Work in the new settlement of Jobberstadt had been going on for several weeks now and tremendous progress was being made. Directly north of the shared town of Jivet-au-Marruse across the “Bridge of Bones” over the Marruse river, Jobberstadt was intended by the Archduke of Renatus to be a central export and import hub. Construction had been going on in Jivet-au-Marruse as well as the Fanolanians were keen to rebuild the town that had been almost completely destroyed by Druuna the green dragon. The work being done here now and that was so close to completion represented a tremendous leap forward for both Fanolania and Renatus as the two countries would finally have a major river crossing established for the commercial traffic that was growing exponentially. The only detraction from all of this progress was the “Bridge of Bones” that was the literal link between the two towns and their respective realms.
The new lord of the Barony of Turkia in which Jobberstadt was situated was a swamp orc named Moak. He hadn’t had much input in the construction because he was only newly appointed to the role. However, he wasn’t exactly what one might call indifferent to the cause. Although he still had duties in the neighboring March of Chute de L’Ombre he spent the remainder of his time in Jobberstadt. He didn’t offer much in terms of advice or direction, but he did make it a point to learn what was being built and who all was doing the work. He had brought with him a number of enterprising gnomes from Chute de L’Ombre who were excellent at architecture and design to give the town a more folksy appeal. When word began to spread that Moak was the new Baron of Turkia other goblinoids from nearby Oublier also began to move into the area and offer their services as laborers and workmen. The Fanolanians across the bridge were not thrilled with this development, but they knew their neighbors were going to be fairly unsavory from the get-go.
Almost half a year ago the elven Fanolanian monarch, King Carlobar, had given his permission for all of the Deklatines in his land to relocate en masse to the lands of the Archduchy of Renatus. This meant that several thousand people from the cities and rural areas of Fanolania were now picking up and starting over in these new areas. Some of them were settling in Jobberstadt and the layout of the town reflected that. This would be a settlement that for the first time anywhere in Partum was almost entirely Deklatine in origin. Not the ideal neighbors for the Fanolanians in Jivet-au-Marruse, but it was a far cry better than having them as literal next door neighbors. Right in the center of Jobberstadt was a Deklatine temple, the first to be constructed in Renatus, and right across the square from the local Church of Chute de L’Ombre. There was also a small Druidic temple on the outskirts of Jobberstadt because the Duchess of Foret Verte, Esma, was herself a druid, but that didn’t have the same outrage attached to it that the Deklatine temple did.
Deklatines had also been welcomed in other areas of Renatus with open arms. The Duchy of Escaut needed people after the disastrous impact that the Viceroy had on the area, especially in the baronies of Aalst and Ouden and the county of Gravensteen. An invitation was also extended to any Deklatines with a background in vineyards and wine making to settle in the Duchy of Maelonbourg by an ambitious Duchess Seraphina who had dreams of becoming a powerhouse in the wine industry of central Partum. All of these newly imported people had just about finished their immigration to these areas. What had once been a pain in the butt for Fanolania was now a boon for Renatus. How that would all play out had yet to be seen, but it would be seen more readily in Jobberstadt than anywhere else.