Farloria is a small but picturesque country, surrounded by ocean on three sides, the land of Melluria to the southeast, and the vast kingdom of Balgomar to the east. Beyond Cape Smoke lie the independent islands of the Western Reaches, and across the Sea of Skooch to the north is Trølsund, the land of the trolls.
Grandville, the capital of Farloria, sits at the mouth of the River Grand. From a hilltop on the north side of the river, the Royal Palace overlooks the city and the harbour. Down the road, at the edge of town, is the House of Healing, a tiny hospital which is also home to Alba Salix herself, as well as her apprentice Magnus.
It’s a small town, but growing fast these days. Check out the bustling central market, full of vendors, cafés and entertainers, close to the great Lookout Bridge which spans the River Grand and offers a beautiful view out to the sea.
Across the bridge, the south side of Grandville is more rough-and-tumble. Warehouses line the shipping docks along River Street, and running up the hill from there, you’ll find Mud Street, home to a little tavern called The Axe & Crown.
“If I didn’t have this dope coming to me every day for his nonexistent problems, I could have so much time back…”
Overworked and cynical, Alba is head of the House of Healing, where she tends to the Royal Family as well as a host of other patients.
Trivia: Salix alba is the scientific name for white willow, whose bark contains salicylic acid, from which aspirin was originally derived.
Magnus of Hezelford
“I see. The kingdom’s health care system is founded on slave labour.”
Alba’s apprentice is a teenage ex-monk, self-styled martial artist, and would-be surgeon.
“You should always listen to the birds and animals. They’re your friends!”
Chief herbalist and general busybody at the House of Healing, Holly wants more than anything to be a good fairy — she’s just not very good at it.
“Look, I don’t have time to read every word in every document I sign.”
The befuddled King Gunther, son of Lothar II, rules the tiny kingdom of Farloria.
“One happens to be the third daughter of a third daughter.”
Alba’s sister, and the original drama queen.
“With respect, Majesty, it is a consequence of allowing a self-taught hedge witch to minister to the health of yourself and the kingdom at large.”
The pompous, obsequious, and nefarious Sorceror General, who may or may not be planning to take over the kingdom.