The Night Watch
The Night Watch is the Watchers’ coming of age ceremony. Each year, the Council of Ten selects young people it feels are ready to fully join the ranks of the town’s citizens. The list is announced during the midwinter celebrations. The following mid-summer, the chosen boys and girls must spend a night guarding Orrim’s Head. Few people know how tradition got started, but even the oldest elf remembers going through it. Members of the ten settling families who fail to complete their Watch may never join the Council of Tens.
-706 YK – Apenimon Yurt is attacked by a wild shifter during his Watch. He spends the rest of the summer befriending the creature only to find out that she had been abandoned in the wild as a child. As he helps her find her humanity once more over the next few years they fall in love and the Yurt family becomes the first family of shifters in Orrim’s Watch.
379 YK – Trapes Dorn is killed by wolves during his Watch. The wolves driven to attack by an unusual drought are hunted down by the Rangers. From then on, the organization is tasked by the council to increase patrol near Orrim’s Head in the weeks preceding the ceremony to prevent such unfortunate events.
652 YK – The watch is cancelled due to Alghathornazzirsht, a great black dragon who chooses to study the head over the summer.
925 YK – Rengad Swift is chosen to perform his watch alone after making a special request to the council. The next day he leaves to join the company of the Red Shield, eventually earning medals of valour from each of the five nations. It is a long held belief that any person chosen to complete a solitary watch is destined for greatness.