In a valley across the river at the edge of mountains there is a town whose people provision adventurers, traders, explorers, and migrants. Near the heart of the town, on rustic ground, is a forge where fires roar and sparks dance in the darkness. There, tools are made, discussed, demonstrated, improved, and sometimes invented. It is a place of work, thought, vision, energy and joy. It is a place of gatherings, of conversation, exploration and celebration, a place of fellowship. To it are drawn thinkers, dreamers, artists, warriors, musicians, writers, engineers, scientists, entrepreneurs, innovators of every kind, and some who come for the light of a friendly fire.