The kingdom is some 180 miles from north to south, meaning it would take about a week to cross on foot or about three days on horseback by the Kings Road. Its primary terrain is rolling fields and gentle hills.
It is a feudal monarchy, ruled by the just King Jarrad I
from his castle walls in Littlebrook
. His two cousins rule the eastern and northern reaches of the Kingdom by his decree; Duke Edward
overseeing the town of Eastward
and Duke George
overseeing the town of Thistledelve
in the north. There are numerous strongholds dotted around the countryside and various nobles rule each of these, as vassals of the king or the dukes.
To the north lie the Furrow Hills
and beyond them The Jagged Peaks
, dominated by the towering Dragon's Perch
- an extinct volcano.
To the west lies the Elvenwood, or Sylvandale
, the realm of a xenophobic Fey
nation, where no humans are permitted to tread. Some light tree logging goes on along the fringes of the Elvenwood but no one goes too far in.
To the south, beyond the Barren Scrubs lies an uninhabited desert, completely devoid of life. It is said by the people of Albion to be impassable. Known locally as The Great Desert
, in truth this region of wasteland and sands is quite small, and not far beyond it lies the state of Hishan
To the east lie the lands of the Easterners, as the locals know them, the people Albion have been at war with for countless generations. The Easterners are a brutal race, ruled by an aggressive emperor
, who will execute a resident of Albion on sight. Vast tracts of uncharted marsh, and the town of Eastward lie on the eastern borders. Also guarding the eastern flank of Albion is the forest of Eldaran
. No one is too sure what or who lives in Eldaran now.
There are three major towns in the Kingdom: Littlebrook, the capital which lies in the south western corner, between the Elvenwood and the Barren Scrub; Eastward which lies on the eastern border, protecting the Kingdom from the ravages of the Easterners; and Thistledelve, which is situated in the northeast corner of the lands, near the The Black Swamp
and the Furrowed Hills. Numerous hamlets dot the landscape between these towns, which are linked by the well-patrolled King’s Road. The King’s Road has three spurs, one to each town, and these meet at the village of Waymeet
, in the centre of the Kingdom.
There are just three monasteries in the Kingdom that teach The Way
, one situated nearby each of the major towns. The reason for the small number is probably that they represent the Easterners’ culture and most things from the east are viewed with scorn and suspicion by the people of Albion. The populace do not generally trust the monks and consider them spies. As a result, the monks tend to keep their backgrounds secret. However, since the Chaos Wars, when one monk was pivotal in helping save Albion from The Demon Prince
, the study of The Way has become much more acceptable in the kingdom.
Barbarians roam the highlands and mountains to the north of the Kingdom and are uncommon but not unheard of in the northern reaches. Numerous tribes of these filthy humans mix and breed with the Orcs
of the mountains and half-breeds are not uncommon. These men are known as the Feral. The fey homeland of Sylvandale
lies west of Albion and is closed to humans by the isolationist queen that rules there. A few dwarves
live in the hills south of the mountains, mostly in the northwest, and it is now known that a large stronghold of dwarves, called Khazagrim
, lies somewhere under the western Furrow Hills.