Waterwood is a small town near a river, surrounded by woods, by which the town gains its name. The soil is alluvial and makes for good farmland. People were peasant farmers and wood cutters in the town's history.
The town is remarkable only in that it was the place generally agreed to have spawned the great Rivierie peasant revolt of 2258-2260 a.a.H., that led to a form of civil war, humbled the King of Huncle Charles IV, created a self governing state called the Commune of Öster Gate and led to considerable death and destruction in the valley and beyond in a repression by the King of Sargos, Martin the Conqueror.
The Peasantry was furious what with too many military conscriptions, heavy taxes, and fear due to raids of Green Orcs and other 'demonic' raiders, or monsters, from the Dargoina Mountains, or Kanov tribesmen raiders from the Angards, or homegrown bandits from conscripted men turned unemployed or deserter. The nobility was seen as ineffectual and a threat in itself due to soldiers, taxes, and outdated laws and conventions giving the nobility great power.
A church in Waterwood was burned as a form of reprisal, presumably by House Dameth. This event brought the whole population to a boiling point.
Three mercenary soldiers took over a peasant house to rest. A house belonging to the Rivier family, one Disette Rivier and her grandmother were forced to leave their home by the mercenaries for threatening them. Disette would return as a part of a small group, including Fyron Rivier, and they assaulted and badly bloodied the soldiers.
The assault on soldiers was a small matter to the local nobles, but responding to it would result in the Rivierie Revolt.
The Rivier family and many townsfolk and other peasants would meet at the burned out church (which sorry state kept anger inflamed) and reached the conclusion that the nobles of the local, abusive nobles must be faced down. Disette Rivier became a principal leader at this time due to her thinking as much as her passion.
Battle of WaterwoodEdit
The Battle of Waterwood was a skirmish between the peasantry led by former Captain Fyron Rivier and soldiers of the local lord. The unexpected victory led to an enormous expansion of the showdown from a local revolt to something far more widespread.
The greater lord, Marquis Dameth got pulled into the fight, and some of his highly regarded knights were brought to bear on the problem. The peasants participating in the fighting were required to use every trick of guerilla fighting and banditry that they knew to avoid direct confrontation with such knights, and battle by attrition or ambush. The brought ever greater acclaim to the revolt that came to be called the Rivierie, as House Dameth was seen as the most military powerful and competent soldiers in Huncle.
Defection to the RevolutionEdit
For various reasons, the younger brother of the Marquis Dameth flipped his elite forces to that of the Rivierie. This completely changed the complexion of the fight, and brought a certain legitimacy to the movement.
How the town endured is unknown. In all probability, the town was destroyed and burned to the ground in the course the early fighting, or the mass repression that occurred at the hands of the Sargonic army in 2260 a.a.H. when much of the entire population of the Oster Gate Valley was badly decimated.