Arathel County Gazetteer
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Arathel County Gazetteer
Arathel County is a marshy region in the northwest Green Delta. Its county seat is the town of Arathel, and its principle exports are limestone, wool, and cokeberry and cokeberry products.
Flora and Fauna
Cokeberreis are a tart purple berry that grows natively in Arathel County, and has been cultivated around Gnalens in the New World.
Arathel is the human-populated county seat of Arathel County, in the northwest Green Delta. First settled in 478bc as a logging community, Arathel is one of the larger towns in the community. It is governed by a council of local commercial leaders. its primary exports are wool, limestone, and cokeberries. Notably, Arathel was the capital of the Astar Empire.
The town of Arathel was first settled by humans in 478bc, on a hill south of the Kaiper River. The town first grew around the Reinhard Lumber Mill, built in 477bc by Osmits Reinhard. Its prosperity was aided by trade with the fisherfolk of Ack, who always needed fresh lumber for their ships.
In 474bc, the community built a church in honor of Povator, a god of woodlands.
In 470bc, Osmits Reinhard built a small estate northwest of town, closer to the Kaiper River, and began taxing the residents in exchange for maintaining a small armory and militia.
From 470bc until 460bc the town continued to grow at a reasonable pace. Reinhard constructed a watchtower on the road southwest out of town, toward Ack, while the road southeast toward Pled became dotted with wheat farms. The town began to export the local limestone to Ack, who was using it construct the many estates its growing noble class required, and wool to Pled. In 464bc, the church to Povator was expanded, and in 462bc, Reinhard commissioned the planting of what became known as the Borderwood a strip of pine forest which separated Arathel from the countryland to the southwest, between it and Ack.
As Arathel grew in size it became more of a target for bandits in the area, which pushed Reinhard to grow the size of the local militia, drawing on the labor force of his lumber mill.
The expense of the militia, and reduced workforce at his mills, caused Osmits Reinhard to fall behind in paying wages to his men, and in the summer of 460bc, he was hanged in the town square. Control of his mill - and subsequently the town - fell to a self-appointed council consisting of local tradesfolk. The tradesfolk immediately commissioned the construction of new wells and agreed that a sizeable portion of the late Reinhard's seized assets should be used to again expand the Povator Church.
Unfortunately the expenses left Arathel unable to maintain a militia, and bandits moved into the countryside, suppressing trade between the town and Pled. The town council attempted to negotiate a tribute to the bandits, but were attacked and fled the region.
Absent a government - who also were many of their skilled craftsmen - the town fell into a deep recession. The region was fertile farmland, so population continued to grow, but the town's trade with Ack and Pled slowed to a trickle.
Without trade routes to raid, many of the local bandits settled down near the road to Pled, which extended southeast out of Arathel. Some formed a little suburb past the town's wheat farms and in 454bc they built a small church to one of their gods, Siggrit, of earthworms.
In 442bc, Povator's worshippers in the area constructed a significantly nicer church on the crest of a hill north of town, overlooking the Kaiper River, and several families in the area began to construct large elegant estates. These works encouraged local industry and again, trade with the neighboring communities of Ack and Pled.
As the population grew and industry began to revitalize, a reformed gentry grew in the town. A notable member of this gentry was Henri Astar, who by 440bc owned many of the farms that had been built in Arathel and the area around it. In 438bc, Henri used his wealth to organize a militia which attacked the humans living south of the Green River, in the Indenon Empire.
The attack quickly escalated into a continued war, which encouraged local industry and formalized Arathel as the capital of the new Astar Empire.
First constructed in 474bc, the First Church of Povator is a historical church in Old Arathel, originally serving as a place to worship Povator, a god of woodlands.
The Reinhard Lumber Mill is a lumber mill in the town of Arathel first opened in 474bc.
The southeastern part of Arathel County is less marshy then the rest. Located at marker 4 on the map of the Green Delta.
The Borderwood is a pine forest located in southern Arathel County]]. It is an artificial forest, first planted by employees of the Reinhard Lumber Mill in 462bc.
Honeyfern Laboratories is a research facility in southwest Arathel County, owned and operated by Aldous Honeyfern. The lab also employs Barnabus Trent.
After the Fire of 80pc, Aldous Honeyfern was forced, like many others, to relocate. On the 14th of Blooming, 80pc, Aldous posted a listing on the job board in Bellybrush, wanting someone to head into the ruins of Ack and recover items from his old laboratory.
Aldous Honeyfern is a human researcher and proprietor of Honeyfern Laboratories. Born in 23pc, Honeyfern was a member of the Delvers during the end of Rickle Axager's tenure as the group's leader. When the Delvers were outlawed by the Ackian Merchant Kings, Honeyfern abadoned the group. He went on to become a researcher and, through the 40s and 50s, created a number of machines that were used in the Great Wars.
After the Fire of 80pc, Honeyfern reconnected with Barnabus Trent, who had been a member of the Delvers concurrent with him. Trent assisted Honeyfern in establishing Honeyfern Laboratories in exchange for Aldous rejoining the re-formed Delvers, now led by Trent.
Temple of Faluzure
The Temple of Faluzure is an old temple in southeast Arathel County.
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