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Wolkenburg (County of)

Location: Continent of Brun, north of Landfall. NW

Area: 2,993 sq. mi. (7,750 sq. km.).

Population: Unknown; believed to be between 2,000 and 5,000 people.

Languages: Heldannic, Thyatian (Hattian dialect), Elvish (Shiye dialect).

Coinage: None; barter only.

Taxes: None. Inhabitants of the Finsterwald render whatever assistance they can to the count's forces whenever possible.

Government Type: Agglomeration of self-governing villages, under the protection of the count.

Industries: Hunting, crafts, subsistence agriculture.

Important Figures: Helmut Jaschke (Count).

Flora and Fauna: All manner of plant and animal life may be found here. The forests are home to many species of bear, bobcat, deer, fox, rodent, wolf, and birds. Rarer animals include decapuses, giant spiders, owlbears, and the occasional griffon as one approaches the Wyrmsteeth Mountains. Locals also know of tribes of goblins living in some of the hills in the north and west. Wolkenburg is home to a wide variety of trees and bushes, including maple, birch, poplar, elm, and evergreen towards the north and at higher altitudes. Where sunlight manages to break through the canopy, it is possible to find varieties of berry bushes (blackberry and raspberry seem to be the most common), as well as juniper. In the denser portions of the forest, it is possible to find strangle vines dangling from branches overhead, as well as archer bushes (but these are thankfully rare).

Coats of Arms: None.

Further Reading: Previous almanacs.

Last Year's Events: A new, smaller assault was mounted by the Heldannic Knights, and though this one managed to inflict more casualties, it failed to penetrate very far into the Finsterwald. It appears that Heldannic forces were content to clear the eastern fringe of Wolkenburg that they did manage to seize, and to fortify it. It is uncertain how strong Helmut's position is at present, but with a civil war raging in Heldann to the south, it seems unlikely that a large-scale invasion will be mounted anytime soon.