Kjörnsholm’s population is made up of a range of species, though the majority of the population, c.40% is comprised of Humans
. There is a large Dwarven
population, known in the Kingdom as the Dvärg
, who together with Halflings
form the largest racial majority in the Gesith Class. The semi- autonomous Älvasholm Province has a population almost exclusively made up of Elves
, who are rarely found in large numbers outside of Älvasholm. The semi-autonomous and most northerly province, Stäpplandskap has a majority populace made up of Goliaths
, who still live under their ancient tribal systems, and only peripherally engage with the politics of Kjörnsholm when they have to.
Kjörnsholm is a deeply hierarchical society, with four distinct classes: Thegns (militaristic landowners), Gesiths (a class of merchants and traders), Fyrd (serfs) and Thralls (slaves).
Thegns are the majority landholders in Kjörnsholm, and often have a large number of Fyrd and Thralls living on their estates. These estates tend to be very much focused around subsistence agriculture, meaning that Thegns tend to have their longhouses away from the major population centres. Thegn families tend to have a very well established lineage, and the majority of the Thegn households are descended from the warrior companions of Ragstan the Savage himself.
Gesiths are the mercantile class of Kjörnsholm, and although they do not tend to own much if any land, they have made their wealth importing and exporting goods into the Kingdom. Unlike the other classes, which are very much mixed in terms of the different species that make them up, the Gesith class is dominated by Dwarfs and Halflings, whose naturally mercantile dispositions make them naturally suited to this section of Kjörnic society.
Fyrd can be very wealthy in their own right, their status does not constrict their wealth, though many are servants to the Thegns, Gesiths and Jarls. The Fyrd tend to make up the majority of city guards and form well armed, trained and disciplined regional units when they are called to war.
Below all of the free classes are the Thralls. They make up nearly 70% of the population of Kjörnsholm, are only allowed to earn a certain amount of money per year, which is heavily taxed, and are barred from owning land or holding titles. In theory they can buy their freedom and become Fyrd, but few manage this as the system is weighted against them. Thralls are slaves in all but name and can be bought and sold as goods. Most free people own at least one Thrall, the larger families can own many hundreds of Thralls. Thralls are often pressed into military service by the Thegns as a poorly equipped rabble, but are often given an incentive of increased likelihood of freedom if they perform particularly well, often pushing them to suicidal and fatal deeds to try and gain freedom.