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Chalk is a country that was the location of Aching Farm, home of Tiffany Aching. It is reminiscent of Pratchett's native Wiltshire in the real-world United Kingdom.

The land is named after the chalky stone that it sits upon. The "soft" geology of the area is, according to some mountain witches, not conducive to the channelling of magic, however there is a layer of Flint beneath the Chalk, which is why powerful witches can and do reside here. There have been at least two known witches native to the Chalk, those being Granny (Sarah) Aching and her granddaughter Tiffany Aching.

Inhabitants[]

  • The Baron's family (The Baron on the Chalk and Roland de Chumsfanleigh, pronounced Chuffley), lives in a castle and owns the land and rents farms to the shepherds. The castle also has a small assembly of staff, including an underfunded and undertrained army that has not seen combat in decades.
  • A large amount of shepherd families and their various sheep.
  • The Aching Family (Joe Aching and his wife, and their four children Hannah, Fastidia, Tiffany, and Wentworth).
  • Formerly Granny Aching prior to her death approximately two years before the events of The Wee Free Men
  • The Chalk Hill Clan of Nac Mac Feegles, led by "Big Man" Rob Anybody. This clan hates writing but is taught by their kelda, Jeannie of the Long Lake clan.
  • In May, Morris Men visit and dance a Morris Dance for the arrival of summer.
  • The Omnians have a prayer meeting on the Chalk about once a year.
  • Sometimes priests of the Nine Day Wonderers, the See of Little Faith or the Church of Small Gods come by on a donkey.
  • Wandering teachers sometimes teach the children on different subjects.

Geography[]

The Chalk was formed from deep prehistoric seas in a million-year rain made of the shells of tiny creatures. It is located downland near Lancre. It's nearest village is the tiny village Twoshirts, which is half a day away. The Chalk rises out of the plains quite suddenly. There is a little valley cupped into the fall of the down, and there was a carving in the curve it made. Turf had been cut away in the old days by the folk who’d built the stone circles and buried their kin in big earth mounds, into long flowing lines, so that the bare chalk made the shape of an animal. The locals refer to it as "the white horse" even though it is also said that “’Taint what a horse looks like, it’s what a horse be.” This horse is based on the Roundworld Uffington White Horse in Oxfordshire, England.

Culture[]

The Baron's ancestors were knights who had come to own the Chalk by killing the kings who thought they did. The Baron rents the farms to the shepherds, such as the Home Farm to the Aching family. The People who live on the Chalk rarely leave it. Less than half have left to visit Twoshirts. The people of the Chalk spend their days making butter, cheese, milk and sheering sheep with knives made of flint from beneath the Chalk. For fun, they seem to enjoy drinking, reading books lent by traveling librarians (though it is stated in The Shepherd's Crown that the majority of Chalk inhabitants are poor readers and most homes would be lucky to own one book), and fishing. Tiffany Aching's father is appraised to be the best shepherd by the Baron.

Like many pastoral communities, the people of the Chalk celebrate seasonal festivals together as a community. It is mentioned that they celebrate Hogswatch, and they also celebrate a harvest festival marked by rolling wheels of cheese down a large hill.

Despite a long and supposedly bloody history a very long time ago, the inhabitants of the Chalk tend to be peaceful, though when someone "needs dealing with" they are known to participate in a ritual known as "the rough music" or "charivari", wherein they will take it into their own hands to enact vigilante justice against offenders. This appears to be reserved for only the most severe cases, such as in I Shall Wear Midnight when Mr. Petty strikes his pregnant daughter and causes her to suffer a miscarriage. The intention of the Rough Music is to threaten the offender severely enough that they leave town of their own accord before the crowd has to enact punishment against them, but if a charivari procession catches an offender, it is made clear that they will be punished.

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