At the mouth of Raven River is the large trading center of Kolbruk owned by the Altnaus family. It started out as just a couple of buildings in the early 13th century but the founder had a vision and it expanded and prospered. It was just the trading post until a bridge was constructed there. The dwarves that built it got to calling the bridge "Kolbruk" (Thergerim: KolBruk), which means "Kolna’s Bridge" in Thergerim the dwarven language. The name caught on and has been called that ever since. The trading center has anywhere from 200 to 400 people, depending on the time of season.

Description. Kolbruk is mainly the trading center, but it has become a representation of all the disjointed buildings of the area, that is to say they are all connected in some way, with Kolbruk as the focal point. The trading post is on the south side of Raven River and is sturdily built, constructed mostly of stone. Dwarven craftsmanship can be seen in most of the construction so the buildings are efficient if not very picturesque. Most of the post is centered on a large two story warehouse, ninety-five peds long by forty-one peds wide. The area is cobbled extending twenty peds out form the warehouse in all directions. This leaves plenty of room for wagons to be maneuvered while they are being loaded or unloaded.

Location. Kolbruk is located in the Santharian province of Manthria on the eastern side of the Mithral Mountains. It is also at the southern end of these mountains, in an area known as Kaelimi Flats, at the mouth of Raven River where it empties into the Adanian Sea. Return to the top

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Picture description. The location of the trading center of Kolbruk close to the Adanian Sea at the east coast of the Santharian Kingdom. Kolbruk lies near the Mithral Mountains to the west, the domain of the Mitharim dwarves. Maps drawn by Artimidor.

Coat of Arms/Sign. As per mandate in the city of Marcogg, all trading families or those wishing to deal in large trading enterprises in the city, must have a symbol or other recognizable representation denoting their merchandize or trading status. This was initiated in an effort to curtail theft and a way to gather taxes. The former works only marginally and the latter all too well to the trader’s satisfaction. Since one of these trading families out of Marcogg owns Kolbruk, they have one and it can readily be seen in a stylized flag flying over Kolbruk. The Altnaus have chosen the colors of blue and yellow to represent them as well. Their flag is a yellow square with the blue head of a horse in the middle over three blue wavy lines. The horse head and lines are burned into the wooden crates or barrels used in carting many of their trade items. Return to the top

History. In 1217 a.S. Kolna Altnaus set up a trading post at the mouth of the Raven River in hopes of attracting the dwarves of Tyr Ethran to trade with him. He was hoping, through trades with the dwarves, to use any gold he acquired to help his small trading family grow and prosper. He soon found his efforts were not futile and he grew to understand the dwarves somewhat. This helped him to know which items to bring for trade and thus Altnaus started to slowly trade with other areas. Because of this, trade along the old Mithral Route increased slowly after years of neglect. Ever since Crazy Woman Pass was discovered up north, the trade along this route dwindled to almost nothing since it was shorter and quicker through this pass. It also helped when traders knew they could do some trading for gold. To keep this trade alive and help strengthen it, Kolna Altnaus bargained with the dwarves for a new bridge over the Raven River to replace a badly dilapidated one. The dwarves wanting to know how serious he was about keeping this trading post working, required him to help with the building during winter when the usual terrible storms that wracked the shores came roaring out of the Adanian Sea. He gladly accepted and didn’t stint on any work required of him. Altnaus saw a potential here and did not want to lose it. Since he had wanted the bridge built and because he helped with the building, the dwarves started calling the trading post Kolbruk, which caught on and the place became known by this name.

Kolbruk slowly prospered and more buildings were added. Of course there were increased problems with bandits because of the lure of gold to be had. This eventually caused Kolbruk to be burned to the ground by bandits who thought gold was being stored there. Luckily it had been moved to Marcogg a week prior to the attack. When Kolbruk was being rebuilt they moved it closer to the shore and the mouth of Raven River on a slightly higher and better location. With the threat of future attacks on the trading post it was thought best to build out of stone so the buildings were built first of wood and slowly replaced by stone. The re-construction also brought more hiring of guards to protect the trading post. Over time it became known that gold could be traded for goods and initially this lure brought ships from the Kingdom of Dorania. With time it was seen that a wider range of goods could be traded and Doranian ships came more for trade and less for the gold. It wasn’t long until ships from the Stormcloak Shipping Guild of the Isles of Quios began trading here and even ships from Denilou to the far east eventually began arriving for trade. Although, the Denilou ships would often trade first and sometimes only with the Mithral Dwarves for goods. It was soon discovered that the Mitharim dwarves from the three enclaves of Tyr Ethran, Kor Mithrid and Tyr Donion made regular pilgrimages to the shrine of their legendary hero, Brok Strongarm. Again, Altnaus saw an opportunity to further strengthen ties with the dwarves, so he set up a regular schedule for a ship to go to Denilou where this shrine was located. All this prompted the building of a strong useable quay for easy loading and unloading of goods and a strong place for a ship to dock.

It wasn’t long until others started noticing the profits and the expanding influence Kolbruk enjoyed. These caused envy in many quarters and eventually resulted in a concerted effort by one, or even several of the trading families in Marcogg to seize control of Kolbruk. It was even rumored that trading houses out of New-Santhala may have lent some support to this attempt. The first attack was nearly successful but the defenders were just able to hold on to the post and the attackers withdrew. It was common knowledge who was behind this attack, but no definite proof pointed to anyone. The dead attackers gave no clues either, as they were known as independent mercenaries for hire. When no reprisals came down from the government in New-Santhala, it was taken as tacit acceptance and another attack was planned. It is not sure if the same group of trading houses or a different group were involved in the second attack (although the sloppy attack and bungled attempts at concealment lead to the latter). The group believed that this was their best chance to take the weakened trading post. The attempt would have been successful if not for the timely arrival of an Altnaus caravan. It turned the tide in the favor of Kolbruk and they were able to repel the attackers. In so doing several attackers were captured and so the ringleaders could be identified. This time the government knew who was responsible and reacted strongly. They wanted to send a clear message that this would not be tolerated. So they confiscated all goods, disbanded the offending trading houses and carted off the ringleaders in chains. To stop attacks from happening again the Altnaus family hired soldiers as guards and started their own little militia, then let everyone know about them. The militia was initially set up to guard Kolbruk, but over time the surrounding area was included in this protection.

As Kolbruk grew, more and more workers were needed to help run the place. With their arrival it became apparent a need to expand into other areas to keep the trading post functioning properly. A place to house and feed the workers was constructed. Also more and more caravans and shipping were arriving so the Altnaus family expanded the corrals and added replacement animals for those who would need them. To bring costs down for the feed and upkeep of both men and animal farms were set up close by. This meant a need to expand again so eventually a flourmill was built, a small market, a bigger repair area and a butcher and a tanner were accommodated as well. Of course this brought small freeholder farms to the area and fishermen. Oddly enough, the fishermen have never stayed long. Maybe it is the trade of fish between Nepris and Parthanul. Or maybe the fishing is not good in this section of the Adanian Sea.

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(YEARS 1.144 A.S. - 1.440 A.S.)
1.217 Founding of the Trading Post Kolbruk
Kolna Altnaus founds a small trading post to take advantage of trading for gold being dug in the dwarven enclave of Tyr Ethran.

1.222 Bridge Construction over the Raven River
Trade along the old Mithral Route is starting to slowly increase and Kolna Altnaus contacts the Mitharim dwarves at Tyr Ethran to replace an old bridge in poor condition near the mouth of Raven River.

1.289 Destruction of the Trading Post Kolbruk
Thieves trying to steal gold ingots rumored to be stored there burn the trading post to the ground. Work begins on a new trading post nearer the shore of the Adanian Sea. Buildings now are being constructed of stone.

1.351 Quay Construction
Since more ships are starting to arrive for trade a quay is built out into the Adanian Sea.

1.410 Trade War over Kolbruk
Because of the growing stature and strong trading structure, other trading families try twice to take control of the Trading POst of Kolbruk. After barely surviving both attacks, the Altnaus family realizes the need for better protection and sets up their own militia.


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