It has been a busy year indeed for the nation of Tygland. Many hardships were endured, from bandits through family feuds, scandals, agitators and various beasts. Despite it all, however, the fledgling Barony is doing very well indeed.
Returned from their latest foray into the unknown, the adventurers bring word of another great victory. The Unwelcome One, a demon bound to Lake Tuskwater for many centuries, has been vanquished in an epic battle. Battered and bruised, the nation’s rulers return having freed Akiros from his captivity at the hands of the Lizardfolk. Not only that, somehow the ordeal ended in the two peoples forming an alliance, with the lizardmen becoming de facto vassals of Tygland. Already local people speak of the opportunities this will bring. The route south just got a fair bit safer, and to trade with the reptilians is a lucrative opportunity that few ‘softskins’ ever receive.
Rather than the typical warm welcome, however, the adventurers were met by an agitator, trying to stir up ill feelings towards Tygland’s councillors amongst the gathered townfolks – and succeeding. Quickly, Eline, with Baron Zethame’s aid, managed to turn to people against the loudmouth, and the man skulked off as Stagholmers laughed him off. Still, he did not leave without leaving a mark, doubts and questions raised in the minds of a few citizens. Many still wonder – who was the foreigner, and what was his interest in Tygland?
Tygland is not just Stagholme. Farmholds, homesteads and small hamlets dot the countryside, including a handful of houses where some of the miners working Blake Mine, named so after the beloved first foreman of the place, who died trying to save his men after a shaft collapse. In the north-west, on the edge of the Narlmarches, Tatzlford is slowly making use of the advantageous position at the river’s ford, the rich local game providing food and furs to trade for the first handful of townsfolk living there. Meanwhile, Oleg’s Trade Post has now turned into Trademeet, a quickly growing market town that sees a lot of trade and through-traffic, making its small population rather wealthy – at least by frontier standards. Oleg’s cousin, Andrei Bondarenko, has been chosen as the town’s Mayor, and is generally seen as a tough, but shrewd and fair man.