I'm about to start a new campaign with a new group, and in it, the characters will all start out as members of the Fengheld Covenant in the Rhine Tribunal. So I was wondering if there were any more detail on Fengheld anywhere.
First, what does Fengheld mean? Is it German for something?
Second, is Fengheld based on some existing castle or holding? Where exactly in the Harz mountains is it? I see there is a castle around the same place already (one of many castles called Falkenstein in Germany).
Also, anything particular I should keep in mind when running a campaign set around Fengheld? Maybe something I've forgotten.
So, anyone know anything about this?
There is a write up of Fengheld in Guardians of the Forest along with the rest of the Rhine tribunal
Yes, I decided on going for Fengheld after reading that. But I'm more curious about the inspiration the authors had for Fengheld. The meaning of the name. The exact location. And so on.
Exact location is shown on the map in guaridians of the forest.
Looks like it is near the town of Qudlinberg and just south of a peak called Hexentanzplatz. You can do your own research from that I guess.
Anything not in the guardians of the forest I guess you will have to invent.
There are a couple references at http://lonedm.googlepages.com/tribunal
That description of the tribunal unfortunately says very little about Fengheld itself. Note that it is also somewhat non-Canonical, as it is about a century earlier and also plays fast and loose with both Hermetic and mundnae politics - moving Crinterta to the Bohemian Forest (leaving a new covenant called Ostee in its place), and inventing the Oborite kingdom where once there was a more scattered aggregation of princedoms, and so on.
Unfotunately, the guy who wrote that stuff doesn't know anything worth mentioning about Fengheld. I should know - it's me.
All right, then I'll just add the needed detail myself. Reason I asked was that I didn't want to miss something canonical. I'm using Goggle Earth to find how the area looks like. Using Google Earth is somewhat "dangerous". I often get too hung up on details.
As one of the writers of Fengheld, I can assure you that you are not missing anything from canon. Fengheld has one mention prior to GotF, which was in a 3rd edition adventure called 'Deadly Legacy'; where the characters come across an output of the Rhenish covenant in Cherbourg. This was the inspiration for a covenant with many widely distributed chapter houses, and I believe that Fengheld is the largest covenant currently described, with 23 members (although only 12 are at the main site). They have at least six chapter houses; the five described plus another which is recommended to be placed near to a PC covenant.
We were deliberately vague about the exact placement of the covenant, so that you could put it wherever you want.