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 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 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. To the west and north-west, High Hallack is surrounded by a harsh desert wasteland1 known as the Waste. To the north are mountains which separate High Hallack from the ancient and mysterious land of Arvon. To the east is the sea. The south is bordered by Sorn Fen, a strange and fey swamp land.
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. Much of the Waste appears devestated 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.
Special Places:

  • Norsdale the dale on the northwestern border of High Hallack. (see: Year of the Unicorn, mentioned in The Crystal Gryphon)
  • Norstead Abbey, an abbey of the Dames where many women and children took refuge from the invasion of the Hounds of Alizon. (see: Year of the Unicorn, The Crystal Gryphon, Gryphon in Glory, The Toads of Grimmerdale, & Changeling)
  • Falthingdale, a mostly unoccupied forested dale west of Norsdale. (see: Year of the Unicorn)
  • Dimdale, a mostly unoccupied dale north of Norsdale. The Arm of Sparn separates Norsdale from Dimdale. Casterbrook is in the north of Dimdale and the Gorge of Ravenswell is north of that on the border of the Waste. (see: Year of the Unicorn)
  • Fartherdale, a tiny north-western dale overlooked by the Hounds of Alizon. It's Lord died in the war. (see: Ully the Piper)
  • Coombe Brackett, a tiny village in Fartherdale where Ully is from. High Ridge Garth is a holding near Coombe Brackett. (see: Ully the Piper)
  • Ulmsdale, a northern coastal dale flooded during the Invasion. (see: The Crystal Gryphon)
  • Ulmsport, the port city of Ulsmdale also flooded during the Invasion. Beyond the cape of Black Winds, north of "Jorby". Nearby is the Giant's Fist, a beacon craig. (see: The Crystal Gryphon)
  • Paltendale, a dale north-west of Ulmsdale possibly the northern most dale of High Hallack where Kerovan's mother came from. Rumors of "Old Ones" blood running through their bloodline. (see: The Crystal Gryphon)
  • Ithdale, the dale where Joisan was born. Founded by Harb of the Broken Sword. (see: The Crystal Gryphon)
  • Ithkrypt, the keep where where Joisan grew up, now a ruins, destroyed during the Invasion. (see: The Crystal Gryphon)
  • Trevamper, a trading town near the Ford of Ingra. (see: The Crystal Gryphon & Dragon Scale Silver)
  • Rishdale, an "Upper Dale" near Ulmsdale known for it's wool trade, a serpent is it's House Badge. Joisan's cousin (her father's half-sister's daughter) Yngilda was to be married to Lord Elvan of Rishdale. (see: The Crystal Gryphon)
  • Flathingdale, a northern dale ruled by Lord Wintof. (see: The Crystal Gryphon)
  • Vestdale, an eastern coastal dale. (see: Dragon Scale Silver. Spelled Vastdale in The Crystal Gryphon.)
  • Wark, a fishing village in Vestdale where Elys & Elyn grew up. (see: Dragon Scale Silver)
  • Jurby, a town in Vestdale where the tax from Wark was delivered to the Lord of Vesdale Keep. (see: Dragon Scale Silver. Spelled Jorby in The Crystal Gryphon)
  • Haverdale, an inland dale where Jervon was Master of Horse. (see: Dragon Scale Silver)
  • Dorn, a Keep neighbouring Haverdale (dale unmentioned). (see: Dragon Scale Silver)
  • Ford of Ingra, the location of a great battle against the Hounds (location unmentioned). (see: Dragon Scale Silver)
  • Edale, a western dale that escaped notice of the Hounds, where the Keep of Coomb Frome and the town of Inisheer are located. Also nearby is the House of Kantha Twice Born, an abbey of the Dames. (see: Dragon Scale Silver)
  • Coomb Frome, the original Keep of Edale, is infamous for Ingaret's Curse, where Elyn is Lord with his wife the Lady Brunissende. (see: Dragon Scale Silver)
  • Gastendale, a dale where the Lord (Myric) was wiped out by the Hounds (or assassinated) at the beginning of the Invasion. (see: Dragon Scale Silver)
  • Uppsdale is famous for it's amber and home to Lord Gyrerd. (see: Amber out of Quayth also mentioned as a neighbouring dale to Ulmsdale in The Crystal Gryphon.)
  • Langsdale is home to Lord Urian who's daughter married Lord Gyrerd. (see: Amber out of Quayth)
  • Fyndale a northern dale where a great fair is held in late summer. (see: Amber out of Quayth also mentioned in The Crystal Gryphon.)
  • Grimmerdale infamous for it's circle of Toads. (see: The Toads of Grimmerdale, Changeling & The Magic Sword)
  • Lethendale where Hertha becomes Lady of Lord Trystan. (see: Changeling)
  • Shrine of Gunnora. (see: The Toads of Grimmerdale, Changeling & The Magic Sword)
  • The Inn of the Forks is a burned out inn at the intersection of two major roads just north of Sorn Fen. (see: Legacy from Sorn Fen)
  • The ruins of Eggarsdale, former home of Lord Marbon & Dwed, is on the western border of High Hallack, near the Waste. (see: Zarsthor's Bane)
  • Itsford, a town in Eggarsdale where Dwed is from. (see: Zarsthor's Bane)
  • The ruins of Moorachdale, fomer home of Brixia of the House of Trogus, is somewhere in the south. (see: Zarsthor's Bane)
  • The Pass of Ungo, location of one of the final battles against the Hounds of Alizon. Lord Jartar was slain and Lord Marbon received a serious head wound there. (see: Zarsthor's Bane)
  • Domnudale, a costal dale where it's rumoured there is a curse of a sea serpent.
  • Seakeep & Ravenfield [aka the new Eyrie of the Falconers] are located on the northern coast of High Hallack. (see: Seakeep & Falcon Hope)
  • Honeycoombe Dale a tiny hidden dale famous for it's honey. (see: Silver May Tarnish)
  • The new Sulcar port settlement of Osberic is located in the south on the coast of High Hallack. (see: Dream Pirates' Jewel)

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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