Caer Jassad The fortification of Cambria, rebuilt 31 years after the Arrival

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Environment Caer Jassad is located on the south-western plateau of the Cambrige tableland. It is build on the hugh rocks rising 217m above the rift valley, watching over the whole Cambrige landscape. In the north and east the castle borders on the abyss; in the west and in the south it is surrounded by flat grassland.

About 10km away at the border to Sabar lies the big, old and wild Manadusk Forest, a natural hinderance seldomly traversed by adventurers. This forest meets the Haretone Forest in the south, leaving only a small passage. Because of these obstacles, Caer Jassad can also be reached via two small and dangerous footpaths: one coming from the north from Summerset and the other from Agrilan in the east.

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The Castle Caer Jassad covers an area of 500m by 600m (30 hectares). The fortification is permanently manned with at least 70 soldiers, mages, druids and civilists, but in times of war it can house 300 people, 50 horses, as well as supplies and arms for the garrison.

The buildings in the castle are primary used for military purposes, but during ritual celebrations they can also be used for the accomodation of civilians. Such celebrations are held up at special times, not regularly, determined by the Cambrige druids. The druids believe that Caer Jassad is located on a focus point for the strong powers of the land. For this reason, the floorplan of Caer Jassad is based on a pentacle with three towers.

The Tower of Whispering Water is placed on the highest point of the north-eastern corner. The other two towers are smaller. They guard the main gateway of Caer Jassad from the southwest. They are named the Tower of Fellow Fog and the Tower of War Wind because of the harps, which are placed inside the towers. Unlike most castles, Caer Jassad does not have a moat. Instead, the Cambrige use ramparts made of wood, stones and ground for the protection in the plains to the southwest. These are combined with galleries and gateways, staggered to allows a better control of the gateways.

When Caer Jassad was rebuilt 31 years after the Arrival, the original stones from the ruins of the old castle were used. Caer Jassad's walls are about five meters high and three meters deep, made as a shell construction filled up with stones and ground in between. Many of the old stones were shattered centuries ago at Al-Jassad's fall, called the Togail Al-Jassad by the Cambrige. These stones cannot be used today, because there is no knowledge about how to work on the old damaged stones again. Many very experienced stone-cutters and magicans tried under big risk of hurting themselves to form the stones again, but at last they all failed and so the Cambrige rebuilt the rest of the castle with materials from Cambria and the knowledge they brought along from their original homeland.

Inside the castle there are several buildings for different purposes: The most important and eyecatching building is the first to be seen by a visitor entering the castle through the big gateway, called the Morhall of Caer Jassad. Inside this building the biggest hall is used for meetings of military and social leaders of Cambria. There are also several other rooms serving as the libary, kitchen, common rooms and private rooms for the leaders. Many of are not used, because the castle is not fully manned currently.

The Morhall is situated on an elevation strengthend by walls all arround the building. There are also some more buildings inside the castle elevated and surrounded by walls: The three towers and the Residence of the mages and druids.The remaining buildings are smaller, serving as workshops, dormitories for the soldiers and depositories for weapons, military stuff and supplies.

Another characteristic of Caer Jassad is the great number of apple trees inside and outside the castle. The first apple trees were brought along from the Cambrige homeland with the first settlers. These increased the number of trees and planted them after rebuilding Caer Jassad, because they discovered the growthpromoting quality of the castle's ground. The apple trees were groomes by the druids and mages. Each group is absolutely convinced to have the best knowledge about appletrees and their needs and peculiarities. For the Cambriges appletrees have a special meaning and surely magic and healing qualities.

Culture The soldiers and civilists go Agrilan or Summerset, if they want to have some entertainment in addition to the Festivals in CAer Jassad. One of them is the Festival of the Mount, which is celebrated every halfyear. Another one is the Festival of the Appleblossom in spring. Caer Jassad is looking beautiful at this time and visited by people, who love to see the appletrees in all their magnificance. Especially lovers come to Caer Jassad, because a kiss under the flourishing appletree is said to bring good luck for the future. There are also smaller festivals in the nearby Talcoiced, a sanctuary in the west about 5km away.

Government The council of T'Nor is held up 5 times a year in the Morhall, the great hall of the castle. It is open for all civilists, who want to follow the desicion making of the Council's members. The military leaders meet in the Morhall of Caer Jassad, too.

Law and Military The law is based on the Cambrige Law, but extended for military use.

Military is well developed in Cambria, which is obviously bound to its history. So in times of peace the castle Caer Jassad serves to train new soldiers, who will get engaged somewhere in Cambria later.

The military leader is called Cyntorque, which means he carries the First Torque, marking him as the First Warrior. Military leaders and hero mostly plate armors and helmets with rich ornaments.

Common soldiers wear chain armors in general, combined with simple helmets and a wooden shield with metal fittings. The Cambriges generally use iron for the making of their weapons, while bronze is only used for decorative fittings at armors, helmets and harnesses. Otherwise the bronze is used for utility articles. Favorite weapons are the long sword, lances, short bows and slings. As the Cambriges enthusiastic horsemen, they like both ways: cavellary and carriots.

Before fight they color their mostly blond hair with lime bush and their faces and bodies sometimes with bluegreen saps. This ornamental signs is meant to protect the warriors in fight and to increase their luck. The Cambrige warrior really like to threaten their enemies before the beginning of the fight. The play their big harps, pipes, karnyxes or cause an unbearable noise by whacking their swords against their shields.

Technology & Economy The Cambriges always pay attention to add new technology to the castle, if it seems to be worth it. So good handicraftsmen will probably find a job if they are interested in new inventions.

Caer Jassad obtains many basic agricultural products from Agrilan, which is the nearest town to the castle. The farmers have regular harvests and therefor are a relieable source of food. Agrilan provides only a limited selection of agricultural products compared to Summerset and so Caer Jassad also orders special products regulary from farer distances. But some parts of the appleharvest are sold in autumn. The earned money is used for the maintainance of Caer Jassad.

There is a blacksmith living in the castle, called the Gobann. His task is to produce karnyxes, the Cambrige trumpets of war, or other special demands. If metal is needed, it mainly is brought from Thasquwad to the castle. Since the castle's blacksmith surely cannot serve all demands, many contracts are given out to Agrilan's handicraftsmen, which are specialized in producing the well known Cambrige helmets and chain mails. The castle causes in addition the handicraftsmen of Ellonar to manfacture new carriots, if they are needed.

In Caer Jassad a well can be found, which is said to be the deepest in the land. This well was not build by the Cambrige as it was a remnant of the old fortification. The cambrige rebuild the destroid part on the surface, becaus they had found out that the water was of a very high quality.

Religion Most parts of the Cambriges believe in the influence of their gods in all daily affairs and in terms of war, too. So druids are surely welcome in Caer Jassad in order to pray for aid of their gods.

Magic It is selfevident that at this place with it's ancient foundation is also a strong focus for magic power. If this power is set free at this place, it can only be controlled by experienced magicans. An apprentice will probably lose control and risk the lifes of all creatures near the castle.

Since the Cambrige rebuild the castle there was no conflict worth mentioning, which would have required such strong powers for the protection of the land. But the Cambriges stay cautious and take care of the fortifications in order to be prepared in any case.

The castle is additional defended by three harps, located in the towers of the castle. The towers are named after the harps inside them: the Tower of the Wispering Water in north near the Deep Well of Caer Jassad, the Tower of War Wind in near the wide plain and the Tower of Fellow Fog in south looking down to the misty valley of the Nardonar River. When 'War Wind' is played, the enemies feel as though they are being blown away by an enormous dark storm, which makes them lose their courage. 'Fellow Fog' makes the enemies lose their bearings, so they donīt know whom to fight and must flee. 'Whispering Water' causes enemies to feel like they are drowning in calm deep water and causes them to fall deeply asleep. Naturally only the most powerful druids are able to play these harps; even the strongest cannot do this forever or the castle would never be defeated.

text by pegasus

based on concepts by Bryce

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