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Montreux, Viscounty of

by micky

Area:
392 square miles

Population:
3500

*Villages:
Cherburg (700)
Caen (250) is a thriving community of hunters and silver miners on the Southeast part of the Barony.
Cannes (100) is a mining community at the centre of the Barony.
Sisak (350) is a farming community near the southern border in Isoile River Valley.
Garotten (250) is a wine-making community on the Loir River and headquarters of the Guard de Montreux

Ethnic groups:
Averoignian 90%, Thyatian 5%, others 5%.

Languages:
Averoignian, Glantrian.

Ruler:
Viscount Michel LeConte
(born 981, Blue Dracologist of the 4th Circle, Member of the Brotherhood of the Radiance)(OD&D: Wizard 16, AL-Neutral)

House:
Sylaire.

Military:
40 Watchers divided into 4 squads each led by a sergeant. The Viscount uses them to patrol the northern forests and central hills for bandits, and wandering monsters out of the north. The Viscounty employs 20 sheriffs who handle basic law and order within the Viscounty.

Watchers (40 F1, chain, shield, sword) equipped with Riding Horses are led by Henri LeConte, the Viscount's brother (F6, plate, long sword+2, Long Bow/10 Arrows +1 and shield+2).

Montreux is sometimes visited by patrols from Vyonnes by the various banners of Malachie's Division that are stationed there. Chateau de Montreux has its own particular defences yet still often has a patrol of the watchers stationed .

History:

Viscounts of Montreux
Michel LeConte 1009-

Montreux is one of the newest of Glantrian dominions, created in the last round of dominion creation by the Council of Princes to help with managing the defences, finances, and population of Glantri, as well as bringing the Parliament in line with all the Act of Enfoeffment of the previous years in which 3 new Principalities were created. There had long been ideas about creating a Viscounty in the rich area of the Isoile Valley. The earlier expansions of Glantrian dominions bypassed these areas for they were hotbeds of Free Farmers (FFF) and were a proud independent lot, until the 1009 when the famous war hero, 'Dragon of Retebius', and just as importantly an Averoignian, Baron Michel LeConte expressed an interest to the Council, in claiming this area for a Viscounty. The council told him if he could get the support of the major leaders in the area the Council would honour him and his service for Glantri by creating the Viscounty. The FFF would be his problem to deal with. Flush with joy over the victory over Alphatia and in awe of LeConte any reservations of the area leaders were put aside and they agreed to support LeConte as the new Viscount.

The three years since the Viscounties creation have been good ones for the area. The Viscount himself has no interest in ruling a dominion himself but was fortunate and wise enough to appoint as his Seneschal, his father Gerald who has proven to be a caring and thoughtful Seneschal. If the people of Montreux had one complaint it would probably be the blue dragons that often are seen over the skies over the Viscounty but so far no problem has come of them and have not attacked any of the population or caused any real problems. As time has gone by, the population has even got used to seeing blue dragons with riders on them, rumoured to be some sort of Draconic Knights formed by LeConte at his Chateaux. The Viscounties prime resources are furs and silver but the area is also a prime farming and wine producing area with the Viscount's vineyards producing a dry white which has started being requested in the finest Inn's in Glantri City.

Food:
Surplus.

Trails:
The Morlay-Malinbois Parkway hugs the Loir River from the Vyonnes-Glantri City trail to Malinbois and passes through Garotten, and Cherburg within the Viscounty.

Economics:
Due to his good geographical location, and resources Montreux is the second richest Glantrian Viscounty, d'Ylourgne being the richest. In fact it is much better than most of those that claim higher titles. Silver and Furs provides the Barony with a fair amount of exportable goods. Agriculture is beginning to overtake silver as the prime resource of the dominion. Food is exported to Vyonnes from there it is often sent to the western baronies who while mineral rich suffer from lack of good agricultural ground.

Notable sites:
Chateaux d'Montreux is the residence of the Viscount and his family. Vineyards and Orchards abound on the estate but the heart of the Chateaux is the large Manor house where the LeConte family hosts a Ball on the day of the Vyonnes Carnival where the leading citizens of Montreux, along with others selected randomly get to rub elbows with the elite of Glantri invited by the Viscount to attend from all over Glantri. Also of note at the Chateaux, though few actually ask to visit, are the Dragon Stables where dragons trained by the Viscount and his apprentices and 'Knights' are housed. The Manor is guarded is guarded by an elite guard forces of 10 personal bodyguards (F7, Plate +1, Sword +1, Shield +1 -Spell Turning 3/d). The last line of defence in the manor are the four Knights d'Montreux, mages trained by LeConte as apprentices since 1005, who have reached their own levels of power and specializations.

Another notable site that has long been a source of legend is the place known to locals as the 'Endless Stairs' in the northern forests of the Viscounty. The place is shunned by locals, as it is said that any who try to climb the stairs never come back down... alive that is. However there have been some rumours in the last year that the Viscount himself investigated a murder in that area and soon after the area was declared off-limits by the Viscount on pain of death.

Coat of Arms:
A Blue Dragon with a dragon-sized glass of Pino Grigio in one 'hand' and a book in the other. hahaha