Westemnet Homestead 2

Player name(s): mjc5592

Player rank: Builder+

Private or Public: Private

Location name: WEH2

Lore: … a little while [after leaving Fangorn] he turned suddenly, and choosing a place where the banks were lower, he waded the [Entwash], and then led them away due south into a flat land, treeless and wide. The wind went like grey waves through the endless miles of grass. There was no sign of road or track…

‘He is steering a straight course now for the halls of Théoden under the slopes of the White Mountains,’ said Gandalf. ‘It will be quicker so. The ground is firmer in the Eastemnet, where the chief northward track lies, across the river, but Shadowfax knows the way through every fen and hollow.’

For many hours they rode on through the meads and riverlands. Often the grass was so high that it reached above the knees of the riders, and their steeds seemed to be swimming in a grey-green sea. They came upon many hidden pools, and broad acres of sedge waving above wet and treacherous bogs; but Shadowfax found the way … Looking out over the great plain, far away the riders saw [the sun] … sinking into the grass. Low upon the edge of sight shoulders of the mountains glinted red upon either side. …

‘There lies the Gap of Rohan,’ said Gandalf. ‘It is now almost due west of us. That way lies Isengard.’

The Two Towers , LoTR Book 3, Ch 5, The White Rider

‘Come now!’ said Éomer. 'The Heir of Elendil would be a strength indeed to the Sons of Eorl in this evil tide. There is battle even now upon the Westemnet, and I fear that it may go ill for us.

The Two Towers , LoTR Book 3, Ch 2, The Riders of Rohan

Overhead plan:


The black outlines represent two residential houses and one (diagonal) barn. The Green field outside the wall represents pasture. The light green represents a small garden area, which struggles in this overly wet soil. The yellow outline shows a warehouse under construction, blue is a well, and brown is an outhouse. The red shows a wall over a majority of which a hedge has been grown. The pink represent charcoal production sites. This homestead specializes in the production of charcoal, their stock being sold to Ealdsele and Entwade Town.

Estimated population: ~20

In-game guide: A blend of classic Rohan style Anglo Saxon timber construction and Norse turf-house styles. Mud brick foundations and low turf roofs.

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Terrain: Surrounding Terrain will be left mostly as is. Pastures will be cut down to show signs of grazing from the Sheep.

Reference Imagery: See above.

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I don’t think they’d have much charcoal production out here; there’s not much wood, and they’d typically use peat as fuel instead.

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Yep, charcoal makes no sense in this location. Have multiple pastoral fields instead, similar to WEH7.

Otherwise your planning looks fairly good. Need @Darkkiryll to approve before you can start.

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Smart. I was trying to figure some way to make it unique from the other WE homesteads, but charcoal does rely on wood, of which there is little. Thanks for the feedback.

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Looks pretty good, but a few points of feedback before starting: As mentioned, there’s no wood for charcoal nearby so scrap that. Pastures instead. Second, I’m not sure they would need a whole warehouse that large, perhaps make a grubenhouse instead for some storage. Then you also have space to add a small bakehouse back there so they can be self-sufficient. Other than that it looks good to me and ready to be started.

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