Sweet Riding are around 12,000 to 18,500 head of cattle. The Duke awarded him the title of Baron after he paid the taxes owed upon the death of the bankrupt Baron Victor of Gugnir’s Hope, who was a childless widower.
Baron Balrain acquired more lands in the south of Carzala by putting his wealth to use supporting Baron Rainer of Novadom. He gained control over the settlement of Avoca and won favour with troops in the war and in court, by feeding the army in times of need. He was granted the indebted Barony of South Lending in Brastor Holdings.
Gugnir’s Hope is known for being less concerned with laws and formalities. The settlement is built on old Dwarven ruins and sits high above the surrounding land. The town boasts high walls. The inside of the walls are about 30 feet above street level, and the outside of the walls are well over 70 feet high. The town has outgrown the walls, with buildings spilling out on the south western side of town. It is common knowledge that there are old tunnels running under the town. Most of the outflows from the tunnels have iron bars on them. The local merchants have run Hobbits out of town. The Baron is known to have talked openly about ‘assisting the village of Hope’ so that he is better able to use their grassing lands.
Villages and Hamlets in the local area that report to the market town of Gugnir's Hope are: Dwarf Hold, Bluegrass, Goblin Hill, Bladesmiths, Telninton, Candlestone Farm, Redtree, Bardsong, and Irongate.
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Population: 3,200 Humans, 30 others.
The town was built on the ruins of a Dwarven settlement. It can be seen well over six miles away, because of the large stonewalls. The inside of the walls are about 30 feet high above street level, and the outside of the walls are well over 70 feet high. The town has outgrown the walls with buildings spilling out on the southwestern side of town. It is common knowledge that there are old tunnels running under the town. Most of the outflows from the tunnels have iron bars on them. The local merchants have run Hobbits out of town based on their race.
- Gryphons Wing Tavern
- very discreet
- XXXXX Inn
- Dangerous orcs, regularly burns down.
Villages and Hamlets
- Other places
Two forts in the west and south west of the area. In the west Goblinhill is a fortified village which is a hotspot for trouble as the Goblins of the Fastness to the west claim the area. They often raid in Summer.
In the south of the district is the large fortified homestead village of Candlestone Farm.
Bandits rob Hopes cattle farmers after the yearly sale of their cattle. The powerful Brewbrook merchant family from Gugnir's Hope say they are not involved.
Guild party killed evil merchants selling weapons to cultists.
A party believes one of the local blacksmiths is a weapon smith trading his arms into the Fastness of Girwyllan. Late in 799 another party was driven out of the tunnels under the town by a band of well-armed rat men.
A Guild party helped stop a cult from sacrificing virgins on the local hill top.