The Mark of Hospitality appeared
among the halflings of the Talenta Plains nearly thirty-two hundred years
ago. By using its powers related to food
and shelter, the Ghallanda clan became
a powerful force among the nomads of
the Plains. Eventually, the family began
to send representatives to the burgeoning
human nations, and the Hostelers
Guild was born.
Today, the patriarch of the house holds court in the ancient city of Gatherhold. Here, Baron Yoren d’Ghallanda keeps a firm grip on both aspects of his house’s heritage—the traditional nomadic culture still practiced on the Talenta Plains and the “civilized” halflings who have been living among the other common races for thousands of years.
In the Talenta Plains, House Ghallanda maintains the shared city of Gatherhold for the many nomadic halfling tribes that use it for trading and clan meetings. In the Plains, the house also provides a traveling fair called the Wandering Inn for halflings ranging far from the protective walls of Gatherhold. In the other nations, the integrated halflings who grew up among the common races operate the Hostelers Guild. Members of the guild include innkeepers, chefs, and restaurateurs, as well as inspectors who enforce standards and regulate business for all member establishments—those run by the house as well as those independent inns and restaurants willing to earn the house seal and display it for all to see.