Location Martoise
Current Ruler Jean-Pierre Challant (Nationally), Seigneur Nicolas Gantaut (Locally)
Founder Unknown
Year of Founding 115 BP, or 275 FC

Havrelée is a city located in the very south end of Martoise, nestled in the Vallée de Lavande (Lavender Valley) and surrounded to the west, east, and south by the Déchirét Mountains. The valley was once home to fields upon fields of lavender plants, but the founding and expansion of Havrelée has long since replaced them. Legend has it, however, that every lavender in Martoise–or even the world, according to some–is a descendant of one from the Lavender Valley. Because of this, Havrelée is sometimes known as la Capitale de la Lavande, or the Lavender Capital.

As is standard for Martois settlements, Havrelée answers to the central authorities of the Ántouïst church and the Comte of Lamielle. However, on the local level, governance is carried out by a noble family, the House of Gantaut. The current patriarch of the family and lord of the city is Seigneur Nicolas Gantaut. House Gantaut and their ancestors have ruled Havrelée for as long as it has existed.

The Gantauts are in fact, through numerous marriages throughout Martois history, cousins with House Challant, the royal family.

Also notable is the Monastère d'Amilaus, the local chapter of the Ántouïst church. The Prior of the monastery takes part in certain aspects of local governance, including church-related tax collection, and historically holds a seat on the Lord's advising council.

Havrelée's most prominent industry is metalworking, a remnant of its days as a mining town. As well as blacksmiths, Havrelée is one of the only cities in the realm with rudimentary water piping, although it is only present in newer and more wealthy parts of the city. Certain rich households even possess bath tubs with spouts and drains.

The city is also home to carpenters and shops selling goods like textiles and books.

In terms of food, Havrelée grows its own grains and raises livestock outside the city, and thus hosts a few bakeries and butchers.

Even more significant than Havrelée's own industries is its role as a major trading post in Martoise. Caravans from all over the realm come bearing textiles, metals, wines, cheeses, fruits, and other goods.

The history of Havrelée begins with the founding of the Monastère d'Amilaus in 180 BP. The goal of the monastery was to establish a stronger presence of Ántouïsm in the south of Martoise, as before this point, the southern villages didn't even have local chapels or churches yet. With the founding of the monastery came the ability for southerners to make pilgrimages to receive guidance and blessings from the priests.

A significant reason that the valley was chosen as the site of the monastery, aside from the obvious protection of the steep mountain faces, was its beauty, seen as a sign from Ántou. The lavender became something of an Ántouïst symbol, being traded and grown across the Dántaine. And although the city would grow to fill the valley that once hosted vast fields of the flower, they still exist in the region. The most significant example is the flower garden of the monastery, which grows them and distributes them to the city seasonally.

A few decades later, in 115 BP, it was discovered that the mountains held a sizable fortune of precious jewels and metals, namely iron and silver, with the occasional rare gemstone. A mining town was founded north of the monastery, chartered by the then-Comte of the realm. This mining town is the true beginning of the settlement that would become Havrelée.

By the time the mines began to run dry, the town had grown substantially, to a population of several hundred to over a thousand. The economy took a hit, but the town still had its lavenders and its agriculture to keep it afloat. It was also the largest settlement in the area, and traders gathered in town to sell and buy goods. It was primarily this trade that kept the town alive until it could establish its own new industries.

In 79 AP, the town was given the name Havrelée, which roughly translates to “haven in the valley.” Over the centuries, it grew from a town to a smaller city, and the Comte assigned one of his cousins the role of lord of the city. This cousin's lineage would go on to become the Gantaut family, who still preside over Havrelée even now.

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