County of Ulek

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County Palatine of Ulek
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The arms of the County of Ulek, as depicted in the Living Greyhawk Gazetteer (2000).
Motto/Nickname
Region Sheldomar Valley
Ruler Count Palatine Lewenn
Government Hereditary feudal monarchy
Established
Capital Jurnre
Major Towns Jurnre, Kewlbanks, Courwood
Provinces
Resources Foodstuffs, copper, silver, gems
Coinage goldsun (gp), mirrorpool (ep), silvermoon (sp), coppercask (cp)
Population 370,000
Races Human, Gnomes, halflings, elves, dwarves, half-elves, half-orcs
Languages Common, Gnomish, Keolandish, Halfling
Alignments Neutral*, Lawful neutral, chaotic neutral, lawful good, chaotic good
Religions Berei, Beory, Ehlonna, Obad-Hai
Allies Ulek States, Keoland, Gran March, Verbobonc, Dyvers, Free City of Greyhawk, Knights of Luna, Celene (in theory), Knights of the Watch (weak), Old Faith ( particularly in the Sheldomar Valley)
Enemies Pomarj, Iuz

The County of Ulek, properly known as the County Palatine of Ulek, is a political state of the Flanaess, and one of the three Ulek States (the other two being the Duchy of Ulek, and the Principality of Ulek).

History

Approximately 323 years before the dawn of the Common Year calendar, Immris of the Suloise house of Rhola founded a city, and later a state, called Jurnre; this was the city that remains its capital to this day. This state became absorbed into what is now the County of Ulek.

In 400-500 OR (-245 to -145 CY), the early rulers of Ulek built castles in their territory and fought the Goblin War in which their armies forced the goblins and orcs back into the Lortmil Mountains.

Some time between 500 and 600 OR (-145 to -45 CY), one Count Cartair, one of the most beloved of the County of Ulek's rulers, ruled the County of Ulek in a time of strife between the three Ulek States, and fortifications were evidently constructed along the Kewl River and Old River. Between 55 CY and 155 CY, the Ulek States were strong allies of one another but overshadowed by the growing kingdoms of Keoland and Aerdy.

The County of Ulek was incorporated peacefully into the kingdom of Keoland in 292 CY. Around 361 CY, at the height of Keoland's imperial conquests, the County of Ulek expelled Keoland's royal garrisons, although this was accomplished without bloodshed (enchantment magic was employed, however). Keoland didn't formally recognize the County's independence until approximately a century after the fact.

The Hateful Wars embroiled the County of Ulek as well as the other Ulek States. Jurnre was besieged by refugee goblins and orcs at this time, though it did not fall. The druids of Ulek used their healing skills to assist their allies, while the County as a whole provided food and raw materials, primarily to the Principality of Ulek.

Geography

The modern County of Ulek is generally located in the southwestern portion of the Flanaess, and is considered part of the Sheldomar Valley region. It is bordered by the Lortmil Mountains to the north and east, by the Old River to the east and south, and by the Kewl River to the West.

As of 591 CY, the most populous towns are Jurnre (pop. 13,100), Kewlbanks (pop. 10,900), and Courwood (pop. 7,800).

People

Population

As of 591 CY, the population of the County of Ulek totaled 370,000 persons, the majority (almost 80%) being humans of Oeridian, Flan, and Suel descent. Gnomes are the next most populous group (8%), followed by halflings (6%, predominantly of the lightfoot variety), with the remainder being a mix of elves, dwarves, half-elves, and half-orcs.

Religion

The most popular deities among the County of Ulek's citizens are Berei, Beory, Ehlonna, Obad-Hai.

Languages

The most widely-spoken languages in the County of Ulek include Common, Gnomish, Keolandish, and Halfling.

Government

The County of Ulek is a hereditary feudal monarchy, and ruled by His Noble Mercy, Lewenn, Count Palatine of Ulek, Archdruid. The count must also be member of the druidic hierarchy.

The national capital is Jurnre.

Heraldry

The County of Ulek's coat of arms is blazoned thus: Purpure, a unicorn rampant argent.

Economy

Resources

The County of Ulek is noted for producing foodstuffs, copper, silver, and low- to average-quality gems.

Currency

The County of Ulek's standard coinage consists of the gold goldsun (gp), electrum mirrorpool (ep), silver silvermoon (sp), and copper coppercask (cp).

Transportation

Military

See also

Bibliography

  • Casper, Scott. "Treasure Trove of Tomes." Dragon #253. Renton, WA: Wizards of the Coast, 1998.