Many lifetimes past, in the harsh winter land of Miekarova, a small stronghold was cobbled together by three brave young men. These were the Brothers Gremani, and countless were their battles against Wolves and Sovereigns both. Some battles were lost, but more were won. The Gremani were soon joined by others, and slowly the Brothers extended their reach and brought a bloody peace to a small area of forest and a stretch of the precious Road.
Since the days of the three Brothers, the Family Gremani has grown and flourished. The Family now fills the much-extended stronghold, and in warmer weather dwellings spill out into the forest clearing. The Changeling
lineage is strong in the Family, as is their sense of pride. Wisdom
are valued above all.
The Gremani work tirelessly to protect their area of the forest, and to provide a safe haven for those who would travel the road. In the harsh winters, the Gremani dig deep and gather their strength, knowing that the battle horn could sound at any moment. In this part of Varushka the snow is often as red as it is white. Even in the warmer season, they are ever watchful.
It is sometimes difficult for an outsider to identify the head of the family. Although name & age seems to have something to do with it, for any given issue there seems to be a different Family member giving the orders.
The stronghold hosts a lively market at the spring and autumn equinox, where merchants from Karov come to trade with the hunters and trappers from deep Miekarova. The traveller breathes a cautions sigh of relief at the sight of a pale feather tied to a low branch, thankful that Hunter's Rest is barely an hour's walk away. This large stone building is part of the original stronghold, and acts as the Gremani meeting house. It is well-known for its warm hearth and full barrel that welcomes visitors, provided of course that the traveller approaches and greets the Family in the correct manner. For many are the dangers of the forest, and cunning are their ways.
At Anvil, the Family keep this tradition of hospitality alive with a welcoming hearth. Fire & mulled cider to warm the body, songs & tales to warm the soul.
During the hours of the sun the Family attend to serious matters, for laziness has no place in Varushka. When the sun slips below the trees, however, then business is at an end. Then is the time for drinking warm spiced wine and singing tales of great battles! Rich harmony & a wel tended fire are used to keep the darkness at bay, until break of dawn.
The Family has strong Changeling lineage, and form a powerful Summer coven.
The Gremani Stzena are well-known and highly regarded writers and performers of traditional Varushkan music, taking commissions from Heroes throughout the Empire, and even the occasional Eternal.