The Warden of the Trees and Hills is an Imperial title awarded to a Varushkan citizen.


The Warden is responsible for overseeing the merchant hall built to organise the influx of refugees from Ossium. If the Merchant Hall was ever directly threatened, the Warden would be responsible for dealing with those threats

Trade with Mine Owners

Total CostProduction
7 crowns5 ingots of weltsilver, 4 ingots of green iron, 3 ingots of orichalcum
17 crowns10 ingots of weltsilver, 8 ingots of green iron, 6 ingots of orichalcum
35 crowns15 ingots of weltsilver, 12 ingots of green iron, 9 ingots of orichalcum

Trade with Forest Owners

Total CostProduction
7 crowns5 measures of dragonbone, 4 measures of ambergelt, 3 measures of beggar's lye
17 crowns10 measures of dragonbone, 8 measures of ambergelt, 6 measures of beggar's lye
35 crowns15 measures of dragonbone, 12 measures of ambergelt, 9 measures of beggar's lye



As a ministry, the title of Warden of the Trees and Hills allows the holder to purchase quantities of special materials traded from the north at a set price. The Warden makes their decision on how much money to spend during downtime from their character page. Money is removed from, and resources are placed into, the character's inventory when the downtime is processed.


This title is appointed during the Winter Solstice by Varushkans who control forest and mine personal resources. The larger the forest or mine an individual has, the more votes they can allocate in support to a candidate. The voting is handled by the civil servants in the Bourse.

Only a Varushkan character may hold this title, but there is no requirement for them to be from Karsk (the title notionally involves encouraging trade throughout Varushka). They do not receive a seat on the Bourse. As a title appointed through the Bourse, they cannot be revoked by the Imperial Synod.

The Title in Play

The role does not provide additional information about events in the Empire, nor allow the player holding it to request special reports or downtime actions. These details are assumed to be below the abstraction layer. The title holder is encouraged to create their own stories about their activities within reasonable limits and to get involved in events appropriate to their title during the game, but they do not have any powers beyond those explicitly listed in the section on powers.

These details exist partly to provide context and character to the role - and partly to allow our writers to use the title as a plot hook. Plot that involves the position will be rare - but all the campaign positions in Empire have these details to create the potential for it to happen.

Winter Solstice 383YEZakhar “Crow” Strascovich135 Votes

Recent Elections

This title is currently held by Zakhar “Crow” Strascovich; it will be reelected at Winter Solstice 384YE. The table to the right shows the citizens who have been elected to hold this title in the years since Empress Britta died.