The Kickstarter campaign for Trudvang Legends continues on. As too does the world primer articles that CMON is posting. In this article, we get a look at Westmark, a land that is set apart from the rest of the continent by its love of learning over simple acts of brawn. But Westmark has a dark past that many don't know about.
From the post:
The world of Trudvang is a dangerous place to live. Death lurks around every corner, as natural phenomena and vicious beasts threaten everyone’s existence. Nowhere is this more keenly known than in the Westmark. The history of this land is a word of warning for what might happen if the darker forces ever gathered together and took over. In our continuing travels through Trudvang, we head out west, to what is now a bastion of learning and thought, but was once a very different place.
The people in the Westmark are known as the Viranns. They were a quiet, peaceful people, spread through their various fishing communities. They were insular and did not bother themselves with the dealings of those in the Mittlands or the Stormlands. Content to just live out their lives, so they did for many generations. However, their scattered nature meant that when the forces of darkness came, there was no single source of resistance against them. As such, one by one, the little hamlets were subdued, with the people being placed in shackles by the trolls and Wildfolk. Most of the people in the region were marched north into the Nhoordland, never to be seen or heard from again.
For generations, the land was a wild and unruly place, seemingly forever being held by the different barbarian tribes. But resistance was growing as Siro Werte, a minor noble with a knightly title, started collecting the few people left and training them to fight. And fight they did. Just as the Viranns had been taken over before, with the enemy going village by village, so did Siro and his army start to reclaim the region. Eventually, having liberated many, Siro was in charge of a mighty army. People began to believe that Siro to be guided by divine providence. Though some scoffed, this was in fact the case. The god Gave had been using Siro to do his work, and during a major battle, Gave manifested themselves and helped the Viranns win ultimate victory against the dark forces.