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STOUTFELLOW (Kingdom of)

Location: Western spine of the floating continent of Alphatia, running due north-south along the Kerothar Mountains in roughly the shape of an inverted single-bladed axe. HW

Area: 88,542 sq. mi. (229,325 sq. km.).

Population: 58,000 (29,000 dwarves, 14,000 hin, 15,000 gnomes), including Denwarf-Hurgon (pop. 30,000). [Population figures are tentative, pending census. Ed.]

Languages: Dwarvish (Denwarf-Hurgon dialect), Alphatian (Dracos dialect). Gnomish and Lalor are also spoken, though this is uncommon.

Coinage: Alphatian Standard: crown (gp), mirror (sp), judge (cp). Stoutfellow mints platinum kagyars as well.

Taxes: 15% income tax on everyone of servant status or higher. Slavery does not exist here, as it is against the policy of the demihuman inhabitants. Additional taxes include duties imposed on the export of metals and gems.

Government Type: Monarchy, member of the Alphatian Empire.

Industries: Mining, craftsmanship, engineering.

Important Figures: Buthra Bofadar (Queen).

Flora and Fauna: See Alphatia.

Further Reading: Dawn of the Emperor boxed set, previous almanacs.

Description by Zweibelterm.

Stoutfellow was created less than eighty years ago, when Tylion IV recognised a growing need for master craftsmen in Alphatia. Various demihumans were induced to settle, but there was some reluctance until he promised them their own wide kingdom. As a result, Stoutfellow was born. Due to the concessions Tylion IV granted to the demihumans, there are a number of odd peculiarities in the Kingdom of Stoutfellow. First, they do not fit into the pattern of Alphatian society and law, but rather govern themselves in a manner similar to that of Rockhome, with dwarven rather than proper Alphatian law. Dwarven customs predominate, and the same laws are applied to both the talented and untalented, so those Alphatian aristocrats used to receiving their proper due should be aware of this discrepancy and deficiency when travelling here, and virtually no Alphatians live here (the population is almost exclusively demihuman) as a result of its outlandish social structure. The kingdom's sole major settlement is built in dwarven style, buried in the earth, submerged in rock and stone, rather than constructed of soaring towers in the Alphatian manner. But the demihumans (dwarves, gnomes, and hin) of Stoutfellow make up for these drawbacks through their skill as artisans and engineers. Indeed, many have proved to provide instrumental service not only in the creation of the empire's new capital at Andaire, but in rebuilding in Haven as well. Plus, there is something in their attitude that makes it less onerous to accept them than it does the people of Stonewall, as they always seem properly respectful and courteous. Stoutfellow thus forms not only a welcome addition to Alphatia, which was in sore need of expert craftsmen, but is a buffer between Haven and the cyst of Stonewall.