As of the year 644, the Kingdom of Edeldale is still a place of turmoil. Even with the threat of dragons and uprisings, the kingdom holds together. The bonds of fealty have been tested, but the individual counties and shires continue their support to the crown.
County lines, drawn long before this age, hold firm. And each county distinctly provides its continuing support. Each county or shire (shown above) has a singular reeve, lord, or noble that dictates how it will behave. And these overseers are even more responsible for the security of the districts since the Kingsguard has been stretched thin.
Still under the eye of the Kingsguard, there are a number of lower nobles that hold some power along its outer edges. Lord Evenil Bailthorn (a half-elf) holds the title as Protector of the Briarwood and garrisons a number of Elvish and half-elven troops in the wood. Of course, the roads are still patrolled and sponsored by the nobility of Glimring and at any given moment you may a group of bannermen loyal to one of the noble houses.
Until recently, this was overseen by the Shire of Longbridge (Brannid Bowsprit), a cruel and power-hungry man, who caused a revolution splitting the city into two factions. In the last year, a war has brewed, dragons have attacked it’s river settlements, and corruption was found amongst many nobles, leading to a people’s revolt. While there is no official lord assigned to Greenspur County, negotiations for the reunification of the city have been handled through a charismatic halfling leader known as Rosco Twiddletoe. It’s thought that he will become the new Reeve or at least, titled to oversee the lands.
Formerly the hunting grounds of the King, it’s administration is overseen by the Lord Hastin Boarheart and Lady Nunnia Foxglove (a human couple). Their estate is along the borders of the forest by the Fox River and they are charged with the upkeep and patrol of the forest. While the Ilkmire technically borders their lands, they rarely send their men south, due to the rampaging lizardfolk clans that inhabit the swamps. They do have a foundry on site that forges the medallions given as hunting permits. A number of elvish families also provide guides and enforcement inside the Foxwoode proper.
Another protected forest under the eye of Glimring, this county was established as a sort of haven for those creatures of the wood requiring protection. There are a number of fey, centaurs, satyrs, and others that roam free in the wood, which can make a perilous place to wander. However, title was given to one centaur clan ages ago (Stonehoofs) and they act as the enforcers of the law. Because of this protection, in times of war, the Stonehoofs have promised to take up the banner of the crown. There is a group of woodsmen at the southern edge of the county which eke out a living by providing the services of a sawmill in the hamlet of Rambley. These men, however, avoid all interaction with the “official” denizens of the forest.
Bordering the western edge of the Blighthollows, the duties of this county fall to the Lord of Doomhold (Currently, Sir Brennid Gambridge). This county is a mix of hills and low forests and can prove quite savage in places. While the wall is primarily maintained by a specially trained force of men and dwarves, the duties outside the wall fall to Gambridge’s men. He maintains a force of some 40 horsemen and about 100 troops, well armored and armed. They provide security to the territories and occasionally cross over into the Eldwydnar to assist the denizens of Pikesford.
Bordering the Strongwater River to the west and Greenspur and Hunterswell Counties to the north, this county covers a great territory and encompasses Ravenswoode. Its protector is the Lady Markand of Greyfinger (Mathra the Crow). She is a wizard of some repute and inherited the land when her father, Daetha, wished to be closer to the Glimring court. She often takes apprentices from Crowden and that particular settlement is very well versed in the magical arts.
Clatterton, famed for its horse trade, is the county seat of Grandvale. The current Reeve of the town is Maquiand Maresworth and is relatively out of touch with the overall county business. His primary task is to manage the noble tournaments which are held in his district. The open lands to the east are currently given to certain knights that do well at tournament but change hands often since so many of them die adventuring. For that reason, the eastern edge of the county next to the Highlake District is oft referred to as the “Crumbles”, since many manors begin but never complete construction.
Home to some of the only true seaport in the kingdom, Westsea is a small district overseen by the Reeve of Westwater, Lord Giddrick the Elf-blooded (half-elven). He is a fair ruler and is primarily concerned with the safety of the port vs. management of the land, which means traveling along Oxenditch or Grey’s Passage can lead to larceny by thieves making their home along the western edges of the Ravenswoode.
This county is home to the great Wheat Sea, an open, wild grassland plain of incredible beauty and bounty. Much of the area is “farmed” by barges gathering the wild grains which are then sold at the Ryeturn Market. Hundreds of years ago, the sea facing village of Cooperswalk was famous for its famous halfling coopers. However, it’s now known as Cooper’s Rest and is primarily a port for farmers to ship their grain up the Strongwater. The mayor of Cooper’s Rest, a halfling named Fandro Barrelrider, acts as the magistrate for port business and administers the rest of Wheatshire’s affairs.
The primary homeland of the Halflings of Edelrend, this territory is host to caravans of families who travel its borders. Two significant settlements remain from ancient times; Millston, once a human village, now the permanent community to halfing fishermen and Holystone, an old church site which has become the only human settlement to be tolerated by the halflings (primarily because it’s the home to a number of Adoh Dumarin, with whom the halflings hold a kinship. The administration of the district is put to a council of families (Bramblebriars, Pebbletreads, Proudburrows, Fiddlefoots, & Taptreads) who elect a representative “wagoneer” for two years. The current representative of the district is Wagoneer Puddlane Pebbletread, an aging halfing with immense influence.
This shire is primarily the Laughing Wood and areas just outside of it. There are no permanent residents of Buckshire, but instead, it plays home to a number of wild elves, halfings and others pledged to the King’s service but disdaining permanent settlement. There are a number of communes amongst the wood, but no one group claims authority over the other. There is a Lord-Reeve (Delk Verenfield) – representing the crown – who holds residence there in a lodge near the Fieldsong Spill. He acts primarily as a judge for any dispute in the shire. His men number less than a dozen and are mostly rangers.
THE LAKE DISTRICTS
Split between the Widow and Maiden’s Lakes are a pair of tenuous territories held by a pair of knights. Making his home in Wickwright Hollow is Sir Harst Hammerflung, who holds the Low Lake District. He is a relatively young knight and is barely managing to hold on to his power there, what with the raids on the Ponderous Path by Suthican raiding parties. To the north is the more established Lady Dragah Lightstrung, a Paladin to Dava. Her shell keep is just outside Brakenthorp and her service to the crown, her church, and her people are unwavering.