Shadows of Esteren: The Gaes of Tulg
Melwan is a picturesque little village in the Duchy of Tulg, located close to the border between the kingdoms of Taol Kaer and Gwidre. On one side, the rode that crosses the valley goes through the community of Daerg and leads to the duchy’s capital city, Tulg-Naomh. Melwan and Dearg are often called “the twin villages” because of their close links, notably regarding the mining works located between them. On the other side, the road heads towards the Duchy of Dulan, and goes deep into the Mor Roimh, the mountain range that crosses Tri Kazel’s peninsula.
Melwan is inhabited by little more than two hundred people, each one taking part in the community’s like, alternating their activities according to the seasons. The Mac Lyr’s castle is in the cliffs above the village, separated as well by a bridge spanning the dark waters of the river Nuarranta that flows through the village. When winter comes to the vale, snowfalls are heavy, and the community becomes isolated. In the first days of spring, the roads become passable again. Itinerant merchants return each year during this season, drawn not only by the lure of commerce, but also by the beauty of the valley.