The Barony of Nordland
The Barony of Nordland is the northernmost province of the Empire and lies on the political boundary of Middenheim city-state to the south and Ostland to the east. The governor of Nordland is Baron Werner Nikse whose base is in the relatively small city of Salzenmund. Nordland, along with Ostland, is the only Imperial region that has a coast, but unfortunately there are no sizeable harbours along the coastline. Perhaps this is due to the danger of the peninsula of Norsca only 300 miles to the north or the fact that the coastline is too precipitous in many places for any constructions to be built.
Nordland is a non-electoral province but is closely linked with nearby Middenheim. This relationship stemmed from the marriage of Brunhilde Todbringer to Baron Ludwig Nikse in 2368 IC. Today, Graf Boris of Middenheim is married to Anika-Elise Nikse of Nordland. The Barony looks to Middenheim for its security and for trade links with the south and west. In return Nordland provides the occasional regiment of archers.
Nordland has the only 'true' Elven forest of the Empire within its boundaries - the Laurelorn Forest. Nordlanders believe that the Laurelorn is haunted and do not venture into its depths unless they have to. Woodsmen stay well clear of it, perhaps knowing something no other Nordlanders know of, and work the forests a little to the north of Salzenmund or the Forest of Shadows instead. Only trappers have the guile to keep up with their jobs within the Laurelorn but only during the day. The Laurelorn Forest is a mixed deciduous forest and home to the giant lornalim - a straight-trunked tree, with a silvery bark and fibrous, yellow leaves, much loved by the Elves.
Roots: It is known that the Semunduri tribe settled in the Nordland area at the time of Sigmar but what became of them no-one really knows. Other tribes, namely hunters and woodsmen, re-settled the area, setting the scene for the future barony.
Historical Notes: In 1244 was the famous Battle of Beeckerhoven. This was where the self-styled 'Doomlord of Middenheim', the Necromancer Dieter Helsnicht, met his match outside the town of Beeckerhoven against a combined force of Empire and Kislevite troops. The battle is often the source of inspiration for poets and playwrights. A force of Middenheimers and Kislevites came to the aid of the Nordlanders just in time to destroy the rear of Dieter's Undead forces. The Elector Count of Nordland at this time was Einrich Moltke and he slew the Doomlord with his Runefang. However, the Necromancer's body was never recovered after the battle. It is assumed that his body still lies somewhere outside Beeckerhoven.
Regional Saints and Heroes: The semi-mythical Fraewulf is held as a great hero by those who know of him, mostly Druids and others who follow the Old Faith. He was the chief of the Semunduri tribe and was the first to pledge allegiance to Sigmar. There are legends that Fraewulf was as big as a giant and had the strength of one-hundred men. However, the real hero of Nordland is Count Einrich Moltke, who was the Elector Count of Nordland some one-thousand three-hundred years ago. He rallied the troops of Nordland at Beeckerhoven against the hordes of Undead that Dieter Helsnicht had brought to bear on them in his forty-year campaign of war against the Empire. The Count bravely stood up against the Necromancer and ran him through with his Runefang. Einrich's statue now stands in the town square of Salzenmund.
Military Colours: Blue and yellow.
|Settlement Name||Size||Pop||Wealth||Source of Wealth||Garrison/Militia||Notes|
|SALZENMUND||C||5,122||4||Trade, Govt.||10a/80b||Capital of Nordland.|
|Oldenlitz||V||172||3||Agriculture||6b/10c||Major coach stop.|
CHARACTERS FROM THE BARONY OF NORDLAND
Unsurprisingly, any Wood Elf adventurers from the Empire will probably originate from Nordland than from any other region. The Laurelorn Forest is home to at least four to five hundred Elves and some of them will be of the adventurous type.
Human Nordlanders live in the sparsely populated region occupying towns, villages and hamlets: Nordland is too densely forested for large settlements to be found. As a result their customs are different to any other region's, and some degree of in-breeding is common.
Nordlanders are a people of woodsmen, trappers, roadwardens, hunters, coachmen, and highwaymen; more commonly the latter three. Nordlanders have a reputation of being highwaymen, a reputation that some of them love and others hate. The coaching town of Beeckerhoven might have something to do with this as it stands on the main highway from Middenheim to Kislev. Those people that have been 'held up' by highwaymen complain that the inhabitants of Beeckerhoven work with the highwaymen and hide them from the authorities in exchange for a share of the spoils from any robbery.
NORDLANDER WARRIOR BASIC CAREER CHART
NORDLANDER RANGER BASIC CAREER CHART
NORDLANDER ROGUE BASIC CAREER CHART
NORDLANDER ACADEMIC BASIC CAREER CHART