Neumark's bread basket, washed by both the Glauborne and the Abanmal. The flatlands slowly start rising towards the southern mountains, and hills become more often and pronounced as one journeys towards the south. Woods are relatively scarce so the land is covered by a thick blanket of grass that can easily reach a grown man's chest. Along it's roads the middlanders have settled in their farmhouses, each can home an extended family of up to 40 relatives under the same roof. Each of them is surrounded by a short stone wall, followed by the wheat fields and then the wilderness, where the region's famed horses run free. The Middland's light cavalry has won many battles for it's liege.
House Harrald: Rulers of the area since before the Conquest. Once they were called the richest man of Neumark, but the familiy's fortune has degenerated with time, specially thanks to their practice of inbreeding between the branches of the House, to keep the holdings intact. The current Lord is Edward, fifth of the name, aged 66, known in Neumark's halls as 'the Simple' and in Neumark's alleys as 'the Idiot'. Prone to give money to any passing alchemist or troubadour, many agree that his only success was marrying a rich burger's daughter out of love, Annabella (41). She was instrumental in moving the Duke from Glorket to Stonewall, where his 'eccentricities' could be kept under a tight leash.
The burger's blood was stronger than the decaying royal one and all their issue strongly ressembles her. All hopes where laid on their firstborne, Guy, until he fell victim of the plague. However, his two younger sisters, Emma (19) and Annabella (17) survived and are yet unmarried. Now that Edward's death is close, the future of the house still looks bleak.
Their sigil is a horse rampant, and their motto, 'Speed is my strength'
If the Middlands are Neumark's breadbasket, then Glorket (a derivation from Market-on-the-Glauborne) is where the bread is wheighed, measured and sold. Initialy a small castle on a hill by the river, it's turned into an active trading hub. Thanks to the decadence of the house of Harrald, the burgers are gaining more freedom. Rumours go that they are willing to become a chartered city, if they can gain (or buy) the King's favour.
Built where the Crownway turns east to avoid the Fenlands the castle is a reminder of richer days, since all the stone for its massive walls and five towers was ferried from the Upper Glauborne, then overland to the site, as the site is close to the marshes and no suitable rock could be found. However, it was not the house's last work, as they built the stretch of the road that goes to the Abanmal, over an extense marsh deemed as impassable and is known as the Harralds Causeway to this day.
A small township in the middle of the flatlands, it concentrates the activity of the nearby farms. Caravans carrying wool and wheat depart to Glorket every week. The only remarkable point is the large cathedral built by the High Church a century ago.
It began as an inn over the road to the capitol. With time it grew slowly and now it's a community of a few thousand souls, trading with both the travelers and nearby farmers
A rather small county compared to it's neighbours, here the foothills of the Mist Mountains are covered by a thick forest where the boar, the bear and the deer are plenty. It's people are skilled hunters. The area is attached to the Middlands
King's Lodge (castle)
Initially hunting lodge in the middle of the woods, it got its name when Leothric spent the summer of 142 AC hunting there, under an invitation from the Lord Harrald. To mark the ocasion, the lodge was expanded and a wooden wall was built surrounding it, along with a few towers, hence earning the category of Castle
St. Collin (town & monastery)
Seeking isolation for his studies, St. Colin created the small abbey in a small valley, with a narrow road connecting it to lake Bern. The monastery grew and now it has a small village attached to it, to mind for the monk's worldly matters and liberate them for their contemplation.