The Ambella river divides the farmlands of south central Gatlia. The lands on the northern bank fall under the demesne of the Baron of Nortune. Nortune Castle overlooks the Gatlian highway, and the Baron’s men are officially responsible for the safety of travelers along the roads between Syflanis and the Ambella Bridge.
The Barony of Nortune includes many of the smaller farming communities in the river valley, who remit a small portion of their harvests and livestock to the barony for the protection offered.
Nortune is represented in the Gatlian council by a Popular Councilman and Lordly Representative.
The popular councilman is often a senior land-letter, who is chosen by the farmers and masons. As such, land-letters tend to be benevolent towards their renters in hopes of being popularly chosen by their tenants to represent them in Council. The current Popular Councilman, a James Raleigh, is a gentleman farmer who owns a large portion of the land around Altier. While he is renowned for his generosity, especially during the Goash festival, some have begun to doubt his ability to turn things around in regards to a recent rash of violent attacks by robbers.
The Lordly representative is appointed by the Baron himself, and is often the Baron’s youngest son (if of age) or a trusted friend, who represents the interests of the Barony in the council. As of the writing of this guide to Gatlia, Baron Greggory’s only son, Gerhardt, represents his father in court. There is concern, however, as Baron Greggory is known to be in frail health, and political opponents, particularly in Syflanis and Sotune, have challenged Greggory on his ability to deal with the growing threat to public safety which appears to be springing up in the northern bounds of his territorial responsibilities. People say that it is only a matter of time before Gerhardt can no longer hold back the calls for his father to be replaced in his responsibility to keep the region safe.