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by David Knott

For anyone who is interested in using the orange cover version of module B3 to detail the Barony of Gullavia on the Adri Varma plateau, most of the information you need is contained in that module. I am assuming that this module describes conditions as of 1000 AC or perhaps slightly earlier.

To fill in the history, I am assuming that Gullavia and the regions to its immediate north and west were settled during the wars that led up to the founding of Glantri by various people who wanted to escape from the turmoil in that religion but did not want to return where they came from. The first ruler of the region was Argenta, who set herself up as Baroness of Gullavia and became Princess of Haven (the larger region around Gullavia) when the other Glantrian rulers declared themselves Princes. From the beginning she found herself in opposition to her fellow Princes, as she accepted among her subjects people such as dwarves and druids who were hunted to death elsewhere. In particular, the druidic cult of Thendara (Ordana), which was very popular in Haven, was a sore subject -- there was endless debate between Argenta and the other Princes as to whether these druids were "clerics" who should be put to death. Princess Argenta was successful enough in her arguments that no laws against druids were passed until after her death.

However, within ten years her palace was destroyed in the calamity described in that module, and a few years later Hulean bandits moved into the region and took it over. The cleverest of these bandits claimed Gullavia and negotiated a treaty with Glantri that kept the Glantrians from retaliating in return for a tribute of horses and other guarantees. His descendants ruled Gullavia from then until the mid-10th century AC.

The last Hulean baron of Gullavia married D'hmis, a local woman of uncertain origin (who turned out to be the last living descendant of Argenta). She later killed him and took over as baroness in her own right. With the support of many local women she turned Gullavia into one of the few Mystaran matriarchies. She had no children from her marriage, but in 982 AC she gave birth to a daughter who died shortly after birth. (Check the birthdate of Princess Juliana for a possible twist to put on this item.) During her reign a band of adventurers found and explored the Palace of the Silver Princess, but after- wards the palace completely collapsed and was mostly forgotten. In 1002 AC she secured full diplomatic recognition and a reduction in the horse tribute in return for willing her barony to the Glantrian Council of Princes.

In 1006 AC Glantri allied with Darokin against Hule and decided to launch some token attacks against Hule in return for future support from Darokin. Glantri sent a Banner into Gullavia -- and so did the Huleans. The Glantrians occupied Valders, while the Huleans laid waste to the rest of the region and killed Baroness D'hmis during their campaign before they retreated back to Hule.

Since then Valders has been a Glantrian military base, from which troops and sometimes adventurers have been sent out to explore, secure, and pacify the rest of the region. However, the devastation from the war and subsequent turmoil within Glantri mostly stalemated the Glantrian efforts, leaving the Glantrians in full control of Valders and the rest of Gullavia as a big "no man's land".