The Long Way Home
The Militias Of The West
The Road is long and the forests thick, it's not uncommon for entire villages to not see an outsider for years at a time. Too long a road for guards to patrol, and no governing body within the West to move a military along, the governing cities took their protection within their own hands, establishing the Militias.
Once a large defensive force, with 9 peasant volunteers for every trained soldier filling its ranks, the Militia manned watchtowers the entire length of The Road between the great trade cities.
But as the Age Of Heroes faded into memory, and the people relaxed, the peasant volunteers stopped coming, and guards were slowly deployed elsewhere.
Now, many of the watchtowers stand abandoned, rags all that remains of the once proud militia banners.
But there are forts still manned. Along the Road, you will find pockets of the militias still serving proudly, wearing the sigil that once guaranteed peace to the entire region.