Pendragon on the Humber
This section outlines the “generally known geography”
of Cumbria, also called Gales (or Wales).
The roads shown are the Royal Roads of Malahaut,
as protected by the Centurion King. Many castles
and towns along the road (and elsewhere) are not
shown here, and many other roads connect the
towns as well.
Aldborough: A city in Malahaut, about a halfday’s
travel from Eburacum. It was once called Isurium
Brigantum, the capital city of the Brigantes, the
most powerful of the pre-Roman tribes.
Amans: This castle in the western Pennines is
ruled by a king; it commands one of the few trails
over the Pennines.
Appleby Castle: A castle on the Appleby Road
between Brough and Whelp, subject to the Baron of
Appleby Road: Another name for the Celibe
Forest or Pass, this is the easiest way over the Pennines
between Cambenet and Catterick, though it is
narrow and travelers are easily ambushed. Now the
four castles of Baron Appleby guard this way over the
mountains. The castles of Bowes, Brough, Appleby,
and Whelp are each one normal day’s travel apart.
He currently is a vassal to the King of Malahaut.
Bowes Castle: Southernmost castle on the Appleby
Road, subject to the Baron of Appleby. It is
built within the remnants of an old Roman fort.
Brandigan: This motte-and-bailey is the only
castle in all Rheged, and the seat of its king.
Brigantia: This is the southern county of Malahaut;
it includes the rich lands (and marshes) jut
north of the Humber, extending up to the border
Brough Castle: A castle on the Appleby Road
between Bowes and Appleby, subject to the Baron of
Appleby. It’s triangle-shaped, built within the foundations
of an old Roman fort.
Buxton: Motte-and-bailey castle of Amans, at
the center of the Amans Road that goes from Sheffield
to Buxton and north to Pase.
CAMBENET: A British dukedom centered on
the city of Carduel. It includes Carduel City and Penrith
Carduel (Carlisle): This walled city is the largest
and best seaport in the area, and is the center of the
Duchy of Cambenet. It has a large castle.
Castleford: A castle of Elmet that guards a ford
for the main road there.
Catterick: This walled city is the center of population
and civilization in northern Malahaut. It’s
an important trade center and also a stop along the
CATTERICK: The land of Catterick surrounds
the city of the same name. It includes Richmond
Castle, Catterick, Bowes Castle, and parts of the Nohaut
Celibe Forest/Pass: The pass through the Pennines
contains the major Carduel/Malahaut road,
and the gap separates the central and northern Pennines.
This is rugged terrain, with much uphill and
downhill travel along this apparently straight road;
much of its length is surrounded by forest. See also
Conisbrough: This castle is the major stronghold
for the County of Conisbrough, which is the
southern half of Elmet.
Cumbrian Mountains: The mountains west of
the Pennines, west of the Vale of Eden. These are
tall, rugged peaks unlike the rest of the Pennines,
and are much more difficult, hilly terrain than real
mountains. After about 515, they are contained
within the Wastelands.
Danger Castle (Lancaster): This castle is the
seat of the “Duke of Danger,” or the Duke of Lancashire.
His largely wilderness territory is scarcely
populated. It is accessible by sea, if the tides and
winds are right.
DEIRA: Deira is the forested coastal region of
northeast Malahaut. It is largely unoccupied until
the Saxons settle therein during the Uther and Anarchy
Periods. It has no significant castles or cities.
Deira Forest: The Deira Forest covers much of
Catterick and part of Nohaut.
Des Maris Castle: Amidst the marshes of Maris
is a castle of the Marsh, de Maris. The lord of the
marsh people lives there.
Doncaster: This city in Roestoc is the seat of legate
for the High King’s council. It is a city of Elmet.
Durham Castle: A castle built after the conquest
of Nohaut to control the Saxons. Later in this Period,
it is held by a baron serving King Arthur. It is
on a road from Catterick to Wandesboro.
Eburacum: Eburacum is the second largest city
in Britain. It is upon the Ouse River, in the county
Egremont: A county of the western coast, subject
to the king of Listeneisse.
ELMET: Elmet is the name of the kingdom that
occupies the land of Roestoc. Its northern county is
Aire County and the southern is Don County.
Estroite: This castle is the main seat of the
Count of L’Estroite, a vassal of the Duke of Danger.
It sits astride a pass over the Pennines that goes from
Leeds to the Castle of Danger.
Hadrian’s Wall: This ancient Roman fortification
once kept the northern barbarians out. Now it
is in ruins, many parts fallen to nothing, though portions
are kept up and inhabited by intrepid defenders
and, reputedly, Roman ghosts.
Inglewood Forest: The enchanted Inglewood
is south of Cambenet (and, following the Dolorous
Stroke, north of the Wastelands). A famous pool,
Tarn Wadling, is found in this forest.
LANCASTER: Lancaster is the political name
for this area, whose leader theoretically rules over the
scattered the people living in the Perilous Forest and
central Pennines. It includes Castle Danger and the
Leeds: A small city, the center of the Kingdom
Legionary Road: Traces of this old Roman road
still exist, controlled by the King of Pace, with Castleshaw
and Castle Blanc at either end. The Legionary
Road is one of the few passes over the Pennines,
and the king collects a goodly toll from everyone
who goes along it.
LESTROITE: Lestroite (or “L’Estroite”) guards a
major trail that goes over the Pennines, separating
southern and central portions.
Lestroite Road: A pass goes form Airedale to
Etroite Castle and from there by hidden ways northwest
then southwest to Castle Danger or southwest
into the Perilous Forest.
Listeneisse: After Year 515, this is a dead kingdom
located in the midst of the Wastelands. Its chief
castle is Carbonic. It is easy to find the Wastelands,
but very difficult to find any of Listeneisse, either
people or places therein, because of enchantment.
MALAHAUT: The most powerful kingdom of
Cumbria, Malahaut is centered on the city of Eburacum.
It includes the counties of Brigantia, Ripon,
and Catterick, ruled by the Duke of Richmond. It includes
the cities and castles of Aldborough, Castleford,
Eburacum, Pocklington, and Tadcaster, and many wild
lands. It used to include the lands of Deira and Nohaut
as well, but those have been taken over by Saxons.
MARIS: The marshes of the Humber River are
extensive, populated by a strange, shifty people of ancient
times. They are ruled by the lord of the Castle
Des Maris, which is hidden amidst the marshes.
NOHAUT: This is a Saxon land carved out of
the thinly occupied lands between Malahaut and
Garloth. It is now ruled from Durham. It lies between
the Yorkshire Moors and the wall.
Nohaut Forest: This is an extensive forest that
lies between Nohaut on the east and Rheged and
Catterick in the west.
PASE: A small kingdom with local power only
because it controls the old Legionary Road to Elmet.
Pase (Manchester): This is a walled city, the
namesake of the Kingdom of Pase.
Peak, the: This is the most notable peak in the
south Pennines, hence a landmark.
Pendragon Castle: A strategic castle that controls
the Mallerstang Trench, a narrow valley from
the Celibe Forest to the dales to its south.
PENNINE MOUNTAINS (Central): The central
Pennines are between the Celibe Pass and Pase.
The scattered peoples in the north are more or less
united by the Duke of Rouse.
PENNINE MOUNTAINS (North): The northern
Pennines are north of the Celibe Pass and gradually
merge with the Southern Uplands. The hill
tribes are united as the Kingdom of Rheged.
PENNINE MOUNTAINS (South): The Pennines
south of Pase, whose hill tribes are part of
Amans, but whose outlying hill tribes often ally with
the neighboring kingdoms as well.
Penrith Castle: This is one of the important
guard castles on the Carduel/Eburacum road; it sits
at the edge of the Celibe Forest. It is a border castle
to defend the Duchy of Cambenet.