Thule is a Kingdom that lines a portion of the northeastern coast of the Third Realm, and encompasses several islands in the Cutbrim Ocean.
Estimated population: 7 million
Major Cities: Chippinghoul, Montcaster
Major industries: Shipwrighting,
Government: Monarchy, with a peerage and a feudal system including title-bearing knighthood.
Behavior toward foreigners: Friendly to indifferent
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Culture & Infrastructure
Thule is governed by a monarch, whose court is centered in Montcaster in the Splintered mountains, Røkia island, about forty miles north of Chippinghoul.
At a functional level, it operates under a feudal system using hereditary peerage and a landed gentry class.
There is one viceroyalty (encompassing the easternmost island) governed by the King’s brother; two grand duchies governed by members of the Queen’s family; two principalities governed by the two eldest of the King’s children; three duchies; eleven marches; twenty earldoms; seventeen baronies; and fifty or so smaller parcels of land owned by the gentry class, including knights.
The landed gentry are wealthy and relatively powerful, but they’re still technically commoners as they are not allowed seats at the Hall of Nobles, the Thulean court.
The current Monarch of Thule is Her Royal Majesty King Chlodesind. She has five children by her husband, Queen Monulph. The eldest, and heir to the throne, is Princess Audun. The second-eldest is Prince Kelther.
Thule has a pretty formidable internal ground militia. Because the aristocracy devotes all of its naval budget to the construction and maintenance of merchant fleets, there isn’t a seafaring military branch at all.
The Thulean armed forces are divided into two groups: town guards, whose job is to keep order in urban centers throughout the kingdom; and the royal guards, who are concentrated mainly in Montcaster, on major waterways, ports, trade routes, and borders.
Due to its high ratio of coastline, seaports, and accessways, it forms an apical economic force in Gantórann. Its strategic locations make it the primary global trading hub. Almost no international export is distributed without going through Thule first.
The major deity of Chippinghoul is Porewit, the guardian of travelers, a lesser god of Aushi- mórdrech.
The Royal City.
It’s a fortified city about 40 miles north of Chippinghoul, nestled in the southern face of the Splintered Mountains. It overlooks the river from its position up in the mountain.
The coastal strip along the continent. It overlaps with gnomish territory.
maybe it’s an archipelago? or can be made into one?
Eastern island chain
West of the free city of
Thule contains the largest metropolis in the world with their capital, the trading city of Chippinghoul, which means “ghost market”.
The name comes from the fact that the site where the city developed, just a few miles inland along a bend in the Stour River, has been a trade-stop for millennia, and when the humans arrived, the area developed permanent structures almost overnight.
There’s a public transportation system in Chippinghoul called the Sky Way, which was the first ever warp rail network in the world. That would be a point of pride, except it’s garbage. The problem with being the first to pull off something complicated is that your product is usually unsophisticated.
Colloquially known as the spokes, it’s basically a system of horizontal rails hoisted into the air on poles. The carriages hang down off the rail, attached by a line of rings welded to the roof in a line. The rings are wide in diameter to allow for turning.
Because the carriages are only attached to the overhead rail on one axis, they swing wildly as they barrel at breakneck speeds from stop to stop.
The city population is around 1.5 million.
Districts of Chippinghoul
- Sawal, Laddertown, and Ludbleikr are slums
- Kaldrook, Crossgate, and Railstop Rook are rookeries
- Atheldarper and Ashoka’s Walk are wealthy neighborhoods.
- Gelmid and Siemid Erw are industrial districts. There are lots of smithies, butcher’s shops, mills, and other labor yards here.
- the Records Ward is the central administrative district where the city infrastructure is based. For instance, the main post office, public works departments, warp wizard labs, and the chief coroner can all be found here.
- Otker Concourse is the permanent bazaar sector
- Waxward is the district where the best artisans are located. The most renowned bardic colleges, performers, craftsfolk, and street theatre companies are in Waxward.
- Drauger Carrow is the tiefling quarter.
- Froda Street is the warehouse district.
- Rajan Ward is the outsider quarter.
- Theodauger is the military district, which maintains barracks for both the crown militia and the city guard.
- Pergamum is the academic district. Scholars of many kinds study here, and there is also a bardic college of Valor called Anapest College.
- Crinet Alley is the black market. It’s not exactly a “district” as much as just an area.
- Judiciary Bloc is the government sector. Only nobles are allowed seats in the high courts, so parts of this district are very upscale. Representatives from Offices of the Crown do a lot of business here, as do the landed gentry and the peers of the kingdom. However, there are several jails, poorhouses, and halfway houses in this sector too.
- Flags is the diplomatic quarter, which contains many high-end hotels, masions, restaurants, fountains, monuments, and promenades. This quarter hosts foreign dignitaries, aristocrats, and even royalty on occasion. It’s built to impress.
- Brickle Island is the shipyard. It takes up an entire island along the south bank of the Stour, downriver from the city.
- Trader’s Landing is the mercantile port. It is divided into various commercial and passenger zones.
- Fallowyard is where the guilds at. Many of the guild halls take up entire city blocks, because they contain workshops, dormitories, offices, and meeting parlors.
- Olibene is the temple district. It’s got gardens, cloistered abbeys, libraries, and shrines. Mostly but not entirely dedicated to Aushi.
- Ceudwllmaen don’t worry I’ll explain these pronunciations to you it’s just Welsh. Anyway this underground district is beneath portions of Olibene and Atheldarper.
- Luolla is beneath Rajan Ward, Fallowyard, and Gelmid.
The spokes do service the pocket districts and it is not pleasant.
Satellites of Chippinghoul
There are a number of small agrarian villages nearby Chippinghoul, which support themselves by providing the urban areas with crops and livestock.
The surrounding villages are Agnessa, Ikra, Eberhard, Jesper, Helkky, and Optatus Town.