Settlements and Sites of the Four City-States #145
May 25th, 2023
Name: Berian Manor
Location: Southwest corner of Noldrune, center of County Berian.
Population (approx.): 650 (Castle and settlement)
Brief: House Berian’s densely forested lands flow along the Fanlau River, past lake Loloto Pogisa to their border with House Claid just northeast of Riverbridge (#73). Long an ally of House Claid, the two houses are tied by bonds both of blood and of business. Berian’s trees produce fine bows for Claid’s archers and pikes for Berian’s own heavy infantry. Berian’s origins predate the Ta’arnan Empire, their ancestors being forest dwellers with a fair bit of Faerie in their bloodline. The people of County Berian are known for being in tune with their forested surrounds and by much struggle (political, mystical and magical) prevented the Empire from razing the forest to feed their war machine. Berian maintains a loose alliance with the Elves of Anum Taag (#37) which is prized by the Baron.
Geography: Berian Manor was built in the depths of the Lolot Forest, about 30 miles east of the north end of Lake Loloto Pogisa the source of the Noldrune River. The Manor is a collection of a dozen ornate carved and grown wooden buildings carefully built in and about the trees of the forest, mainly along a stream flowing west to the lake. A road follows the stream to the lake and runs east into the central plains of Noldune. Countess Dayntree Claid, a druid of significant skill, rarely resides at the Manor, preferring to wander about her lands, tending to the flora and fauna, her, some say, preferred Kin. She does hold court, once a year, at the Forest Games in Lumberton (#119).