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The Six Duchies is a kingdom consisting of six duchies.
The kingdom consists of six duchies, each ruled by a Duke, which in turn is ruled by the King that lives in Buckkeep.
Each Duchy has a colour and a sigil that represent it.
The Coastal Duchies:
Bearns (yellow, flower)
Buck (blue, buck)
The Inland Duchies:
(The rest of the colours are red, green and purple.)
The founding of the Six Duchies came with the arrival of its first king, Taker Farseer. Taker Farseer was a raider from the Out Islands who decided to make the wooden fortifications of Buckkeep his new home. From there he founded the first of the Six Duchies, Buck. After his death the head of the Farseer Family continued as the King of Buck. Subsequently, the kingdom expanded to include the other three Coastal Duchies, Bearns, Rippon and Shoaks.
The future King Victor conquered the inland regions, including Sandsedge, which would later become a part of the Duchy of Farrow.
When King Wielder realized that he couldn’t conquer the Chalced States he turned his ambitions inland and easily defeated the scattered nomadic populations of the Farrow region. The erstwhile king of Tilth surrendered too when he noticed that his territory was surrounded and his trade routes severed. Both conquered territories were exploited for over a generation for the benefit of the Coastal duchies.
It was Wielder’s granddaughter Munificence who wisely seeked to truly unite the kingdom. It was she who first called her kingdom the Six Duchies. She elevated the tribal elders of the Farrow folk and the former ruling families of Tilth to nobles, and used marriages and land grants to forge alliances between the Inland folk and the Coastal duchies. Despite all her efforts, there has always been a rift between these areas, because the folk, climate and livelihoods differ greatly between them.
The geography of the Duchies is very diverse. The kingdom has a large coast to the sea to the east, while it also borders the icy mountains of the Mountain Kingdom to the west. The Inland Duchies enjoy large portions of arable land, which has made the Duchies rich from agriculture. Another major source of income comes from local fisheries from the Coastal Duchies. The Duchy of Tilth also possess rich vineyards and fruit gardens, which is possible due to the Bear River and Vin River.