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Lena is located at the confluence of the Galanus River and its tributary, the Slav. Upriver on the Slav is the largest city in Rakore, Kashin. Upriver on the Galanus is Loregard, the massive city-fortress that serves as the entryway into the deserts of the Ogre nations.
The town itself is made of cedar wood, with wooden walkways running beside the main roads that are quagmires in the least amount of rain. Most of the town's people work as stevedores or in the taverns or inns or warehouses that are the lifeblood of the town. Outside of the town live Dog Men and tomanths.
The marshy area of Lena is navigable by most only through the main rivers, while the majority of the region is a bewildering array of swamps, fens, and marshes that only the locals can navigate. The region outside of the town is navigable only by Dog Men and tomanths, with each having carved out their own territories leading to the town and the main rivers.
Lena was established in 1320 as a way-station along the rivers by Gideon Enterprises, to facilitate trade between the Rakanus Dwarves, Kashin, and Teras. The town itself is relatively small in size, with only a thousand residents in its pallisade, and several thousand more Dog Men in the surrounding areas, scattered about the region seemingly at random. Hundreds of tomanths that call the area home tend to be more reclusive, and the murky waters of the region are also home to several scrags. The foggy waters and eudella lillies have left a number of sloops and barges lost in the region, which is also teeming with stirges.
Baron Bruden Dunnigan is a petty man with big dreams. No stranger to violence, he served the kingdom well during the War of the Four Winds, and was awarded the title of baron as recompense for his role in helping evacuate both Loregard and Kashin by river. Under Bruden's leadership, the region between Lena and Lok Sadic never fell during the war, and many of the local Dog Men support the baron, despite his personal flaws, because of his unquestionable leadership abilities.
Lena has a full-time garrison of only 50 men, although close to 200 Dog Men are willing to answer the baron's call when it goes out. The Thane of the Guard is a tomanth named Krissik, as ruthless a tracker and fighter as the baron is in politics and trade. The Dog Men and the tomanths have an uneasy alliance, as both have typically hunted the other in times past. Krissik's second-in-command is a Dog Man by the name of Bubba, a wily middle-aged man that's 'been dere, done dat' and was a bit of a bandit and pirate in his youth. Bubba understands that letting Krissik have the title keeps the peace while he does the investigative and filing work. That tomanths typically live less than one human generation is more-or-less understood by all involved.
The self-proclaimed Chief of the Dog Men is a thane known as Legget. He ruthlessly keeps the peace, even if it means making troublesome Dog Men (or tomanths) disappear. He has sworn himself to protect the tomanths, having developed a personal friendship with them. Under his protection, a tomanth nest has been set up in the city.
Quite a bit of contraband likely travels through Lena, although who and how and when is difficult to say or track down. A small pirot or a river tomanth can easily hide a cargo and then move it to another ship when no one is looking.