Saturday, December 8, 2012
Places of Dark Ages Normandy
Hralfsburg, or Rouen, is the seat of the sons of Hralfr, or Rollo, the conqueror of Normandy. Sites include an old roman amphitheater, a baths, and the Duke has a large stone keep in center of city. Sits on River Seine. Fecamp is an abbey recently built, attached to the Duke's keep. Most of the buildings in the town are half-timber constructions. A bishop has his seat in a church in the city.
Ivry - this is the holding of Count Radulf, the bastard half-uncle of the Duke Ricard. Ivry has a large stone church that is the seat for a bishop. The bishopric dates back to the days of the Romans. There is also a Jewish community in Ivry.
Honnsflow - this is a small docks and wharf, and port for Hralfsburg and the upper Seine, and viking culture still runs strong here. A man favored by Odin is said to get a discount if he builds a ship here.
Cadum - The Norman dukes have built up another of their large stone keeps in the center of this town, and it is displacing Bayeux as the regional center. There is also an old stone church to St. Stephen.
Falaise - this is the Duke's castle. There's no town, but it is strategically important and the Dukes enjoy hunting near here.
Bayeux - This old roman legionary town was sacked in the days of Hralfr, but then the town was rebuilt by the Breton Duke Berengar, father-in-law of Hralfr, to take advantage of the still-standing roman walls. The Dukes inherited the town. The old legion fort is still used to house knights, and an overgrown roman road, although basically unuseable except as a landmark, connects Bayeux to Cadum in the east.
St. Lo - also called St. Lothar, is an old hill fort town named after a Frankish saint and still holds an abbey built by Charlemagne. The Duke has decided to fortify the town and is building stone walls. It stands as a more christian bastion in the otherwise fairly viking-customed Constantine pennisula.
Kjarsburg - built by the Hiberno-Norse who settled here during the early days of Norman settlement, this is basically the strongest holdout of the "old ways." There is a large port and harbor. Recently, Saxon ships have been seen landing on beaches near Kjarsburg. The ruler of Kjarsburg still calls himself Jarl, and is descended from one of Hralfr's more loyal hearthsmen.
St. Michael's Rock - this fortified abbey sits on a high granite hill in the center of a tidal mud bay on the border with Breton lands. The Duke normally sends Christian zealots here, and it fortifies the Duchy's western border.