Freehold of Grüenwald
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Capitol: Grüen (population: 8,000)
Population: 84,000 (74% Vaas, 19% Iskari, 6% Ralani, 1% other)
Demi-humans: 23,000 (63% dwarves, 14% elves, 8% halflings, 15% gnomes)
Humanoids: some
Government: Freehold
Current Leader: Viscount Clydas Quint
Coat of Arms: a red eye on a dark grey field
Exports: gold, iron, stone, mercenaries

The freehold of Grüenwald is a former vassal state of the kingdom of Elyria; located in the Narchion Valley, on the southern shores of the Nolar Vaas. The freehold is one of two freeholds in Irondale; a fiercely-contested region between the nations of Derianor and Elyria. Grüenwald is ruled by greedy despots who aspire to one day conquer not just the Irondale region, but all of Elyria. For many years, Grüenwald has launched frequent military raids into the neighboring Freehold of Arkadia.


The freehold of Grüenwald could not be more unlike its sister vassal state of Arkadia, it is an evil place of misery and despair.

Grüenwald has been a freehold for nearly as long as her western neighbor Arkadia, and is even more powerful. About a century ago, the freehold began to decay when some of the Viscounts who ruled it turned to dark sorcery to further their goals. In the last century, Grüenwald actually invaded Elyria and was only defeated by the narrowest of margins.

The ruling Quint family has long been ambitious and jealous of the monarchy of Elyria, and is constantly seeking another opportunity to perhaps claim the Darkwood Throne for themselves. This is helped by the unstable politics of the Elyrian Dukes, whose constant infighting and squabbling makes the country a ripe target.

At present, the freehold of Grüenwald can wield a force of over 3,000 soldiers when fully mobilized. The two freeholds of Arkadia and Grüenwald are almost constantly at war with one another, and there are many raids and skirmishes in the region.

HISTORY


Grüenwald was founded 700 years ago by a Vaas Noble Lord named Malvenor Grüen. After his death, the House of Grüen ruled the region for many years thereafter. Eventually the House of Grüen was overthrown in a violent rebellion by the rival House of Tunston. About thirty years later, the House of Tunston was destroyed during the Tunston Uprising, and the Freehold was taken over by the House of Quint.