Legacy of Kings
The Kingdom of Gorre
The Kingdom of Gorre
Ruler: King Uriens
Army: Large, 300 Knights, many soldiers and warriors
The most powerful Kingdom in Caledonia, Gorre is a wild rugged land steeped in myth and legend. Large areas are completely deserted because of the harsh landscape, and feudalism has been slow to spread here. Many people still live in the uncouth tribal manner –and affiliation with one’s clan is often stronger than with one’s Lord.
Southwest Gorre, known as Galloway, is the best place to visit being the most “civilized”, with numerous castles, and is nearly on par with Logres. This is thanks in large part to the sporadic trade between the lands of Cumbria and Galloway. Despite this influence however, most of the people steadfastly stick to their old ways. The people of the Kingdom are renowned for being hardy and warlike.
Further north, much of Gorre is wild hill and moorland. Travel on horseback is difficult once the main routes are left behind. Though wild, and slightly backward, Gorre has produced some fine knights.
Gorre’s influence extends to Strangorre and Cambenet, who both pay tribute to King Uriens.
This is the southwestern region of Gorre and ancestral home of the Novantae tribe. The most populaous and settled area of Gorre and it is here that feudalism has most developed. Galloway has been famous both for horses and for cattle rearing, and milk and beef production are both still major industries. There is also substantial timber production and some fisheries.
The Township of Dumfries
Nicknamed the Queen of the South, Dumfries is the largest and most important town in Galloway. It stands on the west bank of the River Nith which is navigable up to this point. It serves as a market town for the agricultural land around it and is famous for its hosiery and knitwear manufacture.
People from Dumfries are known colloquially as Doonhamers.
The town is guarded by an triangular castle ruled by Baron Nertheid of Galloway, a loyal vassal of King Uriens.
Dumfries flourished as a place of distinction during the Roman occupation of the North. The Selgovae inhabited Nithsdale at the time and raised some military works of a defensive nature near the site of Dumfries; and an ancient castle formed the nucleus of the town.
Many traces of Roman presence in Dumfriesshire are still to be found; coins, weapons, sepulchral remains, military earthworks, and roads being among the relics left by their lengthened sojourn in this part of the North.
Since Rome withdrew, the town has continued to be important and was absorbed by the Kingdom of Gorre with a few short years after the last Roman soldiers left the area.
Dumfries has several manors located nearby within the valley and surrounding hills. Most notably among these are: Summerhill, Larchfield, Lochside, Heathill and Marchmount. Each of these is controlled by one of the Baron’s vassals.