Guardian of Dunfrith
Dunfrith was commissioned by the Civilian Commissioner of Wintermark in Autumn 380YE. Construction of Dunfrith (a name meaning "forest of Dun" in an obscure Wintermark dialect) was completed shortly after the 380YE Autumn Equinox.
The Guardian of Dunfrith has no particular responsibilities; they simply receive a bounty of herbs from Dunfrith in Wood Heath. If Dunfrith were to be threatened in any way, it would be the responsibility of the Guardian to deal with those threats - it is also their responsibility to deal with any opportunity related to the sinecure.
Bounty of the Guardian
The Guardian receives custodianship of a sinecure. They receive an income of herbs each season: five doses each of Bladeroot, True Vervain, and Marrowort; four doses of Imperial Roseweald; and two doses of Cerulean Mazzarine. Bladeroot and True Vervain prosper in the northern hills, and the glade set aside for the production of Marrowort supports a fine crop, but the gardeners struggle to maintain more than a few patches of Cerulean Mazzarine in the chilly climate.
The title can be held by a Wintermark citizen. The Guardian 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.
The foresters of Woodhall in the southernmost reaches of Hahnmark created several glades in the woodlands near Dunhearth Hall. The glades were positioned to allow the cultivation of all five of the magical herbs. Much of the work creating the sinecure was overseen by Ham, son of Brigantia, son of Frecki and of Bruin, lead apothecary of Dunhearth and descendant of the Great Dun, apprentice of Wise Rangara and Saviour of Holberg, "with the authority of the Great Thane, Tobrytan Dunning".
One of the glades, the southernmost of the five, was cleared over an old battleground where the people of Dunhearth fought the Feni in past centuries - the harvest of marrowort is particularly strong here although there have been a few (unconfirmed) reports of unsettled spirits in the vicinity since the herb garden was established.
In Summer 381YE, a natural disaster claimed parts of south-eastern Hahnmark. The opening of Lorenzo's Deep Pockets (as the sinkhole is known) stopped just short of consuming the entire forest of Dunfirth. Today the herb glades stand on the north-western lip of the great crater, not far from New Dunhall.
|Summer Solstice 381YE||Kai|
|Winter Solstice 380YE||Ham Dunning|
This title is currently held by Kai. 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.