New Coventry. A town located somewhere between over there and around about here. A town full of people, places, and stories. Depending on who you talk to, New Coventry was built on everything from fertile farming land to an ancient burial ground, and was founded by pious pilgrims or lizard-headed demons. Whatever the case, New Coventry has had its share of good times and bad, and it sure has a lot of stories to go around.
The Living Campaign series aims to bring those stories, good and bad, to the fore. Each article will explore a new place, or a new person, or some new event that’s occurred in New Coventry. It may be something good, something not so good, or just something that the good folks of New Coventry don’t like talking about.
The setting is rules agnostic, so feel free to pick and choose whatever you like, but the general feel is 1920’s small town; don’t expect too many dragons (maybe). If you’re running short on inspiration, every so often the Living Campaign will talk about how to use its various bits and pieces.
So with that, welcome to New Coventry stranger.
The Whisper Well
The Whisper Well is a local curiosity in New Coventry, subject to much speculation and storytelling by the local youth, but relatively ignored by the rest of the citizens. It sits apart from everyday traffic, in a small grassy lot near St. Isador Elementary School.
In appearance, the Whisper Well resembles any other decorative water well, with a red peaked roof, a cobblestone body, and a long iron chain and bucket with which to draw water. The throat of the well stretches down quite deep, far past the point where even the noonday sun can illuminate its depths.
There are some rather interesting properties that make the Whisper Well stand out from New Coventry’s typical water source. For one, the well gets its name from a strange and constant keening that emits from its mouth at all hours of the day. Most reasonable adults claim that this is simply a consequence of a unique meteorological phenomenon that causes wind to strike the well at an angle, producing a shifting and inconsistent bellow to issue forth from the its mouth. Children—and those adults inclined towards a more active imagination—refuse to accept that the sounds emanating from the well are merely the result of the wind. They claim that the well releases not a mere whistle, but rather an indistinct and muted voice, which utters intangible passages in a language unknown. The one thing that both sides agree on is that it is highly peculiar that the sounds of the well have not let up once in recent memory:
The other mystery of the Whisper Well has to do with its questionable depth. The most obvious measure of depth is based on the length of the chain and bucket, which together stretch approximately 60 feet, and fetch cool, clean water when extended to their limit. The issue is that when objects are dropped into the well, they tend to land in the water rather inconsistently. Stones, twigs, and refuse take only a few seconds to drop down the shaft, and make a loud splash once they hit the water, as expected. Coins, on the other hand, seem to fall silently into the darkness, as if something in the well is snatching them out of the air before they make contact with the water.
This fact has given the well the reputation of a place where wishes may be whispered, and possibly granted, if a coin is tossed alongside the plea into the depths. Not every wish seems to be granted, but those that are tend to be much more sinister than anyone would dare make on a shooting star.
Want to throw in your coin to make a wish in the Whisper Well? Afterwards why not wander the rest of New Coventry and check out these other previously discovered places and people!