NaNoWriMo Warm up #5

Posted: 12/10/2011 in Uncategorized

For each of these NaNoWriMo, warm-ups, I will be sharing something that I’ve thought about and written. Most of this is done by hand, and is part of a “morning page” process. What that means is that this is thoroughly uneditted. The roughest of the rough draft, and extremely raw, explosive creativity written on pages. Since I am not trying to pick out what is “good” in these, it is up to the readers of this blog to do so. The more input I get from readers, the better this year’s novel will be. So thank you in advance, for helping my crowd source this. I am not looking for what you think is bad or terrible. Chances are, I see that too. I’m looking for what you think is good, and interesting, and then I will do more of that. That said, here goes.

Another Fantasy Setting:

Campaign World: The Northern Province

The Northern Province is south of the the series of city states.  It remains part of the old empire, which the city states gained independence from centuries ago.

Before the growth of the old empire, the Northern Province was little more than tiny, dark age, kingdoms and clans that were not united. Villages and towns were loyal to a particular Lord who was strong enough to offer military protection against the bands hobgoblins and gnolls that were common in this area.  As the empire spread from its home in the south, few of the Lords were able to offer much resistance to large military power.  Their only experience had been gathering militia, with a few knights, to defend against semi-organized bands of raiders.

The largest of most powerful of these Lords did manage to rally many of his comrades against the expanding empire.  They made a stand at his fortified castle.  Despite his efforts, the armies proved to much and was forced to broker peace, and allowed to keep his throne.  After his death, the castle he defended grew into a town.  It bears his name still and is known as Anderloch’s Stand.

Anderloch left no male heir, and his nephew succeeded him.  He took control of the throne at the age of fifteen.  The nephew, who had been raised in a now conquered territory, solidified Anderloch Stand’s in the place of the empire.  He petitioned for the construction of an aqueduct, which was built with imperial funds and local labor.  The Aqueduct was both symbolic and practical.  Aderloch’s Stand grew from a small town to a bustling city.

The Northern Province today remains dominated by Anderloch’s Stand.  There are several smaller agricultural communities scattered around the plains and hills.  Additionally, many ruins of castles and palaces -left overs from the time of conquest- can be found in this area.  A mountain fortress stands watch over the mountain pass leading beyond the mountains.  Hobgoblins still dwell in many caves near the mountains.  One other city, Ratillatom grew near the forests and around the reconstructed ruins of another long defeated ruler.

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