[nbos] [FM8] Joerdhgardh Map of Week #95 Released
"Mark Oliva"
Sun Feb 10th, 2013
With the 95th Map of the Week we take our first look at the Slovanian Royal
County.

Prokop, count of the Royal County, is one of the more corrupt rulers of
Slovania, although his corruption has brought him only modest wealth. Among
the four counties and the march, Prokop rules over the smallest population.
He also has the least to offer those who would do under-the-table business
with him. His best product in this respect is his willingness to not see
things. The best reason to buy that service from him is the fact that
Prokop's army is 100 head stronger than those of the other three counts or
the border margrave. He can deal with those who have something to hide, if
he wishes to do so.

The economy of the Royal County is limited mainly to wood from the Southwood
and cattle and wool products from the western grazing land along the Leipt
or Lightning River on the kingdom's western border. There are but three
settlements of any size in the Southwood: The county seat Southwood
Fortress as well as the West Fortress and the Storm Fortress. In addition
to the three fortresses, Prokop also rules over a dozen or so lumbering and
woodworking settlements within the Southwood. There are some 100
settlements in the grazing lands to the west, but all of them are ranching
hamlets and thorps that have long, unpopulated stretches of prairie and
grassland between them. Cattle graze north of the royal seat, sheep south
of Newhouse. Where soils are good, crops and grains also are grown.

In the village ruin Sawblade in the Southwood some 50 miles/80 km north of
his ruling seat of Southwood Fortress, Prokop is ignoring the Society of
Immortal Darkness, a growing sect of black necromancers that serves the dark
draug Mısing in the ruins of Garnd'is Crossing in the AEsir Devastation.
Prokop is ignoring the Dark sect because it is supplementing the silver and
gold in his treasury. Prokop considers the society to be nothing more than
an irritating coven of insane wizards that does no great harm beyond the
occasional kidnapping of Slovanian commoners. He is unaware that the secret
sect is beginning to spread like a slow cancer through the entire kingdom,
luring power-seeking wizards into its folds and setting the stage for the
development of Mısing's strange and evil new religion.

In the heart of the eastern Southwood, there once was an AEsir military
outpost and supporting village known as the Forest Watch. It was much more
a training facility than a watchpost, despite its name. Before the fall of
the empire, an unfortunate lightning strike hit a watchtower and set it
ablaze. All of the village's buildings except the keep were made of wood
and burnt to the ground. The stone-walled keep survived, but those who took
refuge within it died from the heat and smoke of the surrounding fire. The
outpost was abandoned by the AEsir. When the Slovanians came later, they
ignored the ruin of the remaining keep. Gur¼agh, one of the deep devils in
the service of the devil Gadreel in Newhouse, has a special mission, and the
tale of the razing of Forest Watch made the ruin a particularly attractive
site for its operation, as far as Gur¼agh is concerned. Forest Watch not
only is isolated in the Southwood and reachable only by a foot path, but it
also has the quality of having been destroyed by fire. Building a team of
arsonist agents is Gur¼agh's mission. Its agents pose no immediate threat
to Slovania. Gadreel wants Gur¼agh to train his agents secretly and without
interference. Therefore, the greater devil has ordered the deep devil to
see to it that his trainees cause no problems and do no damage within
Slovania. Gadreel's target is in the south, the troubled Kingdom of
Windland, on the continent of Blueland.

You can get the map in two versions from our Joerdhgardh website:

1. The Fractal Mapper (TM) 8 version in FMP format, fully editable (1.4
MB).

2. As a JPG flat map of 1360 Pixels x 820 Pixels (550 KB).

Both versions are released for personal and commercial use under the Open
Game License Version 1.0a, which you can read on the Joerdhgardh website at:

http://www.vintyri.org/joerdhgardh/joerdhgardh.htm

Next week: Slovania - the Royal County, Southwood Fortress

Mark Oliva
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