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"It was half the size of the more successful Martensbridge, and a bit resentful of the fact, but still fivefold larger than Greenwell Town of Penric’s youth."
―Penric's visit to Whippoorwill[src]

Whippoorwill was a town in the Cantons at the head of Martensbridge's lake. When the high passes to more northern countries became closed off by snow in the winter, its businesses became limited to local traffic.

Small villages in the region, such as Linkbeck, generally sent queries and requests for assistance to Whippoorwill, because it was the largest town in the area.