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Artume
(Nation)
Titles Kingdom of Artume
Land River Kingdoms
Alignment Neutral
Capital Artume
Ruler King Edryd Artume (current)
Sir Bransen Waike, regent (until recently)
Government Monarchy (current)
Conventional (regent) (until recently)

Source: Guide to the River Kingdoms, pg(s). 10
Artume
(City)
Nation River Kingdoms
Region Artume
Size Large town
Population 2,650
Demographics Human 86%, gnome 7%, half-elf 4%, half-orc 2%, other 1%
Government Monarchy (current)
Conventional (regent) (until recently)
Alignment Neutral
Ruler King Edryd Artume (current)
Sir Bransen Waike, regent (until recently)

Source: Guide to the River Kingdoms, pg(s). 10

Artume is a small kingdom amid hills and fertile plains within the River Kingdoms. Artume lies on a western branch of the Sellen River, not far from the cities of Daggermark, Gralton, and Sevenarches. The region boasts high-quality livestock, especially horses, as well as leather goods and stone. The kingdom welcomes adventurers, who are frequently requested to deal with bandits and nagas.[1] The nation has recently experienced a rebellion, resulting in the overthrow of Regent Waike in favour of Edryd Artume and the restoration of the monarchy.[2]

Government

King Edryd Artume rules the nation and is generally regarded as a fair and reasonable leader. His closest advisors are Brother Karyn, a member of the Everbloom monastery and his mentor since childhood, and Queen Sovella. Some rebels from the time of Waike still rankle at the king's rule, however, and talk of a more democratic system replacing the monarchy.[2]

History

After Lord Drellis Artume fell victim to Daggermark poisoners, Queen Sovella left the kingdom in the hands of Regent Bransen Waike, a veteran of the Mendevian Crusades and former advisor to the late king, until she bore a son. Waike forsook his Crusader's Oath and attempted to assassinate the queen, usurping the throne for himself. Queen Sovella and her son, Edryd, managed to escape, although Waike claims the queen perished.[1]. In fact, the queen went to hiding in the Everbloom monastery to raise her son as future ruler and to subtly stoke discontent among the citizenry.[2]

During his rule, Regent Waike struggled to maintain control, as Gralton lured away his mercenary soldiers and nagas made increasingly bold attacks along the river. Waike's thugs collected tribute from the locals rather than dealing with these problems, causing the growing resentment that ultimately led to Waike's overthrow.[1]

Resources

Artume is known for some of the finest livestock and leather work in the region, a fact well known to local bandits and cattle rustlers. The local ranchers also breed intelligent and well-trained horses and ponies. Because wood is relatively scarce in Artume, local stone is often used in construction, supplied by gnomish rock quarries. Shipwrights along the Sellen often import their lumber from nearby Sevenarches or the Embeth Forest.[1]

Places of interest

Town of Artume

Artume is the largest settlement of the country and its capital, sharing the name of the nation itself. The town of Artume sits on the western bank of the Sellen River and located at the center of town are the feldspar cliffs where the Gildtmede Keep is located. The upper slopes house the oldest and wealthiest citizens of Artume, while the rest of the town is built on the gentler hillside further down.[2]

Artume is a bustling port town and is currently enjoying a revitalization after the overthrow of Waike.[3]

Locations of note in the town include:

References