Many times in English Literature, as a natural location so beautiful or so untamed, been considered to have made such an impact on the characters lives, as to almost take on a character of its own; such as Dickens' Industrial London or Hardy's desolate and unforgiving rustic landscapes; but rarely is that literally the case.
The events of Backwater proved to be the notable exception..
This report stems from around the time of what is commonly referred to as the "Middle Ages".
The Black Death swept across Asia and Europe unhindered, taking lives in it's millions, but it would not reach the shores of England for several more years. Closer to home the Darke Cast crusades in Britain and Western Europe, were about to reach their most devastating.