"A model of chivalry in the lawless south, a beacon of
hope, wisdom and truth in troubled times."
- Ayger Berrok, Earl of Korrington, Arkalia
"A minor obstacle."
- Murron, Lord of Murron's Pass, Coalition
|Ruler||Lord Marshall Jonathon Tretiach IV|
|Demographics||Human 55%, Dwarven 25%, Grum 10%, Elven 10%|
|Languages||Southern 70%, Drakkellin 10%, Dwarven 10%, Elven 5%, Grumman 5%|
|Nationality||None. Independent city.|
|National Colors||Black and white.|
|Natural Resources||Swamp fauna and flora including wild boar, bog iron ore, medicinal and edible plants and herbs|
|Manufactured Goods and Major Exports||Lumber, wood products, iron ingots, leather and hides, leather crafted items, weapons, armor, fish, seafood, medicinal herbs, abaloth resin|
|Government Stability||Very Stable|
|Other Religions||Imarus, Sarreth|
Garrison is an independent city/fortress which sits at the mouth of the Befouled River. The citizenry here have charged themselves with the unending duty of preventing Coalition activity west of Garrison. The largest and most impressive building in the independent city of Garrison is the Garrison Keep itself, for which the city is named. The Garrison Keep is the second largest building in all of Ithria. Only the Citadel in Duthelm is larger. This ancient building is a leftover from the days of the Great War. This immense fortress houses a great deal of the citys functions. Within these stone walls is the entire government and a vast majority of its military. The top floor of this grand castle houses the conference rooms in which Lord Tretiach meets with his knights and councilors.
The eastern third of the castle houses the officers and soldiers of Garrisons army, led by General Mangolore. Most of the archer slits that face eastward are dedicated guard rooms that keep an every present eye on the eastern horizon, watching for Coalition raids.
In the very center of this immense building is a large circular chamber with three levels of balconies and several walkways that criss cross overhead. All major corridors within the keep meet in this chamber which is called the Great Hall. Many of the business inside can be found here.
The Garrison Keep houses storage rooms, guest rooms, banquet facilities, large kitchens, gaming rooms, training facilities, gardens, pools, businesses and much more. In addition, many of Garrisons wealthier citizens pay a monthly tax to live, with their entire households, inside the Garrison.
Outside the fortress, the town consists mostly of small shops and farms. It is not a walled city.
The Befouled River is named so because it is heavily polluted by filth, disease and noxious inpurities from the Stench Bog. The water is tainted and will make any drinker fiercely ill. Likewise the fish obtained from the river are horrific, mutated things that are as poisonous as the water. It is believed that the river was clean thousands of years ago when the fortress was built. The formation of the bog upriver over many centuries has gradually poisoned the waters.
This huge fort is the only Traxxian fortress that survived the Great War. In the following centuries, the Drakkellian Alliance sent a group of warriors to this post to monitor the evolution of the groups that would later form the Coalition and help keep the peace to promote trade. When major orcish clans and other groups united in what would eventually become the Coalition, the Drakkellian Alliance decided that the area was too dangerous to maintain a garrison there. The soldiers of the garrison disobeyed orders and maintained the fort. The administrators and other personnel fled back to Drakkel, but the warriors stayed. The Drakkellian government disowned the fort, which soon became known simply as the Garrison. A city soon grew up around the fort.
The fortress of Garrison has suffered sieges and assaults from ogres, orcs and worse from the Sentinel Mountains many times over the centuries. In 2080 CY, a powerful saurian aberrant, Thulkus the Serpent King, united many of the warring ogre and orc factions. Within four years he had amassed an army strong enough to lay siege to the mighty fortress and in 2085 CY the great Garrison keep fell to humanoid forces. After this victory, the humanoids began forking their tongues in honor to their leader, Thulkus and so the horde became known as the Brotherhood of the Serpent Tongue.
The Brotherhood of the Serpent Tongue held the keep for 24 years. Those were dark years for the knights of Garrison. Many wandered hopeless and faithless for years until they were re-united by Sir Pralus, the White Knight (who witnessed the fall of the Garrison as a young squire) who led them into battle and recaptured the keep in a fierce 5 day battle with the humanoids. Thulkus, the Serpent King, leader of the Brotherhood of the Serpent Tongue, died in that battle.
The knights have held the Garrison ever since. The Brotherhood and other humanoid clans have attempted to recapture Garrison, but it has never fallen since that first time.
Garrison has a formal chain of command. The commanding officer holds the unofficial title of Lord Marshall. His name is Tretiach and he is literally the head of a totalitarian government. His word is law, no exceptions. Tretiach oversees all governmental, diplomatic, economic and social functions of the city. In theory, he is also the supreme commander of the military forces, but this is little more than a figurehead position as he has little time for such duties. His right hand man, General Mangalore, is the true leader of the active military. Beneath Mangalore is a tiered hierarchical rank structure.
Garrison's legal system is strict. Permits are required to carry large weapons or wear heavy armor. All tools of thievery are outlawed. Most drugs and herbal medicines are restricted. Slavery is strictly outlawed.
Due to the militaristic nature of the Garrison, there is no distinction between Garrison’s guards or patrols or army. There is simple one military body of about 1000 soldiers (and some 150 officers). This group conducts all security and military functions – from patroling the lands outside the city to guarding the peace within its walls to sentry duty in the corridors and chambers of the great garrison keep itself. This force is organized, well equipped and well trained.They wear the same style of armor (a special type of scale armor) and fight with broad, heavy single edge blades that have a slight curve at the point.
Garrisons knights and shoulders patrol the border endlessly, keeping an eye on orc tribes, the Brotherhood of the Serpent Tongue and other Coalition military activity.
Garrison claims the Broken Hull Bay and patrols it with five massive warships. Garrison war ships clash frequently with pirates and Coalition warships.
The patron diety of Garrison is Barrinor and a grand temple to his honor dominates the heart of the Garrison Keep. There are smaller churches within the Garrison to Imarus and Sarreth. In the outer city, there are shrines and gathering places dedicated to Kolo, the Three Fates, Daramis, Farzak and Kael.
Due to its location, small size and limited resources, Garrison has a somewhat limited economy.
Because the river water is befouled, the city has had to go to great lengths to deal with a serious shortage of fresh water. River water must be distilled in order to make it potable. Most of this work is achieved by the Water Guild. The Water Guild, in turn, sells fresh water to the citizens. This is a unique and profitable segment of the city's economy.
The poisonous water from the river also makes it difficult to grow crops in the region. Garrison relies heavily on a small fishing fleet which fishes the waters far out in the Broken Hull Bay. Wild boars are hunted locally and provide a good source of meat. Many commoners harvest edible plants from the nearby forests and edge of the bog. Garrison also imports food and other supplies from the Drakkellian Alliance which arrive by ship.
Garrison harvests lumber from the trees of the bog. It also harvests bog iron from the surrounding wetlands. Bog iron ore is smelted and used to produce weapons, armor and other iron goods. The bog also provides several animals that yield excellent leather. Both the local iron and leather allows Garrison to produce and export many different types of weapons and armor.
Due to the unique architectural setup of this city, all establishments are merely chambers (or groups of chambers) within the main Garrison Keep devoted to particular functions.
The highest levels of the Garrison are devoted to the governmental offices, council halls, antechambers and private chambers of Lord Tetriach.
Halls of Steel
The eastern chambers of the Garrison Keep are known collectively as the Halls of Steel. These chambers house the officers and soldiers of the city militia and the Fighters' Guild. This area is run by Commander Mangalore (affectionately referred to by his troops as the "Mangler".)
The Water Guild
The Water Guild operates a number of water distilleries at the river's edge in the outer city. Huge copper retorts are filled with river water, set to boil and the steam is distilled into fresh water in separate containers. The Water Guild sells the distilled water throughout the city. The Water Guild is the sole and exclusive operator of water distilleries, by writ of the Lord Marshall. The distillery work, including the transport and delivery of fresh water, the scrubbing out of the retorts and so forth employs more than two hundred people. The Water Guild will aggressively go after anyone else who tries to operate a water distillery in the city or import fresh water. It does not wish to lose its monopoly over the water supply.
Lord Marshall Jonathan Tretiach IV
The supreme authority of the city of Garrison is Jonathan Tretiach IV, a human man who inherited the position from his father and his father before him. Over the last century or so, Garrison has evolved into a monarchy although the traditional title of Lord Marshall remains. Tretiach is a large man with short cut blonde hair and beard. He enjoys being out in the city among the people and can often be seen watching his city from his balcony high up on the Garrison Keep. He has handsome face and a disarming smile that wins over many of the ladies. As an unmarried ruler, he entertains a number of lady friends in his quarters.
General Mangalore, Military Leader
An imposing warrior fully 2 meters (7 ft) tall with a mane of black hair and a scowl to match. He has earned the nickname "The Mangler" of which he is quit proud. His stern lectures to his assembled troops are famous and oft quoted. He is a demanding leader who is hard on his troops, but they all love him (in a fearful distant way). The Mangler has proven himself to be a terror on the battlefield many times.
Halli Damoth, High Priest of the Barrinor Church
Halli Damoth is a priest of Barrinor who was banished from Arkalia following an "incident" in the Church in Strathon which precious few people know the truth of. Several years later, he found his way to the Garrison, a place much in need of spiritual guidance. Although he was banished, he was falsely accused and is still in the good graces of Barrinor. He still maintains his magical ability and prayers daily with a clear conscience. Since he is unable to follow his chosen faith in Arkalia, he ministers to the needy in this war torn region and he has been accepted with open arms. He has been here for many years and has converted hundreds to the faith of Barrinor. He is served by six lesser priests who are studying under him. The Lord Marshall has allowed him to establish a huge temple in the heart of the Garrison Keep.
The citizens of Garrison are fiercely proud and notoriously stubborn and independent. The looming threat of the Coalition influences life and attitudes here. The military is entertwined with the culture. Everyone is expected to work and work hard. It doesn't matter what you do, do it well and work hard. Proportionally, Garrison has a large military (nearly 1 in 35 people is a full time soldier). Many others here work indirectly for, and support, the military. Most ordinary citizens here are also quite good with a blade. Many citizens here have lived thorugh at least one siege of the city. Many have seen battle. This has hardened the citizens of Garrison. These are not a people to trifle with.
At the end of summer, the Garrison holds the Autumn Hunting Festival. Besides feasting and general celebration, a great hunting contest is held. Members go hunting individually and in groups of 3 to 5 men. The hunting culminates on the last day with the judging.
Due to the unique nature of this city, there is no separate city districts. There are really only two regions, the main fort and the outer city.
The White Knight
A tall marble statue depicting a human knight in plate armor standing atop the bodies of vanquished foes. This is Sir Pralus, the White Knight, who led the Garrison knights and soldiers in the Battle of Garrison, to retake the city from the Brotherhood of the Serpent Tongue in 2109 CY. This monument also bears the names of dozens of officers and soldiers who died heroically in the battle.
The old Traxxian fortress upon which Garrison is built was the last Traxxian fortress left standing and was the last to be built. Because of this, it incorporates many late Traxxian architectural developments into its design. The fortress itself is mostly built from granite blocks from nearby hills.
The roads of the city around the fort are mostly paved.
Garrison has a good sewer system which obtains water from, and empties into, the river. The river water is already fouled to such a degree that it can not be fished or used as a source of fresh water. Therefore, discharging the sewers into the river is not an issue.
Overall crime levels in Garrison are fairly low. They do have thieves, pick pockets and drunken bar brawls, but few murders or other serious crimes.
One gang, who call themselves the Water Rats, have been operating an independent water distillery in the sewers and smuggling fresh water up into the city, undercutting guild prices and making a tidy profit. The Water Guild has, thus far, been unable to find them.
|Name and Proprietor||Description|
|Inn- The Honorable Knight is the largest inn in Garrison and it physically resides within the great fortress. Kelvyr, a retired knight, maintains this establishment separate from the guest suites that Lord Tretiachs staff tends to. The Honorable Knight is very expensive and caters to nobles who are passing through and wish the protection of the fortress walls but are not there at the request of Lord Tetriach. The rooms are excellent and the inn offers other services such as hot baths, laundering clothes and a messenger service.|
|Inn - The Guardian is the name of a heavily fortified Inn located on the southern outskirts of town. To help protect it against raids, its owner, Telomok, has spent every iron petty he has on fortifying his building. Telomok believes in security and safety above all else. The Guardian is built with very thick stone walls and stout iron doors. The windows are arrow slits. Telomok has seen the hordes of humanoids that inhabit the Coalition. He has seen orcish armies and goblin shamans and he fears the day when the horde will ride down out of the mountains and wipe Garrison out. He knows that when that day comes, there wont be enough room for everyone in the Garrison and that villagers will riot. He sees his paranoia as mere preparation. He never goes anywhere without at least four weapons on him and seems to never take off his banded mail long coat. Telomoks state of mind is questionable and he often scares the guests.|
|Blue Boar Tavern
|Tavern - The Blue Boar is a small tavern run by a cranky old woman named Meira, a feisty auburn beauty named Lisell and a handful of other employees. Lisell is Meira’s granddaughter. Meira took over when her husband died. Lisell’s father went off to fight in an orc war and never came home. Meira does the cooking, Lisell handles the business. They also have a cook, Otis, and two serving wenches, Marda and Jenna. They have a group of rowdy regulars. The tavern serves the usual fare, but is particularly known for its steak and ale pie. Local farms provide them with a good variety of cheeses and so their ploughman’s platter – bread, cheese and soup – is quite good.|
|Splintered Bone Alehouse
|Tavern - Grom was once a Coalition orcish warrior and former member of Peil's Thunder. He was captured during a raid and spent almost a year in prison. During that time, he relinquished his ties to the Coalition and helped the Garrison warriors by providing tactical information. He was later released, but stayed in Garrison. He worked odd jobs until inheriting a small tavern from a dwarf brewer who had befriended him. Grom now runs the tavern and is something of a local favorite as the knights of Garrison look at him as an example of the fact that no one is beyond reach. The Splintered Bone Alehouse is a small tavern and has no rooms for rent. The fare is decent and rather unremarkable. However, Grom does have several orcish dishes and beverages on the menu.|
|Name and Proprietor||Description|
|General Store - The Nobleman is the name of the large general store located inside the Garrison Keep. Corsur, a young man with the dark hair of a northerner. His shop consists of a series of interconnected storage chambers which branch off from the Great Hall.|
|Smithy - Desika, a female dwarf, runs a successful forge and smithy deep in the bowels of the Garrison Keep, beneath ground level. She also is in charge of the iron ore mine that resides below. Many citizens of Garrison that cannot pay their debts end up working in the mine. Desika took over the operation of this mine and smithy when her husband was killed during a raid.|
|Apothecary - The Flowering Rock is the name of the only apothecary in Garrison located outside the Garrison Keep. Ilerrin, a young elven woman who lives alone, tends her gardens and prepares a number of poultices and healing concoctions, of which the militia can never seem to get enough.|
|Tannery and Leather Shop - Prang, a half ogre with a missing left leg, runs a small tannery and leather shop in the Great Hall. He is a ex-soldier and refugee from the Coalition and was able to provide the officials at Garrison with a great deal of insight into the military structure and strength of the Coalition groups|
|Carpentry and Woodworking Shop - Halflask, an elderly grum male, is a master carpenter and woodworker. He has a small wood shop in the Great Hall of the Garrison Keep but frequently journeys out into the city to fix a fence, repair a stool or other such jobs. In his small shop, he sells such items as chairs, wooden spoons, smoking pipes, flutes, lyres and more.|
|Stone Masonry Shop - Unther is a dwarven miner and stone mason who works in the lower levels near the mine and close to Desikas forge. He crafts stone blocks to repair breaches in the walls of the Garrison Keep and this takes up most of his time. He also enjoys the more artistic side of stone craft and chisels small statuettes which can be found throughout the fortress. Unther loves Desika from afar but has never had the courage to pursue his feelings.|
|Jewelry Shop/Money Changer - The Bloodstone has been designated as the official money changer of Garrison. This small shop also buys and sells jewelry, cuts gemstones and monitors the mining of precious stones from beneath the Garrison Keep. Grakas, a balding human male in his fifties with intelligent grey eyes and an eloquent demeanor, is a master gemcutter. He also happens to be well versed in dozens of other topics.|
|Gambling House/Tavern - When off duty, many officers and soldiers can be found at the Valiant Kinsmen, a gambling house and tavern located in the Great Hall. This rowdy establishment is where the folk of the Keep work out their stress with a good bar fight and a round of drinks. Weren, a charismatic man, hires beautiful young women from the town to serve drinks and bring the soldiers in. Weren is a good contact for fencing illegal goods and contacting the underworld (not that Garrison has much of an underworld though). He is very careful never to get caught by the authorities. He believes that the best place to run his small time scams is right under the authorities noses.|
|Scroll and Tome
|Library/Sage - Located inside the Garrison, this small library is tended to by Sobethus, a human sage and advisor to Lord Tretiach.|
|Garment Shop - The Silk Ferret is a garment Shop located in the Great Hall. Qutiren, a half elf, creates and repairs all manner of clothing and cloth items. He creates the uniforms for militia officers.|
|Gunther's Noble Beasts
|Stables - A large building with fenced in field. Gunther raises and trains warhorses here for the militia. His prices are a bit high for non-militia personnel (about 125% normal), but his horses are above average health and well-trained.|
|Brothel - Known to many locals as the "Chased Virgin". This small establishment pretends to be a respectable inn and tavern, but actually is a brothel that is doing booming business and the headquarters for a small, but growing thieves guild. The Chaste Virgin is located in the western end of town.|
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