A Brotherhood Reborn
Chambord is a landlocked region bordered by Arcadia on the north, Ravinia on the east and south, and Baymoor and Rozenheim on the west. It has a temperate climate, with warm, wet summers and dry, cold winters.
The region is most famous for its refreshing, sparkling, white wine. The sweet wine can only be made with grapes grown specifically in the hills of Chambord. Though many have tried to replicate it, none have been able to imitate the subtleties inherent in its taste, mouthfeel, or aroma.
It is also famous for its wide-open hills, beautiful cherry-blossom trees, and fields of wildflowers.
Before the Unification of Ravanaster, Chambord was a fragmented region ruled by several competing warlords. Locked in a perpetual struggle for power and survival, technological advancements came few and far between. It wasn’t until 2270 D.E that the rival factions were finally unified under one banner. The first ruler of Chambord came in the form of Michaelis Lavellan, the ambitious nephew of King William Gabranth of Arcadia.
Due to their close relationship, Chambord was the first region accepted into the great Arcadian Empire and House Lavellan has set at their head ever since.
House Lavellan is an old and very prestigious Elven noble house. They have been the rulers of Chambord since the Unification and have blood-ties with the House of Royals. This alone sets them apart from many of the other Ducal houses. Their colors are green and silver, and they house sigil is a Fleur de Lis. The motto of House Lavellan is “Ambition in all Things.”
The former patriarch of House Lavellan, Lucien Lavellan, passed away rather unexpectedly in 1277. He was still young by Elven standards, only in his second century. Many lesser nobles suspected foul play, though none had the courage to step forward. He was succeeded in his role as Duke by his eldest son, Lysander Lavellan. His second-born son, Gabriel, enrolled in the Academy of Order at a young age, renouncing any claim he might have once had for the duchy.
Chambord is a hilly region with lots of open fields and sparsely spaced flatlands, making it useful for growing the grapes necessary for Chambord’s famous wine.
Cities of Note
- Nibelheim – has a population of 75,000 residents and is the seat of the Duchy of Chambord. Nibelheim draws a large crowd of travelers in the springtime during its annual Cherry-Blossom Festival. People from across the continent gather to watch the fleetingly beautiful pink and white trees in full bloom.
- Lydes – boasts a population of 56,000 citizens.
- Arlesans – has a population of 45,000.
- Vale – significantly smaller than Nibelheim, this industrious wine-town boasts a population of 33,000 people. Vale is home to the largest, most prestigious winery in Chambord.
- Mont-Maren – a small city on the Arinoc River. This fishing town is the second stop for travelers wishing to take their trade goods upriver to Arcadia. Mont-Maren also has the only way across the river, save for Algassi. Has a population of 22,000.
There are also several smaller cities and towns dotting across the landscape, including:
- Val Garmond
- Chateau d’Onterre
- Palais du Lyon