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Malevolence (Estate of)

Location: Southeastern Blackheart, along the northern border of Shiye-Lawr, floating continent of Alphatia. HW

Area: 34 sq. mi. (90 sq. km.) centred on the crater.

Population: 300 humans, 50 gnomes, 500+ various humanoids (mostly kobolds), uncountable monstrosities.

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: The baron accepts only one form of payment in his realm: Blood. Nobody buys anything without spilling some. He sends a portion of the fruits of his labours to the king in Shraek. These consist mainly of manufactured reagents and other alchemical equipment, weapons made in the forges, and the occasional slave to toy with.

Government Type: The baron's rule here is undisputed. In theory he owes allegiance to the king in Shraek, as well as to the Empress of Alphatia, but as of yet neither of these theories has been tested.

Industries: Torment, savagery, and wickedness.

Important Figures: Iarkainnun (Baron), Glausoraiban (Baron's Nephew), Feyad'Rauth (Baron's Nephew).

Flora and Fauna: No plant life exists within the domain claimed by Baron Iarkainnun. Vermin and insects make up most of the other life forms in the area. Many of them are vicious, poisonous creatures. Other creatures venture in from the forest on occasion, but because they have nowhere to hide they seldom last long.

Last Year's Events: None to report.