Stead Life Farming

(Stead Life – Farming)

Farm Animals

Rural Life

Rural life in Far Place is far from idyllic; farm life is constant ongoing battle against weather, scarce resources, raiders, pests, disease, and capricious magical forces. Starvation and famine are very real possibilities, and even a good year may have food shortages and periods of hunger. Heroes of Ernalda, Barntar, Eiritha, Elmal and Harst constantly battle against the forces of want, fate and elemental indifference.

Most of upland Far Point consists of dense wet oak-lands with a fertile if somewhat clay-rich and heavy soil. You will often find yourself knee-deep in mud, which makes farming a difficult enterprise. Areas of rich loam soil exist, but are subject to heavy erosion once farming begins. There are also several small regions in the east that comprise extremely rich volcanic soil and mud.

Heavy clay soils make much forest land intractable to agriculture. However, marshes have excellent pasture on their margins. Steads pften cluster about the ancient hill forts of the Youf, in the fertile lower marshes, or in thin forest where numerous clearings are beening cut.

Farm Implements

Metal implements are essential in cultivating wooded or boggy ground. The poorer steads keep to the upland contours of hills, while iron-users take more fertile (but difficult) areas nearer the valley bottoms. The heavier Lodril plough is invaluable in working heavy clay soils, and is a catalyst for much violence. Common farm implements are often made of stone: stone spade and hoes, for example, are ubiquitous.

However, I really think the heavy plow is different from the ‘ordinary’ scratch plow in common use in Glorantha in that they require more bronze to be used in their construction. The scratch plow requires only a metal blade whereas for the heavy plow, the entire plowshare is made from metal. This still would drive up the price of the plow.

Earth Sledges

These are very common in the uplands, in fact more common than wheeled carts. Amidst the hills and mud of Far Point, they can be extremely versatile. Because of the nature of the country, roads are almost non-existent, and in certain areas even travel by horse is often impractical. In the wilder north, most travelling is done on foot.
In the deep forest there is selective clearing and burning, using slash and burn methods. These fields are abandoned to the wild when they become poor.

Hunting and stock raising are further sources of livelihood. Stock-farming is more important than field-tilling, despite the religious precedence given to crops.

Snows and Show Shoes

Winter snows can be very heavy in the Uplands. Some years, digging out after a storm is more tunnel-making than path-clearing. Most families consolidate into the single largest roundhouse they have, and important livestock is sheltered in them too. Every roundhouse has a ladder that reaches to the top of the smoke hole, and roofs are built much more sturdily than in the lowlands.

Because of the winter conditions, everyone in the Uplands knows how to use snowshoes.

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Stead Life Farming

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