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The ports of the town Kostjyas Respite were refurbished by an announcement from Kostjya of the Wulfen Reavers, Bearer of an Imperial Wayleave. during the Autumn Equinox 384YE, following an opportunity presented during the Winter Solstice of 383YE. Construction was completed shortly before the Spring Equinox 385YE.


The Merchant Boyar of the Bittershore is responsible for ensuring good relations with those who use the docks in Kostjyas Respite. If the docks were to be threatened in any way, it would be the responsibility of the Merchant Boyar to deal with those threats. Likewise, if any particular opportunity were to arise related to the docks, the Merchant Boyar would expect to be consulted as to how that opportunity might be resolved.



Ossium Exports
6 Crowns12 random measures
16 Crowns24 random measures
28 Crowns36 random measures
45 Crowns48 random measures
64 Crowns60 random measures
Ossium Imports
8 Crowns12 random ingots
18 Crowns24 random ingots
32 Crowns36 random ingots
48 Crowns48 random ingots
68 Crowns60 random ingots

As a ministry, the Merchant Boyar of the Bittershore can purchase quantities of ingots and measures at a set price. The Merchant Boyar spends their money and makes their choices 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 Spring Equinox each year. The Merchant Boyar of the Bittershore is appointed by citizens of Varushka who control mines and forests personal resources. The larger the holder 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 citizen may hold the title. They do not receive a seat on the Bourse. As a title appointed through the Bourse they cannot be revoked by the Imperial Synod.

Kostjya, Merchant Boyar of the Bittershore

Kostjyas Respite

When the Sand Fisher orcs of Ossium moved to Misericorde in Holberg, the land they previously occupied along the shores of the Semmerlak was left ripe for exploitation. In Winter 383YE, the Civil Service confirmed speculation that the area would make an excellent location for a port town. A specific location has been identified - apparently the same cove that the Druj launched rafts from to attack Semmerholm during the reign of Empress Varkula. A port in this location could be used to import materials more efficiently than dragging them along the roads. Ox-drawn wagons travelling on roads - even Varushkan roads - are no match for the speed of a sailing ship.

There were plenty of Varushkan settlers keen to see a port on the Ossium shore. When the Senate commissioned Kostjyas Respite, they were eager to establish a town to support it. From that town, materials and goods could be imported and sent out into Galath Fields and Nearweald, making it a lot easier to build and expand the Varushkan vales established there.

Completing the port removed the under-developed quality from the region, making all future commissions across the whole territory that much cheaper. In theory, it should also have created new opportunities, to expand the docks at Lacre in Semmerholm; at Korotny in Karov; and at Ivarsgard in Karsk. There was even talk of the possibility to creating a similar dock in Misericorde or Utterlund, allowing the wealth of Holberg to spread across the Semmerlak. Unfortunately, around the same time the port was complteed the sovereign Dho'uala awoke in the Semmerlak. So far, Kostjyas Respite has not been significantly molested by the underwater horror. How long that will be the case remains to be seen.

The town itself is a typical Varushkan port, surrounding a fine docks. The quays are warded; each support post has a Varushkan shield nailed to it, lacquered and painted with a labyrinth design intended to make monsters become lost and confused if they try to approach. A thin silver chain runs the length of the entire shoreline within the town, each post carved to represent a glowering bearded face - modeled on Kostiya himself - that peer out across the waters. In the middle of the docks stands the hall of the Merchant Boyar of the Bittershore, which serves as a small armoury as well.

Around the town is a white-granite wall with two gates, one to the north-east and one to the north-west. Beside each gate is a spacious road-inn, designed specifically for drovers and traders, with expansive stables for their ox-carts. At the heart of Kostjyas Respite is a spacious market square, connected to the docks and both gates by paved roads; it is here that traders come to bid for the materials imported from the other ports of the Semmerlak, ready for resale to the new vales of Ossium.

Spring Equinox 386YEKostjya152 Votes
Spring Equinox 385YEKostjya272 Votes

Recent Elections

This title is currently held by Kostjya; it will be reelected at Spring Equinox 387YE. The table to the right shows the citizens who have been elected to hold this title in the years since Empress Britta died.

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.