Angmark

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  • Population: 53,458 (84% Saxa, 10% Anari, 5% engro, 1% frostborn)
  • Ruler: Cyning Knui Gillingsunu
  • Religion: Neorthe, Freo, Thunor, Eostre
  • Imports: Cloth, iron, pottery
  • Exports: Fish, furs, salt, timber, whale oil

Background

Western-most of the Marklands, Angmark once formed part of the Anari Empire before the Saxa migrated here.No Saxa ever dwelt here before, and the name of the local people has been erased from memory. Following the Blizzard War, the realm was deserted and remained that way for the better part of two centuries. Dotted throughout the landscape are numerous ruins of shattered villages, collapsed towns, and crumbling castles and towers.

Modern Angmark owes its existence to a distant descendant of Cyning Knui. The first Saxa settlers sought to exploit the untapped natural resources of Angarion, and swiftly claimed a large tract of land bordering the forest as their own.

The elves of Angarion had other ideas. After several bloody confrontations (all of which the Saxa lost), the cyning, Snorri Adricsunu, camped outside the forest with his army and demanded the surrender of the Shining King, lest his forces burn the forest. A week later, having had no response, Snorri ordered the camp broken, giving no reason other than it would not be in the interests of his people to anger the elves. Many of his warriors suspected he had been bewitched by some great elven magic, though his clerics could find no trace of any charm or compulsion placed on him. Since that day, the Saxa and elves have lived peacefully as neighbors. After Snorri’s death, it became forbidden by royal law (a law swiftly approved by the Saxa High Cyning) for any member of the ruling family to set foot inside Angarion, though no one alive today remembers why this is so.

Angmark survives by fi shing the rich coastal waters, felling lumber from the Stone Forest, and selling furs. It maintains a trading partnership with Karad Iarn, though the dwarves have made no other overtures of friendship toward the humans.

Orcs frequently raid the northern region, and do so in ever-increasing numbers. Although the northern border technically extends deep into the foothills of the Icebarrier Mountains, Cyning Knui’s father, Gilling Halfdansunu, began the construction of a mighty fortification, the Scieldvollr (Shieldwall) further south. Only trappers and a few hardy farmers live north of this barrier. To most other citizens, this distant region of Angmark is foreign territory, and whatever wishes to live is welcome to the inhospitable terrain.

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Angmark

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