Dragonspur City, Kelerak
Table of Contents
Areas of Interest
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1. Holy Rest Cemetery
2. Keler's Bridge
3. The Dragonspur. On its pinnacle sits the Fortress of the Spur. Three-quarters of the way up the steep road that climbs the spur sits the huge Dragon Statue, wings spread.
4. River Road Black Market district. Here can be found lotus and other drugs, whores, contraband, and weapons.
5. Dragonspur Thieves guild.
6. The Overgate. There is a toll-tax to enter.
7. The docks.
8. Red light district.
9. Hold of the Black Blade Orcs.
10. Smith's guild.
11. Cooper's guild.
12. The slums.
13. Merchant's way. Here can be found mostly every sort of good that is readily available in the west, except weapons and armor.
14. Rich section.
15. Bloody Head Inn.
16. Hold of the Wolf Goblins.
17. Irongate Prison.
18. Manor home of Yedus, Court High Mage.
19. Lotus Street Theater.
20. Temple of Heshtail.
21. Headquarters of the City Guard, the Spur Elites.
22. Temple of Kantor.
23. Temple of Neltak.
24. Temple of Bestra.
25. Temple library of Dekk.
26. Manor home of Turstan Quentin.
27. Keldin's Menagerie. This is a famous zoo and museum.
28. Newly founded Court High Mage's College. One must officially join the Dragonspur Army to study here.
29. The town open. A large square used for festivals, troop drills, and markets.
30. Raleigh Park.
General Information about Dragonspur City
Capital of the former Kingdom of Kelerak
Who Rules: Lord Naglor Osbern, advised by three trusted associates, Court High Mage Yedus Angrond, General Weston Ack-Elmor and Captain Brian Hightower
Money Limit: 50,000
Other Power Centers : Lord and Lady Lovelace, who generally speak for everyone who is anyone among the nobility.
The Church of Heshtail and Reeanan, led by High Potentate Burcan the White. These churches tend to support Naglor and lend much aid to the war by providing many clerics as medics.
Craftsmen's guild, led by Sir Eric Ranulph. While born the son of a merchant and not a noble, Ranulph is among the richest men in the city. This may have had something to do with his knighthood. He tends to dislike Lord and Lady Lovelace, who look down on him and on "day workers" (as they call merchants) in general.
The Thieves' Guild, led by the new boss Corfin Ack-Sembar. While this Guild recently had a major setback and is still recuperating, its hand remains in many areas of the city.
Population: Varies from 40,000 in the winter to 45,000 in the summer marketseason. The residents are almost entirely human, with a good many half-orcs thrown in. The segregated northern section of town, Goblintown, contains roughly 4000 humanoids and undesirables left over from the occupation, organized into tribes.
Major Products: Textiles, preserved meats, leather, parchment, grains, barrels, pottery, metal goods, lotus and other drugs.
Armed Forces: Normally the city boasts about 300 armed watchmen. In this time of strife (8169 F.R.), immediately after the occupation and the battle of the Dragonspur, the city only has 4000 full-time soldiers. These are divided into two groups: the Standing Battalion who camp outside the city, and the Spur Elites, who function as the guard. The Standing Battalion, whose standard is black and green, are 2500 strong under General Kurt Danthor. General Weston Ack-Elmor and Captain Brian Hightower lead the Spur Elites, a force of 1500 strong. In time of extreme trouble, this force could likely be supplemented by an unknown number of local militia.
The City: The famous Dragonspur, like many cities in Farland, is an ancient city with a long and colorful history. The pride of the West, or at least the pride of the once mighty Kingdom of Kelerak, the Spur was long a beacon for those wishing either a stable life, or a dangerous adventure. Kelerak has always been ruled by Kings, who governed from the Famous Green Throne, located in the Spur Fortress atop the Dragonspur proper.
The city itself is made up of eight boroughs, not including the newer Open Town and the brand-new Goblin Town. The oldest boroughs lie east of the Liferock River. Kings Borough was founded by Keler himself and still remains the richest area of the city. Selgreen Borough is another very old borough, founded second; it is also one of the city's wealthier areas. Founded third was Hadmore Borough, named after a famous lord who lived during the time of Keler's heirs. Much of Hadmore is taken up by dispossessed dark folk, who have claimed almost the entire borough, leaving only a few blocks adjacent to the river for the human residents. This area has come to be called Goblin Town. Most human residents steer clear of Goblin Town, and the dark folk stay out of the human areas. They do raid under cover of night into the adjacent city, and Lord Naglor Osbern is doing what he can to clear them out. South Borough, east of the river, was founded much later as a natural outgrowth of the city; this borough lies adjacent to the beautiful Raleigh Park and is sought after as a residence by those who work in the city center.
Lewminster was the first borough founded west of the river, and it was founded very quickly after Hadmore. This area is known for its famous temples and churches, and the spire of St. Quentin's, the most well-known church in this borough, can be seen from all over the city. A famous poem about the churches of the Spur, called "Silver and Tin," is known to every child in Kelerak. The remaining boroughs were founded consecutively, as the population of the city swelled after Baron Stephen Lanfranc took the city back from the barbarians who had sacked it. Westcheap is one of the seedier boroughs of the city; it is home to the "sin economy" of the burg, encouraged by the Lord of Lust, and houses the city's thriving black market, thieves' guild, and sex trade. The southern end of this borough is more reputable and contains many honest merchants' shops. The Morringham Borough, south of Lewminster, also holds many churches and temples but also had a notable pottery trade. Hillsborough, named for the small Herluin Hill that sits on its east side, is one of the city's main economic districts. It contains flourishing cobbler, smith, and cooper trades (although they are still recovering from the ravages of the Lord of Lust). South of Morringham is the poorest and newest part of the city, Open Town. Open Town grew up after the fall of the city to the Lord of Lust as citizens made poor by the Deadly Lord's economic policies spilled out of the city center in search of cheap housing. Crime is rampant in Open Town.
Dragonspur has seen 14 royal families in her long history, beginning with the family of Keler himself and ending with the Ranulf family, the last of the Royal families. Kelerak ceased being a kingdom proper at the beginning of the occupation. Now the Spur is ruled by Lord Naglor Osbern, although his reign is subtley opposed by an upstart young (but rich) nobleman, one Lord Turstand Quentin. Quentin is rumored to hold the loyalty of General Danthor and the Standing Battalion. The Spur Elites still owe loyalty to Lord Osbern.
The current attitude in the city is generally one of shock. The citizens are still recovering from the occupation, and no one has yet been able to impose a completely stable order on the city or the former kingdom. Thus the citizens are watchful. They tend to resist any great changes and look suspiciously on those different from themselves. The citizens simply long for a return to the ancestral greatness of the city (whose population was once greater than 100,000) and the Kingdom itself.
Royal Families: Keler, Matild, Richard, Fulk, Lanfranc, Braceford, Brian, Marchel, Elton, Quentin, Baldwin, Payn, Anselm, Ranulf.
Some Noble Families: Osbern, Rose, Agath, Angrond, White, Lovelace, and others, as well as all the royal families.
Some Businesses and Services Available in Dragonspur City
|14 Apothecaries||33 Fishmongers||33 Priests|
|50 Bakers||160 Furriers||36 Pursemakers|
|114 Barbers||17 Glovemakers||22 Roofers|
|21 Bathers||20 Harness-Makers||21 Ropemakers|
|29 Beer-Sellers||42 Hatmakers||20 Rugmakers|
|27 Blacksmiths||17 Hay Merchants||40 Saddlers|
|19 Bleachers||15 Undertakers||47 Scabbardmakers|
|13 Bookbinders||20 Inns||20 Sculptors|
|6 Booksellers||100 Jewelers||267 Shoemakers|
|29 Buckle Makers||62 Lawyers/Advocates||29 Spice Merchants|
|33 Butchers||21 Locksmiths||160 Tailors|
|73 Carpenters||160 Maidservants||20 Tanners|
|57 Chandlers||80 Masons||100 Taverns|
|40 Chicken Butchers||57 Mercers||47 Watercarriers|
|500 Clergy||50 Noble Households||67 Weavers|
|57 Coopers||100 Old-Clothiers||44 Wine-Sellers|
|20 Copyists||27 Painters||17 Woodcarvers|
|17 Cutlers||80 Pastrycooks||57 Woodsellers|
|24 Doctors||29 Plasterers||8 Spellsellers|
Laws of Dragonspur
Dragonspur obeys all the laws that were originally laid down by Keler, as well as the particular ones detailed below.
|Low Murder||Payment of Weregild or 20 years in prison|
|Attempted Murder||10 years hard labor|
|Rape||2-5 years hard labor|
|Kidnapping||5-10 hard labor|
|Arson||10-20 hard labor|
|Counterfeiting||10 hard labor|
|Bribery||100-5000 SP fine|
|Fraud||100-4000 SP fine|
|Assault||5-1000 SP fine, or 1 year labor|
|Theft||2 years imprisonment|
|Theft of Mount||Death|
|Fencing stolen goods||1-5 years hard labor|
|Enslaving||1-5 years hard labor and 100-1000 SPs|
|Blackmail||10 years imprisonment|
|Extortion||10 years hard labor|
|Conspiracy||related prison term|
|Ensorcering||1-5 years hard labor|
|Public endangerment||10 years labor|
|Resisting arrest||1-3 years labor|
|Unlawful entry||50-1000 SP fine or 1 year imprisonment|
|Debt||1-5 years imprisonment|
|Practicing banned religion||50-1000 SP fine or 5 years labor|
|Practicing black magic||50-1000 SP fine or 5 years labor|
* imprisonment or labor may be substituted for indentured servitude
Important Dates for the City
This is necessarily a very select few events that pertain to the Spur. Tomes have indeed been written about nothing else but the city, and they have failed to cover her long and storied past. These dates were taken from the old library and the Temple-Monastery of Dekk.
6028-The wizard Keler, leading a large group of people from the East, settles in the land which will be Kelerak, or literally "the offspring of Keler."
6029--Keler, while wandering in the "new" land, spies a mighty green dragon perched on a spur of rock in a fertile river-valley. Taking this as a sign from Dekk, he chooses to found the capital of his settlement there. Keler, already a famous wizard, attracts many peoples from the East with promise of great magic and treasure that is abundant in the "new" kingdom. Many indigenous peoples, remnants from the ancient and fallen chiefdoms, also join the burgeoning populace of Kelerak.
6030--King Keler leads a small army in the "Kingdom Wars," to subjugate the indigenous peoples who will not submit. He is quickly successful, and the native peoples either are subsumed into the populace of Kelerak or flee to the North.
6040--The relatively new kingdoms of Daven and Kelerak, still led by King Keler, invade the now forgotten Kingdom to the Southeast.
6060--Keler retreats to his fortified manor north of Sky Lake and is never seen again. King Rohan of the Cadre of the Wise, also a wizard, succeeds him.
6070--Keler's nephew, Theobald Keler, slays King Rohan and begins the Spur Wars.
6076--King Theobald Keler comes to power.
6201--The great Barbarian invasion. The northern barbarians sack the Dragonspur, slaying King Peter Keler and supposedly ending the line of Keler.
6210--Baron Stephen Lanfranc retakes the Dragonspur, naming himself King. He rebuilds the city and builds the famous Wall.
6500--The general Leofwyne Anglarond rebels with his loyal army and takes Southern Kelerak. In a prolonged campaign, King Harold Braceford defeats his army but the general flees into hiding. They eventually make peace and Leofwyne is awarded a barony.
6800--King William Richard falls in battle with the Northern Barbarian tribes.
7029--Daven and Kelerak, allies once again, invade Orland, but are repulsed at the battle of Greenhill.
7039--Elves put a stop to the Decadion War between Kelerak and Daven and Orland by frustrating the attacks of all the sides with a powerful artifact, known only as the Stone of Silence. King Simon Humphrey is forced to submit after his huge army is defeated easily by a small force of elves with the artifact.
7110--King Herluin Half-Elven, known as the Peace-Keeper, comes to power.
7143--The Eastern alliance invade Kelerak and occupy Dragonspur City. Under King Quentin, Kelerak eventually is forced to pay tribute.
7200--The Spur Fire. A third of the City is destroyed.
7305--The Great Coughing or Coffin Plague strikes Dragonspur. There is much death.
7792--Rumors of the Dark Times reach Dragonspur. Word is received that Kale is being invaded by Orcs from the East and South. Kelerak sends aid under King John Ranulf.
7795--Dragonspur City is itself invaded by the forces of the Lord of Lust. The Ancient Wall is finally breached by the might of the Demon minions of Brathelathor, as well as the fierce breath of the blue dragon Skywing.
7800--The internment camp of Lotus is established south of Dragonspur.
7801--The second Spur Fire. Rumor has it that this fire is started by the Lord of Lust himself.
7954--The Great rebellion takes place. Led by Osbern Payn, the citizens of Dragonspur attack the Spur Fortress but the rebellion is eventually put down.
8161--The Liberation. The city is freed due to the efforts of the Elf Valanduil and Bartarius the barbarian, as well as the resistance fighters of Naglor Osbern.
8165--The Winged One, son of the Lord of Lust, attacks Dragonspur in an attempt to retake her but is defeated.
Some Notable Personages in Dragonspur
- level 9 (Agatha the Beautiful)
- level 3 (Tancred)
- level 2 (Jonassor)
- level 14 (Yuri Ack-Sembar, High Priest of Kantor, Burcan the White, priest of Heshtail)
- level 9 (Lyana, Deacon of Reeanan, James, priest of Calbran)
- level 8 (Adela, Priestess of Reeanan, Jacques, priest of Neltak))
- level 7 (Viva, priestess of Bestra)
- level 4 (Thomas, Priest of Kantor)
- level 7 (Sir Kelphin)
- level 6 (Richard the Bald)
- level 15 (Corfin Ack-Sembar))
- level 5 (One-eye Phil)
- level 2 (Canor)
- level 7 (Sylvia the Dark)
- level 15 (Court High Mage Yedus Anglarond)
- level 1 (Cedric, Sheila, Theobert))
- Lady Parnell Lovelace
- Lord Tobiath Agath
- Lord Rowland White
- Lord Ash Lovelace
- Lady Anne White
- Lady Selena Aglath
- Baldric the Fixer
-Sir Eric Ranolph, Guildmaster
- Theobald the Engineer
- William, Citizen Engineer
- Cpt. Ronald Ack-Randal
- Sgt. Alan