The Tilvanot peninsula was once a place of mystery. That is until this article was published. Herein lies the truth of the population of that hidden land as researched by Lord Bresin -- the next Mage of Power.
The canon material
presented on the Scarlet Brotherhood is understandably vague on the population
of the Tilvanot peninsula to allow Game Masters to adapt it to their personal
campaigns. That being said, this article is going to present a version of the
Tilvanot population aligned with the Living Greyhawk Gazetteer country values. As
much as possible the logic used to derive the value will be explained so that
an aspiring GM can disregard the logic they don’t agree with. Although the
opinion of any GM who does not believe that the Suel are the greatest of human
races in the Flanaess should be ignored as irrelevant.
As a first
step, we will try to define a reasonable target value. The closest approximation
to the history of the Tilvanot would be that of the Theocracy of the Pale. Both
were founded by a group of zealots that left their homeland to found a new
country. Both countries have a similar geographical size. Both countries are Lawful,
which give rise to an organized country with everyone mostly pulling in the
same direction – to improve the overall society. Using the Pale with a 395,000,
let us consider other factors to determine how different the Tilvanot would be
to that value.
noticeable difference is that the Pale is a lot more centralized than the
Tilvanot so immigration from other countries would be easier. But this factor has
a lot less impact in medieval societies than in modern ones. Most medieval
peasants are tied to their lands which means their tendency to immigrate to
other countries is fairly low. So, much like the Tilvanot, the Pale’s population
growth would mostly be organic. The Scarlet Brotherhood also actively
encourages immigration; by enticing Suel from other countries to move there (as
from the Rhizian peninsula) or by forcibly encouraging immigration (i.e. capturing
slaves). Taking these factors into account, it is logical to assume that the Pale
and Tilvanot have similar growth rates over time.
advantage the Tilvanot has over the Pale is that, being a much older country,
it has had organic growth for much longer than the Pale. This is likely offset
by the Pale being founded by a larger initial group of zealots leaving the Great
Now we can
compare the two environmental factors to see if that would cause a deviation of
population growth. Although the Darlene map shows the Tilvanot as having a
large band of grassland around the plateau, it can be assumed, based on its
proximity to Hepmonaland, that this was more than likely to be dense jungle when
the original Suel came here. Taming these lands would adversely impact the
population growth of the Tilvanot. As per The Scarlet Brotherhood supplement
(page 24), the Suel did indeed “tame” the lowlands to create farmlands and
plantations. The Pale is in similar straits, its land is cold and its land
difficult to farm (as per LGG page 81). When a country must import food (LGG
page 81), this has a serious impact on the population growth. Taking the two environmental
factors into account, the Tilvanot probably has the environmental edge and
would have an advantage on population growth.
internal factor for population growth is emigration. The Pale being insular and
religious would likely have very little emigration. The Tilvanot, on the other
hand, would have sent out colonists to the Olman islands, Hepmonaland and
Amedio to set up outposts and villages there. Their stated goal to improve the
blood lines and social values of those countries. This requires the
displacement of loyal citizens to the new countries. This grants an edge to the
Pale for population growth. Although the overall citizens of Empire of Shar
(the Empire of the Scarlet Brotherhood spanning all their countries) would be
dramatically increased by spreading out and assimilating the pure breeds from
Now that we
have looked into the internal factors driving the growth of the two respective
countries, let’s examine external factors. The Pale was invaded and conquered
by Nyrond in 356 CY. This war and occupation probably had a detrimental factor
on the overall population of the Pale. The Tilvanot, by comparison, was never
invaded nor had their population growth adversely impacted by foreign powers. Once
again this gives an edge to the Tilvanot for population growth.
Tilvanot as a whole is approximately 233,00 km2 (90,000 square
miles). In theory this gives a frontier country with 490,000 people. The
Tilvanot is a little more frontier-like than most countries on Oerth. Given
these various factors, the Tilvanot peninsula’s population would be around
450,000. This then takes us to the next step in the process; what is the racial
and geographical distribution of that population. As everyone knows, the
Scarlet Brotherhood’s focus on racial purity is integral to their culture.
of this article, the races of the Tilvanot can be divided as follows: Citizens
(pure Suel), Subcitizens (nearly pure Suel), Slaves (humans of non-Suel blood
and demi-humans), and Humanoids.
stance on population distribution is as follows:
- -- Citizens:
the majority of citizens are located in the larger towns, running their estates
on the plateau, or otherwise working as the elite classes in society (priests,
mages, officials, top tier soldiers, etc).
- -- Subcitizens:
they manage the estates and plantations in the lowlands, the mercantile trade
in the port towns with foreigners and run many of the businesses in the towns
of the plateau. They are also used as household servants to the citizens on the
- -- Humanoids:
mostly residing in tribal villages spread around the coast to discourage
landing by foreign spies and adventurers. The citizens also keep them
entertained by making them fight against each other when not being used on
foreign soil – as per The Scarlet Brotherhood (page 7). The Citizens would not
want these mock battles to interfere with the affairs on the plateau so it
makes sense for the humanoid villages to be in the lowlands. The majority of the
humanoid villages are located Southwest of the Spine Ridge (The Scarlet Brotherhood
- -- Slaves:
mostly located in the plantations and farms in the lowlands. Although quite a
few are used on the plantations located on the plateau.
It is this
article’s premise that the racial distribution of the 450,000 total population
is as follows: Citizens (90,0000), Subcitizens (100,000), Slaves (200,000),
Based on a
population of 450,000, using random settlement distribution would be (assuming
Hesuel Ilshar is the largest settlement) we get four cities (12000 pop, 9600
pop, 7400 pop, 5700 pop), about forty towns (average population of 1,500) and hundreds
of villages and hamlets. We then take a look at the size of three major cities
based on the maps shown in The Scarlet Brotherhood, the following can be
- Kro Terlep has an area of 0.28 km2 (0.11 square miles), this gives
an approximate population of 6,000 people.
- Ekul has an area of 0.36 km2 (0.14 square miles), this gives an
approximate population of 7,000 people.
- Hesuel Ilshar has an area of 0.57 km2 (0.22 square miles), this gives
an approximate population of 12,000 people.
can assume there is another large town somewhere in the Tilvanot - probably Taree based on the fact it is the only settlement that is described as a “city” in The
Scarlet Brotherhood (page 28). To even out the population of the top four cities,
Taree would have around 9,500 population.
settlements can be divided into four regions: the plateau, the south coast, the
north coast and the neck leading to the vast swamp.
Plateau (136k): We can use the following values; Citizens (50,000), Subcitizens
(20,000), Slaves (65,000), Humanoids (1,000).
North coast (147k): We can use the following values; Citizens (24,000),
Subcitizens (40,000), Slaves (75,000), Humanoids (8,000).
South coast (88k): We can use the following values; Citizens (10,000), Subcitizens
(30,000), Slaves (43,000), Humanoids (5,000).
Neck (79k): We can use the following values; Citizens (6,000), Subcitizens
(10,000), Slaves (17,000), Humanoids (46,000).
looking at the four main settlement of the Tilvanot we get the following
- --- Hesuel
Ilshar is the capital of the Kingdom of Shar. It is stated (in The Scarlet
Brotherhood) that the majority of the population of Hesuel Ilshar are citizens,
the rest are a mostly subcitizens. We can assume that majority would be ¾ of
the population. Which gives us our first set of values of 8,000 Citizens, 2,500
subcitizens, 250 slaves, 250 humanoids.
- --- Taree is an
organized lumber and export port city used mostly for trade. This city would
have a large number of citizens. We can use the following values; 4000
citizens, 2500 subcitizens, 2500 slaves, 500 humanoids.
- --- Ekul is a
complete chaotic settlement, the assumption being that the few Citizens here are
to run things at a high level. We can use the following values; 1000 citizens,
3000 subcitizens, 2500 slaves, 500 humanoids.
- --- Kro Terlep is
a lot more organized than Ekul and therefore a larger population of Citizens reside
here. We can use the following values; 2500 citizens, 2000 subcitizens, 1250
slaves, 250 humanoids.