Freehold of Trevalia
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Capitol: Ansilay (population 4,000)
Population: 38,000 (92% Thann, 7% Adari, 1% other)
Demi-humans: 16,000 (78% dwarves, 2% elves, 10% halflings, 10% gnomes)
Humanoids: many
Government: Freehold
Current Leader: Viscount Galen Trevalio
Coat of Arms: a black fleur-di-lis on a violet field
Exports: Bloodstones, iron, Dwarf-crafts

Trevalia is a large independent freehold located deep within the center of the Snowcrown Mountains; in the secluded, but strategically valuable, Ansilay Valley. The Freehold is also home to the only remaining entrance to the famed Bloodstone Mines of the lost dwarven realm of Kronar.

Borders


The freehold of Trevalia is completely encircled by the massive peaks of the Salakrün Mountains, but there are three main entrances. To the north of the freehold lies the hostile Morovar Pass, leading to the realm of Morgoth. This passage is protected by the ancient Dwarf-Gate. To the south of Trevalia lies Waymeet Pass, leading to the kingdom of Gwynne. This passage is protected by the Bloodstone Gate. Finally, at the western edge of the valley, lies Trailsend; a rubble-strewn roadway that leads to the ancient ruins of the dwarven city of Krone Feyr.

Politics


Presently, Trevalia is independent, but maintains close relations with the royal court of Gwynne. This is due to the fact that Gwynne is the freehold's only remaining trading partner. The Freehold is ruled by an ancient noble family; the House of Trevalio. The current ruler of the Trevalia is Viscount Galen Trevalio, who is widely respected as a fair and just ruler.

Military


To protect the freehold’s territory; the Viscount has at his command a force of 500 mercenary soldiers. These troops are a mixture of both human and dwarven warriors, who garrison both the northern and southern gates at the freehold borders, patrol the interior, and escort travelers and caravans going north and south through the freehold between Morgoth and Gwynne.

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In return for tolls, the freehold guarantees safe passage along the Ansilay Road that runs south from the city of Kuldhûr all the way to the Gwynnish capitol of Ashara. Recently, Trevalia has been pressured by the Royal Court of Gwynne, and life in the high mountain valley is harder than it used to be.

Bloodstone Mining


A second major source of revenue for the Freehold is the trade in Bloodstones. These precious gems are still extracted from the upper Bloodstone Mines, located in the Ansilay Valley, although at a fraction of the volume of the ancient Dwarven mines of Kronar.

Recent Troubles


For the past several years, the Freehold has been going through difficult times. Once supported by the nation of Gwynne, Trevalia is now completely on its own; militarily and politically. The northern end of the freehold has been infiltrated by a growing number of bandits and brigands, led by a mysterious figure known only as the: "Grandfather of Assassins."

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The Viscount has tried to avoid bloodshed by negotiating with the bandits, but every year their demands for tribute grow higher and higher. Soon the Bandit army will be strong enough to assault the fortified town of Ansilay and take the freehold over for themselves.

Local History


For centuries, the story of the Bloodstone Valley was simply the story of the Dwarven realm of Kronar. The valley attracted little attention from anyone outside the mountainous barricades of the region. In the late Third Age, early groups of ethnic Thann gathered in scattered communities of hunters, trappers, and farmers, all pitifully poor and eking out a squalid, uninteresting existence.

Over time, these Thannish human tribes banded together in the Heartlands region and founded the great human kingdom of Rhodara. Over the years, the Rhodarans expanded north from their city of Ashara into the Bloodstone Valley, where they encountered the dwarves of Kronar. Eventually, King Robar and the dwarven King Ormethar met and formed an alliance of friendship, and for many years there was much profitable trade between the Thannish and the dwarves.

Long before the present settlement of Ansilay existed, there was a dwarvish colony called Skörvos; built in the very same location. Skörvos was a small dwarvish colony of Kronar; but also a successful trading post in its own right. As the trade between Rhodara and Kronar grew, more humans began moving into the aptly-named Bloodstone Valley.

In the year, 250/4 the dwarves allowed the Thanns to set up their own small independent settlement inside the Bloodstone Valley; this became known as the "Barony of Bloodstone." The Thannish lord who was sent by Rhodara to rule this barony was none other than Baron Ansilay Trevalio.

For many years thereafter, the human-dwarf trade prospered. The dwarves used their wealth and skills to build the fantastic Dun-Tharos; the famous 'Dwarf-Gate." This fortification guarded the Bloodstone Valley from northern invasion.

Sadly, this prosperous period did not last. In the year 1087 of the Fourth Age, Alokkair sent a huge army of orcs into the valley. Skörvos was overrun and destroyed and, soon after, the city of Krone Feyr fell and the entire dwarven realm of Kronar collapsed.

Making matters worse, the humans in the region were thrown into complete disarray when their mother-kingdom of Rhodara, under the ruler-ship of the infamous 'Mad-King' Gayorg, was also torn apart by war and destroyed.

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Establishment of the Freehold of Trevalia


In the wake of the Cataclysm, King Garth Baldurin of Gwynne needed new sources of wealth for his new kingdom, so he turned to Devan Trevalio; patriarch of an old Gwynnish noble family, and a descendant of the original founder of the long-lost "Barony of Bloodstone." King Garth granted Devan leave to re-establish a trading colony in the Bloodstone Valley, which had lain vacant for centuries after the fall of Kronar. It was the King's hope that this colony would produce wealth for Gwynne from both its strategic location and the mining of the famed Bloodstones found in scattered, local deposits in the valley.

The colony was indeed successful, and in the Year 0027 of the Sixth Age, King Garth granted Devan the title of "Viscount" and the Freehold of Trevalia was officially established. All subsequent rulers of the Freehold have held this title ever since.