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Large town
3,558 humans, 42 halflings, 15 dwarves, 5 other
Source: Rule of Fear, pg(s). 48

The county town of Tamrivena is located in the western Ustalavic county of Canterwall, one of the Palatinates, in close proximity to the unsettling Shudderwood. The county of Tamrivena was one of the first to declare its independence from traditional rule after nearby Lozeri did so in 4670 AR, replacing its hereditary ruler with a Palatine Council in a bloodless coup and changing its name to Canterwall.12


In the early decades of the 41st century AR, the county of Canterwall was known as Tamrivena, and was in a precarious situation.3 Ustalav had only been freed from the Whispering Tyrant's control in 3828 AR,4 and Tamrivena was still in the process of recovering from over 600 years of abject enslavement. The orcs of the nearby Hold of Belkzen sensed the county's frailty and conducted numerous cross-border raids in that time. They were driven back by the tactical cunning of Tamrivena's rulers and the strong bows and axes of its rangers time after time.3

This changed with the ascension of Count Andachi. Knowing he did not have his ancestors' genius for warfare, he pleaded with the Ustalavic court for help, but his requests were mired in endless bureaucracy. Mile by mile, the orc forces pushed further into Tamrivena, and even the count's pleas to Desna went unanswered. In desperation, he turned to a darker patron: he pleaded with Zon-Kuthon for aid.3

In 4042 AR, the Dark Prince heard his prayers, and sent the mercenary Kazavon,5 who quickly reorganized Tamrivena's army, brutally training them to be ruthless and efficient. Kazavon led the army across the border and massacred the disorganized orc hordes. By 4043 AR, the enemy had been driven off Tamrivena's land, retreating into the foothills of the Kodar Mountains. It was then that Kazavon revealed his true intentions: instead of returning to Ustalav, he built a stronghold at Castle Scarwall and began to gather forces of his own. When Count Andachi realized Kazavon's cruelty and lust for power, he turned against the general, raising an army and marching against Castle Scarwall. The count was easily defeated and publicly executed. Kazavon expanded his realm and ruled with terror and war for over a decade, until he was destroyed by an army led by the Lastwall hero Mandraivus.367


The first of the Ustalavic counties to overthrow autocratic rule was Lozeri, in 4670 AR, in a relatively non-violent coup. The ruler of all Ustalav at that time, Prince Valislav Ordranti, was disinterested by this political manoeuvre and quickly recognized the new arrangement in Lozeri. Shortly thereafter, the two counties of Vieland and Tamrivena followed suit, the latter county re-established itself and changed its name to Canterwall. These three counties became known as the Palatinates. In the case of Tamrivena, the reliance of the whole of Ustalav on its food production was considered a major reason for the crown not contesting its political reformation as Canterwall.8


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  1. Erik Mona, et al. “Chapter 2: The Inner Sea” in Campaign Setting, 141–142. Paizo Inc., 2008
  2. James Jacobs, et al. The Inner Sea World Guide, 190. Paizo Inc., 2011
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 Greg A. Vaughan. “Skeletons of Scarwall” in Skeletons of Scarwall, 7–8. Paizo Inc., 2008
  4. Erik Mona, et al. “Chapter 5: The World” in Campaign Setting, 202. Paizo Inc., 2008
  5. F. Wesley Schneider. “History” in Rule of Fear, 6. Paizo Inc., 2011
  6. Tyler Beck, et al. Belkzen Gazetteer” in Belkzen, Hold of the Orc Hordes, 5. Paizo Inc., 2015
  7. Tyler Beck, et al. Belkzen Gazetteer” in Belkzen, Hold of the Orc Hordes, 6–7. Paizo Inc., 2015
  8. James Jacobs, et al. The Inner Sea World Guide, 193. Paizo Inc., 2011