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    The Sud Graufult: Fief of Malfurt
    Posted on Tue, August 21, 2001 by Toran
    Taras writes "Situated in the northwesternmost portions of the peaks of the Glorioles and their foothills, the fief of Malfurt is the gateway into the Sud Graufult from the south-central lands of Aerdy and regions to the east along the Greyflood and Thelly rivers. Presented here is a gazetteer of the settlements and sites found within this fief, although more than one isolated valley and monastary has been left out.

    Author: Taras Guarhoth



    Fief of Malfurt

    by Taras Guarhoth (montand@canonfire.com)
    Used with Permission. Do not repost without obtaining prior permission from the author.


    Note: Small villages and hamlets dot the Sud Graufult. Many of these are quite small (40 people or less), and thus won't recieve any detail unless there's something significant there. Only those settlements with over 100 people, or some kind of fortification or adventuring area will be detailed. Also, unless otherwise noted, each of the following towns and villages (providing they're not a ruin) are assumed to have at least chapel dedicated to Pholtus, most being of the Orthodox Church of the South.

    Malfurt

    Located at the junction of the Thelly and the Greyflood rivers, Malfurt serves as the terminus for most trade headed to and from the east and northeast. A ferry links this town with the city of Kalstrand, and serves to transport goods and travelers. In addition, the town helps support trade along the Thelly river, as well as those shallow barges that will make the trip up the Greyflood river. As such, the town is well situated to act as the eastern gateway into the Sud Graufult, and profits as such.

    The keep of House Mallosh, dating back to before the Aerdi control of the area, dominates the city. This ancient structure, currently ruled over by Waldgraf Azubah Mallosh, stands at the western end of the town, and all travelers coming from the west must pass beneath it's battlements. Inside the town can be found the largest Harashim "quarter" in the entire Sud Graufult, containing slightly less than half of the roughly 2100 inhabitants of this town. This district takes up the bulk of the western parts of the town, and several temples to the Harashim gods can be found within it. Outside of the Harashim district can be found a cathedral devoted of the Orthodox Church of the South, and smaller chapels of both the Orthodox Church of the South and the Imperial Orthodox Church.

    A large number of inns and taverns (many of surprisingly low quality) can be found in the town, especially in the riverfront areas, where they are patronized by those who ply the river for a living. As such, the riverfront areas are typically avoided by the watch at night, and they comprise the most lawless place within the town. Rumors sometimes circulate about secret tunnels that connect to the sewers, allowing smugglers to easily transport their illicit wares, but no one has been able to prove this.

    An enclave of dwarves exists within the southeastern part of the town, with over 100 of them living there. A small chapel to Moradin stands in the heart of their small district, acting as the center of the lives of the dwarves. The dwarves typically act as middlemen, transporting precious stones and metals from their kin within the mountains and hills to the south of the city to the Harashim jewelers and gemcutters, although some is sold directly to merchants for transport to other parts of the Sud Graufult and Aerdy.

    Kirchfurt

    This village sits where the Zalar runs into the Thelly. A stone bridge crosses the Zalar, and is guarded by a small keep housing 40 soldiers, under the command of Lansgraf Yeshal Mallosh. The bulk of trade to and from the Trans-Thelly Territories passes through this village and then on to Malfurt, although some does come by barge.

    The village contains a handful of inns, taverns, and shops of decent quality, mainly catering to the bargefolk and the few travelers headed to the east, which have been becoming infrequent as tensions in that area rise again. Rumors have been circulating about a beast haunting the hills to the south lately, although none claim to have actually seen it.

    Effeldorf

    This village serves as a stop on the roads leading to Malfurt from the rest of the Sud Graufult, and to the south of the village is where the roads to Olvanstaadt-am-Graufult and Dwurmarkt separate, the first heading off to Buchbrunn, the latter heading on to Fuchsstaadt.

    A small fortified tower, under the command of Lansgraf Sharar Mallosh, houses 20 soldiers who watch over this village, keeping it relatively safe. Two inns serve to house those traveling along the roads, but the only shop to be found carries only the basic necessities, and to purchase any more requires one to travel to nearby Malfurt.

    Several miles to the north of the village can be found a handful of docks and some huts and small houses, mainly used by fishermen who help to support the village. Generally, these people keep to themselves, although there are rumors of smuggling taking place from here.

    Fuchsstaadt

    This village marks the point where the road between Dwurmarkt and Malfurt crosses the Hielearch river at a ford. The road is less traveled by merchants than the other roads of the region, as the southern reaches of the fief of Malfurt tend to be rocker and less inhabited than the other parts of the Sud Graufult. A single fortified tower, housing 15 soldiers led by Lansgraf Sihon Valshar guards the village.

    A single tavern can be found in the village, and functions as the general shop and rents it's common room out to the infrequent travelers upon the road. Very few bother to stop here if they can help it, as the village has very little to offer.

    Hielearch

    This village once was a place of pilgrimage by the faithful of both the Imperial Orthodox Church and the Orthodox Church of the South. Within the abandoned monastery in the mountains above the village was kept one of the oldest copies of the Book of Arnd known to exist (the only copy known to be older is kept within the vaults of Mentray, held by the Holy Censor). Today, the village stands half empty, with few desiring to visit the place. Even the local lord, Abbot Zalkar Rax, refuses to spend his time here, preferring to spend his days in the court of Malfurt, trying to forget his fief.

    The 10 soldiers stationed here rarely ever leave the village itself, and refuse to go near the monastery which is believed by most to be haunted. The rare traveler finds no accommodations here, as the few inns which existed in the village were abandoned after the pilgrims stopped coming. Most of them (as well as a number of abandoned homes) have nearly collapsed, although one still stands, and is in decent condition, and serves as the headquarters for the soldiers.

    Two cathedrals stand within the village, one devoted to the Imperial Orthodox Church and one to the Orthodox Church of the South. Either one of them is much larger than is needed by the village, especially in it's current state. The cathedral to the Orthodox Church of the South is often mostly empty, catering just to those villagers remaining and the rare pilgrim who makes the trip to the village. The cathedral to the Imperial Orthodox Church is mostly abandoned, with a single aged and somewhat senile priest attending to it. The building is consequently in a poor state of repair.

    More on Hielearch Monastery.

    Gnodfeld

    Situated on the eastern bank of the Teshan, this village serves as a stop on the Malfurt-Dwurmarkt road. A single inn exists within the village, and one shop carries only basic goods. A fortified tower is home to 10 soldiers, led by Lansgraf Jakan Mallosh.

    A handful of peasants from the fief of Noshirat, across the Teshan, have fled to the village, seeking refuge here after bandits raided their hamlets. The Lansgraf is worried that they'll try to cross the river, and attack the village under his command, and has been drilling some of the stronger and more able looking villagers as a militia.

    Darbreit

    This village sits along the road from Malfurt to Dwurmarkt, on the eastern bank of the Teshan. The road crosses the river at a ford here, and then continues south to Darstaadt-am-Teshan. Three inns, none of exceptional quality, grace this village, and two shops which carry basic supplies (and the occasional luxury good) can also be found here.

    A well-worn road leads up into the hills to the east of the town, leading to a series of small hamlets and fortified towers which watch over a small grouping of silver mines. Most of that precious metal is then shipped down to Darbreit, where it then travels to either Noshirat, Dwurmarkt, or Malfurt. As such, a small keep protects the village (and stores the silver), with 50 soldiers guarding it, under the command of Lansgraf Nedabiah Cranden-Guarhoth.

    Roughly once a week, a shipment of silver will arrive in the village from one of the various mines (the exact schedule varies), and is often accompanied by a number of the miners, who take the opportunity to spend a few days in the village inns getting themselves completely plastered. Brawls are frequent, but deaths usually never occur.


    Overview of the Sud Graufult



    Note: Aerdy, Ahlissa, Sud Graufult, Sunndi"
     
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