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Skullhorn, Free Province of

by micky

Area: 3136 sq miles

Population: 6972
4480 in the southern Colossus foothills (896 sq miles)
2492 in the southern Colossus Mounts (2240 sq miles)

Ethnic Groups: Belcadiz-Human 35%, Belcadiz-Elf 25%, Fen 20%, Ethengarian 10%, Other 10%

Villages: Aguilar (516) Located in the foothills of the Colossus roughly 16 miles northeast of Satolas. Aguilar is a walled village , sitting on a large hill commanding the surrounding countryside. Aguilar is noted for the interesting history and architecture of the town. For example, at the centre is a striking and unusual eight-sided plaza which is flanked by some impressive historic buildings. For the best views in town, head for the Peñon de Moro which is the site of an old castle and has wonderful panoramic views over Aguilar and the surrounding countryside. Aguilar is the administrative centre of the Free Province and sits upon the main trail that connects Bramyra and lower Vesubia Valley in southeast Glantri. Aguilar is well known for its ceramics, locally produced wine and olive oil.

Bolton (125) Lying eight miles to the southwest of Skullhorn Pass camp on the Fen River, this village exists to serve the Skullhorn Pass Camp. Daily caravans leave the village every morning to bring the garrison fresh supplies from the heart of Glantri. The town has a overabundance of taverns and gaming houses for the leisure of the garrison.

Hornos (247) This village located approximately 24 east of Satolas is main settlement in the area closest to the Broken Lands. It is currently being rebuilt and after being overrun and sacked by Goblins during the Great War. The new village is to be a walled village and has been training a militia of 60 townsfolk that can be assembled and on the walls within 10 minutes of hearing the villages main bell being rung. The wall around the village is expected to be completed late in 1014. The town is an agricultural base for the southern hills of the Free Province and surplus is usually sent to market in Satolas.

Government: Propraetor; appointed by the Council of Princes, in charge for seven years. Seat in Aguilar.

Ruler: Propraetor Joséphine Fortescue (born 985, F3, AL-L) Selected as Propraetor in 1011.

House: not aligned to any house. Close ties, by blood, to Sylaire and to Alhambra by marriage.

Territory: The Free Province of Skullhorn covers the southern Colossus Mounts. The northern border is formed in a line roughly between the Viscountcy of Blofeld to the southeastern corner of the Principality of Klantyre. The Free Province is bordered; on the west by neighbouring dominions and the western foothills of the Colossus, bordered on the south by the Principality of Belcadiz and on the south and east by Ethengar and the Broken Lands.

Food: Surplus; sold to neighbouring, agricultural challenged, dominions of Satolas and Glenargyll.

Trails: The main artery through the area is the Alexander Glantri Memorial Highway. The highway is rated as a fair trail by Glantrian AAA. The trail runs south out of Bramyra through the heart of the southern Colossus Foothills before turning southwest and reaching the Vesubius River valley where it joins an extensive network of trails. In the Colossus Mounts a the Skullhorn Pass trail comes from Fenswick up the Fen river before entering Skullhorn Pass. The trail passes under Skullhorn Pass Camp and it's defences and enters the Principality of Bramyra at the Fortress of Skullhorn Pass which is the home of the Prince of Bramyra, Urmahid Krinagar. Though the military through Prince Jaggar have been clamouring for years for the trail to be improved and paved to help speed troop movements through the pass, the Council has rejected any such notion to this point on the basis of privacy and not wanting to encourage causal travel throughout Glantri.

Economics: The mountains region of the Skullhorn Free Province provides some of the finest fur and animal skins in all of Glantri. Most of those who live in this region are trappers, independent prospectors, solitary wizards who value their privacy, or those who work in supporting the Skullhorn Pass Camp garrison. The southeastern hills suffered badly during the Great War as the first thrust of Thar's armies drew off Glantrian army units leaving this area ripe for raiding by Goblins from High Gobliny. Hornos, the 2nd largest population centre in the Free Province was sacked and burned to the ground, thankfully most of the residents had warning and had moved north to Aguilar before the Goblins arrived. With no one to stop them the Goblins ran roughshod over this corner of Glantri and used the area to help supply the main Humanoid army as it fought it's way up to the gates of Glantri City after sacking Blackhill in 1007. Now the humanoid threat has been all but eliminated with the depopulation of the humanoid population in the eastern Broken Lands over last years of the war and years immediately after. The Shadow Elves that have taken over the eastern Broken Lands does worry the people of the area but to this point there have been no signs of any hostile intent. All and all the people are upbeat and relieve to be free of the humanoid threat, but still there is always the worry that being close to the border with Ethengar brings but this area has known very few raids over the centuries from that direction. The hills provide a bounty of olives, fruits, and livestock. The rebuilding of communities after the war still continues which has brought a infusion of hard currency to the area and work for those who lost homes and farms during the war. The area will need some years to recover quickly but appears to be well on it's way under the leadership of the Propraetor who managed to secure the funding from the council and has managed the rebuilding of the southern hills and the lives of those who live there.

Notable people/sites: Propraetor Joséphine Fortescue is a hurricane packed into a 5' tall body. She was raised to the position of Propraetor of the Skullhorn Free Province, her first posting as a Propraetor, after showing remarkable tenacity and great ability during the Great War as the assistant to the Director of GEMA (the Glantrian Emergency Management Association). When the position of Propraetor for the Skullhorn Free Province came open in 1011, Fortescue was suggested by Princess Carnelia who had seen her work tirelessly to help the displaced and burned out families of the Vesubian Valley who lost everything when tens of thousands of humanoids under Thar rolled right through their homes on the way to Glantri City. A stunning personal interview with the full Council put to rest fears that some on the Council had about promoting someone so young and from outside the traditional Glantrian Bureaucracy for this position and she was selected to be the Propraetor of the Skullhorn Free Province. Since taking control of the region she has worked tireless to put those displaced to work and to funnel the subsidies the Council was giving the region to the people that needed it. A true rising star in the world of the monstrous and vast Glantrian Bureaucracy. She is intelligent to know that her rapid rise has made enemies of some, but right now her energies are directed where they are needed most. The people and resources of the Free Province.

The village of Aguilar is an ancient settlement being over 1000 years old and predating even the arrival of the Flaems. Founded by a family of Belcadiz whose head was an architecture buff, the village was built with half an eye to functionality (defence) and half an eye to beauty. The town has several noteworthy attractions for visitors...

The Central Square: The distinctive centre of town. The 8 sided plaza hosts farmers markets every morning which draw all the village and people from the surrounding area to shop and socialise. The centre of life in Aguilar.

The Clock Tower: The striking clock tower is a well-known and recognised symbol of the town which reflects traditional Belcadiz style and architecture and was completed in AC 71.

Mansion Houses: There are some magnificent and gracious mansions in the town, some of the most impressive are situated in Calle Morelejo and Calle Carrera. These are guarded behind large wooden doors decorated with elaborate wrought-iron carvings.

Soterraño Church: Located just outside the castle walls is the fascinating Soterraño Church to Valerias. The original building dates from BC 50. It was designed by Hernan Ruiz the famous Belcadiz architect and is one of his best preserved works still standing. Has not been in service since the Light of Rad but there is a movement to reopen the Church as a place of worship. The town is violently divided as to whether it should be or not. The Propraetor has not ruled on that issue yet.

Castle: Located in a strategic high point of the village is Peñon de Moro; formerly a site of a first century castle. These days all that can be seen are parts of the walls which are the haunts of the famed Cats of Aguilar. Stray cats that over the years that are fed and treated as residents of the town.

Skullhorn Pass Camp is the defensive encampment located in the centre of the Skullhorn Pass. Further details can be found in the next issue of the publication 'The Grand Army of Glantri.... revised and updated' (Printed by the Piazza Press; Glantri City, Glantri)

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