Viva Llael Resistance!
Kommandant Mikhail Ivdanovich
240,000 humans (mostly Ryn, Umbrean, and
Khard); 6,000 gobbers; 1,500 Rhulfolk; 800 ogrun
Kommandant Ivdanovich’s 2nd Division of
the 1st Army is headquartered in Merywyn.
Once the shining capital and bastion of Llaelese culture, Merywyn is a city of tall spires, soaring buttresses, and baroque architecture. Formerly the center of the Llaelese economy, Merywyn relied on the traffic along the Black River for its trade, scrupulously recording and tithing all merchant ships it allows past its chained watch stations. The kingdom’s most influential families spent much of the year in the city attending the Council of Nobles in the Immaculate Chamber. Recently, however, Merywyn’s royal palace has become the headquarters and central barracks for the 2nd Division of Khador’s First Army.
The Siege of Merywyn was one of the longest, most protracted incidents of the Khadoran invasion; the capital held out for almost three months before surrendering on the 12th of Cinten, 605 AR. It was a bloody, brutal battle, and the inhabitants suffered greatly, cut off from food and outside supplies. Artillery fire took a heavy toll on the city’s buildings, and it seemed it might take a generation to restore Merywyn to its former beauty. Regular attacks and bombings by Resistance cells targeting occupation forces only compounded the damage from the war, and the assassination of high-profile Khadoran officers and collaborators by Llaelese agents added further paranoia and uncertainty.
The city is now governed by bureaucrats who answer to Kommandant Mikhail Ivdanovich. While Great Prince Tzepesci rules the Umbrean volozk, the army controls Merywyn. From here Kommandant Ivdanovich coordinates the supply trains and logistics of the Khadoran war machine in the Thornwood, and much of the city’s population works to support those efforts. Accordingly, many kayazy flocked to Merywyn for new markets that let them profit from the war. The kayazy have become significant here, bringing much needed capital to assist in transforming the industry but complicating the military control of the city. Surprisingly the Khadoran government spared no expense to repair and restore Merywyn with shocking speed. Only three years after the invasion Merywyn shows few signs of the terrible damage it suffered and has become a thriving metropolis, the eastern bastion of the Khadoran Empire. Merywyn is also the eastern terminus of the Iron Highway that extends from Rorschik through Laedry and Elsinberg to the former capital.
Merywyn was designed to exalt wealth and conceal poverty. Its main promenades, concourses, and riverfronts pass sprawling gardens, ancient libraries, art galleries, music halls, and theaters. The estates of Llaelese nobles killed or driven off during the war are now the homes of Khadoran officers and prominent kayazy. By contrast the city’s industry as well as the cramped homes of the lower classes are hidden from the main thoroughfares behind tall walls overgrown with ivy. An influx of refugees and newcomers, however, has forced new housing to be constructed elsewhere, causing chaos in old residential districts. This has been exacerbated by the Khadoran Army having seized certain historical buildings for its own needs, converting several with little regard for aesthetics. Many Llaelese lament that the city will never be the same.
The Resistance still maintains cells in Merywyn, but they are constantly hounded by agents of the Prikaz Chancellery and Sect ion Three, which has an office in t he cit y. Resistance fighters here are increasingly desperate. This is without question the most dangerous place for them to operate; Merywyn is a crucible that only the most effective agents can survive. leadership has changed seven times since the end of the war due to arrests, executions, and assassinations by Khadoran intelligence agents