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June 29, 2018
The barricades and high fences, the number of trained guards and sentries surrounding this settlement, indicated a siege: they feared or were cautious of the world beyond their enclosure.
The settlement in front of me probably used intimidation or coercion on the nearby towns and villages where food and clothing was sourced in exchange for protection. Could it be that the villagers now need protection mostly from those tasked with protecting them?
Maybe shortages or a bad harvest had soured the milk, had changed everything. Inside there was glut and opulence, and the people were well-fed, healthy and warm, yet overly-suspicious.