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- 1. Description
- 2. Landmarks
- 2.1 Marsh Valley Livery
- 2.2 Grazing & Crop Fields
- 2.3 Raudr Vineyard
- 2.4 Sacred Grove
- 2.5 Idun's Meadow
- 3. History
- 4. Sources
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Grand Lake is the largest lake in the Northern Tides region. Its shores are dotted with the remnants of small villages of beach cottages, many of which depended on the fishing economy in the lake for sustenance. The northern shore is barren and bare, razed of trees during the time of humanity. Explanation for the peculiar baldness of the north coast lies with the sawmill also present on the same shore. Much of the machinery is damaged beyond repair, and many smaller outbuildings of the sawmill complex have completely collapsed.
2.1 Marsh Valley Livery
Situated about three miles from the Grand Lake, south-east, sits a quaint livery yard, named as ‘Marsh Valley Livery’ on a small, broken sign by its entrance. While the front gate has long since been removed, the majority of the fences serving as the perimeter remain intact. With space for forty horses, the stables were an investment for Vinátta. Alongside the two stout buildings making up the stable block are the remains of ten paddocks, whose fences are likewise in need of repair. Behind the stables is the skeleton of a large hay barn, which has the potential to become functioning once more.
2.2 Grazing & Crop Fields
Approximately six miles from the Stables is a small farm settlement that served Vinátta as housing and grazing for livestock such as sheep as well as providing fields for growing crops. While no boundary surrounds the entire area, there are boundaries around large sections of grazing with a small barn in two of the fields for housing. As with the paddocks in the stables, the fences will need repairing and small sections of the barn should be replaced but the stone of the barn has stood well against the weather and only minor repairs will need to be undertaken.
2.3 Raudr Vineyard
Previously a successful vineyard near the banks of the Grand Lake, the Vineyard was renamed as Raudr Vineyard when Vinátta moved in. Spread over 100 acres of land, the Vineyard boasts an impressive variety of L'Acadie (white) and Lucie Kulhmann (red) grapes in large orchards. Founded in the early 1980's, the brewery's brick foundation is still functional, dotted with a vast underground cellar. Once the grape vines were free from the weeds and trimmed down to something more manageable, the grapes would be harvested in early autumn and made into wine for Vináttan consumption as well as trade.
2.4 Sacred Grove
The Sacred Grove was cultivated by the Godja, Miskunn Stormbringer, when Vinátta moved in to the area. A small grove in the expanse of forest, this area served a religious purpose. Standing dominant in the centre of the Grove, a giant White Walnut tree rests. It was said by the Godja that this tree is representative of Yggdrasil, the life tree, and was worshiped fervently by those who believe in the Old Norse way. All Frithr Necklaces were carved from the branches of this tree. The Godja was usually found in this little grove, worshiping the Gods. Miskunn also made the addition of Horgr stones in between the roots of the Walnut tree. These Horgr stones were perhaps the Norse equivalent of altars and they appeared in stacks of stones in all shapes and colours. Members often sought the Godja out for advice here.
2.5 Idun's Meadow
Situated near the Sacred Grove, this break in the dark forest is filled with light. In the spring when the snow has melted and the flowers start to bloom, the heavy scent of their perfume fills the air along with the buzzing insects and graceful butterflies that aid in their pollination. The grass grows high enough to obscure a full grown lupus. The meadow gets its name from the single apple tree that grows near the middle of the field; the old tree seeming to have been there forever. The bark is dark and cracked with age, yet the tree still blooms every year, adding the sweet fragrance of apple blossoms in spring, and providing golden yellow apples in the summer months almost as if they are a gift from Idun herself. (Created by Djiacamo)
- The eastern shores of Grand lake were claimed by Vinátta from May 2012 to June 2017.