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Vladimirov, Barony of

by micky

Area: 392 square miles

Population: 700

Villages: Vladimirov (140) The only population center of note in the barony. This village in the center of the barony, the foothills of the Wendarian Range, serves as the administrative and commercial center of the Barony.

Ethnic groups: Boldavians 90%, Kaelics 5%, Others 5%.

Languages: Boldavian, Thyatin

Ruler: Baroness Szasza Markovitch

House: Igorov

Military: 20 F3 (chain, swords, longbows, riding horses, Charisma 16+) These men are all totally loyal to the Baroness and are drawn from the most handsome and toughest men in the Barony and surrounding area.

The Noble Guard of Markovich, was once a quite efficient military unit who assisted Morphail's division in patrolling the border of eastern Glantri against Ethengarian raids and incursions. Nowadays though, most of the veteran guards have left their employment, as many of the old guards didn't 'measure-up to the Baroness'exacting 'standards'. The patrols to the border have stopped and now days the guard remains within the Barony and whose primary purpose is to protect the Baroness' tower.

Food: slightly deficient

Trails: one fair trail leads south from the village of Markovich to the main east west trail just outside the border of the Barony to the south. Several poor trails lead into the mountains and one leads to the Baroness' tower on a low mountain overlooking the village and the hills below it.

Economics: The Barony of Vladimirov is a poor Barony. The mountains around the Barony have produced little but small amounts of lead which brings some income. Prospectors though continue to pry into the mountains looking for desposits of minerals that might prove valuable. Much the same as higher up in the Wendarian Range, so far they have had no luck. Other than the small amounts of lead coming down out of the mountains the primary source of income are the large flocks of game birds that, for unexplained reasons, tend to migrate to the Vladimirov area in the summer. The birds are prized in the kitchens of New Averoigne and throughout Glantri. The week of they traditionally descend upon the Barony corresponds with an annual festival in which prizes are given out to those who bag the biggest bird and for those who catch the most. The week ends with a great outdoor celebration the night before the Barony sends it's catch to Rymskigrad for sale. Typically what the Barony makes during the year is earned within the course of 10 to 14 days. As such frugality is second nature to Vladimirovians. There is little luxury here, but very often what they do earn in that week or two can see a family through a year. Since prospects economically are so bleak here, many of the best and brightest leave the Barony at the first opportunity, rarely if ever to return, to seek a better life in Rymskigrad or even as far away as Kopstar or the Capital itself.

History:
Barons of Vladimirov

Aleksei Markovitch 859-881
Piotr Markovitch 881-894
Konstantin Markovitch 894-900
Vladislav Markovitch 900-938
Boris Markovitch 938-970
Nikolai Markovitch 970-995
Saszha Markovitch 995-

The Barony of Vladimirov was founded in response the the Light of Rad in 859. The creation of the Principality of Boldavia meant that the existing Barony of Rymskigrad was to be dissolved and annexed to the new Principality under Prince Morphail. By the Light of Rad, If an existing fief was to be annexed to a Principality, the Prince was allowed to propose the creation of a new fief for the demised noble. The Council of Prince automatically grant that fief, provided the noble fulfiled all the requirements and provided he accepted the Light of Rad. Aleksei Markovitch was the dispossessed noble and a wizard who accepted the Light of Rad so Prince Morphail created the Barony which came to be known as Vladimirov for Aleksei. The Prince made this Barony the easternmost of Glantrian dominions and an important one for defense and exploration of eastern Glantri. Once the Markovitch family took the reigns of their new dominion they came to find, that while Prince Morphail gave him a great honor in making him the first line of defense in case of any threat from the east, the dominion itself was dreadfully located with few resources of any sort within the boundaries of the Barony itself. Thus the Barony served as a little more than a military outpost on the eastern edge of Glantri. Aleksei lost his mother, father, as well as his Grandfather (the previous Baron of Rymskigrad) in an attack by maurading Ethengarians. Thus Aleksei harbored a deep hatred of the Ethengarian and took to task, the implied Military function of the Barony and spent his years as Baron of Vladimirov exacting revenge upon the Ethengarians. He was known to be expert Necromancer, specializing in the creation and control of the undead and sent scores of undead horrors into Ethengar. Stories are still told in Vladimirov, and in Ethengar, of how the northern steppes were stained red by the blood shed by the Yugatis in those years. Aleksei finally reaped what he sowed in 881 when he apparantly lost control of a powerful undead who prompted killed the Baron.

The reign of the Markovitch family has continued through the years, rejecting any opportunity to participate in Awards Festival for any higher dominions that were vacant. However the prominence of the once important Barony has declined to next to nothing, after the creation of the Barony of Mariksen in 935 reflected the migration of population and extension of the frontier east. Thus the dominion was no more status than a typical Barony. Unfortunately that also left a Barony with little to no resources and little population. Thus with little to encourage people to emigrate there, and little to keep those that were, the Barony has remained one of the least populous, and least profitable in all Glantri. Even the world encompassing Great War against Alphatia left Vladimirov generally unscathed. The highlight of Vladimirov's role in the Great War was in 1006 when a tribe of Orcs came down from the Wendarians and descended into Vladimirov village planning to raid the Barony. That same day the Orcs turned back around and went back into the mountains. One of the whores at the Shattered Spear Inn was said to overhear the Orc chieftain laughingly tell his subordinates, in perfect Emporer's Thyatin, as they left that they only thing they might catch in the Barony was a case of the Clap and this place was best left for the damned Glantrians. No place, including Vladimirov, escaped the plague however. Due to the low population and how spread out the predominatly rural population is, the plague's toll in Vladimirov was a grand total of 31 people. Since the Great War nothing has changed in the Barony. The increased trade with the Heldannic Territories passes to the south through the Free Territories and has had little benefit to the Barony. The Baroness seems to care little about the lives nor the economic state of her Barony so life for those who reside in Vladimirov stands to not change for the better in the foreseeable future.

Notable sites: The only notable site, and only thing keeping Vladimirov from breaking Kutchevski's dubious record on having received the lowest tourism rating from the Glantrian branch of AAA 125 years running is the breathtaking beauty of the Natural Bridge.

The Natural Bridge is a geological formation in which Checkov Creek has carved out a gorge in the mountainous limestone terrain, forming an arch 215 ft (66 m) high with a span of 90 ft (27 m). It consists of horizontal limestone strata, and is the remains of the roof of a cave or tunnel through which the creek once flowed. It is crossed by the Markovitch Memorial Highway which is the main trail between the mountains and the village of Vladimirov. It is a popular tourist destination during the fall when all the leave turn and many of the greatest artists of Glantri have painted it.

Personalities: Baroness Szasza Markovitch (born 970, M12, Witch of the 3rd Circle, AL C).

Coat of Arms:

Useful links: GPD – Szasza Markovitch by Markus Olavi Montola
Glantrian Nobility during the years by Harri Mäki
The Economy of Vladimirov by Aleksei Andrievski
Wiki entry on Natural Bridge, Virginia.
Glantrian Heraldry by Chimpman

Vladimirov, Barony of

by micky Area: 392 square miles

Population: 700

Villages: Vladimirov (140) The only population center of note in the barony. This village in the center of the barony, the foothills of the Wendarian Range, serves as the administrative and commercial center of the Barony.

Ethnic groups: Boldavians 90%, Kaelics 5%, Others 5%.

Languages: Boldavian, Thyatin

Ruler: Baroness Szasza Markovitch

House: Igorov

Military: 20 F3 (chain, swords, longbows, riding horses, Charisma 16+) These men are all totally loyal to the Baroness and are drawn from the most handsome and toughest men in the Barony and surrounding area.

The Noble Guard of Markovich, was once a quite efficient military unit who assisted Morphail's division in patrolling the border of eastern Glantri against Ethengarian raids and incursions. Nowadays though, most of the veteran guards have left their employment, as many of the old guards didn't 'measure-up to the Baroness'exacting 'standards'. The patrols to the border have stopped and now days the guard remains within the Barony and whose primary purpose is to protect the Baroness' tower.

Food: slightly deficient

Trails: one fair trail leads south from the village of Markovich to the main east west trail just outside the border of the Barony to the south. Several poor trails lead into the mountains and one leads to the Baroness' tower on a low mountain overlooking the village and the hills below it.

Economics: The Barony of Vladimirov is a poor Barony. The mountains around the Barony have produced little but small amounts of lead which brings some income. Prospectors though continue to pry into the mountains looking for desposits of minerals that might prove valuable. Much the same as higher up in the Wendarian Range, so far they have had no luck. Other than the small amounts of lead coming down out of the mountains the primary source of income are the large flocks of game birds that, for unexplained reasons, tend to migrate to the Vladimirov area in the summer. The birds are prized in the kitchens of New Averoigne and throughout Glantri. The week of they traditionally descend upon the Barony corresponds with an annual festival in which prizes are given out to those who bag the biggest bird and for those who catch the most. The week ends with a great outdoor celebration the night before the Barony sends it's catch to Rymskigrad for sale. Typically what the Barony makes during the year is earned within the course of 10 to 14 days. As such frugality is second nature to Vladimirovians. There is little luxury here, but very often what they do earn in that week or two can see a family through a year. Since prospects economically are so bleak here, many of the best and brightest leave the Barony at the first opportunity, rarely if ever to return, to seek a better life in Rymskigrad or even as far away as Kopstar or the Capital itself.

History:
Barons of Vladimirov

Aleksei Markovitch 859-881
Piotr Markovitch 881-894
Konstantin Markovitch 894-900
Vladislav Markovitch 900-938
Boris Markovitch 938-970
Nikolai Markovitch 970-995
Saszha Markovitch 995-

The Barony of Vladimirov was founded in response the the Light of Rad in 859. The creation of the Principality of Boldavia meant that the existing Barony of Rymskigrad was to be dissolved and annexed to the new Principality under Prince Morphail. By the Light of Rad, If an existing fief was to be annexed to a Principality, the Prince was allowed to propose the creation of a new fief for the demised noble. The Council of Prince automatically grant that fief, provided the noble fulfiled all the requirements and provided he accepted the Light of Rad. Aleksei Markovitch was the dispossessed noble and a wizard who accepted the Light of Rad so Prince Morphail created the Barony which came to be known as Vladimirov for Aleksei. The Prince made this Barony the easternmost of Glantrian dominions and an important one for defense and exploration of eastern Glantri. Once the Markovitch family took the reigns of their new dominion they came to find, that while Prince Morphail gave him a great honor in making him the first line of defense in case of any threat from the east, the dominion itself was dreadfully located with few resources of any sort within the boundaries of the Barony itself. Thus the Barony served as a little more than a military outpost on the eastern edge of Glantri. Aleksei lost his mother, father, as well as his Grandfather (the previous Baron of Rymskigrad) in an attack by maurading Ethengarians. Thus Aleksei harbored a deep hatred of the Ethengarian and took to task, the implied Military function of the Barony and spent his years as Baron of Vladimirov exacting revenge upon the Ethengarians. He was known to be expert Necromancer, specializing in the creation and control of the undead and sent scores of undead horrors into Ethengar. Stories are still told in Vladimirov, and in Ethengar, of how the northern steppes were stained red by the blood shed by the Yugatis in those years. Aleksei finally reaped what he sowed in 881 when he apparantly lost control of a powerful undead who prompted killed the Baron.

The reign of the Markovitch family has continued through the years, rejecting any opportunity to participate in Awards Festival for any higher dominions that were vacant. However the prominence of the once important Barony has declined to next to nothing, after the creation of the Barony of Mariksen in 935 reflected the migration of population and extension of the frontier east. Thus the dominion was no more status than any other Barony. Unfortunately that also left a Barony with little to no resources and little population. Thus with little to encourage people to emigrate there, and little to keep those that were, the Barony has remained one of the least populous, and least profitable in all Glantri. Even the world encompassing Great War against Alphatia left Vladimirov generally unscathed. The highlight of Vladimirov's role in the Great War was in 1006 when a tribe of Orcs came down from the Wendarians and descended into Vladimirov village planning to raid the Barony. That same day the Orcs turned back around and went back into the mountains. One of the wenches at the Shattered Spear Inn was said to overhear the Orc chieftain laughingly tell his subordinates, in perfect Emporer's Thyatin, as they left that they only thing they might catch in the Barony was a case of the Clap and this place was best left for the damned Glantrians. No place, including Vladimirov, escaped the plague however. Due to the low population and how spread out the predominatly rural population is, the plague's toll in Vladimirov was a grand total of 31 people. Since the Great War nothing has changed in the Barony. The increased trade with the Heldannic Territories passes to the south through the Free Territories and has had little benefit to the Barony. The Baroness seems to care little about the lives nor the economic state of her Barony so life for those who reside in Vladimirov stands to not change for the better in the foreseeable future.

Notable sites: The only notable site, and only thing keeping Vladimirov from breaking Kutchevski's dubious record on having received the lowest tourism rating from the Glantrian branch of AAA 125 years running is the breathtaking beauty of the Natural Bridge.

The Natural Bridge is a geological formation in which Checkov Creek has carved out a gorge in the mountainous limestone terrain, forming an arch 215 ft (66 m) high with a span of 90 ft (27 m). It consists of horizontal limestone strata, and is the remains of the roof of a cave or tunnel through which the creek once flowed. It is crossed by the Markovitch Memorial Highway which is the main trail between the mountains and the village of Vladimirov. It is a popular tourist destination during the fall when all the leave turn and many of the greatest artists of Glantri have painted it.

Personalities: Baroness Szasza Markovitch (born 970, M12, Witch of the 3rd Circle, AL C).

Coat of Arms:

Useful links: GPD – Szasza Markovitch by Markus Olavi Montola
Glantrian Nobility during the years by Harri Mäki
The Economy of Vladimirov by Aleksei Andrievski
Wiki entry on Natural Bridge, Virginia.
Glantrian Heraldry by Chimpman