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Chapter 28 - The Pepperfields

Far to the east of Dragaera City, across the Pushta, lies the domain of Pepperfield:

Pepperfield is a far eastern fief ... make it clear as the Threefalls River; the fief lies in a small valley, between two impassible mountains, on the eastern border of the Empire. (The Phoenix Guards, Chapter 11)

The domain of Pepperfield, a large, fertile plateau nestled between Mount Kieron and the Ironwall... On the northern side there is a sheer wall some five hundred feet high, upon which is built the Looming Fortress ... and behind it the North Pinewood Hold ... there is a steep, winding path from the fortress down to the plateau ... The Looming Fortress ... is inaccessible except through the Pepperfields themselves. Another entrance is from the east, where a long, gentle slope rises from a gap in the Ironwall some four leagues to the north. Still another approach is from the southeast, a steep climb, unsuitable for horses ... The final approach, that of the south-west, ... was to follow a narrow but well-trodden path up from the valley of the Eastern River, only a few leagues below its source at the Thundering Falls in the Ironwall. To reach [the fastest route to Redface from the Pepperfields] you must only follow this brook, which is called the Slipknot, and flows over the ridge very near [Nilk'arf's Tower] ... (The Phoenix Guards, Chapter 29)

Miklos travels through this area in Brokedown Palace as well:

the low rocks at the lake's edge ... Miklos stood on a shelf of flat, grayish rock. Mountains rose behind him and on either side, some of them showing faint white cappings. Before him, as far as he could see, was a lake, also gray but with a blue tint. The lake covered nearly all of the mesa on which he stood, save for an unscalable mountain wall to the near side. On the other side, the north, he could see nothing but water. The breeze came from off the lake, chilly yet bracing ... [he] scooped up a handful of the water of Lake Fenarr ... It was more than two years ago that he had passed this way traveling west. Then, he had known it as the source of the River. Now he knew it for the basin that collected water from higher mountains, and sent it forth both east and west. In the west, the Lake's spawn was called the Eastern River. (Brokedown Palace, Chapter 3)

I believe that Lake Fenarr is at a higher elevation than the Pepperfields, the Ironwall is the cliff-face between them, and that the Thundering Falls are the point at which the Laughing River flows over this cliff face.

Cross-section of the Eastern Mountains (not to scale)
Cross-section of the Eastern Mountains (not to scale)

From the Pepperfields, it appears there is another cliff face to the north, upon which is located the Looming Fortress and beyond is the North Pinewood hold. The valley of the Laughing River is to the southwest, and Castle Redface (and Mount Bli'aard) is to the southeast.

From Castle Redface, the layout is as described here:

To the south there is the Redface itself, a drop of more than [2000] feet into the Eastern River. To the west, there is the ... gentle slope of Mount Bli'aard ... To the north the mountain rises ... leading off to Mount Kieron, and, further, to the high plateau of Pepperfield, before dropping to the Valley of Salt, beyond which lies the region of Sandyhome. To the east there are the distant peaks of the Ironwall and Whitecrown which lead to the lands of the Easterners. (The Phoenix Guards, Chapter 24)

So, very roughly, the area appears to look something like this:

Rough Map of the Pepperfields (not to scale)
Rough Map of the Pepperfields (not to scale)

Unfortunately, the only measurements between any of these places given do not appear to be useful:

Sandyhome ... is hardly fifty leagues [from Pepperfields] ... we are bound for Redface, less than fifty leagues from Pepperfields. / Fifty leagues of the city, or fifty leagues by the Easterner's reckoning? / A day's brisk march by the footpaths ... or else two days' quick ride by the horse-paths. (The Phoenix Guards, Chapter 15)

Fifty leagues is presumably 150 miles, unless the measurement is, as suggested, by the Easterner's reckoning (in which case the measurement is meaningless, as there is no description given of how many miles that might be). About the only piece of information we can be relatively certain of is that, since both measurements are given as 50 leagues, and in the same general passage, the Pepperfields are presumably exactly midway between Redface and Sandyhome.

Since it appears that Mount Kieron and Mount Bli'aard border one another, and that the typical size of mountains is a radius of 25 miles, I guessed that their peaks were about 35 miles apart; this is a guess based on the two mountains slightly overlapping since they are both part of a range, and not isolated peaks. I located Whitecrown to the east of Mount Bli'aard in a similar fashion, and also a bit south of Lake Fenarr.

Finally, I located the Pepperfields between Mount Kieron and Lake Fenarr, just to the north of the Laughing River on Kathy's map.

The Pepperfields
The Pepperfields

This puts the distance from the Redface to the Pepperfields as about 50 miles, so perhaps Paarfi meant 50 miles and not leagues.

Sandyhome is apparently in possession of the Easterners (the treaty they sign at the end of The Phoenix Guards requires them to give up any claim to Sandyhome), so I located it to the northeast instead of due north, and evenly spaced the North Pinewood Hold and the Valley of Salt between the two (so the North Pinewood hold is 17 miles from the center of the Pepperfields, and Valley of Salt is 34 miles away).

North of The Pepperfields
North of The Pepperfields


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