An Odd Sort of Town
The Country in which the campaign is set. Estersea has a temprate climate with good rainfall. The country is divded by a range of mountains know as the Hoarfrost which are impassable in winter. Despite this natural barrier the kingdom has remained cohesive. To the southeast lies the “Oddwood” a vast coniferious forest that is thought to be cursed due to a number of strange cases of citizens on it’s border whom were strangely afficted by strange illnesses, curses or mutations after venturing inside it. Estersea has officially laid uncontested claim to the Oddwood, however other countries borders tend to vary around it’s edges depending on the nationallity of the map maker. Estersea was the first Kingdom to outlaw the keeping of slaves and retains a sizable millitary. It has fair relations with the neighbouring countries of Halledras and Creyerald and the three royal families are closely related.
For the past 500 years the country on the northern border, Folkvangr, has been in conflict with Estersea and the latest conflict was so long and drawn out that few villages along the border survived. Due to issues of supply Folkvangr was forced to surrender a wide swath of their southern lands. A redrawing of the border in Estersea’s favour and subsequent millitary occupation of the area was a bitter pill to swallow. Folkvangr nobles who wished to retain their lands and incomes were sworn by blood oath to serve the King of Estersea but tensions remain high.
Estersea employs the feudal system and it’s nobles have a number of legal privileges not granted to commoners. Landowners are required to pay in tithes or labour for the land which are held by the nobles who in turn have to provide service to the King. Previously this was mostly limited to millitary service however in the past century with the middle class on the rise wealthy commoners were given the option to enroll their sons and daughters into newly formed millitary academies where they could become new ranks of educated common officers serving in positions of command beneath knights.