Ledenheim - new freeholds


Daniel
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A question regarding the potential development of new freeholds along the Hurisea road in eastern Ledenheim: assuming a year has passed since one of these freeholds was first founded -- what would a map of that thran look like? That is, how many houses would there be, how much land would be cleared, what kind of buildings would there be, would it be a walled thran, etc.

Thanks,

Dan.

rbs
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I would basically expect a

I would basically expect a palisaded settlement, with surrounding cleared acreage determined by available labour and location.

If the location is a nice riverside meadow, there could be substantive cleared and planted area within a year. But if it's in the middle of the forest, then the "colonists" have probably spent much of the past year clearing trees. Expect a smoky atmosphere from burning out stumps and unusable trash wood.

Housing within the palisade will not be very impressive as the colonists will probably have had to spend more time clearing land and farming than on homebuilding. Wattle & daub houses and log cabins are probably as much as you can expect in a year. Some residents may be living in little better than huts.

Expect the wildlife near the settlement to be thinned out due to dependence on hunting for food. Tehre may be a fair number of pigs since they can forage in the woods for themselves; cattle will come later.

Daniel
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And, especially as it's the

And, especially as it's the teamster clan Kinule's freehold, there'd be various pack animals as well or would they have travelled back home? Would they be sheltered in the houses or kept in a fenced off pen or something? And, while I think on, can carts/wagons traverse the Hurisea trail?

Thanks rbs (I assume you're Rob, the author?). I could just guess this stuff myself, I know, but it's nice to get some more knowledgable input.

Dan.

rbs
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Ledenheim - new freeholds

It will depend on where exactly you placed the new freehold. If it's halfway from Steneken to Orgetkin, I would expect clan Kinule to shift useful pack animals away from the site as winter approaches. The reasons for this are that they would want pack animals to be located close to where the spring caravans originate and second that the new holding is likely to have limited forage to feed the animals through the entire winter. (Remember, even in well-developed areas, the greatest slaughter of farm animals occurs in late autumn when the farmers compare how many animals they have to how many animals they will be able to feed during winter.)

Absent a barn having been built my guess is that animals that are kept over at the holding all winter would be housed in sheds. If time has been limited, the sheds might start the winter open on some sides, possibly all four sides, and then perhaps be enclosed as time passes.

The Hurisea Road is mostly marked as "good tracks & trails". You can probably treat that as meaning that carts could traverse much of it, but there is no one performing any sort of maintenance and there are going to be spots where it is difficult for wheeled vehicles. Note the lack of any bridges marked where it cross the various streams and minor rivers. Crossing at these locations during spring runoff could be an adventure.


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