“The Waters, Our Fields”
Whereas House Surtova slowly changed their waterborne ways to focus on their lands and political affairs in Brevoy, House Lodovka has remained strongly interested in maritime affairs. They have steadily grown their fleet of ships in the Lake of Mists and Veils and their influence along their lakeshore lands and the trade routes crossing the waters. House Lodovka claims comparatively little land in the northernmost areas of Brevoy, and much of the land they hold is unsuitable for farming, but the house has many vessels hauling catches of fish and freshwater crabs from the Lake. Lord Kozek Lodovka is at heart a cunning old pirate with a love of the water, looking to do right by his house, his family, and his people.
“Endurance Overcomes All”
The easternmost house, Medvyed claims lands nestled against the Icerime Peaks and the Gronzi Forest, and rules them from the fortress of Stoneclimb in the lower peaks. They are a hardy folk, raisers of mountain goats and sheep, hunters in the Gronzi Forest, and cultivators of what good land can be found on the edges of their harsh territory. The Medvyeds and their people hearken back to the “Old Ways” of worshiping nature in its myriad forms. Isolated forest and mountain shrines to Old Deadeye (and, it is rumored, Lamashtu) are more common than temples of Abadar or Gorum. Lord Gurev Medvyed loves to hunt, ride, and feast with his men, and dotes on his wife and children.
From Eagle’s Watch on the slopes of Mt. Veshka, House Orlovsky seeks to remain above the conflicts in Brevoy, both figuratively and literally. Unfortunately, the house’s role as a staunch ally of House Rogarvia has placed it in an awkward position under the current regime. Thus far, House Orlovsky has refused to acknowledge Noleski Surtova as anything other than Lord Regent in the absence of King Urzen or a true Rogarvian heir, but it is becoming increasingly clear which way the political winds are shifting. Lord Poul Orlovsky will soon be forced to either declare for the man he considers a usurper and opportunist, or seek to overthrow him and claim the Dragonscale Throne for himself (or another he finds worthy). An alliance between Orlovsky, Garess, and Medvyed could divide the nation, and cut the Surtovas’ travel and supply routes between Port Ice and New Stetven, but any such arrangement must be cultivated discreetly.
“Success through Grace”
The Lebedas of Lake Reykal are known as the most “Rostlandic” of Brevoy’s noble houses, having inherited a good deal of Taldan blood and tradition, including a fondness for sword fighting and an appreciation of the finer things. Their family seat of Silverhall is one of the grandest castles in Brevoy, its spires rising above the shores of Lake Reykal. The Lebedas earn and maintain their fortune as merchants and brokers between the northern and southern reaches of Brevoy, and control much of the shipping across the lake. Dame Sarrona Lebeda has ruled the house as regent since the death of her husband and only child, but her grandson Lander is approaching his majority, and soon he will become lord of the house. His older sister Elanna spends a great deal of time representing their house in New Stetven, and rumors claim the Lebedas are looking to arrange a marriage between her and Noleski Surtova. Naturally, rumor has it that Natala Surtova hates the young and charming Elanna Lebeda with a passion.
Saronna Lebeda, Matriarch of House Lebeda
“Strong as the Mountains”
The valleys and lowlands of the Golushkin Mountains are the domain of House Garess, founded on both the defensibility of the mountain terrain and the mineral wealth the house has brought out of the peaks for generations. House Garess once had a profitable alliance with the Stonefist clan of dwarves living in the Golushkin Mountains, serving as brokers of a sort for the ores, metals, and worked goods the Golushkin dwarves produced. Lord Howlan Garess even took Tova Golka, the daughter of the clan-chief of the dwarf hold, as his ward (some say more as a hostage than a guest in Grayhaven Castle). This proved fortunate for young Tova, as Grayhaven lost all contact with the dwarf hold of Golushkin during the same winter as the Vanishing. With his own son Bren lost inside the mountains, Lord Howlan, a widower with no other children, has named Tova his adoptive heir. This has earned the dwarf, now a skilled young warrior in her own right, few friends in Grayhaven.
Howlan Garess, elderly patriarch of House Garess
Tova Golka, sole remaining member of the Stonefist Clan, and adoptive heir to House Garess
Located in the Northern Narlmarches, the banks of the Thorn River are thick with stinging nettles and tangles of sharp brambles. The river itself is relatively narrow, averaging 60 feet in width and 30 feet deep.
The Associates first came across the Thorn River when attempting to track the bandits that escaped from Oleg’s Trading Post. When attempting to cross it, they were attacked by a River Snake. Later, they camped out on it’s northern shore until they saw bandits aboard a raft moving downstream. They engaged the bandits in combat and, once their foes had become entangled in the brambles, lit the thorns aflame, killing most of the bandits.
After some time, the Associates came back down to the Thorn River in their pursuit of Breeg Orlivanch, who had been crushed by his own deadfall trap on the river’s northern shore.
When they departed from Oleg’s on Pharast 4, 4710, the Associates were asked by Sveltana Leveton to retrieve some of the rare and valuable moon radishes, in return for a generous monetary reward.
Upon exploring the north-western corner of the Narlmarches, the Associates discovered a large patch of the moon radishes that were being guarded by a small group of kobolds. After slaying the kobolds, the party took a basketful of the moon radishes back to Oleg’s. The radishes are a semi-previous commodity and can be a fruitful source of income if they are protected from the hungry creatures of the forest.
The most northern section of the Narlmarches was the prowling grounds of the depraved trapper Breeg Orlivanch, who filled the forest with sporadically-placed bear traps, each capable of immobilizing a creature and even severing a limb. When Breeg tricked the Associates by leading them into the glade and abandoning them, he expected them to not make it out alive; however, while Nixfae was gravely injured, the entire party managed to escape the treacherous area.
With Breeg dead, it’s hard to know how many traps are still lying in wait. It would take a concerted effort and a quite a bit of time to comb through the section of the forest in search of the traps.
(4) Kobold Warrior 1
Location: North-western Narlmarches, in a Moon Radish patch
Upon stumbling across a Moon Radish patch, the Associates discovered that it is currently inhabited by four small kobolds. The kobolds were quick to squeal and take up arms to defend what they saw as their radish patch. While Trucceius tried to be diplomatic, he couldn’t speak their Draconic language. The only member of the party who could communicate with them was the gnome Nixfae, whose personal hatred for kobolds hindered any possible diplomacy. He berated and threatened the small reptilians until they attacked, however the combat was short lived and the Associates quickly killed them.
Male Human Ranger 2
Location: Dead (Along the shores of the Thorn River)
Breeg was a depraved trapper who managed to carve out his own area of the Narlmarches to skin any animals that became trapped in his wicked bear traps. However, he detested the rest of society and became protective of his glade, going as far as to quietly dispense of any other hunters or travelers who tried to travel through his portion of the woods.
Breeg wasn’t happy in the least when he heard that explorers had come to chart the Greenbelt, but when they asked him to help them navigate the Narlmarches, he saw his chance to rid himself of future trouble. He lead them to the most trap-laden portion of his glade and rode away, abandoning them to what he thought was certain death. Afterwards, he rode south to the shores of the Thorn River, where he was somehow crushed by logs from his own deadfall trap. The Associate Nixfae discovered that someone else may have triggered the deadfall to fall on Breeg.