High Hallack

High Hallack is the sixth country introduced in the Witch World series and is one of the most widely chronicled. It first features in Year of the Unicorn.

Capitol: None. Each Dale has a Keep where the Lord resides.
Government: Each of the Dales of High Hallack has it's own Lord who rules from his Keep. Each Dale may have a number of small villages with a mayor who is responsible to the Lord. Until the invasion by the Hounds of Alizon, there was no formal central government. During the war an alliance of three (originally four) powerful Lords led by Lord Imgry organized the Dalesmen and finally drove the Hounds from High Hallack. After the war, it is unknown if this alliance was continued or eventually dissolved. Also present in the Dales are abbeys of the Dames who are led by an Abbess and council of Dames. The abbeys are autonomous refuges for women who are drawn to the veneration of the sacred Flame.
Geography: High Hallack is a country of many rolling hills and dales. There are a number of craggy areas as well as rivers that tend to run far inland. Most of the land tends to be very fertile.
Surrounding Areas: The Waste which forms the western and part of the northern border of High Hallack is a massive, mostly uncharted land littered with the remnants of Old Ones.1 Much of the Waste appears devastated by powerful magic. Many strange and twisted creatures roam the Waste such as the Winged-Ones and Thas. The Waste was also a temporary home for the exiled Were-Riders. Possibly in the north-west just inside the Waste is the small country of Greer. To the north lies Arvon, a country surrounded by a magic barrier that, unless one is admitted, the person may wander through the land without seeing any signs of occupation. Also to the north near the coast in the mountains which form the border of Arvon is Quayth. Further north west off the coast are some tiny island nations. (see: Isle of Illusion & Rampion) In the south, the Sorn Fen is a region populated by a fey and magical people who are known to reward acts of great kindness. Far to the east across the sea are the distant countries of Gorm, Estcarp, Karsten, the Tor Marsh and of course the home of the invading Hounds: Alizon. Somewhere (probably about a third of the way to Estcarp though maps mark it closer) is the island of the Kolder.

Since the Dales are covered in multiple books over the course of years, the Dales and places within the Dales are mentioned below in publishing order. It should be kept in mind that some Dales and places are mentioned in several books.

Year of the Unicorn2

Dales Mentioned

Norsdale
Dimdale (north past Arm of Sparn)
Falthingdale (west)
Harrowdale (north-west)
Hockerdale (north-west after Harrowdale)

Places Mentioned

Norstead Abby (in Norsdale)
Fast Ridge (can be seen from the bell tower of the abbey – may be to the south – there are Dales between)
Falcon Fist (to the east of Norsdale)
The Waste is to the north, past Arm of Sparn, Dimsdale, Gasterbrook, and Gorge of Ravenswell
Croffkeep (a mountain fort) - Croffkeep can be reached from Norstead Abby in winter by the night of the second day if there is a forced march.
The Throat of the Hawk can be reached from Norstead Abbey by forced march in winter within three days’ time.

The Crystal Gryphon3

Dales Mentioned

Ulmsdale – in the north; Gryphon is its symbol: when Kerovan leaves Imgry’s camp it takes him about five days to ride to the dale, but he has to take a long, slow way: Ulmsdale is destroyed by the Power, flooded with the sea. It is northwest of Ithdale.
Paltendale – lies further northwest of Ulmsdale
Ithdale – famous for its fresh water pearls in its streams; Broken Sword of Harb is its symbol
Rishdale – ruled by Elvan. It is an upper dale that gets rich on wool. Serpent is its symbol.
Uppsdale – neighbors Ulmsdale ruled by Gyrerd and Annet of Langsdale. Formerly ruled by Savron4
Fyndale – neighbors Ulmsdale (has a fair)
Flathingdale – neighbors Ulmsdale and is ruled by Wintof5
Vastdale – has the port of Jorby (not a neighbor of Ulmsdale but is close-by): it falls during the war
Norsdale – five days’ ride west of Ithdale

Places Mentioned

Ulmsport – port belonging to Ulmsdale
Ulmsdale Keep – two days ride away from the edge of the dale where Kerovan was raised
Shrine of Gunnora
Shrine of Galkur – a day’s ride away from the Shrine of Gunnora
Ithkrypt – it takes ten days to go there from Ulmsdale; it is in Ithdale. There is a river that leads inland to it.
Trevamper – a town set at the meeting of highway and river where all the merchants of the north show their wares on occasion. Even Sulcar travel inland to trade there.
Moon Well – in the western portion of Ithdale. Under the full moon it is said to give good luck if a pin is dropped in and a spell-rhyme is canted. Its waters can be used for scrying. A plant with wide dark green leaves veined with white grows at the lip. The leaves when pinched give off a pleasant aroma.
Cape of Black Winds – Ulmsport is past this
Calder – one of the rivers the Alizonders were advancing on
Giant’s Fist – on the crag on the southern edge of Ulm’s dale. Under it is a smoothly flat platform with a gryphon deeply carved in it. There is a passage to Ulmskeep under it, and the passage also leads to a sea cave.
In a south-eastern portion of Ithdale there is a woods with a place of the Old Ones in it. It has glowing white pavement with a star design and herbs.
Isle Keep – near Ithdale there is a Keep on an island.6
The Road of the Old Ones – one end is half a day’s ride from Riwell’s cottage. It runs strait west, and then makes a wide curve to the north. From there they can view mountains to the north and the land is more hospitable. It takes about two days to ride, but has a dead end.7

Spell of the Witch World8

Dragon Scale Silver

Dales Mentioned

Vestdale – where Wark and Jurby are located9
Haverdale – where Pell is from and Jervon took service
Dorn10 – in the path of the first inward thrust. The keep was taken in five days. Haverdale is close by (within about three day's ride).
Edale - Where Coombe Frome is.

Places Mentioned

Wark – has a small, reef-guarded bay
Jurby Port – a larger port in Vestdale where taxes for the year are collected
A Place of Power lies in the hills above Wark11
Ford of Ingra – where, three days before they reached the inland dale the people of Wark inhabited, Jervon and Pell stood rear guard with others of Haverdale. Only Jervon and Pell survived, and Pell later died.
Inisheer – somewhere there was a last muster
Trevamper – a town south of the Ford of Ingra12
Keep of Coomb Frome – kept as a garrison but was once Edale’s lord’s house.13
House of Kantha Twice Born – overrun by the Hounds within the last year.14 Kantha had the Old Learning.
Spiral Pillar Web – This was a trap of the Dark before being destroyed. The Old One in it would summon a lord of Edale from the Keep into her lair, leaving an empty husk.15

Dream Smith

Dales Mentioned

Ithondale - ruled by lord Vescys

Places Mentioned

Fos Tern – “one might as well try to empty Fos Tern with a kitchen ladle!”
Ghyll – lies at the river fork in Ithondale; westernmost holding of Lord Vescys
Twyford – where Bronson the smith travels twice a year with his wares
Sym and Boldre – far from Ghyll
Shrine of the Old One Talann high in the northern craigs.

Amber out of Quayth

Dales Mentioned

Uppsdale – leaving it at dawn they reach the southern edge by noon and the outer rim of Fyndale by night
Fyndale – where annual fairs were held until the War and again after
Langsdale – Annet is the daughter of Urien of Langsdale16
Marchpoint - When Gyrerd, Annet, and Ysmay reach the edge of Fyndale they camp with the Lord of Marchpoint, his lady, and his daughter Dairine. (p.108)17

Places Mentioned

Ladies of the Shrine ruled by Abbess Grathulda
Ulmsport – where merchants would gather for great fairs.
Moycroft – a ruin abandoned during the War due to lack of manpower where Ysme, Hylle and company spend the first night from Uppsdale as they go north to Quayth.18
Silent Wood - By the third day of travel, Ysme, Hylle and company start to travel through a strange, silent woods19 They travel through it for a day. By the end of the next they camp in hills. There are an unknown amount of days that pass after the hill camp until midmorning one day when they get a sea wind. On a ledge by the sea where there are three stone chairs. Shortly after they turn inland from them they reach Quayth.
Quayth – north; it is a large holding with four towers at its corners – two round, one square (which has the gate), and one angular (star-shaped)20.

Legacy from Sorn Fen21

Dales Mentioned

None

Places Mentioned

Klavenport – located on the Sea of Autumn Mists. It is a Gate Keep.
Sea of Autumn Mists – where Klavenport is located; somewhere to the south.
Sorn Fen – to the southwest of Klavenport
Inn of the Forks – A road running north and south met there. It was Abandoned sometime before the Battle of Falcon Cut, some five or more winters back. Caleb restores it with the power of the ring and Higbold destroys it again with that same power. It is about a day’s walk away from Sorn Fen.

Years Mentioned

None: It seems to take place immediately after the Invader’s War so this story probably takes place either at the end of the Year of the Hornet and through the Year of the Unicorn or during the Year of the Unicorn and through the Year of the Red Boar.

The Toads of Grimmerdale22

Dales Mentioned

Landendale - Where Hertha had been sent two years before for safety and riding from it was raped by a Dalesman.
Trewsdale - ruled by Kuno, brother to Hertha. It escaped the Hounds, though a small, beaten group had stumbled in and had been defeated by Kuno.
Nordendale - Along the path Hertha is facing from Gunnora's Shrine.23
Grimmerdale - Past Nordendale.
Corrierdale - Wiped out by the Hounds of Alizon. The heir to it is drinking himself away at the inn in Grimmerdale.

Places Mentioned

Hola's Hold - in Landendale
Thunderer's Alter - where, if Hertha died from a failed abortion attempt her brother Kuno could pretend to be pious and say it was Fate.
Mulma's Needle and Wyvern's Wing - two landmarks Hertha uses on her journey to Gunnora's Shrine.
Gunnora's Shrine - This seems to be more or less a day's walk east away from Hola's Hold. It's among the heights and on an ancient road that also leads to the Circle of Toads.
Circle of Toads - In Grimmerdale. It is a place of ill repute.
Komm High - a marketplace for wool traders, though at the time of the story the market is no longer held.

Years Mentioned
"This was the last of the Year of the Hornet, next lay the Year of the Unicorn" (p.152)

Sword of Unbelief24

Dales Mentioned

None

Places Mentioned

Ancient Temple in the Waste

Years Mentioned

None: It's in winter after the War, so likely at the end of the Year of the Hornet or possibly early in Year of the Unicorn.

Changeling25

Dales Mentioned
Lithendale

Places Mentioned

Years Mentioned

None: It was just about to turn from the year of the Hornet in the previous story, so this must be the Year of the Unicorn.

Horn Crown26

Dales Mentioned

Places Mentioned

Years Mentioned

Silver May Tarnish27

Dales Mentioned

Places Mentioned

Years Mentioned

Special Places:28

In GURPS, the following Dales are listed:

  • Uppsdale
  • Paltendale
  • Rishdale
  • Ulsmdale Ulmsdale
  • Langsdale
  • Fyndale
  • Vastdale
  • Ithordale
  • Ithdale
  • Dorndale
  • Haverdale
  • Norsdale
  • Dundale
  • Harrowdale
  • Landendale
  • Gastendale
  • Edale
  • Vestdale
  • Tresdale
  • Garnsdale
  • Summersdale
  • Fartherdale
  • Hockerdale
  • Lithendale
  • Corriedale
  • Nordendale
  • Roxdale
  • Grimmerdale
  • Gastendale
  • Innerdale
  • Tryndale
  • Athendale
  • Bochsdale
  • Everdale
  • Clewsdale
  • Brimdale
  • Durndale
  • Jensdale
  • Helmsdale
  • Smalldale
  • Mansdale
  • Sutherdale
  • Lorndale
  • Thromdale
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