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Bergen, Viscounty ofby Michael Berry
392 square miles
AC 1000 - 770
AC 1014 - 750
Villages: (population values are given for AC 1000 and AC 1014)
Vystaar (138/125): located between the southwestern hills and is the largest settlement in Bergen.Ziljen(97/80): is a village located in the mountain 1 mile from the Viscount’s Tower.
Ardjes (78/65) is a mountain village where Ardjes stones are cut.
Flaem 75%, Lupins 16%, Hattian 4%, Aalbanese 2%, Kaelic 2%, Other 1%
Flaemish, Lupin (Flaemish Shepherd dialect), Thyatin common
AC 1000 - Rowena Krollnar (born 968, M10, Fire Master of 3rd Circle, AL -Neutral)
AC 1014 - Mirm Krollnar (born 990, M9, AL - Neutral)
The Viscount of Bergen has two forces to help protect their tower and Viscounty. The Flaemish Shepherds Guard is a small elite group of 20 Lupin F4, short sword chain mail and shield, all from the Paster clan, and all totally loyal to the Krollnars and are based at the Tower of Bergen. They are lead by the mighty Rovex (F21, short sword +3, plate mail+2 of fire resistance), a legendary hero among the Lupins of Glantri. Aside from the Shepards Guard the tower boasts formidable defenses built into the Bergen Tower itself, lots of small traps and siege weapons are cleverly hidden in the walls with pots with boiling oil, magical fire traps, and spring mounted spikes. The Ardjes Escort is a human unit made up of 20 mounted fighters (F2, long swords, chain mail, and shield) who patrol the areas around Ardjes and the main roads.
A fair trail leads from Bergen southwest through Vystaar all the way to Fort Nordling. Poor trails connect the three villages with each other and with other smaller settlements.
Ardjes (slate-tiles) are Bergen’s main resource and are exported all over the Principalities. Bergen also has large numbers of sheep. Wool is exported to Bergdhoven and Ostbruck. The Viscounty imports food from the Principality of Bergdhoven.
Bergen Monthly Financial Ledger (figures from AC 1000)
Main resources: 1 mineral, 1 animal
6 hexes: mountain; borderland; pop. 336; tax 16.8 dc
1 hex: hills; rural; pop. 280; tax 28 dc
Bergen: village; pop. 154; tax 15.4 dc
Total Population: 434 village/rural, 336 borderland
Tax Income: 60.2 dc
Resource Income: 361.2 dc
Standard Income: 481.6 dc
Council Tax: 180.6 dc
Net Cash: 240.8 dc
Overhead (35%): 84.3 dc
Available Cash: 156.5 dc
With 5057 XP/year, in 10 years the Viscount would gain 50570 XP
Alternate: 722 XP/year, does not rise in level.
Viscounts of Bergen
Porfir Massza 894-915
Idwal Terlagand 915-935
Seisyll Wittels 935-949
Charles McAllister 949-958
William McAllister 958-990
Alasdair McAllister 990-992
Rowena Krollnar 992-1012
Mirn Krollnar 1013-
Flaemish settlers knew this area for those houses with strangely tiled roofs. It was home to the Flaemish Shepherds of Sager clan (mountains) and Paster clan (hills). Bergen became part of the Principalities when Prince Vlaardoen finally succeeded in convincing his old teacher Porfir Massza to establish a dominion there. A studious and a sage, Porfir loved the company of the Sager clan, and Lupin trusted that under the rule of that man nothing would have changed. Their guess proved right for some twenty years, when Porfir died without any heir, the Aalbanese noble Idwal Terlagand won the Awards Festival and became the Viscount of Bergen. Idwal realized this community needed something to aliment its treasury, and he cunningly started to publicize Bergen Ardjes in Glantrian architectural circles. Soon the Viscounty started exporting it throughout Glantri, where it was used as a particular decoration even in place that needn’t it and has become a standard fixture in many architectural styles in Glantri.
When Idwal moved on, Bergen knew a period of unrest since next Viscount was Seisyll Wittels, an Alphatian. However, the "Cunning Weasel" managed to calm down the population from a near state of revolt, by committing the ruling to members of the Sager clan, while he remained at the Capital and he devoted his energies to politicking to improve his chances of getting out of Bergen . After 14 years he had his chance when a County became open for an Awards Festival and all the years of politicking paid off and Wittels reached the title of Count, he was succeeded by McAllisters who ruled forty years. McAllisters arrived from nearby Uigmuir, but they weren’t interested in ruling. Combining Kaelics and Lupins expertise, wool trade increased in the hills of the Viscounty first, then in those of the FP of Fort Nordling which brought increased wealth to the Viscounty. When Alasdair McAllister won the County of Glenargyll in AC992, things turned even better for the Viscounty, the new ruler Rowena Krollnar was not only a Flaem but was also born in the village of Vystaar, and had become much attached to her lands. Rowena has proved to be a capable leader and established great relations with the Lupin of Bergen.
Unlike the vast majority of the rest of Glantri the Great War had very little effort on Bergen. Even the plague had little effect here (only 100 dead) due to the effects of the Healing Hospital and proper care and sanitization. Rowena ruled into late AC 1012 when she was slain by a monster from the Outer Plains she had summoned. She was succeeded by her son Mirm who served for years in the Glantrian Army.
Ziljen rises around the Tower of Bergen and are home to the Sager clan, the more reclusive clan of Flaemish Shepherds. Loved by the people for their healing abilities (using mountain herbs), they also proved to be useful councilors and sages for the Viscounts, to Lupins this was the best method of being sure the Viscounty was well run. Actually, they are lead by Bernardus Sager (born 965, Lupin male, Flaemish Shepherd breed, AL - Lawful), who was a close friend of Rowena Krollnar. They were of the same age, and they grew up together, Rowena used to turn to him whenever she seeks a wise council. He has offered his services and advice to Rowena’s son as well. Bernardus runs the Healing Hospital in Vystaar with his apprentices.
Viscountess Rowena founded Bergen Library and Museum of Planar Lore, the result of a passion she took from her father. It counts on several family heirloom and some donations. Entrance is 5 sovereign; book consulting is 10 ducats the first day, then 1 dc per day. The museum provides an income of 250 ducats per month, thanks to some agreements with the Flaemish Library of Kopstar and the Great Library of Glantri City, who pays the right to consult the private material in Bergen. Rowena managed to obtain this thanks to Wilhelmine Vlaardoen’s political abilities.
The Tower of Bergen is an amazing sight. It has a conical shape and it’s entirely covered with Bergen Ardjes: an idea of Idwal Terlagand who modified the Tower previously built by Porfir Massza. During winter the snow seems to caress the tiles then fall on the ground as if repelled.
The Healing Hospital was another idea of Rowena. She had it built with the secret financial help of Margaret Hillsbury, and its run by the Healer Bernardus Sager, Head of the Sager Clan. His more skilled aid, Rufus (born 979, Lupin male, AL - L) substitutes him when he’s somewhere else. Bernardus can count up to twenty apprentices among his clan. The Hospital is a simple structure with the characteristic ardjes-tiled roof, it holds 80 patients, but if the need arises, it can reach 120 beds. Outside the Hospital, there’s an Herb Garden. Run by Bernardus’ apprentices, it helps the Healer to maintain a good supply of curative herbs. Rowena decided that people of the Viscounty shouldn’t pay for the cure received something that increased her popularity even more. Outsiders are charged with normal fees. However the Hospital doesn’t produce any income for the Treasury: normal fees and additional income (for selling lijsk leaves to the Guild of Gemcutters in Kopstar) merely suffice to cover the expenses.
Coat of Arms:
Glantrian Political History - AC 828 to 884 by Harri Mäki and Giovanni Porpora
The Economy of Bergen by Aleksei Andrievski
Rowena Krollnar GPD by Ohad Shaham
Viscounty of Bergen by Thibault Sarlat, Giovanni Porpora, Agathokles.