Salisbury County

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A southern county in the kingdom of Logres, Britain.

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Salisbury County, proper, consists of all the holdings of the Earl of Salisbury. This fief consists primarily of the city of Sarum and the large land area on Salisbury Plain around it. The fief is composed of good farmland, and provides other good forms of income for the count — fisheries, taxes on merchants, and tolls from the bridges.

The county includes one large city, Sarum, three smaller walled cities (Wilton, Warminster, and Tilshead), and dozens of much smaller towns and villages that are not shown on the maps, but which are generally clustered in the river valleys around the cities. It has five castles. The one in Sarum is very strong, and is also behind the city walls; the other four (Devizes, du Plain, Ebble, and Vagon) are common motte-and-bailey castles. Note that Amesbury Abbey is not part of the county, but is held by the Church.

Several towns and cities are cited as “local markets". This means that the local farmers bring their excess grain and livestock there to sell, and also go there to buy goods or produce that they do not make or grow. Sarum, however, is the central market and is the only place at which some types of goods are available for purchase.These include good cloth, clean salt, and anything from outside of the county.

The roads shown on the maps are nearly all hard packed dirt roads, the best travel routes available. Thus, there is no real road from Tilshead to Warminster, even though they are but 10 miles apart. Rather, rutted tracks and hunters’ trails connect these. The good roads are more heavily traveled, and the only ones used by travelers passing through the territory. The poor roads are less used, mainly by locals traveling within the region.

The Old Tracks have been known since the Bronze Age, and traverse high ground. Though they are usually dry, they are difficult for horses, which are reduced to traveling a mere 5 miles per day; hence, mainly peasants on foot use them.

The King’s Road runs through the territory from Levocamagus to Sarum, and then onward towards Dorchester. This used to be a Roman road, and is both wide and paved,though overgrown at the edges and with many tufts of grass cracked through its surface.

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The people of Salisbury are predominately Cymri, and a minority of Saxon. Their culture is overwhelmingly Cymri with influences from Cornish and Welsh culture.

Points of Interest

Sarum, seat of the county.
Sarum Castle, seat of the Earl.
Stonehenge, the Standing Stones
Amesbury Monastary
Ebble Castle
DuPlain Castle
Vagon Castle
Devizes Castle

Villages

Berwick, St. James
Bodenham
Cholderton
Laverstock
Newton
Sherrington
Stappleford
Orcheston

Notable Nobles

Earl Robert rules the county.
Dowager Countess Ellen advises her son.

Salisbury County

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