Brindol
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(pop: 8,500) Brindol is the largest human city in Elsir Vale; a rural, sparsely settled region of the Barrens.


Brindol is a bustling, independent city in the heart of the Elsir Vale. Merchants come from all corners of the Vale to do business inside the walls of the river city. Not only is Brindol a hub of commerce, but it has historical import as well; for it was here that the survivors of the fallen Freehold of Rhestin re-settled once their great city of Rhest was lost.

The city is ruled by Baron Kerden Jarmaath, but also has an advisory council, two thirds of whom are hereditary landlords and the remainder of whom are guild masters from the city's important trade guilds. The city has 250 professional soldiers under arms at all times, with about one-quarter on duty at any given time. If need arises, the city can call up a force of 500 lightly-equipped, poorly trained militia.

Brindol is well know for its production of fine wines and cheeses. The country side to the North yields olives and grapes. Along the river are many orchards of oranges and lemons. The South is rich with grain and wheat.

Merchant caravans come to Brindol three or four times a year, bringing with them rare goods, collected throughout the year.

History


Brindol was founded several hundred years ago by the survivors of the fallen Freehold of Rhestin, who were forced to abandon their city of Rhest and flee south when the region was encroached by the marshes of the Blackfens.