The Industrial County of Novas

The Industrial County of Novas

Land title: The Industrial County of Novas
Population: 6,200 (Human 85%, half-elf 9%, halfling 5%, other 1%)
Location: Horse country roughly thirty miles south of Pahrae in Turrows
Places of Note: Novalforge (county seat, pop. 3,200), Bellmare
Ruler: Count Omengard Novasad
House Motto: Through the mud and blood to the green fields beyond
House Symbol: X-ed smithy tongs and hammer above a horseshoe
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Surrounded on the West, East and South by agricultural counties (Greenbrace, Harthad and Onjas) and on the north by the ducal seat of Pahrail, ruled by the Duchess; Novas is known for two things: Horses and smiths. Their mounts are thought to be some of the finest in Turrows and the Crafter’s College located in Novalforge (formerly known as Novagarde) is said to produce some of the finest smiths in Calastia. There has been some recent friction with the county of Harthad to the east, another horse-rearing county, the two families jealousy compete in equine related arenas, each boasting that their lands house the finest horses in all of Turrows. Recently there has been accusations of horse-theft leveled both ways. Soldiers have come to blows due to heightened tensions and laws in both counties have been amended to make the crime of horse theft punishable by death.

The ruling count Omengard seems to be in the good graces of Duchess Ouvren, as he was honored when she selected his community of Novalforge as the location for her newly formed crafter’s college some six years ago. The college has swelled the small hamlet’s population and many projects are underway to enlarge the town and the college itself. King Virduk himself along with Grand Vizier Anteas toured the college grounds last year and it seems likely that moneys from the royal treasury may soon be granted toward the expansion of the community.

Traditionally the count’s children are trained early in the finer points of riding and in the more basic skills of craftsmanship; males are expected to be squired by the age of 13 and expected to serve Count, Duchess or King as a knight in the field when they reach maturity. Sir Bogdan Novasad, having been granted knighthood by Earl Bravus Ouvren of Longmarch has since departed his duchy to lend his might to the Black Dragon’s military elite.
Novalforge: Located along the Eurys River some 45 miles south of the capitol of Pahrae, the town itself is governed by a Madame-Governor (Eadell Deswix, Human female) appointed by the count himself. The college itself is overseen by an Overmaester appointed by the Duchess. Overmaester Garotolen Inikur (Human male) answers directly to the duchess and is often frustratingly opposed to new measures or laws the count wishes to enact locally.

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The Industrial County of Novas

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