The Road Less Travelled
Kingdom of Welcor
Population: (humans 80%, half elves 12%, Elves 4%, Dwarves 3%)
Religions: High Lord, St Kobus
Principal Ethnicity: Cathier
Imports: Silk, Ivory, Gems
Exports: Silver, Coal, Art, Ships, Timber
Welcor is a prosperous and peaceful middle aged human kingdom, unique for its mingling with the neighboring elven principality.
For much of its early History the kingdom of Welcor and the neighboring Elves skirmished or with one another. In 739 NE King Laur of Welcor was killed in battle by an elf’s arrow while touring the border. Over the next few years His son Belaur conducted numerous raids, and set fires in the elven forests. In 748 NE the elves retaliated by invading and occupying Welcor’s territory up to the Whiterun river. They issued a statement that none of the common folk would be harmed or hindered but that they would not permit an armed force to come close to their lands again. When king Belaur had raised his troops to respond and met the elven forces outside the village of Roan the end result was disastrous. Belaur, his oldest son Bellas, and his second son Nellas were all killed, along with a significant portion of the nation’s knights.
The kings third son, Pellas, was only 13 at the time and had not been properly groomed to rule, and was instead a novitiate of the Fellowship of Kobus. He withdrew from the order and began to study kingship while the remaining dukes formed a regency council. The regents attempted to regain the lost territory but found the elves a difficult opponent and had very little success. When Pellas came of age he sent word to the elves asking for an armistice. He promised to no send armed parties beyond the whiterun, but requested that the elves retreat to within 3 miles of their border. In a show of good faith, they complied.
Over the next two years Pellas met with representatives of the elves and brokered terms of peace and alliance. In ____ he proposed a treaty granting the elves a dukeship over a forest with ceremonial significance to them and return of the land east of the whiterun to Welcor. While many in Welcor were happy to see the trouble between the two peoples ended, others, including prince Cellas, were so displeased that they left to form their own state far from the elves.
Since this time the two nations have become predominantly friendly toward each other, with some interbreeding and free travel across borders.
During the Peasant uprising in Pelevin, many of the nobles of Welcor petitioned the king to intervene. This was in part because many of the noble families in both nations were intermarried (especially along the border), but also to take a stand against the nobility of any nation being overthrown by the populous. The rebel army of Pelevin succeeded in stalling the forces of Welcor at the Tanse River, and the peacekeeping force was stalled to the west by the land grabbing actions of Ryseth. The Pelevin rebellion succeeded in overthrowing and executing/exiling all the nobles in the south. The northwestern portion of Pelevin has been in the hands of Welcor for the past 18 years, and is considered annexed. Relations with the peasantry there are touchy but have become more stable over the years.
King Balfour Tellion
Lord High Marshall Sir Elias Fontiane
Sir Alton Benoit, Marquis of the Balche Marches
Sir Bradford Favreau, Marquis of the Favreau Marches
Sir Avery Tolbert, Marquis of Mortonshire
Sir Woodrow Thrussel, Marquis of Thruscastle
Sir Emilien Martel, Duke of Pelic
Calien, Coranal (Duke) of Lat’thesa’al (forest)
Mathias Greer, Duke of Calthin
Sir Kory Garrett, Duke of Raul
Sir Elroy Tristram, Count of Manta
Jon Langlias, Count of Arisburrough
Alban Absolon, Count of Ghoan