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In the Golden Downs, just south of the town of Hay in Mitwold, near the Mourn border, there's an old stand of trees, mostly apples, which local legend, says is the resting place of Good Walder.


The Imperial Senate commissioned the construction of Good Walder's Orchard during the Autumn Equinox 383YE. Built near Walder's Oak in the Golden Downs, Mitwold, work was completed shortly before the Winter Solstice 383YE. Local stories suggest that Good Walder himself is buried beneath the largest and oldest apple tree in the orchard, but there is no actual evidence to support this claim.


The Keeper of the Orchard has a responsibility to ensure the safety of both the pilgrims visiting the Orchard and that of the Orchard itself. If the Orchard were to be threatened in any way, it would be the responsibility of the Keeper to deal with those threats.


A Portion of Liao

The sinecure provides 15 doses of liao to the Keeper each season, to be used as they see fit.

Bright Red Apples

Each season the Orchard produces four bright red apples; pieces of fruit that can be used in ceremonies when performed by someone dedicated to Prosperity


This title is appointed during the Winter Solstice. The Keeper of the Orchard is appointed by a judgement of Appointment in the Marcher national assembly.

The title can be held by any Marcher citizen. They can be revoked by the General Assembly, the Marcher National Assembly, and by the Assembly of the Nine.

Winter Solstice 385YETom Appleseed88 Votes
Winter Solstice 384YETom Appleseed
Winter Solstice 383YETom Appleseed40 Votes

Recent Elections

This title is currently held by Tom Appleseed; it will be reelected at Winter Solstice 386YE. The table to the right shows the citizens who have been elected to hold this title in the years since Empress Britta died.

Good Walder's Orchard

In the Golden Downs, just south of the town of Hay in Mitwold, near the Mourn border, there's an old stand of trees, mostly apples. There's been a local legend, an old story, an old mummers' tale, that maybe the biggest and oldest apple tree of the lot of them marks the grave of Good Walder. Certainly the local friars, have always claimed it was though to be fair dozens of villages across the Marches have a stand of trees that allegedly marks the grave of the paragon.

But there is something unusual about this copse. The old tree at the heart of the copse has never given many apples, but the ones that do ripen are said to taste like none other. Good hearty Marcher apples, the best you ever did taste, for all that they're so few in number. In the summer of 382YE, there were reports of an unexpectedly big harvest from the old tree - that it literally groaned with fruit, and so did its neighbours. Inevitably - with all the rumours of Good Walder flying about at the time - local folk began calling it a miracle. The friars of Hay made representation to the nation at the following Autumn summit, claiming that if the strange harvest was a miracle then it was a miracle of Prosperity. They presented several proposals as to how best to honour that miracle.

In the end the Imperial Senate chose to build a shrine dedicated to Good Walder at the orchard, The shrine offers support and hospitality to pilgrims visiting the orchard and ensures that the Keeper of Good Walder's Grave receives the benefits of a site of pilgrimage in addition to any apples that blossomed.

Further Reading

  • Good apples - Summer 382YE Wind of Fortune that introduced the opportunity to develop the orchard.