Kingdom of Andergast
Andergast is a small and a sparsely populated kingdom in the north-west of the aventurian continent. Thick woods characterize the countries landscape, only here and there fields and meadows surround the smaller settlements. Deep within this wilderness lurk all kind of threats and secrets that wait to be discovered by brave and shining heroes. Aside from goblin villages, orcs and roaming bandits the traveler may encounter water spirits and magic creatures.
Andergast is known for its long lasting struggle with nearby Nostria which led to countless wars and battles. Both kingdoms are trying to distort the history accounts for the benefit of their respective governments. Technologically Andergast is not as far developed as the rest of Aventuria.
The countries poverty forces its citizens to save every dime and potatoe. Nothing is thrown as most of it can be used as fuel or to patch up other things. The Andergasts don't like to be asked about this tricky situation and can't stand mockery. After all they are proud of their country and the achievements of their ancestors. Because of that strange traditions and customs evolved over centuries. Prejudices concerning strangers and superstition are widely spread.
The Andergastian nobleman is usually a forest farmer. Huge pig herds are a status symbol of the power elite in the rural kingdom. They use the fruits of the well known ilex for their aromatic bacon. Noteworthy is close blood relation of the nobility. For generations they placed their own people into the highest positions in Andergast. The well-known, traditional and conservative knights of Andergast are recruited from close-knit ranks of the nobility.
The people from the Middenrealm laugh at the backwater Andergastians. Being located far away from the center of the New Empire, Andergast lies on the fringe of the civilized world. The name of their kingdom has become a synonym for backwardness. But in truth the Andergastians are not at all laughable – quite the opposite is the case. For generations they survived under the hardest circumstances.
The king of Andergast, Efferdan I. Zornbold, rules in a monarchy dominated by men and in which he can rely on the advice from his people. Yet, the conservative nobility is does not support Efferdan I. Zornbold as eagerly as the common folk does, because he is not a born Andergastian and often enough tries to modernize the country.