About the County
The County of Karsana is a storied, and populous County within the Kingdom of Ashlands, long run by the native Family Karsa, originating from the Town of Forde. As a whole, the County has sought a balance between Military expansion, and Economic growth. The County is a diverse collection of peoples and ideologies, stretching from the City of Savoca, resting on the calm, winding coasts, to the distant solitude of the frontier towns and villages of Forde, and Karfold.
The County seat lies in the City of Savoca, a major regional center of trade, the destination of merchant vessels from far harbors, and exotic Empires. Though the County’s heart may lie in Savoca, the life blood of the County resides in the towns that Karsana is comprised of. From the densely wooded lands of Forde to the farmlands scattered about the countryside.
Karsana is a county of balance, believing in the value of maintaining peace and stability through Economic growth, and the maintenance of the strong Army, and Navy, tooled around the defense of the County. While some rely on sheer numbers to provide a defense, Karsana believes in the quality of its soldiers and knights. This leads to any member of the military within Karsana to be trained without second thought to cost. For without properly trained soldiers there would be no barrier to the relentless onslaught of the natural world.
The County Seat of Savoca is Karsana County's crown jewel, an emerald on the county's coasts. The city grew from its early history as a minor trade post, to a vast Merchant port, and center of trade. In the modern era the City has grown to serve as the Capital of the county, and has become the corner stone of its Economy.
The City harbor sees, in each day, dozens of Trade ships enter and leave the port, bringing in exotic goods, and shipping out the produce of the city to distant harbors. Savoca is built on Trade, and its Taverns and Inns have seen their share of Merchants and adventurers from far off lands.
Forde is a town within the county of Karsana. Governed by Mayor Darien Karsa, the town focuses on lumber and agriculture to support the capital of Savoca and the Fortress of the Warden. The town is near The Warden and sits just outside the vast forests that runs through the county. The towns population finds work in wood-crafts, farming, and lumbering.
Set deep into the counties forested hills Karfold remains isolated within Karsana, and the family of Karsa. Focusing on its mines, Karfold has begun recently moving towards arms production. While Baron Anselm seeks to make decent profits off the production of armaments he mainly seeks to pursue his own interest in blacksmithing. He hopes to foster great craftsmen within Karfold, where mastering a craft comes first and foremost in its denizens lives.
Stratton is a small place, a minor fishing village nestled away from the noise of the city. Initially a small collection of houses gathered around a single pier, the town has grown to a small community of peoples, whose livelihoods now center on the sea. Unlike Savoca, the port of Stratton facilitates no trade, its old waterlogged pier serving as shelter for only old fishing boats, and its bars housing only strong beer, and tall tales.
The Castle-Fortress of Ritten is a shining beacon of Strength and Unity atop the towering buildings of Savoca. Resting near to the city, the Castle serves as an old, time-tested companion, standing stalwartly, awaiting a chance to defend the city streets far beneath it. The Historic Castle was built by the Family Karsa, as their power in the region expanded outward from their humble origins in Forde, and expanded from a simple outpost, to the impending bastion of security it is known as today.
In the modern day, Castle-Ritten has, in addition to being the Count's seat of power, come to house a Military faction know as 'The Templar of Ritten', an order of Knights sworn in service of the Count, and County. The Templar operate primarily from the Castle grounds, their duties lying in patrolling Savoca, securing the adjacent countryside, and aiding the County in times of war.
'The Warden', or just 'Warden' is a small fortress far away from the core of the county, tucked away in the distant edges of the lands, hidden behind a thick, wooded overgrowth. The Warden, along side the Castle-Fortress of Ritten, serve as one of Karsana County's two fortresses.
The resident Military Order of the Fortress, the 'Wardens' patrol of sparsely populated countrysides of the County, rooting out crime, and defending the borders against bandits and highwaymen. The Fortress helps to protect the Town of Forde against invasion, and provides light infantry to the Count in times of war.