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Oxhill, Barony of

by micky

Area:
392 square miles

Population:
1120

*Villages:
Oxhill (224)
Broken Tooth Junction (150) main mining output in the foothills of the Kurish Massif

Ethnic groups:
Thyatian 30%, Fen 25%, Sindi15%, Flaem 10%, others 20%

Languages:
Thyatian, assorted others throughout the barony

Ruler:
Baron Edward Newbrute (born 986, Red Dracologist of the 2nd Circle, OD&D: M9, AL: Chaotic)

House:
Silverston.

Military:
Tower guards - 20 Archers F1 (leather, short bow, sword), 10 Heavy Foot F1 (chain, shield, sword)

Law and Order:
The Baron employs a private force of 20 goons in addition to a normal complement of sheriffs and magistrates, who are above the law in enforcing the Baron's strict laws regulating licensed mining. (all miners must have licenses issued by the Baron, with fees paid to the Baron). Any illegal, unlicensed mining is dealt with harshly, from a night in the Baron's jail to an unfortunate fall from Pip's Peak...depending of the whims of the Goon Squad's leader.. Sammy the Bull Rizzuto.

Patrols from the garrison at Sablestone often makes stops here. The area has problems with bandits, and the Baron asks the commander at Sablestone constantly to bring patrols through Oxhill more often.

History:

Barons of Oxhill

Pieter Vandehaar 989-1009
Edward Newbrute 1009 -

Oxhill is one of the truly frontier Glantrian dominions, created by the Council of Princes in 989 to help with expanding the Glantrian hold on the Sablestone region and its resources. Since its beginning it has been the gateway to the western Kurish Massif. As such it is jumping off point for mining expeditions and the collection point for raw materials coming out of the mountains before being sent to Kern, Vyonnes, and Glantri City. As befitting it's mining roots and frontier location Oxhill has the reputation throughout Glantri of being a rough place. The people of Oxhill are a hardworking, hard living sort and so fist fights, even knife fights are a common occurrence at the many taverns and Inns throughout the Barony. That is not to say that Oxhill is a lawless place. As befitting a dominion in Glantri, those who appear to be arcaners are treated not as much with respect but with wariness. In Oxhill as well as through the rest of Glantri it is a crime for a mundaner to assault, or even insult an arcaner.

The Barony was carved from nothing by primarily Thyatian miners along with Flaemish arcaners and artisans who came with new Baron and provided a veneer of high society to the rugged frontier. The Flaems pretty much kept to their own social circles and remained aloof and identified themselves more as transplanted Bergdhovenese rather than upper crusts Oxhillians. It didn't help that the Baron who founded Oxhill had no interest in running a dominion but seemed to be more interested in what went on around the Sablestone region more than what went on within his Barony. Thus over time the Barony under the lead of the Baron's mundaner Oxhillian Seneschal developed a strong tradition of self-rule, taking care of their own. So things remained for years until the last year of the Great War when in the last round of dominion creations, the Baron won the title of one of the new Viscounties which opened the Barony to a new noble. In a dramatic episode of the rebirth of a noble family, the prominent Newbrute family of ancient Fen ancestory. The new Baron, Edward Newbrute is the grandnephew of the late Count of Soth-Kabree, Andrew Newbrute, who died childless and heirless in 963. With Edward's accession to the noble ranks the Barony of Oxhill has seen a rapid influx of migrant Fens to the Sablestone area, and not coincidently an exodus of the Flaemish population to more civilized areas or to the new Viscount's dominion.

Food:
Deficient

Trails:
There is a single trail of note, the recently renamed William J. Le Potomane Thruway (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SbWg-mozGsU ) running through the barony from the north to the south. All the major settlements touch on this trail leading to the mines and operations in the Kurish Massif.

Economics:
The economics of Oxhill begin and end with mining in Kurish Massif, those within the boundaries of the Barony are assessed a flat license fee by the new Baron which has irked some of the miners, but profits are good so though they complain about being taxed to death they pay. Oxhill also serves as the supply, collection point, and R&R destination for mining operations further in the western Kurish Massif. Due to the mountainous terrain there is little agriculture within the Baron's domain but in the north there is at least some which provides basic staples like potatoes, and livestock. Food though is generally imported and paid with the minerals exported.

Notable sites:
Broken Tooth Junction is a mining village near the southern boundary of the Barony. The town has a single street on which lots of clapboard buildings have been constructed. Lots of prospecting offices, taverns, and shops specializing in the tools of the mining trade occupy the town. The town has one 'event' that makes the town distinctive. Yarthmont 7 is a Baronal holliday celebrating the anniversary of the founding of the Barony. On this day, at high noon on the dusty main street of Broken Tooth Junction the annual 'The Quick and the Dead' festival is held. Two entrants come onto 'Main Street' alone, given specially blunted throwing daggers and a protective chest shield, with a target over the heart. With the crowd in betting frenzy, wearing their Sunday best, the two contestants are blindfolded and put back to back then told to march 10 paces and fire. The closest to the bulls-eye wins, if both miss the target, bets are rolled over into a rematch. If after a 2nd round both miss again, both are jeered by the crowd and tied feet first behind their horses and the horses chased out of town. That in the Junctions way of ensuring only 'quality' knife-slingers enter the competition.

Coat of Arms:
A Shovel and an axe crossed over the backdrop of a snow-capped mountain.