Supplies and workers, the last of those supplied by the swordlords of Restov and the leaders of Brevoy filter into the town. Construction on the castle continues apace, and another set of housing is constructed for the new workers. The queen orders the construction of a tavern, according to the desires of her new subjects. A heat wave hits the nascent kingdom, slowing work even more than thunderstorms, and the workers, now numbering over 600, look forward to the storms as a relief from the heat.
The barony’s population has grown swiftly over the month, and the construction of a road to replace the rutted trail begins. Farms begin to spring up near the city and farmers plant some late spring crops in an effort to bring in some kind of yield in the shortened season. Word of the kingdom’s lax views of indentured servitude and slavery have already begun to spread, attracting those who currently own others, even temporarily, quickly see an opportunity to increase their wealth on the backs of their sentient property in the new barony.
Of the 1200 souls inhabiting the tiny barony nearly 400 are indentured or owned in some way. In the new barony Brevoy has found a solution to another of it’s problems: an overburdened penal system. Half the work force from that nation are criminals sent to work off their crime. As an expedience, these criminals are owned by wardens, mostly landless noble sons looking for what is due to them. In many cases the families of the now-indentured criminals elected to follow them to the new land. Many of the women found work alongside the men, though more than a few elected to turn to prostitution to earn a living. Deacon, Akiros, and Tolixan had their hands full keeping order in the city, and after a handful of very public, very brutal executions the citizenry began to better understand that there were indeed limits to what was permitted. A preliminary list of laws was drafted up and posted, provisional until approved by the queen and council.
The initial consternation over seeing kobolds roaming freely around the town and countryside subsides, especially after the laws are posted stating that the scaled allies are not to be harmed. Mektek alternated his time between the town and his training with Stehlen, and the Sootscales in their new home beneath the Old Sycamore. Between his constant communication and the presence of Amalasuintha the kobolds are quickly becoming enthusiastic, is sometimes misguided, allies of the barony. As a way of getting travelers used to having ‘friendly’ kobolds around, Sootscale has assigned a couple small groups to escort caravans from Olegs to Tytos. Already the “Smallguard”, as they are calling themselves, has saved one caravan of supplies from disaster.
The 18th of Erastus was an especially auspicious day. Although it was hot and somewhat muggy, the whole barony stood assembled in Tytos as the castle was announced as complete. Titonia had arisen from the rubble and ruins of the old monastery.