In the world of Hellfrost (for ease of use) 300 years ago Humanity won a great victory against the evil from the Frozen North. But it was costly: Nearly half the (warm) continent was wiped clean of life, the destruction was of WWII proportion.
Five surviving heroes tried to find their piece in one of the few oasis in the northern part of the continent (where the ice had withdrawn), taking settlers and building a new society there, with the purpose of manning a watchtower over the Sea of Dust (after the Ice had withdrawn the water never came back).
This is ancient history. Nothing much has happened since then, but the five villages are thriving. The most important ritual is the tower service: All boys and girls coming of age (16, 18 at the latest) have to commit to one year service at the watch tower. This is an exciting time for these youngsters – there are many stories abound (revolving on boy meets girl and girl meets boy), an of course the homecoming of those who have finished their year of service is epic – the tower hosts the only brewery and destillery in the region, and while the youngsters are not allowed to partake there, the caravan home brings all the good stuff with them.
In truth the youngers face a tough year – at the tower they learn martial skills, but also many crafts skills they can use in their communities. And meeting the youngsters from the other villages builds bonds beyond their own fences.
Of course this year everything is a little different…