Trebachas

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The Barony of Trebachas
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Duchy: Guardian


Leaders: Baroness Wilhelmina Conway


Population: 113,500


Lordships: Tel Girade, Fen March, Trickling Dart, Whispering Reeds


Known For: Leather Goods, Baskets, Olives, Tacticians


Major Towns and Cities: Tel Girade (baronial seat), Dunloch, Windgrace


Characters of Trebachas: Here



Description: The capital of Trebachas is Tel Girade, the sight of the decisive battle which placed the Barcas in control of the isle in 30AG. Its violent history is exceeded only by its sister barony of Dun Artan.

The closest Guardian comes to an agricultural area, Trebachas pales in comparison to any place actually intended to grow things. Any agricultural value in the area comes from centuries of work terraforming and importing soils and fertilizers, all to little avail. Marshy near the sea, the salty estuaries discourage the growth of anything but reeds and weeds, and render the land useless for acres around it.

The people of Trebachas are the closest the isle has to farmers, though in truth, most of them are little more than skillful foragers and herders scratching out a bare living from a hard land. Often seen as a bit fey by their more straightforward fellow citizens, they are most prone to producing master tacticians and are the source of Guardian’s brightest minds, thinking in ways others cannot hope to follow.

History

The barony of Trebachas is known for the violence that plagues what would otherwise be a quiet, rural piece of the isle. The lands were the last of those conquered by the Barcas after their arrival on the isle in 30AG, and tribes of Fen March continued fighting even after the war for control had ended. Even the rise of House Conway and carefully planned marriages of tribal men and women to non-tribal lording houses could not seem to quell the unrest between two seemingly diametrically opposed world views.

Unrest continued as House Conway took control of the isle. In August of 504, newly raised Duke Eadric Conway raised his baron father, Trahearn Conway, to Dux Bellorum, and Tarrant Conway was raised to take his place as Baron Trebachas. When Tarrant was betrothed to princess Eleanor Caprios, it seemed as though the future was bright for the Conways.

When Trahearn died in November of 505, Tarrant had already been missing for months, leaving the barony in the hands of his chamberlain. Eadric lost control of the isle by the first of December, and, by the eighteenth, Tarrant's imperial betrothal was dissolved. The new duke, Aaric Barca, raised Lord Trickling Dart, Jenoch Morien, to Baron Trebachas on the condition that he marry the most suitable of Trahearn's 27 children: Siobhan Conway.

Then, in October 0f 506, Jenoch, Siobhan, Lady Trickling Dart, and others died in a wereshark attack now informally called the Morien Massacre. For months, Aaric Barca again considered the possible replacements from amongst Trahearn's brood.

Instead, he selected Trahearn's youngest sister -- Wilhelmina Conway, a general in the Legions and an entirely unknown commodity at court -- to fill the vacant seat. And the age-old focus came back sharply: of non-tribal Trebachas and its natural opposition to "civilized" Guardian.

In the Great Schism of 508, however, the more rebellious tribes were destroyed by the swamps that had been their home for centuries. In the wake of all that destruction, a tentative peace seems to have settled over the isle.

Politics

The barony of Trebachas is divided into four lordships: Tel Girade, Trickling Dart, Fen March, and Whispering Reeds.

One of the last Conway strongholds on the isle, the baronial leadership still maintains a cordial relationship with the Barcan duke. This is largely due to the efforts of Baron Trahearn Conway, and now his sister, Wilhelmina Conway.

Wilhelmina has, in her short time as baroness, earned for herself some distinction for her service as Aaric Barca's favorite war general and also the relative stability that she has brought to the barony, but she brings, as Conways often do, a measure of controversy to her reign. The fact that she led the genocidal mission against the rebellious Nitesci people of Dun Artan sets the surviving tribes of Tel Girade ill at ease.

Succession of Barons

March 507 – Present

Baroness Wilhelmina Conway (b. October 30, 471)

December 505 – October 23, 506

Baron Jenoch Morien (d. October 23, 506)
m: Lady Siobhan Conway (d. October 23, 506)

August 6, 504 – September 505

Baron Tarrant Conway (d. October 22, 508)

??? – August 6, 504

Baron Trahearn Conway (d. November 505)
m: Mary March (d. 469, Executed for Treason)
m: Caroline (d. April 29, 482)
m: Bridget (Beheaded for Attempted Murder)
m: Wife 4
m: Wife 5
m: Wife 6
m: Gretchen
Geography

Trebachas claims the entirety of the west coast of the Isle of Guardians. It is bordered on the north, west, and south by the Sea of Veils, and shares part of its eastern boundary with the other four Guardian baronies.

Winds typically blow from the west, bringing in rain that is largely denied the rest of the isle by virtue of the tall mountains that sit just past the eastern border. It is for this reason that Trebachas is the most arable land in Guardians, although the encroachment of salt water and rocky soil keeps the barony from being able to produce enough food to sustain its growing population.

The northern part of the barony is defined by rocky hills, as is the eastern border as they butt against the mountains of Smithfield and Dun Artan. As one travels south, the land becomes more flat and increasingly damp. The southern half of the barony is largely dominated by marshes and swamps.

The hillsides of the interior of Trebachas are home to groves of olive trees, hardy varieties requiring little from their soil, but prone to bad years when the winters get too cold for fruiting. Those areas of hillside not used for olive groves are populated by small herds of hardy goats. The major artisans in Trebachas are the leather-workers, some of whom have recently attempted to import their own cattle. While the animals seem to be doing all right, most of their feed has to be imported. Because of the plains in Trickling Dart, the barony has suffered more than others from the occasional outbreaks of infighting on the island, as it makes a very convenient battlefield.

The Grey River
Economy

While the major cities and towns of Trebachas still rely on currency, bartering is a more common practice in the rural countryside.

The most notable exports from the lordships are: olives from Tel Girade, leather goods from Trickling Dart (especially ornately tooled ceremonial and war saddles), baskets of dyed and woven reeds from Fen March, and luxury birds for feasting and hunting both from Whispering Reeds.

Culture

With the annihilation of the Tribes of Fen March in the Great Schism, Trebachas has become something more akin to a "civilized" Guardian barony. The north, despite the remaining tribal presence, is a little more metropolitan due to the presence of the baronial seat in Tel Girade.

Due to the highly agrarian nature of the barony, young men and women often look to service in the legions as an escape to go and see the world -- or, at least, the rest of the isle -- and get paid for it. Legionnaires are heroes to many children and given a certain amount of reverence. Traveling legionnaires will often find that the countryside is very accommodating and friendly.

For everyone else, worth is a matter of usefulness. Family trades -- farming, leather working, etc. -- are considered to be a mark of pride and distinction, and will easily continue for generations. Skill in one's daily life and work brings honor to the family. They also tend to remain in close-knit villages and small towns.

Much importance is placed on knowing who one's ancestors were -- to the brink of ancestral worship, but not daring to cross that line -- and one's relation to them, particularly the ones who are marked with distinction, even if one's parents were not wed. (Which happens more than anyone would like to admit, considering those wandering legionnaires.) On the opposite side of the coin, not knowing where one came from is considered a great, personal tragedy.

Religion is, as is in many other parts of the isle, given an obligatory nod of the head. The farmers tend to be a little more religious, bowing head and knee to the Goddess for rain or sun or health of livestock as each is needed. There are residual effects of the tribal population upon the land, leading many to consider certain natural landmarks -- the Grey river, ancient trees, hills, mountains, or rocks -- sacred. There was, at one point, a pocket of priestesses dedicated wholly to Providence in the southern fens, but no one is certain that they survived the events of the Great Schism of 508.

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