After the Storm
A work in progress
Streissen is the second largest town in Averland, with a population of 5500.
It lies down river from Averheim. It is about 170 miles from Nuln and 52 miles from Averheim.
It is held by Graf Rufus von Leitdorf. Its town council is a “rump” compared to most towns, the real power resting with the bailiff ever since the suppression of its freistadt in 2502.
Franz Döbreiner was named as bailiff by Grand Countess Ludmilla von Alptraum and maintained his position by being among the first to come out in support of Marius Leitdorf taking the title of Grand Count during the contentious succession after the old Elector, Grand Countess Ludmilla von Alptraum, passed away.
Streissen can be seen as a kleptocracy. The major families don’t even bother with town council seats, being content to give a purse of gold and list of desires to the Bailiff Franz Döbreiner, who speaks for the absentee Graf Rufus von Leitdorf.
These are the Denkhmann (wine), Misthausen (river traffic), Baemann (mills), Caslach (stockyard and tanneries) and Dam (coaching and transport, in decline) families.
Chancellor Rudolph Baer of the University is the de facto government of its district, along with Grimwold Drauwulf, Master of Count’s College, Sophie Farber Master (despite being a woman her title is the masculine) of Own’s Inn College and Brother Aldebrandt, Master of Torch College.
Streissen is divided into several districts:
Averhafen – the dock and wharf district, outside the town wall proper, dominated by the docker guilds and merchants, also used as a stop-over by anyone passing through via the river or otherwise who doesn’t need to enter the town (or doesn’t want to pass the scrutiny and tolls that entails).
Stradtzentrum – the old town which ranges from slums to lower class works and shopkeepers
Universität – the district in which the University Charter gives it jurisdiction, holding its colleges, hostels and associated buildings, private businesses and residences connected with it – see Streissen University.
Kirchenhof – the town’s main temples for major Imperial Gods are located here
Hochland – the small affluent district of the town’s wealthiest families whose mansions face onto the Vierplatz.
Langplatz – the main market is located there (along with the site of the infamous Nachexen Massacre)
Schlossbezirk – just west of castle, with garrison barracks, armory, a number of inns and taverns, townhouses.