The Bloodstone Lands: Legacies
FORMER DUCHY of SORAVIA
Ruling House: None
Present Duke: None
Present Duchess: None
Heir Apparent: None
Family Crest: None (Traditional Soravia crest: Ice-capped Mountain)
Races: Humans, elves, half-orcs
Capital: None (formerly Kinbrace)
General Alignments: NG, CG, N, CN, CE
Standing Military/Militia: None (only bands of independent warriors that protect scattered places of civilization)
Cities/towns: Tokard, Hinterford, Newbelle, Rolene, Thimble, Cutrock, Merkurn, Kinnery, Steppenhall
Important Features: Icelace River, Giantspire Mts., Rawlinswood, vast grasslands and tundra
To east, past the Galena Snake River is the vast cold lands of the once Damaran duchy of Soravia. It was never reunited with the new kingdom and left to its own devices after the Witch-King’s defeat. With marauding bands of goblinoids, barbarians, beasts and the remnants of the Witch-King’s army running unchecked Soravia broke down into a state of anarchy. To this day the surviving peoples of Soravia feel great animosity towards Damara for abandoning them and depriving them of their rightful place in the shining new kingdom of Damara.
Soravia was created by the Witch-King as a buffer zone between his armies and the hordes of goblinoids and barbarians to the east. The Duchy was huge including all the lands west of The Galena Snake River and north of Morov and Polten.
This sounds more impressive than it really is. The vast proportion of this province is rough grassland and barren tundra – cold steppes. Although the land occupies nearly half of all Damara, Soravia can barely support the nearly 10,ooo hardy souls whom live there today.
The Witch-King set up one Ygor as the first Duke of Soravia, but he was dragged through the streets of Kinbrace as soon as the Bloodstone War was over. The people were determined to maintain their independence, and they do not want their territory returned to its previous status of squatters land. Rumors abound that Olwen Forest-Friend, a guerrilla fighter against the Witch-King in Soravia, would be offered the dukeship.
However, the new kingdom of Damara ultimately decided to leave Soravia to it’s own devices. For the war was long and costly in both sons and treasure. Weary of war the population of new Damara heaved a sigh of relief when the new leaders decided not to march into Soravia and clean out the remnants of the witch-King’s defeat armies.
In short time this decision was viewed as an abandonment of the Soravian peoples. Vile resentment soon flared against Damara as raiders, goblinoids and savage Nars preyed upon the former duchy. Civilization broke down, anarchy ruled as the once duchy fractured into small fortified settlements. The cold winters brought starvation and what food there was the raiders would steal along with captives that were never seen again. Olwen fought a guerrilla war against the enemies but they were too many and his starvation weakened men to few. He retreated to the hub settlements and did his best to maintain some small enclave of civilization in a broken land.
Some years later Baron Barrington sent his armies into western Soravia to bring that part of the once duchy under the new kingdom’s reign. The plan fell apart when the army entered Steppenhall. After years of ill-will festering against Damara the Soravians refused to give up their independence to the very kingdom that left them in their current horrid state of affairs.
A half-Nar hero by the name of Cedric the Red rallied the peoples of the surrounding country-side and stood up to the Damarians. They fought hit and run engagements, hiding in the snow blanketed lands, attacking with surprise and retreating before the Damarians had time to organize a counter-attack. In the end the Baron removed his army after realizing the wound between Soravians and Damarians was far to deep for them to rejoin the new kingdom.
For a generation Soravia has fended for itself. Little communication comes from the central portions, only occasional snippets of news. Almost all of that news being bleak. The western part of the former duchy trades food and goods with the Barony of Morov-Ostel, communication is almost constant with them. Dispite the willingness to trade, it is very evident that Soravians still hold a spiteful grudge. The grievous sin of Damara’s abandonment is still fresh in the mind of Soravian survivors and their children.