Although not at war with other “recognized” states, Stoutfellow is in fact engaged in a long-term armed struggle. The main enemies are trolls from the Trollmark and the enigmatic denizens of Shadow Deep. As a result, Lower Stoutfellow has grown into a militocracy, with more than 5% of its citizens in the army. Nothing less will suffice to properly defend the strongholds locking the various cave complexes, and the fortified gates leading to the surface. The Dragon Express was deployed initially to move reinforcements and supplies very quickly to most parts of the realm. Furthermore, mechanical elevators have been installed to lift troops to the surface either through the Denwarf-Hurgon city-pillar or the fortified gates. An army of battle-scarred, grizzled dwarven veterans specialized in cave or mountain warfare is more than enough to stop an invader unwise enough to set foot upon this harsh land.
From Bruce Heard’s Lower Stoutfellow – Alphatia’s Underworld
Map (updated 19th January 2016)
- The Empire of Alphatia, 24 mile per hex poster map from Dawn of the Emperors (1989)
- Lower Stoutfellow, 8 mile per hex map by Bruce Heard (2012)
As with all his Alphatia 8 mile per hex maps, Bruce Heard added a great deal of detail and character to the region when converting from 24 miles per hex. The Atlas considers Bruce’s map to be the definitive source for Lower Stoutfellow.
Various new symbols were drawn for this map, including light and heavy fungal forests, and railroad tracks.