Wail of a Thousand Voices
Nowhere is the Rostlandic spirit more alive than in the Free City of Restov. The city owes its allegiance to the Brevic crown, and Lord Mayor Joseph Sellemius must bend his knee before the Dragonscale Throne like any lord, but otherwise Restov belongs to no house, making it a haven for the lost glories of the Aldori swordlords and those who look back to the old days before the coming of the Conqueror. Restov is a city of both refinement and rough-and-tumble manners, as only a colony can be in fondly recalling and imitating its motherland. The gentry of Restov consider themselves sophisticates, although a Taldan visitor would consider their ways quaint, and touched with no small amount of northern barbarism. The city is a bustling trade center along the border. Restov’s relative wealth supports no small number of idle and titled lordlings and merchants’ sons. They frequent the various Aldori and Taldan dueling schools, as well as the alehouses, and fight each other in street corner challenges at dawn and dusk. The schools, salons, and taprooms of Restov are also hotbeds of rebellious talk against the reign of King Noleski Surtova, with young firebrands in search of a leader to rally them to the cause.
Restov is where the scattered remnants of the Aldori Swordlords fled after their defeat by Choral the Conqueror 300 years ago at the Valley of Fire. Their descendants were nevertheless allowed to rule in the city as long as it pledged itself under Brevoy’s flag.
Restov is a crossroads of trade, bordering the River Kingdoms, Iobaria, and Brevoy. It is also used as a jumping-off point for more adventurous travelers who seek to travel across the Wasted Lands to the Lost Dwarven Kingdom of Ilid, and the wooded countries of Fallion and Glendalen, on the edge of the Dark Forest.
Restov is ruled by a Lord Mayor and her council of Aldori Swordlords, some of the greatest trained wielders of swords in the city. These military veterans, all who have fought as mercenaries in foreign wars in the River Kingdoms, Numeria, or Iobaria, have a great interest in the development of their City as something more than just another outpost in Brevoy. With the disappearance of House Rogarvia, the Aldori Swordlords find themselves planning grand developments.
To this end, they have enlisted the approval of King Noleski Surtova and his sister. They were recently able to persuade the King that expansion must be made into the Wasted Lands now that the Troll menace and the Wasting Magic before that has receded.