The Land of Acting.
This is a “and of plenty”, where everyone feels as if they are acting every day on some kind of huge play. Indeed Shakespeare would have it no other way. It has a medium-size population of around 3,500 people and run by a small conventional government. Sometimes based at “Marliegh Hotel” and other times at “Home Grange”. It gets it’s income from exporting local produce (especially “Beer Castle” beer), gifts and magical services.
From “Lincoln Lake” to “Beer Castle”, hear the stories behind each place, sometimes uplifting, sometimes sad. We hope you will visit us soon!
The Time Tree.
The time tree was a “curious creation”. On one hand, you had a tree on an island all alone (there was no other vegetation) and on the other a portal to other times but usually only in these islands. First discovered by Lord Marliegh in 1715, he only just got back to his present time by accident of fortune. Even to this day, he thinks it was all a dream. The tree works by you standing under its branches, closing your eyes and then imagining the time and place where you want to be. Perhaps it is just a dream maker after all?
This is a “huge and deep lake” where it is said it was named after the Earl of Lincoln visited in 1918. There are no records of this save to say that he and his wife Rebecca left a set of small houses and a church for everyone to enjoy. Weekly commutes happen regularly for people to visit the lake and amenities and a prayer said for all families and peace. Recently a huge flock of white geese arrived on the very anniversary of the Lincoln visit – coincidence?
Nasty Sea Serpent.
Although described as “nasty” and “grotesque”, this long-lived serpent guards the whole archipelago and these days talks to all that ask it questions. It talks though, in a low buzzy hissing tone. Many years ago the people would come to fight this “monster” but never win. It took a brave girl called Jessica Clay to talk to the serpent and spend weeks explaining her peoples’ ways and reasons. Eventually, the “Nasty Sea Serpent” agreed to be their guardian in return for food and company.
Although now part of the island’s “Parklife” legend, Burley Park is a sad place where a local physician died of unknown causes. This was after discovering, then “losing” a cure for ageing according to a journal that was washed up some years later in the bay nearby. The page with the secret on had been torn out. Perhaps it was the page the good doctor had written the secrets upon. The park was named after this fatal practitioner.
“Lord Marliegh” arrived on the island around 1702, It was a good year for exploration as not many people were capable and willing or able to travel. There was a wealth of treasures to be gained. A serious man, he made his mark by trading with the locals for goods and unknown fruit. Eventually, he built a compound and created the “Marliegh Hotel”. He brought his family over. Although they liked it at first, one by one they left for England until the hotel was empty. Lord Marliegh died a lonely but rich man…
Iron Man Peaks.
Towards the northeast of the main island lives the Iron Man, it is said he “protects” the peaks and their treasures. No-one has passed through them to this day. It is perhaps out of respect for some early iron-ore miners who tragically disappeared around the start of the 1800s that the mountains were named “Iron Man Peaks”. People like to pay their respect by visiting the nearby lake and say a few words. Curiously, all flying vehicles are banned from these mountains. Some say Iron Man walks the ridges shortly before sunset and would not harm a fly.
Some very “high volcanic mountains” separate the north from the south populations on the main island. Some of the peaks of these mountains are said to go so high you can touch the stars. It is a fact that people come to learn to sing and eventually find that the secrets are not in musical knowledge but in the vocal strength, breathing and relaxation. A local glory competition for best song of the year spurs people on although most people are sung to by their parents and so learn when very little. Once taught by the mountains, usually at a young age, people visit the mountains again. It is said the “Singing Mountains” sing back and remember all who have learned there.
Like it or not, every day a single person has to man this tower as a form of enforced meditation. It is not done as a punishment, it is done for no other reason than tradition. No one knows why or how it started but they are glad they did and some look forward to it all year. It seems to be un-thought of in our society but then we get used to what is normal for us. This was normal for the island’s people. One further reason may be that everyone who visits feels enlightened when they return and goes on to live a rich and generous healthy life.
The islands once had a need for a local “home-styled army”. “Home Grange” was an old settlement but is now where the police and protectors are based. It’s a huge imported granite built home where the staff are isolated until they are needed by the government. The reason for this has never been understood. The Grange is where all training is carried out for duties in all works of life. When you arrive there you won’t be able to leave until your training is done. It’s not a bad life though as all food, drink and entertainment are free.
Camera Man Woods.
When the “first cameras” were invented, England sent a lone man called Pete Chalice to the kingdom. He went to record and photograph the beautiful lands. On his way around the main island, he visited some strange woods. Strange because they seemed to be singing. His last correspondence was that he could hear his name being sung in a low, low voice so was “going to investigate”. Peter was never seen again and the woods were re-named in his honour.
Between the north and south of the main island, some “very high” volcanic mountains separate the, until recently, “very different” populations. These are the mountains where a society started to live and love together. The two tribes would regularly mount raids on each other taking bits and pieces. There was no all-out war though. Eventually, after a peace deal brokered by Lord Marliegh, the peoples started to share the mountains and create roads across them. They have been named the Society Mountains to this day, affirming the union of the two tribes.
On the most easterly island lies an “ancient brewery” that was developed and maintained for centuries. Here at Beer Castle, tipples were made, supped, sold and later exported. This practice is still alive today being one of the island’s main exports. People take it in turns to spend some time there just doing the simple things and eating fresh healthy food. No one can forget Beer Castle and its romantic sunrises and sunsets.
This is the “main sea” from which travel to and from the land is done. A funny kind of colour appears on the surface once every year. When looked into you can see your reflection, not as it is now but from the past or future. It is said it can tell the future too. Most of the population gather and row out into the sea in their boats when this occurrence is due. They can wait for hours or sometimes days as it’s never on time. No one has ever gotten to the bottom of this phenomenon.
And finally, read the poem “Land Without Ends” to get a feel for what the people here write about.