Small Town: Conventional (House Eddri); AL LN; 800gp limit; Assets 520,40gp; Population 1301; Mixed (humans O/S/F (1105), halflings (69), gnomes (57), elves (55), dwarves (10), half-orcs (6).
Authority Figures: Lady Tanariell (LN female expert 5/aristocrat 7), the head of House Eddri.
Important Characters: Ottolon (LN male human warrior 12), leader of the Felten Guard; Chanit (CG female human cleric of Phyton 7), priestess of Phyton; Mishktolan (CN male human druid 8), leader of the Druidic Circle; Maros the Learned (N male human wizard 7/loremaster 2); Venderun (LG male human marshal 5/paladin of Heironeous 3), leader of the Heironean Sword School; Tejabus (LG male human cleric of Heironeous 10), High Priest of Heironeous in Naerie; Ernut (N male human cleric of Fharlanghn 8), High Priest of Fharlanghn in Naerie.
Overview: Felten is the capital of the Barony of Schwente. It is a small town built on the marshy shores of the lake bearing the same name. Lake Felten is fed by the rivers Minfel, which flows through Minetha from the northeast, and Ramswash, which drains from the Iron Hills in the north. The lake is the breeding ground of the grenak bird, a waterfowl distinguished by its pale blue or gray feathers, and a long, bright yellow or orange beak. Thousands of these birds winter over on the lake, then find mates and lay eggs in the spring.
The water of the lake is slightly saline as Lake Felten is drained by a tidal river (the Shimmering Stream) that flows seven leagues to the Azure Sea. The river’s name comes from its peculiar, yet attractive appearance, the result of its shallow depth and the glistening sandbars that are exposed at low tide. These features make the river difficult to navigate by sea-going vessels. Many anchor at Jarlstun at the head of the Jarlstun Estuary, their goods then being taken by smaller boats to Felten.
The southwestern quarter of the barony is dominated by the Jagged Hills, a range of steep hills and scarps some ten leagues in length. These hills are known to harbor dangerous creatures, and the Barons of Schwente have paid mercenaries to mount expeditions into them from time to time. The western fringes of the Jagged Hills mark the border between the Baronies of Schwente and Foelt.
Felten is known as ‘the township of twenty isles’. The town is divided into two districts, Bastion and Haven, which are separated by the broad canal. There are no bridges over this canal so travel from one district to the other is done by boat.
Felten has small temples to every major human religion worshipped in Naerie, except Hextor. These include the Velaeri, Phyton, Osprem, Procan and Heironeous.
Law Enforcement: The Felten Guard has been formed of old Ideean soldiers and local people. As such, their loyalty to House Eddri is unwavering. A few Flan have also joined it, some even making it to an officer’s rank. Felten guards are kept well equipped by Tanariell, and they typically move in groups of four to seven, with one officer. Interestingly enough, even a few paladins can be found among their ranks. The Felten Guard wears light blue tabards and is equipped with studded leather armor, shield and shortspears. Felten also has several giant eagles to defend the town.
Modern Felten: Felten is little more than a collection of artificial islands. The town appears to be a maze of canals, bridges and narrow streets. However, it is considered by many to be quite beautiful. Felten has small temples to every major human religion worshipped in Naerie, except Hextor. These include the Velaeri, Phyton, Osprem, Procan, Heironeous & Xerbo. Good relations with the druids of Minnac have been crucial for the townsfolk as, without the assistance of druidic magic, parts of the town would have long ago subsided back into the marsh. The whole of one small island is owned by the church of Heironeous, who have built a chapel and a ‘Sword School’ upon it.
Each year there is a carnival, apparently echoing back to the rituals of the Flan shamans, when the townsfolk go about dressed in masks made from the plumage of the grenak bird. The reputation of the town and the carnival attracts many visitors (including the Prince of Naerie). The carnival became increasingly debased, excessive yet extremely popular under the patronage of the former baron, Andariell Eddri. Only a handful of merchants have an interest in Felten, as it produces little else than foodstuffs. However, the so called ‘Felten’s Tobacco’ which is harvested around Lake Felten is famous throughout principality and fetches a high price among nobles.
The Distant Past: In ancient times the site was a Flan village, their huts built upon stilts or artificial islands amongst the marshes. These fens provided the Flan with everything they needed: fish and fowl to eat, protection, and access to the watery highways across the lake.
Many centuries ago, Suel refugees led by Zellif Al-Zol discovered Lake Felten. They forcefully settled in a number of Flan villages, including one they called Feln Othen. Over time, that name has been contracted to Felten, and, as the settlement grew in importance, Felten gave its name to the lake.
When the Oeridians arrived in Idee, they conquered Felten and began building a temple to Fharlanghn upon an island in the center of Lake Felten, as thanks for that god’s protection on their long migration (or more likely as trophy of their victory over Suel, but that’s the official story). The Flan wise men warned the Aerdi that the island was sacred to their own gods and cited numerous myths and prophecies regarding a mysterious orb of great power that the gods had hidden upon it. These warnings only served to heighten the Oeridians’ interest in the island.
One day, the isle simply vanished. Years of work and hundreds of lives were lost in an event that awed the Aerdi. It was only last century that an explorer discovered the ruined remains of Fharlanghn’s temple deep below the surface of lake Felten. Amongst the inscriptions brought to light were references to “The chamber of the Orb”.
This tragedy scarred the consciousness of the local Aerdi. Ever after, they paid great respect to the Flan shamans. To this day, a community of druids has been allowed to live in peace in their enclave, Minnac, upon the southern shore of the lake. Some of them have foretold that the island will one day reappear.
The Growth of Felten: Felten is little more than a collection of artificial islands. The town appears to be a maze of canals, bridges and narrow streets. However, it is considered by many to be quite beautiful. Each year there is a carnival, apparently echoing back to the rituals of the Flan shamans, when the townsfolk go about dressed in masks made from the plumage of the grenak bird. The reputation of the town and the carnival attracts many visitors (including the Prince of Naerie). The carnival became increasingly debased, excessive yet extremely popular under the patronage of the former baron, Andariell Eddri.
Only a handful of merchants have an interest in Felten, as it produces little else than foodstuffs. However, the Felten tobacco, which is harvested around Lake Felten is famous throughout the principality and fetches a high price among nobles. Good relations with the druids of Minnac have been crucial for the townsfolk, as without the assistance of druidic magic, parts of the town would have long ago subsided back into the marsh. The whole of one small island is owned by the church of Heironeous, which has built a chapel and the Heironean Sword School upon it.
For centuries, Felten and the surrounding lands have been the in possession of House Eddri. In 446 CY, the County of Idee successfully revolted against the rule of the Great Kingdom and joined the Iron League. The new Count, Havershall, was the Head of House Eddri, and the family also took control of the Barony of Foelt.
The fortunes of the family were to change again during the Greyhawk Wars. Count Fedorik’s nephew, Coriell, fled to Irongate where he remains to this day, while his brother, Contill Eddri, the Baron of Schwente, was assassinated by Brotherhood agents, as happened with many other members of House Eddri. However, local resistance managed to free Andariell Eddri, Coriell’s half-brother, and his family from a Brotherhood prison before they were executed. The family managed to flee to Sunndi by following the coast. Even then, there were rumors that Andariell had become mentally unstable by his imprisonment.
The Rulers of Schwente After the War: Schwente was temporarily leaderless after the Greyhawk Wars, but a paladin of Heironeous, Staceus, stepped forward and agreed to govern the Barony for a year and a day. In 587 CY, Andariell was named Baron of Schwente by the new Prince of Naerie. Very soon, Andariell started making bizarre and draconian edicts. He raised statues of himself across Felten (in which he was disingenuously depicted as the liberator of Schwente), and his patronage of the annual carnival saw it become an extravagant, debased spectacle. These excesses so disgusted Staceus that he petitioned Prince Barzhaan to intervene.
The Prince did not act, and Staceus realized that Barzhaan actually wanted to have this dangerous fool in power. Staceus finally decided to rebel and formed the Idee Volunteers to resist Ahlissan rule.
Then, in 591 CY, harsh taxation across the Barony funded a lavish wedding in which Andariell was betrothed to his own eldest daughter, Clemena. Within a matter of months Clemena was no longer seen at public functions and, soon after, Andariell married his second daughter, Tanariell. In 592 CY, Andariell was stabbed to death during the carnival, his murderer escaping in the crowd. Tanariell was pronounced the new Baroness of Schwente, but instead took the title of Lady. Her first act was to tear down all of the monuments raised by Andariell and instead build a large statue of herself near the front gate of Felten.
Lady Tanariell is regarded with some degree of suspicion by the nobility of Naerie. Some have not forgotten that her forefathers led the revolt against the Great Kingdom and wonder whether Tanariell could repeat such a feat. Others watch for signs that she has inherited the unstable mind of Andariell. Yet others marvel that she was unscathed by her imprisonment and wonder whether she might have made some sort of bargain with the Brotherhood.