05-11-2009, 05:37 PM
When the halflings first settled within the area now known as the Orchards, they realized that the forest to the southeast was filled with dangerous vermin. Fort Thistle was quickly built on the very edge of the halfling settlement where the Orchard Watch could keep an eye on the Spider Claw Forest and make sure their lands where protected. Because of the constant battles with giant spiders and other dark creatures from the forest, the brave warriors of the Orchard Watch were in constant need of the healing powers of the Arbor Children who served as "Leaf Tender" nature priests tending both the orchards and the community. With so many visits out to the fort, the Arbor Children eventually decided to create a permanent outpost in the area. They brought with them their families and cuttings from their orchards, and soon the community of Thistle was established.