Furyondy

Proper Name: Kingdom of Furyondy
Ruler: His Pious Majesty, the King of Furyondy,
Belvor IV (LG male human Pal16 of Heironeous)
Government: Feudal monarchy, hereditary kingship
(no current heir) limited by Noble Council
Capital: Chendl
Major Towns: Baranford (pop. 2,200), Caronis
(3,000), Chendl (15,600), Crockport (3,400), Free
Borough (3,100), Gorsend (5,200), Grabford (8,800),
Greatwall (4,400), Kisail (2,300), Libernen (3,900),
Littleberg (7,700), Pantarn (2,500), Redoubt (5,900)
Willip (19,000)
Provinces: Eight major provinces ruled by hereditary
nobility (the "Seven Families")
Resources: Foodstuffs, cloth, gold, wines, fish, shipbuilding
supplies
Coinage: [Furyondy standard] paladin (pp), wheatsheaf
(gp), knight (ep), sheridan (sp), common (cp)
Population: 1,481,800-Human 79% (Osbf), Elf 9%
(sylvan 60%, high 40%), Halfling 5%, Dwarf 3%,
Gnome 2%, Half-elf 1%, Half-orc 1%
Languages: Common, Velondi (far west), Elven,
Halfling
Alignments: LG*, NG, LN
Religions: Heironeous, Rao, St. Cuthbert, Mayaheine,
Zilchus, Trithereon, Fharlanghn, Beory
Allies: Veluna, Shield Lands, Highfolk, Ulek States,
Verbobonc, Dyvers, Knights of the Hart
Enemies: Iuz, Scarlet Brotherhood, Rhennee (distrusted),
Horned Society

Overview: Modern Furyondy spans the land
between the mighty Velverdyva and Veng Rivers,
from the Nyr Dyv in the south to the southern shore
of Lake Whyestil in the north. The nation abuts the
grand Vesve Forest, but claims only a small part of
that expanse.
The two great lakes moderate the weather
throughout most of the year. Rain is more common
in the north, making a depressing land even more
miserable. Winter brings a great deal of snow, but is
not particularly harsh.
Furyondy both profits and suffers from the disposition
of its neighbors. The alliance with friendly onetime
satellite nations like Highfolk and Veluna balances
the depredation suffered at the hands of Iuz and,
until recently, the Horned Society. The Greyhawk
Artur Jakartai at the Retaking of Grabford
Wars changed the nation's borders; for several years,
much of the northern provinces of Kalinstren and
Crystalreach were occupied by Iuz.
War also brought about severe economic depression
for the north, and a massive drain on the royal
coffers. As a result, much of the king's wealth has
been depleted. Much of the nationwide road system,
once Furyondy's pride, lies in shambles unless supported
by the wealth of local lords. This has had a
deleterious effect upon the nation's economy, and
trade is at an alarming low.
Though it suffered great losses in the Greyhawk
Wars (582-584 CY) and the Great Northern Crusade
(586-588 CY), and stands to lose even more to
the newly declared eternal war against Iuz,
Furyondy still boasts one of the most impressive
standing armies in all the Flanaess. Augmented by
war-hungry mercenaries and adventurers from distant
lands, the full force of infantry and cavalry
stand at about twenty thousand soldiers, with
roughly the same number of warriors provided by
local lords.
The Furyondian Royal Navy, based in Willip,
patrols the Nyr Dyv, keeping the coasts (mostly) free
of pirates and dangerous monsters. The Willip Arsenal,
the largest dockyard in the Flanaess, has grown
considerably in the last six years as the nation
replaces dozens of lost ships.
The heartlands of Furyondy are governed by the
king and by the Seven Families, each of whom control
a single province within the kingdom. These
nobles live to the fullest of their grand titles. The
courts of dukes, barons, and earls rival that of the
king himself. The provinces of Furyondy follow,
with capitals and rulers.
Crystalreach, County of
Grabford
Count Artur Jakartai (LG male human Pal17 of
Heironeous)
Fairwain Province
Chendl (royal capital)
King Belvor IV (LG male human Pal16 of Heironeous)
Gold County
Libernen
Countess Kyaren Rhavelle (N female human Wiz4
(illusionist))
Kalinstren, Barony of
Crockport
Baroness Jelleneth Kalinstren (CG female human
Ftr9)
Littleberg, Barony of
Littleberg
Baron Jemain (LG male human Ftr11)
Reach, Duchy of the
Caronis
Duke Bennal Tyneman (CN male human Rog12)
March, Viscounty of the
Gorsend
Viscount Luther Derwent (N male human Ftr4)
Willip, Barony of
Willip
Baron Xanthan Butrain (LN male human Ftr8)
History: In the aftermath of war, participants and
spectators always seek to cast one nation in the role
of good, the other in the role of evil. If the Old One
presents an all too obvious threat, Furyondy presents
salvation. Were it not for the valor of Furyondy's
knights, the resolve of its peasant levies, and the
magic of its steadfast allies, the Flanaess very likely
would be under the complete control of Iuz the Evil.
Furyondy is a place of chivalry, a bastion of good in
these very troubled lands.
The realm began nearly five hundred years ago as
the Viceroyalty of Ferrond, the proudest jewel in the
crown of Aerdy. In those distant days, Ferrond consisted
of modern-day Furyondy (Furyon) and Veluna
(Voll), Highfolk, the Shield Lands, the Quaglands
(Perrenland), and the hilly regions northeast of the
massive Vesve Forest, then known as part of the
Northern Reaches. The viceroy ruled fairly from
Dyvers, where he was attended by scores of noble
families culled from the Great Kingdom, as well as
ennobled Flan who served Aerdy.
Ferrond followed Aerdy's feudalistic model, resulting
in considerable profit for Rauxes though creating
extremely difficult lives for the majority of Ferrondians.
As the Aerdy empire faltered under incompetent
overkings, the nobles of Ferrond withheld their
imperial tithes, ruling by their own writ more than
by the commands of their distant liege.
The death of the aged Viceroy Stinvri in 254 CY
signaled a change in Ferrondian politics. No longer
would the nobles of Ferrond bow to the "dangerous
incompetence" of Rauxes. Instead, they installed
Stinvri's heir as Thrommel I, king of Furyondy. The
coronation was the cause of much celebrating in
Dyvers, and considerable anguish in Aerdy. Immediately,
half-hearted skirmishing in the lands north of
the Nyr Dyv exploded into conflict bordering on allout
war.
Unrest from the northern barbarians and military
incompetence cost Aerdy any chance at checking the
Ferrondian movement. Though it took the Court of
Essences more than a century to acknowledge it,
Furyondy's independence suffered no serious opposition
after 260 CY.
Eventually, the excess of Furyondy's nobles and
the pride of growing Furyondian nationalism triggered
an expansionist phase that saw the annexation
of Bissel in 438 CY. Only the secession of Voll (later
Veluna) and the strength of Keoland to the south
halted Furyondy's aggressive growth.
The year 479 CY saw the appearance of Iuz in the
north, and in the following years much of the Northern
Reaches was lost to the cambion lord. Furyondy's
new preoccupation would not be with internal politics
or foreign treaties, but with a demon-spawned
tyrant.
King Belvor IV, the realm's current monarch, came
to the throne in 537 CY. The events of the last two
decades have weighed heavily on his heart, and he
has turned from a kindly if forceful gentleman to a
bitter, aged warrior. He remains devoted to the teachings
of Heironeous, but many believe that Belvor
goes through the motions of leadership without
spirit, exhausted by war.
Belvor's lesser nobles hold the king in check; their
representatives form the basis of a Noble Council
convened in the current capital, Chendl. Before the
king makes important decrees, he must first garner
the support of this body, which often holds its own
interests above that of the nation as a whole. Below
the king and the Noble Council is an array of minor
nobles known as the Knightly Conclave, a parliamentary
group that considers any issue it wishes, then
offers its opinions to Belvor.
The Greyhawk Wars were not kind to Furyondy.
Ever a stalwart foe of the Old One, the nation paid in
blood when the armies of Iuz marched south and
west. With Bissel overrun by Ket, most of Furyondy's
allies were cut off from aiding the nation against
waves of orcs, hobgoblins, and demons. Crockport
and Grabford fell quickly; Chendl laid besieged for
months and suffered significant damage. The
Whyestil Lake navy narrowly escaped complete
destruction at terrible cost. Furyondy lost nearly
thirty thousand men in the fighting. Though refugees
from the Bandit Kingdoms and even repentant
humans from the Horned Society helped to replace
fallen soldiers, they did little to ameliorate the pain
and suffering of those who had lost loved ones in the
struggle. Expatriate Shield Landers, nearly eleven
thousand of them, understood this loss all too well.
They emigrated to Furyondy after the fall of their
own nation, hungry for retribution and eager to bring
the war to Iuz. With the ratification of the great Pact
of Greyhawk in Harvester 584, however, the wars
came to an end. Furyondy and Iuz alike licked terrible
wounds across a newly formed border and miles of
physical and emotional devastation.
Despite the Pact of Greyhawk, Belvor and his
advisers worked behind the scenes to deal a telling
blow to the enemy to the north. An alliance with
Veluna, always a strong ally and moral compass for
Furyondy, resulted in the recovery of the Crook of Rao
and the Flight of Fiends in Coldeven 586 CY. Without
his support structure of fiendish officers, Iuz's
armies lost much of their striking power and organization.
Belvor knew well that this chaos would not
last forever. Furyondy's plight demanded action. At
great cost to his own power and holdings, King
Belvor IV initiated the Great Northern Crusade.
Furyondy's armies smashed northward in early
Planting, bulwarked by the Knights of the Hart and
the archmage Bigby. Fighting continued for more
than a year, with few meaningful victories for either
side. Finally, in 588 CY, the Battle of Grabford provided
Furyondy with a crucial victory that allowed
it to encircle Crockport, the base of Iuz's operations
in the occupied lands. When the city finally fell to
the forces of weal, it was the site of uncontrolled
chaos and slaughter of the occupying forces. Crockport
had been the goal of the great Northern Crusade.
Many fell victim to emotion in its recapture,
and few good men remember the event with any
degree of pride.
If Crockport had been the initial goal of the Crusade,
however, general revenge, and the ultimate
destruction of Iuz the Evil soon took its place.
Recaptured lands revealed the horrible truth of the
occupation-entire villages had been reanimated;
Iuz's agents knew no pity, and reveled in destruction
and butchery. Exactly three years to the day of calling
the original Crusade, Belvor appeared in public
in Chendl, proclaiming a "permanent and unalterable
state of war" between Furyondy and the Empire
of Iuz.
For the past two years, war has continued in the
form of cross-border raids and magical assaults, spy
operations, assassination and sabotage, and mercenary
strikes against supply and headquarters units.
Whole months pass without noteworthy actions (in
the public eye, at least). Still, the ultimate goal of
Iuz's downfall burns in the hearts and minds of all
Furyondians.
Conflicts and Intrigues: The Furyondian branch
of the Knights of the Hart is becoming increasingly
political, to the chagrin of the southern lords. Three
cloven-hoofed children were born in the town of
Pantarn within the last year. Count Artur Jakartai of
Crystalreach is being courted by Shield Landers who
desire his help in reclaiming their lost land. King
Belvor is aging and has no heir apparent.

Kingdoms of Flanaess

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