Shimmering Kingdoms FATE
Village of Jerrett
Jerrett Abbey is held by the female, celibate, Order of the Balm of Joy. Located directly on the King’s High Run, the main road to from Lakehold to Finsdale and beyond, the nunnery has a reputation for excellence in the healing arts. No wounded or sickly folk are turned away. Jerrett includes a large temple, a nunnery, a manor house, and an overburdened hospital.
The famous Jerrett hospital is built upon natural mineral springs long considered therapeutic. The hospital produces a variety of oils, unguents, salves, balms, elixirs and potions, extracted and blended from all manner of efficacious herbs and fungi. The clerics gather these themselves or acquire them through trade. Sale of medicines brings much-needed silver to the abbey.
The abbey enjoys the patronage of many noble benefactors, including the late High King Mark, Count Sir Morgan Brockhurst (Regent for the King to the Principality of Brockhurst), and the Lady Elizabeth of Hound’s Run. Despite this support, Jerrett is constantly on the verge of financial collapse. It is in debt to the Hound’s Run usurer Tommas of Cuke for the funds needed to replace the hospital roof damaged in a storm.
The manor consists of the village, mill, guesthouse and Holy Enclosure. Encircled by a thick hedge, the Holy Enclosure is consecrated as sacred ground, protected by both religious and secular law. The hedge encloses the temple to Sylantrope, nunnery, hospital and some of the domestic buildings of the demesne farm. Although some consider them separate, the four areas function as one unit.
There are stone and timber buildings within the Holy Enclosure. More expensive, stone is reserved for the most important buildings. Fittingly, the most prominent building is the large, very tall, single story main temple with its shingled roof. The second most important building in the abbey, the hospital is considerably shorter. Its roof was recently replaced (at considerable expense) after being badly damaged in a storm. There are also four smaller chapels devoted to healing, marriage, private worship, and funerals. The remaining two stone buildings are the manor house (which doubles as a guest house for visiting nobles) and the scriptorium / library.
The timber buildings are far more numerous. Cruck-framed with wattle and daub between the timbers, the wooden buildings are whitewashed and have thatched roofs. They range in size from the massive aisled tithe barn to a petit house for the abbess. Built by the local villagers as part of their tithes, they show considerable skill and attention to detail. Of note, many of the buildings inside the Holy Enclosure are round or have rounded ends, a style characteristic of Panthic timber architecture.