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Berrym, Marquisate of

by micky

Area:
392 square miles

Population:
3,500

Villages:
Beraan (700): is an original Flaemish settlement and is the main population centre and cultural and political centre of the Marquisate. The small Hattian population of the Marquisate has lived here as retainers of the Marchioness.
Geerdijk (437): is a typical Glantrian hill village located near the northern border of Berrym whose people tend large herds of cattle that roam the high hills of Berrym. What makes Geerdijk distinctive are some rather atypical residents in the village
Carcassonne (280): is a Averoignian settlement started with the blessing of Dirk Postbrad in AC 823. Several Averoignian wizards have their towers in these southwest hills and like much of Berrym the village folk make livings herding cattle and harvesting herbs and plants for medicines and alchemic and magical preperations and keep to themselves and do not associate with outsiders or the rest of the Marquisate outside of official business like commerce or tax collection.

Ethnic groups:
Flaem 86%, Averoignian 8%, Hattian 6%

Languages:
Flaem, Averoignian, Thyatian

Ruler:
Marchioness Mariana Terlagand (Narda Shelyn)

House:
Ritterburg

Military:
The Marchioness maintains a very effective and brutal at times, security force of 40 F5 Hattian guardsmen. Visitors to the Marquisate are discouraged from staying and curious visitors often end up in the dungeon of the guard barracks in Beraan. After an extended all-expense paid visit to the dungeon they are taken to the borders of the Marquisate with a warning never to return. The guard does not discriminate on ethnicity. Anyone who tries to stir up racial tensions is dealt with as inquisitive visitors, and if they happen to be residents of the Marquisate they would be considered lucky if they ever emerged from the dungeons. Law and order is what the Marchioness had ordered they maintain, and that is what they do with Hattian efficiency.

Food:
Sufficient

Trails:
Berrym, and the surrounding hills are havens for the wizards that want to live in peace. Berrym is off the beaten tracks with no main roads or caravan traffic even approaching the area. A single fair trail leads north out of Beraan and leads to the County of High Sonden. This trail is the path on which livestock is taken to market and on which little commerce the Marquisate engages in comes through. Poor trails link the various villages of Berrym but due to the ingrained notion of privacy that all of Berrym cherish, few travelers are found upon these trails.

Economics:
Berrym is not exactly noted as one of the great economic players in Glantri. The people here make a living tending cattle herds and taking them to market in High Sonden. The people earn enough to live comfortably enough under Glantrian standards and pay their taxes to the Marchioness. The people earn extra income by braving the dangers of the untamed wild Glantrian hills in search of rare herbs used for medicine or for use in magical and alchemic experiments by the wizards that live in and around Berrym.

History:
Marquises of Berrym

Michal Postbrad 829-830
Francis Postbrad 830-857
Louis Postbrad 857-859
Ernest Theski 859-861
Alexander von Taafnen 861-867
Margaret von Taafnen 867-871
Leopol Pieinants 871-879
John Bluebeard 879-898
Eric Bluebeard 898-935
Arnulf of Haaskinz 935-949
Corfitz Terlagand 949-964
Mariana Terlagand 964-

Berrym is one of the oldest dominions in all of Glantri having been settled by the Flaem soon after Landfall in AC 395. The hills around the town of Beraan were never well suited for agriculture so the hills were used for raising livestock and provided excellent locations for Flaemish wizards to set up secluded towers where they have peace and solitude to conduct their research and experiments. The town of Beraan was founded in AC398 by Henrik Vyldeaar, one of the Flaemish warlords that came to the Highlands from Veydra. Beraan was established as one of the 7 original Flaemish Duchies but due to its location and lack of resources it was not near as influential or important as the other Duchies were. In spite of the lack of prominence of their dominion the Vyldeaar were powerful mages and in fact rose to the pinnacle of the Flaemish magical power when Alyssa Vyldeaar became the Head Fire Wizard during the years of the Dragonlord.

The Vyldeaar served as Dukes of Beraan for the next two plus centuries and became a prominent part of the group of militant Flaems called the Fire Mages, an aggressive faction of the Flaemish wizards with the aim to build a strong kingdom on Mystara to continue their war against the Followers of Air in Alphatia. In a sad twist of irony for the proud family, the Vyldeaar family line ended in the first years of the 40 Years War when their Duchy was overrun by Halzunthram in his first campaign against the rebel Flaem. The few members of the family that survived the vicious battle of Beraan were rounded up and summarily executed for treason against the Alphatian state. With the ending of the Vyldeaar dynasty the Flaem rewarded a minor noble, Dirk Postbrad, a division commander who distinguished himself at the Battle of High Sonden by giving him the vacant Duchy. Dirk’s son Michal was left in charge of rebuilding the destroyed town of Beraan while his father served at the front.

With the end of the war the Duchy of Beraan was downgraded by the Council to a Marquisate and was allowed to be renamed by Michal. It was renamed Berrym by Michal to honour his father who was killed at the 3rd Battle of Braastar, Berrym being the nickname Dirk had. The Postbrad family served as Marquis for only 30 years before moving up to a higher vacant dominon. In the years since Berrym has either been aligned to Linden or Ritterburg. All through the political changes though the people of Berrym have remained overwhelmingly Flaemish, with most being able to trace their families for generations in the Berrym area. None of the rulers aligned to Ritterburg has been fool enough to try to try to alter the demographics of the Marquisate. The Flaem understand that their leaders may not be Flaem but the land IS Flaemish. There was always the not so small matter of several very powerful Flaemish wizards residing in the area and one’s not to be trifled with.

Thus the notion of privacy and living in peace were established in Berrym and attempts from a Marquis, down to mundaners to disturb the peace and privacy of the people would bring severe repercussions. A lesson known the all ‘foreign’ rulers of Berrym with the example of Ernest Theski, the first Hattian Marquis and veteran of the 40 Years War, who after winning the Awards Festival decided what Berrym needed were a few more Hattians and less Flaem. In AC 861 he sponsored hundreds of Hattians to relocate to Berrym but to his shock and anger the newly arrived Hattians were the victims of a systematic night of violence known in the Glantrian History books as the ‘Night of the sharp daggars’. Those that escaped the violence fled Berrym the next day, when the Marquis attempted to find and punish those responsible he unfortunately found the ringleader, a mage far his superior in the arcane arts who promptly immobilized him and burned him alive with several fireballs. The murder went unpunished as the ringleader was never found as Council investigators found an entire population that had gone to bed early that night and had not seen a thing. The matter was dropped with a few snickers at Council that the fool had coming what he got. From that time forward new leaders of Berrym have not trifled with the demographics of the region and area is not seen as a great destination for non-Flaem for setting up a new life

Notable sites:
Beraan today is but a fraction of what it was as a settlement prior to the 40 Years War. What the great battle of Beraan did not destroy in the great magical forces unleashed, Halzunthram finished when he raised the Ducal palace to the ground and leveled the rest of the town that had remained standing. After the war Beraan was rebuilt though it is not near as large as the old town was, which at its peak had a population of nearly 4,000. Today the village of Beraan is a quiet village with the residence of the Marchioness being a large tower on a hill overlooking the village. Michal Postbrad had a monument erected in the centre of the village during the rebuilding dedicated to the victims of the fighting and those that suffered afterwards.

Geerdijk is a typical small Glantrian village but since the Great War has had some new residents. A band of 4 Dopplegangers, specially recruited by the Alphatians for their spellcasting ability have taken up residence in the town posing as Flaem refugees from the war, and are plotting a rather natty little scheme, ruling a Glantrian dominion by having the most accomplished spellcaster of the group, a Doppleganger named twiggy, kill the Marchioness Mariana Terlagand and impersonate her.

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Useful links:
Glantrian Political History - AC 828 to 884 by Harri Mäki and Giovanni Porpora
The Economy of Berrym by Aleksei Andrievski
Mystaran Heraldry by Chimpman