Iron Kingdoms: Flight from the North
Llael’s primary geographical advantage is its central location. It shares borders with four kingdoms, and has few natural barriers to inhibit trade. With shipping along the King’s Tradeway and the Black River, materials and manufactured goods travel back and forth all the way from the Gulf of Cygnar to the Kingdom of Rhul. Llael’s merchants are in prime position to serve as middlemen for a variety of lucrative mercantile organizations, while its gentle valleys and lush farmlands offer it a bounty of natural resources- more than enough to feed its own and sell to hungry Cygnar and Khador.
Cygnar has been Llael’s ally for three hundred years, and it is only with their protection that the smaller nation has weathered numerous Khadoran assaults over the generations. Llael’s geographic vulnerability is made up for by its ability to rely on Cygnaran soldiers and mercenaries. Llael earned its early fame during the Rebellion for being the birthplace of blasting powder and long boasted many of the finest pistoleers and alchemists in Western Immoren. These talents have resulted in enviable commercial gain, whose profits have helped hire help to defend the nation’s borders. The Llaelese people spend their time in appreciation for the finer things in life, from expensive locally produced wines, to great written works in their native tongue, works of art, music, and architecture, all sponsored by bickering nobles competing to control the trade that iss the nation’s lifeblood.
Llael’s throne has been occupied by a di la Martyn king for nearly two hundred years of unbroken succession, and is currently held by a man with no trouble producing heirs. Rynnard di la Martyn is a popular monarch whose enjoyment of the finer things (and women) in life makes him the envy and hero of many a Llaelese lord.