Towns and Baronies
All the various counties have vassals, usually barons; some have more, some have less, but each vassal baron is an independent lordship in its own right, bearing only faint allegiance to its count.
- 1 County Olivet
- 2 County of Childeric of the Bees
- 3 County of Childeric of the Vines
- 4 County of Johburg
- 5 County of Leon
- 6 Two Counties of Auberry and Maleband
- 7 Lordship of Joyeaux and County of Oultrejoyeaux
- 8 Still To Be Described
County Olivet is at the top of Vale of Olives; ruled by Count Walker Justinian, the town of Olivet has the distinction of having a working planetary shield. Olivet's manors are famous for their olives and olive oil as well as a variety of citrus and nuts.
Barony of Jahant
Guelph Jahant is the Lord of Jahant; his family is distantly related to House Justinian, though it has plenty of Van Gelder in its bloodline as well. Jahant itself is a hill town midway up the Vale of Olives, and is a particularly dependable vassal of Olivet; it is famous for the boar hunted in its hills, who feed on wild truffles.
Barony of Coarsegold
County of Childeric of the Bees
Situated inside the Mountains of Moab, Redburg is a herding town. During several of the wars between Bee and Vine it has been used as a military base by the Count of the Bees.
County of Childeric of the Vines
Barony of Fowler
Situated near the mouth of the Vale of Olives, Fowler is a little up in the foothills. Grapes from Fowler are often dried into raisins, and its population swelled with an influx of people fleeing the Siege of Akko. Some of them have stayed, allowing the baron to put more fields under cultivation.
County of Johburg
Free Port of Rotdam
Rotdam is the next town south along the Wild Coast from Johburg, and it has not been under noble rule since Mad Baron Aziz Azizi was killed by a popular mob for allegedly performing dark rites in his palace. Legends still tell of how he had a room whose walls were dyed red with blood, though the palace itself has long been razed and replaced by a Civic Arena, famous for gladitorial contests. Now, Rotdam is ruled by a Council of Aldermen under a direct charter from the Court at Akko. It retains traditional obligations to Johburg, and the Count or Countess is given the Keys to the Port of Rotdam upon her accession, but with the arrival of the League to Yathrib the burghers have been beginning to flex more muscle. Rotdam never had very many dependent manors, relying instead on the fishing trade, and with the dissolution of the barony many of those manors have been deeded to the Brother Battle, who maintain a chapter house in Rotdam whose prior-administrator is an ex officio alderman.
Barony of Teldam
Set on a bluff on the Calpe peninsula, Teldam is the southern-most town held by the Known Worlders and the subject of constant Kurgan raiding. While it once boasted an active port, the docks were outside the city walls and now the fishermen drag their boats up to cover or into the town itself at night. Teldam has been conquered by the Kurgans on no less than six separate occasions in the last century, but its inland mesne vassals have been able to retake it with the help of Johburg each time. Still, it is a shadow of what it once was, as its lack of a proper harbor requires larger ships to anchor offshore and send in boats.
Barony of Margat
Inland of Rotdam and southeast of Johburg is Margat, one of Johburg' s inland vassals. Originally granted to one of the Count's daughters as a dowry, the barony bears her name even centuries later. The Counts of Johburg still maintain a country residence near Margat that rather overshadows the baron's own palace. Margat's wheat is supposed to be particularly excellent, and several Charioteers have experimented with trying to export its famous bread in the form of unbaked dough.
Barony of Helborg
One of the mountain baronies, Helborg was the only one of Johburg's vassals to avoid heavy fighting during the Betrayal, though the town's geography makes it a natural citadel. Though it grows citrus and wheat in terraced fields, Helborg's manors put most of their land towards pasture, and Helborg wool is somewhat famous. During the Betrayal, Helborg served as an arsenal for Johburg and indeed all the southern campaigns, and now the Muster have rented portions of its arsenal to use as a facility for training and R&R far from the front. The townsfolk have cautiously welcomed mercenary money, though there has been an increase in crime, drugs and several unpleasant incidents with guilders who have gone too far.
Barony of Crow's Landing
Though a vassal of Johburg, Crow's Landing is more properly in Cote-Leon than on Cape Hattusas or the Wild Coast. It is just on the northern edge of the badlands of Pilgrim's Landing, and is most famous as the site of the Battle of Hamelin Hill during the All Saints' War. Originally a Leon barony, Crow's Landing became a vassal of Johburg as a weregild for Johburg's lifting of a blockade of Port-Leon during the brief 'War of the Ports' prior to the Kurgan invasion. Now, Crow's Landing is most famous as a base for tech redeemers and relic hunters who comb the ruins of the deserted starport badlands to its south.
County of Leon
Barony of Arvin
Southwest of Leon, Arvin is renowned for its orchards, particularly its apple cider. Terraced vineyards also produce a quite drinkable white wine. During the Betrayal, Arvin was the site of a major Kurgan encampment used in the latter stages of the war to prosecute the final assault on Akko. As a consequence, Arvin experienced far less direct spoilage than the rest of Leon, as Jalalkan kept the vineyards running and the manor intact. The Baron of Arvin has since capitalized on this, absorbing a number of nearby manors.
Barony of Josselin
One of Leon's oldest vassals, Josselin is just inland of the coast south of Joyeaux. It used to be a close town with Joyeaux itself, but since Joyeaux left Leon behind relations between the two places have been strained. Josselin was hard-hit in the betrayal; reliant on fishing, many of its boats were destroyed and so many of the fishing families have lost their livelihood. Worse still is an ongoing dispute with Joyeaux over Josselin's traditional right to fish in the fens immediately near the citadel.
Barony of Farouk
The only taifa barony in the Known Worlds' territory, the Sheikhdom of Farouk is north of Joyeaux along the banks of the Joyeaux, though the river is too broad to allow for easy crossing there. Farouk al-Farouk conquered the barony in 4983, and when the tides of war retreated founded himself surrounded by crusaders. He cut a deal with the elderly Count Renaud de Moley (grandfather of the current count) and swore fealty to Leon. During the Betrayal, Baron Farouk remained silent, letting Jalalkan's forces pass him by, neither aiding nor hindering their forces officially. After Joscelin's Crusade the canny Kurgan lord immediately renewed his vows, but he is now closer to both Auberry and Joyeaux than Leon, and those two counties eye the riverine barony.
Barony of the Altamont
The quintessential mountain barony, the manors of the Altamont grow few crops. Instead, the chiefs of the mountain men pay the Lord of the Altamont homage, filling his armies with fierce hobilars on mountain ponies and paying a tax in goats and sheep to the barony each year. In years past, the Baron of Altamont acquired some lowland manors, but they were lost to Arvin and now the Altamonters pride themselves on having a sort of highland independence. The ramshead of the Altamont was particularly feared by the Kurgans during the Betrayal, as the Lord led constant raids out of the mountains against Jalalkan's supply lines, but he was ultimately caught and quartered along with his heirs shortly before the arrival of Joscelin's Crusade. A distant Known Worlder relative has now taken over the barony and is grappling with earning the trust of the mountain chiefs his cousins cemented over many generations.
Sovereign Baronetcy of Gant
A small but proud town, Gant is in fact south of Akko on the border between Johburg and Childeric of the Vines. The lord of Gant was once a mesne tenant of the
Two Counties of Auberry and Maleband
March of Sidon
Sidon Keep is one of the few great castles owned by an independent lord instead of a Crusader State castellan; perched atop a hill in the Craglands, it (along with Arsuf, which guards its westerly valleys) is one of the only bastions keeping the Kurgans from the Lesser Fork itself.
Barony of Arsuf
North of the Lesser Fork, Arsuf is an exposed hill barony that suffered heavily during the Betrayal. It was reconquered by an al-Malik knight, Ranjat al-Arsuf, who claimed the barony for his own with a claim to one of the Fifty Fiefs.
Barony of Avenal
Situated at the head of the Pass of Arrows, Avenal is a new barony, created by Auberry after the fall of Maleband. Its territory used to be part of the lands of the Earl of Malefaux, a vassal of Maleband; now, Malefaux's only remnant is the crusader castle at the top of the pass. Avenal Town is an important trading center for desert nomads, who bring herds over the pass to Avenal where local merchants purchase them to drive to Akko.
Lordship of Joyeaux and County of Oultrejoyeaux
One of the Oultrejoyeaux baronies, Jopha is half-way to Malaga. Famed for its dates, the Barony is almost constantly at war with several nearby vassals of the Malagan emir. Recently, though, it conquered the nearby town of Ghilat and has added it to its barony.