The Grand Tournament

About Sumberton

Sumberton is likely the only urban locale most residents of the Valley of Obelisks have ever seen. It’s regarded as both sophisticated and bewildering. Since it is founded on the river trade, Sumberton is indeed more cosmopolitan than the rural communities that surround it.

At the heart of the city is Sumberton Keep, an old fortress built so that a long-dead king could control and tax the traffic on the Marrilach River. A settlement grew up around the keep and, with the passing of years, over-whelmed it. Were it not for the height of the promontory on which the fortress rests, visitors might never know the keep is there. Two- and three-story buildings crowd the edges of the city’s narrow, winding streets, and even lifelong Sumbertonians have to think twice to avoid getting turned around or lost.

Leadership: Lord Bariss Carstellan has been granted taxing authority within the city limits in exchange for providing city services. An elderly man, Carstellan is teaching the basics of governance to his two sons, Jarrik and Thrann. City bureaucrats understand that if Jarrik or Thrann want something, it’s as good as the lord asking for it himself.
But Lord Carstellan’s authority isn’t absolute. Sumberton Keep remains an outpost of the national army under the command of Captain Morr Donellgan. The captain’s soldiers are better equipped, trained, and paid than the lord’s militiamen. Donellgan tries to stay out of the city’s politics, but it seems like one faction or another within the city is always trying to embroil the army in a political dispute. The temples along Pious Way are beyond the lord’s taxes and thus largely beyond his authority. They could wield a lot more power if rivalries between major religions—and even schisms within each—weren’t a problem. Finally, the merchant guilds are responsible for the river commerce that is the city’s lifeblood, and they could ruin Sumberton by diverting the region’s trade elsewhere. But doing so might mean their ruination as well. It’s easy and profitable to send the region’s trade up and down the Marrilach River.


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