Dalesfolk

The Dalesfolk are first introduced in Year of the Unicorn. Their entry into the Witch World is covered in Horn Crown

Appearance: Dalesfolk have blond to dark brown hair and green, blue, brown, or hazel eyes. They pale skin that tans and becomes ruddy.1 Some Dalesfolk have mated with the Old Ones and have unusual features as a result.

Living Area(s): High Hallack

Life Span: The exact life span of the Dalesfolk is not given, but they probably live about the same length of time as an Earth human.

Power: Some Dalesfolk seem to occasionally have Power on their own but generally they treat it with wariness and suspicion. Most Wise Women healers seem to have some form of it and a few of the Dames of the Flame, but in general, the Dames eschew all worldly things (including magic) in favor of contemplation and veneration of the Flame. The Bards and Sword Brothers mentioned in Horn Crown also seem to have some form of Power.

Other: The people of Hallack came into the Witch World by a Gate of their own making and the Bards closed the Gate behind them once through. They have created many dales and are still recovering from the war brought to them by the Kolder and Alizonders. In Horn Crown it is mentioned that the Bards both opened and closed the Gate to Hallack, their home world, erasing the memory of why they made that transit. It is also mentioned that a group known as the Sword Brothers were Dalesmen with a touch of Sight. What happened to this group and the Bards in later years is undocumented. It seems the sacred Flame was passed from the Bards to the newly formed order of the Dames at some point before they died out.

How many Dales there are, exactly, isn't mentioned though they extend from the eastern coast of the sea to the edge of the Waste in the west & north, and as far south as Sorn Fen.

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