A small city made of stone mined from the mountains it
sits next to sat forlorn and abandoned for centuries.
The occasional troll or orc itís only inhabitant.
Eventually the mist deposited some goodly folks nearby.
One of these newcomers was a peasant named Brogas. He
quickly recognized the need to inhabit and rebuild the
city. It was the perfect place to defend himself and the
other newcomers from the dangers of this new world.
They quickly cleaned out the wells and repaired the
walls. The nearby quarry also suppled all the stone
needed to fix the buildings and roofs. As the folks of
this new city worked more and more people were deposited
by the mist to their location. Brogas turned out to be a
natural leader, and soon everyone was looking to him for
Hunters scoured the area and located ample supplies of
meat and local edible vegetation to get the folks
through till the fields around the city could be worked
and a steady supply of vegetables and livestock could be
built up. During these trips they found a gated wall
guarding a pass in the mountains. Eventually everyone
started calling their home Gatereach.
One day a pair of wagons rolled into town with Anvil,
Thistle and their two children, who were adopted elves.
Apparently they had chosen to travel to this world to
escape the prejudices of theirs and had brought several
items with them to set up house keeping. Anvil knew of
an ore mine nearby that he used to forge tools and
Little by little, more people appeared from the mist.
Soon the mist was depositing people regularly and the
populations slowly started to increase.
The citizens of Gatereach prospered. Very seldom were
they bothered by monsters and when they were it was
small groups and easily killed or driven away.
Eventually the people discovered other cities in this
new land and quickly set up trade routes and alliances.
Eventually the number of people in Gatereach exceeded
the capacity of the city. A peaceful river valley on the
opposite side of the mountains were known to the folks
of the city and it was decided to build a new settlement
there. Soon the town of Gladden Fields was erected. This
was as much a strategic move as anything else. It gave
the people control of both sides of the mountain pass
and the quickest way to Mittelmarch and the other
settlements to the East.
Soon the citizens realized they needed a name for the
new kingdom they had carved from the wilderness and the
name Dunland was chosen. Brogas had been knighted by the
folks for his tireless efforts in getting the kingdom
built and the populace voted him in as their leader and
During this time a new leader emerged from the local
monsters as well. Banith is a half orc of superior
cunning and ferocity. in the mountains north of
Gatereach he raised an army of orcs, goblins, trolls and
giants. When he found out about the new town being built
he saw a chance for mayhem. he marched upon it before
the walls were complete and laid siege to it.
The call for aid went out and our friends and allies
answered. Troops from Dragonspire arrived with Sir
Istvan leading them, soldiers from Mittelmarch lead by
Zaron of the Dragoons came next, Our friends from the
Too Fuu Shogunate arrived, Solders from Aethenue
arrived, and our allies from Ameth came through the mist
to aid us led by Sir Elindiel, and with the force from
Gatereach combined to drive Banith from the area and
scatter or kill most of his troops.
Dunland has enjoyed a peaceful existence for awhile
afterwards but Banith survived and rebuilt his army. He
now is much more careful in his engagements and uses
much more guile in his attacks against the good folks of
After the increased problems with Banith and his
followers Anvil decided to form the military unit the
Defenders of Dunland to unite the soldiers of the area.
These brave souls travel the lands fighting against the
forces of evil and helping the militia of Dunland to
organize and fight against threats close to home.
Recently a Skaven known as Vermin left our lands after
being employed by the Defenders as a scout and spy. It
is rumored he has returned through the mist to his
homeland. Even if the rumors about him taking the
Chuíkuítalís colors and spreading Banithís influence are
true, his aid in training the people in Dunland in the
art of war will always be remembered.
Dunland also had a new outpost destroyed before it could
fully reach itís potential. Maybe Banithís people got it
or maybe it was to close to the Mines of Morath in
Dragonspire. Whatever the reason we lost contact with
those folks and scouts sent came back with stories of
burnt ruins forestalled any new attempts to settle that
Several citizens are looking to expand into the west and
the more open country of Dunland. Perhaps farther from
the mountains they will thrive and grow in numbers.
Currently Dunland faces two threats from the North. The
Jovianís luckily enough have not seemed to notice us
yet. The other threat is more direct and immediate.
Banith seems to be building his numbers at an alarming
rate. He has even sent troops to help overrun the
Northern Steppes. After tracking the group to that area
Dunland sent many a brave warrior to aid our allies,
alas to no avail and the evil beast beat the goodly
folks in many a battle.
At this rate we fear that Banithís numbers and allies
will soon be able to overrun the goodly folk of Dunland.
Food and Climate
Gatereach has the harsher climate since the winds hit
the mountains directly and rain is released by clouds
trapped by the peaks. It is cooler since the sun is only
hitting that side in the morning and afternoon. The
citizens rely heavily on root crops and cabbages along
with other cool weather crops. Hardy Highland cattle are
grazed in the meadows and pastures of the mountains
along with sheep used for their wool. Many times in the
winter months the farmers move the herds to the lower
elevations and a small group of soldiers are always
assigned to the herds to help protect them from roving
Gatereach is only 3 miles from the river and an ancient
stone paved road leads to the waters edge. Unfortunetly
the road has several switch backs in it to make the
grade safe for wagons and adds nearly 2 miles to the
trip as it winds up the mountains. A small settlement
was built here and consist of fishermen and a ferry. A
dock has been built and warehouses are there for storing
the incoming and outgoing goods from other lands. A
small keep is garrisoned here to protect the goods and
An ancient stone paved path winds through the mountains
and leads to the town of Gladden Fields. The path is
only wide enough to allow a large cart to travel in most
places but does open up in a few areas. Both ends of the
path end in a walled and gated pass.
Gladden Fields has by far the nicer climate. Not only is
it lower in elevation, the mountains block the worst of
the storms and the sun warms the slopes from noon till
sunset. Livestock raised here can be less hardy and
fruit trees and grapes grow nicely on the southern
facing slopes. Lower down a few scattered grain fields
can be seen here and there. Gladden fields has the
benefit of being situated by the river but still close
to the overland trail through the mountains. Again a
dock and ferry are at the river but the town is close
enough that the warehouses are inside the town walls.
Both towns have active mines that are used to extract
several ores from the mountains and one active salt mine
on Gladden Fields side. Both towns also have active
stone quarries and occasionally marble is even brought
down from the mountains.
The towns barter heavily with each other for foodstuffs
and fibers. Most exports consist of metals and salt.
More exotic foods and woods are imported heavily.
There are several breeds of horses raised in Dunland.
The three most notable are the short shaggy stout
mountain ponies that have remarkable endurance and sure
footedness for traveling in the highlands. The extremely
large draft horses used at the mines and quarries to
move massive amounts of materials. the final breed is
more along the lines of a quarter horse used for general
riding and message carrying.
Small barges are currently used to transport goods on
the river but a ship with sails is in the process of
construction. With the path through the mountains
becoming more and more dangerous to use even with an
armed escort it is feared that it may have to be
abandoned as a route in all but the most direst of
circumstances. A plan to clear the area around the path
is not feasible at the moment due to the increased
demands on the military due to the Jovian threat. It is
felt that one or two sailing vessels would expedite
travel between the towns.
History of Mittelmarch
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