A Song of Ice and Fire: Blood and Stone
It’s said that Anvil has risen and fallen a hundred times over, and that’s not far from the truth. Situated outside the walls of House Tallystan, the small hamlet is the first casualty whenever the ancient noble house makes an enemy, and House Tallystan has an unfortunate history of making enemies. While Castle Hammerstone could weather a hundred year siege without breaking, the town of Anvil has no such defences, and the Tallystans are quick to retreat behind their walls when trouble comes to their lands.
Despite this, Anvil has persevered, although the town in its modern state might as well be a completely different one to the hamlet built centuries ago. While House Tallystan’s holdings are small, they possess some of the calmest, most workable land in the Vale, and so Anvil attracts a moderate population. The protection House Tallystan’s military provide from the local hill tribes helps keep the citizens centralised in one spot; those who try to strike out on their own tend to be quickly overcome by marauding tribesmen, despite Rowan Tallystan’s best attempts at peacekeeping.