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Governance:

Locked in civil war when you first came to it, the domain of Gundarak was ruled by the cruel Duke Boldiszar Gundar from his mysterious arrival in the year 596.  Duke Gundar was assassinated in the year 739, his long life a testament to his unholy nature.

He ruled from Castle Hunadora, in the far northwest of his domain.  In the dense and reputedly haunted forest of northwestern Gundarak.  He rarely emerged, preferring to rule through his warlords, of which there were three.  The northernmost ruled out of the city of Zeidenberg; his name was Motka Godren.  The others, ruling over the region of Teufeldorf and the southern expanse of fey-infested wood near Sithicus, respectively, are not known by name in Borca or Arkandale.

Warlord Godren and his counterpart in Teufeldorf ruled from black stone strongholds shielded by massive walls and spikes.  Zeidenberg itself rose up around the structure occupied by Warlord Godren, the Ashen Stronghold.  Originally built as a symbol to intimidate the lesser nobility of the northern region of Gundarak, the city is now a bastion of Gundarakite power.  Count Strahd von Zarovich VI has sent more Barovian soldiers to take Zeidenberg than any other location, and soon they will be prepared for what is likely to be a long and bloody siege.  To Warlord Godren’s credit, his defenses are sound, and his people hate Barovians more than they do him.  The count had best be willing to lose enough men to fill the city by the time the siege is ended!

The three warlords emerged only at night, adding to rumors that they were the unholy spawn of the duke himself.  As for the duke, he was rumored to be anything from a vampire to a demon to a corrupted fey risen from the forest around his castle.  His warlords, then, were presumably of the same species as the creature that made or summoned them.  None has learned the truth behind this secret and lived, except for perhaps the slayers of Duke Gundar.

The warlords ruled with a severe brutality.  They maintained coteries of minions willing to report seditious or even mysterious behaviors to them.  These individuals often vanished in the night.  If they returned at all, it was often after years in the warlord’s dungeons and with a very different outlook on the ruling forces of the domain.  These folk rarely remembered even their own families, and most often relocated to another region in the domain in order to start a new life for themselves. 

For minions the warlords commanded both a troupe of untrained soldiers and their secret police.  The secret police, a group notorious for deadly and bloody night time raids, was the horror of any native Gundarakite.  Worse, more than a few travelers through the domain caught the eye of a member of the secret police’s infamous eyes and ears, and found themselves taken to the dungeons no differently than any other criminal.  Whether they plotted against the government or not, these poor souls served as a dreadful example to others in Gundarak: Tread cautiously and do anything in your power to avoid notice!

All of this is not to say that the rule of Duke Gundar was without incident.  Though he did his best to squash individuality and free thought, the folk still rose up in several failed revolts.  All were put down without mercy, and were later dubbed the Unwise Rebellions.  These took place in the years 625, 637, and 701.  In each case, the folk were led by a confederation of minor nobles, pressed too far by the duke’s maddening oppression.  Duke Gundar responded through his warlords and his secret police, but after the third he took personal action.  To see that no other rebellion ever took place, he saw to it that every noble not related to him through was marriage was crucified outside of Castle Hunadora.  The place of this massacre still bears the signs of it almost fifty years later.

Thereafter, the duke gave his warlords permission to occasionally make an example of random peasants.  These poor souls were either publicly slaughtered for no reason, or else they were hanged by the neck from the walls of the warlord’s palace.  It is said that the southern warlord’s atrocities against the fey make even these crimes pale.

 

 

 

 

 

Folk:

The people of Gundarak are built similarly to the Balinoks Mountains that rise on the eastern border of their home.  Years of poverty and hard-work leave both the men and women broad-shouldered, dark-complected, unmoved.  Skin color ranges from an olive-tan similar to that of the vistani to a light brown.

Like Invidians and Barovians, Gundarkite men wear long, drooping mustaches, though younger men also wear beards. 

Garb tends towards loose, flowing shirts and heavy pants.  Women wear dresses that conceal their figures.  Both adorn themselves with wool, in the form of vests or shawls.  Jewelry is very rare among both sexes.

 

 

 

 

Names:

 

Male

Female

 

Adrik

Alek

Aleksandr

Aleksi

Aleksis

Alexei

Alik

Aloyoshenka

Aloysha

Anatolii

Andrei

Andrusha

Andrya

Antinko

Anton

Antosha

Arman

Bogdashha

Bohdan

Bolodenka

Boris

Borya

Boryenka

Brends

Brody

Burian

Cheslav

Czar

Danya

Dima

Dimitri

Edik

Eduard

Egor

Evgenii

Fabi

Faddei

Fadey

Fadeyka

Fedor

Fedya

Fedyenka

Feliks

Filip

Foma

Fredek

Fyodor

Ganya

Gav

Gavrel

Gavril

Gavrilovich

Gregori

Grigor

Grigori

Grigorii

Grisha

Hedeon

Helge

Igor

Igoryok

Ilya

Ioakim

Iov

Ivan

Ivanhoe

Ivano

Jasha

Jeirgif

Jermija

Jov

Jurg

Karol

Karolek

Khristine

Kiril

Kiryl

Kolenka

Kolya

Konstantine

Kostenka

Kostya

Laurente

Lenya

Leonide

Lev

Levka

Levushka

Luka

Lukasha

Lukyan

Lyonechka

Lyonya

Maks

Maksimillian

Marko

Markov

 

 

 

Matvey

Matysh

Maxim

Michail

Mikhail

Mischa

Misha

Mishe

Mishenka

Moriz

Motka

Nicolai

Nikita

Nikolai

Oleg

Olezka

Ony

Oral

Orel

Orell

Oriel

Orrel

Pabiyan

Pashenka

Pavel

PavIpv

Pavla

Pavlik

Pavlo

Pavlusha

Pavlushka

Pavlushshenka

Pavlya

Petenka

Petrov

Petya

Pyotr

Roman

Romochka

Rurik

Sacha

Sanya

Sasha

Semyon

Serge

Sergei

Serguei

Seriozha

Seriozhenka

Shashenka

Shura

Shurik

Shurochka

Slavik

Stanislov

Stefan

Stephan

Stepka

Tamryn

Tasha

Tolenka

Tolya

Tosya

Tusya

Valerii

Valerik

Vanechka

Vanyusha

Vas

Vasilii

Vassi

Vassily

Vasya

Viktor

Vitenka

Vladik

Vladislav

Vladmir

Vladmiri

Vladya

Volody

Vyacheslav

Yakov

Yaremka

Yasha

Yerik

Yura

Yuri

Yurii

Yurik

Yurochka

Zhenechka

Zhenya

Zhorah

Ziven

Zivon

Zory

 

 

Agafia

Agnessa

Agrafina

Akilina

Aleksandra

Alena

Alewndra

Alina

Amaliji

Anastasia

Anechka

Anitchka

Ann

Anna

Annie

Antonina

Anya

Asenka

Calina

Charlotta

Czarina

Darya

Dasha

Devora

Dimitra

Dominika

Doroteya

Duscha

Ekaterina

Eleni

Elga

Eva

Evelina

Evgenia

Feodora

Galenka

Galine

Galya

Helenka

Helga

Ilia

Inessa

Irena

Irina

Irisa

Ivana

Ivane

Jelena

Katarina

Katerina

Katherina

Katiya

Katria

Katrya

Katya

Katyenka

Katyuska

Khristeen

Khristen

Khristin

Khristina

Khristine

Khristyana

Khristyna

Khrystina

Khrystyn

Khrystyne

Kira

Kirochka

Kisa

Kiska

Ksana

Ksanochka

Lanassa

Lara

Lara

Lari

Larisa

Larissa

Laryssa

Lenusy

Lida

Lidia

Lidija

Lidiy

Lidochka

Lubmilla

Luda

Ludmila

Lyubochka

Lyudmila

Lyuha

Manya

Mara

Margarete

Margosha

Marianna

Marianne

Marina

Marinochka

Marisha

Maruska

Marusya

Masha

Mavra

Miesha

 

 

Milena Mischa

Misha

Mura

Nadenka

Nadezhda

Nadia

Nadya

Nadyenka

Narkissa

Nastya

Natalia

Natalya

Natascha

Natasha

Natashia

Natassia

Natyashenka

Nesha

Nessa

Nesy

Neva

Nika

Nikita

Nikolaevna

Nina

Ninockha

Nitca

Oksana

Oksanochka

Olechka

Olena

Olenka

Olga

Olya

Orlenda

Panya

Paraaha

Parashie

Pasha

Paulina

Pauline

Rahil

Sabina

Sacha

Sasha

Sashenka

Sinovia

Siny

Sonechka

Sonia

Sonya

Stasy

Stefanya

Stephania

Stesha

Sveta

Svetlana

Tahna

Tahnee

Tamra

Tamryn

Tasha

Tashi

Tassie

Tasya

Tatiana

Tatianna

Theda

Thedya

Theodosia

Tonya

Toshiana

Ursola

Ursula

Valentina

Valeska

Vania

Vanmra

Vanya

Varinka

Varushka

Varya

Vasilissa

Vassillissa

Vasya

Velika

Vera

Verochka

Vilma

Viveka

Wava

Yalenchka

Yalens

Yelizaveta

Yulenka

Yuliya

Zaneta

Zena

Zenechka

Zenevieva

Zenochka

Zeny

Zinerva

Zoya

Zoyechka

Zoyenka

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Map of Gundarak:

 

Contacts Provided by the Lady Halovic of the House of Sages and the Western See of Borca

1.      Malik Indirovich of the Indirovich Vineyards outside of Zeidenberg, Gundarak.

If the Indirovich Orchards still stand, then Malik Indirovich will be there.  A steadfast defender of the ancient grape vines that provide the blood of the land—as the Gundarakites refer to the fine wine made on the grounds—Malik is a trustworthy if reticent man.  He and his family have shared open trade with the Western See for over fifty years, and so any who come and use the name of Halovic should find lodging available at a fair price.

 

2.     Regar Araenich of the Peizol Araeniches in Peizeol, Gundarak

Burgomeister Araenich has upheld a series of communications with the Western See, communicating the well-being of certain commodities key to the well-being of the See and the School of the House of Sages.  As a fine and upstanding man, the burgomeister will ensure shelter to any who come in the name of Halovic.  Conduct yourself in a manner befitting emissaries of this ancient house!

 

3.     The Sage Eilental of Teufeldorf, Gundarak

The foremost scholar of the denizens of the Gundar and Nharov Rivers, and a theoretical scholar concerning the effects of Balinoks weather patterns upon the coastal cities of the Sea of Sorrows.  Sage Eilental is a wise and brave man, filled with lore far wider than his position in the Teufeldorf Institute may presume.  See him for assistance with mysteries that may present themselves.  If you come to him and find him in good humor, mention that Keradre studied in the School of the House of Sages this past semester, and he should grant a fair price for his work on your behalf.