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The Reach
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Regional Symbol:

A sprawling barren tree.

Great Lord:

Derrik Greyfield

Earls:

Lerren Darkoak

Viscounts:

Daryl Lockewood
Natalie Crithe

Barons:

Khloros Darkwatcher
Zale Marshoak
Alastar Woodcourt

Baronets:

Balaforth Frostoak

Capitol:

Brandon's Stead

Families:

Greyfield (Great Family)
Lockewood
Darkoak
Darkwatcher
Marshoak
Crithe
Frostoak
Woodcourt

Prominent Features:

Very hilly and filled with sporadic forests. Home to the majority of the Galuyn people.

Status:

Active.


The Reach is the western most region of the Ashen Coast and is lorded over by the great family of the House of Greyfield. Represented as a region by a sprawling barren tree, the region is known as one of the strife ridden regions of the Ashen Coast, as well as the one most divorced from worship of the Holy Light.

RegionsEdit

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The Reach.

Within the March of the Reach, several regions exist throughout. Known for its mountainous terrain and somewhat forested hills, this region is the most diverse, with some parts dominated by mining, the others by farming and some heavily forested. The high cliffs of the region does not allow for ports to be created, as they prevent settlement along the coast.

The Earldom of the TipEdit

Located in the western section of the Reach, the Earldom is lorded over by the House of Greyfield and is the center of power of the region. The title is held by the Lord Marcher of the Reach, and so it is never used outside of notarization. It holds most of the central reachman lands, stretching out to the borders of the Gale and what was once the Viscounty of the Frost.

Within the lands also sits the keep of Highroost and the Barony of the Roost, a walled off enclosure being used to breed Chimaeras for the Reach following the capture of Lieutenant Fairsight's chimaera during the First Range Rebellion. Said chimaera has been retrained since then under less abusive circumstances from her previous owner.

The Earldom of the GaleEdit

The Earldom of the Gale is a newer installment ruled by the revived House of Darkoak encompassing the Baronies of Ironwood, Ridgebane, Ironsea and The Thorn, seat of the Darkoaks. It is one of the largest land holdings and encompasses the entirety of the northern Reach.

The Viscounty of the Frost (Disbanded)Edit

The Viscounty of the Frost was a large viscounty, which would now be considered the size of a reachman earldom, towards the eastern reaches of the region. Lorded over by the House of Frostvine alongside their subordinates, they made up the original triumvirate of power that dominated the Reach. Heavily engrossed with Wicker ideology, the Frostvines rebelled alongside the wickers during the Second War of Thorns and were instrumental towards the capture of the Reach. As punishment for treason, the Greyfields executed most of the extended family alongside the current lord of Frostvine at the time. To top off their revenge, the Viscounty was dismantled and made into separated baronies and baronetcies; solidifying a hatred from the eastern Reach towards the rest of the region.

The Viscounty of ShiverwreathEdit

Once a Paronetcy part of the Viscounty of the Frost and later the Baronetcies of the Frost, the Viscounty of Shiverwreath is located in the colder southern regions of the Reach and is ruled by the House of Crithe. It is home to Winterdown, the Crithes' seat, and Frostbreak, formerly the seat of the House of Iomaire.

The Viscounty of the OakEdit

Found in the southern regions of the Reach, the Viscounty of the Oak is lorded over by the House of Lockewood. Though it was originally a Viscounty, it was later demoted to a Barony, which it remained until the treason of the Houses of Frostvine and Iomaire, where it was rewarded with some of the lands of the House of Frostvine and elevated to a Viscounty once more. It is home to the town of Oakwood, which once served as their seat, and the town of Cedarfall which is geared to replace the now irreparably damaged Oakwood.

The Barony of the ThornEdit

One of the oldest installments in the Reach, the Barony, formerly Viscounty, of the Thorn is the ancestral seat of the House of Darkoak. Demoted from viscounty after the invasion of Gilneas, the lands were ruled by Duke Berenal Grayblade due to his Darkoak blood by way of his mother. They were later given to Lord Lerren Dayne, who also held minor blood claim, so as to divorce the Duke from holding lands in two marches. Lord Dayne was eventually elevated onto the name Darkoak, thus restoring the family to the region. It sits as the head of the Earldom of the Gale and the title as thus is rarely used outside of extreme formalities as the region is to be held by the Earl of the Gale at all times.

The Barony of IronwoodEdit

Once under the ancestors of the House of Dayne, the lands of Ironwood were taken by the Wicker Clan of the Gnarled. After it was retaken, it was granted to the House of Darkwatcher, who were later elevated to the peerage of Baron. It is home to Ironwood Keep, now the Darkwatcher seat.

The Barony of IronseaEdit

An old installment of power, the Barony of Ironsea is located in the northern part of the Reach and is ruled by the House of Marshoak. It is home to the Reach's only, and therefore largest, harbour town, Seaward Port.

The Barony of the RoostEdit

A more recent addition to the Reach, the Barony of the Roost is located just north of Brandon's Stead and is ruled by the House of Woodcourt. Home to the Arbor Wardens and the rylaks/chimaeras of the Reach, the region was once simply just an abandoned holdfast. It now holds small growing town towards the base of Highroost. Highroost itself is a large fortress enclosure that surrounds an open space that moves out towards the cliffs.

The Baronetcy of RidgebaneEdit

One of the older installments, the Baronetcy of Ridgebane was granted to the House of Velanaris after they were elevated to the peerage of Baronet. They rule from their seat in Ridgebreaker Keep, which was formerly the seat of the now removed House of Delmontt following Ardreck's betrayal during the First Range Rebellion.

The Baronetcy of the FrostEdit

A newer installation of power formed after the death of traitor lord Jeffery Frostvine, the Baronetcy of the Frost was placed under the son of Lord Lerren Darkoak, Balaforth Frostoak who begins his new line as head of the Baronetcy. The Baronetcy of the Frost is under the Viscounty of the Oak, and it is home to Chilled Grove, seat of the Frostoaks.

The Barony of the Frost & the Baronetcies of the Frost (Disbanded)Edit

Despite each holding a different name, those that once made up the Viscounty of the Frost referred to their coalition as the Baronetcies of the Frost. This grouping made up the lands that were once the Viscounty, each answering to the only baron of the Eastern Reach, the House of Frostvine. Despite having no obligation to Frostvine, the families each kept a close tie to one another.

The Baronetcies of the Frost were disbanded after the betrayal of the Houses of Frostvine and Iomaire, their lands divided between the Houses of Lockewood and Crithe.

FamiliesEdit

The House of GreyfieldEdit

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The House of Greyfield is one of the longest standing houses within the Ashen Coast. Though throughout Ashen Coast history they have instigated or partaken in a significant amount of bloodshed, the family's name is one of the most well respected and they are seen as the three great families of the Ashen Coast. Leaders of the Reach and lords of the great city of Brandon's Stead, the Greyfields are a proud lineage that has faced near utter destruction several times, only to bounce back stronger than ever. They are currently led by Lord Derrik Greyfield, a bastard born son of the late Cail Greyfield who was legitimized following the disappearance of the last true born heir, Sieglinde Greyfield. Though Sieglinde has returned, she has refused to take control of the Reach again, opting instead to act as an adviser and as the heir of Greyfield.

The House of DarkoakEdit

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The House of Darkoak was one of the longest lived families in Ashen Coast history. Seen as the "Fourth Great Family" of the Ashen Coast, the Darkoaks found their roots within the pagan natives that once dominated Gilneas. Famed for their lands of Rosefield and its fertile lush plains, the Darkoaks used their druidic roots to extreme success economically and militarily, resisting subjugation by the de facto leaders of the Reach, the Greyfields. Seen as a substantial part of the Coastlander history, the family's cousin branches eventually began to die out or removed themselves from the family name as they left the Ashen Coast region. Having married into the House of Grayblade through Erleia Darkoak, the family was placed as Marcher Lords of the Bite following the apparent demise of the House. The house met its end at the resurfacing of Lord Berenal Grayblade, where the resurgent lord apparently murdered the lord and his only heir, thus putting an end to the blood line. Though the charges were later dropped upon evidence of framing, the family has been made defunct by the incident and are survived by their former cadet branch, the House of Dayne. The sole survivor of the house, Lerren Dayne, later petitioned to use his blood to revive the name Darkoak and begin the lineage anew, without the stain of betrayal that was the House of Dayne. It was approved, thus reviving the House under Lerren and ending the Dayne family.

The House of WoodcourtEdit

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The House of Woodcourt is a relatively new family that finds its roots in the Reach. Originally a family of craftsmen, the Woodcourts were elevated unto hereditary knighthood under Sir Bashel Woodcourt, Alastar Woodcourt's (the current lord) father. Elevated for his service in the army and heroism during the Second War, the Woodcourts found themselves slowly making their way through the ranks of the Reachmen knights until they were one of the more trusted guardsmen of the House of Greyfield. Alongside the Lancewroths, the Woodcourts guarded the Greyfield lords. Sir Bashel died during the Invasion of Gilneas, though his children lived on and continued their family name. Eventually granted command of the Arbor Wardens and the land of Highroost, the Woodcourts were elevated to barons by way of Sir Alastar Woodcourt due to his repeated excellence in service. Now lords of the Barony of the Roost, the Woodcourts retain their loyal and devoted nature. The family holds a deep reverence for the Old Ways, with wicker connection through their bloodline.

The House of LockewoodEdit

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The House of Lockewood is a new house formed in the Ashen Coast that was formed under Lady Lilurah Lockewood following her exemplary service in the blades and as steward to Lady Sieglinde Greyfield. Appointed as barons of the Oak following the demise of the House of Oakenhale, the House of Lockewood has achieved varying successes in the woods that share the name of the township. Now under Lord Daryl Lockewood, the House continues to manage the region through the troubling times that have befallen the Oak, including the destruction of Oakwood and the transference of the region's main township to Cedarfall.

The House of DarkwatcherEdit

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The House of Darkwatcher is a new family to the region borne through the efforts of Khloros Darkwatcher, former captain of the Iron Guard. Having come from humble roots, Lord Darkwatcher answered the call of the then rising Lord Lerren Dayne and became his most trusted ally within the Reach. Staunchly loyal to his position, Khloros was eventually raised into knighthood by Lord Dayne and when Lerren was elevated to earl and onto the house of Darkoak, Khloros once again rose with him. Elevated to Baron of Ironwood, the House of Darkwatcher was born. They rule from the former Dayne seat of Ironwood Keep and Khloros has begun the lineage by marrying Clarisa Thornwind of the Thornwind Clan.

The House of MarshoakEdit

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An older family that was one of House Dayne's original bannermen, they were the only house to survive fully through the two rebellions that wracked the Ashen Coast. Stemming from bastard blood of the House of Darkoak as well, though far more removed, the Marshoaks were loyal to Dayne for generations and were known to hold the only port in the Reach, Seaward. After the elevation of Lerren onto Earl, the Marshoaks were granted a barony by the name of Ironsea and made barons as well. After the death of the former lord, Damien Marshoak, during the Second Range Rebellion, the house is now led by his son, Zale Marshoak.

The House of CritheEdit

Viscounts of Shiverwreath and former member of the coalition known as the Baronetcies of the Frost, the Crithes were once part of the Viscounty of the Frost, ruling from their seat of Winterdown. They rebelled alongside their Frostvine lords when they joined the Wickers during the Second War of Thorns. Despite having no obligations to the Frostvines, the family kept a close tie to one another and they answered only to them.

Unlike their sister baronetcies, the Crithes under Lady Natalie Crithe did not join the Frostvines when they betrayed the Ashen Coast during the Discord and the Wicker Uprising, and were rewarded for their loyalty with the former lands of the Iomaires as well as being elevated to the status of Viscounts.

The House of FrostoakEdit

Baronets of the Frost, the Frostoaks are a new family that were founded by Lord Lerren Darkoak after he placed his son Balaforth as head of the Baronetcy of the Frost.

The House of Delmontt: DefunctEdit

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The House of Delmontt is a reasonably old family, formerly the vassals of the House of Darkoak. The former lord, Ardreck Delmontt, conspired against Lord Darkoak during the First Range Rebellion, and took arms against him during the second. It was temporarily destroyed afterwards, its lands given to the House of Velanaris, though Remegis was later removed from the peerage by the duke (stating he was no statesman and better fit as a knight).

The House of Frostvine: DefunctEdit

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Barons of the Frost and leader of the coalition known as the Baronetcies of the Frost, the Frostvines were once the rulers of the Viscounty of the Frost. Extremely close in heritage to their wicker ancestors, the Frostvines rebelled alongside the Wickers during the Second War of Thorns, capturing the lords of Darkoak and Greyfield. After brutally murdering the Darkoak heir through castration, crucifixion, then freezing them to death, animosity grew between the rest of the Reach towards them. After the Second War of Thorns, the Greyfields took vengeance on the Frostvines. Executing most of the extended family alongside the lord of Frostvine, the central and northern Reach were united in disdain for the family. The animosity carried out throughout history, refusing to answer Reachmen calls to arms outside of pure necessity. During the Second Range Rebellion, the Frostvines allowed Simeon Houndsbane's forces to capture part of the Eastern Reach. Following this, Houndsbane's forces betrayed the Frostvines and captured most of their men to be used as sacrifices. The Frostvines then earned their freedom by rebelling from within Hound's Ward, which allowed the Duke's forces to invade Hound's Ward easier. Though this was not done for loyalty's sake, the Frostvines were pardoned and their involvement kept secret from all but the Duke, the Marcher Lord and the Regent.

The Frostvines later betrayed the Ashen Coast, revealing their true loyalties to be that of the Wickers. Attacking a Reach meeting, they almost slew Alaster Woodcourt and Derrik Greyfield. Lord Jeffery Frostvine then led his bannermen to Wickenden, where they took on the name of the Chillborn, an elder blood clan of their origin. Jeffery took the position as the High Keeper of Hod, remaining loyal to his king until his death even then. He later met his end at the hands of those he betrayed, when the Blades of Greymane entered Wickenden.

The House of Iomaire: DefunctEdit

Baronets of Cleftridge and member of the coalition known as the Baronetcies of the Frost, the Iomaires were once part of the Viscounty of the Frost, ruling from their seat of Frostbreak. They rebelled alongside their Frostvine lords when they joined the Wickers during the Second War of Thorns. Despite having no obligations to the Frostvines, the family kept a close tie to one another and they answered only to them.

The Iomaires under Lord Colin Iomaire later joined the Frostvines when they betrayed the Ashen Coast during the Discord and the Wicker Uprising, following them to Wickenden.

The House of Dayne: DefunctEdit

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The House of Dayne is a longstanding Ashen Coast house that traces its bloodline back to a bastard of the House of Darkoak. Originally seen as a cadet branch of the Darkoaks and protectors of their farther reaches during Rosefield's time as a viscounty, the house of Dayne was exiled during an incident known as the Dayne Rebellion, where they attempted to over through the rule of the House of Greymane. A colossal failure on many parts, the house was disenfranchised and its last member, the heir Lerren Dayne, was taken as a captive to be raised under less treasonous influence. Through an unknown mishap, those who were slated to raise the young Dayne were slain and he escaped. Through one way or the other, Lerren managed to work his way into the Blades of Greymane, where he continues to serve valiantly in the name of their kingdom. For his efforts, he was named Baron of Rosefield and has worked to revitalize and restore his tarnished family name. He later petitioned to use his blood to revive the name Darkoak and begin the lineage anew, without the stain of betrayal that was the House of Dayne. It was approved, thus reviving the House under Lerren and ending the Dayne family.

The House of Oakenhale: DefunctEdit

The House of Oakenhale was a long lived family within the Ashen Coast that saw little to no real importance at any point. Born of a cousin branch of the House of Greyfield, the Oakenhales managed the small barony of the Oak for the majority of their existence. The family was characterized by its distinct lack of ambition and drive, and upon the invasion of Gilneas was almost completely obliterated. The family met its complete end when the last Oakenhale, who had been harbored in Theramore was slain upon the mana bomb detonation. They were replaced by the much more ambitious House of Lockewood which had already done more for the region shortly after appointment than the Oakenhales had in their entire existence.