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23
Jun

Willowmourn College

   Posted by: Galen Dilby

Willowmourn College

Willowmourn College

Named for an ancient willow tree which adorns its central courtyard, Willowmourn College is one of the oldest institutions in all of Aerda. The prestigious school was founded over 500 years ago, when Highmarket was but a small trade settlement on the edge of the wild.

A modest campus of buildings and towers sitting atop a small hill just outside the town of Five Points (the Wolds), Willowmourn is responsible for nurturing some of Aerda’s greatest thinkers. Nearly every monarch of the Wolds has graduated from its hallowed halls.

Ravensroost, the largest of Willowmourn’s towers, is home to a well-respected school of magic (and the only one in the Wolds).

Willowmourn’s library — known to students and faculty alike as “Scrollwarren” because its labyrinth of corridors, passages and small chambers resembles a rabbit warren (and because scrolls and tomes therein seem to proliferate like rabbits) — is one of the finest. The head librarian, a bookish gnome by the name of Parsifus Scribwhittle, runs a tight ship. The disorderly appearance of the library is only superficial. Master Scribwhittle seems preternaturally aware of every nook and cranny of his vaunted edifice. Not one scrap of vellum is placed upon another without his full knowledge, it seems. And dog-earing pages is strictly forbidden!

Visitors should be warned: any non-magical book or scroll which is brought into the library which not shown to be of a strictly personal nature, for which the library does not already have a copy, is confiscated until such time as its contents can be copied by a scribe in quickscript (an abbreviated form of writing used for purposes of rapid facsimile). This process usually does not take long (one day for every 20 or so pages of writing confiscated) and sources are treated respectfully and returned to their owners unscathed.

 

10
Jun

Highmarket

   Posted by: Galen Dilby

Royal Standard of Highmarket

Royal Standard of Highmarket

Places of Interest in Highmarket:

The Eyrie – Royal Palace

St. Ardwyn’s Abbey

Talongard – Fortress of Highmarket, built into the side of the Griffonpeak Spur.

 

 

25
May

The Wolds

   Posted by: Galen Dilby

Map of the Wolds

The Wolds

Situated between Westrel and Ostmar is a loose confederation of independent city-states known as The Wolds.

Area: approx. 120,000 sq. miles

Population: approx. 6 million (62% human, 13% dwarf, 12% halfling, 10% elf, 3% other)

Capitol: Highmarket (pop. approx. 30,000)

Largest Cities (after Highmarket): Port Ardwyn (pop. 15,000), Iverston (pop. 13,500), Frosthollow (pop. 10,800), Greywall (pop. 9,700), Goren’s Pass (pop. 8,750)

 

Governance

The nation is divided into six regions, or “wolds”. Each is governed by one of the six largest cities. All other towns, villages, hamlets, etc., swear fealty to the lord of the wold to which they belong. Each wold governs itself through the sovereignty of its reigning lord.

Matters of national concern (defense, trade, coinage, treaties, etc.) are governed collectively by a combination of elected monarch (executive) and a council of nobles and guild leaders called the Council of Lords (legislative). The Council of Lords includes representatives from the reigning house of each wold as well as representatives from the most powerful guilds. Together, they decide laws and policy which are of national concern, including the muster and support of armies and the commission and execution of treaties with other nations. Executive decisions are carried out by the monarch, who is elected from one of the noble houses every 10 years.

For the last 12 years, Elsbeth III (Sera Erelian) has reigned as Queen of The Wolds and resides in Highmarket, as is customary (but not mandatory) for Wolds monarchs. A native of Highmarket, she is very popular with the people as well as the nobility and is from a long line (though not unbroken) of previous Wolds monarchs (her great uncle was King Davyn I). A devout follower of Aam, she served with distinction as a paladin of the Order of St. Ardwyn before becoming queen at the age of twenty-five.