Freehold of Shoredale
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Capitol: Shoredale (population: 4,000)
Population: 25,000 (89% Amari, 7% Aeryn, 4% other)
Demi-humans: 8,000 (18% dwarves, 63% elves, 11% halflings, 8% gnomes)
Humanoids: many
Government: Freehold
Current Leader: Baron Stennis Garalt
Coat of Arms: a white horse on a deep purple field.
Imports: vegetables, grain, iron, gems
Exports: fish, livestock, few elvish crafts

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Shoredale is the poorest and most decrepit of the western freeholds. The human town of Shoredale was once the beautiful elvish city of Malanäe, which was abandoned by the Wood-Elves after the fall of Thekarë in 1233/4. When the Wood-Elves dwelt in Malanäe, it was a beautiful city, rich in wealth, arts, and crafts. Now the human civilization there is but a shadow of its former glory, with more than three-fourths of the city abandoned and left as crumbling ruins. As a freehold, Shoredale has never been more than an impoverished Amari colony, made up of crumbling ruins, poverty and despair. Over the centuries, several small groups of poor and bedraggled humans emigrated to the abandoned city and tried unsuccessfully to prosper there. The current leader of the freehold is a disgraced former Ammarindi Baron who fled his native kingdom to escape charges of fraud, theft, and embezzlement. The Baron dwells here in a self-imposed exile and rules over this miserable colony with cruelty and graft. Shoredale city and its surrounding territories see few visitors. The city is accessible from the east via the nearly abandoned Theras-Alerë road or the west via ferry across the Athlan Myr to the city of Durfast. For protection, the Baron maintains a force of three-dozen household guards, and about 150 mercenaries, whose quality and loyalty is questionable to say the least.