Free Palatinate of Dyrwood
History[edit | edit source]
Historically, it was once a colony and later a large, remote duchy of the Aedyr Empire. Led by their duke, Admeth Hadret, the people successfully fought for their independence over an excessively burdensome campaign to colonize the dangerous ruins of Eír Glanfath on behalf of the empire. After the Dyrwoodan war for independence, the Dyrwood officially stopped the Aedyr Empire's practice of exploring and plundering Eir Glanfath's sacred ruins, an act that had sparked previous wars. Later it fought the Saint's War.
Society[edit | edit source]
Most residents of the Dyrwood are Aedyr humans, elves, and dwarves, but many are also culturally integrated orlans or children of Glanfathan elves. Although slavery is no longer legal in the Dyrwood, many Glanfathan orlans and a few elves still work/serve in a state that is little better than slavery. Because Dyrwoodans sneer at appeals to authority, locals who dislike the state of affairs often feel that they have to take care of it themselves or do nothing at all (usually the latter).
Dyrwoodans have a strong sense of nationalism due to the revolution, despite the fact that they are no longer, properly speaking, a palatinate (nor a duchy), they continue to refer to their home as a "Free Palatinate" out of pride. Despite having fought a war with the Aedyr Empire in the past, they are now trading partners and have maintained few grudges. Their one continued point of contention is exploration and colonization of Eír Glanfath, which Aedyr continues to push through official and unofficial means.
- Dyrwoodan virtues: independence, perseverance, sacrifice, communal hospitality, and vigilantism/feuding.
- Dyrwoodan vices: servility, shirking (responsibilities), selfishness, lingering (near Engwithan ruins), "facepainting" (pejorative term for sympathizing with/acting like a Glanfathan).
Government[edit | edit source]
Dyrwood is an elective monarchy lead by a Duc and before their independence they were ruled by a gréf of the Aedyr Empire appointed by the fercönyng. During the rebellion, the gréf followed the example of the Vailian Republics and declared himself the duc of the "free" palatinate. After his death during the closing of the revolution, the remaining erls of the Dyrwood elected his son to be the next duc.
Not all ducs of the Dyrwood have been from the Hadret family, but they are all elected by the seven hereditary erls.. Before the revolution there were 9 erldoms but two were dissolved after the revolution, leaving seven erldoms:
|Baelreach||Ethgowr||Party per fess embattled vert and argent, two estoiles or.||Defiance Bay, Forked vale, Dyrford and Baelreach.|
|Coldwater||Ungradr||Chequy bleu celeste and argent, a falcon perched gules.||from the Grasp in the West to Cold Morn in the East|
|The Grasp||Bademar||Geiran's Grasp, New Heomar, Gilded Vale and the ruins of Caed Nua.|
|Helsgate||Manhem||Party per chevron sable and gules, a dragon rampant sinister counter-charged.||Hel's Gate Citadel, Road's End and most of the land north of Pearlwood Bay, but excluding Gilded Vale.|
|Norwaech||Rafendr(pronunciation: RAH-ven-dur)||party per pale vert and azure overall a tower argent.||New Yarma, Godhammer Citadel (formerly Halgot Citadel), and the isolated Hangman’s Abbey.|
|Tenferths||Echo Bay, Fleetbreaker Castle, and King’s Lantern.|
|Yenwood||Gathbin||Party per fess dancetty gules and bleu celeste, an oak tree eradicated counter-charged.||Formerly encompassing Gilded Vale, Caed Nua and Maragans Fork|
Military[edit | edit source]
There are quite a few military structures/fortified areas in the Dyrwood ranging from fortified cities to castles. The Dyrwood does not have a standing army, but many erls keep professional soldiers organized in groups the size of a platoon or (for high-conflict areas) a company even during peacetime. These professional armies serve their employers, who often are nobles (though sometimes simply wealthy individuals). Of course, all of those nobles pledge to serve the will of the duc. This does not always work in practice. When nobles levy armies in the Dyrwood, the only lawfully do so under a ducal order of conscription. The service that peasants pledge is to the duc and their country, not individual nobles. In practice, they always serve under regional nobles(typically erls and thayns).
The army is structured similar to real life armies, though there are a few differences. The "lieutenant" rank in the Dyrwood uses the title "steadman" but is functionally the same. And there are no subdivisions of steadman, sergeant, or corporal ranks.
Notable Locations[edit | edit source]
- Defiance Bay – capital and largest city of the Free Palatinate of Dyrwood. Located on the west coast, the port city is gateway to the riches of Eír Glanfath.
- Gilded Vale – grain producing area northwest of Defiance Bay.
- Dyrford Village – isolated town in the eastern part of the Dyrwood.
- Anslög's Compass – Named for a rocky stretch of land which theoretically resembles a sundial, this lagoon provides decent fishing for both brave Dyrwoodans and a local contingent of Xaurips. More than one ship has met its end upon the nearby reef, and debris occasionally washes ashore from the wreckage.
- New Heomar – a port city in the northern part of the Free Palatinate of Dyrwood.
- New Yarma – city near the border to Readceras.
- Mercy Vale – a village that was destroyed during the Saint's War.
- Caed Nua – a stronghold directly above the Endless Paths of Od Nua
Ingame Books[edit | edit source]
- The Doughty Burglar: A Dyrwoodan Farce, Part 1
- The Doughty Burglar: A Dyrwoodan Farce, Part 2
- The Dyrwood, Part 1: Early Colonial History
- The Dyrwood, Part 2: The Broken Stone War
- The Dyrwood, Part 3: The War of Black Trees and the Rise of Admeth Hadret
- The Dyrwood, Part 4: Hadret's Rebellion
- The Dyrwood, Part 5: The Proliferation of Animancy
- The Dyrwood, Part 6: The Saint's War and Waidwen's Legacy
Gallery[edit | edit source]
a Xaurip hut at Anslog's Compass.
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