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Stamtral (Duchy of)
Location: Continent of Brun, about 250 miles southeast of Alpha, near the northern end of the Final Range. NW
Area: 998 sq. mi. (2,585 sq. km.).
Languages: Heldannic, Traladaran.
Coinage: Coins from various realms accepted (most in circulation are Alphatian); gems or barter commonly used.
Taxes: 30% income tax collected yearly, plus corvée labour.
Government Type: Independent duchy.
Industries: Agriculture, mining, hunting.
Important Figures: Stano (Duke).
Flora and Fauna: The valley of Stamtral is rich with woods of various types, with oak, sequoia, fir, and spruce being most common. Freshwater ponds and streams throughout the region are home to fish of several types, including trout and salmon. Much of the valley is agricultural land [either natural or cleared forest. Adik.], with potatoes, grains, and legumes as the primary crops. Some grazing animals, such as sheep or cattle, are also present, but these are not abundant due to predators. Wolves, wild boars, bears, panthers, and foxes are all common to the forested regions and northern hills. Some herd animals, such as deer, moose, and elk, also inhabit the region. More dangerous denizens include werewolves, displacer beasts, and yowlers. Humanoid tribes also roam the hills, with orcs, goblins, bugbears and trolls all making their presence known.
Further Reading: CM4 Earthshaker!, previous almanacs.
Last Year's Events: Stamtral built up its military in preparation for a confrontation with its neighbour, while sponsoring barbarian raids and sending clerics of Talitha to blight crops in Vyolstagrad.