Greyhawk 636 CY: The Rise of Asmodeus
The Shield Lands, properly known as the Restored Holy Realm of the Faithful of the Shield Lands, is a political state of the Flanaess.
|Region||Empire of Iuz|
|Ruler||Knight Commander Countess Katarina of Walworth|
|Government||Commonwealth of lords ruled by highest ranking noble of Walworth Isle|
|Major Towns||Critwall, Bright Sentry, Admundfort|
|Resources||[formerly] livestock, foodstuffs|
|Coinage||Knight (gp), axeman (ep), shield (sp), sheaf (cp)|
|Races||Humans (79%), halflings (9%), elves (5%), dwarves (3%), gnomes (2%), half-elves (1%), half-orcs (1%)|
|Languages||Common, Halfling, Elvish|
|Religions||Heironeous*, Saint Cuthbert, Mayaheine, Pholtus, Trithereon.|
|Enemies||Iuz, Horned Society, Bandit Kingdoms|
The Shield Lands are located in the central portion of the Flanaess, just north of the Nyr Dyv.
As of 591 CY, the most populous towns are Critwall (pop. 14,300), and Bright Sentry (pop. 2,700, located on Scragholme Island). Admundfort once had a population of approximately 5,000, but has been occupied by the forces of Iuz’s since 587 CY, and any accurate figure is presently impossible to ascertain. All other cities and towns have been destroyed by Iuz.
As of 591 CY, the population of The Shield Lands totaled some 27,000 persons, the vast majority (almost 80%) being humans, mainly of Oeridian stock, with both Suel and Flan mixed in. halflings are the next largest group (9%), followed by elves (5%), dwarves (3%), and gnomes (2%), with half-elves and half-orcs making up the remainder of the population (approximately 1% each).
The most popular deities among the Shield Lands’s citizenry are Heironeous (favored by the State), Saint Cuthbert, Mayaheine, Pholtus, and Trithereon.
The most widely-spoken languages, before the occupation by Iuz’s forces, were Common, Halfling, and Elvish.
The Shield Lands is a Commonwealth of Lords and ruled by highest ranking noble of Walworth Isle, the current holder of this position is Her Most Honorable Ladyship, Countess Katarina of Walworth, Knight Commander of the Shield Lands.
The national capital is Critwall.
The state’s Coat of Arms is blazoned thus: Gules, a tower sable within a bordure argent.
The Shields Lands have a large amount of livestock and foodstuffs located in the regions now occupied by Iuz, but these resources are not exported. What little territory remains under the control of the Knight Commander and the Commonwealth, as the Free Lands, does not boast many natural resources.
The Shield Lands do not currently have a standard coinage; however, when found, the following coins are used most often: the gold knight (gp), electrum axeman (ep), silver shield (sp), and copper sheaf (cp).