Iron Kingdoms 3.5
In Power: The Council of Lords, subservient to Viscount Barak Ushka, vassal of the Great Prince Vladimir Tzepesci of Umbresk.
Population: 130,000 (almost all human, some few ogrun, dwarves, very few trollkin)
Military: Laedry once housed one of the largest barracks of the western Llaelese Army as well as the legendary Thunderhelm Irregulars mercenary company. Now a substantial Winter Guard garrison under the command of Kommander Jozak Milianov occupies the city. Considerable numbers of troops and supplies pass through the city from Korsk en route to Merywyn or other occupied cities.
Imports: Foodstuffs, textiles, weapons, horses
Exports: Raw ore, coal, liquor
Laedry is no stranger to warfare and destruction. Twelve centuries ago it stood as the great Umbrean city of Korska, an eastern capital in the Khardic Empire. In 542 BR the Orgoth razed Korska completely when they conquered the region and subdued the eastern Ryn. Its surroundings later saw some of the most brutal wars of the Rebellion and suffered still more strife during border wars between Khador and Llael before being ceded to the east in 313 AR.
The new city of Laedry, founded by Llaelese hands, eventually restored some of the former glory of Old Korska—built in the Umbrean style to honor the people of this region. Many of its oldest buildings are relatively new by Immorese standards, and its proud citizens maintained them in pristine condition. The Umbrean buildings bear more resemblance to Khadoran architecture than Llaelese, but the influence of Ryn culture appears in many neighborhoods. Its people are also stern and less willing to mince words than their countrymen to the east, yet they are arguably more cultured and refined than their rustic Khadoran kin to the west.
The Khadoran army has had to be vigilant in Laedry, disarming most of the citizens and imposing strict laws. There is a palpable sense of unrest, and the Umbreans are barely held in check. While some of these families have heard the legend of Prince Tzepesci and support his cause, most are patriotic Llaelese and despise everything Khadoran. If an Umbrean leader were to rise up, they might support him as long as he did not bear the banner of Khador. They similarly do not love their current overseer, Viscount Barak Ushka, despite his Umbrean heritage.
The city suffered considerabe damaged during the initial bombardment and assault, and much local effort is being expended to rebuild it. Each broken wall and fallen stone is a reminder of the invasion that triggers righteous anger among the populace. A ring of the ancient tombs of fallen soldiers surrounds Laedry, and its maze of ironwork fences was considered the city’s first line of defense as well as a macabre reminder to visitors about its troubled past. These fences proved useless against the long-range mortar fire brought to bear against the city by Kommandant Irusk’s forces. Many more soldiers rest in fresh graves in the honor fields, and citizens leave daily offerings to them.
Locales of Laedry
Blessed Chapel of Markus: As the favored place of worship in Laedry, especially for the local military, chaplain Lugo Savugal’s chapel had recently expanded to accommodate a large following. The three-year construction left the church with a larger nave with eight columns and a series of impressive buttresses. Now with most of Laedry’s soldiers slain, it has transformed into a gathering place for the families of the fallen. Chaplain Savugal lost half of his left foot in previous border skirmishes and three fingers on his left hand when he fought against the Khadorans at the Battle of Laedry. He has become morose and prone to fits of rage and is no longer the dignified man he once was. He can barely tolerate the presence of Khadorans in his town and has taken to drinking himself numb. This more than anything has left the battle-chaplain in poor standing with the High Prelate Garris di Wynton who oversees the city’s Morrowans from the Cathedral of the First Ascended on the other side of the city.
Crucible of Laedry: The Order of the Golden Crucible has a large branch office and workshop in Laedry. A number of its more patriotic wizards died during the invasion or immediately thereafter, but it has resumed operations under the watchful eye of the Greylords. All local wizards and alchemists have registered with them and must carry credentials in the form of paperwork. Milianov has imposed strict laws against the casting of spells in the city outside of the Khadoran-approved workshops.
Lord’s Hall: An expansive wing of Laedry’s city hall building, the Lord’s Hall serves as the meeting chamber for the local Council of Lords, a smaller and less prestigious mirror of the Council of Nobles. All city officials and minor local nobility meet here periodically to discuss disputes and to solve city problems. The building also houses the city courts and jails as well as ceremonial living quarters formerly belonging to Archduke Vladirov but now claimed by Kommander Milianov. A number of Khadoran military officers regularly appear in the Lord’s Hall keeping an eye on Laedry’s Council of Lords and bringing in loyalist suspects to Milianov for interrogation.
Outer Honor Fields: One of the most curious and somewhat macabre features of Laedry is the ring of burial grounds surrounding the city walls. The locals consider it disrespectful to refer to the Honor Fields as graveyards. Connected by a bewildering maze of narrow paths through spiked, iron fences, some of these tombs predate the reconstruction of the city. Numerous traps and wards help to discourage casual visitors. Of the recently deceased only those who served the Llaelese army with distinction and died in combat may lie here. Many new graves have been dug here in the last year for those who recently fell in Laedry’s defense, and Kommander Milianov respects this custom.
Temple of Wrath: This imposing stone edifice is the largest building in the Menite section of southern Laedry where several thousand Menites reside. This particular brand of Menoth worship bears greater similarity to the Old Faith of Khador than to those living in the Protectorate. This temple has seen a rise in attendance particularly among numerous Khadoran soldiers who worship Menoth. In the months after the invasion, the town did suffer some exodus of their local Menites, for several hundred decided to flee to the Protectorate upon hearing of the miracle of the Harbinger. The majority of the city’s Menites rejects the harsh message of the southern Hierarch, believing their interpretation of the faith truer to Menoth’s will. This includes their leader, Sovereign Misha Rudovna, who believes the Harbinger merely an elaborate hoax.