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Bergdhoven, Principality ofby micky
1,120 square miles
Altendorf – Aalbanswaden (2800)
Linden Grejs (1765)
Willemsbrug (1186) lies at Northern side of the bridge connecting Bergdhoven with Krondahar.
Laagsondendorp (833) lies on the border with the County of High Sonden.
Spoorvork (573) lies along the river, where the trail from Kopstar bifurcates North (Zijlvermeer) and West (Linden). The Aalsfestival (Eels Festival), in Yarthmont, attracts a lot people.
Noordrand (472) marks the Northwestern border of the Principality.
Zijlvermeer (399) lies at the Northeastern border of the Principality and is named after nearby lakes which abound of a variety of silvery fishes the locals call Zijlverforel.
Flaems (95%), Aalbanese (3% in the town of Altendorf – Aalbanswaden ), others (2%, mainly Flaemish Shepherd-Lupin and Kaelics)
Princess Juliana Vlaardoen, Viscount of Linden (M14-AC1014, Fire Master of 3rd Circle, AL- Lawful)
Princess Juliana is a division commander of the Grand Army of Glantri. She commands the 3rd and 11th divisions. Her uncle Anton is the actual commander, commanding the divisions in her name. She has a banner, usually the 4th Banner of one of her two divisions, stationed in Kopstar. This Banner patrols the Principality of Berghoven, and areas to the south of Berghoven up to 48 miles from the borders. It does not enter the Principalities of Aalban to the west and Klantyre and Krondahar to the east since each of those Principalities is led by a division commander and has its own forces for patrolling the Principalities. One of her banners, usually the 3rd Banner of one of her Divisions, is assigned to the Fortress of Linden and protects the Tower (Palace) of Linden. The other Banners are assigned to Fort Nordling and are under the peacetime command of Prince Jagger, the Viceroy of Fort Nordling.
Princes Juliana employs an elite bodyguard of 49 at her tower of Linden. Her personal Guard is called, The Knights of the Order of the Flaems (Hertogspaard). Bergdhoven maintains a force consisting of 3 or 4% (60% levied) of local population in every major village, called the Vlammens Militia.
The history of Bergdhoven starts on the distant planet of Alphatia. There existed two rivals schools of magic; The Most Righteous College of Aerial Splendor (today called the Followers of Air) and The Universal Truth of Fiery Dominion (today called the Followers of Flame). What began as great debates as to what was most powerful evolved into a great conflict that ravaged their home world In which millions perished and which ruined their home world.
The Air Wizards abandoned the Fire Wizards to their fate upon the dying world and moved to another world similar to their own and in BC 1000 they came to Mystara and founded the Alphatian Empire. The Fire Wizards, survived however when the Immortals intervened and saved them by moving the survivors to the Outer Planes to wander until such time as those who were alive in the time of the War of Air and Fire. The Flaems started their long migration across external planes of existence shortly after the fall of Old Alphatia. The details of their migrations across the Outer Planes are lost to history but for the last one.
The last plane they visited before reaching Mystara was a world called Veydra. This world had been enslaved long ago by an external being called the Overlord. Ancient Flaem text say the Overlord resembled a prismatic floating mass of crystals, but he concealed his true shape in a huge mechanical artifact similar to a brontosaur or something similar to it during the invasion of Mystara. The Overlord used Veydra as the seat of his expanding empire. The Flaems succumbed to the overwhelming mental powers of the Overlord and they were enslaved, along with many other races the Overlord had encountered. The actual duration of this enslavement is not to be found anywhere in Flaemish history but is assumed to have been for at least several centuries.
In the course of his explorations and research the Overlord was drawn to a mysterious power emanating from the planet of Mystara on the Prime Plane. The Overlord turned to Mystara and to the source of this power located in the Glantrian Highlands and began to plot an invasion to secure this power. The Overlord decided to send an expedition of the Flaems to investigate. The Overlord erased the memories about their enslavement and of their kin still kept prisoner on Veydra. Once here the Flaem arrived in the Highlands in AC 395 near the present day location of the town of Braastar, they founded new settlements and started to settle the northern Highlands. However the Overlord still kept a hidden mental control on them and their descendants.
Upon arriving in the Highlands the seven warlords that led the new settlers set themselves up as Dukes in the Highlands and established the 7 Duchies. The Council of Dukes and Wizards is created as representative body formed by the seven dukes and selected Fire Mages, seated in Braastar. This body elects among the dukes and "archduke" who rules until he dies, and acts as a sort of government of the Flaems. This confederation never became too durable, powerful or effective: each Duke continued to rule as he pleased over his lands, while the Archduke's power was far too low to keep the Dukes in check. The original 7 Duchies and their families were as follows:
Graez (Duchy of the Oudekirk famly)
Aalbansford (Duchy of the Aalban family)
Linden (Duchy of the Vlaardoen family)
Traagen (Duchy of the Veerbyn family)
Nordeen (Duca of the Ardelan family)
Beraan (Duca of the Vyldeaar family)
Terreja (Duca of the Maarsten family)
Since it was located so close to their arrival point Braastar quickly became the largest town of the Highlands and the centre of Flaemish civilization in the Highlands. The town of Braejr was founded in AC450 to host the government of the Archduke, an elected representative among the seven dukes. The Archduke’s role was to reduce the internal conflicts among the dukes and to better control the mysterious force centered on the location of Braejr. The Fire Wizards knew of the force before their arrival on Mystara courtesy of the Overlord but like the Overlord, they don't know its origins, its scope and its major uses. Scholars have estimated the number of Flaem in the Highlands around AC 500 by extrapolating surviving documents regarding the military forces of the Highlands. It is known that the Army of the Highlands numbered around 5,500 which would mean approximately 30,000 Flaem were in the Highlands around AC 500.
The Highlands and the north were about to be invaded by an army of dragons led by a renegade red Dragon when Thelvyn finds the Dragonlord Arms and defeats the dragons, thus saving the Flaems. At this point, after seeing what fate they were about to suffer, the Flaems decided to strenghten their ruler's power, crowning the Archduke as King, and giving him more powers to control the Dukes.After five years, King Jherridan is assassinated and Thelvyn is meanwhile chosen to head the kingdom. An year later in AC 511, Thelvyn reformed the kingdom into a republic, ruled by two assemblies: A full time assembly of elected representatives who would always be on hand in Braejr to deal with common problems and unexpected difficulties. Then, at certain times of the year, a full assembly would met, which would include the dukes or their surrogates and a representative of the wizards. They'd decide the major policies of the Highlands. The council would have a senior representative, comparable to the First Speaker of the dragons, who would act as the leader of the council and the representatives of the Highlands in political affairs. Solveig White-gold (aka Solveig Doranius) was selected to be the first Prime Minister. Solveig was a warrior (a girl) and Thelvyn's companion during his quest to find the armor of the Dragonlord. She was also the daughter-in-law of the Thyatian Emperor, Cornelius Doranius.
Thelvyn later discovered that the Flaems were magically controlled by the Overlord. The Overlord finally made his move to control the mysterious magical force in AC 512 with a massive invasion of the Highlands, with a force said to include 500 gemstone dragons, about 40 fabulous and lethal metallic warriors and an additional army of at least 1,000,000 consisting of monsters and creatures of various kinds. In addition many Flaems fell under the Overlord's control, but Thelvyn and the chromatic dragons managed to use the (barely understood) powers of the Radiance to shield the most populous cities of the Highlands from the Overlord’s mind power. Thelvyn then defeated and destroyed the Overlord, freeing the Flaems and the other enslaved races, like the gemstone Dragons. In the following years after the defeat of the Overlord the Flaems still living on Veydra were moved to Mystara and they contributed to populate the Highlands.
Peace reigned for a number of years in the Highlands after the defeat of the Overlord while the freed Flaems came to the highlands, however new land was needed for the thousands and thousands of Flaem that came from Veydra. The northern Highlands were pretty well settled so they moved to the south, towards the elves which had been there long before the Flaem arrived in the Highlands. In AC 535 the elves met the southward pushing Flaems. The elves had known about the Flaems since they came to Highlands, but now they first time began to compete from same land. The Flaems had been fighting with all their neighbours since their coming to the Highlands and now they considered the elves only as a new threat. Elves had to retreat back to woods around the foothills of the mountains after only a couple of years of war. The raiding went on for another couple of years.
Then in AC 565 Don Miguel contacted the leaders of southern Flaem holdings and proposed a meeting. That was arranged at the meetings of Red River and Vesubia. Don Miguel sent his eldest son Don Manuel with his retinue to the meeting. The elves realized too late that the Flaems had set up a trap. The elves were seized and ceremoniously sacrificed in the holy fire of the Flaems. Thanks to Don Miguel's second sons Don Antonio's military genius, the less numerous elves were able to keep their positions against the magical might of the Flaems during the 7th century. There were not two peaceful years in a row during the whole century, but one must also acknowledge that one of the reasons that there was no peace was Don Miguel's want for revenge. At first he executed all messengers from the Flaems asking for support when the Ethengarian raiders ran roughshod over the Highlands in AC 585 when the Flaem found themselves fighting on two fronts.
While relations had never been amiable with the Ethengarians they turned hostile in the years following the invasion of the Overlord. The gemstone dragons under the Overlord’s mind control set ablaze most of the steppes in a series of attacks intended as a preparation for the Overlord invasion of the Highlands and Mystara. The fires forced the Ethengarian tribes to leave the steppes in search for shelter and food supplies. They asked for help to the Flaems but they rejected, as they were too busy with the imminent invasion of the Overlord armies. The Ethengarians interpreted the Flaems' behaviour as ingratitude and selfishness and they never went to help the Flaems again. So started the enmity between those two people which culminated in the raids of AC 585 and relations between the two ever since have been horrible ever since.
The Flaemish Republic' established by the Dragonlord soon fell apart decades later after political recriminations brought the government down after the inept response to the massive Ethengarian raids in the heart of the Highlands through the lightly defended Skullhorn Pass and the inability to defeat the southern elves. A group of militant Flaems called the Fire Mages, an aggressive faction of the Flaemish wizards with the aim to build a strong kingdom on Mystara to continue their war against the Followers of Air in Alphatia, had been lobbying since the time of Dragonlord to reinforce the powers of the republic's Prime Minister. After the Ethengarian raids of AC 595 the Prime Minister was crowned King of Braejr, an united kingdom of the Flaems, and the Republic was dissolved. Skullhorn Pass was reinforced and strengthened and the war against the southern elves was continued.
In AC 645 Ethengar attempted a major invasion through the same route they had such success through previously and were suffered a horrendous defeat. The Fire Mages lobbied for an invasion of the Steppes to eliminate the Ethengarians while there was a lull in the war with the elves and in AC662 the Flaems invaded the steppes and were in turn massacred. At the beginning of the 8th century the war between the elves and Flaem came to an end as both sides were tired of fighting. In AC 702 they made a truce and the southern Flaemish lords promised the lands between Vesubia and Colossus Mounts to the elves. The truce between the elves and the Flaem was a short one and war broke out again ten years later when the newly arrived Erewan Elves move into areas inhabited by the Flaem in the woods between the Vesubia and Red Rivers. The Flaems launched withering raids into elven territory and a guerilla war between the two sides when on for years.
Things got progressively worse for the Flaem in the Highlands throughout the 8th century as large populations of immigrants moved into the Highlands from Traladara and the Thyatian colonies in Alasiya and proceeded to fight with Flaem who didn’t want all the new settlers in their lands. Also the d’Ambervilles arrived in the western Highlands from their homeworld of Laterre. In AC747 Braejr banned clericism with punishment being burned at the stake which did not go over well with the new settlers. Decades of skirmishing became full-scale war in 784 AC when Joachim von Drachenfels kills unintentionally his brother-in-law duke Willem van Agt while drunk. War breaks between the Flaems and the settlers. The elves, being tired of war refuse to take any part in this war. The elves soon decided to join the war after the settlers were crushed in the Battle of Braejr to seek revenge upon the Flaem. The Elves along with the newly arrived settlers from Alphatia defeated the Flaem at Braastar which was punctuated by the killing of the King of Braejr, Willem van Drees, by Don Alfonso de Belcadiz himself.
In the peace negotiations after that all parties agree to establish Republic of the Highlands. The Flaems then withdraw all claims to the lands south of Isoile and Fen rivers. All lands east of Vesubia and Fen rivers are assigned to the elves. The parties also agree to establish a council composed of 3 Flaems, 2 elves, 1 Kerendan, 1 Thyatian and 1 Hattian to rule the country. Halzunthram is left out of the Council to his amazement and considerable anger. Jan Pieinants,Cornelis Postbrad, and the Flaemish hero and General Rodolphus Vlaardoen were made Council members. Great treachery soon struck as Sigmund von Drachenfels helped Halzunthram captured the council when it met for the first time. Halzunthram then declared the Highlands an Alphatian colony and proclaimed himself High Governor. The Elves made a daring strike under the leadership of Don Alfonso de Belcadiz and released the imprisoned Flaemish and the two elven council members. The Elves then declared their independence completely from the Highlands and the Flaems revolted against Halzunthram thus beginning the 40 Years War.
The first years of the war were marked by great bloody battles as Halzunthram launched a major offensive up the western bank of the Vesubian River, bypassing heavily fortified Braejr, toward the heart of Flaem power, the duchy of the Vlaardoen family at Linden. Rodolphus again proved again to the equal of any general in the field, holding his army together through defeats at the battles of Westheath (790) Eemshaven (790), Beraan (791). Finally at High Sonden (791) Rodolphus turned back the invaders even though outnumbered 2-1 when he personally led the 22nd Fire Mage regiment around the Alphatian flank and destroyed their supply train forcing the Alphatian/Thyatian forces to withdraw back to Braejr and ruined Halzunthram’s grand campaign and dreams of an early victory.
For several years the fighting consisted of small unit actions along the borders of Flaemish lands to the north of Braejr while the Rodolphus drafted and trained new troops and Halzunthram awaited reinforcements from Alphatia. Due to the brilliant leadership of Rodophus, the Flaem held against the initial onslaught of coalition forces in the first years of the war some who had pledged fealty to Halzunthram started to have second thoughts about their decision. When it became apparent there would be no quick victory and no peace with the war became prolonged and Halzunthram's demands growing, Lord Titus Glantri, the head of the Thyatins, began reconsidering his alliance with Halzunthram. His daughter Hadriana had been against siding with Halzunthram in the first place but Glantri and di Sfonti had been swayed by the Drachenfels to side with Halzunthram.
In AC 794, Titus contacted Matteo di Sfonti, the emerging leader of the Kerendan; Titus proposed that they open secret negotiations with the Flaems. During these war-heavy years, the more undesirable traits of the Flaems surfaced in Rodolphus Vlaardoen. His hatred of Alphatians eventually turned to a hatred of every other race—with only elves as an exception. When the Thyatians and Kerendans approached the Flaems in secret negotiations, Rodolphus was against it, believing their situation was not that desperate; he was outvoted by the other Flaemish leaders. For two years, the two Thyatians worked on this, until AC 796, the Thyatians and Kerendans switched forces to join the Flaems against the Alphatians. Titus Glantri was recognized as the supreme rebel commander due to his universally acknowledged brilliance on the battlefield. Once again the rebels tried to coax the elves to join the war but they were refused again as the elves only wanted to protect their lands and wanted to stay out of the conflict.
Halzunthram immediately responded the treachery of the Thyatins and Kerendans by launching an assault on first the Kerendans and then the Thyatins. Halzunthram figured the Kerendans would be the easiest to eliminate first being separated by the Hattians from their Thyatian and Flaemish allies. The attack resulted in a stalemate as Kerendan units fought fiercely to protect their lands led by Matteo di Sfonti’s eldest son who showed himself to be a good leader of men and quick with tactics and strategy. Halzunthram was forced to call off his assault on the Kerendan lands when Titus advanced on the Hattian lands in an effort to relieve the pressure on the Kerendans. The Thyatian drive on Halzunthram ended in the Battle of the Red River (697) where Titus was wounded and both sides suffered egregious casualties (estimated 5,000 for each side) in a bitter battle that lasted 3 days. Titus never recovered from his wounds and died in bed at Castle Glantri in AC 797 at the age of 77. He was succeeded by his daughter Hadriana.
The next several years again were devoid of major engagement and were characterized by scores of vicious small units actions all along the lines bordering Kerendan, Thyatian, and Flaemish lands. With the death of Titus Glantri the rebel command structure consisted of no true leader but of 3 separate leaders. Hadriana Glantri led the Thyains, Rodolphus Vlaardoen led the Flaem, and Matteo di Sfonti led the Kerendans. The dissension among the rebel factions caused those troops to be pushed back by Alphatian and Hattian troops. Signor Matteo had a particularly difficult situation, with his own troops separated from the rest of the rebels by the Hattians. In the spring of AC 801, Halzunthram was so confident of victory that he declared the rebels vanquished. This caused him to make the mistake of dividing his forces by removing the Hattians from the battlefront to the northern area of Aalban, beyond the Aalban River and claiming the Hattian lands as his own and settling the region with Alphatians arriving from the Alphatian continent.
This opportunity was heaven sent for Hadriana. When the Hattians were on their march, she harassed the Hattians and slowly led her own troops westward to join the Kerendan troops of Matteo di Sfonti. She had her own personal reasons to meet with Matteo di Sfonti as well: Castle Glantri (present day Hightower) was left in ruins by the Alphatian battlemages the previous year, save for one tower, and Hadriana wanted a safe place to leave her young son Alexander as she went to war. She left Alexander with the Sfonti family, amongst the company of Matteo's children of his own age.
Matteo di Sfonti was then able to leave command of his own troops to Hadriana Glantri, while he himself concentrated in political negotiations for the rebel forces. Signor Matteo sent envoys to Don Fernando de Belcadiz and his elves, to the Traladaran lord Morphail Gorevitch-Woszlany, to the Ethengar living on the southern side of the Colossus Mountains, and to the small but magically fearsome Kaelic minority. Signor Matteo himself traveled over the Glantrian Alps to visit Sire Étienne d'Ambreville, whose magical capabilities he was well aware of and hoped to avail against the Alphatians. Most of Matteo's efforts were to no avail, as only the Ethengar troops promised to help the rebels, in exchange for the territories west of the Colossus Mountains.
The attack of the Ethengar horsemen and hakomons from the Colossus Mountains the summer of AC 802 took Halzunthram and the Alphatians by surprise and drove them back toward the capital. Braejr would have fallen then and there, if Hadriana had cooperated with the rest of the rebel forces. The Ethengar approached Braejr from the east, and the Flaems from the north, and Hadriana and the Thyatian troops were supposed to attack from the western side of the Isoile River, blocking the west and southern passages to Braejr. But at the last moment, Hadriana decided to go north, and attack the Hattian troops coming from there. The newly allied Ethengar, not experience with siege warfare, saw Hadriana's troops leave their positions, and decided to retreat as well. Only the Flaems were left in the battlefield and they were torn to ribbons by the Alphatians. The disaster at the Battle of Braejr in AC 802 did not improve Rodolphus Vlaardoen's view about other races. The stubbornness of the Thyatian general Hadriana Glantri caused the breach of the siege of Braejr, and the death of thousands of Flaemish troops. His fellow commanders and Flaem leaders; Jan Pieinants and Cornelis Postbrad both fell in that battle.
Matteo di Sfonti thus had his hands full, when he had to reassure the Ethengar and the especially the defeated Flaems that there was no betrayal or abandonment. He was naturally furious at Hadriana, but she did not care a bit. She led her troops north to fight the Hattians there. Halzunthram though he was spared disaster by Hadriana’s tactical blundering at Braejr saw his strategic mistake. His own troops were now divided: The Hattians were in the north and the Alphatians were in the south. During the following two years the rebels slowly beat back Halzunthram's troops though Braejr was held onto by Halzunthram.
In AC 804, Halzunthram realized that he could enlist the dwarves (who had rushed in the Highlands after gold findings in AC 802) as fresh troops. Fatefully, in that same year a plague began spreading in the area and many people started to blame the dwarves because they seemed the only ones unaffected. However, Halzunthram could not care less and needed the dwarves' help badly. He informed the dwarves that he allowed them to stay in the Highlands, if they joined his armies. With the help of the dwarves Halzunthram launched his 2nd great offensive. A two pronged assault on the homeland of his hated enemies the Flaem. Halzunthram won two great victories that year. In AC 805, disaster came when the Hattian troops were bolstered by some dwarven units and defated her totally in a battle near Vorstadt. Hadriana and the handful of her men escaped and fled north over the mountain ranges to Wendar. In her frustration of her defeat, she stayed out of the war for four years.
Halzunthram himself attacked north from Braejr and defeated Rodophus at the 2nd battle of Braastar. Halzunthram purged the region of Braastar and the surrounding region of Flaem. Executing many local leaders and forcing others to leave the area. The close of the year 805 left Halzunthram close to total victory over his main adversary, the Flaem. During this time, Rodolphus began to have frequent outbursts of rage, which, Rodolphus believed, could be calmed by drinking heavily. The other Flaems did not like this latter feature in particular, because it meant that Rodolphus would challenge everyone to drinking contests. Rodolphus also began to personally take part in interrogations of the prisoners and some say that he even tortured and executed them. It was mostly because of these happenings that Alphatians began to call Rodolphus as "the Red Devil."
The tide changed in AC 806, when the Belcadiz elves finally joined the war because of the dwarves fighting for Halzunthram. In the 3rd Battle of Braaster Halzunthram was routed and sent fleeing back to Braejr by combined Flaem, Belcadiz and Ethengarian forces. The Ethengarians moved into the depopulated area are started to rebuild the destroyed city of Braastar. Halzunthram was forced yet again to bring in more troops from Alphatia to compensate for the situation and a stalemate in the Highlands ensued. Neither side was powerful enough to defeat the other. Again the war became characterized by vicious small scale actions. The viciousness of the fighting can be exemplified by looking at Hadriana Glantri.
Hardiana Glantri reappeared from Wendar in AC 809 with a hundred Wendarian mercenaries and took the path over the mountains to Boldavia. Her plan was to persuade the hitherto indifferent Morphail Gorevitch-Woszlany to bring the Traladarans into battle. The plan was sound, but when she met the sinister lord of Igorov, it was she stayed in Boldavia for two years. It was not until AC 811 when Hadriana returned to the war with her Wendarian mercenaries and Boldavian troops. After six years of absence from the war, Hadriana was already 55 years old, but she was surprisingly fit and agile, though some of her old allies noted, somewhat hardened. Hadriana was definitely more ferocious in battle, and she had acquired some very powerful enchanted weapons and other items for combat. What was most disturbing for both her allies and her enemies was that Hadriana would only attack at night. Her troops attacked the Alphatian villages and camps, and usually slaughtered everyone. On the other hand, her own troops never seemed to diminish in number.
After seven years, Hadriana's allies began to suspect that there was something terribly wrong with her. After some divination and auguries from the Immortals, Matteo di Sfonti realized in AC 818 that Hadriana had become a creature of utter evil, and she would become a greater threat to the Highlands than even Halzunthram. Signor Matteo told what he had found out to Hadriana's son, Alexander Glantri. It some time to convince young Alexander, but when he at last met his mother for the first time in 17 years, it had become very clear what his mother had become. Three days later, Alexander Glantri drove with his own hands a wooden stake through his mother's heart. Matteo di Sfonti then struck her head off. Alexander dispersed her troops and they announced Hadriana's death without explanations. Alexander Glantri thus became the Duke of Glantri.
The Alphatian General Halzunthram realized his troops were outnumbers, and turned to the Alphatian Empire for more troops to regain the upper hand. However, between the rising strength of Hadriana Glantri's mercenary company, and the elves' skill in fighting with both weapons and magic, the rebels clearly still had a better chance. General Halzunthram thus boldly petitioned the Grand Council of Alphatia for some high-quality troops, specifically of a more magical nature. Halzunthram’s main ally Sigmund von Drachenfels died in AC 813 at the age of 56 in a hunting accident, and his 25 year-old son Wilhelm took his place as head of the Hattian families. He was a devout follower of Vanya and had been taking part in the war since he was 16—and now he wanted it to end. Wilhelm did not like war and despised Halzunthram even more, but for present, he chose to continue to fight with the Alphatian general. However, Wilhelm had secretly contacted the rebel leaders and began to negotiate with them to switch sides. Negotiations were hard because the rebels did not trust him, and he had also to keep the negotiations secret from Halzunthram's spies. Wilhelm went on with this double play for seven years.Don Fernando de Belcadiz and Alexander Glantri persuaded the other leaders to take the proposal seriously. Don Fernando supported the negotiations with the Hattians, because in his opinion, there was no harm, even if Herr Wilhelm's betrayal was a plot arranged by Halzunthram.
By AC 818, the war finally began to clearly go against Halzunthram, and the rebels were harassing the Alphatian troops at all fronts. In AC 818, the Grand Council of Alphatia at last agreed to send a battalion of battlemages, The Strikers of Alphatia, specialized in hit-and-run techniques, under the command of Colonel Arden, a veteran from the Imperial Boltsmen. In AC 820, Halzunthram found out about Wilhelm von Drachenfels' plot to betray him, and Herr Wilhelm was forced to switch sides openly. The next year, Don Fernando de Belcadiz also finally succeeded to persuade Morphail Gorevitch-Woszlany to bring the Traladarans into an alliance. Within the year, another Alphatian leader, Count Vortram of Silverston, believed the rebels were the winning side, and openly defected against Halzunthram, hoping his move would help end the war.
All seemed to be lost for Halzunthram in AC 821, but fresh troops had arrived from Alphatia and Halzunthram continued the fight. In AC 822, the Alphatian Strikers captured Matteo di Sfonti, returning from Linden after negotiations with the Flaems. Halzunthram executes Matteo under the grounds of high treason. After this, Alexander Glantri is clearly the leader of the rebels, and even the Flaemish leaders recognize this. Rodolphus Vlaardoen was still brilliant in the field, but otherwise his behavior began to be more and more irrational. Rodolphus clearly developed paranoia towards possible traitors. The peak of this was in AC 818, when he accused his only son Achilles of treason and conspiracy with the Alphatians. Achilles was sentenced to death and Rodolphus watched the whole execution and personally made sure that his son was dead. After this everyone was just waiting for Rodolphus to completely lose his mind. There was however nothing they could do. Rodolphus was still a hero for common people and the soldiers, and the best way would be (the rebel leaders hoped) that Rodolphus would die in battle. But Rodolphus always seemed to survive without even getting any wounds.
The end for Rodolphus came in the winter of AC 825, when after heavy drinking he fell through thin river ice. He did not drown at that, but developed a cold and died in bed at the age of 58, after 41 years on the battlefield. The Flaems likened Rodolphus to "a candle that was burning at both ends, until it died of cold." Historians believe that if Rodolphus Vlaardoen had lived to see the end of the Forty Years War in AC 828, he would never have agreed for the Flaems to join the Republic of Glantri, and the war would probably have continued. Rodolphus would be succeeded as the Duke of Linden by his 51 year-old half-brother Frederick who acknowledged the leadership of Alexander Glantri.
The war continued for six more years. Under the leadership of Alexander Glantri, the rebels slowly pushed back Halzunthram's forces, and many Alphatians were captured and imprisoned. Finally, in AC 828, Halzunthram's headquarters are found. In the ensuing battle of Bogniebrae, there were many casualties on both sides, including Galeazzo di Sfonti, Matteo's eldest and leader of the Kerendan faction. When the battle was over, Alexander Glantri personally captured Halzunthram. Whereas most of the rebel leaders wanted Halzunthram executed immediately, Alexander refused, insisting that he be given a fair trial later. Halzunthram is imprisoned in the Tower of Sighs and The Forty Years War was finally over.
The carnage of the 40 Years War was hardest felt on the Flaem. Of the 7 Ducal families at the beginning of the 40 years war only the Vlaardoens, Rjevens, Pieinants, and Postbrad survived the war. In negotiations after the war, Frederick Vlaardoen showed great political and diplomatic talents. He agreed with Alexander Glantri's vision about the future of the Highlands and was instrumental to persuade the other Flaemish nobles to accept the establishment of the Republic. After this it came to no surprise that the other nobles choose him to represent them in the Council. The only matter Frederick was unhappy about was the downgrading of Linden to a Viscounty, but he forgot this when Alexander Glantri offered him the position as Supreme Judge, the most powerful position in the new Council. Michal Postbrad’s Duchy of Berrym was downgraded to the Marquise of Berrym.. The Duke of Kopstar Leopold Rjevens became the new Count of Kopstar. The Flaem are unable to regain control of territory they lost during the war in negotiation which which led to the compromise offered by Alexander Glantri to give Frederick the most powerful position in the Council. Sigmund Pieinants who was the Duke of Graez before the war was given the new dominion and title of Viscount of Blofeld since Graez was now controlled by the Hattian-Alphatians. The former Flaemish holdings in Braastar and the surrounding area are lost to the Flaem as well, having been promised to the Ethengar for their invaluable support during the war, especially in the dark time of Halzunthram’s great offensive of AC 805. Irregardless of their noble titles in the new Republic of Glantri the Flaemish people continued to refer to them as their Dukes.
During the first years of the Republic Frederick Vlaardoen builds the judicial system from the scratches, uniting five different systems (Flaemish, Thyatian, Alphatian, Traladaran and Ethengarian) into one. Most of his innovations are still in use today and he is generally considered one of the greatest Supreme Judges in Glantri’s history. He also succeeded in making sure his prejudices did not affect his work or the search for truth and justice. In the Flaemish lands the immediate post-war years are spend rebuilding shattered lives and economies after over 40 continuous years of war. Frederick’s leadership was invaluable in navigating the touchy post-war years when the old wounds from 40 years of war could be reopened with little reason. The Flaem, though reduced in political power with the establishment of the Republic, were still the single most powerful political entity. They held the most powerful council position and had the most votes in Parliament. Their power grew further when Etienne d’Amberville and Giles Grenier were made Viscounts with the strong support of Frederick and joined the Flaemish faction. Frederick also strongly supported Etienne’s proposal to build a school of magic in Glantri City. When Frederick passed away he was mourned by many as a bringer of peace and stability. He was succeeded by his grandson Moritz who was raised by Frederick from an infant when Michel, Frederick’s only child, was killed in action in AC 827.
Relations between the Flaem and their new neighbours the Ethengar did not improve at all in the post war years. While never descending to open warfare the Flaem did everything possible to undermine Ethengarian control of the areas they held. They covertly supported Kaelic rebels in the Marquisate of Tavish and gave them shelter in Kopstar where Bogdo Khan was obviously unable to follow. The Flaem, especially in the first years of the Republic, tried to bring motions to Council to have the Ethengarian stripped of their lands and given back to the Flaem. These motions never had any support beyond the Flaem and Hattians and were never given a real chance to succeed. Frederick’s grandson Moritz idolized the great Rodolphus and politicked in the Council a bold and vigorous foreign policy against the Ethengar. He wanted to be a war hero like Rodolphus but his dreams were cut short when he died of smallpox just three years after succeeding Frederick.
Frederick Vlaardoen’s cousin Jacob succeeded Moritz as Viscount of Linden and was selected by the Flaemish nobles again as the representative of the Flaem at the Council due to the fact that they did not want to constantly deal with non-Flaems. At the Council, Jacob inherited Moritz' position as a Treasurer. He proved to be as harsh in this role as he did as a Viscount. He did not appreciate anything; nothing was done well enough. He was patronizing to other Council members, and even treated Baron Morphail Gorevitch-Woszlany as an incompetent apprentice. It was quite a surprise when in AC 854, after the death of Prince Ambrosion of Blackhill, Jacob was chosen as Chamberlain of the Land. The fact was, everyone at Council wanted him out of the Treasury, thus his promotion; the only other possible position would have been as Chancellor of the Council, and that was clearly out of the question.
In AC 852 Étienne d’Ambreville, who was now prominent member in the House of Lords, told Friedrich von Drachenfels about his ideas of making Glantri a state ruled by magic-users only. Friedrich was thrilled by this idea and they began thinking about how this could be realized. Friedrich thought that the best way was to prepare the move thoroughly for some years. He was convinced that it should be a declaration made by the Council the best way to herald this change.Shortly after, Friedrich began telling some of his trusted allies in the Council about Étienne's plan. Jacob Vlaardoen expressed his immediate agreement with the plan and became one of its strongest supporters.
In the summer of AC 855, with the Council now composed entirely of magic-users, Friedrich officially declared the plan for the magocracy at the Council and the Council approved it. They decided that the best moment for the declaration would be the 30th anniversary of Halzunthram's defeat in AC 858. During the following three years, the various Council members secretly gathered their supporters, noble mages in the House of Lords for the scheme. All of the Flaem nobles but one were mages and immediately supported the plan. The Flaemish Baron of Vorstadt, Giselbert Vantte, was a warrior however and was not approached and was left in the dark as far as the upcoming events. When the declaration was issued in AC 858, during the Light of Rad session of Parliament, there was not much opposition. As expected, the non-wizardly nobles rebelled, but they were rapidly crushed without any real efforts. Vantte rose in rebellion with several other dispossessed nobles in the north but was quickly vanquished, Jacob didn’t want to kill any Flemish nobles so he promised to spare Vantte's life, and that of his family, if he agreed on leaving the area: Vantte agreed and then he fled to the Glantrian Mountains.
The Light of Rad affected the Flaem as all it did all the ethnic groups within Glantri. The Vlaardoen family was given the hereditary title of Prince of Bergdhoven and rule over the Flaemish lands. The County of Kopstar and the Barony of Altendorg were annexed by Jacob Vlaardoen into Bergdhoven. The Hattian Baron was a member of the rebellion and his lands were taken by the Flaem. The Count of Kopstar, Leopold Rjevens was a scholarly oriented magic-user and was actually relieved when he could give up all administrative work. Prince Jacob tried to convince Count Leopold to move to Ostbruck, but Leopold refused. Leopold Rjevens was then made the first Burgemeester of Kopstar and since then, this charge has been de-facto hereditary. Thus the Principality of Bergdhoven, the home of the Flaem, was established with the Vlaardoen family as its hereditary ruling family. Jacob Vlaardoen I, the first Prince of Bergdhoven did not live long to enjoy his new position. He died of stroke in AC 860 at the age of 83. He was not loved nor liked by many and there were few that mourned his death.
In the years since the formation of the Principality of Bergdhoven and the Principalities of Glantri the Flaem have seen their political power slowly decline as the new Principalities were founded and new dominions were founded. The Averoignians left the House of Linden and founded their own power base and Principality though they have always remained on friendly terms with the Flaem. Two centuries of internal peace have soothed some of the wounds of 40 Years War. The relationship with the Hattians has improved over the last hundred years from outright hostility. There is even hope now for improved relations with the Ethengarians with the ascension of Princess Juliana to the throne of Bergdhoven. The Flaem still retain their insular nature and generally only marry within their own ethnicity. As a result and due to their innate affinity for magic, the Flaem still have the highest proportion of arcaner to mundaner in Glantri. It has been estimated that 1 in 5 Flaem is a mage of varying level, as opposed to 1 in 20 in the rest of Glantri.
Surplus. Exported to poorer dominions and foreign markets
Both rivers are navigable. A toll is exacted from cargoes and passengers entering the Principality by river in Willemsbrug, Altendorf, and Zijlvermeer. There are four major bridges in the Principality. Der Alte Brug connects Altendorf with Ständburg in Aalban, Oostrand connects Kopstar with the Principality of Klantyre. The Willemsbrug Bridge connects the town with the same name with the Principality of Krondahar. The Sondenbrug Bridge connects Laagsondendorp (the village of Low Sonden) with Hoogsondenhert (the "Duchy" of High Sonden). All the bridges are heavily travelled and a toll is exacted from everyone entering the Principality on foot. Passage fee average those commonly paid in the Principalities. Two good trails connect Willemsbrug with Kopstar and Altendorf. Fair trails connect major villages, Altendorf with Fort Nordling and Kopstar with Ostbruck.
Bergdhoven is a very rich, trade-oriented Principality, providing other Principalities with a great amount of typical products, originating from various sources: rivers (fish), cattle (cheese), and grain (ground flour). Bergdhovese cut gems and perfumes are renowned even outside Glantri. However, more industries are in the process of raising their production: the Ducal Shipyards in Kopstar, weavers are increasing in number as well, while financial services are in great expansion.
Food surplus is mainly exported to surrounding territories in deficit, Nordling Free Territories, and Viscounty of Bergen; the rest goes South to the Capital. Cut gems, perfumes and alchemical substances are meant for the market of Glantri City and they are even exported outside Glantrian borders. Textile products are exported to the Principality of Aalban and to Glantri City, while riverboats go to Klantyre and the Capital. However, exports of these two industries aren't enough for them to be considered main products of Flaemish economy, yet.
The main economical partner of Bergdhoven is the Principality of Aalban, and a massive exchange of typical products takes place in Altendorf and Ständburg.
Bergdhoven imports lumbers and wool from the Principality of Klantyre, wool and Bergen Ardjes from the Viscounty of Bergen, wool, dye and textile finished products (for further export) from Fort Nordling FP, raw gems from the County of High Sonden.
The Ducal Shipyards are property of the Princess, and provides Bergdhovese Treasury with a substantial income. Another source of income is the Flaemish Library in Kopstar.
The Flaem are famous for their dairy products and especially for their (cow's milk) cheeses. The vast majority of Flaem cheeses are semi-hard or hard cheeses. Famous Dutch cheeses include Gouda, Edam, and Leyden. A typically Flaemish way of making cheese is to blend in herbs or spices during the first stages of the production process. Famous examples of this are cheeses with cloves (usually the Frisian nagelkaas), cumin and caraway (most famously Leyden cheese), or nettles.
The old-fashioned Flaemish dinner consists of one simple course: beans or potatoes, meat and vegetables. Traditionally potatoes with a large portion of vegetables and a small portion of meat with gravy, or a potato and vegetable stew. A typical traditional dinner would include stamppot ( mashed potato mixed with other mashed vegetables) and pea soup. Vegetable stews served as side dishes are for example rode kool met appeltjes (red cabbage with apples), or rode bieten (red beets). Regular spices used in stews of this kind may be bayleaves, juniper berries, cloves, and vinegar. Stews are often served with mixed pickles, including zure zult (head cheese) or stewed pears (stoofperen). Stamppot is traditionally eaten in winter.
Well-known Flaem dishes are:
- Hutspot, made with potatoes, carrots, and onions served with meats like rookworst (smoked sausage), slow-cooked meat, or bacon. This is a legacy of the Belcadiz, who, according to legend, left a pot of this stew behind in their abandoned trenches when the town of Leiden north of New Alvar, which they had been besieging, was liberated in 574 – so this hutspot was one of the first foods its starving inhabitants found.
- Hete bliksem (literally Hot Lightning), boiled potatoes and green apples, served with "stroop" (syrup) or tossed with diced speck
- Zuurkoolstamppot, sauerkraut mashed with potatoes. Served with fried bacon or a sausage. Sometimes curry powder, raisins or slices of pineapple are used to give a stamppot an exotic touch.
Many Flaem dress in greens, golds, and reds to accent their generally red hair. Arcaners almost always wear long flowing robes of fine quality silk. Mundaners dress as they do elsewhere in Glantri in trousers and loose fitting shirts.
ARTS AND LITERATURE
Bergdhoven is famous for the number and quality of its painters. It is a passion that drives both the higher and lower classes. Music is also very popular among the Flaem of all classes. Bergdhoven boasts one of the best educational systems in all of Glantri. It was done in large part to identify those who have the capacity to learn magic but also to provide for a well educated population. As such the literacy rate in Bergdhoven is the highest in Glantri and nearly all have the talent for magic receive at least basic training. As a result of having such a literate educated population the Flaem are voracious readers and there is great demand for books, and newspapers. Some of the greatest authors of Glantri are Flaemish and many of their books are easy to come by in Bergdhoven.
Modern Flaemish architecture found its impetus in the designs of 5th Century Hendrick de Keyser, who was instrumental in establishing a more austere form practiced than the traditional Flaem styles of their homeworld and was well suited to the environment in the Highlands. The major exponents of the mid-6th century, Jacob van Campen and Pieter Post, adopted de Keyser's forms for such eclectic elements as giant-order pilasters, gable roofs, central pediments, and vigorous steeples. Brought together in a coherent combination, these stylistic developments are both exemplified by the Rjevens Raadpalijs in Kopstar. It is Rjevens Family City mansion as well as the Town Hall and Temple of Rad and one of the great architectural works in Glantri.
It is well known that the Flaem are very insular and have not always liked to be among those not of their own kind. This often manifests itself in rudeness and at times in violence. Among their own kind they are a warm and affectionate people with as much love for children as they have for magic. The common greeting among Flaem is ‘Mei de brand verwarmt u altijd’ May the fire always warm you
Other than magic, reading, and painting there is another thing the Flaem have a passion for. In their minds the only good thing the Thyatins brought to the Highlands, Football. The ‘Oranje’ of Kopstar have won the Glantrian Scudetto 6 times(the last in AC 989 and have every match, and every move is followed from the Prince of Bergdhoven to the lowest street sweeper.
Ruler: Burgemeester Egbert Rjevens (born 946) (OD&D: Mage 9th, Al N) (AD&D: Wizard 9th, Al N). Cousin of Wilhelmine Vlaardoen.
Kopstar was one of the first villages founded by Flaemish settlers. It was the seat of Duke Veerbyn, first, and then of Duke Rjevens. The more Flaems were forced North, the more Kopstar became the centre of Flaemish culture and economy. When the Republic of Highlands was founded, Kopstar was made a County, ruled by Leopold Rjevens, a scholar. The Viscount of Linden and Flaemish member of the Council, Frederick Vlaardoen, used the County to give Kaelics rebels of Tavish shelter against their Ethengarian oppressor, Bogdo Khan. This is why a fair amount of Kopstar population comes from Klantyre, they’re actually mainly employed as carpenters. After the Light of Rad declaration, Kopstar was annexed to the newly formed Principality of Bergdhoven, and Prince Vlaardoen tried to convince Count Leopold to move to Ostbruck, but the studious refused. Leopold Rjevens was made the first Burgemeester of Kopstar and since then, this charge has been de-facto hereditary.
Kopstar is the home of most prominent Bergdhovese merchants, and is renowned for the skill and creativity of its gemcutters. In the world of jewelers a "Kopstar cut" gem means it’s a cut of the highest quality. Due to the proximity to Klantyre, a great amount of lumbers is imported providing raw material for the Ducal Shipyards, carpentry, and woodcraft (furniture). Weaving has always had a discreet importance due to the proximity to wool producing centres of Klantyre, Bergen, and Fort Nordling FP. Fishmongers abound in the Port quarter but every other typical Bergdhovese product can be found as well. Lumbers imported from Klantyre and Bergen Ardjes embarked in Ostbruck give the majority of Kopstar houses a peculiar look. Every kind of goods makes their way to Willemsbrug then to the Capital.
Kopstar is home to several noteable landmarks like the SteenHuijs, the Gemcutters Guild House. It is one of the most popular building in the town, and a source of pride for the whole populace. It’s not that impressive when looked at, resembling a heavily guarded petty noble Palace with the Coat of Arms of the Guild (two crossed pentangles surmounted by a lijsk leaf) in bas-relief over the main door. Those lucky enough to gain access to it (that is few Flaems and very few foreign merchants) and to remember what they’ve seen (memory is erased by magical means when leaving the palace) tell tales of unthinkable wonders. The Palace keeps some significant samples of Flaemish art and a vast amount of written knowledge (mundane and magical) gathered during centuries of study. Needless to say the Palace is considered impregnable by the most skilled thief, those who tried were caught and immediately sentenced to death. For the rich and famous no stop in Kopstar is complete with a stop to Krjilen’s, the most famous Bergdhovese tailor. The "Dressing Advisor" of Baron Pieter Vandehaar, represents the new frontier of Bergdhovese business, as Flaemish fashion, previously devoted to traditional style only, is now trying to conquer Glantrian Market.
Rjevens Raadpalijs is Rjevens Family City mansion as well as the Town Hall and Temple of Rad. Rjevens are considered as nobles close to the population, therefore they are loved very much. At the end of the Lofsprijken, Wilhelmine Vlaardoen’s parade through the street of the town, the Princess arrives in her Palace where she finds a footbridge entirely made of tulip’s petals that leads her in. Then from the Klijraam, a balcony with glassteel windows-pane, she sends farewell to the celebrating populace gathered in the Grote Markt (Main Square).Another source of pride for Kopstar population is the Flaemish Library of Kopstar, another heavily guarded place, where evidence of the glorious past of the Flaems is stored for the population to read. The Library is open from middle morning to late afternoon and it is divided in two parts: the Flaemish section, which can be accessed by Flaems only (cost 1 sovereign) and a General section (access is free for Flaems, 1 ducat for non-Flaems). Books are carefully checked before allowing the public to read information … politically incorrect. Head of the library is the Keeper, Johann Madhorsen (…ahem…), distant relative of Viscountess Rowena Krollnar, but the most famous scholar is Thijb Meerker (born 968) (OD&D: Al L), head of the Kaartstak (Map Section). One of the greatest cartographer the whole Principalities have ever seen, he devised a personal and innovative system which seems to grant a higher degree of precision. Unfortunately, this method is unknown outside the library since Thijb is bound to exclusively serve the Flaemish Library by a decree personally enforced by Prince Vanserie.
Goudenbank is a money-lending business started by Pieter Vandehaar some 25 years ago, in the heart of the Koopmangouw (Merchants District). Born to imitate the business that made Klantyre famous to merchants in the whole Principalities, it improved Bergdhovese economy thus causing some other to rise as well. Veerverstraat is the painters’ district. Now a well-to-do quarter of the town, it’s named after the once common sight of artists painting the portraits of people along the street. Little remains of this, since this quarter is now where only the most famous Bergdhovese painters have their town study-mansion.
Ruler: Burgemeester Daerich van Voen (born 961) (OD&D: Mage 6th, Al L) (AD&D: Wizard 6th, Al LN), mixed Aalbanese-Flaemish blood.
Founded by early Flaemish settlers, it was named Aalbanswaden and was the seat of Duke Aalban.The most dramatic event in its history occurred after Hattians, allied with Halzunthram, moved from Red River Valley to Aalban Valley: a battle took place, Hattians conquered the village, and Flaems retreated East. When Hattians joined the rebels (and the Flaems), their leader, Wilhelm von Drachenfels, invited the Flaems to mix with his people, Flaems agreed and everything went well until the forty years war was over. Then ancient hatred came out as Flaems demanded their dominion back and Hattians refused. A compromise was made and the dominion was populated by both ethnies. Things deteriorated when Eberhard Wechsen became the new Baron, he hated magic-users so Flaems were badly treated, and they retreated East. After the Light of Rad declaration Eberhard joined the rebels, the town was annexed to the Principality of Bergdhoven, and, in order to avoid Flaemish reprisal, Hattians moved to the other side of the river in the Principality of Aalban. The two ethnies remained divided until 882 when Willem IV Vlaardoen became the new Prince. An admirer of Friedrich von Drachenfels, the Prince made a deal for the construction of a bridge connecting the two villages. Friedrich died before of seeing the bridge completed and in his honour the village was renamed Altendorf. The town is famous for De Blozend Hertog Beeld (the Red Duke’s statue) which is a massive statue at the centre of the town. Erected on honour of Johan II Vlaardoen, killed in Nouvelle Averoigne by the rebels lead by Dieter Lowenroth in 862 AC, it shows the Prince in the act of raising and it symbolises (at least it should) that unity always gives a mean to win against the odds. It’s told that the statue will animate if the town is in immediate danger.
The town of Linden-Grejs was established formally in AC 1011 with the consolidation of the formerly seperate villages of Linden and Grejs. The former village of Linden included the tower of the family of the Vlaardoen family and the village that developed around the tower. The population consists of the Princes’ families, servants, petty nobles, and those providing the Princes with goods and services. The small village of Grejs had developed around Linden, first as centre of leather business, then as a centre specialized in flower rearing, its main resource, until becoming the heart of Flaemish production of perfumes, exported in the whole Glantri and the Known World. Linden Tower is home to the ruling Prince or Princess of Bergdhoven. Very few people are allowed in the Tower, though it’s really a Palace more than a mere tower. Only the elite of Flaemish nobles are invited to the few parties held there. The whole Tower is a museum to Flaemish history, priceless oddities and rarities are casually spread among the forty-nine chambers of the Tower (actually there are more than 49 chambers, 49 are those really important). Amongst these there’s the imposing Ballroom, on its walls the portraits of all the family are hung. In the Tower there is the General Quarters of the Hertogspaard, the Knights of the Order of the Flaems, the only knightly order ever existed in Flaemish culture. An elite of highly skilled fighters composes the Order. Its number is fixed in forty-nine, as there were seven Knights for each of the seven Flaemish Dukes (seven times seven, the number sacred to Flaems), with the Archduke as Head of the order. When a knight dies, he’s replaced by another one, personally chosen by the Prince, or by an eventual honorary Head of the Order, presently led by Sir Anton Vlaardoen. The Hertogspaard, the Knights of the Order of the Flaems is composed of 49 fighter-knights (F5, pole arm+1 or lance when mounted, plate armor) 1 leutenent (F6, the same) and led by sir Anton Vlaardoen (HD22, no armor, sword+3, shield+2). This is an ancient order of knights who serve the princess. They are very strict on ceremony and honour in memory of the proper knightly order they once were. Also at the tower is Juliana’s military magist - Chanash Teval (born 933, Fire Elementalist 3rd Circle, Wand of Flaming Disks) (OD&D: Mage 20th, Al C) who also serves as Brigadier to her 3rd Division. Protecting the Tower (Palace) of Linden is a fortress that houses the 3 and 11th Division’s headquarters and is manned by the 4th Banner of the 11th Division. They guard Linden and occasionally patrol and train within the principality. Linden Tower has immense magical protection and wards, including nasty fire traps of ancient Fleamish design. The fort and tower have in addition more mundane defences including: 5 heavy ballistae, 10 light ballistae, and 4 light catapults.
Prijncestujn are the Gardens of Linden Tower. This wonder extends for several acres and every typical Bergdhovese flowers can be found. It is told several magical flowers are grown for the Princes’ personal use. They extend until they meet Grejs, the village famous for its flowers. The village owes its fortunes to the "discovery" (it was actually plundered by another Library soon after Flaems arrived in the Highlands) of the Nithian Book of Herbs, which described recipes used for scented ointment and perfumes. Soon flowers started to fill the fields surrounding the small village, and the village increased. Grejs perfumes were first used as purifying agent during the Flaemish inquisition and to perfume gloves. The most prized perfumes (which are now made by mixing several different scents) are sold for 100 dc/oz. and more! Among these there’s the renowned Juliana’s "Talvijf" (number five), named after the number of the attempt to please the then Princes’ daughter difficult tastes. It’s her personal perfume and it’s told she uses to bath in it. It’s a must for every Flaemish well-to-do Lady.
Willemsbrug (or Fojsbrug, Bridge of Disgrace, for Flaemish purists) is the bridge connecting the Principality of Bergdhoven with the Principality of Krondahar. This massive stone bridge is named after the Prince, Willem IX, who finally approved his construction as Treasurer of the Council, and paid with his own life "his rash deed". It took thirty years to build, more than 3000 workers and the most renowned engineers and Caurenzan architects took part in its construction. It has a road 20’ wide, and twenty-one arches support it. There’s a wooden drawbridge to let ships in. The flow of the water is used to turn water wheels below the arches for grinding grain. From then on, the small hamlet of Zjedelvork (renamed Willemsbrug) has sharply increased until recently becoming the 3rd town of Bergdhoven. The Flaemish side of the bridge is heavily guarded, and a deployment of Vanserie’s III Banner is always stationed here. Part of the tolls collected by Flaems goes directly to the Treasury of the Council to assure the bridge’s upkeep
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Glantrian Political History 828-884 - Harri Mäki and Giovanni Porpora
The Economy of Bergdhoven by Aleksei Andrievski
History of House Glantri, Ritterburg, Linden, Silverston, Sirrechia, and Alhambra by Harri Mäki
The Secret Craft of Air Elementalism by Giampaolo Agosta and Kit Navarro
Principality of Bergdhoven by Thibault Sarlat, Giovanni Porpora, and Agathokles