New Stetven stands on the southern bank of Needle Lake/Lake Reykal in central Brevoy and serves as the nation’s capital. The city has been the seat of power in Brevoy since the warlord Choral the Conqueror founded it in 4499 AR after uniting the separate nations of Issia and Rostland under his rule.
Today, New Stetven is a bustling trade city, acting as a hub for exporting Issia’s rich supply of fish, grain, timber, and ore to northern Brevoy and nearby Mendev, Numeria, and down the East Sellen River to the River Kingdoms. In exchange for these much-needed goods, imports of rare Numerian skymetals and ancient Osiriani relics are common in New Stetven’s rough-and-tumble marketplaces.
New Stetven, a city that has made prodigous use of wood in constructing everything from mansions, to streets, to forts, is known as “The City of Wooden Palaces.” Due to the prodigious number of wooden structures within its walls, the city boasts several volunteer fire brigades that protect its buildings—citizens mostly join these brigades out of a sense of civic pride. There are but two notable stone structures in New Stetven—the Ruby Fortress, where the Dragonscale Throne sits, and the Bulwark of Gorum, a temple to the Lord of Iron.
The weather in New Stetven is atrocious, with rain and snow turning the ground to mud, and filling it with snow and slush.