Settlements and Sites of the Four City-States #119
April 29th, 2023
Name: Jamsworth Keep
Location: South corner of Orchard Hills along the Tuton Maug Spur
Population (approx.): 350
Brief: During the fall of Ta’arna and the formation of Noldune and Ceannar, some of the fiercest fighting between the two nascent City-States occurred around the village now known as Jamsworth. Originally known as Southillside, a young defender of the village, facing Noldrune troops for the first time, complained the place was “Not worth the jam it kept within its walls.” To which the leader of the troops, Sunder Ceannar (brother of the eventual Baroness, Eldest), simply declared, “You’re wrong for it is of Ceannar and thus worthy of our blood, sweat and souls.” The Ceannaran defenders persevered and the word “Jamsworth” came to mean something worth dying over. The castle in the center of the village, part of the fortifications of the time, was nicknamed Jamsworth Keep. The troops of Noldrune were eventually driven westward, beyond People’s Portal (#113) where today’s border is now drawn.
Geography: Jamsworth keep is one of the three villages along the southern border of the Orchard Hills (#14). The fruits of the trees, once harvested, are brought to the village and the other two to be cooked variously into jams, jellies preserves, wines, brandies and liquors. Jamsworth Keep features a market square plus stores, mostly selling fruit-based products, warehouses and small factories. The keep serves as town hall and a wing holds a chapel to the gods of light, earth and water who have blessed the soil of the hills.