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Palischuk was a city in the northeastern corner of Vaasa. It was unique because it was populated predominantly by half-orcs.[1]

Geography[]

The city was located west of the Galena Mountains in the Ostraland region of northern Vaasa,[4] east of the ruins of Castle Perilous.[1]

The largest major community in eastern Vaasa, the city lay upon the northern trade routes that connected Maur-Eturo and the south with Ironspur, Ishe, and Frohm's Rest in the far north and The Reach trail to the west.[5]

History[]

Palischuk was a fortress town founded sometime before the rise of Zhengyi the Witch-King in the Year of the Bright Blade, 1347 DR. During the early years of Zhengyi's reign, the town was attacked by the black dragon Urshula, who destroyed much of the town center and killed many of the inhabitants.[6] By the Year of the Serpent, 1359 DR, the town had been ruined by the depredations of the Witch-King, but was subsequently claimed and rebuilt by the half-orcs of the surrounding areas as their own space after his defeat.[1]

After Palischuk was rebuilt and reoccupied, its inhabitants succeeded in befriending other nearby settlements within the first year. They traded with the Vaasan Gate, Darmshall, and neighboring dwarven communities harmoniously,[7] but the dwarves and humans still dealt with them cautiously for the next decade.[1]

In the Year of the Banner, 1368 DR, Palischuk became the epicenter of a territorial dispute between King Gareth Dragonsbane of Damara, who openly desired to claim Vaasa as his own, and Bregan D'aerthe when Jarlaxle Baenre and Artemis Entreri claimed Vaasa as the Kingdom of D'aerthe. The Palischukians sided with King Gareth, opening the door for him to ultimately annex Vaasa.[8] Palischuk was absorbed into his Kingdom of Bloodstone sometime in the late 14th Century DR.[3]

The city was subsequently conquered by the Warlock Knights of Vaasa sometime in the 1460s DR.[9] As of the Year of Deep Water Drifting, 1480 DR, Palischuk had grown to a city of over 10,000, the great majority of whom were still half-orcs. Their mercantile businesses served as the economic engine that underlay much of Vaasa's economy, and they had become much more accepted as a vital part of Vaasan society.[10] At this time, the city was ruled by Knight-Vindicator Mansard Kanaoth, the only half-orc on the Ironfell Council of the Warlock Knights.[3]

Inhabitants[]

The majority of its residents were half-orc or orc.[2] In the late 15th century DR, just 1 in 5 of the local population was human.[11]

As of 1479 DR, several half-orcs of Palischuk were practicing Zhengyian blood magic.[12]

Notable Inhabitants[]

Notable Locations[]

  • Site of Weird Wingham's Wacky Weapon Wielders' caravan: This was where Wingham's merchant caravan wagons settled a few times each year, around 1368 DR.[13]
  • Weary Wanderer: This was the largest tavern in the town as of the mid-to-late 14th century DR.[14]

Appendix[]

Spelling[]

In R.A. Salvatore's works, Promise of the Witch-King, Road of the Patriarch, and The Bloodstone Lands,[15] the name of the settlement is spelled as Palishchuk, contrary to how it is spelled in all other sources, even in maps in The Bloodstone Lands.[16]

References[]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 Ed Greenwood, Sean K. Reynolds, Skip Williams, Rob Heinsoo (June 2001). Forgotten Realms Campaign Setting 3rd edition. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 110. ISBN 0-7869-1836-5.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Warning: edition not specified for Promise of the Witch-King
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 Bruce R. Cordell, Ed Greenwood, Chris Sims (August 2008). Forgotten Realms Campaign Guide. Edited by Jennifer Clarke Wilkes, et al. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 189. ISBN 978-0-7869-4924-3.
  4. Hex map included in Douglas Niles and Michael Dobson (1987). The Bloodstone Wars. (TSR, Inc). ISBN 0-8803-8398-4.
  5. Brian R. James (April 2010). “Realmslore: Vaasa”. In Chris Youngs ed. Dungeon #177 (Wizards of the Coast), p. 81.
  6. R.A. Salvatore (June 13, 2006). “If Ever They Happened Upon My Lair”. Dragons: Worlds Afire (Wizards of the Coast). ISBN 0-7869-4166-9.
  7. R.A. Salvatore (1989). The Bloodstone Lands. Edited by Elizabeth T. Danforth. (TSR, Inc), p. 14. ISBN 0-88038-771-8.
  8. R.A. Salvatore (July 2007). Road of the Patriarch (Mass Market Paperback). (Wizards of the Coast). ISBN 978-0-7869-4277-0.
  9. Brian R. James (April 2010). “Realmslore: Vaasa”. In Chris Youngs ed. Dungeon #177 (Wizards of the Coast), pp. 78, 80.
  10. Brian R. James (April 2010). “Realmslore: Vaasa”. In Chris Youngs ed. Dungeon #177 (Wizards of the Coast), p. 83.
  11. Brian R. James (April 2010). “Realmslore: Vaasa”. In Chris Youngs ed. Dungeon #177 (Wizards of the Coast), p. 83.
  12. Brian R. James (April 2010). “Realmslore: Vaasa”. In Chris Youngs ed. Dungeon #177 (Wizards of the Coast), p. 80.
  13. Warning: edition not specified for Promise of the Witch-King
  14. R.A. Salvatore (October 2006). Road of the Patriarch (Hardcover). (Wizards of the Coast), p. 43. ISBN 978-0786940752.
  15. R.A. Salvatore (1989). The Bloodstone Lands. Edited by Elizabeth T. Danforth. (TSR, Inc), p. 28. ISBN 0-88038-771-8.
  16. R.A. Salvatore (1989). The Bloodstone Lands. Edited by Elizabeth T. Danforth. (TSR, Inc), p. 2. ISBN 0-88038-771-8.