Saltmarsh Journal

Journals for the Saltmarsh RPG Campaign

The High Kingdom

Central to all that you know, the High Kingdom has last for ten thousand years, or even longer. Even though Saltmarsh and the Dankfold are on the very edges of it, it is the constant beacon of civilisation. Beyond it are barbarians and monsters.

The High Kingdom is basically a feudal monarchy ruled by an ancient race that call themselves the Lordlings. Physically they are similar to men, but taller and stronger, and possessing more magical powers. Once they were the majority of the population of the High Kingdom, but over the ages their numbers have dwindled and the numbers of ordinary humans have risen. Lordlings and humans can interbreed, and many of the humans of the High Kingdom have some amount or other of Lordling blood in their veins. Trueblooded Lordlings look down on any half-breeds though and the most senior positions in the nobility of the High Kingdom are held by pure-bloods.

The High Kingdom is ruled by the High King, who never leaves  the great palace-city of Thirakkar, on an island in the centre of the Inner Sea at the centre of the High Kingdom. While the High King lives, peace and prosperity are assured. The death of a High King is a terrible time, for the great winter swirls down from the northern mountains. Famine stalks the land as the snow lies deep for month upon month. In the south fierce dragons cross the great sunken desert and descend upon cities in gouts of flame. Only once the new High King has assumed the mantle of kingship and the rituals of kingship have recommenced does the sun return to the sky undimmed, the snows melt and the dragons are banished. Fortunately the Lordlings are a long-lived race and the death of a High King is a rare thing. No-one you know can remember the death of a High King, for the present High King has sat on his crystal throne for over seven hundred years. Only when he dies will he be given his regnal name, for the moment he is just the High King.

A map of the geography of the High Kingdom

A map of the geography of the High Kingdom

A map of Saltmarsh and the Dankfold, from the library at Dragonsfell Hall.

A map of Saltmarsh and the Dankfold, from the library at Dragonsfell Hall.

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