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The Duchy of Normandie

The Duchy of Normandie, also known as the Twin Peninsula Jarldom or the Knightly Jarldom, is one of the Jarldoms that is styled Duchy for reasons of history and nostalgia. It is a land of rugged hills and rolling plains, of misty vales and craggy coastlines, a land of blue lakes and sparkling rivers and fertile fields, of vast forests that teem with game of every sort, where half-hidden doors in the sides of wooded hills open onto labyrinthine caves that wend their way through darkness to reveal unimaginable wonders and vast treasures deep beneath the earth.

 

This Jarldom is, together with the Duchy of Port Chloe and the Providence Plantations, the heart of knightly tradition in Stormark and one of those places within the borders of the High Realm where knighthood is most universally esteemed.

 

Tournaments, which are very important social events in the Knightly Jarldom, are held on a regular basis, and rules governing tourneys as well as knighthood requirements are much more stringent in Normandie than anywhere else in the Lands of the Longships Throne, save for Port Chloe and the Providence Plantations.

 

The Lands of Twin Peninsula Jarldom are very rich lands, temperate and fruitful, shielded by high hills to the east and south and the endless blue waters of the Sunset Sea to the west. The forests and riverbanks where the knights of old once roamed have inspired literary legends and romantic poets throughout time, and still captivate its inhabitants and visitors to this very day. Humans came here in the Dawn Age, it is said, but before them elves made their homes in the woods, whilst giants dwelled amongst the hills, where their bones can still occasionally be found.

 

The Knightly Jarldom is also sprinkled with charming, typical medieval towns: a living testimony to each town’s affluence and influence during those days of yore and in the present day. With their fortified city walls, solid stone towers built to protect against invaders, higgledy-piggeldy cobblestone streets twisting between age-old timbered houses, imposing town halls and busy market places, these quaint towns are steeped in history and a quintessential part of the Twin Peninsula Jarldom's identity as well as its past and present pride and prosperity.

 

Far from staying stuck in time, these charming towns have preserved their medieval architecture and feel while cleverly embracing a vibrant street life and welcoming contemporary features and amenities. Old meets new at every corner, in historic buildings housing quaint little shops or cosy cafés. Locals are fiercely protective of their traditions though, conserving their heritage proudly thanks to a myriad of festivals, customs and parades.

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