Friday, April 20, 2018

Harn (thane)

Part of the Queendom of Harnia, the Harn Thane is the more populated of the queendom's two divisions. The region is largely high country relative to the region's surroundings and a noted source for rivers flowing west, north and east.

The thane has a total area of 42 hexes, with a density of 8,687 persons per hex. The valley of the Sura River is intensely cultivated. Harn Thane is bounded on the east, south and west by the Jagatai Empire (Inzaria, Volkstan & Uvaria); on the northwest by the Grand Duchy of Moscovy (Tambov & Ryazan); and on the north by the Archthane of Seraphina. It has a population of 364,859.


Harn was explored by gnomes in the late 4th century AD, with the outpost of Harn being founded in 404. For two centuries, the land was primarily a source for furs, for which the gnomes of the area competed with gnolls who adventured in the area. Bortrun began as a saltworks in 547. Good lands brought more settlers in the 7th century, leading to the founding of Vallin and Tarrum. During the century thereafter, the land would become fortified and a defensive center of the Vepsian Empire. Harn would become famous for its military academy and for the making of tools. Precision industries such as gemcutting and clockmaking would make the gnomes here famous as far away as Italy or Persia.

With the fall of the Vepsians, Harnia became a defensive fortress, accepting refugees from throughout the empire. The thane became heavily populated by gnomes, who in turn adopted a culture of military arts. All gnomes of 15 years of age in Harnia are sent to spend a year in the army, usually training in either Harn or Haraduin (the latter military school founded in 1002, after the Vepsian Empire had collapsed). As such, even the least citizen of the Queendom will tend to be combat trained. An exception will be those have trained to be illusionists.



There are two market cities within the thane, the City of Harn and Bortrun.

The north road from Harnia, through Seraphis, connects with the river harbour of Pavlovo on the Volga River (within Moscovy), enabling Harn to trade with Nizhne-Novgorod, Shuya, Vladimir and Pereslavl-Ryazan, all important river markets. The west road enables trade with Kozlov and Tambov in the County of Tambov, and thence to the Don River at Voronezh. East trade is passed through the market at Bortrun.

References for local goods in the City of Harn include those produced in Seraphina:

Bortrun trades principally with Volki on the Volga river (to the south), an important river port that allows trade with the orcish Jagatai Empire. Trade agreements in Bortrun permit a limited number of orc traders to enter and do business peaceably in the city's market. References for local goods in Bortrun are as follows:

See sheet maps C 04 ~ Upper Volga, D 04 ~ Don & Volga Rivers and D 05 ~ Buzachistan.


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