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Karemore

Northmost and most isolated of the seven cities, Karemore (also spelled Karemori) is located in the Kingdom of Agolith, largest of the North Kingdoms. Agolith is a flat kingdom with sweeping plains, and is roughly the size of present day Germany. The land is only marginally suitable for either farming or herding, and a great deal of the local diet is wild game, or fish. The area is also metal poor. Winters are long and hard, and moisture is scarce except for during the biannual rains (spring and fall) when there is far too much of it. On the wide open plains, land is practically worthless, and water-rights are the focus of most economic disputes

The Plains of Agolith

The inhabitants of Agolith, (called northmen), tend to be tall and pale skinned, with blond or sandy hair, and long faces. They are stoic, hard working, and not particularly chatty. Their taste in art tends toward utter realism, and woodcarvings are highly prized, although the arts of pottery and basketry are more commonly practised. Bright colors are considered gaudy and distasteful, but they delight in varied textures in natural tones. Favored forms of recreation are horse-racing, hunting, dancing, a variety of strategic games involving cards and dice, and they also delight in various feats of atheletic skill.

Children are considered valuable and protecting and providing for them in so marginal a climate is a major concern. Away from Karemore proper large population densities are difficult to maintain, and the core family of husband, wife and children is the center of their social structure. Sex with an unmarried woman is a major crime, but adultery is hardly considered a crime at all, as any child born to an adulterous wife will still have a nominal 'father' there to provide for its support and upbringing. Children in the same family are given names starting with the same syllable, with ending syllables chosen from the names of their parents.

Karemore's major imports are hardwood, metal and foodstuffs, and it's major exports are furs, fish and ceramics. Karemore also exports an unusally soft and warm 'woolen' fabric made from rabbit fur, which is shorn and spun. The most common building material is stone, although sod structures are often used for outbuildings and by the poverty stricken. Wood, when available, is usually in the form of softwoods, such as pine, harvested by logging expeditions into the north mountains. Particularly valuable are the Northern Pines, which are considered ideal for masts, and are frequently shipped to shipyards further south.

Northern horses are built for speed with long legs and clean lines. They are used primarily as riding animals, and are the most common form of land transportation other than walking. The close relationship that Northmen have with their horses is legendary throughout the seven cities, but the horses themselves are generally considered inadequately trained for life in more crowded enviroments.

Outside of Karemore proper is the famous Karemore Castle, seat of Agolith's king. Designed by an elvish archetict, it is one of the wonders of the northern world, and a symbol of Karemore's economic dominance in the north. It has a central keep and six outlying towers attached to it by walled causeways, so that its top view looks somewhat like a six-armed starfish.


 

 
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