Elvormine is an important town in the Duchy of Urdang and the seat of the County of Elvormine. The current count, Cyprian, maintains his household here through most of the year, though he does travel throughout his demesne during the spring and summer months.
Elvormine is one of the oldest towns in the county and was founded when the duchy was still a march. It began as a border town, as the young Kingdom of the White Sword started to push back the tribes of the Pilthdrin barbarians in the 2nd and 3rd centuries. Though motte-and-baily keeps had existed on the site for about a century, the first stone keep was built in 374, with Sir Govier Kroistag given the fief as bailiff. His daughter, Lady Isolt, was given hereditary rights to the fief in 389. It was also this Lady Isolt who began the tradition of magic among the Elvormine rulers, as she was a skilled wizard.
As a border keep, Elvormine attracted few settlers, though by the end of Lady Isolt’s tenure there was a small village of about 25 households. By the 6th century, the border had been pushed back and Elvormine’s role as a border keep diminished. However, the village had grown to a small town of about 500 individuals, and the lord, a descendant of Sir Govier, had been raised to the level of a baron, with almost a dozen small manors in his demesne. It was during the Chaos Wars, however, that Elvormine stood out. In 1217, after the Duchy of Urdang had suffered a great deal of destruction, Duke Valarend IV reorganized his holdings, promoting the Baron of Elvormine to a count and giving him dominion over nearly three dozen fiefs. This made the ruler of Elvormine one of the most powerful individuals in Urdang.
Today, Elvormine remains a politically significant town, but it’s economic importance has waned. It’s population has grown to around 1,500 people, but its wealth and prosperity have been overshadowed by the much larger town of Blackstone. Among the nobility, many whisper that Count Cyprian looks jealously upon Blackstone and resents the lordship of the newcomers, the Calathes.