Skirting The Dodgy Path
Kingdom of Roldem
The Kingdom of Roldem is a small island kingdom to the east of the Kingdom of the Isles and has been a longtime ally. Fifty years after the Empire of Great Kesh began expanding west, the island kingdom of Roldem was invaded. It took five years of fighting, but Roldem eventually drove out the Empire. Since that time, Roldem is almost 100% allied with the Kingdom as they are extremely afraid of renewed Keshian incursion. To the Keshians, Roldem is seen as lying within Kesh’s traditional sphere of influence.
Roldem has a skilled, but modest, navy and depends primarily on the Kingdom for their military defense. Despite being the one island kingdom most closely allied with the Kingdom of the Isles, Roldem uses her independence to good advantage. Roldem maintains strong diplomatic ties with Kesh and a number of the Eastern Kingdoms and, therefore, is often used as an intermediary in disputes between the Kingdom and the Eastern Kingdoms or Kesh.
The people of Roldem are politically sharp and have a very formal court life. They have been described as a “Kingdom of Courtesans.” The Roldemites are a very insular people – vain and proud of their heritage and think of themselves as a people apart. Marriage outside of Roldem stock is frowned upon unless it is to Kingdom or Keshian nobles. The long-term peace between the Kingdom of the Isles and Roldem, has served to deter other eastern kingdoms from initiating conflict with the Kingdom.