A testament to change (a failure of fate)
Location: Two hours ride upstream (east) from the mouth of the Klíshe River estuary.
Hancher is entirely on the Southern bank of the Lake Klíshe. Canals that now divide Hancher into five districts were once used to irrigate the farmland that is now occupied by the city. From east to west, these districts are: Majate, Silvarum, Macoun, Jeavons, & Sonral. Most of the farmland that supports the city is to the North and East.
Population: 10000Notable Locations within the City:
- Majate District – Dominated by The Barony, the Majate District is primarily residential. Hancher’s most successful merchants have their homes here, as do many of the city’s Guild Masters.
- Silvarum District – Businesses catering to the residents of the Majate District make up most of Silvarum. The Grand Temple of Apollo is situated in the middle of Silvarum’s river bank. Also, the guilds of more esoteric nature are found here, including the Collegium’s official presence in Hancher.
- Macoun District – Merchants, Artisans, and those with moderate wealth call this district home.
- Jeavons District – Home to the city’s fishermen, sailors, and workers. The Locker is located in the southwestern corner of this district, and Hancher’s largest market is in the center of this district.
- Sonral District – Across the canal from the Locker is Marked Fisk in the Sonral District. Sonral is where many blacksmiths, whitesmiths, tanners, and poorer tradesmen have their businesses. Next to the fish market however, is an unusual tenant – the city’s best luthier, and the grounds of the Musician’s Guild House.
Fed by runoff from the low dam just upriver from the Barony, the canals were once used to irrigate the the farmland that is now occupied by the city. Now, these canals demarcate the boundaries of the city’s districts.
- Fleet Ditch / Bullock Drain – Fleet Ditch is the canal that the low dam directly feeds. Bullock Drain is the name given to western end of Fleet Ditch after its junction with Canal No. 5. Fleet Ditch defines the northern boundaries of the Majate, Silvarum, and Jeavons districts, while Bullock Drain Defines the northern boundary of the Sonral District.
- Amatory Canal – This canal runs almost exactly north-south from it’s origin point at the Fleet Ditch directly to the Klíshe River. It defines the western edge of Majate, and the Eastern Edge of Silvarum.
- Susan’s Canal – Commonly referred to as Sue’s Canal, just who Susan was, and why she had a canal named for her, are lost to history. This is the second canal to branch off from Fleet Ditch and was dug in a generally south-southwest direction. Sue’s canal defines a portion of Silvarum’s western edge, and all of Macoun’s western boundary. The eastern boundary of Jeavons district is Sue’s Canal.
- Huadal Canal – Branching south-east just before water reaches the halfway point of Sue’s Canal, the Huadal Canal separates Macoun from Silvarum.
- Canal No. 5 – Starting at the low dam and moving downriver, this is the fifth and final canal constructed. It divides Jeavons District to the east from Sonral District to the west.
Hancherians an Adventurer might Encounter
- VanDross – Head of Hancher’s Musicians Guild and Master Luthier
- Charles Morse – Master Armorer
- Nibor Capuche – Master Bowyer
- Jones Dawi – Proprietor of The Locker, an Inn and Beer Garden.
- Constables – Hancher’s City Guard / Law Enforcement
The History of Hancher At the present (until VERY recently) Hancher has been led by the Lord Wladimir. This continues the tradition of Hancher as an aristocracy.
Hancher was founded by loggers and set up as a logging camp. At the time of its foundation, Hancher sat on the edge of a now long decimated great Sylvan forest, and the founders wished to tap the virgin forest and start up a lucrative trade with the southern kingdoms that existed at the time. Due to its idyllic location, over time, the location grew, and became very popular with the southern nobles as a place to vacation during the summer, when the southern regions became unpleasantly hot and humid. In time, several of these noble families would relocate to the region permanently. As this took place, the centralized logging camp was displaced, and a city, complete with walls, ramparts, and districts, began to spring up. This was the beginning of modern Hancher. The name of the city comes from the first noble family to assert leadership and set up the aristocracy. Lord Hancher was a very meticulous man, and most of his rule was devoted to setting up laws and guidelines for the rites of succession, the power of the ruling nobles, and the role of the non noble inhabitants of the town. This inbred disdain of the lower classes continues to the present day.