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next up... a two parter.. the current Baron has not really been given any kind of fleshing out like the other Boldavian nobles have, unless you count the G:KoM product. Which I don't .. personally if it weren't for the nice artwork I would have used that for lining the kitty litter box years ago haha.

anyway first the Barony... then I'll do something to try to improve upon what we known about the current Baron and his brother for those who might want Laszlo for their campaign purposes (pre-1012 I suppose).

Mariksen, Barony of

by micky

Area: 392 square miles

Population: 750

Villages: Medvezhyegorsk (150) Medvezhyegorsk is a growing village in the center of the Barony in the Wendarian foothills. It is the economic, administrative, and social center of the Barony.

Kyzyl (100) Kyzyl is new village in the southeastern part of Mariksen. It was founded by immigrants from the Bramya region of Glantri.

Ethnic groups: Boldavians 65%, Flaem 20%, Ethengarian 10%, Others 5%.

Languages: Various, mainly Boldavian.

Ruler: Baron Sergei Wutyla

House: Bramya.

Military: 20 F1 Cavalry (short bows, swords, riding horses). They are based in Medvezhyegorsk

The Baron's Calvary serve as the constabulary in the Barony. They patrol the Barony always on the lookout for trouble, from the outside and from the inside. Any troublemakers or lawbreakers are arrested and taken before the chief magistrate in Medvezhyegorsk. The cavalry also trains with Glantrian Army detactments and can serve in a military capacity as well as civil.


Mariksen hosts detachments from Ft Tchernovodsk. Though with the establishment of the Barony of Kursk to the east these detachments have not been coming as often as they used to come.

Food: slightly deficient

Trails: There are three main trails in the Barony of Mariksen. . The first is a fair trail. It is the main trade and commerce route of the Barony which runs from the village of Medvezhyegorsk south to the main east-west trade route which connects Glantri and Rymskigrad to points north and east. The second is a new trail which runs from Medvezhyegorsk to the southeast through Kyzyl and leads to the new Barony of Kursk. The third winds into the mountains to the Baron's new mining operations. Both of these trails have been rated 'poor' trails by the Glantrian branch of AAA. The Baron is said to be considering future public works projects to improve the quality of northern trail and perhaps the southeastern.

Economics: The Barony of Mariksen appeared for many years to be heading down the same path as it's neighbor, Vladimirov, had gone down. That of a new dominion created more for security and defense, that enjoyed significant financial support from the Council of Princes at it's beginning. However as time went by and the Barony was no longer required to be the eastern outpost of the Glantrian government and support from the Council dried up, the Barony would be left to it's own devices and it's own resources. Like Vladimirov, Mariksen had no substantial mineral resources and little land to cultivate for products for export.

Mariksen though had one thing that Vladimirov did not though. Luck and the discovery of a substantial, yet as of now undetermined, vein of Copper in it's territory. It's discovery in 1012, was unexpected and timely, happening just when Mariksen was beginning to feel the pinch of the Council's support being shifted to Kursk in the east. Infrastructure is still being constructed to make the Copper extractable and profitable but large scale mining operations are set to begin in the next year or two. The discovery sent shockwaves through the area and prospectors have descended into the Wendarians en mass. Nobles and area Magistrates have commissioned countless prospecting parties themselves and hope to be the next to strike it big.

Before discovery of the Copper and the immigration of the Bramyians to Mariksen the primary resource of the dominion was wax. With the influx of new immigrants from the Bramya region, a new village has been formed by them and attempts to grow Mulberry trees have started. Time will tell if the trees will take in the colder environment and if silk might become another product of Mariksen. Atypical of Boldavia and it's dominions, the people of Mariksen actually have reason to smile and hope for a brighter economic future.

History:
Barons of Mariksen

Lajos Wutyla 935-938
Bela Wutyla 938-961
Matthias Wutyla 961-990
Laszlo Wutyla 990-1012
Sergei Wutyla 1012-

The Barony of Mariksen was created by the Council of Princes in 935 at the request of Prince Morphail to assist in consolidation and control of the Eastern Wendarian Range and Czaikow's Hills bordering Ethengar. Created like Vladimirov and Palatinsk the Barony was more an administrative and military outpost. However after a hundred years of peace Morphail did not have a proven battlefield commander at hand to recommend to take the new dominion, so the title of Baron was to be decided by an Awards Festival. After months of feverish campaigning by scores of qualified wizards it became obvious by the time neared for the vote at Council that their were three that had distinguished themselves. The first, Lajos Wutyla, was promising necromancer whom Prince Morhail had his eyes on for some years. The second Piotr Szymanowski, a draconic sage of some note, was also a Boldavian who failed to recognize that Lajos had won the support of the Prince of Boldavia and thought Morphail was undecided. Of course the Prince was not about to correct his miscalculation. The third and final candidate who thought he had a chance and did not withdraw his petition to the Council was a promising Flaemish Mage, Aleida Verbeck, who hoped that she might capitalize on any anti-Boldavian votes.

Once the three had presented their petitions, and their credits before the council the voting took place. Szymanowski soon found out how, not matter what his knowledge of things draconic might be, his intellect did not extend to thing political. His case was dismissed while both Wutyla and Verbeck recieved the necessary votes and had their petitions sent to the Parliament. The last anyone heard of Szymanowski, he was soothing his crushed ego in the company of a sympathetic ear, the brother of Prince Morphail, Sir Boris. Verbeck however did read the political tea-leafs correctly and the vote in Parliament mirrored that of the Council and both received the votes necessary. In Glantri the solution to a deadlock as these, was to be a duel at the Dueling Court at the Great School of Magic. What followed was probably best described in the notorious Glantrian book 'A View to a Kill... 10 Famous Glantrian Duels'.

(reprinted without permission...though we tried haha. It seems the author went missing a short time after the book was published... as well as the publisher)

'.... then again it is not everyday that you get to see two high level wizards go at it at Dueling Court for this long. Both of the wizards after 20 minutes testing each others defenses warily pace around the white circle marking the boundary of the Court. Their eyes never leaving each other. After stalking each other around the ring for several minutes, both probably working out their next moves in their minds, Alaida makes her move to end the contest by conjuring an Air elemental.. what must be her ace in the hole against an opponent preparing for Fire Elementals. She smiles in anticipation of victory as she guides the elemental to the attack, blows from the elemental stagger then bloody the obviously exhausted Lajos. All of a sudden the crowd gasps audibly as Lajos shouts an unknown incarnation and two tall figures in black appear behind Alaida. Her concentration.. on the cusp of victory is shattered and she turns to unleash a spell on her new attackers. Before she is able to cast a spell one of figures in black grabs her arms, preventing her from casting and and as silence descends upon the crowd gathered to watch the second figures produces a knife and as the stunned crowd watches in silence pulls her hair back and slashes her throat from.......'

Thus in 935 Lajos Wutlya became the newest member of the Glantrian nobility as the new Baron of what he later named the Barony of Mariksen.

Mariksen through the rest of the century was an important military outpost and depot for Boldavian settlers who were beginning to move into Czaikow's Hills and the foothills of the Wendarians. A march east that started the previous century and after many years of peace was accelerating forward as the strength of the Glantrian military made large scale raids by Ethengar a thing of the past. Though the Barony had stability in that the Wutyla family has ruled the Barony since it's beginning it was never blessed with good leadership. Like many Boldavian nobles the people and lands of their holdings were simply not a concern, much less a priority, so life in the Barony was tough and dangerous with infestations of undead, especially Vampires being a problem. During the Great War, the Glantrian Army had a large presence in Markisen guarding the eastern landward approaches to Glantri and life for the Barony was never so good with all the soldiers spending their hard earned ducats on rest and relaxation. Monsters summoned by the Alphatians were a constant and deadly threat to the people of the Barony and the famed Boldavian Hunter-Killer group 'The Cossacks' led by Vladimir Ankundinov pretty much resided here during the war and Mariksen served as their home base from which they operated. The end of the Great War brought many profound changes to Mariksen, the hated and feared Baron Laszlo Wutyla was murdered by a Ethengarian Cleric and Laszlo's brother Sergei inherited the Barony. For the first time since the Barony was founded it had a Baron that actually worked to improve the state and condition of the Barony. This culminated with the discovery of a large Copper desposit in the northern mountains of the Barony. Also it must be noted that Sergei, surprisingly considering the circumstances that led him to becoming the Baron, has shown a great deal of kinship with the Ethengarian people. He has become very friendly with Prince Krinagar and invited settlers from Bramya to settle in his Barony. It is also noted that Sergei is rarely seen without a particularly striking woman of the Steppes. This interest in the people of Bramya culminated in the unheard of, for Boldavian nobles that is, move of Sergei switching allegiance from the House of Igorov to another. The House of Krinagar. What this might bode for Sergei and his barony remains unforeseen. Surprisingly the relationship between Boldavian and Bramyian has been pleasant. Both ethnic groups do keep with their own but when they have been together they have been cordial and civil. Add in a large Flaem population and you have the most ethnically mixed Baronies in the Boldavian region. The future looks bright for Mariksen right now, but the lesson of poor Aleida Verbeck should never be forgotten. It isn't over till you are 6 feet under, and remembering this is Glantri, and sometimes not even then. The following years should be interesting in Mariksen.

Notable sites: The village of Kyzyl is a village of some one hundred people in the southeastern part of Mariksen. It was founded recently by immigrants from the Bramya region of Glantri. The Mulberry trees planted in hope of cultivating silk worms are a source of quite some fascination to the locals. Two wizards that moved with settlers tend for these trees using arcane and traditional mundane methods.

Personalities: Baron Sergei Wutyla (born 950, M10, AL-Lawful)
Erega (born 970, C15, AL-Lawful)

Coat of Arms:

Useful links: Glantrian Nobility during the years by Harri Mäki
The Economy of Mariksen by Aleksei Andrievski
Glantrian Heraldry by Chimpman

Mariksen, Barony of

by micky

Area: 392 square miles

Population: 750

Villages: Medvezhyegorsk (150) Medvezhyegorsk is a growing village in the center of the Barony in the Wendarian foothills. It is the economic, administrative, and social center of the Barony.

Kyzyl (100) Kyzyl is new village in the southeastern part of Mariksen. It was founded by immigrants from the Bramya region of Glantri.

Ethnic groups: Boldavians 65%, Flaem 20%, Ethengarian 10%, Others 5%.

Languages: Boldavian, Ethengarian

Ruler: Baron Sergei Wutyla

House: Bramya.

Military: 20 F1 Cavalry (short bows, swords, riding horses). They are based in Medvezhyegorsk

The Baron's Calvary serve as the constabulary in the Barony. They patrol the Barony always on the lookout for trouble, from the outside and from the inside. Any troublemakers or lawbreakers are arrested and taken before the chief magistrate in Medvezhyegorsk.

Sergei retains a personal bodyguard, however the number and composition of that force remain unknown.

Food: slightly deficient

Trails: There are three main trails in the Barony of Mariksen. . The first is a fair trail. It is the main trade and commerce route of the Barony which runs from the village of Medvezhyegorsk south to the main east-west trade route which connects Glantri and Rymskigrad to points north and east. The second is a new trail which runs from Medvezhyegorsk to the southeast through Kyzyl and leads to the new Barony of Kursk. The third winds into the mountains to the Baron's new mining operations. Both of these trails have been rated 'poor' trails by the Glantrian branch of AAA. The Baron is said to be considering future public works projects to improve the quality of northern trail and perhaps the southeastern.

Economics: The Barony of Mariksen appeared for many years to be heading down the same path as it's neighbor, Vladimirov, had gone down. That of a new dominion created more for security and defense, that enjoyed significant financial support from the Council of Princes at it's beginning. However as time went by and the Barony was no longer required to be the eastern outpost of the Glantrian government and support from the Council dried up, the Barony would be left to it's own devices and it's own resources. Like Vladimirov, Mariksen had no substantial mineral resources and little land to cultivate for products for export.

Mariksen though had one thing that Vladimirov did not though. Luck and the discovery of a substantial, yet as of now undetermined as to how substantial, vein of Copper in it's territory. It's discovery in 1012, was unexpected and timely, happening just when Mariksen was beginning to feel the pinch of the Council's support being shifted to Kursk in the east. Infrastructure is still being constructed to make the Copper extractable and profitable but large scale mining operations are set to begin in the next year or two. The discovery sent shockwaves through the area and prospectors have descended into the Wendarians en mass. Nobles and area Magistrates have commissioned countless prospecting parties themselves and hope to be the next to strike it big.

Before discovery of the Copper and the immigration of the Bramyians to Mariksen the primary resource of the dominion was wax. With the influx of new immigrants from the Bramya region, a new village has been formed by them and attempts to grow Mulberry trees have started. Time will tell if the trees will take in the colder environment and if silk might become another product of Mariksen. Atypical of Boldavia and it's dominions, the people of Mariksen actually have reason to smile and hope for a brighter economic future.

History:
Barons of Mariksen

Lajos Wutyla 935-938
Bela Wutyla 938-961
Matthias Wutyla 961-990
Laszlo Wutyla 990-1012
Sergei Wutyla 1012-

The Barony of Mariksen was created by the Council of Princes in 935 at the request of Prince Morphail to assist in consolidation and control of the Eastern Wendarian Range and Czaikow's Hills bordering Ethengar. Created like Vladimirov and Palatinsk the Barony was more an administrative and military outpost. However after a hundred years of peace Morphail did not have a proven battlefield commander at hand to recommend to take the new dominion, so the title of Baron was to be decided by an Awards Festival. After months of feverish campaigning by scores of qualified wizards it became obvious by the time neared for the vote at Council that their were three that had distinguished themselves. The first, Lajos Wutyla, was promising necromancer whom Prince Morhail had his eyes on for some years. The second Piotr Szymanowski, a draconic sage of some note, was also a Boldavian who failed to recognize that Lajos had won the support of the Prince of Boldavia and thought Morphail was undecided. Of course the Prince was not about to correct his miscalculation. The third and final candidate who thought he had a chance and did not withdraw his petition to the Council was a promising Flaemish Mage, Aleida Verbeck, who hoped that she might capitalize on any anti-Boldavian votes.

Once the three had presented their petitions, and their credits before the council the voting took place. Szymanowski soon found out how, not matter what his knowledge of things draconic might be, his intellect did not extend to thing political. His case was dismissed while both Wutyla and Verbeck recieved the necessary votes and had their petitions sent to the Parliament. The last anyone heard of Szymanowski, he was soothing his crushed ego in the company of a sympathetic ear, the brother of Prince Morphail, Sir Boris. Verbeck however did read the political tea-leafs correctly and the vote in Parliament mirrored that of the Council and both received the votes necessary. In Glantri the solution to a deadlock as these, was to be a duel at the Dueling Court at the Great School of Magic. What followed was probably best described in the notorious Glantrian book 'A View to a Kill... 10 Famous Glantrian Duels'.

(reprinted without permission...though we tried haha. It seems the author went missing a short time after the book was published... as well as the publisher)

'.... then again it is not everyday that you get to see two high level wizards go at it at Dueling Court for this long. Both of the wizards after 20 minutes testing each others defenses warily pace around the white circle marking the boundary of the Court. Their eyes never leaving each other. After stalking each other around the ring for several minutes, both probably working out their next moves in their minds, Alaida makes her move to end the contest by conjuring an Air elemental.. what must be her ace in the hole against an opponent preparing for Fire Elementals. She smiles in anticipation of victory as she guides the elemental to the attack, blows from the elemental stagger then bloody the obviously exhausted Lajos. All of a sudden the crowd gasps audibly as Lajos shouts an unknown incarnation and two tall figures in black appear behind Alaida. Her concentration.. on the cusp of victory is shattered and she turns to unleash a spell on her new attackers. Before she is able to cast a spell one of figures in black grabs her arms, preventing her from casting and and as silence descends upon the crowd gathered to watch the second figures produces a knife and as the stunned crowd watches in silence pulls her hair back and slashes her throat from.......'

Thus in 935 Lajos Wutlya became the newest member of the Glantrian nobility as the new Baron of what he later named the Barony of Mariksen.

Mariksen through the rest of the century was an important military outpost and depot for Boldavian settlers who were beginning to move into Czaikow's Hills and the foothills of the Wendarians. A march east that started the previous century and after many years of peace was accelerating forward as the strength of the Glantrian military made large scale raids by Ethengar a thing of the past. Though the Barony had stability in that the Wutyla family has ruled the Barony since it's beginning it was never blessed with good leadership. Like many Boldavian nobles the people and lands of their holdings were simply not a concern, much less a priority, so life in the Barony was tough and dangerous with infestations of undead, especially Vampires being a problem. During the Great War, the Glantrian Army had a large presence in Markisen guarding the eastern landward approaches to Glantri and life for the Barony was never so good with all the soldiers spending their hard earned ducats on rest and relaxation. Monsters summoned by the Alphatians were a constant and deadly threat to the people of the Barony and the famed Boldavian Hunter-Killer group 'The Cossacks' led by Vladimir Ankundinov pretty much resided here during the war and Mariksen served as their home base from which they operated. The end of the Great War brought many profound changes to Mariksen, the hated and feared Baron Laszlo Wutyla was killed and revealed to have been a Vampire and Laszlo's brother Sergei inherited the Barony. For the first time since the Barony was founded it had a Baron that actually worked to improve the state and condition of the Barony. This culminated with the discovery of a large Copper desposit in the northern mountains of the Barony. Also it must be noted that Sergei has shown a great deal of kinship with the Ethengarian people. He has become very friendly with Prince Krinagar and invited settlers from Bramya to settle in his Barony. It is also noted that Sergei is rarely seen without a particularly striking woman of the Steppes. This interest in the people of Bramya culminated in the unheard of, for Boldavian nobles that is, move of Sergei switching allegiance from the House of Igorov to another. The House of Krinagar. What this might bode for Sergei and his barony remains unforeseen. Surprisingly the relationship between Boldavian and Bramyian has been pleasant. Both ethnic groups do keep with their own but when they have been together they have been cordial and civil. Add in a large Flaem population and you have the most ethnically mixed Baronies in the Boldavian region. The future looks bright for Mariksen economically right now, however recent waves of undead attacks have sort of muted the enthusiasm Bringing the lesson of poor, sad Aleida Verbeck to mind. It isn't over till you are 6 feet under, and remembering this is Glantri, and sometimes not even then. The following years should be interesting in Mariksen. The fight for prosperity, and for survival continue, often at the same time.

Notable sites: The village of Kyzyl is a village of some one hundred people in the southeastern part of Mariksen. It was founded recently by immigrants from the Bramya region of Glantri. The Mulberry trees planted in hope of cultivating silk worms are a source of quite some fascination to the locals. Two wizards that moved with settlers tend for these trees using arcane and traditional mundane methods.

Personalities: Baron Sergei Wutyla (born 950, M10, AL-Lawful)
Erega (born 970, C18, AL-Lawful)

Coat of Arms:

Useful links: Glantrian Nobility during the years by Harri Mäki
The Economy of Mariksen by Aleksei Andrievski
Sergei Wutyla - Micky at the Piazza
Glantrian Heraldry by Chimpman