You are Meleagan Vizierdrake, Castellan of Castle Charondale, son of the decrepit Lord Leogan, and regent of his domains.
You preside over Charondale Village as its master (de-facto), though most day-to-day business is done by the bailiff, your servant Alvor. The villages of Nostron and Pelwick are managed by your vassals, the knights Sir Eatton and Sir Camlore, respectively. These men too have bailiffs doing most of the management of these villages, while they are engaged in knightly pursuits such as hunting, training, and attending your court. The villages under your domain mostly provide crops, leather, salted fish, and occasionally heads of cattle as taxes, in addition to coin rents. There are tanneries in Charondale Village that are obligated produce a number of sets of leather armor, though they must be paid to surrender more than what they owe. In Charondale Village, there are also several inns where travelers sometimes stop in to visit, including men for hire.
You are mostly directly responsible for the administration of Castle Charondale, a small stone castle with several outlying buildings. Most of the male servants double as your personal soldiers; your retinue is comprised of 50 men, including all its commanders. Many lordlings in Midduch have few retained men under their command, but since it has been less than a year after Guy Edban's peasant rebellion in Serbeck Barony, many lords still have a decent amount of men on hand. Your footmen carry shields and hand weapons (such as a short sword, axe, or mace) by default, though spears are kept in the armory. You also have 14 bowmen. Both types of men generally wear boiled leather armor from the tanneries in Charondale, though your best troops wear mail underneath.
The recent days have been gloomy. It seems like hysteria has swept the realm, and that the natural order is fragmenting at the seams. The sunlight hours of the past few days have been reduced, and the clouds overhead have grown dark and menacing. Not only that, but people across your lordship, peasant and gentleman alike, report being stricken with an odd melancholy.
The reeve of Charondale approaches you in your hall, a sinewy man in pale blue linens. People didn't really think of ever approaching Lord Leogan with their problems, at this point, the mantle was firmly on your shoulders in all but name. "Your Castellancy," he says, bowing. "Something is amiss in Charondale village. The people have found something... it's, well... we don't know how to explain it, exactly. There doesn't seem to be any danger, but one of the farm beasts down there will not die," he explains. "I swear by Paragon it's true. So does the bailiff, your Castellancy."
Hand weapons: 10
Padded armor: 6
Mail armor: 5
Plate armor: 0
Warhorses: 4 (3 in use)
Riding Horses: 5
Meleagan Vizierdrake (Castellan): You, castellancy, are the de-facto lord of the keep.
Sir Crannic (Steward): Your steward organizes things in your household, manages supplies, checks your landholdings, and acts as your general domestic advisor.
Sir Nyren (Captain): Your captain is your chief military advisor and tactical consultant. He typically acts as the second-in-command of your host, and has the authority to command troops in your absence.
Father Heyjah (Cleric): The household cleric is the lord's religious advisor and sometimes also the chief clerk, as a cleric can always be counted on to be literate.
17 heavy footmen
4 heavy archers
7 other servants
SETTLEMENT: Castle Charondale
OFFICIALS: You (castellan)
SETTLEMENT: Village of Charondale
POPULATION: 667 (547 serfs, 94 smallholders)
OFFICIALS: You (master), Alvor (bailiff)
PRODUCTION: Farms, fishing, tanneries, inns
SETTLEMENT: Village of Nostron
POPULATION: 211 (173 serfs, 30 smallholders)
OFFICIALS: Sir Eatton (master), Lonwald (bailiff)
SETTLEMENT: Village of Pelwick
POPULATION: 445 (386 serfs, 50 smallholders)
OFFICIALS: Sir Camlore (master), Janton (bailiff)
PRODUCTION: Farms, cowherding
SETTLEMENT: River Toll Outpost
TAX: High (River toll)
-You are acting commander of Lord Leogan's retinue.
-No levies are in place in your villages.
-You have 2 household knights, Sir Nyren and Sir Crannic.
-You have 2 knightly vassals, Sir Eatton and Sir Camlore. Together, they have 2 squires but no retinues.
LORD LEOGAN'S RETINUE
50 men (3 officers, 47 retainers)
2 knights (Sir Crannic & Sir Nyren)
17 heavy footmen
4 heavy archers
NAME: Meleagan Vizierdrake
HISTORY: The Vizierdrake House's origins date back to the infancy of what would become the Kingdom of Carmondy. It is said that its founder was a mighty Calgaric warlord who fought against the Aedor invasion, who fought so bravely that the then victorious Empards, admirative of his pugnacity, would appoint him to serve as vassals to their imperial governors. The Vizierdrake House would become one of the most powerful family of the province, even achieving a golden age where the Emperors themselves would take advice on them and rely on their support. However, they eventually entered an irremediable downfall, worsened by the collapse of the Aedor Empire, until the name of Vizierdrake was practically forgotten from the courts of power, only known by the experts of aristocratic lineages. Among the last reminescences of the Vizierdrake House, is the family of Meleagan. Meleagan Vizierdrake is a lordling ruling over the rural sub-feodum of Charondale, north of the Middle Duchy. His old father still technically holds the title, but he is too senile to actually take care of any of his noble duties. Thus his only son is in practice governing his land. Though Meleagan did learn the sword's way like his father wanted him to (in memory of the family's history), he is not much of a fighter. Meleagan is way more interested in the ways of the mind, and he managed to, at his own scale, make of the family's castle a haven for erudites and scholars. Though, in secret he did also make it attractive for more shady individuals, taking advantage of the remoteness of the place and the disinterest his name is undergoing to run some businesses away from the Crown's watch.(edited)
Leogan Vizierdrake: Meleagan's old senile father, lord of Charondale.
Syllei Vizierdrake: Meleagan's mother, wise but tired by the years and by taking care of her husband.
Moonei Vizierdrake: Meleagan's little sister, old time rivals but towards which Meleagan feels a paternal protective attachment since their father's debility.
Wertlin Argor: an old erudite who served for Leogan's liege lord before retiring in Charondale. He taught a lot to Meleagan, even to write when he was a young child.
Jan: a young townfolk of Charondale who became Wertlin's apprentice, and Meleagan's best (maybe only) friend. He left for the capital about a month ago, but the two has been sending letters to each other.
Fwynn-one-handed: a relation Meleagan doesn't actively show around. He is his main contact when it comes to "shady business"