Bloody Trees Rhain Winters Vigil commissioned the House of
Barbs while serving as senator for Hercynia.


The House of Barbs was finished in the Winter of 379YE, creating the title Voice of Barbs. This is an Imperial title in the Synod, and grants custodianship of a sinecure.

The title was established by a motion of the Imperial Senate during the Spring Equinox 379YE. The motion commissioned the construction of a gathering place for Navarr guides in Hercynia; the House of Barbs. Work on the House of Barbs began shortly after the Spring Equinox 379YE but progress was slow. Following a false start in the Spring of 382YE, the Senate eventually approved an extension to the House of Barbs at the Summer Solstice of that year. Work was completed shortly before the Autumn Equinox. The new extension - taking the form of an extensive washhouse - has proved particularly popular with Highborn pilgrims passing through the area.


The Voice of Barbs is responsible for ensuring the maintenance of the House, and for representing the concerns of the Navarr guides in the Imperial Synod. If the House were to be threatened, it would be the responsibility of the Voice to face those threats; likewise should any opportunity related to the House arise the Voice would decide how to respond.


A Portion of Liao

The number of pilgrims who visit the House of Barbs sees the Voice provided with 10 doses of liao each season by the civil service, to be used as they see fit.


The Brokensoul are a striding renowned for its brokers whose path starts and ends in Hercynia but passes through Skarsind, Karov, and Miekarova. The Brokensoul were once a band of frayed who were helped by a guide almost a decade ago and subsequently joined the Navarr. The Voice of Barbs will receive 12 herbs each season for as long as their responsibilities include representing the concerns of the Navarr guides in the Imperial Synod.


This title is appointed during the Winter Solstice. The Voice of Barbs is appointed by a judgement of Appointment in the Navarr national assembly.

The title may only be held by a Navarr citizen. They can be revoked by the General Assembly, and by the Navarr National Assembly.

Winter Solstice 385YEAneira Exiles End118 Votes
Winter Solstice 384YETeleri142 Votes
Winter Solstice 383YEHarwyn Eternal158 Votes
Winter Solstice 382YEMeredith Nighthaven72 Votes
Winter Solstice 381YEMeredith Nighthaven
Winter Solstice 380YECorey Brackensong
Spring Equinox 380YECorey Brackensong

Recent Elections

This title is currently held by Aneira Exiles End; 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.

The House of Barbs

The house is built after the style of a traditional Navarr wayhouse on the slopes of the Northpines in north-western Hercynia.

It was intended as a place where Navarr guides unable to attend Anvil could raise and discuss issues affecting them, or concerns related to their role as spiritual advisors to the Navarr people. It also serves as a place for stridings travelling through Hercynia to find spiritual guidance in the absence of their own guides. The House also acts as a point for the collection and forwarding of messages throughout Hercynia and beyond.

The House consists of a central meeting hall, communal sleeping area, kitchen, stables for oxen, and extensive wagon-yard. Shortly before the Autumn Equinox 382YE, an extension was commissioned by the Senate, adding a white granite wash house which contains several baths for use by travelers, served by the waters of a carefully diverted stream. The interior and exterior of the washhouse are carved with a beautifully detailed labyrinth design composed of twisted thorns and vines. Space is carefully set aside among the thorns to record the name of each Voice of Barbs, past and future. The wash house has proved particularly popular with Highborn pilgrims, especially those traveling the trods as part of that nation's new commitment to defeating the vallorn.

Separate from the main compound is a meditation labyrinth, and a secluded funeral grove. The grove includes a small memorial to the family of Senator Rhain who were laid to rest there long before the House of Barbs was constructed.

The meditation grove is the source of some controversy. It is arranged as a labyrinth with eight distinct circles, one dedicated to each virtue. The walls of the labyrinth is made up of plants and bushes known for their wicked barbs and poisonous nature, a constant reminder to those who walk it of the perils of leaving the path of virtue.

At the entrance to each of the eight circles stands a white granite statue of a contemporary figure in a small meditation area. At the base of each statue sits a stone bowl for collections that maybe be freely given and taken by pilgrims, and a copy of an appropriate chapter from "On being a brand, a meditation on the virtues in service" inscribed in stone.

The eight circles, from largest to smallest, and the figures they commemorate are:

  • Ambition: The orc Irontide Bruk, depicted as if charging down an enemy, shield raised smashing open an enemies skull, his other hand bound as if wounded.
  • Courage: The Highborn Lazarus, former cardinal of courage, shown giving a sermon, his shield and sword at his feet.
  • Pride: Dušan Otecovna Zlata of Varushka pointing angrily, his hand on a wand at his hip, back to back with the Highborn Zephraim of Cantiarch's Hold with his arms crossed.
  • Loyalty: The child Izzy Sumercrow grinning holding a towel.
  • Prosperity: The Highborn Ruth holding a blade in one hand. The blade is inscribed "Prosperity is sometime knowing when what you have is perfect."
  • Vigilance: Ulric Y’basden with his foot planted on a faceless barbarian human, a dagger in one with an expression of innocence. The more vigilant person will spot barbarian coins spilling from the barbarian's hand and horsehead motifs woven into the tattoos carved into Ulric's skin and rod tipped with the imperial throne hidden behind his back.
  • Wisdom: Rhiannon Fleetfoot glaring while leaning on a staff as if unhappy about being there.
  • The Way: A willow tree under which sits a rock and dagger bound in its roots.