The Witchfire Trilogy
Ord has the dubious distinction of being the poorest of the Iron Kingdoms although it is larger and more populous than Llael. Possessed of a long rugged coastline, Ord’s citizens mostly live near the water’s edge and make their livings off the sea. It is a dangerous life, for the waters of the western seas are harsh, and pirates from the Scharde Islands are often close at hand. These conditions serve to breed the toughest, most skilled sailors anywhere and make Ord’s nary a force to be reckoned with despite somewhat antiquated ships. Inland the nation is dominated by the proud landed castellans, whose varied wealth derives from raising cattle and exploiting difficult farmland.
The capital of Ord is the city of Merin, but its most infamous town is the disreputable Five Fingers. Situated at the opposite end of the Dragon’s Tongue River from Corvis, Five Fingers is a smuggler’s haven. The ruler of Ord is “The Bandit King” Baird II, a hearty bear of a man rumored to have lived a debauched youth and kept many criminals and cutthroats as friends. He is well loved by the common man for his tiered system of taxation, but this has put him at odds with the richer gentry. Morrow is the state religion of Ord, but their citizens are reputedly less scrupulous about attending church than in some nations.