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Stone-in-the-Wood

Stone-in-the-Wood during the late Age of Division

Stone-in-the-Wood was a village inhabited by the Stonewood Clan located deep within the Endless Forest,[1] close to the Black River's mid point.[2]

Description[]

Stone-in-the-Wood was constructed around Bolentor,[1] and was the closest Gelfling settlement to the Castle of the Crystal, thus it provided the majority of recruits to the Castle Guard.[3] Houses in Stone-in-the-Wood were constructed by woodcrafters, and consisted of trees woven around rocks,[4] with large shells acting as roofs.[5]

It was popularly known as the hearth of Skarith due to its strategic location,[6] and was a frequent stop for traders from distant lands.[7] In order to preserve their privacy, the Stonewood built areas relegated for the exclusive use of outsiders visiting the village, who would be driven out if they intruded in residential places.[7]

It had an industrious community of blacksmiths, woodcrafters, stoneworkers, fire keepers, gardeners, hunters, and a dozen other specialists.[8] Days began to the sound of the blacksmith's hammer, and concluded at sunset with a communal supper.[5] While mostly self sufficient, it depended on imports from Ha'rar.[6] The Crucible was located in the center of Stone-in-the-Wood, and was used as a gathering place where the Maudra would deliver important announcements or where traders were welcomed.[9]

History[]

The origin of Stone-in-the-Wood was largely unknown, though at least one song credited its foundation to Maudra Melyff, whose cries of loneliness prompted the mother of the mountains to erect Bolentor, around which the village was eventually built.[10] It was also said to have been the birthplace of Jarra-Jen.[9]

During the later stages of the Arathim Wars, Stone-in-the-Wood became the site of an Arathim attack which resulted in the death of Maudra Vala. The attack was halted by Ordon, who used the Dual Glaive to slay the Ascendancy and force the Arathim army to retreat.[11]

After the collapse of the Alliance of the Crystal, Stone-in-the-Wood became the headquarters of the Stonewood Rebellion, which was summarily crushed by General skekVar, who used a swarm of Threaders to take control of the entire populace and march them to the Castle of the Crystal to be drained of their essence.[12]

Stone-in-the-Wood later became the site of a major battle between the Gelfling resistance and the Skeksis, which resulted in the first Skeksis deaths in nearly a thousand trine, as well as the discovery of the lost Shard of the Division.[13]

References[]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Lee, J.M (2020), Songs of the Seven Gelfling Clans, Penguin Young Readers Licenses, p. 1, ISBN 0593095596
  2. Lee, J.M (2020), Songs of the Seven Gelfling Clans, Penguin Young Readers Licenses, p. 24, ISBN 0593095596
  3. Lee, J.M (2020), Songs of the Seven Gelfling Clans, Penguin Young Readers Licenses, p. 5, ISBN 0593095596
  4. Lee, J.M (2020), Songs of the Seven Gelfling Clans, Penguin Young Readers Licenses, p. 8, ISBN 0593095596
  5. 5.0 5.1 Lee, J.M (2020), Songs of the Seven Gelfling Clans, Penguin Young Readers Licenses, p. 4, ISBN 0593095596
  6. 6.0 6.1 Lee, J.M (2020), Songs of the Seven Gelfling Clans, Penguin Young Readers Licenses, p. 6, ISBN 0593095596
  7. 7.0 7.1 Lee, J.M (2020), Songs of the Seven Gelfling Clans, Penguin Young Readers Licenses, p. 11, ISBN 0593095596
  8. Lee, J.M (2020), Songs of the Seven Gelfling Clans, Penguin Young Readers Licenses, p. 3, ISBN 0593095596
  9. 9.0 9.1 Lee, J.M (2020), Songs of the Seven Gelfling Clans, Penguin Young Readers Licenses, p. 9, ISBN 0593095596
  10. Lee, J.M (2020), Songs of the Seven Gelfling Clans, Penguin Young Readers Licenses, pp. 21-23, ISBN 0593095596
  11. Age of resistance logo – Andelfinger, Nicole., Age of Resistance – The Quest for the Dual Glaive, #4, Archaia, USA, December 2019
  12. Age of resistance logo Age of Resistance – "Time to Make...My Move". Netflix. August 30, 2019
  13. Age of resistance logo Age of Resistance – "A Single Piece Was Lost". Netflix. August 30, 2019
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