Legacy of the An Saennan: Dunnisban
Nestled securely in the loop of the greatest river in the Duchy, the capital of Tailledun, Dunnisban, bears a proud keep, with an equally proud history, as one of the first permanent settlements and fortifications established by the civilising Saennan lords of the Kern family, long ago. Today, the castle guards the river-way to the city of Dunnisban proper, watching over the riverine trade plying back and forth from the sea, the grand, tall bridge that lets even sailing-ships pass through its raising middle and smaller ones pass beneath its great arches, and beyond, to the farmlands around. The city is walled, and the keep itself has sheer, thick stone walls, built with interlocking, finely-masoned bricks that add a layered strength. Rarely has it been tested in battle, for the tradition of its rulers, aided by the hardy, longbow-wielding inhabitants of the hills, has been for enemy armies to be pin-cushioned and ambushed in the forests and valleys before ever they reach the city proper.
It is not the grandest of cities in Saenwyn, nor the wealthiest, but the water that flows down from the many mountain springs runs free and clear, and the public marketplaces, and some of the grander homes, even have the luxury of gravity-fed fountains and public water supplies, flowing through lead pipes built during the glory days of of Tailledun two generations ago. Combined with the winds that blow, sometimes fiercely, through the hills and mountains, Dunnisban is a surprisingly healthy place; though given the hilly surrounds - not ideal for arable land - the variety and quantity of food can be somewhat limited when the river trade is slack in winter and the huntsmen find scarcer game. It is a city that suits the people of Tailledun - sturdy and pleasant, if a little dour and uninspired, too, focused on practical matters rather than philosophy or great ambition.