Taras writes "Straddling the Teshan Gap between the Glorioles and the Rieuwood, the Fief of Dwurmarkt acts as the gateway into the lands of Sunndi. Home to a variety of different peoples, this fief presents unusual challanges for it's rulers as conflicts threaten to erupt from several different directions at once.
Author: Taras Guarhoth
Fief of Dwurmarkt
by Taras Guarhoth (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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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.
This town serves as the primary location for trade between
the Sud Graufult and Sunndi. It sits within the Teshan Gap (a
strip of plains between the Rieuwood and the Glorioles), straddling
the Teshan River, with a sturdy stone bridge connecting the halves
of the town together. The town was originally a small and relatively
insignificant village during the days of the Aerdi expansion into
the area, and only grew to prominence when the Oerids built a
large keep here to keep the Suel from easily raiding into the
Sud Graufult. Over the years, that keep, in the eastern half of
the town, has grown and now serves as the seat of power for House
Valshar, with Waldgraf Malachi Valshar ruling the fief.
Within this town of roughly 1750 people can be found few pureblooded
Harashim, with their "quarter" housing only around 50
people. The bulk of the inhabitants are of mixed Oerid, Flan,
and Suel stock. Although close to the elven Rieuwood, there are
relatively few residents of elvish or half-elvish stock, due to
the number of dwarves within the walls of this town, roughly 300,
who dwell in their own quarter in the eastern half of the community.
A small chapel to the Harashim gods can be found on the outskirts
of their tiny quarter, and a temple to Moradin can be found within
the dwarven section of the town (with smaller chapels to a few
other dwarven gods around it). A large cathedral of the Orthodox
Church of the South sits near the western bank of the Teshan,
just opposite the keep. Other small chapels are scattered about
A number of inns, taverns, and shops can be found within the
walls of this town. Many of the inns and taverns (but certainly
not all) are of good quality, and often serve strong drink to
cater to the tastes of the dwarven residents. The shops tend to
carry good produced in areas around the town (the Rieuwood, Sunndi,
and the Glorioles). As such, despite the town's size, a variety
of goods can easily be obtained here.
The guards patrol this town well, and lawlessness and thievery
are very greatly frowned upon. Still, even this town has it's
criminal elements. The most famous of these was the elvish thief
Shashi, who managed to relieve both the temple of Moradin and
one of the Aerdi chapels of their treasures, as well as part House
Valshar with a few of it's more expensive heirlooms, before he
was caught. The authorities promptly hung him, but the treasures
he'd stolen were never recovered, and are believed to be hidden
somewhere within the town itself.
This village, located on the eastern bank of the Selinasha
River just south of where it enters the Teshan, serves the trade
road from Dwurmarkt to the rest of the Sud Graufult. A fortified
tower with 20 soldiers stands within the settlement, and aids
Lansgraf Ibhar Valshar in ruling the village. A couple of decent
quality inns, as well as a basic general store, can be found within.
A number of woodcarvers work within the village, although their
quality is not as good as that of the carvers from Darstaadt-am-Teshan.
The local chapel, however, is remarkable for it's altar, which
is considered to be the finest and most exquisite within the entire
Sud Graufult, and was the work of the master carver Celiphar ben
Rashan, who disappeared into the Rieuwood over 50 years ago.
Located on the north bank of the Teshan, a wooden bridge connects
this town to the road to Dwurmarkt. This village used to serve
the mines in the nearby Lashier Gorge, although these have long
since been abandoned. Now, the residents survive mainly by serving
those who travel the road to the south, and supporting those hamlets
still to be found north of the Teshan.
A fortified tower stands in the center of the village, with
15 soldiers stationed there, under the command of Lansgraf Havilah
Valshar. A single inn and a store dealing in basic goods can be
found near the tower.
Rumors have recently been circulating in the town that bandits
or humanoids (or worse, depending on how superstitious the person
telling the rumor is) have taken up residence in the Lashier Gorge
and the old mines there, but, so far, they haven't made themselves
Situated on the Selinasha River, this village is protected
by a wooden stockade and a fortified tower, housing 30 soldiers
under the command of Lansgraf Heliz du Bourne. Rough roads lead
to Eibelstaadt and Seinnasistaadt, transporting the goods of the
village, which mainly consist of wood, herbs, fruits, and other
goods from the surrounding forests. A single general store exists
within the village, selling just basic goods to the locals, and
no inns can be found here.
Many of the inhabitants of this village have been organized
into a makeshift militia, and help defend the settlement against
the occasional incursion of the native hobgoblin tribes and renegade
Aerdi orcish troops that have long since gone wild. Few such attacks
have threatened the village, although smaller hamlets around Lindflur
are often targets of such raids.
This village sits within the Rieuwood, and is ruled by Lansgraf
Lassarin Elishean (an elf), and is guarded by a fortified tower
housing 15 soldiers. A single inn and a general store can be found
in the village, which is linked to Lindflur, Dwurmarkt, and Sud
Seinnasistaadt by secondary roads, as well as a rough trail leading
deeper into the Rieuwood. A number of half-elves live here, and
the village serves to transport goods between the elven communities
deeper in the forest and the markets of the Sud Graufult.
The hobgoblin tribes of the forest, although usually small,
have always been a problem for this village, with it's small garrison.
The Lansgraf has asked (repeatedly) for more soldiers, but Waldgraf
Malachi of Dwurmarkt seems unable or unwilling to reinforce this
village. Several times, a rough stockade, similar to the one in
Lindflur, has been started, but it's always been destroyed by
humanoid raiders. Some have begun to whisper that the Waldgraf
is in league with the humanoids, and that's why he's so unwilling
to help out the villagers.
Situated on the west bank of the Teshan, this village is the
last settlement of any size on the road south before hitting Sunndi.
A fortified tower with 30 soldiers, under the command of Lansgraf
Sethar Valshar, stands in the southern margins of the village.
Two inns can be found within the village, although only one shop
selling only basic goods can be found. A well maintained road
runs north to Dwurmarkt and south into Sunndi, a secondary road
leads west to Sud Seinnasistaadt, and a series of trails on the
eastern side of the Teshan lead up into the hills and peaks of
In addition to the chapel of the Orthodox Church of the South
to be found within the village, a chapel to Moradin can be found
here, catering to the handful of dwarves who come to the village
and trade their goods here rather than make the trek north into
Dwurmarkt. Recently, a dwarven miner who turned up dead on the
outskirts of the village, with a couple of arrows of elvish make
stuck in him. The inhabitants of the settlement are have been
whispering fearfully about hostility between the elves and dwarves
flaring up...with them caught in the middle.
This village, located within the Rieuwood, is the southernmost
settlement of the Sud Graufult, and has a handful of elvish and
half-elvish inhabitants. A fortified tower stands within the village,
and houses 20 soldiers and Lansgraf Hashub Valshar. Humanoid incursions
have been relatively rare in this part of the Rieuwood, although
they aren't completely absent, so many in the village belong to
A single inn graces this small village, which also contains
a general store. In addition, Shalar Eisselanen, a half-elven
craftsman, can be found within this village, where he makes quality
bows that fetch high prices throughout the Sud Graufult and in
Sunndi. He rarely has much to stock, as most of his goods are
custom made, and must be ordered at very high prices.
Overview of the Sud Graufult
Note: Aerdy, Ahlissa, Sud Graufult, Sunndi"