many of Hampshire’s best craftsman reside in the city, getting their best material from across the county. Southampton has a large source of timber and hunting grounds being that it is surrounded by three major forests. The timber is used to make structures, tools, furnishings as well as bows, staves and spears. Much of Barlo’s limestone is sold to Southampton then resold across the county.
Southampton is well known for it’s many festivals, dances, celebrations and tournaments which brings entertainment, and revenue.
Southampton’s payment to Lord Eric consists yearly of 80 gold coins, 2 tons of timber, 25 pounds of hides, 3 pounds of pepper, 20 bows, and 200 arrows.
The Traveler’s Road runs through Southampton running east towards Ledbury and Wroxham, while west leads to Barlo and Somersham. A newly formed road leading north runs to Thetford. River Bure also leads to the capitol of Suffolk County, the city of Wroxham and to nearby River Leafington. The River Itchen leads directly to Barlo, which provides shipping access to their limestone. Southampton has a several docks that regulate the frequent trade that runs through the city.
Notable Structures and Places of Interest
Festivals, Celebrations and Holidays
Union of the Divine Day of Remembrance
Southampton Tournament of Skill and Bravery
Recent destruction of Southampton
Recently, Southampton was attacked by a band of Goblins lead by a Goblin Shaman. The goblins set fire to the city, and burned much of it down leaving hundreds of townsfolk homeless. It was noted that the goblins killed everyone in their path, except pregnant women whom they took with them. The whole city may have been overrun, if not for Lord Eric and a band of brave warriors he had with him in Southampton Manor. The city lost nearly half of their structures and about 300 people were killed or reported missing.
Please read the Battle for Southampton for more information.
Weeks since the attack, the crops at Southampton have begun to wither and die. There has also been reports of the cattle and livestock becoming sick and six chickens have died thus far.