The Wheel of Time - The Call of the Horn
The Old Road is a road located in the Two Rivers.
The Old Road begins in Emond’s Field at the Wagon Bridge which spans the Winespring Water next to the village Green. From there the road passes south out of the community limits and runs adjacent to the Westwood. After several miles the Old Road terminates at the village green in Deven Ride. On the north side of the Wagon Bridge the same route becomes the North Road. Although outsiders often find it odd that the continuous road through Emond’s Field changes names on either side of the Wagon Bridge, villagers accept the convention without question.
Long ago when Manetheren ruled the region, an intersection between the east-west road to the mountain home and a primary north-south route existed on the site that would one day be called Aemon’s Field. The east-west route is now called the Quarry Road by local farmers. A possible explanation for why the main road in Emond’s Field changes names at the Wagon Bridge is that travelers leaving the Manetheren capital city could make a choice to either continue east on a road that no longer exists or travel either north or south at this intersection. In time, one choice became known as the “North Road” leading to the watchtower at modern day Watch Hill, and the other became the “South Road” heading towards the bridge spanning the River Manetherendrelle near modern day Deven Ride. After Manetheren was destroyed, the route east was abandoned as the Winespring Water began flooding the Waterwood and farmers who returned to the region began to forget why the name of the two remaining roads changed at Aemon’s Field, though they continued to use the older conventions. Eventually the “South Road” changed to become the Old Road, for reasons forgotten but the North Road retained it’s old name.