Vassal of Bisland
Words: "Steadfast as Stone."
Sigil: A purple mountain with three dark green trees in front of it
The first Stonewood was the warrior daughter of a county that had long fought beside the Bislands, elevated to Marquis to replace a void left during the start of the Crownbreaker Wars. A political marriage to a successful mason lead to the development of a port fortress that offered safe anchor to vessels sworn to House Bisland and her vassals. Generations of such political pairings kept House Stonewood a strong partner to their liege lords the Bislands. Never terribly popular at court thanks to their tradition of blunt manners and tight fisted dealings, the newest Marquis and Marquessa Consort represent something of a deviation. Wed for love rather than politics and neither one a warrior, Malesh continues at least the tradition of economic prowess while Ariel represents the first courtly savvy leader House Stonewood has seen since being founded nearly three centuries ago.
|Nikola||Upkeep||Minister of Conservation|
|Arianna||Loyalty||Minister of Fidelity|
|Joslyn||Income||Minister of Finance|
Description: Blessed with stone to quarry, forest to fell, and flood plains to harvest, the Stonewood March is bountiful enough that families living on it have wanted for little going back to before The Reckoning. A river port added by the then-new House Stonewood for military purposes during the Crownbreaker Wars has proven a popular trading stop along the Gray River during times of peace. Rather than facilitating the movements of soldiers, the well-garrisoned port offers safe harbor to traders and travelers. Those same souls in turn make good customers for the apples, berries, beans, gords, meats, dairy, and other agricultural products that make up the bulk of daily trade at Stonehearth. The building materials such as stone, lumber, and clay the land is rich in tend to offer greater returns but are more often ordered in advance rather than picked up on a whim. The addition of a roadway through the edge of the forest to Pridehall within the last century has only helped grow Stonehearth's size and status as a hub for trade along the river.
Landmarks: An extremely large temple complex dedicated to the Thirteenth has begun to be constructed in Stonehearth. A massive structure of mirrors and made with obsidian, jet and onyx, the temple was designed to be the largest place of worship to the Thirteenth in Arvum, and seems well on its path to doing so. There exists potential floorplans for a univeristy dedicated to Dominus Marach, a hospital for research into countering abyssal influence, and expansive living arrangements for the Reflections, Priests, Priestesses, Acolytes, Silent Reflections and foreign dignitaries of the faith. Gardens of blood orchids and other exotic fauna that please Tehom are also planned throughout the holy site.
Trends: Most of Grayson isn't sure how to feel about the temple. Of course, the Thirteenth is worshiped, but the Black Temple at Stonehearth seems... a bit much. The Lyceum loves it, of course, but many Grayson vassals are distinctly uneasy over it, but are willing to see how it plays out.
Founding member of the Empyrean Trade Route.