Stamus Contra Malum: 1013 YE
Province of Kerendas
Province of Kerendas
This exarchate is the centre for cavalry training and the source of the best horses within the empire. The land is mostly grassland, and everyone in the province is a horseman. The capital, Kerendas, is the second largest city in the empire (pop. 100,000). Much grain is grown in Kerendas and the surplus is exported throughout Thrace.
Area: 7,560 sq. mi. (19,580 sq. km.).
Population: 500,000 including the city of Kerendas (pop. 100,000; 95% human, 4% elven, 1% dwarven and hin), the towns of Bayville (pop. 5,000) and Bridleton (pop. 10,000) and the Kerendas Outpost (pop. 1,250).
Languages: Thracian (Kerendan dialect), Elvish (Vyalia dialect).
Taxes: 20% income tax collected quarterly on the aristocracy, nobility, and wealthy; 15% income tax collected quarterly on everyone else (Va. 1, Ya. 1, Fy. 3, and Ei. 1). Thracians abroad must still pay their taxes. Expensive and magical items are also taxed 25% of their worth. 10% imperial commercial sales tax on all goods except food, clothing, and fixed assets; levied on imports, rebated on exports. Property tax levied based on quality of land, roughly 6% of its value annually.
Industries: Agriculture, ale, common metals, crafts, fishing, hides, mounts, preserved meat, trade, wine.
I*mportant Figures:* Maldinius Kerendas (Exarch_), Vincentius Hallicarnasas (_Imperial High Mage), Cyril Christophorus (High Priest of Ammonar).
Flora and Fauna: Mulberry trees (for agriculture), grape vines, olive trees, cedar, peach, pear, orange, and cherry fruit trees in cultivated orchards, maple, birch, and oak trees. Herds of cattle, sheep, horses, goats, and mules. Bees kept for honey. Bears, boars, centaurs, lycanthropes, mountain lions, foxes, dryads, wolves, unicorns and goblinoids can be found in the wilds of the empire. Hill giants and ogres in the hills.
The bulk of Kerendas consists of lush plains and grasslands, used for growing grain and as pasturage for horses and cattle. There are patches of forest, especially in its eastern extents. Kerendas becomes hilly in the north, along the Trevanion River. The soil here is indescribably rich, and its farmlands are able to feed not only Kerendas’s own large population; they export vast quantities of grain to the imperial capitol of Tauresium as well.
The northern hills are recent additions to the province, and except for a few herdsmen they have not been put to much use yet. These hills are the wildest areas of Kerendas, but still cannot be considered dangerous by any stretch of the imagination.
The city of Kerendas lies on the eastern bank of the Kerenda River, at the western edge of Kerendas. This is Thrace’s second city-recently recovering from population losses. Like most Thracian cities it is a thriving seaport, visited by (and home to) many merchants. It has a proud military tradition, and its people lead simpler, somewhat more vigorous lives than the inhabitants of The City. Kerendas City is surrounded by broad expanses of pasturage, used for cavalry training and recreational riding. North of the city of Kerendas, overlooking the Kerenda River, is the famous cavalry officer’s academy at West Reach.
Closer to the centre of Kerendas is the town of Bridleton. This is a major horse-breeding centre. There is a rivalry between the breeders of Kerendas and Alysian horse breeders. In general the Ylari are able to raise swifter horses, but Kerendan horses are stronger and able to carry or pull heavier loads. But many Kerendan steeds are very fast, and many Alysian horses are very strong, so these generalizations must be taken as such. The forests to the north of Bridleton are used for fox and stag hunts by the wealthy of the region.
To the south of Bridleton, on the coast, is Kerendas Outpost, a military base and citadel.
In the east is the town of Bayville, a community of fishermen and country villas of the wealthy. It was on the outskirts of this town that the first major clash of the last civil war took place.