THE SILVERMARSHES

DESCRIPTION - LOCATION - PEOPLE - CLIMATE - FLORA
FAUNA - RESOURCES - HISTORY - MUSICAL THEME

The Silvermarshes is a geographically diverse area in the northern province of Nermeran, just southeast of Nyermersys and west of the Allsiscaey mountain range. There are three main areas to it: the northern upper marsh, known variously as the Helmondsshire, the Silvershire, or the Helmond Polder, which is settled by the hobbits. The southern lower marsh, where mullogs live, is known as Wetholm (hobbit name), Ga-lum-be (mullog name) or just the Lower Marsh, which is what most humans call it. These two main areas are separated by a gigantic ridge of greenery-covered stone, over which the upper marsh drains into the lower. It is known as the Water Gate. The third and much smaller area of the Silvermarshes is the dread Despondmire. Created by death magics many centuries ago, the aura of anguish and decay hangs around it still. Almost nothing thrives there, and even the mullogs avoid it assiduously.

The Wetholm

View picture in full size Image description. The Glumboroughs, a part of the Silvermarshes, are perpetually grey, misty, and redolent with the scent of various molds and miasmas... Picture by Ingeborg.

Description. The single parts of the enormous Silvermarshes region shall be described in the following:

Location. The Silvermarshes are found in Nermeran, one of the northernmost provinces of the United Kingdom in Santharia, located in Southern Sarvonia. They are near the eastern shore, just to the west of the Allsiscaey Mountains and north of the Thaelon Forest. Return to the top

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Picture description: The location of the Silvermarshes, home of the Helmondsshire Halflings and the mullogs. Map by Artimidor.

People. The Silvermarshes are settled for the most part by the hobbits and mullogs (a rare crossbreed between halflings and orcs), though there are several human settlements in the surrounding area. Hobbits have been in the area for thousands of years. Human settlements, such as Acht and Holm, where the hobbits do much of their trading, came many years later. Return to the top

Climate. The Silvermarshes is an area which gets a good bit of rain, due to the Allsiscaey Mountains in the east. The climate is temperate hear and the Upper Marsh is a very pleasant place to live or visit. The Lower Marsh, because it is so wet, is usually foggy or misty, even on warm sunny days. Return to the top

Flora. This area is full of rich growing vegetation. Not only in the hobbits lovingly tended gardens, but also in the swamps, things grow lavishly. Trees grow throughout both marshes; the red birch tree, the fragrans tree, used for spices and by healers, the elessan tree, which grows nowhere else and is used to produce leithe wine, the meldarapple, which the hobbits cultivate, but which also grows wild, the peace pine, weeping and marsh willows and others.

Marsh grasses also grow in profusion here, particularly the life-reed, which the mullogs use, and the yealm reed. The alinfa lily, the lady fingers flower, the moon-moth, the lemertia, the pond-pad, the waterstar, the aomár, the paelmerin, the krakenweed; all these grow throughout the area. Mushrooms, too, are profuse, especially the squillae, harvested and exported by hobbits, the glowcap, the frent, which mullogs eat, though it is poisonous to other races, and the koeken. Flax is also grown in and around the Upper Marsh, by both human and hobbit farmers. It is a primary export of this area. Several variations of the ár’ó'bejón vine are grown here as well, and the wine is also (mostly) exported. Hobbits also grow pipeweed, though this is primarily intended for their own use. Return to the top

Fauna. The Silvermarshes is rich in animal life. Both the Upper and Lower Marshes host a variety of Santharian frogs - the common Sarvonian frog, the gigantic hollup, the tiny green kyck-kyck, and the colourful, poisonous gnarco. They feast on the many insects which reside here, such as the lin'mar'joh, the dalor, the feylien, the seean beetle, the white spiral butterfly, the water dragonfly,and the whistling beetle. These are the most commonly observed insects in this region.

These insects also provide a tasty diet for the fish of the Silvermarshes. The commonest are the mithanjor, the sunset fish, the red lysh, and the mithralfish. Grass snakes, mudworms and Etherus worms, and any amount of insect life reside in the many reeds and swampgrasses. Snails and clams may be found in the waters of the Lysh. Corbies, snakes, cranes and swamp kaimuni also flock in both areas, though the latter two species are more common in the Lower Marsh. The fearsome swamp stalkers are rarely if ever seen in the Helmondsshire; they tend to avoid larger settlements and keep to the Wetholm.

Aside from the domesticated animals (brought in by the humans and hobbits) there are not many mammals in the Silvermarshes, and their populations tend to be higher in the Upper Marsh. The main ones are the flunki, flaxrat, water rat and of course mice. The marsh-loving stilted elk is known here as well, but its numbers are not high due to mullog depredations.

Although not precisely animals, will-o-wisps also reside here. They are never seen in the Shires, rarely in the Lower Marshes, and congregate most thickly in the Despondmire. Furthermore tales of watchers abound throughout the area of the Silvermarshes, and some say they originate from there, but this is highly speculative, to say the least. Return to the top

Resources. The Silvermarshes are rich in natural resources. The Helmondsshire is noted for its rich farmland which produces vast quantities of fruit and vegetables for export to other parts of Sarvonia. Due to the amount of animal life found here, animal products such as meat and hides are also an export. Hobbit leather and silver crafts, gnarco poison, ár’ó'bejón wine, leithe honey wine, flax, squilla; all these come from the Silvermarshes. Return to the top

History. The Silvermarshes have a great deal of history, having been settled for thousands of years, though the exact date is unknown. The Upper Marshes and surrounding areas were settled first, as the hobbits set about the business of draining and damming to form the now lush and fertile polders (see Helmondsshire Halflings entry for specific historical events concerning the Upper Marsh settlements). After the Dragonstorm (ca. 1650 b.S.) the area was slowly, painfully rebuilt.

The War for Ancyros (846-842 b.S.) severely depleted the Upper Marsh area again and things remained unsettled and unpredictable for a long time.

The Lower Marshes were not settled until after 288 b.S., when some halflings and orcs moved into the area. They began to intermarry with each other and have offspring, eventually creating the mullog race, which settled in the Lower Marsh. This crossbreed was looked on with great disfavour by the other races and so mullogs learned to be wary and cautious of any "otherfolk".

There is a great deal of myth and many tales concerning the Despondmire, (see "Once in a Red Moon", or "Meguahari" in the Compendium Library, for examples). It is not known when they were created, except that it was centuries ago. Return to the top


"Through the Mists of Wetholm", composed and performed by Ralrok
Format: MP3, Length:
3:51, Original Title: "Calm before the Storm".

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