The Bell Tower
Bellshire is a moderately sized town. It was founded long before anyone living there can remember. It has a population of several hundred, made up of all races and occupations. The town is incredibly busy given its size; after the war the unique mix of people that made their homes in Bellshire have led to a dynamic culture and a town that grows each year.
Bellshire is an independent town and does not recognize any particular sovereignty. Before the war it was under the jurisdiction of a nation that no longer exists. Decisions are made by the town council, and everyone is familiar with the Elder.
The most impressive landmark, and the inspiration for the town’s name, is a bell tower that juts more than a hundred feet into the sky. The bell within is long gone; whether it rusted away or was stolen is often the inspiration of stories told on festival nights. The bell tower, much like Bellshire itself has been there as long as any can remember, perhaps longer – the stone that makes up the tower is quite unlike any of the surrounding area, and is built with straight edged bricks that make the houses look like hovels in comparison.
Bellshire is an old town, and with it come old customs. One such custom is the Festival of the New Year. Townsfolk, villagers, farmers and even a few city-dwellers gather in Bellshire for the festival, where all of the promises of the previous year, written on scraps of paper, are retrieved from the belfry of the tower and returned to their authors. Those who failed to keep the promises of the previous year are chosen to gather up the new year’s promises and make a pilgrimage into the wilderness outside Bellshire, where they perform a simple ritual to impart good luck to the promises.