Littleton

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Littleton

Littleton is one of the many villages lining the plateau just above the Middle Reaches. There is more rain here than in much of Papimic. It is the center of a community of about fifty farmsteads that is, overall, home to about 650 people. Each farmstead has its own name, and the family that lives there is often called by that name, e.g. Elspeth of Tymewell or Tymewell Farm. Most of the inhabitants raise barley and rye and oats and potatoes. There is a blacksmith, a coppersmith, a plumber (i.e. a smith who works lead and pewter), and a plasterer in the town. Dwarves build and maintain their own stone houses.

Social life in Littleton, like in other similar villages, revolves around the religious calendar. The temple has a vicar (an unmarried priest), three lectors (married priests), and around six cantors (laypeople who participate in leading worship).

Littleton is under the Lordship of Northmarch, as are all the settlements north of the River of Papimic along the Reaches. The Northmarch and Southmarch Lordships keep up the Watch over the Middle Reaches, mostly to guard against the depredations of the grimlocks, an ogrish race known for their savagery and crudity even compared to other ogres. The Watch is also tacitly a precaution against the ambition and arrogance of Salina. The great nightmare of the Kings in Papsin would be for Salina to actually invade and conquer some of the sacred dwarven homeland, now that it has come so close to absorbing all of Lower Papimic under its rule. The population of Upper Papimic is considerably less than Lower Papimic, and the great mining complexes of Northmarch and Southmarch themselves would make rich prizes. Many of the youth of Littleton serve a turn in the Watch before embarking on their adult lives proper.

Littleton

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