Today the Herald is pleased to sponsor an event that we hope will be the first of many such community building exercises. Three Dukes and their counts have volunteered to be part of a mock land selection that will help us as a community highlight the various issues that are likely to arise during Land Selection. For this event, the Herald generated a kingdom map with duchies and counties based roughly on Kingdom Four.

The rules of the event are fairly simple. First, the King and Dukes chose their duchies in influence order (with the other Dukes represented by dice rolls). Each Duke had a two-hour window in which to choose their duchy based on the map and information provided. Now that these Dukes have chosen their domains more detailed data for the counties within the three participating duchies will be generated and next Friday (17th August) the Counts of these duchies will be shown the maps and data of their duchies and allowed to pick counties in influence order. To make this more like the real land selection we are inviting 30-40 other Elyrians (of any nationality or rank) to play the part of unaligned counts. Each unaligned count will be assigned an influence value between 5000 (KS Count) and 20000 (Post-KS Double-Count) and given free reign to pick a county from the three duchies according to their place in the influence order.

Elyrians interested in playing an unaligned count should DM Chip Lawrie on Discord to be assigned a number. This event is first come, first served. I will need all entries to be complete by Thursday 16th August and all Counts currently aligned to Avaland, Aseibe’ia Thunar and Tyr Nansur to tell me their current Influence (round it if you’re uncomfortable with anyone knowing your exact influence) by 2200hrs (BST) Thursday 16th August so that I may create the pick order (your influence will not be displayed just the pick order). Dukes will have access to the County Data on Thursday, all others on Friday.

 

The Ducal Picks

Now that the rules have been explained I shall describe the Dukes’ picks and discussions and negotiations. The King and Dukes were presented with a map and a brief description of each duchy from which they had to decide which domain most suited the aims of their community.

Each duchy is marked with red borders and the counties within are marked with orange borders. While no duchy is terrible each has advantages and disadvantages for certain game styles and the choice of Kingdom 4 gave an incredibly wide range of tribal options (some not so favoured by our community) meaning tribal affinities should play a part in the decisions of the dukes and counts as they decide their domains.

The Duchy Data

The King Dukes were presented the following data each corresponding to a location on the map, it should be noted that almost all duchies are mostly self-sufficient the known resources are resources that are in such abundance that they are able to greatly exceed domestic consumption or to provide a significant tax or trade benefit. A more detailed look at resources will be provided on a county level.

Duchy 1

Tribes: Neran

Largest Settlement: City

Known Resources: Significant Metal deposits, Some Precious Metal deposits, Some Gem deposits, Significant Stone availability, Some Clay availability, Significant Woodland, Source of Hemp, Significant Aquaculture.

Other: Border with Kingdom Two

 

Duchy 2

Tribes: Neran

Largest Settlement: City

Known Resources: Significant Metal deposits, Some Precious Metal deposits, Some Gem deposits, Significant Stone availability, Some Clay availability, Significant Woodland, Some highly fertile counties.

Other: Border with Kingdom Two

 

Duchy 3

Tribes: Neran

Largest Settlement: City

Known Resources: Significant Metal deposits, Some Precious Metal deposits, Some Gem deposits, Significant Stone availability, Significant Clay availability, Significant Woodland, Significant fertile land.

Other: Border with Kingdom Two, Large lake in the duchy.

 

Duchy 4

Tribes: Neran and Waerd

Largest Settlement: City

Known Resources: Significant Metal deposits, Some Precious Metal deposits, Significant Gem deposits, Significant Stone availability, Source of Sandstone, Some Woodland, Source of Spices

Other: Border with Kingdom Two, Border with Kingdom Three

 

Duchy 5

Tribes: Neran

Largest Settlement: Capital

Known Resources: Some Metal deposits, Some Stone availability, Significant Woodland, Significant fertile land, Source of flax, Source of hemp, Significant Aquaculture

Other:

 

Duchy 6

Tribes: Neran

Largest Settlement: City

Known Resources: Some Metal deposits, Significant Precious Metal deposits, Significant Stone availability, Significant Clay Availability, Significant Aquaculture

Other:

 

Duchy 7

Tribes: Neran and Toresk

Largest Settlement: City

Known Resources: Significant Metal deposits, Significant Stone availability, Significant fertile land, Significant Aquaculture

Other:

 

Duchy 8

Tribes: Neran and Toresk

Largest Settlement: Capital

Known Resources: Significant Metal deposits, Some Precious Metal deposits, Some Gem deposits, Significant Stone availability, Significant fertile land, Good pastures

Other:

 

Duchy 9

Tribes: Neran and Dras

Largest Settlement: City

Known Resources: Significant Alchemical resources, Some Metal deposits, Significant Stone availability, Significant Clay Deposits, Some Aquaculture

Other: Border with Kingdom Five

 

Duchy 10

Tribes: Neran

Largest Settlement: City

Known Resources: Significant Metal deposits, Some Precious Metal deposits, Some Gem deposits, Significant Stone availability, Significant fertile land, Good pastures

Other: Border with Kingdom Five

 

Duchy 11

Tribes: Toresk

Largest Settlement: City

Known Resources: Significant Clay deposits, Significant fertile land, Significant Aquaculture,

Other:

 

Duchy 12

Tribes: Toresk and Dras

Largest Settlement: City

Known Resources: Some Alchemical resources, Significant Clay deposits, Significant fertile land, Significant Aquaculture

Other:

 

The Picks

King Dragor picked first selecting Duchy 8 to be his capital at which point the Dance began in earnest with each Duke (including those not partaking in the event) stating which duchies most appealed to them. Immediately Aseibe’ia Thunar and Tyr Nansur came into conflict over the prize that is Duchy 5. Unfortunately for our Regent her grace Ssajir Shek just had a bit more influence than he did and Duchy 5 with its coast and fertile plains went to Aseibe’ia Thunar.

Thwarted from his top pick Rhaegys sought to ensure that he was on the coast (for his shipbuilding) and near enough to the capital that travelling to Court would not be an overly tedious journey. Ultimately Duchy 7 fit the criteria for Tyr Nansur. Last, (but not least) of the Event Dukes to pick was Aurra. Quickly and decisively after confirming that Duchy 12 did indeed have a coast she selected the mixed Dras and Toresk duchy.

Duke Degwin Zabi chose Duchy 2 to be the capital of the Zabi Demesne, the easy access to metal and stone and presence on the border next to two unclaimed duchies being a deciding factor. The D12 representing Duke Franstein chose next settling Duchy 10. The D12 representing an unaligned duke (Duke Random of Kireviel) went for Duchy 4 while Duke Blake went for Duchy 6. Duke Hari as the last pick was left with a choice of Duchy 1 and Duchy 3 in order to maintain the integrity of the Zabi Demesne though he was tempted by Duchy 1 he ultimately chose Duchy 3.

This gives the following maps and data:

 

Duchy 1 (Iboreseth (NPC: Gary))

Tribes: Neran

Largest Settlement: City

Known Resources: Significant Metal deposits, Some Precious Metal deposits, Some Gem deposits, Significant Stone availability, Some Clay availability, Significant Woodland, Source of Hemp, Significant Aquaculture.

Other: Border with Kingdom Two

 

Duchy 2 (Munzo (Zabi Demesne))

Tribes: Neran

Largest Settlement: City

Known Resources: Significant Metal deposits, Some Precious Metal deposits, Some Gem deposits, Significant Stone availability, Some Clay availability, Significant Woodland, Some highly fertile counties.

Other: Border with Kingdom Two

 

Duchy 3 (Iyandolin (Zabi Demesne))

Tribes: Neran

Largest Settlement: City

Known Resources: Significant Metal deposits, Some Precious Metal deposits, Some Gem deposits, Significant Stone availability, Significant Clay availability, Significant Woodland, Significant fertile land.

Other: Border with Kingdom Two, Large lake in the duchy.

 

Duchy 4 (Kireviel (Duke Random))

Tribes: Neran and Waerd

Largest Settlement: City

Known Resources: Significant Metal deposits, Some Precious Metal deposits, Significant Gem deposits, Significant Stone availability, Source of Sandstone, Some Woodland, Source of Spices

Other: Border with Kingdom Two, Border with Kingdom Three

 

Duchy 5 (Asebe’ia Thunar)

Tribes: Neran

Largest Settlement: Capital

Known Resources: Some Metal deposits, Some Stone availability, Significant Woodland, Significant fertile land, Source of flax, Source of hemp, Significant Aquaculture

Other:

 

Duchy 6 (Khaledor)

Tribes: Neran

Largest Settlement: City

Known Resources: Some Metal deposits, Significant Precious Metal deposits, Significant Stone availability, Significant Clay Availability, Significant Aquaculture

Other:

 

Duchy 7 (Tyr Nansur)

Tribes: Neran and Toresk

Largest Settlement: City

Known Resources: Significant Metal deposits, Significant Stone availability, Significant fertile land, Significant Aquaculture

Other:

 

Duchy 8 (Dae Erath)

Tribes: Neran and Toresk

Largest Settlement: Capital

Known Resources: Significant Metal deposits, Some Precious Metal deposits, Some Gem deposits, Significant Stone availability, Significant fertile land, Good pastures

Other:

 

Duchy 9 (Drirawien (NPC Dafydd))

Tribes: Neran and Dras

Largest Settlement: City

Known Resources: Significant Alchemical resources, Some Metal deposits, Significant Stone availability, Significant Clay Deposits, Some Aquaculture

Other: Border with Kingdom Five

 

Duchy 10 (Dugh Kahldur)

Tribes: Neran

Largest Settlement: City

Known Resources: Significant Metal deposits, Some Precious Metal deposits, Some Gem deposits, Significant Stone availability, Significant fertile land, Good pastures

Other: Border with Kingdom Five

 

Duchy 11 (Abuldan (NPC Siobahn))

Tribes: Toresk

Largest Settlement: City

Known Resources: Significant Clay deposits, Significant fertile land, Significant Aquaculture,

Other:

 

Duchy 12 (Avaland)

Tribes: Toresk and Dras

Largest Settlement: City

Known Resources: Some Alchemical resources, Significant Clay deposits, Significant fertile land, Significant Aquaculture

Other:

 

Conclusions

The ducal selections went fairly simply with no major surprises. The random NPC Duke rolled favourably for Blake and Hari though there was a significant chance that a real unaligned duke (of which there still might be some) could disrupt our picks significantly, as could an increased number of less favourable duchies. Two hours seemed to be plenty of time for selection though when the actual event is upon us we might have more information to process than the rather spartan selection here. County Data will have the same two-hour slots and a bit more data to process so we will see how that goes.

Watch for an announcement Thursday Evening detailing pick-order and another Friday morning with the County Data and close up duchy maps.