Agstowe

Goe∂ ney unto ∂a Wyrmburg! / Goe∂ ney min cild! / Goe∂ ney unto ∂a mountain / whære ∂y cyn wæs kil’d! / Staye at home wi∂ husbynd / Staye at home wi∂ wyf / Goe∂ ney unto ∂a Wyrmburg / te ryskian ∂y lyfe!

—The Wyrmburg, children’s rhyme

Agstowe

Introduction

Agstowe, Cymballar, and Fegondé share a common ancestry of being ruled by Essadi slavers of one kind or another. These lands are inhabited by an Eylic people who speak the same tongue as the people of ancient Middlemark. These folk are called the Gowers, and many seem to have migrated into the area during the reign of Middlemark in the south. Of course, Cymballar makes claims to a more ancient Milean ancestry as does Fegondé. Agstowe is the only one of the Three Kingdoms which hews straight to its roots as a Gower principality.

Most recently, Agstowe was a province of the empire of Teral during the tenth age. When the Knights of Miles razed the Teralian province of Greenvale in X285 a nobleman named Temelus took that as his chance to break free of Teral. All of the Gowers in modern-day Agstowe look back on the Temulan Rebellion with great national pride. It was a religious war most of all, for old Teral had become home to the potent mortuary cult of Tharos which many nobles found repulsive. Temulus and his allies were staunchly Avaunite and they, together, founded Agstowe.

The Temulan Rebellion is the only glory Agstowe can lay claim to, other than being home for the dreaded red dragon known only as the Wyrm of Agstowe. In X412 the Dragon ravaged the Three Kingdoms and grew fat on mutton and slept on a bed of gold. It was only in X439 that the Three Kingdoms were finally released from its terror as it went to sleep on its golden cough and has not awakened since.

-Reynarius di Llun, Author and Sage of Renown

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History of Agstowe and the Temulan Rebellion

Agstowe begins where the Milean influence of Teral ends, somewhere along the Favus mountain range. The area around the Wyrmburg gives the kingdom its name. Under the Teralian governor this was known as the Anovus district (the “new acquisition”). This name, combined with that of the native Gower folk, gives us Agstowe.

In X285 the Knights of Miles fought against Teral in the south and burned the Greenvale, razing every building in the vale in punishment for Teral’s harboring of the Tharian Mortuary Cult. Temulus, a young nobleman, took this opportunity in the north to begin raiding official Teralian caravans. He fought the provincial governor and his own family, becoming a hunted bandit.

His following attracted a small but loyal number of Avaunite priests who also sought the overthrow of the Mortuary Cult. However, by this time the Cult was so powerful that only the obliteration of the Teralian Emperor could bring this about. Temulus’ rebellion would not have been more than a minor annoyance had not the Teralian Emperor, Dulus Amenius, declared that no Gowers or Eyls could serve in the civil government of Teral in punishment for Temulus’ insurgency.

Full scale war broke out in the Gower-heavy regions of Teral. The rebellion gained hundreds of followers overnight, and soon was challenging the very armies of Teral. Though Temulus was killed in the third year of the Rebellion, his paternal uncle took command of his armies and inherited his power. Since that day, Agstowe has been under the rule of the Temulan Kings.

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The Gower

There is a people that live in the lands to the west of Dorlan that we call the Gower. They are of mixed descent, coming partially from Valelan stock of the north and partially from the Llyrian people known as Eyls. In culture and essence they are Weylic with influences from the ancient Milean traditions. In appearance they are generally light brown to blond haired and light eyed with frames that range from ropey to muscular. They are not short but neither are they as tall (generally) as the Valelan men.

They seem suited to the classed society of peasantry and lords, and in general do not yearn for a different life. Farmers in the Three Kingdoms till a good yield and their corn is often sold to merchants traveling from the south to feed the great cities of the Empire. While perhaps not as culturally advanced as Miles or Dorlan, they still live fairly good lives. They are a stolid, sturdy people and they share their Eylic cousins affinity for the land and thus for dwarven people.

Even more than dwarves, however, the Gower get along with gnomes and halflings better than any other race. There are no halfling shantytowns or gnomish tent-cities in the Three Kingdoms; they are treated well by the Gower and build their houses right amongst the townsfolk of men. The smallfolk, who are generally shy and elusive, make up a good minority of the Three Kingdoms and thus may even be considered almost Gowers themselves.

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Agstowe is roughly divided into lush highlands (perfect for light farming and herding) and marshy lowlands where the waters of Agstowe’s many streams and rivers empty. Provincial and quiet, Agstowe is a peaceful land rarely engaging in the wars of its neighbors. The only trouble that hangs over the land is the shadow of Wyrmburg where it is rumored the Wyrm of Agstowe still sleeps a troubled slumber.

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Agstowe

Abridged History of the 10th Age Idabrius