Gradec Working is a Gornarod settlement located in the northern portion of the . It and its neighboring workings of and are generally grouped together as the of the Schodni Mountains, although mountains and high ridges separate them from each other and limit their contact with one another.
The Gornarod are descendants of human colonists who lived in the highlands of Atelon at the time of the . Primarily miners, metalworkers and small farmers, they were saved from the general slaughter because the uplands of Atelon are infested with the parasite which inflicts a slow and agonizing death on infected L'npei.
Over the centuries, a number of mining camps asserted control over neighboring valleys, each evolving into a polity called a. A Working consists of a metal-working facility and its supporting mine (called a ), and several villages, each of which draws its sustenance from animal husbandry, small scale agriculture and metal fabrication.
By Gornarod standards, Gradec is a small of approximately 104,000 km² in area. However, it is more fertile than its neighbors with almost 25% of its area in farmsteads. The rest of its area is a mix of pasture and forest.
Gradec has a population of 452,000. Like most of the workings, the largest number of inhabitants live in villages or farmsteads and support themselves with herding, dairying, or growing grains and vegetables. Gradec has about 3,200 metalworkers in total, divided among itsand 4 that do small scale metal production.
Gradec MetelCentre has a population of 13,574. It sits on the east bank of the Dunsta River, where the crosses it. Although isolated from the main commercial traffic of the , Gradec maintains an active trade with the Banakur Gens.
In addition to the MetelCentre, Gradec has four towns and five commercial towns.
The town of(population 2,379), on the at its second crossing of the , is a metal working and commercial center in northern Gradec.
Gradec is off the Dunsta River. Four peaks mark the line of the Ridge. The most northern is . Next are the twin mountains of , elevation 1128 m., and , elevation 1195 m. Farthest to the south is , elevation 1208 m. In the north, the country is rolling and descends gradually into the heart of the Banakur Forest. The upper reaches of the Dunsta River and its broad valley dominate the center. The south is more rugged, as the ridgeline falls off steeply to the valley of the upper . The south is heavily forested by the Banakur, which climbs high up the hillsides., on the eastern side of the , in a long narrow area formed by the
The Dunsta River is part of the system and flows easterly. The and the rivers are small tributaries of the Dunsta River. The Risdar flows down from , carving a gap in the through which the connects to the . The Radova starts in the base of the . Another small river, the , begins on and flows east to the Vari River.
Gradec’s soldiers, like all of the Eastern Gornarod, are infantry fighters whose style tends to solid, cohesive units. Because of their build, they use weapons requiring great strength and they can wear heavy armor. There are no in a Gornarod army, but is relatively common.
Gradec’s forces are primarily engaged in patrolling the rough, forest fringe in the south. Two small posts occupy headlands that dominate the entrance to the Dunsta valley, as it starts its climb into the highlands. Gradec also maintains a border post in the northwest, where the joins the , and another, at the crest of the on the to .
Gradec also has 8 Dunsta. These stations are roughly 20 km apart and extend through the Banakur Forest to the edge of Tamroti lands. They are similar in design to the stations along the except that each has a protected dock for the watercraft used by merchants on the at the forest’s edge, just below the junction of the with the Dunsta. This is also like a travelers’ station in design but much larger.along the