There was the city of Gromshire and there was the mist shrouded dangers of The Wood and that's all anyone knew. Seventy years ago or some such as the elder folk told, when your grandparents were children, the populous of Gromshire awoke one cool and dark morning to find their city stranded from the rest of the world. All highways and trails leading away from the city came to a thick wood of strange timber and all routes to and from the kingdom-at-large disappeared into brambled walls denying any passage. The Duke of Gromshire, Kithman Moorestaff Andromaphere III, Elder Thane of Gromshire, VIIC Lord of the line of Helmsley, following many, many seasons of unsuccessful exploration of the branching paths and labyrinthine hedgerows surrounding the city, declared himself Lord of the Hedge, King of the Wood, Master of Mazes and Forest Father. He proclaimed all lands within and without the city walls his rightful kingsake as lord of all creation. It is now the 69th year of King Kithman's reign. He is eighty-nine years old and has more and more often in his lucid moments demanded his council of chamberlains find reason and pattern to the tangle of plants just beyond the city walls. Nine days ago a group of workman cut through a particularly difficult thicket to find a cobblestone path leading due east from Gromshire proper. You are one of the esteemed adventurers of Gromshire asked by the City Chamberlains to explore this path. (tell me your character's name, gender, a brief physical and personality description, the class/type/occupation you imagine your character to be, a little history and a hand-full of belongings your character is bringing with you. Please keep things within reason for a "low level character". Talk amongst your selves about what you want your party to do, nominate a party leader and then have the party leader make a declaration. The declaration post should list each active character and what they are doing in the immediate future. Any post that is not the elected party leader making a declaration of intent for the rest of the party will be ignored by me. Those other posts should be the adventurers deciding amongst themselves how best to precede. Just make sure the party leader marks the declaration post with something like "OUR DECLARATION YOU FREAK. GOD WHY WONT YOU LISTEN TO US, JERK. I HATE YOU." Consider Gromshire to be your typical medieval city, and all the institutions and amenities you normally think of in your average D&D city apply. This is meant to be pretty free-form, intuitive and imaginative. Let's see what happens.) Go!