Fort Miln, also known as The Jewel of The North, is one of the Free Cities. The fortified city, containing some 30,000 inhabitants, is built into the Miln Mountains, and is surrounded by a 30-foot high warded wall. Fort Miln is introduced in The Warded Man, when Ragen brings Arlen from Tibbet's Brook, in 319AR.
Politics and Leadership Edit
The city is ruled by Duke Euchor and the Council of Mothers. The city's politics are also influenced indirectly by the presence of five guilds: Merchants, Warders, Messengers, Jongleurs, and Beggers. Though not directly involved in politics, those in positions of power within the guilds likely posses financial resources, and personal debts enough to influence the ruling.
Motherhood is a requirement for higher education and, unless they have royal status, all men are barred from politics.
Prior to the end of the line of the King of Thesa, Miln was the capital.
Situated on a vast plain, the richer people and the Duke's Keep are all located in the middle of the city. The Duke's Keep is a large area of the city with high walls and can almost be called a city by itself, its houses, the Duke's Palace, and all the small houses of the servants. The Great Library, a library reservated for the Duke and the tenders, also lays within the centre - which hides all the information of The Old World that was not lost in the Age of Destruction.
The mountainous surroundings of Fort Miln provide the city with salt, metal, and coal - via the Duke's Mines. However, the surrounding land is relatively infertile, meaning the city cannot produce sufficient food or timber. The city trades with other Free Cities for food, including fish (Lakton), grain (Fort Rizon), and livestock (Angiers).
One Arm Edit
While Arlen Bales spent almost 7 years in Fort Miln, the Rock Demon known as "One Arm" spent his nights testing the warded walls for any sign of weakness. The guards expected his appearance and bet on the direction he would travel that night. On one night, One Arm finally broke through the walls and 40 people of assorted Fort Miln professions died.