Source: Taldor, Echoes of Glory, pg(s). 4
Stavian's Hold is comprised of a frontier town and keep built on the Whistling Plains, located on Taldor's eastern border. The establishment of the settlement was motivated by Grand Prince Stavian III, who saw the project as a means to strengthen the power of the crown when he came to power.
Stavian's Hold possesses a commanding view of the Whistling Plains, but is geographically isolated from the rest of Taldor; contact with the capital city of Oppara is maintained via a road leading to the River Porthmos.
The town has several towers and is entirely enclosed in walls, but has few natural resources, industry, or trade. It remains a prairie town, busy, but dependent on continuing support from the Ennoi family and their allies in Oppara. 
This town is overseen by Baroness Diddima Ennoi, who was appointed by Stavian III, a sop to a rival that also took her far from Oppara and has saddled her family with supporting this prestigious but costly project. 
Stavian's Hold stands as a defensive bastion on Taldor's easternmost border, watching for possible invasion from Qadira. It boasts extensive earthen defenses, and is home to several legions of Taldan Phalanx.
Baroness Ennoi, who is a wizard, has recently opened a school of alchemy and arcane magic: The Eastern Front Academy, which is struggling to attract notable students so far removed from other schools or the prestige of larger cities.