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Granyt Fyrforg
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Stahlheim

This is still a work in progress but here is a basic outline of initial ideas for Stahlheim.

Clanhome Stalheim

In the Stoneheart Mountains

 

General Outline

 

Crag is its “link with the surface” There is a small keep in Crag where the king, currently Oracyon Fyrforg, or his representatives interact with politicos from other nations, but the majority of the time the king is in his castle deep in the mountains in Stahlheim.  Crag is also filled with shops, warehouses, and granaries, for trade and food storage that is shipped in and out of the mountains.  Astron Fyrforg, second son of Oracyon, is the Mayor of Crag.  Outside of Crag there are hunting camps and farms on the surface but the majority of the kingdom is in the mountains where they mine, refine, and forge the ores.

The main tunnel into the mountains is just north northeast of Crag.  The tunnel in is broad and well-constructed, large enough for dwarves to ride horseback and to run carts in and out past each other with supplies to the various settlements inside the mountain.  The main tunnel enters the mountain uphill for drainage out of not into the mountain.  Once inside the mountain it splits one way circling up in the mountain the other down, there are branching tunnels off the main tunnel which are not as large wherever there was a good vein of minerals that are or were mined out.  There are also periodic tunnels to the surface of the mountain for air exchange with grating across the outer ends to keep unwanteds out, at a minimum each town and waystation will have air tunnels and all forges will have either their own air tunnel, or a link Into one.  Wherever major veins were found a settlement was formed with basic needs for any town, shops, homes, forges. The primary purpose of each of these settlements would be the mining of that vein but there would be at a minimum an inn and a tavern for those passing through, and every days march down the main tunnel would be a waystation to rest for dwarves and their mounts.  The main settlement is deep in the mountain over the largest vein of ore, it has full complement of shops and entertainments, and the best smiths in the mountain run by Clanchief Oracyon Fyrforg who is clanchief and the best smith in the mountain.  Once a vein is mined out if another vein cannot be found nearby the settlement is abandoned, sometimes totally, sometimes the inn and tavern will remain open as a waystation.

Population of Stahlheim is predominately Dwarven but there is a scattering of other races as well, particularly in Crag and the surface farms and hunting camps.  Goblinoids are employed as tunnel cleaners and other menial jobs in the mountains.  Some of the waystations between the towns have turned into Gathers where the workers rest. 

Stahlheim welcomes Greyson’s Grey Rangers and it is not unusual for its citizens, including the nobles, to train with the rangers.  They have an outpost in Crag captained by Granyt Fyrforg, fifth son of Oracyon.  The rangers work with Stahlheim forces as constables, and as first defense against any forces coming south from or through the Malakar Dominion. 

 

Greater Details

 

Crag is the main surface town.  It is a walled town located on the north bank of unnamed river flowing into Lake Shaintar.  It has the highest concentration of non dwarves in Stahlheim, but still has a dwarf majority. There is walled farmland to the west of the town, and a walled keep in the southeast corner of the town where the clanchief comes for diplomatic meetings, otherwise he lives deep in Stahlheim.  Permanent workshops and mercantile is in the northeast district, and the Greyson’s Grey Rangers and other military are in the northwest. 

 

 

 

Ores and Mineralsfound in Stahlheim:  copper, gold, iron,  lead,  molybdenum, tin, tungsten, white silver and zinc ore deposits, minerals include anglesite, barite, beryl, corundum, fluorite,  garnet,  hematite,  jade, topaz and  tourmaline. 

Zadmar
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I enjoyed the writeup, but I'm curious why you've translated "Steelhome" into German, as other places seem to either have English names or fictional names.  Is this an intentional flavour thing, to help differentiate Dwarven strongholds from those of other races?  So "Forgehome" would be renamed "Esseheim", etc?  If so that's a pretty interesting idea, although it may cause unintentional real-world comparisons.

Granyt Fyrforg
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Because it is a name I liked and Sean said the northern clanhomes were more germanic so I made a germanic name for it.

Granyt Fyrforg
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The Obsidian Portal is open.  https://defenders-of-stahlheim.obsidianportal.com/  It is still a work in progress and I expect it to be a continnuing work as we continue adventuring and adding to it.