The Rossi Heights have been a big part of the community at Whitehood since its inception. Its name comes from the Du Rossi family: high nobles who were nearly exterminated by Ulric in 700 ACW. Before given its now famous name, they were simply called the Southern Foothills, because they were on the road south to Merrimont. The road that connects Merrimont to Whitehood runs through the Rossi Heights. The Rossi Heights serve as a vanguard for Whitehood as they form a protective shield from the east and south. The Rossi Heights have their own community, but it is mostly an outpost controlled by the military. It has been the host of two major wars: the 6th War when the elves invaded from Merrimont in the south, and the 11th War, when Hathar the orc warlord made a run toward Whitehood. In both cases, the humans won the war. The orcs of Oringard often send small war parties across the Mourning River to terrorize the Rossi Heights but the hills are very well guarded.
Count Peter Du Rossi (570 – 621 ACW) was a very suave and very direct noble, who was exceptionally picky and confrontational. He enjoyed swordplay and spent many hours of his youth learning the art of sword fighting. As a young man, Count Du Rossi looked for every excuse imaginable to test out his skills on Damir’s best and most boastful fighters. As a young boy he loved running through the flowery hills of the southern foothills to play, and that childhood memory inspired him to hold duels there. It is unclear how many duels Du Rossi fought, but he claimed in his journal that he slew a hundred men there. However, estimates from other records suggest the number is closer to fifty. Whatever the number, Du Rossi was undefeated, and he settled disputes through these duels. Now-a-days, duels must be approved by a magistrate to prevent any escalation or unnecessary confrontations.
The majority of duels are now fought on one of the hills of the Rossi Heights. It is considered an ideal setting for a match because the ground is firm but not rocky, soft but not muddy. It also allows spectators to gather and form a gallery, as the fighters duel high up where they can be seen clearly.