Barent is a town the furthest point north on the continent being explored by Team Alpha. Due to its positioning, it offers some of the clearest views of the night sky and is the best place to view the stars during the winter solstice; it is said to be the place where you can get "closest" to the celestial bodies above. As such, the town is mostly a tourist destination, local business and culture almost entirely geared towards the couple of weeks where the most people visit. There are a great deal of taverns, inns, restaurants and coffee houses, and not a lot in the way of defenses or military power of any kind. Barent is similar to the rest of the continent in that its populace are wary about the use of magic.
A couple miles north of the town itself is an observatory, one of the most popular destinations during tourist season, since its telescope offers unparalleled views of the stars. During Team Alpha's visit, the observatory had been deemed "dangerous" and the usual guides taking visitors on the hike to the facility were not available.
There is a town guard, but he is only part time, and the private citizen who owns the observatory does not actually live in Barent. There is a train line which terminates at the town, serving all major stations across the continent.