A Traveler's Guide to the Turamzzyrian Empire
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Trauntor is dominated by hilly lands with occasional mountain peaks.
To the east, rich forests provide an excellent source of lumber.
The territory was once a badlands, with continued hostility from
the Scourge, among other enemies. Since the building of the Demonwall,
Trauntor has flourished.
Brantur is one of the cities near the Demonwall, which separates
the Empire from the demonic Scourge that harries the lands to the
south and east. Brantur has a strong complement of the best of the
Order of the Golvern Star, and is a very militaristic town. Crime
is almost non-existent, as all offenses are very harshly punished.
The people are extremely distrustful, even of each other.
Brantur is also the site where Tyrgh, the Chaos Lord, raised an
army out of Ba'Lathon and devastated the city. Fortunately, reinforcements
arrived in time to recover the city.
The Citadel of Barrett's Gorge is more of a military installation
than a town. The region is harsh, and historically war torn. The
Citadel at the center sports a series of high walls built for extensive
defense against a potential siege. The sprawl outside of the innermost
walls consists of the housing, shops, inns, and bars that have developed
between the defenses. Each section of the sprawl is separated from
the other by walls with four gates. Though the innermost walls are
tallest and strongest, the wall at each interval is capable of withstanding
Barrett's Gorge is also the primary training area for the Demonwall
Watch of the Order of the Golvern Star. This particular branch of
the OGS prides itself on its extreme militance and zealous commitment
to their Order, their Empire, and their duty.
Within the city of Brantur is Longwitton's Whetstone, which is
said to have magical properties. Commoners claim that if a brave
man sharpens his sword on it, all the wounds he causes will prove
fatal; but if a coward uses it to sharpen his sword, he will only
ever cause injury rather than death.
The Narran Valley just to the north of Barrett's Gorge is known
to be haunted by a night-hag. She has been seen flying low above
the streams, her long black robe trailing in the water and her leathery
wings flapping in the air. Those who have had the misfortune to
encounter her up close describe her as having long black hair, black
eyes, and dark skin. From time to time she is also accompanied by
black hounds with red eyes and enormous fangs. A foolish man once
ignored all advice and spent the night asleep in Narran Valley.
The next morning he was found, unconscious and battered from head
to toe. When he came around, he recalled having been attacked by
the hag, who clawed and pecked at him "like a great bird of
With the Demonwall so prominent in the minds of Brantur's people,
and Ba'Lathon so near to mind as well, gestures and oaths of warding
against evil magic and possession are quite common in Brantur. Sorcerers
are especially distrusted, and even shunned, in Brantur. Most merchants
turn sorcerers away from their establishments, and the punishment
for use of sorcery in a harmful manner is typically death.