Area: 392 square miles
*Villages: Adlerturm (1020)
Schmeltsdab (150) is a thriving community of fishermen on the Southeast border of the Barony.
Nahendorf (130) is a farming community at the center of the Barony.
Hochstberg (110) is a sheepherding community near the Northeastern border.
Other hamlets (240).
Ethnic groups: Aalbanese 75%, Kaelics 10%, Flaems 10%, others 5%.
Languages: Aalbanese, Flaemish, Glantrian, Kaelic.
Ruler: Baron Franz Lowenroth (born 967, Cryptomancer of the 3rd Circle) (OD&D: Mage 12th-Weretiger 9th, AL N) (AD&D: , Al NG).
Military: 31 Wilderlands Wardens, Franz uses them to patrol the wilderlands. A sheriff in every major village, is in charge of keeping the order).
Wilderlands Wardens (30 F3, studded leather, spear and short
sword or hand axe, with additional weapons fitting the tastes of individual wardens;
heavier armor, plate, is used by Wardens on duty at Franz's tower) are lead by Taren
Ardler (F13, plate, long sword+1and shield+1). They are loyal to their master but are
unaware of his Lycanthropy.
Additional weapons: The Wardens share the 25 riding horses Lowenroth possesses so they are only mounted outside the tower. Adlerturm tower has 4 heavy ballistas built in on its four sides.
Adlerturm is sometimes visited by patrols from Fort Nordling (parts of banners from Prince Jaggar's army).
|Barons of Adlerturm|
|Otto von Graustein||801-805|
|Heinz von Graustein||805-826|
|Mina von Graustein||829-862|
|Johann von Graustein||862-872|
|Kasper von Graustein||872-906|
|Harald von Graustein||906-933|
|Wilhelm von Graustein||933-951|
|Fernando de Casanegra||956-981|
For 150 years family Von Grausteins has ruled Adlerturm, named after the frequent sights of raptors flying about the Tower built by von Grausteins. One of the oldest Glantrian families, they were among the first Hattian settlers coming to the Highlands in 8th century. When they moved from Silberstein (actual Silverstone), they were granted one of the best territories, that is Adlerturm. It took them little zeal to have the community thriving: the abundance of water provided fishes for people and rich pastures for grazing herds. All the dominion needed was a good safe trail to connect it to the trading center of Leenz; the building of Fort Nordling meant protection and another market to export its food surplus.
The Baronial Curse stroke since 951, when Wilhelm von Graustein reluctantly agreed to move to the Viscounty of Blofeld, where recently discovered iron veins could help the Principality of Aalban to replace the recent decrease of iron supply.
The richness of the Barony proved to be the best protection against the repeated assaults to its treasury brought by power-seeking (Edward Hillsbury and John Beaumarys-Moorkroft) or uninterested (Krollnars) barons. 25 years under the wise leadership of Fernando de Casanegra helped Fritz Lowenroth to find a good but under-exploited dominion.
Trails see Graustrail in Notable Sites.
Economics: Due to his good geographical location Adlerturm is undoubtedly the richest Glantrian Barony, even better than most fiefs granting higher titles. Fishing and sheepherds (actually in decline) provides the Barony with a fair amount of exportable goods. Franz is trying to change some farming zones into woods, something that could result in the sharp decrease of the food surplus. Food is exported to Fort Nordling FP (Skipferry village) via Schmeltsdab village, to Western FP (Falkenberg-Habichthügel) via Adlerturm and to the Principality of Aalban.
Notable sites Franz's Hunting Reserve is a wooded area Franz is artificially repopulating with suited herbivore species. The Wilderness Wardens heavily patrol the area, and hunting or damaging the environment anyhow is considered a major crime.
Graustrail, the trail connecting the Barony to other dominions, actually refers to the whole road network. Its divided in Northern, to the hills of the Barony of Uigmuir (and the village of Glen Dhubh), Eastern, to the Free Province of Nordling (and the village of Skipferry, then the town of Vorstadt), Southern to the Principality of Aalban (and the town of Leenz) and Western to the Western Free Province (and the villages of Falkenberg and Habichthügel). Garrisons of the Aalbanese Armed Militia and Fort Nordling deployment heavily patrol the Western part, since it seems the Western Free Province is home to few groups of rebels. It is told the trails once held an enchantment, which caused them to be practicable, even in the harsher atmospheric conditions. However, nowadays, the trail is to be considered a fair one, and the Western trail a poor one.
Personalities: Baron Franz Lowenroth (born 967, Mage 12/Weretiger 9, Cryptomancer of the 3rd Circle, AL N).
Taren Ardler (born ???) (OD&D: Fighter 13th, Al ???) (AD&D: Fighter 12th, Al ???).
Coat of Arms:Sable lion rampant flanked by a sable tower, on or background
Useful links: GPD Franz Lowenroth by Giampaolo Agosta
Thibault Sarlat, Giovanni Porpora, Agathokles.
January 2001, All rights reserved.