Seven Kingdoms: Seowyn's Crossing
Summerlund is a human kingdom on the eastern coast of Aldorath. It was founded by humans and tieflings who fled west from the ruin of Falwyth and the Black Fire War over one thousand years ago. When they joined the Conclave of the Seven Kingdoms, they adopted a name and a single king. They are the only Kingdom to actually use the term King for their ruler. The capital of Summerlund is the grand city of Estwald, with its beautiful Tower of the Rising Dawn looking east across the Bright Sea. Two miles north of Estwald is Castle Caladorn, the seat of the king’s power. Their flag depicts a golden phoenix rising on a green background. During the First Witching War, they were allowed to add a gold crown over the phoenix to reflect their status as a first among equals.
Summerlings, the people of Summerlund, tend to be dark of complexion, with darkly tanned, ruddy, or olive skin. Their hair tends to range from light brown to black. Red hair appears, but it’s very rare, and it’s thought to be a sign of elf blood somewhere back in the family. This is somewhat corroborated by the high instance of red hair among the people of Seowyn’s Crossing. Eyes are usually black or brown with green eyes appearing rarely and being considered very attractive in both genders. Summerlings are a little shorter and stockier on average than the Hastane.
Their society is agrarian and feudal. Three dukes swear direct fealty to the King. The three duchies are Ostralm, Estshar, and Sudrast. Four counts swear to each duke. Several barons, lords, and knights hold the land under each count. An unlanded lord swearing directly to the King is called a marquis. Unlanded lords swearing to a duke are called earls. Unlanded lords swearing to a count are called viscounts. Unlanded knights swearing to a baron are called Bannerets.
All land in Summerlund is considered to be King’s Land. In true feudal style, the land is parceled oput for those below to rule in the King’s name. Each lord swears to the King and to the noble above their station. Unlike true feudalism, however, all vassals are free men who only have to pay their yearly price to their liege to enjoy the King’s Law and the King’s Justice…at least in theory. In reality, this isn’t always the case, thanks to geographic distance, the state of the land, and corrupt noblity.
Over the past thousand years since the founding of the Kingdom of Summerlund, several different noble houses have held the throne. One of the longest (although not the first) was the House of Tarmoore. Aldwyn Tarmoore was a hero of the First Witching War, uniting the Seven Kingdoms against his sister Adala, the Witch Queen. His house ruled from 250 SKR to 709 SKR when the last Tarmoore, Caudus, fell in battle during the Second Witching War.
After that, the crown of Summerlund was held briefly by the House of Kassryx, family of Varwyn Tarmoore’s greatest knight and blood brother Sir Landyn Kassryx. Stunned by the loss of two kings, Landyn held the crown long enough to finish the Second Witching War. After this, he willingly yielded the crown to the House of Valmar, cousins to the Tarmoores. A bloody uprising put the crown in the hands of the House of Padwyn, a rival noble house. After some fifty years of Padwyn rule, the House of Kasryx lent their aid to the House of Thonwyr, and Albryn Thonwyr became king. Thonwyr nobles rule Summerlund to this day, and the current king is Hadyn Thonwyr, a decently well-liked warrior-king.
House Kassryx traditionally holds the Duchy of Sudrast. Through some alliances and concessions, House Padwyn currently holds the Duchy of Ostralm. House Valmar nobles hold several important titles in the kingdom, but not a duchy. The Duchy of Estshar is traditionally ruled by the Crown Prince of Summerlund.
Summerlund exports grain to the dwarves of Kurdenheim in exchange for steel. It exports beef to the Hastane in exchange for slate. It exports horses to the goblins of Gristamere in exchange for lumber.