Much of Ostland still consists of ruined towns that haven't been rebuilt following Archaon's invasion. Even the capital Wolfenburg still lies in ruins.
- 1 Government
- 2 Military forces
Ostland is currently ruled from the city of Salkalten, which was kept safe during the war when the count's son Vassily von Raukov hired an army of ogre mercenaries to protect it (led by Nargutt Onefinger). Following the death of Count Valmir von Raukov, the province is now in the care of Vassily, as his elder brother Oleg was slain at the Battle of Volgenhof. A more cautious leader than his bellicose father and brother, Vassily is rebuilding Ostland's army and consolidating his position before there is any attempt to start retaking the abandoned towns.
Excluding the ogre mercenaries protecting Salkalten and town militias, Ostland's army is a tiny fraction of its prewar strength. Combat-strength regiments & units of note include:
- Captain Wilhelm Holtz
- Otto "Dachs" Richter, warrior-priest of Sigmar
- Heimrich Salzwedel, engineer
- Febe Hasenkamp, an amber wizard currently travelling through Ostland.
Regiments of note
The Ferlangen Town Guard (halberdiers)
Sergeant: Reynart Obstgarten, thought of as simple, reliable, earthy, practical, slow, and strong.
History: Formed as an adhoc militia during the storm of chaos. The recruits were mostly pulled from displaced farm workers, the very old and very young. They were equipped with whatever they had available. They proved themselves during the storm and successfully defended their town against the outriders, beasts, and daemons that came across Ferlangen. In the aftermath most of the volunteers were formally drafted into the state army. Mostly as they were one of the few remaining military formations with any number or experience. Their numbers were bolstered with remnants of the garrison from the fort at Bohsenfels. This added some much needed professional experience to the battle tested, but undisciplined volunteers.
Composition: Being formed of mostly displaced farm works whose land had been pillaged the level of intellectual prowess and military training is utterly lacking. However, the men in the main regiment are strong, brave, and know how to wield a halberd. The professional soldiers brought in from fort Bohsenfels have mostly been used to form a detachment of swordsmen. They are slow to impart their knowledge to the militia and don’t really respect the civilians wearing their uniforms.
The Salkalten Swashbucklers (swordsmen)
Sergeant: Kurt Gelbschwanz, thought of as dashing, brave, foolish and selfish.
History: Before the Storm of Chaos the Swashbucklers formed the main garrison of the port town of Salkalten. They spent most of their time training and defending the port from pirates. Most often fighting from boats and small ships against undisciplined pirates are raiders. They have self styled themselves as elite marines/privateers, hence naming themselves the Swashbucklers (named after Erall Finn, a fictional privateer of some flamboyance in a series of plays). During the Storm of Chaos they were sheltered from the worst of the fighting by the city's mayor, who brokered a deal with a band of Ogres who did the vast majority of the fighting. The Ogre band were extremely successful with the defence of the town, however the egotistical Swashbucklers took most of the credit. The town was happy to lavish their own ‘hero’s’ and shun the mercenaries. The Ogres didn’t care who got the credit as long as they got paid/fed.
Composition: The Swashbucklers tend to fight as a loose bunch, each trying to prove themselves to be the best swordsmen. They train and spar amongst themselves constantly. They are highly skilled, confident, and understand military tactics well. However they are all out to gain rank and respect and tend not to play well with others.
The Fireloques of Ferlangen, 1st company (handgunners)
1st company sergeant: Waldmunt Menchen, thought of as a grizzled hunter. Suspicious of new technology. Stoic. Fatherly. Carries a Hochland long rifle.
2nd company sergeant: Everett Junge, thought of as , young, skilled, scared, and proud. Carries a repeater handgun.
History: Once a regiment of renown before the Storm of Chaos they have fallen into disrepair during the events of the storm. After the storm they were effectively refounded from scratch in the aftermath. Their founding leaders set in place very strict ability assessments on new recruits and a tough training regime. They have yet to be truly tested since their refounding.
Composition: Currently consists of two companies of handgunners. Recruitment is based on ability and the level of training is very high. However the current roster is lacking in actual combat experience and is relatively untested. Most recruits are taken from the working classes and their lack of education. Selection is based on natural affinity with handguns and doesn’t take into consideration normal military discipline. As a result they tend to be highly skilled but somewhat unruly and headstrong. The officers are selected based on their ability to gain the respect of the troops through actions rather than installing any form of normal respect for the chain of command.
The Order of the White Thorns (knights)
Preceptor: Diederich Wiesse, thought of as a stern and gruff traditionalist. Believes that there is only one way to run a knightly order, his way. Brave and Loyal, but knows not to throw lives away in foolhardy actions, sometimes too cautious.
History: A newly formed order built on the remains of several shattered knightley orders and regular cavalry units whose numbers were not enough to continue and there is not the resources to rebuild each one. The Order of the White Thorns has yet to form a cohesive identity.
Composition: The order is formed of men and women from a multitude of backgrounds. Some are still holding on to elements of their previous order. Some are new to the knightly orders having previously being in a regular cavalry unit. The only thing that binds them together is their ability to ride and fight in the saddle. Their officers are in process of conducting a series of exercises to enhance the unit cohesion and bring everyone up to speed on the same fighting style.
History: this piece has been in the Ostland arsenal for over fifty years, and if properly maintained is thought of as a reliable old gal.
Towns & Cities
Note that this list is not exhaustive.
A fishing port that wants to measure up to the importance of other major ports (and absolutely doesn't), Salkalten is the current seat of government. Its mayor is Baron von Wolder, who is currently away in Marienburg with instructions from Count von Raukov to hire mercenaries for the state to reclaim its lost towns.