The Heart of Trudvang
Trudvang Legends brings players to an epic land to carve out their own legacy. In our previous article, we gave a general overview of the different locations on the continent. Here, we begin a more in-depth look at each location, preparing you for what lies in wait. We begin with Mittland. This is the land right in the heart of Trudvang, bordering all the others. As such, it is a true melting pot of the different regions and is home to many legendary heroes of old. Will you be able to add your name to the annals of history? Only if you can survive your encounters here.
Mittland sits right in the middle of the Trudvang continent. It is bordered to the east by the Stormlands, to the west by Westmark, to the south by the Soj archipelago, and the north by the Nhoordland. A true crossroads, the land takes on some of the aspects of each of its neighbors. There are plenty of wild and untamed regions like those found in the Stormlands. There are areas of civilization and learning as there are in the Westmark. Many different creatures can be found dwelling there, including the occasional elf from the Soj. And it has deep forests and several mountain ranges with snow-capped peaks like those in the Nhoordland. However, the majority of the land is covered by acres and acres of open fields. A great grassland dominates the region, filled with herds of wild horses, simply daring anyone to try and tame them. The land, if it can be wrested from the chaos of nature, is incredibly fertile, making the Mittland the breadbasket of Trudvang. Many farmers have become wealthy due to a bumper crop. Of course, the sometimes-harsh conditions also mean that some have become destitute because of a bad harvest.
While it may seem like the Mittland is simply a home to farmers, such is not the case. In the heart of every Mittlander lies the desire to see one’s stories be told by the skald (recordkeepers and storytellers who tell and retell the tales of legendary heroes of old) for generations. Many a farmhand has one day left their simple life to go travel the world, taking up arms against whatever monster or evildoer they may find. Many are never heard from again, dying alone and forgotten in one of the dark and dangerous places of the region. Only the greats will have their names remembered. And only the greatest of the greats will truly be celebrated.
Mittland is also a land of equality. Anyone that can prove their worth is respected. Both men and women can become legendary warriors. Courage and bravery are the most honorable traits that someone can have. Prowess with weaponry is a means to higher echelons in society. The worst thing that someone can do is to die of old age or illness. These unheroic deaths will certainly go unsung about. But a glorious death in battle fighting against insurmountable odds or a giant creature will possibly ring throughout the ages.
Mittland is the center of Trudvang in more ways than one. It embodies the many different facets of the world all within its borders. While not every hero the world has seen has come from there, a large portion of them certainly do, and it’s this notion of going down in history that is bred into the very fabric of everyday life. The land is scattered with ruins of shrines and temples dedicated to the heroes of old.
When Trudvang Legends comes to your tabletops, you can do well to pick a character who comes from the Mittland. Their entire being will be focused on becoming a legend in a legendary land.
By Jason "Polar Bear" Koepp