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Eastern Wendarian Ranges, Free Province of

by micky

Area: 8232 sq. miles

Population: 4676 (took average of: 1 person per sq mile in wooded hills; 1 person per 2 sq miles in mountains)

Ethnic Groups: Boldavian 55%, Elf 25%, Other 20%

Villages: Redwood (416): located in the east of forested hills north of Kutchevski, and Vladimirov

Swaffelo (107): located approximately 24 miles east of the Barony of Kutchevski, itís a village populated by trappers, and prospectors.

Government: Magistrate appointed by the Council of Princes, in charge for seven years. Seat in Redwood.

Ruler: Magistrate Silvana Gorriidel (born 870, Elf female, Elf 4, AL-L).

House: not aligned to any house but has strong support of Erewan and Boldavia

Territory: The mountains and large wooded hill area roughly north of Pavlova running east to the mountains above the Barony of Mariksen. Bordered on the north by Wendar and on the south by various dominions and the Western Czaikow Hills Free Province

Food: Deficit/Self-sustenance.

Trails: The only two regular trails lead to each of the two main settlements in the Free Province. The trail to Redstone comes from Kutchevski and is patrolled by the elves up to the borders of the Barony. Another trail leads from Swaffelo to Kutchevski and is not patrolled outside of the borders of the Barony. There is has been no real effort to forge a trail into Wendar from the Eastern Wendarian Range. The weather is this area is extremely tricky and even if a trail was forged it would only be usuable for 3 months before concerns about changing weather would make it's use risky. Then there are the Dragons that are known to live to the west that are often seen over the Free Province. It has been deemed much easier, and profitable, by the merchants to swing east into the Heldannic territories make a stop in Grauenburg then move into Wendar. Smaller trails do exist into Wendar are are used by small parties crossing the border back and forth.

Economics: Magistrate Goriidel has one resource, the large forests of the great valley of wooded hills. The elves which comprise 70% of the population of this most populous area of the Province are in charge of the logging operations there. This had led to problems with the Council of Princes however and resulted in moves to remove Magistrate Goriidel from office. As befitting the Elven way, the logging operations are handled with a conservationist's touch. Never taking too many tree and investing heavily in replanting, which has cut into the perceived profitability of the operation which has upset some members of the council since those profits go directly to them. Goriidel's position has been saved to this point by the unlikely alliance, on this point at least, of Princess Carlotina and Prince Morphail. Carlotina's reasons being all the obvious, Morphail being opposed to having a large operation with all the resulting traffic and people moving in, out, and through his Principality. Like many wizards he puts a premium on privacy and he has no shortage of reasons for wanting to keep all sorts of strangers out of his Principality and his area of influence.

Other than logging, as other Wendarian Free Provinces, this one is very poor of resources but rich of dangers. The Magistrate, with prompting by the Council, has commissioned prospectors to search for mineral deposit in the mountains. So far without any positive results. Those who reside in the wooded valley tend to be self-sufficient with food for the forest support substantial amounts of game animals. Food for those who reside in the mountains is generally imported from Southern dominions or bought from caravans stopping in Redwood or Swaffelo.

Notable sites: The village of Redwood is the administrative and economic center of the Free Dominion. The logging operations are centered here and under the watchful eye of the Magistrate. The town is also always in a semi-state of military alert as those in the valley share the forest and it's bounty with the Dragons to the west. The Dragons and the Elves have reached a mutual understanding that each uses the forest to live and survive and to fight over it will be to the benefit of neither and the detriment of all. As such the Magistrate has outlawed Dragon Hunting within the Valley and is unlawful to attack one except in self-defense. Amanth, in return, has pledged that no dragons under his control will attack those in the valley unless provoked first. So far the truce has held true. Not that all dragons have lived by this, or all humans for that matter. Humans that have taken to Dragon Hunting in spite of the Magistrate have almost without fail ended up as an hors d'oeuvre to a main meal of a large elk. Dragons that have tried to sneak in quick snack have run into the Magistrates trained and experienced guard forces that is always on the watch for such mid meal snackers. The town itself is a bit of a bore for the experienced adventurer. One tavern in the elven style town caters to humans and word back in Boldavia is the ale tastes like 'Darokin's Best' and the food like failed experiments from the kitchen of a Klantrian dive.

Useful Links: none...as of now.

Eastern Wendarian Ranges, Free Province of

by micky

Area: 8232 sq. miles

Population: 4676

Ethnic Groups: Boldavian 55%, Elf 25%, Other 20%

Villages: Redwood (416): located in the east of forested hills north of Kutchevski, and Vladimirov

Swaffelo (107): located approximately 24 miles east of the Barony of Kutchevski, itís a village populated by trappers, and prospectors.

Government: Propraetor; appointed by the Council of Princes, in charge for seven years. Seat in Redwood.

Ruler: Propraetor Silvana Gorriidel (born 870, Elf female, Elf 4, AL-L).

House: not aligned to any house but has strong support of Erewan and Boldavia

Territory: The mountains and the Lawensa Depression, an area roughly north of Pavlova running east to the mountains above the Barony of Mariksen. Bordered on the north by Wendar and on the south by various dominions and the Western Czaikow Hills Free Province

Food: Deficit/Self-sustenance.

Trails: The only two regular trails lead to each of the two main settlements in the Free Province. The trail to Redstone comes from Kutchevski and is patrolled by the elves up to the borders of the Barony. Another trail leads from Swaffelo to Kutchevski and is not patrolled outside of the borders of the Barony. There is has been no real effort to forge a trail into Wendar from the Eastern Wendarian Range. The weather is this area is extremely tricky and even if a trail was forged it would only be usuable for four months before concerns about changing weather would make it's use risky. Then there are the Dragons that are known to live to the west that are often seen over the Free Province. It has been deemed much easier, and profitable, by the merchants to swing east into the Heldannic territories make a stop in Grauenburg then move into Wendar. Smaller trails do exist into Wendar are are used by small parties crossing the border back and forth.

Economics: Propraetor Goriidel has one resource, the large forests of the great valley of the wooded hills of the Lawensa Depression. The elves which comprise 70% of the population of this most populous area of the Province are in charge of the logging operations there. This had led to problems with the Council of Princes however and resulted in moves to remove the Propraetor from office. As befitting the Elven way, the logging operations are handled with a conservationist's touch. Never taking too many tree and investing heavily in replanting, which has cut into the perceived profitability of the operation which has upset some members of the council since those profits go directly to them. Goriidel's position has been saved to this point by the unlikely alliance, on this point at least, of Princess Carlotina and Prince Morphail. Carlotina's reasons being all the obvious, Morphail being opposed to having a large operation with all the resulting traffic and people moving in, out, and through his Principality. Like many wizards he puts a premium on privacy and he has no shortage of reasons for wanting to keep all sorts of strangers out of his Principality and his area of influence.

Other than logging, as other Wendarian Free Provinces, this one is very poor of resources but rich of dangers. The Propraetor, with prompting by the Council, has commissioned prospectors to search for mineral deposit in the mountains. So far without any positive results. Those who reside in the wooded valley tend to be self-sufficient with food for the forest support substantial amounts of game animals. Food for those who reside in the mountains is generally imported from Southern dominions or bought from caravans stopping in Redwood or Swaffelo.

Notable sites: The village of Redwood is the administrative and economic center of the Free Province. The logging operations are centered here and under the watchful eye of the Propraetor. The town is also always in a semi-state of military alert as those in the valley share the forest and it's bounty with the Dragons to the west. The Dragons and the Elves have reached a mutual understanding that each uses the forest to live and survive and to fight over it will be to the benefit of neither and the detriment of all. As such the Propraetor has outlawed, with Council permission of course, dragon hunting within the Valley and is unlawful to attack one except in self-defense. Amanth, in return, has pledged that no dragons under his control will attack those in the valley unless provoked first. So far the truce has held true. Not that all dragons have lived by this, or all humans for that matter. Humans that have taken to dragon hunting in spite of the Propraetor have almost without fail ended up as an hors d'oeuvre to a main meal of a large elk. Dragons that have tried to sneak in quick snack have run into the Propraetor's trained and experienced guard forces that is always on the watch for such mid meal snackers. The town itself is a bit of a bore for the experienced adventurer. One tavern in the elven style town caters to humans and word back in Boldavia is the ale tastes like 'Darokin's Best' and the food like failed experiments from the kitchen of a Klantrian dive.

Useful Links: none...as of now.