Staghead Sanct is a “toll sanct” beside the Black Fork of the Riverwild in a area called Pecora Fallows, or the Stagwood. Staghead sits in the heart of Pecora Fallows, a particularly dense and leafy wood filled with wildlife both fauna and flora. Staghead sancsters and villagers eat very well, often there is meat at every meal. It also sits three hours adjacent to a popular trail used by traders and merchants called Ackery Way, which leads from Anahearth through Pecora Fallows to the Glory Road.
The village is surrounded by a wall of tree trunk logs standing fifteen to twenty feet tall. A special technique was used to harden the wood in a controlled fire before they were dug into the ground solidl. They are carved to a flathead top. Just outside of the walls there is a cleared area of about twenty feet from logwall to treeline.
The logwall was recently somehwat compromised in the attack on Staghead by the Rosarium during the first week of Mourning. The top of this wall is now uneven in places, and burned in others. The “gate” is nonexistent, and has become a crater.
Staghead numbers at around a hundred and fifty people, a hundred of which are sancsters. They ply their trade from stopping road travelers so they can properly enjoy Staghead’s hospitality, as well as extorting tithes from weaker Sancts in the surrounding area.
Staghead owes fealty to the Hollow Houses, and Abbess Perra often is obliged to send Chaplains on Sacrosanct business. The physical Sanct itself is a wide stone monastery decorated with a wooden roof supported by plain stone pillars. Inside is a wide room with flat stone tiles, big enough to fit the entire village. At the front of the room is a shrine dedicated to Levan. The basement is full of shelves of moldy tomes and papers, and a single room on the second story is accessible by ladder.
Staghead numbers around one hundred and fifty people. The sancsters number at one hundred, making two thirds of the population part of the Sanct. Of that one hundred, only fifty of them are fighters; the others are hunters, gatherers, emmisaries and other support sancsters. Of the fifty that are in fighting condition, twenty of them are full time fighters in their prime; fifteen are held in reserve until called upon, and five are retired. As one of the only martial Sancts at their level, all fighting Stag chaplains are considered veterans.
Persons of Interest
Being situated by two major routes of travel within the Wilderness has helped Saghead build a collection of unusual personalities.
Locations of Interest
Within Staghead’s walls, a bustling village of sancsters and wilders flourishes under Abbess Perra’s rule. Their homes range from the simple shanties from before Perra’s ascension to power, and the wooden huts and cabins built since.
The wide, tiled monastery of the Staghead Sanct, this building serves as a training ground for sancsters and housing for the upper echelon of Staghead. A bull-sized statue of Levan upon his eponymous Stag sits at the back of the monastery, accompanied by a neglected shrine. Abbess Perra makes her home in the single room above the monastery. A collection of writings, books and scrolls are housed in a small lower level.
It is here that the Stags are trained in their favored weapon, the leaf-blade spear. Knife work is also taught and practiced, but not the focus of Pastor Matrell’s training.
The Burning Leaf Tavern
The Burning Leaf is a tavern that serves ale and food, primarily patronized by sancsters. It is used for a gathering place when Percora is unavailable. Matrell often uses it to announce optional assignments. Although it has two rooms, most guests prefer the Stagger Inn. The innkeeper, Wat Inner, is a man of few words with a forgiving patience when it comes to the outrageous tabs racked by some of the sancsters.
The Stagger Inn
A rooming house with a small bar on its lower level. One of the older buildings in Staghead, much of it is in disrepair. It is unkempt, but the liquor made and served there is strong and the rooms while small, are cheap. Matrell makes his home here.
Staghead Sanct is so named after Levan-upon-the-Stag, the youngest son of Rhadamanthys, the godking of dreams and love. Levan has a minuscule role in the Pilgrammic myths, and is widely known only for his knowledge of his father’s secret sleeping place and his role in Diluvian.