Nova Vaasa

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Nova Vaasa
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Culture Level Medieval
Ecology Full
Climate & Terrain Temperate forests, hills, plains
Year Formed 682 BC
Population 67,700
Races (%) Humans 91%, halflings 5%, gnomes 3%, other 1%
Languages Vaasi, Halfling, Gnome, Balok, Darkonese, Falkovnian, Tepestani
Religions Church of the Lawgiver
Government Aristocracy
Ruler(s) Prince Othmar Bolshnik
Darklord(s) Malken
Nationality Nova Vaasan
Analog Russia, Vaasa on Toril
Related Categories
Locations in Nova Vaasa
Transportation in Nova Vaasa
Inhabitants of Nova Vaasa
Former Inhabitants of Nova Vaasa
Flora of Nova Vaasa
Fauna of Nova Vaasa
Native Monsters of Nova Vaasa

Contents

Things, Creatures & Personnages of Legend

Biology

Flora of Nova Vaasa

Grasses[1]

  • Dødmangraes ("dead man's grass") is found in the Ehrendton of Nova Vaasa. A fungus turns patches of the short and thin native grass from its yellow-green to an unhealthy white. It is said to be the sign of an unmarked grave.
  • Havgraes is a tall a chest-high grass, the tallest in known world, which is perfect for a stalking plains cat. It is common in the Pommel.
  • Hestgraes is a knee-high grass, in which the plains cat is certainly capable of crouching, with brown or white seeds. It is common in the Tordenmark ('Thundering Plain').
  • Knivgraes is a razor-edged grass that thrives only in the Dommark ("Plains of Judgement").
  • Vingraes is a short golden grass with royal purple seeds. It is common on the Kesjermark ("King's Plain)" and lends it the moniker of “Højplads’s Carpet”.

Cacti

Crops of Nova Vaasa

Fauna of Nova Vaasa

Cats

Horses[2]

  • Gedfode ("goat-foots") is a breed of horses native to the rockier western reaches of the Kesjermark and of the Elendighedmark in Nova Vaasa. They stand from 13 to 15 hands high. Gedfode are used by the Vistani as pack animals. The Vaasi use them to carry freight to and from the docks of Guldstrand Beach and up and down the rock trail to Egertus perched on the cliff high above.[3]

Livestock of Nova Vaasa

Snakes[4]

Native Horrors

Nova Vaasa is host to several species of monsters unknown elsewhere and closely related, symbolically at least, to horses. They include the tragic Doedridere, a marriage of horse and rider in undeath, the foul Hestdrikker, which feeds on the blood of horses, vicious Hestskærere, which slits open the stomachs of horses and crawl inside, and treacherous Niksiee, which captivates with its beauty before carrying off and drowning its rider.

Aberrations

Undead

Geography

Nova Vaasa map by the MCS. Note: Since this fan-made map predates 3rd Edition Ravenloft, there are some inconsistencies with the more recent maps.


Weather

Terrain

Plains

  • The Ehrendton is located in northeast Nova Vaasa.

Hills

  • The Howling Hills, called the Hills of Bleak Vistas by Barovians, are the eastern foothills of the Barovian Balinoks. They are wolf infested, are rumoured to harbour werewolves and vampires, furnish inferior timber, and consequently are shunned by all but the most foolhardy.

Canyons

Forests

  • The Graenseskov ("Borderwood") grows thickly on the lower slopes of the eastern foothills of the Balinoks in Barovia and well out onto the flatter land of Nova Vaasa beyond them. Its upper reaches are known to Barovians as the Hills of Bleak Vistas and to the Nova Vaasans as the Howling Hills. The northern boundary of the forest lies a little south of the Old Svalich Road where the beech-firs of the Old Svalich Woods resolutely hold their ground. The southern limit extends at least to the border of Hazlani frontier but perhaps continues into Hazlan itself.

Woods

Note: wood are usually less than 1 mile square.

Lakes

Communication

Rivers

Dnar River System

The Sydligdnar ("South Dnar River") is navigable, although not without difficulty in both directions owing to its current, with small ships between the Nocturnal Sea and the docks at Kantora. With the right winds, the Sydligdnar can be sailed. Otherwise it must be rowed. The Vaughn Dnar and the Dnar are too deep to be forded as they merge to form the Sydligdnar. Bridges consistent with small ships pose a manifest engineering problem, but none are mentioned, so ferry service for river crossings would make sense. A ferry service is known to exist between the docks of Kantora and the port of Guldstrand Beach on the sea at the foot of Egertus.

The Vaughn Dnar River is navigable, although surely with progressively smaller craft as one climbs past the Borchava River and the Trished River on the way to Liara. The Vaughn Dnar is not navigable in Tepest as its waters plunge through shallow but sinuous and boulder strewn gorges.

The East Timori Road remains on the south shore of the Vaughn Dnar from Kantora until just after the Trished River, inviting the hypothesis that at that point either the Vaughn Dnar becomes fordable or has a bridge thrown across it that doesn't greatly harm river traffic. To reach that point, the East Timori Road crosses the Borchava River, suggesting that the Borchava is either more fordable than the Vaughn Dnar or that a bridge thrown across the Borchava would do less harm to river traffic than one thrown over the Vaughn Dnar. In Liara there is at least one bridge over the Vaughn Dnar. There are four ancient stone bridges built over the Vaughn Dnar between the Tepestani frontier and Lake Kronov.

Ivlis River System

The Ivlis River and its tributaries are essentially unnavigable, which is not to say that it cannot be done, only that it cannot be done reliably and safely enough for it to be economical. The Volgis River may be used, at least seasonally, to float logs individually to Bergovitsa however.

Saniset River System

The Saniset River is navigable from the Nocturnal Sea to Sly-Var and beyond, certainly not all the way to Immol, but perhaps to the shadow of the Barovian Balinoks where the climb to Immol begins. Craft are very likely smaller than small ships however. Otherwise chuul, when they rear their ugly selves, wouldn't be able to make a mess of transport on the river.

The Genspejle is navigable from Sly-Var to the frontier with Nova Vaasa and with greater difficulty some distance beyond.

Fording the Saniset River seems unlikely, even above Sly-Var. The Iron Road crosses the Saniset two-thirds of the way to Toyalis. This would be the disembarkation point for goods carried by water to Toyalis from both up and downriver, so throwing a bridge across the river here would do no exceptional harm to river traffic. Additionally, one could imagine Hazlik insisting upon a bridge as it would also service his private estate of Veneficus. The Iron Road crosses Genspejle at Sly-Var. A bridge here would allow the town to straddle both banks and would be a boon to commerce. And a ferry across the Saniset would make sense too. The Vaere Bange Road crosses the Saniset near the Nocturnal Sea. Again a ferry would make sense.

Musarde River System

The East Musarde River could conceivably be used for a bit of transportation back and forth across the southern Pommel. Only the Vistani or a captain of the Mists could, however, hope to use the East Musarde River to reach southwestern Hazlan or the Musarde River to reach the southwestern Pommel of Nova Vaasa.

Roads

Note: Efforts, subject to continual sabotoge, are underway to cut a road through Tepest and Keening to the Strigos Road in Darkon.

Mistways

  • The Bleak Road (poor reliability, two-Way) from the Misty Border south of Arbora in southern Nova Vaasa to northern Vorostokov. This Mistway is little known as such, although inhabitants south of Arbora have probably seen strange things.
  • The Serpent's Coils (moderate reliability, two way) from eastern Nova Vaasa to Paridon. This Mistway is little known as such, but those living in eastern Nova Vaasa have noticed a corellation between disappearances and individuals being out on foggy nights during the dark of the moon. [VRGttM pg. 70-71] Subsequently revisited by the FoS, presumably in the Paridon Gazeetteer.

Landmarks


Frontiers

Barovia

  • The Graenseskov ("Borderwood") grows thickly on the lower slopes of the eastern foothills of the Balinoks in Barovia and well out onto the flatter land of Nova Vaasa beyond them. Its upper reaches are known to Barovians as the Hills of Bleak Vistas and to the Nova Vaasans as the Howling Hills. The northern boundary of the forest lies a little south of the Old Svalich Road where the beech-firs of the Old Svalich Woods resolutely hold their ground. The southern limit extends at least to the border of Hazlani frontier but perhaps continues into Hazlan itself.

Darkon


Hazlan

  • The Høj i den Safdrede Sti-Naavne ("Hill of the Hundred Paths") stands in northeastern Hazlan close to the border with Nova Vaasa at the limit of the Ufrugtbarlan ("Barren Lands"). It is shunned as a place where ghosts walk and kill those who put a foot wrong.

Tepest

  • The Wormwood stands south of the South Dnar River in southeastern Tepest and reaches across the frontier into Nova Vaasa where it gradually thins and ultimately gives way to the Elendighedmark ("Plain of Misery"). It harbours goblins, Hala's witches, Vaasi bandits (near its eastern fringes), and the three hag sisters (at is heart) who are the Darklords of Tepest.[7]

The Shadow Rift

The Mists (the Misty Border)

The Nocturnal Sea


The Great Upheaval

Nova Vaasa was significantly altered by the Great Upheaval. To the northeast its frontier with Markovia became one with the Shadow Rift, with positive consequences for the Dyrskov ("Beastwood"). But the Shadow Rift also ended trade with the western Core via the Timori Road, which could not have been good for Liara in particular although it may have helped Bergovitsa a bit. A comparison of the rivers, in particular, before and after the Great Upheaval suggests that Nova Vaasa effectively annexed the former territory of the Nightmare Lands, but a comparison of the subsequent position of the cities suggests that this was a stealth annexation, with Kantora and Egertus simply being relocated to the east and Arbora likewise being relocated to the southwest. The disappearance of the Nightmare Lands was itself a boon and even more so was the eventual appearance of the Nocturnal Sea, which has not only lent Egertus and Arbora considerable importance, but given Nova Vaasa a possible direction for expansion. The former territory of Hazlan was also annexed, as that land reformed along what had been the frontier with Bluetspur. This greatly altered the locations of Sly-Var and Arbora relative to each other, but perhaps improved the prospects for trade, as the navigable Saniset River could now carry goods between the two lands.

Population Distribution

Cities

Towns

Villages

  • Haaldam is the largest settlement on the Ehrendton in northwestern Nova Vaasa with a population of roughly 200 people.[8]
  • Mavalga is a small fishing port on the Nocturnal Sea that harbours a population of 209 souls. It is not far south of Rutledge which itself stands on the border of Darkon and Nova Vaasa. This is to say that Mavalga lies on the edge of the Ehrendton in northeastern Nova Vaasa. It was assaulted by the Bad Wind in 755 BC.
  • Mel Fira was a large village in northern Nova Vaasa. It was razed in 735 BC as part of an attempt by adventurers to put to an end a conspiracy led by a wererat. The village was not rebuilt and its site is shunned.
  • Netbook-captioned.pngRutledge is a port harbouring roughly 250 souls on the Nocturnal Sea that straddles the border between Darkon and Nova Vaasa. It has, as yet, been claimed by neither. Its lifeblood is fishing but it also serves as a pirate haven.

Economy

Agarian

Crops of Nova Vaasa

Livestock of Nova Vaasa

Horses of Nova Vaasa

Manufacturing

Ships

Trade

Taxation

Black Market

Authority

Darklord

Malken

Temporal Rule

Legendary

The Five Families and their Territorial Holdings

Five Families are the leading noble families Nova Vaasa that have divided and shared the rule of the Vaasi nation between themselves so long as the Cycle of Stewards has remained unbroken. At present the cycle is broken, the work of Prince Othmar Bolshnik who has undisguised ambitions for himself and his line. The Church of the Lawgiver has so far supported his royal pretentions.

The Cycle of Stewards

The perpetual temporal rule of the Vaasi nation by a royal family ended before it began. The Conqueror-King Zaanji Højplads was named the Eternal King and his seat left empty awaiting his return, which is to say that the role of king was replaced by that of prince and steward. The patriarchs of the Five Families each enjoy a four year term as temporal leader of the Vaasi nation according to a rotating schedule named the Cycle of Stewards. The choice of the title of "prince" and even more so of that of "steward" anticipates the return of a king who would reincarnate the glorious past of Eternal King Zaanji Højplads if not be the reincarnation of the Eternal King himself. Othmar Bolshnik seeks for himself Højplads's title of king at least. To this end he has broken the Cycle of Stewards, something that has been done before, although never for a complete cycle. As of yet there is no indication that he can win for himself and his nation glories worth speaking of and so hope to be the title's undisputed bearer. And even if he could, the Bolshnik family would be unwise to imagine that the other four of the Five Families would lie quiescent for long.

BC

Spiritual Rule

The Church of the Law Giver has ruled the spirtual life of the Vaasi nation for as long as history recounts.

Legendary

Contempory

BC?-present Himmelsk Naeve Pieter Jergaar commands the Iron Faith across the known world from the Black Citadel-Fane in Kantora. He is a priest of the Church of the Lawgiver who by his spiritual prowess climbed its ranks and succeed becoming its Himmelsk Naeve ("Divine Fist").

Church and State

The rule of Vaasi temporal leaders, in temporal affairs, is recognised by the Church of the Lawgiver. Likewise, the rule of Vaasi spiritual leaders, in spiritual affairs, is enforced by the princes of the Vaasi nation.

Temporal authority and spiritual authority have been incarnated in a single individual on four occasions. This was first done by Sainted Prince Gorkyn who instituted the title of Himmelsk Naeve (“Divine Fist”). Only the most ambitious and worthy of temporal or spiritual leaders make much progress towards achieving this coincidence of temporal and spiritual authority.

The ambitions of Prince Othmar Bolshnik, by comparison, run in the direction of breaking the festers placed by the other noble families on his own so as to raise himself and his line to a position of perpetual temporal rule. This is not something that the Iron Faith in principle opposes. And indeed it is at present giving every indication of supporting Othmar in his royal pretentions.

Government

By the Prince of Nova Vaasa and his officials, under the guidance of the Council of Lords. The annual meeting of the council has been reduced to a mostly pointless formality by Prince Othmar.[19]

Law

Pronounced in the name of the Eternal King, by the will of the Lawgiver." [20]

Law-Enforcement

By the militias of each of the Five Families within its duchy.

By the city, town or village guard where one exists.

Extra-Judicial

Intelligence Gathering

Military Footing

Casus belli

Present

  • Repeated attacks by an unidentified party (or parties) on Vaasi efforts to cut a road through Tepest into Keening and on to the Strigos Road in Darkon. There is discussion of the need to civilize the Tepestani.

Future

  • Speculation.png Any of Hazlik banning religion in his land, declaring the independence of the Hazlani Church of the Lawgiver, being implicated in the death or disappearance of members of the Iron Faith, imposing a pave of his own choice upon the Hazlani Church, or ensorcelling the pave or other church leaders. Why would Hazlik do any of these things? Because the Himmelsk Naeve ("Divine Fist") has ordered that a hardline be taken by the Pave of Hazlan on the practice of arcane magic. Pave Stavroz Vatsisk has not yet seen fit to obey this order, having some appreciation of the possible consequences. Whether the Himmelsk Naeve Pieter Jergaar has failed to appreciate the consequences or appreciates them all too well is the question.
  • Speculation.png Growing threat of piracy on the Nocturnal Sea with Liffe's status as a "failed state" being given as its cause.
  • Speculation.png Similarly, a determination to monopolise trade on the Nocturnal Sea.
  • Speculation.png A crusade to lay the undead to rest in Barovia.

Language & Culture

Vassi

Vaasi is the official language of Nova Vaasa. The use of any other language in legal proclaimations and historical records is proscribed. And it is likewise with the rites and the records of the Church of the Lawgiver.

While Vaasi is spoken in Hazlan, Kartakass, and Valachan, the dialects in use there are deemed to be degenerate in comparison with the the right and true Vaasi of Nova Vaasa.

Special Days

Gods and Religions

Gods

Hero Cult

Inns & Taverns

Arbora

Bergovitsa

Kantora

Egertus

Liara

The Barovian frontier

NPC

Bandits[23]

  • The Tatters Man who decorates his lances and bardings with strips of clothing taken from his victims.

Chronology

  • 660 BC - Kingdom of Vaasa: Tristen Hiregaard is born. [The given date of 664 BC is inconsistent with him being 11 when his father commits suicide in 671 BC and with the 11 years between his first love and the formation of Nova Vaasa. [25]
  • 670 BC - Kingdom of Vaasa: Prince Romir Hiregaard, father of Tristen, kills his wife in an unjustified fit of jealous rage and is cursed by her to kill any woman he loves. (Tristen is ten.) [15]
  • 671 BC - Kingdom of Vaasa: Prince Romir Hiregaard commits suicide, his son Tristen Hiregaard becomes prince at the age of 11, Sergei Hiregaard is regent, and the curse jumps to Tristen. [15]
  • 674 BC - Tristen Hiregaard and Sergei Hiregaard step down and the Patriarch of the Chekiv family becomes prince. [Deduction]
  • 676 BC - The curse lays dormant for five years until Lord Tristen Hiregaard falls in love with a peasant girl, kisses her, and kills her. The crime is covered up, Tristen is remorseful, but enjoyed the deed in the moment. [15]
  • 677-682 BC - Lord Tristen Hiregaard kills a total of nine women over the next six years, doubts his sanity, and decides to commit suicide, but the Mists intervene. [15]
  • 682 BC - In the Second Judgement of the Lawgiver, the Vaasans are wrenched from the Faldverden (“Fallen World”) into the Falskverden (“False World”). Nova Vaasa emerges from the Mists. [26]
  • 682 BC - Prince Ingemar Bolshnik describes the appearance of Barovia, Arak, the Nightmare Lands, and the Mists upon the frontiers of his land with the words: “howling fear to the west, stone death to the north, shapeless nightmares to the east, and nothing but ominous swirling to the south”. (Winter) [11]
  • Potential-captioned.png682-700 BC - A man lures nearly a score of his neighbors into his home to see his arcane fireplace which burns without wood. It explodes consuming them all and the house too. The dangerous arcane essence that lingers afterwards in the ashes is extinguished by a priest of the Lawgiver. This story is recounted frequently by clergy of the Lawgiver in Nova Vaasa and its time and place varies. It may be but a cautionary tale devised to slander arcane magic and promote its betrayal to the authorities before something bad happens. [28]
  • 685 BC - Armand Ironhand (Sir Armand Rivtoff) confronts and is put to flight by the Black Duke, the fiendish leader of a cult (The Brotherhood of the Whip) responsible for the destruction of the village of Drataan in the Ehrendton. [31]
  • 685-700 BC - The Tapestry of Dark Souls is woven by Welse in Arbora using silk supplied by an Abber Nomad. It brings doom to his family and in short order passes out of Nova Vaasa. [This cannot happen before trading relations are well established with the Abber Nomads and must occur well before 700 BC according to Mangrum] [32]
  • 691 BC - Tepest emerges from the Mists. The event is marked in that land by deformity and crop failure. [33]
  • 691-692 BC - Tepestani famine is relieved by assistance from Sir Tristen Hiregaard in particular. (Winter - Spring) [33]
  • 695 BC - Sir Armand Rivtoff publishes The Beast of Ehrendton. It is widely acclaimed, although as fiction and (by some) as political commentary.. [31]
  • 698 BC - Markovia is born and the Dyskov forest is effectively put off limits for four decades. [34]
  • 703-721 BC - Katya Chekiv, the unloved second wife of Tristen Hiregaard, gives birth to three sons some time within this period. The oldest is Yorgi, next is Sasha, and the youngest is Myar. All three are middle-aged in 756 BC. [36]
  • 705 BC - A band of wererats devastates the population and provokes the abandonment of a village in Northern Nova Vaasa named Mel Fira. [The event happens several decades before the publication of Van Ritchen’s Guide to Werebeasts in 735] [37]
  • 708 BC - Othmar Bolshnik is born the second son of Kethmar Bolshnik. [38]
  • 713 BC - The council elders of Briggdarrow in Tepest convince Falkovian investors to fund the construction of The Spider House inn to profit from and to bolster burgeoning traffic between Nova Vaasa and Falkovnia. [39]
  • 714 BC - Hazlan appears and is converted rapidly the faith of the Lawgiver. The relatively benign reputation of the Skyggeskov forest is retained. [40][41]
  • 717 BC - The cult of the Claws of Sehkmaa sees the light of day. It is led by the high priest Malken and its message of easing poverty and reversing disenfranshisement proves popular. The Church of the Lawgiver is strangely disarmed before the threat. Sir Tristen Hiregaard unmasks the new religion as a criminal organisation, breaks its back, and is widely thought to have slain its high priest. He pays for his meddling with the life of his son Ivaar. [42]
  • 720 BC - Trade tops out along the Old Timori Road joining the Eastern and Western Core across Tepest and G’Henna. [43]
  • 720-726 BC - Talgaard Bolshnik, older brother of Othmar and victim of a long-standing mental illness, begins his six year reign of terror as the Kantora Strangler. It is ended with his institutionalisation in the Clinic of the Mentally Distressed outside Egertus as the first patient of alienist Dr. Gregorian Illhousen. [15]
  • 720-743 BC - Yorgi Hiregaard discovers the Cat's Paw in a secret compartment of a wardrobe and makes use of it during his youthful adventures until attacked by paka. [The youthful adventures can begin anywhere between 720 and 738 BCdepending on when Yorgi is deemed to have been born] [44]
  • Netbook-captioned.png722 BC - A diseased, maimed foreigner is found dead within sight of Arbora and the Nocturnal Sea. Behind him, stretching back to the frontier with Barovia, he leaves a half-dozen people miraculously cured of their aliments. [Any date from 700 BC is possible] [45]
  • 728 BC - Gerald Ferrier, a Falkovnian, opens the Hawk’s Haven Inn in Kellee to profit from and to bolster traffic between Nova Vaasa and Falkovnia along the Old Timori Road. [46]
  • Netbook-captioned.png 728 BC - Lukas Durmke is born in a hamlet in the Ehrendton north of Egertus. [47]
  • Netbook-captioned.png 728 BC - A cell of the Order of Twilight, dedicated to the study of dreams, is established in Nova Vaasa. [This can be anytime after 725 BC and probably best before 740 BC. [48]
  • 729 BC - Prince Kethmar Bolshnik dies in office, but not before consulting with the other great families and devising a regency for his 21 year old son. [50]
  • 729-733 BC - Othmar Bolshnik becomes prince, Tristen Hiregaard becomes regent, the latter runs the government and the former prepares his revenge. [51]
  • Netbook-captioned.png730 BC - A vampire slays the best friend of a man known only as Turk Mader. Mader pursues the creature out of Nova Vaasa to Levkarest where it is slain with the help of Ronald Kranston. The pair subsequently found the society of the Huntsmen in 733 BC. [52]
  • 733 BC - Regent Tristen Hiregaard steps down. Prince Othmar Bolshnik breaks the Cycle of Stewarts by refusing to do the same. He defends his cause by insisting that he has been cheated out of his turn. Normally regency is for children and ends at age 16. Bribes to the Kantora City Guard and especially to the Church of the Lawgiver (its Himmelsk Naeve issues a supportive decree) prove decisive. [53]
  • 733 BC - Prince Othmar reaches secret understandings with Malken and with the bandits, offering them a measure of protection from legal authorities in return for gold. Malken contacts the bandits, including Chezna the Blood-cat, to compile evidence that might be used to blackmail Othmar should the need ever arise. [54]
  • 733 BC - Prince Othmar begins the formation of a personal police force called the Straffers with extrajudicial powers. At the insistence of the other great families, they are limited to Bolshnik territory and Kantora. They have the curious effect of reducing random attacks by creatures of the night but increasing the number of attacks with political undertones by these same creatures. [55][56]
  • Netbook-captioned.png737 BC - Prince Othmar appoints the uncorruptible Sturm Androv, endorsed by Tristen Hiregaard, Constable of the Kantora City Guard. [57]
  • 738 BC - Sulo Boristi, brother of Ivana Boristi, relocates his family from Borca to Bergovista shortly before the Great Upheaval and continues the expansion of the Boristi Trading Company. The appearance of the Nocturnal Sea will prove a particular boon to him and a Boristi trade ship will eventually ply its waters. [59]
  • 740 BC - The Great Upheaval, ending with the first full moon in August, shakes the foundations of known existence. The Lawgiver goes silent, spawning the heresy that he died. The official account is that he was preoccupied with saving the world from Mytteri, god of rebellion, nihilism, self-interest, self-gratification and magic. The Nightmare Lands, Markovia and G’Henna disappear and are replaced by the Shadow Rift and the Nocturnal Sea. The rift severs the trade route to the West and the mist shrouded sea proves to be nigh unnavigable. A thin corridor of land between the Mountains of Misery and the new coast permits the development of overland trade with Darkon however. [64]
  • 741 BC - Disappearances and madness plague the workers of the quarries in the Koshka Bluffs after the discovery of ancient tombs. Sir Tristen Hiregaard forbids the removal of treasures and scales back the quarrying. [65]
  • 741 BC - The first trial of the Tepestani Inquisition is organised by Wyan of Viktal. Foreigners are accused of consorting with the Fey and what little trade remains pretty much dries up West of Kellee. In Kellee Gerald Ferrier succeeds in maintaining a degree of calm. He seeks the assistance of the Church of the Lawgiver to fight back the superstition of the masses. [66]
  • 741 BC - Narana Hiregaard is born. She is the youngest, by over 10 years, of 5 (or more) children (at least 3 girls and at least 2 boys) of Sasha Hiregaard. If Sasha has only 5 children he is not more than 33 and not less than 21 at the time. [12][67][68]
  • 741 BC - Lumbering in the Dyskov forest resumes but tales of the sortvingebute (“black fairies”) and of the Centaur soon enter into circulation. Disappearances are attributed to the former and half-eaten corpses to the latter. [23]
  • 741 BC - Othmar tries and fails to have Chezna the Blood-cat silenced for all eternity by band of foreign adventurers. The Vistani outcast and bandit leader replies with a reign of terror. She is, however, driven out of her base in Briarweed Forest and obliged to roam the land. [69]
  • 743 BC - Prince Othmar dispenses with the seals of the five great families and mints money in his own image. [58]
  • Netbook-captioned.png 743 BC - Lukas Durmke is driven from a temple of the Lawgiver and subsequently from the city of Egertus for spouting heresy. [70]
  • Netbook-captioned.png 746-747 BC - Malken is credited with the murders of men in Kantora is followed by the murders of men on the eve of their weddings in Egertus. The true culprit is Emily, a patient of Dr. Gregorian Illhousen who is murdering in her dreams.[72]
  • 748 BC - Sir Tristen Hiregaard discovers to his horror that he is Malken. During his fits of madness, when he has himself locked away in a tower, he transforms into his nemesis and sets out to sow evil and chaos across the land. [73]
  • 748 BC - Katya Chekiv, the unloved second wife of Tristen Hiregaard, dies giving birth to their fourth son Mikhail. [74]
  • 749 BC - The patients, including Talgaard Bolshnik, and the physicians, including Dr. Gregorian Illhousen, of the Clinic of the Mentally Distressed outside of Egertus vanish without a trace. [76]
  • 750 BC - The Mists roll back from the Nocturnal Sea opening it to navigation and revealing its islands. Commerce begins in earnest. [77]
  • Netbook-captioned.png 750 BC - Babetta l’Jeunese, an explorer from Dementlieu, alone lives to tell the tale of an encounter with the sorceress of the Isle of Ravens but at the price of being sent back to Egertus in a skiff bearing a sentient sword that is the stuff of nightmare. It passes out of her possession within hours of her reaching Nova Vaasa. [78]
  • 751 BC - The Tepestani Inquisition falters as the daughter of Wyan of Viktal is revealed to have fallen under the influence of the Fey who were manipulating her to orchestrate the burning at the stake of an innocent girl. [79]
  • 752 BC - Kiev Hiregaard, son of Sasha Hiregaard, goes to Falkovnia to assist the struggle against its military dictatorship. [Geographically this would make more sense before the Great Upheaval. But in terms of age that is unlikely, hence just after Vlad Drakov’s fourth futile and ruinous invasion of Darkon; [80]
  • 753 BC - Sasha Hiregaard and his daughter Naranna visit Egertus and see the newly expanded port. [81]
  • 753 BC - Prince Othmar begins sitting in the Great Blackstone Throne (reserved to the Eternal King Højplads) nearly provoking a revolt by the Rivtoff and Vistin families and necessitating the intervention of the Himmelsk Naeve to legitimise the act. [58]
  • 754 BC - Lukas Durmke settles in Arbora and leads a movement within the church of the Lawgiver that would have the spiritual and temporal authorities assist rather than oppress the masses. [The Aerkebiskop of the Pommel appears to be fragrantly shirking his duty and may have to be replaced by someone with more iron in the belly] [83][27]
  • Speculation.png 755 BC - The Avener’s Distinct of Bergovitsa becomes the haunt of a creature of mud.[84]
  • 755 BC - Illyana Hiregaard, daughter of Sasha Hiregaard, marries a Darkonese merchant living in Kantora. [85]
  • 755 BC - The seaside hamlet of Mavalga is driven mad by the Bad Wind. The scope of the attack is somewhat blunted by the efforts of a Borcan aristocrat named Josef Zhitoff who captains the Bulwark and who has been hunting the Bad Wind for the last year. There are unconfirmed rumours of subsequent attacks along the coast of the Nocturnal Sea. [Unless there is a way for a ship to pass from the Sea of Sorrows to the Nocturnal Sea this should not happen before 751 and probably somewhat later; [86]
  • Netbook-captioned.png 755 BC - By this year, the Black Duke has quietly taken power over a good portion of southwestern Nova Vaasa. He begins extending his reach into neighboring Hazlan and Barovia..[87]
  • 756 BC - Bevis Rivtoff dies leaving his two year old son Grigor duke and his wife Lady Lara regent. [88]
  • 756 BC - Repeated Nova Vaasan attempts to cut a road North through Tepest to ultimately join the Strigos road in Darkon fail. [89]
  • 757 BC - Stepan Ivan Hiregaard, eldest grandson of Tristen Hiregaard, replaces Sturm Androv and becomes chief constable of Kantora. He begins to investigate quietly rumours that Malken is the half-brother of his grandfather and was responsible for the deaths in mysterious circumstances of his great grandfather and great grandmother. [90]
  • 758 BC - A build up of royal forces within easy reach of the Tepestani border is interpreted variously as a warning to the Tepestani to stop sabotaging the road or as a prelude to an invasion to civilise the domain by force. [89]
  • 758 BC - Illyana Hiregaard is institutionalised at the recently reopened Clinic of the Mentally Distressed outside of Egertus and kills an orderly. There are rumours that she is Malken. [If one ascribes to the Dread Possibility that the clinic serves once a month as a Mistway to the Nightmare Lands, then the doctors and the patients vanish once more; [91][92]
  • 758 BC - Naranna Hiregaard is to lead the crew of the Waveprowler, an effort sponsored by her family to fight the growing piracy on the Nocturnal Sea. The ship is to be captained by Onid Rhelarian. [93]
  • 758 BC - An agent of Azalin known as S interviews Sir Tristen Hiregaard and finds him to be “smug and self-satisfied” and unforthcoming about his struggle with Malken. (Fall) [94]

References

  1. Ravenloft Gazetteer V, p11.
  2. Ravenloft Gazetteer V, p17.
  3. Ravenloft Gazetteer V, p13.
  4. Ravenloft Gazetteer V, p18-19.
  5. Children of the Night: Demons
  6. Ravenloft Gazetteer V p15
  7. Ravenloft Gazetteer V, p47,166.
  8. Ravenloft Gazetteer V, p42.
  9. Ravenloft Gazetteer Volume V pg. 21-22, 30
  10. Ravenloft Gazetteer Volume V pg. 21-22
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 11.3 11.4 11.5 11.6 11.7 Ravenloft Gazetteer Volume V pg. 23
  12. 12.0 12.1 12.2 12.3 12.4 12.5 Ravenloft Gazetteer Volume V pg. 33
  13. 13.0 13.1 13.2 Probable speculation based on Ravenloft Gazetteer Volume V pg. 34
  14. Speculation based on Ravenloft Gazetteer Volume V pg. 37
  15. 15.0 15.1 15.2 15.3 15.4 15.5 15.6 Ravenloft Gazetteer Volume V pg. 155
  16. Ravenloft Gazetteer Volume V pg. 32, 33, 149-151
  17. Ravenloft Gazetteer Volume V pg. 23, 33, 149-151]
  18. Ravenloft Gazetteer Volume V pg. 22
  19. Ravenloft Gazetteer Volume V p33
  20. Ravenloft Gazetteer Volume V p30
  21. 21.0 21.1 21.2 Speculation based on Ravenloft Gazetteer Volume V p23
  22. Domains of Dread pg. 112
  23. 23.0 23.1 Ravenloft Gazetteer V, p15.
  24. Legacy of the Blood pg. 85
  25. Ravenloft Gazetteer Volume V pg. 33, 154-155
  26. Ravenloft Gazetteer Volume V pg. 125-126
  27. 27.0 27.1 Ravenloft Gazetteer Volume V pg. 38
  28. VRGttM pg. 61
  29. Ravenloft Gazetteer Volume V pg. 23, 155
  30. VRGttM - Authors' notes
  31. 31.0 31.1 Ravenloft Gazetteer Volume V pg. 42
  32. Tales of Ravenloft pg. 252
  33. 33.0 33.1 Ravenloft Gazetteer Volume V pg. 54
  34. Ravenloft Gazetteer Volume V pg. 14
  35. RCS pg. 17
  36. Middle-aged is assumed to be not younger than 35 and not older than 53. It is best to assume that Katya was very young, say 15, when she gave birth to her first son. This way she is not older than 60 but not younger than 43 when she dies giving birth to her fourth son in 748 BC; see Ravenloft Gazetteer Volume V pg. 155, Secrets of the Dread Realms pg. 46
  37. VRGtW
  38. Ravenloft Gazetteer Volume V pg. 149
  39. Ravenloft Gazetteer Volume V pg. 77, 79
  40. RCS pg. 14, 17
  41. Ravenloft Gazetteer Volume V pg. 126
  42. Ravenloft Gazetteer Volume V pg. 23-24
  43. Ravenloft Gazetteer Volume V pg. 55
  44. Legacy of the Blood pg. 85
  45. The Book of Sorrows pg. 55-57
  46. Ravenloft Gazetteer Volume V pg. 55, 72
  47. The Book of Secrets pg. 112
  48. The Book of Shadows pg. 86-88
  49. Domains of Dread pg. 69; The Enemy Within; The Nightmare Lands; The Awakening
  50. Ravenloft Gazetteer Volume V pg. 32-33, 149-151
  51. Ravenloft Gazetteer Volume V pg. 149-151
  52. The Book of Shadows pg. 79
  53. Ravenloft Gazetteer Volume V pg. 33, 149-151
  54. Ravenloft Gazetteer Volume V pg. 150
  55. Ravenloft Gazetteer Volume V pg. 32
  56. VRGttM - Author's Notes
  57. The Book of Secrets pg. 111-112
  58. 58.0 58.1 58.2 Ravenloft Gazetteer Volume V pg. 30
  59. Legacy of the Blood pg. 12
  60. [[Children of the Night: Werebeasts p. 49
  61. Domains of Dread p. 17
  62. The Nightmare Lands Book 3, p. 33
  63. Legacy of the Blood p.12
  64. Ravenloft Gazetteer Volume V pg. 14, 55, 36-37, 126-128
  65. Ravenloft Gazetteer Volume V pg. 16
  66. Ravenloft Gazetteer Volume V pg. 55-56
  67. Secrets of the Dread Realms pg. 46
  68. Legacy of the Blood pg. 142
  69. Ravenloft Gazetteer Volume V pg. 15, 150
  70. The Book of Secrets pg. 112
  71. Carnival p. 15
  72. The Book of Shadows pg. 69
  73. Ravenloft Gazetteer Volume V pg. 156
  74. Ravenloft Gazetteer Volume V pg. 155, SoDR pg. 46
  75. Gazetteer V p. 34
  76. Ravenloft Gazetteer Volume V pg. 41
  77. RCS pg. 18
  78. The Book of Sacrifices pg. 155-156
  79. Ravenloft Gazetteer Volume V pg. 56
  80. Legacy of the Blood pg. 78
  81. Legacy of the Blood pg. 142
  82. Legacy of the Blood pg. 85
  83. The Book of Secrets pg. 112
  84. speculation based on VRGttM pg. 60, 156, VRGttM Author's notes
  85. Legacy of the Blood pg. 86
  86. CoTN:D pg. 24-29
  87. Children of the Night: Demons p.15
  88. Ravenloft Gazetteer Volume V pg. 34
  89. 89.0 89.1 Ravenloft Gazetteer Volume V pg. 37
  90. Legacy of the Blood pg. 75-76, 78, 86
  91. Ravenloft Gazetteer Volume V pg. 41
  92. Legacy of the Blood pg. 86
  93. Legacy of the Blood pg. 78, 143
  94. Ravenloft Gazetteer Volume V pg. 43
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Ravenloft Third Edition
Domains of Dread
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Secrets of the Dread Realms - pp7,44-47
Ravenloft Third Edition - pp14,17,20,133-135
Van Richten's Monster Hunter's Compendium - pp156-157
Domains of Dread - pp69-70
The Awakening - pp6-7
Van Richten's Guide to Werebeasts - pp57-58
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House of Strahd - p16
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Secrets of the Dread Realms - pp8-9
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Domains of Dread - p43
The Awakening - inside front cover
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Servants of Darkness - poster map
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