Nordengrad is the current capital of the Earldom of Nordengrad, replacing is previous capital of Ruriksgrad which was sacked and lost during the Atlas Coalition War. It was constructed in 1675, on the order of Thoromir Ruric. The city is the main settlement of the Earldom and mostly inhabited by Humans, though many other races have settled there, most prominently Elves.
Nordengrad was founded by Thoromir II. Thoromir felt as it was time for the Norlandic folk to finally re-establish itself back into the world of power, realizing that the surviving Norlanders would not be enough to support a Kingdom, he instead established an Earldom with the goal of regrowing the Norlandic culture and promoting the once widespread religion of the All-Father. Nordengrad flourished for years under the reign of Thoromir, until his unfortunate demise in a duel against Kenswey Fiscere, Nordengrad was in tumoral for many months until a new Earl was elected that being Jovik I Rorik, who reigned for merely a few years, until abdicating the throne to Torsten Rosik, stating that he was to old to partake in the stress of being the Earl. Before Torstens coronation as Earl, he quickly enstated the first ever Rosik guard force called the Rosikian Guard, having quickly elected a marshal and ultimately reformed the entirety of the Nordengradic military.
Marriage of Thoromir and Valencia
The Marriage between Thoromir II Ruric, and Valencia Mournstone, to unify the ruling clan of Ruric and the clan of Mournstone
The Earls Moot
With the death of Thoromir I Ruric, the entire Earldom of Nordengrad held a moot to decide who of which was to serve as the new Earl. The Chieftans voted in favor of Jorvik Rorik, the son of Javier Ruric, placing him as the new earl of Nordengrad.
Coronation of Torsten Rosik
The Coronation was held on the 13th of The Grand Harvest, 1689. Where all the folk residing within the Earldoms region, came together in the Red Faith temple to celebrate in the coronation of the new Earl of Nordengrad.
Siege of Nordengrad
Only after a few months of being named Earl, Torsten saw it fit to reclaim the title King of Norland, and bestow it upon himself, this an insult to the Empire, and a seemingly act of rebellion, caused the Imperial arms to rise, to retake Nordengrad and bestow someone more loyal to the Empire. This would be the beginning of the Third Atlas Coalition War, starting the war would be the Siege of Nordengrad, being mostly seen as a victory of either side, until an unknown man single handedly made a pathway for the Imperial troops on the walls of the Krag, resulting in a Imperial victory. Having Torsten I lose the battle, having his capital taken. Aurelius I, bestowed the title of countess upon Valencia Mournstone, once wife to Thoromir II.
Taking up a small ploy of land, Nordengrad sits to the Northern coast of the Cloud Temple. The Southern side of the town is bordered by a large swamp, sitting in the center of the town is the Ashtree to the South of the tree sits the Ruric Hall.
The Ruric hall is located to the Southern Side of the town, landing almost directly in the middle of the city. The Ruric hall is where all the members of the Ruric family live, as well as where courts and other things requiring the earl's attention are held.
The Town square is the very center of Nordengrad, in the center of it lies the famous Ashtree, surrounding it is large amounts of housing for the people of Norland to reside.
Red Faith Hall
The Red Faith hall is located at the far western side of the village, rising up above to the same height as the Ruric Hall, housing the entirety of the Red Faith religion.
The Earldom is governed by the Earl as well as the Ashen Council, currently it consists of four members, one being the Steward, entrusted with finding housing for all the newcomers, another being the Chancellor, who is in charge of all diplomatic affairs when the Earl is unavailable, another being the Commander who is in charge of the Rosikan Guard, the currently military order guarding Nordengrad, lastly being the High Priest most commonly the head of the All-Father religion.
The Earldom is guarded by a military order the Rosikan Guard, it was introduced under the reign of Torsten Rosik, having be named the first ever Rosikan military order, with the intent of making it stronger and more powerful military order than any other ancient Norlandic orders. The Rosikan Guard are charged with the defense of Nordengrad as well as protecting the smallfolk and the Royal family.
Members of the Rosikan Guard shall receive free housing as well as free arms. A Rosikan Guard footmen commonly wear mere chain, as the current order does not have the money nor the supplies to acquire actual uniforms. Officers can be recognized easily by their uniform with little pieces to indicate their rank, such as a red, black, and gold color scheme on their uniforms.
The majority of Norlanders adhere to the religion of the Red Faith and the teachings that Allfatherism entails.