Tales of the Ruddy Spirits Taproom
City of Kavadin
Kavadin is an old city with a rich cultural heritage. The city was founded in the hill country as a fort on the tall bluff where the keep now stands. As trade routes with the elves and dwarves were formed the fort became a settlement, then grew from there.
Who’s in charge?
King Theodoric III is the current king of the kingdom of Estodia. He rules from the Capitol city of Kavadin in the southern region of Estodia. He is known as a firm, but fair ruler. Even so he remains aloof and rarely interacts with the commoners, which he leaves to his advisors and staff. His heir is Prince Julian V.
Who has the most money and power?
Although the king has the most power there are several merchant families that rival him for overall wealth. The merchant families often head one of the Merchant Guilds that regulate and control commerce in the city as well as trade and occasionally mor questionable business.
Are we at war or at peace?
The kingdom is currently at peace. However, there is a strong rivalry between the Great Kingdom of Estodia and the Empire of Vestan.
Who maintains law and order?
The King’s Guard is the highest legal authority in the city. As the king’s personal force they act on his authority and supersede any other legal authority in the city except the king himself. However, the King’s Guard is fairly small in number, so there is also the City Guard. The city is divided into districts each with a single Constable that leaders the City Guard for the district. Within the district, the Constable’s word is law and he is responsible for administering justice and judgement for criminal offenses. For civil disputes, there is a court system, but the wait to schedule a hearing can be quite long.
How is magic regulated here?
The use of magic is not specifically regulated. The use of magic to commit a crime or harm another person or property would be addressed by the District Constable. The same laws and penalties apply. In the case of a rouge wizard that does not submit to the Constable may be apprehended by the teachers at one of the local academies. Note: Necromancy is not outlawed. There is an academic debate as to whether the school of necromancy is truly an independent school or just a minor offshoot of the study of entropy.
What are the best-known landmarks?
The best-known landmark is the huge Wilde Sau Fountain in the center of the city square. The fountain depicts a great warrior bare-chested and wielding a golden boar spear. His left hand is holding a fierce boar just below his waist as a number of other, smaller wild boars circle his legs and feet. The statue represents the first ruler of Estodia, King Valens I. Even at high market, the area directly around the fountain remains clear for guests visiting the city.
The Inn of the Faithful Shield is the oldest original building in Kavadin. A century ago, the inn was purchased by a wealthy merchant who sunk a fortune into remodeling the interior into the most luxurious inn in the city. Now, for the right price, the rich and important can rent a room fit for a royal.
The “Pit” or the First Royal Exhibition Arena is a large circular stadium where many outdoor events are held. One of the most popular events is the annual boar fighting events. As human gladiatorial exhibition was outlawed centuries ago, the owners of The Pit turned to boar fighting. The nobles quickly adopted the practice and many noble houses now breed and train there own packs of boars for the annual competition. Various sports, plays, and other exhibitions are also held at The Pit.
The Silver Sphere and the Haven Theater are the two theaters in Kavadin. Although they are competitors, they both are well known for quality entertainment such as play, performances, and concerts.
The Kavadin Royal Academy and Library sits in the Western district of the city. The Academy is not a single school but rather a campus of several schools that each tend to specialize in a specific area of study. The Academy has 4 degrees of attendees; students, reasoners, aspirants, and dedicated. The symbol of the school is is a giant iron snake representing both the dangers and power that knowledge can provide. The Academy campus also hosts the Kavadin Royal Library. Although not the largest library in the world it does host a wealth of knowledge. Anyone can visit the library, but only dedicated and teachers can borrow books from the library. On rare occasions, an instructor will borrow a book lend it to someone else. this is acceptable as the instructor remains responsible for the safety and return of the book.
The Peace Cemetery is the main and largest cemetery for Kavadin. It is actually located outside of the city to the southwest. The cemetery is segregated between the wealthy and the poor. The poorer sections are simple graves placed closely together while the richer sections contain elaborate headstones or tombs.
What deities are worshipped here?
All of the deities are worshipped here. To the east of the keep is a large hill with a pantheon to all of the gods where anyone can worship. From the base of the hill to the front of the main temple is a long road that is landscaped as a peaceful garden with smaller shrines to each on the main gods. Large hedges to either side of this walk dampen the sounds of the city, creating a serene environment for visitors and priests alike.
Around the base of the hill are several smaller temples that cater to specific needs of the populous. One of these temples is a large hospital where the sick and injured can be brought to receive care, rest and when severe enough, be healed. In addition, there are a large number of dormitories and housing for the priests that care for and work in the temples. There is also a small school/seminary that is unrelated to the Academy that teaches and discusses the precepts of the various faiths in the city.
What happens when you die?
Without getting into a largely philosophical debate, let’s just keep the discussion to what happens to the body when someone dies. Although each culture has its specific tradition in how they pay respects to the dead, the traditions of Kavadin allow for two days for the body to be prepared followed by three days of mourning in which the family sits with the body. This is typically followed by a day for friends and acquaintances to view the body. Those who attend the viewing often wear a black hood or vestment to cover their mourning from others and for respect of the dead. The morning of the following day the body is taken to the cemetery where it is turned over for final preparations. At dusk of the same day the body is placed in its tomb or grave.
The bodies of the rich, famous, or nobility will often be given an additional day or more for public viewing. Likewise, they may be allowed additional time to preserve and embalm the body. Even with this process, they are still entombed at dusk. Conversely, the poor or those with no family may simply be prepared and buried at dusk with no fanfare or notice.
Why is everybody celebrating?
Day of Jubilation – Prior to the Day of Jubilation, people spend the week settling accounts and making amends with those that they have wronged throughout the the past year. The first day of the year is set aside to celebrate the coming of a new year. The people feast, drink and celebrate throughout the day, often visiting friends and family. As sunset the King makes a public proclamation followed by an exotic and elaborate display of illusion and fireworks. As night falls, the party truly begins as the people drink and enjoy the company of the masses to bring in the new year.
The Night of Masks – In spring at the time of the first planting, the rites of fertility are celebrated. Young people fill the streets with masks and light clothing. they drink, sing, dance, and generally enjoy life.
Day of Reverence – At mid-summer the high priest leads a procession through the city blessing those that request it. Many of the blessed follow in the wake of the procession, which ultimately returns to Temple Hill. Following the procession, the people either stay and worship in the temple at the largest religious gatherings of the year or they return home to pray and offer homage to their favored deity(s).
The Great Hunt – At the beginning of fall, the King gathers his retainers and honored nobles to open the Great Hunt. Once the king has successfully made the first kill, the season opens and over the next week a contest if held. The largest prize is awarded to the hunter that kills the largest wild boar. Awards are also given for other prey categories as well as a number of physical challenges that take place. at the end of the week a massive feast is held in honor of the hunt. Everyone is invited to the town square where the feast is served. As expected a large amount of mead, ale, and beer is consumed during this feast.
The Night of the Dead – Near the end of the harvest season, a night is set aside to honor the dead. Generally people stay inside and recall the memories of their dead friends and ancestors. Those that venture into the streets often go out fully cloaked with their faces hidden. many will weal a mask to conceal their features. It is said that the Reaper of the Dead walks the night and that it is not safe to venture out.
Winter’s Night – As winter begins, families spend the night of the first snowfall together, often in front of a warm fire. Sweets are given to the youth while the adults enjoy warm spiced wine. Many families will also use this night as an excuse to exchange gifts or to leave surprise gifts for children while they sleep.
What do people do for a good time?
Hunting, drinking, and gambling are all favored past times of the city. The Pit is a popular venue to see Boar fights, especially during the week of the Great Hunt. Many nobles breed and train boars to compete in the Pit.
Where can I sell this loot?
There are several stores and pawn shops that you loot could be sold at.