Gittenholt

Pronunciation: gi-ten-hOlt

Captial City: Hendal

Other Cities of Note: Teesbend

Teesbend is the place to go to find ships for cheap.

Geography: Rolling hills, beaches along the coast.

Populated by: Humans, specifically fishers and farmers. Carpenters love to live in Teesbend as there is always a lot of work (shipwrights)

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A simple land of farmers and fishermen, Gittenholt is home to a pleasant mix of men and women who are hard workers. Gittenholt also has one of the most elaborate court systems in the world. In most other countries, a monarch or government would reign and then there would be the common people, perhaps a few dignitaries here and there. Since the War of the Rifts, any long standing houses were wiped out or scattered. However, in Gittenholt’s case, they vowed to preserve court tradition. Gittenholt is notoriously human, frowning upon any outsiders unless they were there to convenience them. Many of the nobles had elven servants and not much else was tolerated. Nobles of every caliber stretch out from the capital of Hendal.

When people found out that the third son of King Otto Nam’tabmai (the fifth) was visiting Laeth Dorei, rumors began to spread about why. The court was outraged when, only a few months later, Prince Othello was bringing an elven woman to court with him. But since he was a third son, the performance was allowed to continue. King Otto was a healthy man with 6 sons and 3 daughters. Prince Otto, the eldest, was next in line to the throne. Behind him was Christof before Othello. The remainder were, in order from eldest to youngest; Raina, Conrad, Emmet, Adela, Johanna, and little Wolfrik.

Eventually, the story goes that when Prince Othello announced his engagement, all hell broke loose. In an effort to break them apart, the prince and his bride-to-be were framed for the murder of Cristof. When that didn’t work and the culprits traced (loosely) back to some of the lower nobles of Gittenholt, the elves of Laeth Dorei struck back. For this woman, Lyllewyn Farinar, was the eldest child of their own court’s highest position. Elder Elimorn Farinar ruled over Laeth Dorei with a firm, but kind hand. When he found out the plot enacted against his daughter, he sent his own spies to foil the nobles’ plans.

When the dust had settled from the back and forth, Cristof was only the first of many to die. In a secret war between the nobles of Laeth Dorei and the nobles of Gittenholt, the royal family of Gittenholt got caught in the crossfire. King Otto, having lost 4 of his children in the chaos, closed down his court. He dismissed the minor nobles and banished them from Gittenholt. He established peace with Laeth Dorei and the marriage between Prince Othello and Lyllewyn was allowed to continue. Prince Othello was now second in line to the throne. His younger siblings; Raina, Adela and Wolfrik; the only ones to survive. However, when Prince Otto because terribly sick suddenly with a sickness, nothing could be done as he quickly sunk into poor health and, within a fortnight, had died. While the King employed investigators, just to make sure that the prince’s death was natural, although unusual, he could feel his own time growing short. The stress he had endured had pushed him too far. He knew that Gittenholt would pass to Othello and thus gave him a mission to welcome all sorts into the kingdom, showing all that racism only brings pain and death.

King Othello went on to do just that, bringing an era of peace and understanding to Gittenholt. He reestablished the court, filling it with elves and humans alike. When Othello and Lyllewyn welcomed their firstborn, Anastasia, there was much rejoicing in the kingdom. All seemed well, but secretly was not.

Unbeknownst to the castle, the banished nobles were concocting their own plans from Rian. When the King and Queen announced a second pregnancy (which the Queen could just tell was a boy), they knew it would soon be time to strike.

The birth of Prince Ulfrik, the first of his name, was announced with much fanfare. It was known that he would be the solid force behind uniting the human and elven population in Gittenholt. He was to be raised with the best schooling, proper etiquette, and Ulfrik lived up to it. He was the most polite little tyke ever seen. With his clear half-elven looks, he was heralded as the Great Change.

However, as the years passed, a dark cloud seemed to gather over the family. Whispers of the dark nobles crept back into Gittenholt. Elven families secretly started to relocate out of the country. Little by little, the Great Change was being seen as a myth. The castle was dumbfounded of why these things were happening, until one night when it all became blatantly clear.

They came in the dark of night, heading for the great bedroom of the king and queen. They came armed and in heavy enough force to withstand everything the castle guards threw at them. The next morning, black curtains were raised across the country as the death of the king and queen was announced.

Little Prince Ulfrik, only 15 at the time, was hidden away with his sister. Their manservant, Frederick, kept them locked in the castle for safety as Ulfrick’s uncle, Wolfrik, acted as high general and led their forces against the nobles. It was soon clear that these nobles had in fact raised an army of their own.

Years passed. Ulfrik and Anastasia learned the ways of the court, hidden away in the solitude of the castle, their only companions each other and their remaining servants. Anastasia was lucky, in Ulfrik’s mind, for she did not show her elven ancestry in her appearance and thus could leave the castle, under disguise, and visit the surrounding countryside. Five years later, when Anastasia was 22, she was taken from the castle completely. She was a woman and should be involved in regal, courtly life with other women her age. She was sent to another court in Gittenholt, under the guise of a duchess’s daughter.

It would be another three years of toil and strife, the dark cloud over Gittenholt ever thickening, before news would return to the castle of Wolfrik’s death. It was then that they knew Ulfrik could no longer stay at the castle with any safety. And so, he ran. Away from the war of his ancestors, until such a time that he could return and be crowned king, to once again become the Great Change. Or would he?

Gittenholt

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