The photograph actually shows one of the hot springs found on Mount Meager, in the Coast Mountains of southwestern British Columbia, Canada.
Steam rises from the hot springs as snow drifts gently down.


The Garden of Falling Snow was commissioned by a motion of the Imperial Senate in Summer 379YE. Construction of the Garden of Falling snow was completed shortly before the 379YE Autumn Equinox.


The Gatekeeper has no particular responsibilities; they simply receive a bounty of herbs from the Garden of Falling Snow in Hahnmark. If the Garden were to be threatened in any way, it would be the responsibility of the Gatekeeper to deal with those threats.


Cerulean Bounty

The Gatekeeper receives custodianshi of a sinecure and receives an income of 12 doses of cerulean mazzarine each season.


The Gatekeeper of Falling Snow is appointed by unanimous decision of the Wintermark senators. If a unanimous decision cannot be reached, the title may be appointed by the Imperial Senate instead.

The title can be held by a Wintermark citizen. The Gatekeeper has tenure, and serves until they die or step down. They can be revoked by the General Assembly, the Wintermark National Assembly, and by the Assembly of the Nine.

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Cerulean mazzarine requires extra
effort to cultivate in the cold north.

The Garden of Falling Snow

The Garden is constructed around a series of hot springs in a high-altitude valley in Kalpamark. Cerulean mazzarine does not prosper in the northern Empire, being more suited to the warmer climes around the Bay of Catazar. The hot springs, however, provide the warmth required to cultivate large quantities of the herb. Still, the delicate plants require regular tending and careful monitoring by a small cadre of predominantly Kallavesi gardeners, wise in the ways of herb lore. They also carefully protect the herb gardens from animals drawn to the warmth of the hot springs who might otherwise damage the cerulean mazzarine. For the most part, though, they have plenty of time to dedicate to personal mystic pursuits - indeed parts of the area set aside specifically to allow gardeners and visitors to enjoy open air bathing. Floating in a pool of hot water, watching the snow gently fall, is said to be particularly effective in allowing a mystic to achieve a meditative state.

Spring Equinox 385YELeofric Dunnsson
Autumn Equinox 379YEPendraed the Maker

Recent Elections

This title is currently held by Leofric Dunnsson. This title has tenure, the occupant may hold the title until it is revoked, they die or they relinquish the position. The table to the right shows the citizens who have been elected to hold this title in the years since Empress Britta died.