Signs and portents
|Realm:||Kanday||Holder:||Sir Grolis Chahryn|
|Population:||580||Liege:||King of Kanday|
|Held by:||Sir Grolis Chahryn||Acres:||1950|
The seat of the Earl of Selvos is also the source of much of his wealth. Control of the town with its property taxes, bonding and hawking fees provides a steady stream of silver into the castle’s coffers.
The households are split into two groups. The guildsmen (27 Households), nobles, military and clergy (17 Households), and the unguleded (21 Households) form the first group. Their focus is in-wards, on the market or castle and few even have their own vegetable plot. The yeomen (3 Households), farmers (4 Households), villeins (14 Households), half-villeins (8 Households) and cottars (17 Households) form the second group. Their focus is out-wards, towards the fields and pasture that surround the town. Twelve of the cottar families are actually fishermen who operate from Selvos harbour. The Earl retains about 800 acres divided between 400 wooded acres and 400 acres of demesne.
The Earl’s tenants are kept busy supplying the town’s perishable goods. Cows and goats for milk, chickens and geese for eggs and cooking, and vegetable gardens and fruit trees fro their produce, are more common, even among poor cottar families, because of the large and stable market for their products.
The castle’s demesne farm is actually fairly small, only 400 acres, and is run by a bailiff, Steu of Kerpatik, son of a mercantryler. His primary task is to operate the large stables that house the horses for the Earl and his retinue. He also supervises the Lord’s kennels and falconry. Much of the demesne is given over to pasture, both for summer grazing and winter fodder. Several large barns are necessary to stockpile enough hay and oats to feed dozens of hungry warhorses through the winter. Literate and good with figures, Steu also assists the Earl’s Stewart, Sir Hanzar Dorien, in the management of the four manors operated by bailiffs for the Earl.
The bailiff has suggested to the Stewart that the Earl could further increase his revenues if he were to establish a number of manors devoted to sheep farming, similar to Gebasath. He recommended the areas south-east of Hemhur as the best candidates.
The current Earl of Selvos, is Sir Grolis Chahryn, who is nearly 80 and has all but abdicated his duties to his eldest son, Temilin. The Earl receives fealty from the barons of Dunir and Zerien.
A brief timeline of the town.
|1000BT||Selvos moors settled by Jarin from the east.|
|247TR||Meredi Federation formed to oppose the Corani Empire’s expansion.|
|377TR||Battle of Hereg: Merdi Federation defeated by Arosta the Conquerer of the Corani Empire|
|433TR-437TR||Kingdom of Aleathia disputes ownership of the coast (including Selvos) with the Corani Empire.|
|447TR||King Xuaka of the Kingdom of Aleathia accepts peas terms after being defeated by Emperor Mejenes of the Corani Empire.|
|479TR||Selvos established by Corani Empire to protect shipping.|
|515TR||Miner’s guild opens two valuable iron mines in the region.|
|558TR||Balshan Jihad starts.|
|563TR||Selvos falls to the Balshan Jihad without a fight.|
|565TR||Theocracy of Tekhos founded.|
|566TR||Religous tribunal starts in Selvos crushing opposition of a Morgathian rule.|
|589TR||Rebellion against the Theocracy starts; Idt of Rosin proclaims himself Lord of Selvos.|
|623TR||Idt of Rosin dies in battle, Cayir succeeds him.|
|642TR||Cayir is defeated by Arlun the Barbarian, King of Rethem.|
|650TR||Harvest wiped out by by weather. Cayir cannot pay tribute to Arlun.|
|651TR||Arlun annexes Selvos; and it becomes a royal castle of the Kingdom of Rethem.|
|654TR||New Selvos castle built.|
|656TR||King Obras replaces Arlun as king of Rethem.|
|672TR||King Obras dies, King Nemarian replaces him.|
|681TR||Selvos granted to the Agrikan Order of the Copper Hook. Religious tribunal starts in Selvos, crushing opposition of an Agrikan rule.|
|682-697TR||Ezar’s War between Kanday and Rethem|
|694TR||Forty Kandaian knights and four hundred foot raided and took Selvos from Rethem in a single night.|
|697TR||The treaty of the Peace of Selvos was signed, formalizing new borders and ending the war.|
|698TR||Religious tribunal starts in Selvos, crushing opposition of a Laranian rule (AKA: The purge).|
|698TR||Mielael, Queen of Kanday, granted the Earldom to Sir Grolis Chahryn, the first Earl of Selvos.|
This article (with minor editing and hotlinks was taken from the Dureve Hundred article by Kerry Mould. The Dureve Hundred article is © 2003 Kerry Mould. It is a derivative work based on the works of N. Robyn Crossby and Columbia Games Ltd. The art is by Richard Luschek.
A copy can be obtained from Lythia.com.
The timeline is derived from the History of Selvos in the Selvos article. Written by Kerry Mould, and edited by Tom Dalgliesh and Grant Dalgliesh. The article is © 2002 and copyright N. Robin Crossby and Columbia Games Inc. It is available for sale from the Columbia Games website.