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Hearthstone
Type Town
Location Sadeas's Princedom, Alethkar
Inhabitants Alethi

Hearthstone is a town, located in the eastern part of Highprince Sadeas's princedom. It is the home of Kaladin's family.

Larger rural towns like this serve as a kind of hub for the small farming communities around them. Because of that, Hearthstone is cursed (according to Kaladin) with the presence of a lighteyed ruler of some status (i.e., Brightlord Roshone, a man whose greedy ways had ruined far more than one life.)[1]

DescriptionEdit

Hearthstone is a large town, built against a steep hillside and surrounded by a breakwall, to shield it from highstorms. At its center is the commonwater, a large hole cut into the rock to catch rain.[2] It has several taverns, a town-hall, bakery, etc..

Hearthstone proper consists of a hundred or so buildings set in rows, each one shaped like a wedge with the low side pointing stormward. The rooves are of thick wood, tarred to seal out the rain. The northern and southern sides of the buildings rarely had windows, but the fronts facing west away from the storms were nearly all windows.[3]

Grain farmed from its lavis polyps' fields were used to feed the entire town and their princedoms' armies.[3] Its remote location make trade in rare wares, such as spectacles, difficult.[4]

Upon Kaladin's return to Hearthstone after the passing of the Everstorm, he notices that some of the buildings he remembered are simply gone. That others stand without roofs. Many of the structures are now hollow and ruined. However, there is light, coming from the manor house (where parshmen had been held) flickering unevenly.[1][5]

HistoryEdit

Brightlord Wistiow led the town fairly until his death in 1166, leaving behind his daughter, Laral. Brightlord Roshone* came to the town to take Wistiow's place, however he was not as amiable or as reasonable as his predecessor. (Roshone had a personal grudge against Kaladin's father for claiming possession of a goblet of spheres from Wistiow as a loan for Kaladin to study medicine in Kharbranth.[4])

*Roshone is the one ultimately responsible for pressing Kaladin's brother, Tien, into Brightlord Amaram's army and, consequently, is also responsible for Kaladin's final decision to join that army.[6]

Present DayEdit

According to Kaladin's mother, after the one-way highstorm passed through, breaking many of the town's buildings, wounded were pouring in from the villages around Hearthstone.[5]

Looking at the wounded around him, Kaladin observes that they display fractures, concussions, yet very few lacerations. He discerns that what he's seeing is not the aftermath of a battle, but of a natural disaster. He therefore questions what had happened to the Voidbringers there and who had fought them off.[5]

Shortly thereafter, his mother tells him that things have gotten better there since he left. That Roshone isn't as bad as he once was, that she thinks he feels guilty.[5]

NotesEdit

Kaladin thinks to himself that the town wouldn't see this much excitement (i.e., the spectacle of the surgeon's son turned slave turned Shardbearer) for another hundred years.[7]

ReferencesEdit

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