Shire of Barleybuck
Resources: Agriculture, Luxury Goods, Woodworking
Summary: Bobbins are rumored to be descendants of the Fae of the Eternalwoad and elsewhere that instead of staying within the boundaries, wished for more. They wanted to explore and interact with the world. Over time, those who left, evolved into the race that we now know as Bobbins. The original thirteen families are claimed to be the descendants of the original ones who founded the shire of Barleybuck.
The shire of Barleybuck is a beautiful landscape of rolling green hills, shimmering lakes and boundless serenity. The smell off food, pipe tobacco and hearth fire permeate the air all throughout the day and night. You can sit in the middle of the lush green fields and hear the faint the sounds of hundreds of stories and songs being sung and told throughout the night, that is when a party or festival is not going on, which the Bobbin folk have many.
Cultural Dress: Modest but well kept clothes, comfortable but practical. Suspenders, overalls and flood pants for working in gardens and wood shops.
Sundresses and big hats for women in order to have proper picnics in the sun.
Form of Government
Town Council and a Mayor
Mayor Thomas Bramblebelly
Sheriff Wibs Biscuitstout
Storage Master Heathcliff Wibbletoe
Cheesemonger Darius Rindheart
Brewmaster Mehran Hepplebottom
Curator Samuel Wanderfoot
Master of Trade Hepel Tumblebelly
Thera WIbbletoe (founder)
Cedric Wanderfoot (Renown Explorer)
Mepplepot Bramblebelly (Created the grand celebration after the giant keg storage broke)
There is a cauldron lost to the Bobbin people that was a gift from Solace, it was taken during a great war. This Cauldron is always full and can produce any stew for whoever is using it at the time.
The great explorer Cedric Wanderfoot lost his journal some were and hidden inside it is said to be the greatest story ever told.
Legend has it that Thera Wibbletoe started the Shire after becoming lost in the Woad, discovering the bountiful, fertile land that is now the Shire.
The Shire of Barrley Buck
The Borough of Appleton
The Borough of Highstout
The Borough of Brieton
Working on the farm and,drinking at the Inn, relaxing and storying telling.
January (The Grand Cheese Festival), February (The Festival of Hearts), March (WIbblesfest), April (Seeding Fest), May (The Festival of Harmony), June (Guilds Fest), July (The Festival of Light), August (Gorge Fest), September (The Grand Carnival), October (The Harvest Festival), November (Family Pride Festival), December (The Great Snooze)
The Shire of Barleybuck is nestled in the heart of the Eternalwoad surrounded by all sides, there are three trade routes the Bobbin open to those they trust that lead to and from the Shire, each road is connected to a borough, the Shire has three boroughs The Borough of Appleton, The Borough of Highstout, and The Borough of Brieton.
The Borough of Brieton contains a central location in the community called the GuildHall, The GuildHall is a place where the Bobbins congregate and discuss the politics and financial well-being of the Shire as well as a place for the guilds meet. The guilds are a groups of like-minded Bobbin who work together on perfecting their trade or favorite pastime.
The Chairman of the guilds make up the Town Committee who vote on and propose ideas to strengthen the community, improve happiness of the Shire and ideas on how to improve common practices like storage of the food, protection of the Shire and what new ale and cheeses should the Inn look to put on it’s menu. The committee meetings are proposed by the Committee chairmen but ultimately ran by the Mayor of the Shire, who is elected by town vote every 5 years.
The current recognized guilds are
Brewers Guild: Chariman Brewmaster Mehran Hepplebottom
Farmers Guild: Chairman Storage Master Heathcliff Wibbletoe
Lore Masters Guild: Chairman Curator Samuel Wanderfoot,
Tradesmen Guild: Chariman Master of trade Hepel Tumblebelly,
The Performer Guild: Chairman Director Fippile Honeywell
The Celebration Committee: Head Seamstress Delia Sandlemead
The Town Affairs Committee: Cheesemonger Darius Rindheart
The Town Watch: Sheriff Wibs Biscuitstout
Perhaps more importantly than the Guildhall is the Town Inn, The Golden Hearth Inn is the center for most of the town’s activity when the workday is over. The hard-working bobbins also like to play hard and this reflects in the spirit of their Inn after dusk settles in on the Shire. The owner of the Inn Brewmaster Mehran Hepplebottom is renowned for always having a new story to tell each night and he has been the innkeeper for 50 years. It is said that even the Djinn themselves renowned world travelers have never tasted a stew as good as his wife Helen’s Turnip stew.
Songs and stories can be heard coming from the Inn throughout the whole Shire until Twilight sets in and the bobbins know they need to get the last bit of sleep before the workday begins.
One of the most interesting spots in the Shire is the Wanderfoot Museum this is where the Wanderfoot family keeps all the artifacts and treasures they find from their expedition all are welcome to gaze upon these wonders, for a small fee. All kinds of oddities and artifacts can be found here, one of which is said to be the last piece of ore mined in the Azarak Mountains.
Each borough has its own sense of pride. Every borough is associated primarily with the trade the Bobbins most partaken living in that borough, The Borough of Appleton is known for farming crops and cattle and sheep, The Borough of Highstout known for its tradesmen, such as Carpenters, Tailor, Thatcher, Cooks, Huntsman and butchers, The Borough of Brieton known as the trade center containing the GuildHall, outdoor theater, Inn, The Wanderfoot Museum, Town Bank and Storage Cellars. This is also where all major celebration are seen being the most vibrant.
Each borough has a trade route connected to it that leads out of the Shire and past the Eternalwoad and that stops at the borders of Draioch. These routes are protected by the Fae, and the people of Draioch, the Bobbins share with the people of Draioch any crops they cannot contain after their trades are done and Bobbins always have eyes bigger than their stomach.
Trading season lasts from July to September during this time the two caravans will alternate trade in and out of the Shire. Every second Saturday of the month The Boreal-Lurin Bazaar will make trade, and every third Saturday the Grand Caravan will make trade. In September the whole month is open to both caravans to openly trade in and out of the Shire it is during this time the town watch is on high alert. While the rest of the town is partaking in the Grand Carnival, showcasing the revelry that is unification of these two cultures on their trade and customs.
Bobbins are hard-working folk from dawn to dusk they are seen working on the farms, perfecting their trades, and creating beautiful works of craftsmanship. So due to this celebration intricate part of their lives each month as a festival attached to it that lasts the whole month at dawn and during Saturday’s, the bobbins they have no work. They are usually seen celebrating the following festivals
January (The Grand Cheese Festival): The Grand Cheese Festival is the celebration for the commodities the Bobbins cherish most cheese. During this time each Bobbin household will have a cheese spread out from any potential visitors every night, the people the Shire are encouraged to visit each other’s house to sample their fellow Shire member’s cheeses. Most families during this time strive to find the most interesting cheese to share with their guests, if the cheese has a story to it this makes it even better.
February (The Festival of Hearts): The Festival of Hearts is a time for Bobbins to celebrate love, they will bring gifts to the affection to those they are trying to court or their betrothed. These gifts often include cloved oranges, a bottle of Mead, creamy cheeses and whole Honey Hams.
March (WIbblesfest): WIbblesfest is the celebration of the founder of the Shire Thera WIbbletoe. It is said that she found the Shire clearing in the woods by accident. She had three children and they claimed the three boroughs. One was a cheese monger he found Brieton, one was an Apple farmer he founded Appleton, and one was a Brewer she founded Highstout. During this time songs are sung and stories are told of Thera WIbbletoe. This is also the time when the Last year’s batch of BarrleyBuck Stout must be finished to make way for new batches so for that month the stout at the Inn is always free.
April (Seeding Fest): The Seeding festival celebrates the crops themselves it is during this time that a month-long competition is held on who has the best pie showcasing a single ingredient, such as rhubarb pie, corn pie, barley pie. It is a great sense of pride to hold the best pie the festival. Helen Hepplebottom has held the title of best pie for 10 years each year she picks a new ingredient. Although pies the most anticipated part of the festival the true meaning of it is to showcase and make aware to the community that is time to plant the seeds for the harvest.
May (The Festival of Harmony): The Festival of Harmony is a time where the Bobbins honor the harmony of all things, they dance around the giant pole with ribbons representing the seasons and elements to symbolize the joining of all things. During this time the streets are decorated with bright colors and wedding ceremonies are primarily done during this festival. The bobbins of the Shire will leave gifts of honey and bread on their neighbor’s door to symbolize the harmony of the community.
June (Guilds Fest): Guilds Fest is a time where the guilds attempts to their active recruitment. Each guild will showcase its talents. The Brewmasters Guild will showcase new and interesting kinds of beers, the performers Guild will put on nightly performances in the town outdoor theater, the farmers Guild will showcase the biggest fruits and vegetables, Lore Masters Guild will show off new and interesting artifacts they are found throughout their travels, Tradesmen Guild will showcase their proudest work.
July (The Festival of Light): The festival of Light, celebrates Bobbins like to call the light of inspiration. They believe that before the Bobbins were gifted with the way of inspiration. They could not find happiness. And one day this light found them, inspired within them the ability to create beautiful things, have a passionate love for food song and story and made them courageous. During this time the Bobbins create huge lanterns and hang them everywhere throughout the town. They use alchemy to create these exploding rockets they shoot into the sky to light the sky up with brilliant lights. They cover all lakes with floating candles, and have brilliant bonfires at dusk where they all sit around and tell stories about heroism and adventure.
August (Gorge Fest): Gorge Fest is a time were the Bobbins celebrate their one true love, Food! During this time Bobbins layout huge place settings and The Cooks of the town showcase new dishes and techniques, each night the Shire folk stuff their bellies until they pass out from overeating..
September (The Grand Carnival): The Grand Carnival is a celebration of perhaps the most notorious stories of the Shire, on one almost tragic occasion there was a small tremor which caused all the giant beer barrels to crack open and spill throughout the borough of Brieton the streets were golden with the Rush of an ale like River. Something had to be done so the mayor at the time Harold Tumblebelly sent out his fastest sparrows to reach out to the two great caravans Bhutaar and he Boreal-Lurin Bazaar and Grand Caravan of Bhutaar to help the bobbins drink this onslaught of ale as to not waste all the hard work that was done to create it. It was at this moment the Grand carnival was born a party showcasing the wonders and entertianment that the caravans during this time all those in the Shire are subject to massive displays of drinking,cultural song and dance as well as the trading exotic goods.
October (The Harvest Festival): The Harvest Festival to the time of the Bobbins celebrate the reaping of the harvest. During this time after the crops are reaped each day the Bobbins gather and tell stories around the fire, of the year they had and the accompaniments they’ve obtained. A celebrate the cold onslaught of fall and a chance to pay homage to the crops that will help sustain them through the long winter.
November (Family Pride Festival): the Bobbins believe there are nine founding families each family is an offshoot of the first family The Wibbletoes, she had two sons and then her children each had had three son. These families are followed.
During this time the Bobbins attempt to showcase why their family is the best by telling great stories of their families deeds and heroics, they showcase works of craftsmanship and art that their family has completed over the years. During the culmination of the Festival there is a huge roasting competition between the families to see what family is the best roaster. Although insults are being thrown everyone knows it is all in good fun
December (The Great Snooze): The Great Snooze is perhaps the laziest of festivals and the time for the Bobbins give each other gifts of wool for comfort, they knit big hat and large sweaters to fall asleep in. They have huge get-togethers where they hangout by fires and tell stories until they fall asleep. No work is done during this month. Most Bobbins use this time to catch up on the sleep that is missed during their nights of partying throughout the year.
The Wanderfoot Expedition Company
Formed by the famed explorer Cedric Wanderfoot, The wonderfoot expedition company seeks to find newlands, new civilizations and customs throughout the land of Erolan. Their base of operations is the Wanderfoot Museum located in the Shire, they have been focusing on recruiting and expanding their efforts of exploration and nave been seen having small expedition groups across the Erolan. The Company will recruit anyone of any race who is willing to assist them in with their expedition needs.
The Order of the Ashen Leaf
The Order of the Ashen leaf is shrouded in Mystery. It is rumored that there is a secret Bobbin order dedicated to Solace who have been gifted the abilities to call upon nature for assistance. Some folks believe it is due to these Holy Wardens that the Shire remains a safe haven for all who dwell in it. And that when the time is right they will all reveal themselves to vanquish a great evil.
The Bobbin Founding Family tree