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Blackheart (Kingdom of)

Location: Northeast-center of the floating continent of Alphatia, south of Frisland, west of the Kerothar Mountains, east of Alphas'ar and north of Shiye-Lawr. HW

Area: 74,326 sq. mi. (192,505 sq. km.).

Population: 45,400, including Shraek (pop. 15,300).

Languages: Alphatian (Arogansan dialect).

Coinage: Alphatian Standard: crown (gp), mirror (sp), judge (cp). Blackheart sees no need to mint coins. Indeed, Blackheart mints no coins of its own, but rather accepts the coins of other Alphatian kingdoms.

Taxes: 15% income tax on everyone of servant status or higher. Slaves are counted as the property of the owner and the product of their labour is taxed as income for the owner. Payment of taxes and fees by the mages, including the "tower tax" (which actually applies to all types of structures built by the various wizards) insures that the kingdom will stay out of their affairs and leave them alone. Those who fail to pay often receive unwelcome visits. There are also tolls to enter Shraek, as well as surtaxes on all transactions conducted in that city.

Government Type: Monarchy, member of the Alphatian Empire.

Industries: Magical research, privacy, herbs.

Important Figures: Belgoroth the Lamer (King).

Flora and Fauna: It might be easier to list the things that cannot be found in Blackheart. That list follows: Anything pure of heart.

Further Reading: Dawn of the Emperor boxed set, previous almanacs.

Last Year's Events: None to report.