Skirting The Dodgy Path
The Free Cities
Also known as “The Free Cities of Natal” is the coastal region along the northwestern shore of the Bitter Sea who retained independence from Kingdom control after the Keshian province of Bosania was conquered. The region is famous for the Natalese Rangers, descendants of the legendary Imperial Keshian Guards and counted among the best horse soldiers and trackers in the west. Nominally independent, the rangers are free to enforce the rule of law and dispense justice in the region, primarily in dealing with outlaws, brigands, and renegades.
Cities & Towns
Bordon Smallest of the Free Cities
Lan Southernmost of the Free Cities
Natal The principal city of the region
Port Natal The major port city. Connected to Natal proper by river
Ylith Trade center and major seaport and an important sea entrance into the Kingdom province of Yabon
The relationship between the Free Cities and the Kingdom is at times tense as the inhabitants are Keshian by ancestry and remember well the conquest by Duke Borric’s grandfather. The Free Cities also have somewhat strained relations with Kesh as there is a persistent feeling of abandonment by the Empire. When the first revolt of the Keshian Confederacy occurred, Kesh stripped all her garrisons north of the Jal-Pur, leaving the colonists in Bosania to fend for themselves. The Free Cities are a people who feel betrayed by their historic rulers. They were farmers and tavern keepers, left to defend themselves in a terribly harsh land, inhabited by goblins, trolls, and the Brotherhood of the Dark Path. Life in the regions without a standing army has been one of constant struggle just to survive.