For the Glory of the Black Dragon
Strale (Small City)
Population: 6,800 Human 81%, halfling 11%, other 8%)
Ruler: Viscountess Merlot Grinset and the people’s senate.
Laws: As the kingdom of Calastia
Gold Piece Limit: 15,000 (price of the most expensive item available in the community. Anything with a price under this amount can usually be found in Strale)
Since the close of the Divine War the region of Eastern Calastia known as the Lavash or the Lavash planes had been considered a part of the kingdom, but the region was a part of the kingdom in name only. Nomadic and barbarian tribes thrived in this region and resisted any attempts of Calastian governance or authority.
This ended in 38 AV when King Pahrail decided to make the Lavash planes an official part of the kingdom. The king sent legions of soldiers eastward, often times riding at the front of his armies. Against the superior training, tactics and equipment of the Calastian forces the Lavash tribesmen never stood a chance. Little by little they were forced to retreat or surrender and, eventually, with their backs against the waters of the Blood Sea, even retreat was no longer an option. The city of Strale has its origins as the final stand of the greatest of the Lavash tribes, with some of the city’s structures hastily crafted barriers and fortifications made to slow the Black Dragon’s assault on the territory.
Once conquered by General Strale and his forces (King Pahrail had turned his attention westward toward Ankila by this point knowing the war here was all but won) it was decided that the budding coastal city would become the Ducal seat of the Duchy of Varuba.
Strale developed quickly as a minor naval base, an empire’s-end army base and a haven for adventurers taking commissions against titanspawn; not to mention the booming export of slaves courtesy of the recently defeated tribesmen.
Since that time the naval presence has lessened with the appointment of Delis as the center for the kingdom’s navy during the reign of King Delisuk and the army’s presence was also scaled back once it became clear that the Lavash tribesmen represented no great threat to Calastian rule in the duchy. Still the city is popular with adventurers and has become a fairly busy port, as merchant ships sailing through the Blood Sea are quick to make a port (any port) and Strale is the first such city along the coastline. Most ships stop in Strale more for repairs and rest than for trading, but some smaller trading vessels and fishing vessels see to the city and the duchy’s needs through Strale.
As the ducal seat of Varuba, Duke Pahdava Grinset IV and his family reside and hold court here in Strale, but the city is officially run for the duke by the Viscountess Merlot Grinset, the eldest daughter of the Duke.
Also of note are the high number of un-landed nobles who have taken to cvalling Strale home (at least temporarily); these ambitious and often times well-connected men and women have put many of the Duke’s appointed land-governing nobles on the defensive and any noble who controls terriroty in Varuba maintains some sort of presence in Strale, including the lands three most powerful and influencial Earls who spend the majority of the year in the city, letting their earldoms be governed by proxies or counts.
The city is governed by Viscountess Grinset and a small city senate made up of a few influencial guild members and a few powerful merchants, including a family member of the merchant-giant, House Asuras.
Places of Note:
Castle Strale – Home of the Duke
The Halls of Divine Justice – Largest temple to Chardun in the city, also houses offices of judges and magistrates as well as a large library.
Tower of Judgement – Where the city’s brief trials are held; it stands across from the Halls of Divine Justice.
Square of the Divine – a large and impressive open square that displays the might of Calastian rule. Statues of Calastia’s greatest kings stand at the square’s corners (Delisuk, Pahrail and Virduk) with the South facing corner still empty. The Halls of Divine Justice, The Tower of Judgement and the Fortress of knowledge (Temple to Hedrada) can all be found surrounding the great square and a park rests opposite the Hedradan temple. This park houses a reflecting pool known as the Pool of the Victors; it is flanked by a statue of each of the eight victorious gods, though Chardun stands above the others. Denev and her part in the divine victory is not represented.