England is in Civil War. King Stephen is locked in a struggle with the Empress Maud. The King armies have taken Shrewsberry, and hanged the garrison. The King wishes you to take over as the new Sheriff. It is a great honor, but also a great responsibility. Local bandits, wolves, and the armies of the Empress Maud still roam the countryside. The Welsh, under their leader, known as the Wolf of Wales, are also eyeing Shrewsbury. A local robber knight, the Pig, must also be removed. Friendly relations with the local Abbey, St Peter and Paul, need to be maintained.
The town's defences have been flatten, even the keep is unfinished. All must be built up as fast as possible. The King wants gold and weapons too, to further the war against Maud. The Kings enemies will throw hundreds of soldiers at you, so be prepared. The townspeople are stiffnecked and proud, and resist harsh rule. Kind rule will bring benefits, but of course, the people will want to enjoy their many holidays and religious feasts. You, as the new Sheriff, must decide how to rule these townsmen.
The town is a scaled down version of the real Shrewsberry. The Quarry hill, the castle, the bridges, and the Abbey still exist. The Abbey was made famous by the book series "Brother Cadmus" by Elis Peters. Charles Darwin lived in Shrewsberry.
I used wheat farms and bread production to represent the wool trade, which made Shrewsberry very rich. Wool cloth making used a lot of small cottage shops to process the wool into cloth. It was complicated, but very profitable. Selling lots of bread can Really boost the gold stores.
Watch out for wolves, the town gates don't close when they attack. Having wolves inside the town can be Very unpleasant. Fires are set by oppressed townsfolk, so firebreaks are not needed unless you go for lots of Bad Things. The hill, outlined with a hedge, in the center of town is for the cathedral. There's a small graveyard near the site. South west of the town, near a signpost, is the "haunted Hill," with a small Bronze Age stone ring. This area is home to many of the wolf packs. Iron comes from Sutton Strange, a small walled village southeast of the city. To the east of the town is the Abbey, which is neutral ground. The Abbott asks you not to shoot his peasants, please.
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