Danger near Dunewood
Politically, the area around Dunewood is in a state of proto-feudalism. In both the Dreadwood and the Firelands, the population lives in a series of city-states. The city-states are often separated from each other by large spaces of wild lands that are infested with goblins.
Each city-state has it’s own form of government. While some city-states have democratic forms of government, the most common form is the hereditary monarchies. In such places, the king normally appoints a number of leaders (which may or may not be hereditary, depending upon local custom). These appointed leaders are called “Thanes”. A female thane is addressed as “thaness”.
Thanes, furthermore, have the right to appoint sub-nobles to assist them. These people are called “unterthanes”.
Larger (or more self important) city-states often have another level above the thane, and this level is known by many names.