Iron Kingdoms 3.5
In Power: Moorgrave Conor Lochlan
Population: 72,000 humans (Thurians outnumber Tordorans 7 to 1), 1,500 gobbers, 800 trollkin
Military: Carre Dova has a garrison of nearly a thousand marines and maintains a watch of over three hundred city guards. The Ordic Royal Navy maintains a flotilla that varies in strength, but it is most often composed of roughly two to three dozen sloops and two or three fast schooners.
Imports: Cereals, hemp, metals
Exports: Horses, leather, ships
Carre Dova is a city of contrasts. Many of its buildings have black stone foundations with the leering demonic faces of Orgoth architecture topped by recent construction of smooth, whitewashed brick or age-silvered, cedar-paneled walls. The city is protected from the sea by an enormous, beautifully carved stone seawall over two thousand years old, but its trade with other modern ports is dependent on its many rough timber docks less than 30 years old. Carre Dova is home to one of the fastest fleets in the navy, but today the city is more famous for the speed of its horses. Carredovans claim to be the best horsemen in a nation of sailors—a boast contested hotly by the horse soldiers of Almare.
Carre Dova is located on the shore of the Bay of Stone behind a series of sand bars accumulated against the harbor’s great seawall; in more ancient times it was a thriving port town bustling with trade and a great center of learning. Since the invention of the steam engine revolutionized maritime travel, trade has diminished in Carre Dova. Larger deeper-drafting ships cannot navigate Carre Dova’s harbor without running aground, and steamships not relying on the fickle wind can simply travel between Five Fingers and Berck or Ceryl without landing at Carre Dova for supplies. Larger ships must now land at crude new docks attached to the outside of the seawall and carry their cargo to the city’s markets by wagon down the road built on top of the wall. The difficulty in reaching her port—and the city’s religious heritage and institutes of learning—led the poets of past centuries to call Carre Dova “the Cloistered Maiden”.
Locales of Carre Dova
Carredovan Fields: Years of harvesting trees for the shipbuilding industry has placed modern Carre Dova in the midst of open plains with only thin copses of trees scattered for miles around. Wood is now hauled from the Olgunholt, and the plains are home to herds of Cardovar horses prized throughout the west for their speed and spirit. Cardovar horses love to run and do so without complaint for as long as their riders spur them onward. Many tell tales of messengers carrying urgent news and riding their Cardovars swiftly and for so long that—when they reached their destinations and stopped urging their mount onward—the steeds’ hearts gave out.
Meredesco: The great seawall that shielded Carre Dova’s harbor has stood for over two thousand years. Menite priests laid down the first of its white stones before the Ascension of Morrow and the wall was completed by some of the first Morrowan priests to venerate Asc. Doleth. The harbor has become shallower and shallower with each passing year as more sediment collects inside the wall’s periphery. Crude docks hewn from massive timbers felled in the Olgunholt were added to the outside of the wall to allow larger ships to land. The upper surface of Meredesco is paved with brick, and the inner structure is riddled with passages and hidden rooms. Rebels used these rooms as meeting places during the Occupation, and the inner walls bear markings from that time. One room even has a battle plan for the final ousting of the Orgoth scratched into the rock. The outer surfaces of Meredesco bear prayers and protective invocations to Menoth, Morrow, and Asc. Doleth carved by the priests who built the wall.