Engweald (The Western Isle)
The kingdom of Valoreign is comprised of many islands, the largest of which is Engweald. The island has cold mountains, rugged hills, and chilly moors to the north. As one travels south, the land becomes more fertile, giving way to fog-shrouded forests, misty meadows, and rain-drenched farmland.
Duchy of Brightmeadows: The tracts of farmland and forest that lie east and south of the capital comprise this duchy, which is overseen by an attentive and beloved Duke Quentin Gallomere. Gallomere’s land also surrounds a number of smaller counties and earldoms presided over by noble landowners. Brightmeadows is also home to Jacqueline Vicard of the Council of Magi.
Duchy of Hundredhill: Often abbreviated as “Dredhill,” this duchy is aptly named, for the land throughout rises and falls, forming a seemingly endless range of wooded hills and fog-shrouded valleys. Many of the hilltops are dotted with villages as well as stone fortresses that guard against monstrous incursions from the northwest. The Duchess of Dredhill is Jessica Farncox . Hundredhill is also home to Magnus Filgray of the Council of Magi.
Duchy of Spearpoint: Countless battles against orcs and giants have waged throughout this sparsely wooded hinterland, which is overseen by a steely Knight of the Flame named Duke George Augustguard, whose hatred of orckind knows no bounds. Spearpoint is also home to Millicent Hawksworth of the Council of Magi. The southern border of Spearpoint has a fortified wall stretching across it. Built by humans and dwarves to protect southern Engweald, it’s defended both by Duke George Augustguard’s knights as well as Knights of the Hearth from Hundredhill.
Duchy of Torskott: This cold, untamed hinterland has a few scattered villages and quarries far removed from the watchful eye of the king, but tended to with all due diligence by Duke Agravain Rothbreed and his fellow Knights of the Flame. The village of Orc’s Head has particular strategic importance, since it watches over the mountainous domains of the orc and giant kings. Orc’s Head is also home to the wizard Corwin Strome of the Council of Magi. He and Duke agravain have an unsettled past.
Duchy of Warfield: This fertile lands north and west of Valorstand is dotted with villages and abbeys that swear fealty to the Manticore King. Duke Everley Livingwood presides over the land in the king’s name, but leaves its protection to the Knights of the Hearth who serve under him. The duke’s holdings also surround a number of smaller counties and earldoms presided over by noble landowners. Warfield is also home to Elliot Lynch of the Council of Magi.
Dwarf Crown, The: This tight cluster of mountains in northern Valoreign so resembles a crown that it well deserves its name. Beneath the Dwarf Crown, far below the surface, lies the city-kingdom of Skorinholm.
Norn: The storm-ravaged northern peninsula of Engweald is a cold, inhospitable place.
Skorinholm (dwarven city-kingdom): Population 7,500. The ancestral home of Skorin, the First King of the dwarves, has grown over the centuries into a sprawling underground labyrinth, the primary entrance to which is a heavily fortified (and oft-besieged) mountainside fortress on the surface called Skorin’s Gate, which bears the scars of many battles against orcs and giants. The reigning king of the dwarves is actually a queen: the indomitable and intractable Vyorna Mithralvein.
Thane Holds of Invernia: Surface-dwelling hill dwarves call this rugged, icy domain home. Their forges and dark domiciles are chiseled out of hillsides, and their domain is separated from the Duchy of Torskott by a mighty granite wall that stretches from the Dwarf Crown to the eastern shore. Invernia has no ruler, per se; rather, the land is divided among greedy dwarf thanes with blood-ties to the mightiest clans of Skorinholm.
Valorstand (capital city): Population 25,000. A gray wall topped with iron battlements, guardhouses, and dragon-shaped gargoyles surrounds the great city on the hill, upon which is perched the royal keep of Dragonroost, the Mancery (the tower of the Council of Magi), and St. Auvalon’s Cathedral. Outside the city is the Wyvern’s Tail, a winding river with sprawling farmland on both sides of it.
Iyarlaan (The Eastern Isle)
The large island east of Engweald is a verdant paradise nestled between wooded hills. Although much of the land is under the king’s control, vast tracts of wilderness are home to the wild, untamed berserker tribes.
Berserker Lands, The: The berserker tribes call this verdant expanse home, and the rolling hills and timeworn mountains are dotted with their primitive strongholds and villages. Meanwhile, Valish knights astride hippogriffs monitor the Iyarish strongholds from the clouds, with strict orders from the Duchess of Gorgonhold not to anger the berserkers or stir up conflict. For now, the berserker tribes are content to let their enemies watch from the skies while they sharpen their weapons, strengthen their defenses, and wait for their warrior- chieftains to lead them once more into battle against the knights and wizards of Valoreign. The warrior- chieftains are always the strongest members of their respective tribes, which number anywhere from 200 to 2,000. The berserkers, like their age-old enemies, are also dealing with the aftermath of the Night of Wild Magic,which imbued many of them with strange abilities and ghastly deformities. Most of the tribal druids agree that the “Storm of Fire” was sent by Imix, the Great Elemental Flame, to reward the strong and punish the weak.
Duchy of Gorgonhold: This duchy was formed in 1280 after the Gorgon King’s victory over the indigenous berserker tribes in the Battle of the Red Skies. Protecting the farms and foundling villages of this realm is the Duchess of Gorgonhold, Duchess Margery Blackwood, and the knight cavaliers of Order of the Hearth. Gorgonhold is also home to Llewellyn Dragonstaff of the Council of Magi.
Duchy of Westreach: The king’s foothold in Iyarlaan is a rich domain populated by an adventurous breed of settlers from Engweald, whose interests and holdings are tended to by a formidable Knight of the Hearth named Duke Tywin Stonebardand his eldritch knights, all of them wealthy earls with coastal estates. Westreach is also home to the duke’s third wife, Alicia Thistledown, the youngest member of the Council of Magi.
Shadowcrowns, The: This primeval forest, the largest in all of Valoreign, is home to the Iyarlandar wood elves, as well as treants, dryads, satyrs, druids, and ancient supernatural monsters. Berserker tribesfolk come here to hunt as part of their rites of passage, but otherwise the domain is largely avoided. Rangers from the Duchy of Gorgonhold also come here to treat with the wood elves and test their mettle.