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A hamlet is a group of rural dwellings that are too small to be considered a village, but possess an organisation that places them above thorps. Various forms of the hamlet occur in different hexes, with distinct coin, bread and hammer signifiers. Hamlets do vary in size, leadership, defense, personal freedom and facilities offered, while retaining the quality of a trifling importance and humble nature. Any hamlet-dweller would see village life as exciting, fast-paced and a little terrifying.

Hamlets may be divided into two general groups: those that occur in type-6 hexes and those that occur in type-5. Thereafter, the chief distinction is the amount of water power available (does the hamlet's hex include a river large enough to drive a water mill) or whether or not the hamlet is located upon the sea or a large lake. In the latter case, the hamlet's significance is affected by the influence of currency rather than possessing a barter economy.


Type-6 hamlets consist of:

  • Communal hamlets: isolated, with residents sharing possessions and responsibilities.
  • Bailey hamlets: also called "hamlet forts," noted for the presence of a surrounding wall and artisanal residents.
  • Fishing hamlets: located on bodies of water, with catch fishing supplanting farmland as the chief food supply.

Type-5 hamlets consist of:

Each of these is defined by the number of facilities available, which in turn is determined by the hex type's infrastructure. No two hamlets look completely alike; naturally, cultures around the world add their curiosities, embellishments and personal designs upon the base structure provided.


With the exception of few serfs, hamlets are largely made up of peasants, or commoners, who are nominally free largely through indifference from the crown. These differ from freeholders, who possess deeds declaring the land they occupy to be theirs. The amount of freedom varies among the people, as does local administration. Little opportunity for trade and purchasing exists, though local products are available to outsiders with coin, while boat docks and way stations do provide additional wages for their operators. The basis of prosperity for most everyone is the production and transshipment of food, wood and stone.

See also,
Coin (symbol)
The Adventure