A New Nation
They pass a few farmers hauling cartloads of hay along the cobblestone road, but no threats beyond the mosquitoes of late summer.
Stassenkeep itself was originally designed by Essalim to serve as a fort for watching the road. It was one of the few stone fortresses in Hilbensal, and was originally only large enough to uncomfortably house a garrison of one hundred soldiers. Even before the independence movement began, it had been abandoned in favor of the Uhrkeep in Atroxes Neck. It sat abandoned for nearly a decade, but luckily it was so well built that it could be occupied by King Ottanulf as soon as he claimed the title. It is still small, with only one watchtower, but a wooden addition has been added onto the side to provide more rooms. A small village has grown up at the base of it, and there is the beginning of a wooden palisade. There is only about 25 feet of fence built so far, far less than the couple hundred feet needed to enclose the keep and the village. It looks as if the work on the palisade was abandoned some time ago.
The keep is not built on a crossroad, but sits along the Nordufer-Mittersport Road, halfway between the intersections with the Lytinsdown and Grosse Enghug roads. The area around here is hillier than the Lyte, and most of the agriculture appears to be sheep-farming.