The Linnorm Kingdoms
Region: The Verge
Population: Small Town
Rulers: Baroness Slavena (NE female human witch 6), Ivan Betyrina (NE male human fighter 5)
The town of Skrata does almost no trade itself. Rather, it serves as a way station for goods shipped down the Iceflow to the Rimeflow River and then eastward to Algidheart or Whitethrone, and as a supply depot for the endlessly drilling armies in the province’s wilderness. Skrata’s riverside docks are always busy, and its warehouses bulge with goods destined for the army or the Rimeflow. Eternally bored and idle Baroness Slavena allows her subordinates to run the town, including her Jadwiga husband Ivan Betyrina, whom the baroness routinely cuckolds with Duke Arvanoff. Lady Slavena believes herself to be clever and discreet, but every last resident of Skrata is fully aware of her amorous activities with the duke, who visits the town for monthly “inspections.” Indeed, the word “inspection” has become a sexual innuendo among Skrata’s Jadwiga and peasants alike. Lord Ivan regularly and brutally vents his rage on the townsfolk, especially the unfortunate prostitutes at Skrata’s several brothels. There are three prominent members of the Heralds of Summer’s Return in town: dockworker Cherni Oslonovich (N male human druid 2), blacksmith Left-Arm Karastov (N male half-orc ranger 3), and apothecary Sanzina Rodoc (NG female human witch 2). All three agree that touching a lit taper to the powder keg that is Skrata’s aristocracy might provoke some wonderful fireworks to undermine Jadwiga rule, but they haven’t yet invented a clever means of doing so. A more serious concern for the Heralds is how they might interrupt the transport of goods south to Vasterborg and Irrisen’s armies.