This has descriptions of each major homestead complete with links
to the detailed family tree. Each homestead also has listed its
wealth rating, which is a rating
from 0 to 10 of the principal members of that household. The
fractional part of the number is a subjective assessment of where
within that wealth level the family is.
Brattahaeth (Wealth 6.2)
- The homestead at Brattahaeth ("Steep Hill") is a lesser one,
bolstered slightly by marriage to the powerful Raudarbank
clan. It is located to the West of Manhattan, about a mile
inland. The current patriarch is Grim the Truthful.
Brygjafael (Wealth 7.5)
- The homestead at Brygjafael ("Piermont") is a well-respected
and ancient line of explorers and entrepeneurs, whose lineage
traces back to Odd the Explorer and his sons (for whom the
Oddson's River is named). It is located some thirty miles
north of Manhattan island on the West side of the Oddson's
river. The longhouse is at the base of a small peninsula
jutting out from the first break in the cliffs which face the
river to the south, but their holdings include many large
cattle fields inland through the pass. The current matriarch
is Aud the Deep-Minded, who has many concerns for the future of
her holdings and of the Vinland Commonwealth in general.
Eiriksons (Wealth 5.8)
- This is the family tree of Eldgrim and Skallagrim, whose
ancestors have had a difficult fate to wander many times in
their lives. Skallagrim is now married to Borgny of the
wealthy Groenholt homestead, which has raised his fortunes
in the world.
Grjótvogur (Wealth 6.8)
- The homestead at Grjótvogur ("Rockaway") is a respected
and learned family. It is located on the southwest of Longey
island, where there is a small bay and a protective peninsula
with long beaches. Some of the younger generation are now
pressing to build and expand their holdings more.
Groenholt (Wealth 7.6)
- The homestead at Groenholt ("Greenwich") is a wealthy and
respected family known for their law-speaking and patronage of
the arts. It is located on the West side of the island of
Manhattan, about one mile north of Thingsstadt (i.e. the
market town and capital on the southern tip of the island).
The current patriarch is Vigfus the Proud, a respected judge
and godi. They are a wealthy and influential family, though
Vigfus is concerned about the abundance of women among his
Hvalrik (Wealth 9.3)
- Relatives of the Earl of Hvalrik. The Earl is a powerful
position which rules over the town of Hvalrik as well as
most of the surrounding territories.
Raudarbank (Wealth 8.1)
- The homestead at Raudarbank ("Redbank") is the center of
a set of families strong in martial spirit. They are
known for their bravery and ferocity, but also known for
being insular and having their own ways. They have a near
monopoly on iron production in the Commonwealth. The current
patriarch is Solvi the Lean, though his nephew Eystein
the Innocent is also highly respected.
Syfjaöurholur (Wealth 7.6)
- The homestead at Syfjaöurholur ("Sleepy Hollow") is a
wealthy one, though it lacks a strong martial background.
It is located some 40 miles north of Manhattan island,
about a miles inland on the East side of the river.
The current patriarch is Tosti the Golden, who seems
mostly content with his current lot.
Tjaraholt (Wealth 6.5)
- The homestead at Tjaraholt ("Tarrytown") is a troubled one.
It has had many conflicts with the local tribes over the
years, and many violent family members. However, it is still
respected for the strength and courage of its men and the wise
craft of its women. It is located some 35 miles north of
Manhattan island, about half a mile inland on the East side of
the river. The stead is in a palisade atop a hill, around
which the many sheep of the stead are driven. The current
patriarch is Ivar the Black, who is struggling with his clan's
John H. Kim <jhkim-at-darkshire-dot-net>
Last modified: Fri Jan 17 16:01:00 2003