The Country of Estalia
Almondsey mysteriously vanished a few years ago, apparently sunk beneath the north Atlantic, but it is suspected in some quarters that it fell into some sort of time warp engineered by their evil arch-enemies the Norwegians. The original island was called Estalia. It was subjugated except for a truncated remote area (similar to Wales under Anglo-Saxon/Norman imperialism), by Scandinavians from Arland and Viniot, the founders of Gerousle. It retained the old pagan religion and monarchic/hierophantic political structure. We have recently recovered more documentation of this lost country, and it will be posted on this web site.
The country of Estalia is now limited to the southwestern segment of the island and is somewhat smaller than Wales, to which it bears a resemblance politically, being a semi-independent principality of Almondsey. It has three provinces: North Estalia (PNE), West Estalia (PWE), and South Estalia (PSE) the largest and most populous. East Estalia is of course the rest of the island, but that is of course a nationalistic fancy. The capital is the lake city of Lotta.
Counties of the Provinces of Estalia (and 'Capital' and Major Towns):
- North Estalia (Hamnet): Upper March (Quair/Craglin Castle), North Poggit (Pain), South Poggit (Tsilvor). Quadron garrison town. Plimbo-mims: Ploybart, Pilhomen, Pillitove, Lovitweir. Palbo-mims (10): undescribed here, but their names are: Bad-Bocx, Corgi, Salammo, Fursits, Lunkh-Bocx, Tilits, Argon, Rai-Bocx, Philtre, and Tallowax.
- West Estalia (Parson): Felsoran (Parson), Palmania (Soliva), and Sorgun (Liga). Yug. Palor. Prote. Pogin-mim: Parson. Plimbo-mims: Hamm-Bosch, Palominomin. Palbo-mims (7): Har-Bocx, and others undescribed on this site (they are Kyte-Bocx, Lor-Bocx, Cocx'n-Bocx, Horlahl, Salubin, and Farlevenhaven, the northernmost, the last three all being in Sorgun where Bocx was a dirty word).
- South Estalia -- Western Sector (Yiggle): Algoland Island (Plologue) -- actually a separate 'Seneschalate' under the Grand Duke, not a county, Harrum (Fangist), Pagota (Tiptow), Krum (Sagasity). Plimbo-mims: Plahsh and Hagg-Nookh; Palbo-mim: Phlibocx.
- South Estalia -- Southwestern Sector: Palbo-mims: Yezrith (a market town) and Snarl; Plimbo-mim: Possonlay. Other town: Dzangh.
- South Estalia -- North Central Sector: Plimbo-mim: Alkol (Hash-kay). Palbo-mim: Ramat-Ford. Other town: Fulgis (on West Estalia map). Hierophant's Palace and Archduke's Summer Palace.
- South Estalia -- South Central Sector (Home County): Capital: Lotta. Pogin-mims: Hanssolu, Ma'ar-mit, Pumfrit, Lash-l'rou, Smardogg, and Lar'min. Plimbo-mims: Poo-lot't, Lom-bom, Plimboton. Palbo-mims are scattered about. There are also numerous Royal Castles, Palaces, and Temples.
- South Estalia -- Southeastern Sector (Marches): Capital: Carboil. Port: Lissom. Palbo-mims: Ye-Bocx, Bob-Bocx, Thro-Bocx; Plimbo-mims: Poskrit and P-pshitt.
- Linzonia: An independent aboriginal reservation. No cities, unless you count the crude little town of Frimtaloz.
- Supplemental: The province of East Estalia, which used to extend along the whole south bank of the River Lin, was annexed by Almondsey 300 years ago. Original Estalian towns, such as Yarthfur, remain. The truncated portion of the province on the west of the River Vole is now called Marchland.
Here are the pages posted so far, mostly of architectural descriptions, because the history of the nation is hard to interpret, written in a strange runic alphabet and in a non-Indo-European language that few people can translate.
The Castles and Fortifications of Estalia
(based on a gazetteer in the Grobius Shortling library, published privately by Simon Cripplewort in 1923 and updated by GS for the Web)
- New! The big map of Estalia (Warning: 165K)
- New! The Lin Gorge
- Topographical Map (Clickable for items of interest)
- General Overviews.
- Algoland. An island off the coast of the western sector of South Estalia; remains of the rim of a meteoric crater.
- Argon Castle. In the northernmost reach of Estalia.
- Alva Castle. In the Ramat Estuary, the Mayor of Liga's country hideaway.
- Atoyot Islands. An archepelago southest of Cape Helubar, feofdom of the Earl of Dzangh.
- Bobeddan Castle. Linzonian fortress on the River Lin.
- Border Sites: Marchland County castles Blackpriest Castle, Limax, Frabcis, Fowlix, Yivil, Tost, and Flar, Argonoth, Falarn, Corch and Tithrom, and Salammy (Fort Hazard).
- Castles of the West Country: Tenor, Harrum, Stike, Frick and Frack,Fort Poggle, Musmid, and the Podgar Towers.
- Earl's Palace at Tsilvor. The Scottish-style hall castle of the Earl of Poggit.
- Estalia Castle. The ancient prehistoric hill fort that became the stronghold of the rulers of Lotta (and still is, as far as we know).
- Fangist -- the county town of Harrum.
- Fort Lorig Seminary. Utilizing the old castle keep amidst the ruins of Fort Lorig, the only 'establishment' seminary for priests of Thud/Lott in the provinces of North and West Estalia.
- Fort Quadron. A major artillery fortification of the 18th Century, built to protect the Northern Highway between Lotta and the northwest harbor of Quair.
- Fort Thongor. A 17th-Century fort constructed to defend the harbor at Thongor, the easternmost village in Estalia.
- Grand Temple in Lotta. The great temple of Thud/Lott in the city of Lotta.
- Hamnet. North Estalia's capital town, also known for its famous 'covered' bridge and its castle.
- Hanssolu. A royalist town in Central Estalia.
- Happydog Inn. The largest public house in Estalia, located in the village of Parson in West Estalia.
- Hierophant's Castle. Original home fortress of the High Priests, built and rebuilt over several centuries on an old prehistoric site near the capital, Lotta.
- Hotels of the Castello Chain. A summary page of some of the hotels mentioned on this web site.
- Isle of Vulf. A volcanic island southeast of Salammy Head in Marchland, owned by Baron Axelmotembul.
- Lotta. The capital city on an island.
- Paladrian Castle. The Grand Duke's Northern stronghold on the Lin Gorge.
- Phlegmark Manor. Country estate of the Duke of Felsoran in West Estalia.
- Quadro Castle. The oldest medieval castle in Estalia, built by Earl Quadro the Viking, on the northern moors.
- Riverforts. A description of the river fortifications along the Lin border between North Estalia and Almondsey (Castle Pain, Ronald's Ait, Craglin Castle, the Whitcraft Fortlets, and Hamnet and Fort Lorig).
- Royal Castles. The five royal castles of Estalia: Ting, Grollshec, Pardolot't, Flogis-m'Lott, and Berig-Thud.
- Royal Palaces. Apart from the Archduke's Summer Palace, there are two much older royal palaces, the one in the city of Lotta, and the newer one on Loch Mugg.
- Sagasity -- County town of Krum (web page also has Sloe and Poggle).
- Sloat. A once grandiose seaport, inundated by the sands of Longstrand.
- Soliva Castle. Home of Baron Mockmoor of Palmania, West Estalia.
- Summer Palace. Archduke Hrarlfladenulel's 18th Century retreat near the lake city of Lotta -- a somewhat garbled account.
- Talibar. Ancient Holy site and Seminary. (See also Fladgate Tower.)
- Tiptow -- the great resort on the west coast; also see the nearby castles of Carnswallow and Lickerbill.
- Tower Houses. High Priest Himzip-tol-Ten's project to ensure orthodoxy and protection for rural communities. They come in the form of Palbo-mims, Plimbo-mims, and Pogin-mims.
- Towns of West Estalia. A summary page of the few largest towns in this province. (Also see West Estalia Miscellany, which contains Urgoth Castle, Fort Lingus, Mockmoor Prehistoric Villages, Urchinfield Hall, and Yizmuth Tower.)
- War of the Holy Success. The last major war in Almondsey was in 1840, when Almondese infiltrators supported an anti-establishment faction of Estalians. Lar-min was destroyed, but the uprising was defeated at Smardogg.
- Whitcraft Towers. The border towers constructed by Sir Edmundbury Whitcraft for High Priest Himzip-tol-Ten in the 17th Century.
- Yiggle -- County town of the west.
- Yug and The Bastard's House. Estalia's "Sin City" (but not much else to say about it). (See also Castle Phaar.)
- Miscellany. Some general observations about the Island of Almondsey, with bits about history and religion.
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