The Arluenian Throne
Duchy of Rondel
Kaswick island is the largest island in the Southern Arlish sea however it is dwarfed by both Holt and Iyaarlaan, and but is the only island to contain a lone duchy, which is named Rondel. Kaswick is nicknamed “Big Brother” due to it’s proximity to the Three Sister for Kaswick is not named after the Older Brother of a Markish King as some locals belive. Before the Markish invasion this Island population was dominantly Orchish with only scattered human and halfling tribes dwelling in the fringes of the island. In 462 Devtar the Thirsty a Stone King from Blacktyde saught to expand his domain, landing on Kaswick’s Northernmost shore, Devtar made common cause with the Human Tribes and Halfling Nomads to war with the Orcish Chieftains. The War raged for 4 years but the Blacktyde Raiders proved to much for the Orcs which were driven deep into the Dredhills and forced into the Smallwaters. The native tribes expected Blacktyde Raiders to set up one of their own as the leader as the King of Kaswick but instead they had just exchanged one tyrant for another and they dwelled under Blacktyde rule until the Markish Empire invaded in 512. When they arrived the oppressed Rondel Tribe lead the rebellion against the Blacktydes and sided with the Markish for this they were aloud to choose their own leader and they named Garold Hallion as their Lord and his descendants have ruled since. After the Fall The Raven King granted Augustus the Kinslayers wish for Rondel to be answerable only to the crown and Augustus Hallion became the first Duke of Rondel in 831
Whetstone Keep: Located in the northernmost county of the Rondel many speculate how long this ancient Keep has stood vigil over the Kaswick Coast. Many believe it was built to warn against any attack from Blacktyde Raiders, but Archmage Castor believed the Castle to predate the Blacktydes by nearly 75 years implying that the Castle was built for some other purpose. Archmage Castor was the Keep’s last known occupant and he disappeared over 20 years ago. Recently a small group of indivduals claiming ownership over the Keep or occupying it though they dispute amongst each other who the true owner is.
Kelter: (Population 200) Is the a small village built alongside the nearby Kelter river it’s namesake. Kelter is known for it’s apple orchards though they are non functional this late in the year. Despite it’s close proximity to both the Witchwood and the Dredhills Kelter is relatively peaceful and maintains only a token force of guardsmen in peace times.
Rivertown (Population 3000) The largest and most affluent town in Rondel Rivertown is built at the crossing of three rivers, the Kelter river, the Kaswick river and the Small river. Rivertown formed around the Whitestaff Acadamy, with it’s first occupants farming and fishing for the mages. More and more villagers abandoned their hamlets and begun gathering around the Academy for protection that the mages offered them against Orc raiders. The growing population lead Leon Rivers to build a stout keep and modest walls around the town, which quickly began to expand and eventually overtook the rivers southern crossing as well, where Samuel Rivers had construction begin of a bridge to close the gap between the two parts of the city. The Smallwaters Orc tribe has always claimed that Rivertown stands over sacred Orcish lands and in recent years they have gotten bolder ever since the Whitestaff Acadamy was abandoned and transformed into a bards college.
Worg’s Bane Tower: When Kelter was sacked in 1311 Duke Allard Hallion commanded something be done to protect the town as it’s population was steadily growing. He beilived that if the town had been given warning about the Orcs then perhaps they would have been able to fend off the raiders so he commanded that a tower be built on a highhill which was to be maned by a trio of skilled Rangers who could take the fight to the Orcs if needed. Lately the Tower has fallen into disrepair and has housed only a single occupant whether that be the late Tall John or his replacement Xavril Davalmir.
Narshire: (Population 1500) Both the Spiritual and Military capital of Rondel Narshire houses both the St. Jeremiah Cathedral and Halsfort which are located within ruined walls of the city. Built along the Rondel road Narshire boasts protection of a massive farmland around it with only a small population dwelling within the crumbling walls. Duke Quentin Hallion has taken to restoring the walls of the town recently while Bishop Nigel II is seeking to decrease taxes on Rondel trade using his considerable influence to treat with Lord Bonifer the Holy. With these to men at the helm of Rondel and Narshire many believe that the town has nowhere to go but up.
Port Kessel (Population 2000) Larger than the capital but still considerably smaller than it’s sister city of Rivertown. Built to capitalize; on the influx of trade to Rivertown Port Kessel provides safe passage for the traders who wish to head to Rivertown and allows larger vessels to sell their wares without sailing down the treacherous waters of the Kaswick River. Ruled by the senile Lord Archibald Kessel, a man noticeably without any heirs, when he dies his considerable wealth and lands must be granted to some other loyal servant of the Duke and many lesser nobles have their eyes on this prize.