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Nouvelle Averoigne, Principality of

by Michael Berry

1014 AC

Area:
1,456 square miles

Population:
1000 AC - 28,990
1014 AC - 26,671

Towns/Large Villages: (population values are given for 1000 AC and 1014 AC)
Vyonnes (5200/7800):
Ximes (2500/2050):
Perigon (1200/1000):

Selected Villages: (population values are given for 1000 AC and 1014 AC)
Séguret (750/700): is a large village adjacent to the d’Ambreville estate.
Rouergue (500/450): is a village 16 miles west of Vyonnes famed throughout the world for its vineyards.
Albigeois (800/725): is a large farming village 8 miles southwest of Sylaire on the Isoile River.
Vignes (650/575): is a farming village 16 miles northwest of Perigon

Ethnic groups:
Averoignian 70%, Flaem 15%, Orkarians 13%, Other 2%

Languages:
Averoignian, Thyatin common

Ruler:
1000 AC
Prince Etienne d’Ambreville, Viscount of Sylaire, Grand Master of the Great School of Magic
Born 798, M36, AL-Lawful

1014 AC
Princess Isidore d’Ambreville, Viscount of Sylaire, Chamberlain of the Land 1012 - ,
Born 828, M14/WWO6, AL - Chaotic

House:
Sylaire
1000 AC – Voting Power 25 at the Council, 45 at the Parliament
Allies: Dame Genevieve de Sephora, Countess of Touraine; Dame Diane de Moriamis, Viscountess of Malinbois; Sire Gilles Grenier, Viscount of Fausseflammes; Sire Malachie du Marais, Baron of Morlay

1014 AC – Voting Power 19 at the Council, 38 at the Parliament
Allies: Dame Genevieve de Sephora, Countess of Touraine; Sire Michel Leconte, Viscount of Amboise; Sire Adik de Chevas, Baron of Sherlin, Dame Circe DeVille, Baroness of Leadyl

 
Family:
Dame Catherine: born 812, M13, AL - Chaotic
Sire Charles: born 801, M9, AL - Chaotic
Dame Magdalene: born 825, F8, AL - Chaotic
Sire Andre-David: born 835, F9, AL - Chaotic

Military:
Princess Isidore (and Prince Etienne before her) maintains an independent force of 150 F1 (leather, sword, riding horse), the Gendarmerie Averoigne, which polices the Principality and enforces the laws and whims of the ruling Prince/Princess of Nouvelle Averoigne. Sylaire also has a personal guard force of 40 F5 which guard the tower of Sylaire and the Princess of Noevelle Averoigne.

Vyonnes is the current home base of the 12th Glantrian Infantry division under command of Prince Malachie. The 1st, 2nd, and 3rd banners of the division are based in Vyonnes and assist the Gendarmerie in patrolling Noevelle Averoigne as well as patrolling the area around the principality. The banners also regularly train with the local militia. Vyonnes is the assembly point for four reserve divisions; the 48th drawn from the Moulins Free Province and western Noevelle Averoigne, and 49th drawn from Noevelle Averoigne and Morlay-Malinbois, the 47th from Morlay-Malinbois, and the 50th Division from the Isoile Free Province. Vyonnes is home to a large depot, guarded by the 12th Division, with arms and supplies for the 4 reserve divisions in the event they were mobilized by the Glantrian High Command.

Trails:
In the last ten years caravan travel has increased substantially into and out of Noevelle Averoigne as the new western baronies, as well as the new principalities of Sablestone and Morlay-Malinbois have made travel and trade much more profitable in the far west of Glantri. Accordingly trade with Sind has increased 75% and trade with Wendar up 500% from AC 1000 levels. The main trail through Noevelle Averoigne itself is the Sablestone -Glantri City road. It is one of the most heavily traveled in all of Glantri. Rated ‘good’ by Glantrian AAA, there has recently been talk at the Capital of paving it between Glantri City and Vyonnes. So far all attempts to fund the paving have failed at the Council of Princes. Noevelle Averoigne also has numerous smaller poor trails connecting the numerous villages and towns of the principality as well as with those in the bordering free provinces of Moulins and Isoile.

The Isoile River is also navigable to large ship traffic from Glantri City to Vyonnes. River boat traffic can be handled on the Isoile River between Vyonnes and Moulins and on the Loir River between Vyonnes and Malinbois in the Principality of Morlay-Malinbois. The Tarn River is also navigable for river boats between Perigon and the Isoile River.

Food:
Surplus food, exported throughout Glantri

Economics:
Noevelle Averoigne produces a substantial food surplus thanks to a large population, large amount of farming lands, and a good climate. Its many vineyards produce wines and spirits famous and in high demand not just in Glantri but throughout the region. Noevelle Averoigne is also a leading producer of meat and animal furs due to its large game population. Some of the most famed hunters are to be found in and around Noevelle Averoigne.

 
Nouvelle Averoigne Monthly Financial Ledger (figures from 1000 AC)

Main resources: 1 vegetable (food), 2 animal (furs and meat)
6 hexes: clear, river; rural; pop. 10,080; tax 1008 dc
2 hexes: clear; rural; pop. 2240; tax 224 dc
1 hex: clear, river; suburban; pop. 1680; tax 504 dc
11 hexes: hill, river; rural; pop. 4620; tax 462 dc
4 hexes: hill; rural; pop. 1120; tax 112 dc
1 hex: forested hills, river; borderland; pop. 210; tax 10.5 dc
1 hex: forested hills; borderland; pop. 140; tax 7 dc
Vyonnes: large town; pop. 5200; tax 2080 dc Ximes: small town; pop. 2500; tax 750 dc Perigon: small town; pop. 1200; tax 360 dc

Total population: 5200 large towns, 5380 small towns/suburban, 18,060 villages/rural, 350 borderland

Tax Income: 5517.5 dc
Resource Income: 27,587.5 dc
Standard Income: 29,334 dc
Council Tax: 12,487.8 dc
Net Cash: 20,617.2 dc
Overhead (65%): 13,401.2 dc
Available Cash: 7216 dc

With 397,260 XP/year, in 10 years (1000-1009) Etienne d'Ambreville could have gained up to 3,972,600 XP. In 3 years (1011-1014) Isidore d’Ambreville could gain up to 1,191,780 XP, rising from M11 to M19 on dominion XP alone (but by the rules M14 as she can gain no more than 1 level per year with just dominion XP).

Alternate: With 66210 XP/year in 10 years Etienne could have gained 662,100 XP. In 3 years, 1011-1014, Isidore d’Ambreville could gain 198,630 rising from M11 to M12.

History:
Princes of Noevelle Averoigne:
Etienne d’Ambreville 875-881 b.798 d.1010
Grand Master of the School 875-881

Henri d’Ambreville 881 b.816 d.1011

Pierre d’Ambreville 881-927 b.848 d.927
Grand Master of the School 881-896

Rebeque d’Ambreville 927-984 b.902 d.990

Etienne d’Ambreville 984-1010 b.798 d.1010
Grand Master of the School 985-1010

Isidore d’Ambreville 1010 b.828 d.

Henri d’Ambreville 1010-1011 b.816 d.1011

Isidore d’Ambreville 1011- b.828
Chamberlain of the Land 1012 -

The area of present day Noevelle Averoigne was sparsely settled by the Flaem during their first centuries of living in the Highlands and was considered a formal part of the Kingdom of the Highlands. Not until the invasion of the Overlord in 512 did the region see significant settlement. After the defeat of the Overlord most of the Outerworlders under his control were returned to their home worlds, however several groups were not able to return. The Okarians, a blue skinned human like asexual race was one of them. Most Okarians decided to remain in the Highlands and settled the region of present day Noevelle Averoigne. Left to their own devices by the Flaemish the Okarians cultivated the land and led a peaceful agrarian life as farmers of the rich and bountiful lands, selling their surpluses to the Flaemish to the east at Braejr. The Orkarians established their main settlement, Uddesie, at the confluence of the Areste and Chanal Rivers which served as their center of economic and social life.

The Okarians continued their peaceful and undisturbed lives for over 200 years until the region was flooded by nearly a thousand ‘Otherworlders’ who suddenly appeared right In the midst of their lands. The new arrivals were the Averoignians of Count Edoard d’Ambreville that had opened a gate from their world of Laterre and came through it to the Highlands. Quickly overcoming language difficulties through d’Ambreville magic permission was sought of the Okarians to settle among them. The Orkarian chieftain, seeing little choice, warmly received the Averoignians and gave them permission to settle in the Orkarian lands. The Averoignians at first established new settlements of their own close to the still functioning gate, but as that first year progressed more and more Averoignians continued to arrive and they began to expand outward and settle alongside the Okarians.

Soon after arrival Edoard received an envoy of the King of the Flaem who welcomed the Averoignians and invited Count Edoard to Braejr to meet with the King of the Flaem. Edoard and the King of the Flaem immediately hit it off personally and since the Flaem saw no threat in the Averoignians they were officially welcomed to the Highlands and given permission to establish their own dominion. Edoard returned to his people and spent the next year exploring the surrounding area, leading trips back into Old Averoigne on Laterre to bring back still more followers and settlers, and overseeing the settling of his people in this new land. Edoard also made use of the time to learn about the Okarians and their chieftain, an Orkarian named Grraahi. Edoard quickly learned of the prior history of the Orkarians and their special nature as long lived and asexual yet pacifistic race. In 729 Edoard invited Grraahi to special meeting where he asked his opinions on whether the Orkarian would accept Edoard as their King. Grraahi told Edoard that the Orkarian had but one thing that was important to them, to live in peace and never be a party to work or violence again. If Edoard could guarantee that and the safety of the Orkarian, Grraahi told him, he was quite sure that the Orkarians would accept him as their King. Edoard shook Grraahi’s hand and told him that was a pledge his would swear on his own life. Soon after Count Edoard declared himself King of Noevelle Averoigne and made Grraahi a Grand Duke answerable only to the King himself.

The gate that brought the Averoignians to the Highlands continued to function for nearly 25 years after the first Averoignians arrived and by the time it closed it was estimated that nearly 20,000 Averoignians moved from Averoigne on Laterre to Noevelle Averoigne on Mystara. Soon the populations of the Averoignian matched, and then overtook those of the longer lived but slow to reproduce, Orkarian. King Edoard’s new palatial mansion, Châteaux d’Ambreville, was completed in 734 and became the seat of power in the new kingdom. In AC 743 a second wave of Averoignian settlers arrived. Unlike the first wave which consisted of the d’Ambreville family and many of their followers, this much larger 2nd wave consisted of Averoignians who were previously unassociated directly with the d’Ambreville family. While most of the 2nd wave settled lower in the lower Areste River valley closer to Braejr, and founded the town of Les Hiboux. The village of Ximes was founded by Averoignian settlers in 750. The Areste River was renamed to the Isoile River with permission of the King of the Flame in 752 along with the Chanal River which was renamed the Loir River. Finally in 752 the original gate between Laterre and Mystara collapsed. The loss of the gate was blamed on the Klantrians, who were using it to also escape from a different region of Laterre to the Highlands. The loss of the gate, which the Averoignians blamed upon the Klantrians, is still held again them to this day.

The region the Averoignians settled an area that was blessed with rich soil, warm, dry summers and with mild winters. The Orkarians had learned over the past two centuries which crops grew best and shared that knowledge and expertise with the Averoignians who had come from a more forested and livestock driven land. Over the first decades in their new home the Averoignians learned how to cultivate the many grapes, vegetables, and fruits. As they did they began working those ingredients, along with their own traditional ingredients, into their native cooking and before long Averoignian cuisine and wines became famous throughout the Highlands. Chefs from Noevelle Averoigne, Orkarian in particular, also became famous and highly in demand throughout the Highlands.

In 767 King Edoard passed away in his sleep and after a day of mourning throughout Noevelle Averoigne his eldest son Michel became the next King of Noevelle Averoigne. Michel was a keen and observant student of the way his father ruled his Kingdom and continued his father’s policies toward the Orkarian and continued to show great honor to Grand Duke Grraahi and relied heavily in his council. Not long after becoming King, Michel’s leadership was tested as the northwestern Noevelle Averoigne was struck by a strong humanoid attack in 775. Drawing upon his Averoignian forces King Michel took the field and pushed the humanoids back into the mountains. On the 50thanniversary of the arrival of the Averoignians, in 779, the main Orkarian settlement of Uddesie, now almost 70% Averoignian, was renamed Vyonnes in honor of Averoigne’s main city back on Laterre. The anniversary was marked by a week of celebration by both Averoignian and Orkarian and was topped off by a state visit by the Flaemish king who took the opportunity to explore Vyonnes now famous theater district where he took in two shows. Michel was to be tested as a King as war soon broke out in the Highland river valleys to the east where simmering tensions between the Flaem and other arriving groups of settlers finally exploded into war in 784.

Both sides, Flaem and Settler both called upon King Michel and asked him to join the conflict on their respective sides. Michel was advised by his brother Matthieu, his ambassador to the Highlands, to join the side of the settlers, as a mage Matthieu had studied with the Flaem and was well aware of their disparaging views on other races. However Grand Duke Grraahi recommended staying neutral and out of the war. He reminded King Michel that the Flaem had always been friendly to him and his father as well as welcoming of not just the Averoignian but the Orkarian before them. Michel decided to stay neutral which infuriated his brother who left Noevelle Averoigne and joined as a volunteer the forces of the Settlers. The Settlers defeated the Flaem four years later at the Battle of Braastar and the new Republic of the Highlands is established. Noevelle Averoigne is invited to join the new Republic but again King Michel refuses, against the advice of his brother who leaves the Highlands in a rage for Traladara and never returns.

King Michel’s decision proved to be a wise one for Noevelle Averoigne as the ruling Council of the new Republic was almost immediately kidnapped by the leader of the Alphatian faction and the Republic was dissolved and the Highlands declared an Alphatian Protectorate and a new civil war, one that would last 40 years, gripped the Highlands. King Michel continued to refuse entreaties from both sides to join the fighting and since neither side wished to push Noevelle Averoigne into the camp of the other, both sides respected Noevelle Averoigne’s neutrality and his kingdom became enriched by supplying both armies with food and provision for gold. The war drew on for years and as his kingdom grew richer and more powerful, King Michel grew older and in 826 King Michel died of a sudden heart attack.

After a bitter succession battle among Michel’s sons, his 2nd son Etienne emerged as the new King of New Averoigne. Not two years later the 40 Year War ended with the defeat of the Alphatians and their allies. Etienne again refused offers to have Noevelle Averoigne become a part of the Republic of Glantri. However as the years passed King Etienne saw the benefits to joining Noevelle Averoigne to the new nation and after some intense negotiation Noevelle Averoigne became a Viscounty of the Republic of Glantri and Etienne its Viscount. As part of the deal Etienne arranged with the ruling Council a new dominion was created out of the southern lands of the old Kingdom of Noevelle Averoigne. The Viscounty of Fausseflammes was created and Etienne was permitted to choose its new Viscount. Etienne chose one of his own students to be the new Viscount of Fausseflammes. Bttrie the young son of Grraahi, the long time family advisor and Grand Duke of the Kingdom of Noevelle Averoigne, became the new Viscount of Fausseflammes.

After construction of the Great School of Magic was completed in 875 Viscount Etienne was rewarded by the Council of Princes for his service to the new magocracy and Noevelle Averoigne was enfoeffed and made the 8th principality of Glantri and Etienne its prince. The borders of the new Principality of Noevelle Averoigne were established as the lands between the Loire, Isoile and Tarn Rivers. The area of the new Principality was roughly about a third of the old Kingdom but was much larger than the old Viscounty. The largely Averoignian/Orkarian populated outlying areas, the Isoile and Moulins Free Provinces were controlled indirectly by Prince Etienne as well since he was able to force out the previous Propraetors and have choices of his own, loyal to him, promoted to administer the provinces. A new Viscounty, Fausseflammes, was also established to the southwest of Noevelle Averoigne and an Orkarian mage became its first Viscount. Many Orkarians moved from Averoigne to be a part of the first Okarian dominion in Glantri.

Several years later, in 881, Noevelle Averoigne was the place of perhaps the weirdest and mind boggling series of events in the whole of the history of the Highlands. Noevelle Averoigne, along with the rest of Glantri, was shocked to hear that Prince Etienne was dead, killed by his brother in self defense. Prince Henri was soon after confirmed as the new Prince of Noevelle Averoigne. However his reign as Princes lasted all of two days before the entire Châteaux d’Ambreville disappeared the night of his private coronation celebration and the site of the Châteaux surrounded by a grey mist that killed any that ventured into it. After a couple of days Etienne and Henri’s cousin Pierre d’Ambreville was confirmed as the 3rd Prince of Noevelle Averoigne.

The Grey Mist proved to be quite an attraction for Noevelle Averoigne, drawing the curious and incredulous to come to Noevelle Averoigne to see it for themselves which proved quite a nice tourism boost for the principality. Many fools tried to test the Great Mist to try to reach inside and either died or were pulled out, horribly sickened, just in the nick of time by friends. The site of the former Châteaux d’Ambreville grew to such freak show proportions that even though it brought in loads of gold the residents of the area petitioned Prince Pierre to do something about this for it was disturbing the peace of the normally tranquil Averoignian countryside. Prince Pierre soon had guards posted with ordered to arrest anyone who got within 50m of the mist. After some six months the novelty wore off and life returned to normal for the people of Noevelle Averoigne.

Pierre himself had no interest in ruling Noevelle Averoigne so he called upon the elderly but still mentally sharp Grraahi to administer Noevelle Averoigne while Prince Pierre attended to his duties in Glantri City. Grraahi accepted and administered Noevelle Averoigne for the Prince, keeping the principality running smoothly until Grraahi passed away in 902 at the ripe old age (for an Orkarian) of 350. He was replaced by a handpicked choice, an Orkarian named Esteeqi, who continued to run Noevelle Averoigne for Prince Pierre who ruled himself until 927 when he passed away. Prince Pierre was succeeded by his 25 yr old daughter Rebeque d’Ambreville.

An elderly Rebeque was still Princess of Noevelle Averoigne when insanity returned upon Noevelle Averoigne in 984 when suddenly the Grey Mist disappeared revealing a pile of stone and a large group of people emerging from the ruins of Châteaux d’Ambreville. Some were adventurers who had lifted the Grey Mist, but more importantly and unbelievably, others were the long missing and presumed dead members of the d’Ambreville family who had disappeared 103 years earlier. Immediately before anyone could mob them or ask questions the Count of Touraine himself, Count Thierry Tulasne, swept in and teleported the group away. It was thought to his tower to kelp them reacclimatize and save them having to face people or undue questions about what had happened. In the days that followed a whole new wave of Averoignian immigrants from Laterre entered Noevelle Averoigne through some sort of dimensional portal.

However the strangest part was yet to come, as the Council waited the answering of their summons for the d’Ambrevilles and the adventurers to appear before them they received a visit, but not from anyone they might have expected nor would have summoned. For most all had only heard only stories about him. Though none had met him, all knew him immediately upon his entering the Council chamber. His portraits were all over the Great School of Magic. It was none other than he former Prince of Noevelle Averoigne, founder of the Great School of Magic, and thought to be dead for 103 years, Etienne d’Ambreville himself. After a series of sessions at the Council of Princes Rebeque d’Ambreville steps down and Etienne is reconfirmed as Prince of Noevelle Averoigne. The children of Rebeque privately and vehemently protest her decision to step down and end up leaving Glantri as Etienne and all of his family reemerged into Glantrian politics and society.

Over the next two years the ruins of Châteaux d’Ambreville were cleared and a new residence was constructed for the d’Ambreville family. The new residence for the family was the tower Sylaire which was carried stone by stone through the portal from old Averoigne to Noevelle Averoigne and was gifted to the d’Ambreville family. The gift came from Genevieve de Sephora, a powerful wizard in Old Averoigne who was one of the many who used the portal to come to Noevelle Averoigne from old Averoigne on Laterre. The gate remained open for over 5 years before finally closing, in the years it remained open nearly ten thousand more Averoignians came to Mystara and settled in the lands around Noevelle Averoigne, in particular many settled the sparsely inhabited heavily wooded foothills of the Black Mountains north of Noevelle Averoigne known as the Valley of the Wolves.

Outside of a large outbreak of wolf lycanthropy in the woods and hills in and around Noevelle Averoigne that coincided with the arrival of the second wave of Averoignian settlers Noevelle Averoigne settled into a period of relative quiet and prosperity which lasted for the next 20 years until relations between Glantri and Alphatia went sour very quickly in 1004 and was culminated by a group of Glantrians accidently destroying most Alphatia’s skyship navy and triggering an immense firestorm that killed half the population in one of Alphatia’s largest cities. Soon after, in 1005, Alphatia declared war on Glantri. Given time to prepare thanks to Glantri’s allies, Heldann and Thyatis, the Council of Princes decided to call for a partial mobilization and expanded the Grand Army of Glantri from 8 to 62 divisions. Of the 62 divisions four were mobilized with recruits from Noevelle Averoigne; the 46th (Vyonnes) Division, the 48th (Ximes) Division, the 50th (Perigon) Division, and the 55th (d’Ambreville) Division. The 46th and 55th Divisions were assembled and assigned to the 6th Army under General Erik von Kluge and stationed at Fort Nordling. The 48th and 50th Divisions were assigned to the 8th Army under Prince Brannart and stationed at Fort Sablestone.

While the armies of Alphatia were heavily engaged with the Thyatians in the first years of the war on the Isle of Dawn, the Alphatians still brought the war to Noevelle Averoigne by having squads of wizards summon monsters and set them loose to terrorize Glantri. In defense Glantri deployed Hunter-Killer (H-K) units, usually made of teams of adventurers, to track down and destroy the monsters and the Alphatian agents behind them. Noevelle Averoigne though plagued by monsters was fairly well guarded by several H-K units which did much to protect its population from the worst of attacks. One of the most famed units was led by a wizard who later would become one of Glantri’s most famed war-heroes, native of Vyonnes, Michel Leconte. In 1007 Thar invaded Glantri and while Noevelle Averoigne was not directly affected by Thar it did feel the impact as all four of the Noevelle Averoigne divisions saw heavy action against Thar. The Great Plague of 1008 killed upwards of 15% of Noevelle Averoigne’s population before the plague, with some help from clerics, finally ran its course.

The end of the Great War brought a change in rulership to Noevelle Averoigne as Prince Etienne was declared missing in early 1010 not having been seen prior to the attack of the 1000 wizards of Alphatia on Glantri. What followed was a year long struggle between Henri and Isidore d’Ambreville to succeed Etienne. In 1011 Isidore defeated Henri in a duel and become the new Princess of Noevelle Averoigne.
In the years since Isidore become Princess Noevelle Averoigne has moved past the scars of the Great War, and the plague. While the population is still down from pre-war totals it has started to grow again and the land itself remains as rich and bountiful as it always has been and Noevelle Averoigne remains one of the wealthy and most productive of all the principalities.

Cultural Curiosities:
FOOD
The Piazza Food Network is pleased to welcome back after a long vacation our beloved by readers and feared by chefs, food critic. You might remember his award winning culinary reviews for Glantri’s BETTER TOWERS AND GARDENS magazine: Micky the Mage.. So without further adieu… HERES….MICKY!!

Thanks Ed! You do need to lose that suit though man. Hey folks! Micky here reporting from Vyonnes; a lively town with many first class eating establishments. Averoignian cuisine boasts hearty, tasty and varied food, as well as local gourmet products from the soil. With its traditional Potee Averoignate and the well-known Averoigne Blue cheese, the typical gastronomy of this region of Glantri can satisfy both meat and cheese lovers!

Every time I come to Vyonnes I always go to my favorite Vyonnes restaurant, La Bergerie, located at 24 rue de la Tour d'Averoigne. I took advantage of the beautiful weather and managed to secure a table on the roof overlooking the scenic Isoile River. I ordered my favorite bottle of Averoignian wine, a bottle of pre-war red Chanturgue. I started with a personal favorite of mine, Soupe aux Choux au Cantal a combination of cabbage and the superb Averoignian Cantal cheese. Next I proceeded to order the Melon Fraîcheur et son Jambon d’Averoigne. A wonderfully tasty dish with chilled mellon and cured Averoignian ham. HEAVENLY! For my main course I ordered Truite Sauvage, a freshly caught trout from the Isoile grilled over a wood food and served with carrots. What good Averoignian meal at La Bergerie is complete without having their signature desert, Tarte de les Perles Noires et Perles Rouge de l’Averoigne. The ‘pearls’ of this delicious tart are the blackberries and raspberries picked fresh from the hills and mountain slopes of southwestern Averoigne. I left my table at the end of a wonderful dining experience completely satisfied with the extremely high quality of the service and the food, but also significantly lighter, to the total of 20 ducats in the coin purse. (However excluding the 15 ducat bottle of wine and a 3 ducat tip to Bernard, the actual meal was a much more reasonable 2 ducats). However take it from me, it was worth every ounce of the Piazza’s gold it them once they got my expense report.

ARTS AND LITERATURE
Other than for its food and wine Noevelle Averoigne is probably most famous in Glantri for the quality and passion of its people for the theater. Every child in Averoigne, who isn’t dreaming of being a powerful wizard, or playing striker for AC Vyonnes, dreams of being a talented famous stage actor. Next to Bergdhoven Noevelle Averoigne boasts the highest literacy rate in all Glantri. Nearly all Averoignians are well versed in the literary classics, as well as most contemporary works, and are madly passionate and enthusiastic audiences for stage presentations of the literary works of Glantri. Vyonnes’ entertainment quarter is home to the largest number of theaters in all Glantri, even more than Glantri City itself.

ARCHITECTURE
Perhaps due to their outerworldly origins the architecture of the Averoignian lands is distinctly different from other areas of Glantri, even of anything found in Klantyre. Averoignian architecture is distinguished primarily by richly sculpted surfaces used to achieve three-dimensional sculpted classicism. While the surface of a typical Glantrian building is typically neatly divided into sections (in accordance with classical clarity and order), an Averoignian surface is treated as a continuous whole. For example facade in the Glantrian architectural style often consists of many similar sections, such that one's eye is not drawn to any particular part of the building. A façade in the Averoignian style, on the other hand, often features an attention-grabbing concentration of rich elements (e.g. curved walls, columns, blind arches, statues, relief sculpture) around a central entrance. Some examples of Averoignian architecture are the old Chateux d’Ambreville, which though long gone, lives today still through many paintings and other artwork. A current example is the stunning mansion of the Viscount of Amboise, on the Loir River opposite Noevelle Averoigne.

SOCIAL CUSTOMS
The Averoignians have developed quite a well earned reputation with other Glantrians for seeing themselves as superior to most of the other ethnicities of Glantri. Only the Flaem, who rival the Averoignians in literary, culture, and predisposition to magic are seen as equals socially. The long lived Okarians that still live in Noevelle Averoigne tend to keep to themselves but the friendly relationship cultivated early with the Averoignians continues to this day. Morlay-Malinbois has several holidays and festivals that exemplify some of these traits found here as well as their Averoignian heritage.

Nouvel An: (1 Nuwmont) First day of the year celebrated with feasts and dances throughout Noevelle Averoigne.
Fête des Fleurs: (5 Thaumont) An annual celebration of Spring. Larger villages host flower parades, horse races, and livestock markets. Everyone dresses in their most colorful clothes and adorn themselves with flower wreaths.
Fête des Feux: (18 Yarthmont) A celebration of late spring, in which villages light tremendous bonfires to burn throughout the night.
Vyonnese Carnival: (15 Fyrmont) The national holiday of the Averoignian people.
Fête des Vignes: (28 Ambyrmont) An annual of the year’s grape harvest. Wine tasting contests are held all throughout the Principality and wine merchants from all over Glantri attend and make their selections.

Notable sites:
Vyonnes
Ruler: Constable of Vyonnes Joséphine de Beauharnais (born 961, F17, AL- L) Joséphine was appointed to be Constable of Vyonnes in 1006 replacing Gaston d’Ambreville who was slain by an Iron Gargoyle in the streets of Vyonnes during the Great War. Joséphine was a noted adventurer in her youth and was thought to be a favorite of the Prince Etienne which have something to do with the rumors that she was somehow involved with the return of the Prince and his family in 984.

The town of Vyonnes is much different today than it was in 1000 AC. Due to the opening of the western frontier, the creation of Sablestone and the other new western dominions as well as the resulting expanded trade with both Sind and Wendar, the town has experienced rapid growth and is expected to reach city status in the next decade. Vyonnes has become a major economic, logistical, and military center of western Glantri. Even in the midst of the population loss in Noevelle Averoigne due to the war and the plague its population has increased by 50% in the last decade.

Théâtre de Guénégaud is perhaps the most famed theater in all Glantri and is only rivaled by the Metropolitan in Glantri City. Constructed in 832 it is the center of the entertainment quarter of Vyonnes which was built around it. The greatest of Averoignian actors can often be seen performing here as well. The theater is subsided by the d’Ambreville family and entrance is free to citizens of Noevelle Averoigne.

Beaux Arts de Vyonnes is a university famed throughout the world for its renowned faculty. Here students can learn from the masters of art, both visual and performance. Much like the Théâtre de Guénégaud the university is completely subsidized by the d’Ambreville family but the Grandmaster only selects the most talented of students, less than 4% of the annual applicants to the school are selected to study here at the d’Ambreville family’s expense.

La Place Beauvau is the central square of old Vyonnes and today is the center of the new Business Quarter. It is a bustling area where local farmers bring their goods, and caravans passing both east and west through Vyonnes stop selling their goods and purchasing Averoignian goods to take west and east. Place Beauvau is dominated by a 50 foot statue of Edoard d’Ambreville carved from a single block of solid amber.

Ximes
Ruler: Constable François Cortot (born 971, M9) François recently retired from the Glantrian Government after serving as a mid level bureaucrat in the Isoile Free Province. Upon retiring he moved to Ximes and after the mysterious death of the former Constable of Ximes in 1011 (reported to have been at the hands of a dragon) he applied to Princess Isidore to take over administration of the town. He is a fair administrator and strives to keep the sleepy peaceful town just that.

Ximes is a small town on the Tarn River just upriver from where it meets the Isoile River. Ximes is renowned for its sour cherry orchards which are used in Ximes famed maraschino liqueur. The town is a commercial center of southern Noevelle Averoigne and has a good sized port area where river boat traffic to and from Glantri City can dock. The stone Pont de Edoard spans the Tarn River and helps connect Ximes and the southern half of Noevelle Averoigne with Touraine and Glantri City via the Pont des Artes over the Isoile River. The bridge is decorated with busts of all the d’Ambreville heads of family since their days back on Laterre. The most recent addition was a bust of Princess Isidore which was finished just last year by the famed Averoignian sculptor. The town itself has a bustling market quarter as well as an entertainment quarter that while not as grand as Vyonnes is still quite lively and with a number of theaters to see music and stage productions.

Perigon
Ruler: Constable Jean-Christophe Gaumont (born 967, F6) Jean-Christophe is an ex-adventurer who served in the Gendarmerie Averoigne as well as with the 50th Division in the Great War. After the end of the Great War Gaumont decided to settle down in Perigon and married a local woman and started a family. He took a job as blacksmith but when the position of Constable came upon in 1013 upon the retirement of the old one he applied for the position and was selected. Jean-Christophe is a no nonsense constable and strictly applies and enforces the laws of Noevelle Averoigne. Gaumont has no love however for Kaelics and any obvious Kaelic visistors to Perigon are apt to having the constable breathing down their necks and tossed into the town jail for the slightest infractions of the law.

Perigon sits upon a large group of hills overlooking the Tarn River. The town is the furthest upriver that river boats can travel up the Tarn River so the town sees a great deal of activity from local farmers and especially loggers and miners from Fausseflammes to the west. The village is home to the famous Perigon brewery which produces a famed sparkling wine which is traditionally drank throughout Noevelle Averoigne on Nouvel An. The hills surrounding Perigon are home to the famed vineyards of Perigon whose grapes are used for the sparkling wine of Perigon. Also the hills are home to a large cherry orchard which produces Morello cherries which are used in many Averoignian recipes.

 
Séguret
Séguret was the first settlement of the Averoignians when they arrived on Mystara. It serves the needs of the large family estate of the d’Ambrevilles and hosts the occasional treasure hunters that still come to sift through the ruins of Châteaux d’Ambreville in hopes of finding some overlooked magical treasure. The new estate of the d’Ambreville family, Sylaire, lies just to the north of the village. The center tower of the estate is said to have been the tower of the Countess of Touraine in Old Averoigne and was carried over stone by stone and reconstructed over a period of two years. In the following years a large châteaux was built encompassing the tower and was modeled on the original Châteaux d’Ambreville. The village of Séguret also serves the miners who continue to explore the Forêt de Ambre for lodes of amber which occasional are still found today.

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Useful links:
Night Crawlers by Ann Dupruis
Glantrian Political History 828-884 - Harri Mäki and Giovanni Porpora
The Economy of Sylaire by Aleksei Andrievski
The d’Ambreville family tree, The Grand Army of Glantri 1000-1014 by Michael Berry