Despite the steadily encroaching darkness, Humanity has one great asset in it’s struggle for survival: the Hearth. A Hearth represents and investiture of positive energy that imbues places of family and community. Churches, Granges, and Homesteads all represent safe havens in a bleak and dangerous world.
A Hearth acts as a barrier to entry to any evil or malicious spirit. Mindless Undead cannot cross the threshold of a Hearth, and malevolent forces (Darkfae, Undead or Outsider) must make a Will save in order to push through, or be invited in by a Hearth member. Hearths can only be established by families and other close-knit groups of people, and only where they live. Because of this, communities are small, close knit and mistrustful of outsiders.