Thieves & Kings
The Border Kingdoms - Blood and Gold
The Border Kingdoms, also known as “The Middle Domains”, are a collection of over forty principalities scattered throughout the eastern stretch of the Shatter, and all are constantly warring against one another. Originally formed with the collapse of the Imperium in TR 1024, there has always been a fiercely independent streak in the local population, fueled by the skirmishing between the knights of Antonica and the Imperial Legions. When the yolk of tyranny fell from the shoulders of the border princes, the area fragmented into the perennially squabbling realms of today.
There are three major powers; The Aristocratic Republic of Evendim, the Kingdom of Pikewarden and the Kingdom of Stonefist, but over a dozen significant Baronies also exist, along with a host of minor states, ranging from moderate-sized baronies down to tiny city-states of only a few thousand citizens. Each is ruled by a nobility – called “Burk-Lords” or “Burk-Princes” by the locals, many of whom have tenuous hereditary ties to the ancient imperial realms, but are just as often a former adventurer striving to carve-out a kingdom of their own. The terrain is broken and hilly, it’s locals surviving through harvesting timber, mining and agriculture, but the region’s chief export is trained mercenaries.