Realms of Myth
Five Forests of Mummersetshire
Long time a rural backwater of the kingdom representing in the eyes of the Crown rather a rich resource, the Five Forests of Mummersetshire are host to every sort of player, mummer, musician, juggler, bear-leader, or other performer known to the kingdom. Rootless, lordless and landless, they give the shire a dubious reputation, but one not nearly so bad as might be, for the usual companions of such folk, rogues, beggars, confidence men, charlatans and tricksters are not nearly so prevalent as they are elsewhere in the realm. some individuals and activities that might draw negative attention in other places. While commonly referred to as the forests of Mummersetshire, the forests spill over in a number of places beyond the actual bounds of the shire, in some places very notably so. This is a point of friction between the Esturmes and the neighboring Bishop Lyondyke of Entingfast, but the Esturmes are careful to cultivate and maintain good relations.
The forest lands lie within the purview of the pagans, those who follow the Olde Ways. This does not help the Bishop of Entingfast’s disposition regarding the forests.
Once this region was called the Andreda Weald, the heart of the kingdom of Andrida, in the time of the Wars of the Hundred Kingdoms, which name only survives in the name of Andreville Manor, one of the constituent manors of the sergeanty held by the Esturme family. Since that era, the Andreda has been broken into five administrative districts, called the Five Forests. Individually they are the Whittlewood; the Somberwood; the Long Forest; the New Forest (well, new 500 years ago, but somehow the name just stuck); the Bellwood or Belle Wood. The Bellwood in particular is a fairie haunted stretch of forest rife with oak, ash, and rowan and scattered liberally with bluebells, scattered patches of those flowers, the common occurrance of mushroom or toadstool rings and especially the groupings of those three types of trees as commonly seen throughout the wood are strong signs of the presence of the fairies that haunt it.