The World of Donatainous
Chief Steward Hogan Leadson
stands about 5’10 with soul piercing green eyes and wisps of light brown hair.
Hogan Leadson was born and raised a poor farmer. His parents barely made enough feed themselves, Hogan, and his two sisters. They lived on a plot of land that was half marsh and half steep hill heading to the marsh. His father would often spend days at a time awake: in the day light he would work and at night pray to the Ellis Brothers for his farm to prosper. His prayers seemed in vain though his land never produced more and he died due to infection.
Hogan took over farm, and followed in his fathers footsteps: work all day, pray all night. It was during one of his all night prayer sessions that he received a vision. He saw the steep hill turned into steps and the swamp to flat land filled with huge plants.
The next morning he began to make levels on the hill and filling in the swamp. It was long and hard work. The men who had once mocked his father for buying the land now mocked him for trying to work it. Many men came offering to marry his mother and sisters. He was willing to let his mother give his sisters away, but he knew that if his mother married, his father’s dream and the vision he had would die.
After many years and after his sisters had married, he began to see returns on his effort. The swamp was now a field that produced food bountifully. The steps on the hill acted as wind breakers for its crops.
Hogan and more importantly Ellis had proved all the mockers wrong. Hogan allowed his mother to marry, and she was in short order to a rich and arrogant man.
Hogan’s step father had seen the work he had done on the swamp, and set him over more no count property and took the previously swamp land for himself.
Hogan would not be discouraged. He instructed his crew to take trees, some 50 years old, from overly forested areas and transplant them to wind burnt planes. it took only two years for him to make the no count land fertile.
His step father was not content with just having good fields; he began to trade parts of the new fields to other farmers for all of there less workable plots. He would set Hogan over the land knowing he would find a way to make it better.
Hogan bore all this usury without complaining knowing he would some day have his reward.
After about ten years in his step father’s service, he received his reward. his step father died of a major heart attack – not surprising given his unhealthy eating habits and off hinged nature. Since Hogan’s step father had had no children, Hogan inherited everything.
As soon as he inherited his step father’s land, his debtors and those who mad bad deals for usable land came to him and asked for help. Being an amiable, man he agreed and began forgiving debt and giving land back.
His brother-in-law saw that people had begun to take advantage of him and stepped up to help.
Not long after Hogan and his brother-in-law balanced the accounts, the Priest of Ellis approached him and asked if he would be the next Chief Stewart. Although this position was usually kept by ordained priest, they understood that no one in the order had as much agricultural wisdom as him.
Upon hearing that a new Chief Stewart had been chosen, The Prime Focus requested help with trying to make the bad lands fertile.
Hogan accepted and went to see about it with his brother-in-law and some farm hands. His first assessment was that it was a sun baked desert. His assumption changed when the clouds rolled in rain poured on the land. When the rain stopped, he watched the water soak into the ground and return to looking sun baked in all of 5 min. He instructed his men to dig down to see where the water went. After three hours of back breaking labor, The Prime Focus instructed his men to use magic to help dig. Even with the magical assistance it took most of the day to find the water.
10’ below the surface, the parched ground finally turned to clay. Hogan spent the next two days working out how to solve the problem. He did, though it was not applicable on a large scale. If they surrounded the top soil above and on the sides with slate, then they could reduce the loss of water to the rest of the land.
The Prime Focus and his men worked on making the construct. he then offered him gifts for his help, but Hogan, much to his brother-in-law’s displeasure, declined.