Age of Legends
he city of Glindell was founded shortly after the Demonspawn Wars. The Gnomes had previously dwelt within the southern city of Delphendod, but fled to the north to settle in the Andreth Forest when their city was destroyed. While uncounted thousands of ancient texts had been destroyed when the Library of Delphendod was burned down, the Gnomes still managed to save many books and ancient scrolls from the flames. Thus, in migrating to the North, the Gnomes brought with them a wealth of knowledge. The city of Glindell is a rare vestige of learning in the North.
Glindell and its surrounding villages are located within the center of the Andreth Forest, on the northern side of the Andalur River. Glindell is a small city with a population of 7,437. The city is largely inhabited by Gnomes (96%), but also contains a smattering of Humans (2%), Dwarves (1%), and other races (1%).
The Gnomes of Glindell speak Cephlur. They are also conversant in Ondros, Endelaran and Galdob, and many tend to have a command of some of the ancient languages as well.
Glindell is a small city state whose political structure is ever shifting. In the past the Gnomes of Glindell have flirted with a variety of different political systems, ranging from Monarchy, to a Nooarchy led by a scholastic elite, to an aristocracy composed of the scholastic, clerical, and economic elite. Each of these has fallen by the wayside in the repeated “non-violent” revolutions of Glindell’s history. The Gnomes cannot seem to land upon a system of government that satisfies everyone for very long; hence, when either exploitation or boredom reach a critical mass, the Gnomes of Glindell overthrow their own government and begin anew. Currently the Gnomes are experimenting with a cross between a caste and a guild system, The system divides up the members of the community into different vocational specializations. The leadership structure of Glindell is that of an aristocratic Demarchy. The leaders of each caste are selected for a five year term by a lottery system. These leaders both set policy for the term for their own caste, and form a council that shares joint decision making power over the entire city. However, precious little city policy is ever agreed upon by the council, hence, the castes tend to operate as autonomous towns that all just happen to share the same geographical location. Needless to say, the laws of Glindell are in a constant state of flux, being re-written every five years. Thus, the Gnomes tend to be somewhat flippant about abiding by the law.
Glindell does not have much of a military to speak of. While a warrior caste does exist, as the Gnomes of Glindell detest violence, seeing it as barbaric and uncivilized, very few Gnomes applied for warrior caste membership when the whole caste system was initially devised. Also, in recent years skirmishes between Glindell and the Herzeglob Goblinoid clan within the Hammodrans has widdled away the numbers of this clan by attrition. As a result, only about 300 Gnomes warriors currently exist within Glindell. This caste moreover, is counted by other castes as of only marginal importance. Thus, the Gnomes of the warrior caste would seem to be justifiably disgruntled at having to bear the brunt of the goblin attacks by their lonesome, apart from the support of their community. Complaints have been lodged and ignored, and recently the warriors have threatened to start another revolution.
The Gnomes of Glindell tend to be the least religious civilized people in the north. While a clerical caste system does exist (though it is in no way affiliated with the Magisterium), few Gnomes are numbered among this caste. What’s more, the Gnomes of the clerical caste cannot seem to settle on which Ilad to patron. Each cleric seems to have his own favorite, and since the caste as a whole may only formally endorse one Angelic being for patronage, the choice of patron tends to change every time a new caste leader comes to power. Moreover, most of the other castes are so immersed within their caste affairs that religious life holds little pull for them. As a result, the clerics of Glindell tend to end up ministering to each other all too often. Of course, they’re note to happy with this arrangement and a clerical revolt seems to be on the rise.
The Gnomes of Glindell originally attempted to mint their own currency, but the lack of stability within the political infrastructure of their society caused this system to collapse. Currently the Gnomes accept the currency of Mierodran, and will change all other currencies at a 5% fee.
The Gnomes have several castes devoted to the production of books and the pursuit of various fields of knowledge. As a result, ink and paper products are constantly in demand. Thankfully the Glendor Wood contains an abundant source of Ivory Birch which the Gnomes are all to happy to tap in order to manufacture paper. In fact, Glindell has become the leading supplier of paper products within the northern reaches. The Gnomes also harvest other trees such as the Silver Spruce, and craft from them exquisite stringed and woodwind instruments that are sought after throughout both the North and South. Glindell is also known for its mechanical and alchemical eccentricities which are ferried downriver, making their way to Etobran, and from there are imported to the rest of Dwinovar. Also, though its location makes it too remote to attract a large clientele, Glindell contains the most prestigious university in the Northern reaches. The University of Glindell is known for its exemplary education in alchemy, history, and music. Some of the finest Bards of the north owe their education to this university. Each of theses sources of revenue have helped to make Glindell a fairly wealthy city-state. The Gnomes import most of their raw ores from the Dwarves of the Halls of Duroth, and salt and spices from Vindovier. Beyond these goods Glindell is fairly self sufficient.