The Rise of The Fallen
Occupied Calyeron/New Baradan
|Dreok the Bandit was the terror of northern Calyeron. For years his band of brigands stalked the land routes, raided settlements, and made the Leban Woods a dangerous place to travel through. But when the Baradani invaded, Dreok turned his attention from banditry to warfare. His bandits became guerrilla fighters, harrying the Baradani lines, even coming to the aid of settlements he’d raided in the past. Eventually the cursed Racan Twice-Wounded was tasked with hunting Dreok down. There was a mighty battle, and Racan managed to rip Dreok’s throat wide open, nearly decapitating him. But the dwarf fought on, and returned the favor by taking Racan’s right eye before calling on his forces to scatter into the wood. The Baradani may call the battle a triumph for themselves, but Racan is now Thrice-Wounded, and Dreok Cutthroat still lives, harrying their lines with his band. He was beaten, but never defeated. So is it with us.|
- Description: This patch of Elondaron has changed hands quite often since The Elondaron Campaigns. Originally part of Ondaron, this patch of territory has been split, squashed, and fought over a number of times, both because of its strategic importance and because it contains quite a number of useful resources.
To begin with, this region has several natural sources of useful metal. Compared to the metal poor Ondaron and Baradan, Occupied Calyeron has an abundance of iron, including high-quality ore useful in weapons and construction. It also houses manufacturing plants for high-quality steel, which was one of the region’s most important exports before the Baradani invasion. Like the rest of Calyeron, there are significant coal deposits here as well, which is one reason the steel produced here is so good (as quality coke can be easily obtained). The timber industry also thrives, as Occupied Calyeron borders the Leban Woods. The land is also known for its abundance of fruit-bearing trees and is famed for its olives.
The strategic location of Occupied Calyeron has lead to it being attacked a number of times, most recently during The Calyeron-Baradan War of 192 – 196 ACW. Baradan claims all the lands north of the Carn Bannog river, but it doesn’t actually have the hearts and minds of the populace, and most of Baradan’s control is limited to the northern towns along the Boneavon River. The Cayleri underclass continually raids Baradani outposts, sabotage the construction of Newcastle (which is being built as a status symbol of Baradan’s rule), and generally make life miserable for the occupiers, and it’s clear the Calyeri consider the matter far from settled.
- Advantages: Metal Rich, Abundant Population, Abundant Natural Resources, Exceptional Product
- Disadvantages: Mixed population, Occupied, Exposed Location
- Government: Military occupation
- Capital: Currently Caer Calrann, though the Baradani hope that Newcastle will be the center of the new regime eventually.
- Major cities: Cael Calrann, Newcastle,
- Major Regions: The Boneavon River
- Alignment: LN occupation dealing with NE insurgency
NPC (Calyeron) Dreok Cutthroat [CE Adult Male Ironroot Dwarf Rogue/Barbarian]
Appearance: Dreok Cutthroat is a powerfully-built dwarf with rusty red hair that is bushy even by dwarven standards. He’s often dressed in leathers and hides, and wears lots of jewelry in the form of earrings, facial piercings, and bands of precious metal woven into the braids of his beard. He has golden teeth and speaks in a harsh whisper, and he sometimes rubs the scar on his neck when moody or pensive.
Portrayal: Dreok is loud, brash, and amoral. He enjoys wine, women, and wealth, and seeks to acquire those three things above all others—save the defense of Calyeron from the invading Baradani. He’s prone to bouts introspective brooding, and just as prone to violent shifts in temper, but in general prefers to be a genial host and larger-than-life presence.
Hook: Dreok Cutthroat is a bandit who haunts northern Calyeron with his merrimen. The Cutthroats have a vicious reputation—those who refuse to hand over their goods, or even so much as offer the slightest resistance, are slain out of hand. But Dreok saves most of his band’s fury for the Baradani invaders, whom he detests above all others.
Belief: The Calyeri believe that other nations have stolen what they, as the true heirs of the Kelsenon Empire and the Great Church, rightly deserve. The Baradani believe that they are the protectors of justice, charged by the Lion of Heaven to unite the world under his banner.
Main Goal: The Calyeri seek to eject the conquerors from their land. The Baradani want to harvest the resources of the occupied lands.
Contradictory Goal: The Baradani want to bring the Calyeri into their culture and convert them to the worship of The Lion of Heaven as head of the pantheon. The Calyeri want to survive with their culture and heritage intact, even if it means sometimes working with the occupiers.
Rituals: The Baradani despise intoxicants and have banned the sale and distribution of Sweetblood in New Baradan, and have tried to encourage use of their baptism ceremonies in Sweetblood’s place. The Calyeri have taken to going to baptisms then immediately seeking out “sacred speakeasies” for Sweetblood rituals. Clayeri smugglers and clandestine Sweetblood distillers, called “Bloodfingers” for the wine stains on their hands from their illicit products, are treated very harshly by the Baradani. It’s generally considered a death sentence to be “caught red-handed” in Occupied Calyeron.