Bissel

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Greyhawk Realm
March of Bissel
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The arms of Bissel, as depicted in the Living Greyhawk Gazetteer (2000).
Motto/Nickname
Region Sheldomar Valley
Ruler Margrave Larrangin
Government Feudal monarchy owing fealty to Gran March and Veluna, with Margrave chosen by the leadership of the Knights of the Watch
Established Unknown
Capital Pellak
Major Towns Pellak, Thornward
Provinces Twenty-six knight-baronies, eight townships, and one capital township
Resources Foodstuffs, cloth, gold, gems
Coinage [Modified Keoland] griffon (pp), lion (gp), eagle (ep), stag (sp), roc (cp).
Population 123,880
Races
Languages Common, various Baklunish dialects, Dwarven
Alignments
Religions Heironeous, Zilchus, Fharlanghn, Geshtai, Rao, Istus
Allies
Enemies

In the World of Greyhawk campaign setting for the Dungeons & Dragons role-playing game, Bissel, properly known as the March of Bissel, is a political state of the Flanaess.

Geography

Modern Bissel is generally located in the western-central portion of the Flanaess. It is bordered by the Barrier Peaks to the north and west, by the Dim Forest to the south, and by the Lorridges to the east.

As of 591 CY, the most populous towns are Thornward, and Pellak (pop. 2,300). Thornward itself was once the capital of Bissel, but is now a town governed jointly by Bissel, Gran March, Ket, and Veluna (resulting from an agreement know as the Thornward Division).

People

Population

As of 591 CY, the population of Bissel totaled 123,880 persons, over 80% being humans of Oeridian, Suel, and Baklunish descent. Approximately 10% of the population is dwarven, with other humanoid races making up the remainder of the population.

Religion

The most popular deities among Bissel's citizens are Heironeous, Zilchus, Fharlanghn, Geshtai, Rao, and Istus.

Languages

The most widely-spoken languages in Bissel include Common, various Baklunish dialects, and Dwarven.

Government

Bissel is a feudal monarchy, and ruled by His Lofty Grace, Larrangin, the Margrave of Bissel, and owing fealty to Gran March and Veluna. The margrave is chosen by the leadership of the Knights of the Watch.

The country itself is divided into twenty-six knight-baronies, eight townships, and one capital township, for the national capital of Pellak.

Heraldry

Bissel's coat of arms is blazoned thus: Per pale indented gules and argent, over all a tower sable.

Economy

Resources

Bissel is noted for producing foodstuffs, cloth, gold, and low-quality gems from mining operations.

Currency

Bissel's standard coinage is modelled after Keoland's, and consists of the platinum griffon (pp), gold lion (gp), electrum eagle (ep), silver stag (sp), and copper roc (cp).

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