Tuesday, November 29, 2011

The Duchy of Wynterhollow

Basic Background:
The Duchy of Wynterhollow is the northern most Duchy of Kirath. Situated in the High North. Constantly under siege from Fenfanrir (Ice Dragons) the Duchy has most of its resources placed into its military. They have some of the most highly trained fighters in the land. Men with a good horse can find work in the Duke's Own (the patrol that protects the Duke's Reserve) or the Duke's 1st Cavalry. Due to the large number of Ice Dragons, Wynterhollow is also home to some of the finest Dragon Slayers in Ameros. The Duchy is largely wilderness with a few large villages and cities, with very small hovels of twenty to thirty people dotting random areas of its lands. 

Sir Temron the Black Knight and heir apparent to the Duke of Wynterhollow rules the Duchy. He refuses to take his father's seat and officially take up the office as Duke. He serves as one of the Seven Colored Knights to King Barian Dragonsbane of Kirath. Most of his time is spent in the capital of Kirath and so he leaves rule of Wynterhollow to his younger brother Jemron the Thane of Wynterhollow. His hair is as black as night.

Lord Jemron the Thane of Wynterhollow is the ruling member that resides in Wynterhollow. He is a talented Magi that spends most of his time studying magic to defeat the Fenfanrir. Local dignitaries and Eldermen run the day to day functions of the Duchy. 

Lord Shevric Andalon VI is the Lord of the City of Andalon and has strong opposition to the continuing rule of Sir Temron of Wynterhollow and his brother. He believes that it is their families leadership that led to the downfall of Wynterhollow. This feeling is not shared by most however. So Lord Shevric sits in silent protest. He is in his mid thirties and like all men from Wynterhollow has black hair. 

Tumbar Brokenaxe is the Opoc-Jarl of the Village of Shieldhammer. He is a dwarf of some years, over one hundred and forty years old. He has been the Opoc-Jarl of Shieldhammer since he was fifty-five years of age. He serves Sir Temron of Wynterhollow faithfully and trains many of his Opoc-Spal to fight for the withered tree of Wynterhollow. 

Reed Feldon is the Elderman of Wayward Village. He is a strong farming man and oversees most of the Duchy's food supply for the winter. While he is young, only twenty-eight years old, he has great ability when it comes to resource management. His father was a Knight of Wynterhollow and was killed at the Battle of Fort Bleak by goblins. He has a hatred of greenskins as do all of the Northdwellers. 

Sir Rod of Del is a transplant from the Shire of Carn'Del. He is a talented young knight in command of Fort Kraken's Neck. He has brown hair and stands out among his Northdweller soldiers. He commands over eight hundred highly trained Men-at-Arms at Fort Kraken's Neck. He is also charged with monitoring the abandoned Port Temron (named for Sir Temron at his birth) which fell to the Fenfanrir. He leaves several rangers and soldiers there to report on activity.

Sir Telmer the Dragonslayer is a Dragonslayer placed in command of the Duke's 1st Cavalry. He patrols Barden Pass routinely with the one thousand cavalry under his command. He has slain three Fenfanrir. 

Captain Drokonief Balicdorf is the Captain of the Duchy's Guard and Commands the Duke's Own. He is an aged man who was once a squire to Sir Gondfound the Silver Knight, before leaving his tutelage to take up the position as Captain of the Guard. He has launched several attempts at retake Fort Bleak all of which have failed with major casualties leading some of his men to distrust him.  

Prominent Races:
Fanfenrir (Ice Dragons)
Halflings (less than 1000)
Elves (less than 1000)
Ursan (less than 1000)

Northdwellers- Northdwellers are similar to King's Men, but all have black hair with brighter colored eyes. The Northdwellers bare a natural hatred for Greenskins and will do everything in their power to destroy them. Northdwellers all pray to the Divine One or various local deities.

Dwarves- The Dwarves of the North are similar to dwarves from anywhere else. They are short and stout. Tough and stoic. Bred for hardship and battle. They craft axes and other weapons out of the plethora of metals available. They share a hatred for the greenskins.

Goblins- The Goblins of the North are an irritatingly savage bunch. Much more brutal then their highwaymen counterparts of the south, these goblins breed for war. The are highly trained and highly motivated, but they are under equipped. They keep to themselves in their wood, more afraid of the Fenfanrir than the Humans & Dwarves.

Fenfanrir (Ice Dragons)- The Fenfanrir keep to the most frozen parts of the Duchy of Wynterhollow. They are few in number, but have considerable power. Very few men can kill one and take the title Dragonslayer.

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