Over the last century, deep ties with Scintar have been developed in a number of areas. Given recent events, the Yardolan economy appears to be in dire straights. The economy of Yardolan is primarily based on the export of timber and furs along with the import of agricultural goods, weapons, and coin. Scintarese money flowed into Yardolan to pay for soldiering costs to deflect orc and Northlander incursions from the north. Since the beginning of the civil war Scintarese money has stopped crossing the river, and the price of foodstuffs has soared. While there is a booming smithing industry in Yardolan, imports of metals from the south have become increasingly expensive. Yardolan fur has become unfashionable in most Scintarese circles, and other sources of timber have been sought out. There is no clear solution in sight. Mariette proved to be a capable ruler during the war, employing the best Yardolan had to offer and taking sagely advice from wherever it came. But now that the war is over, questions are beginning to circulate as to what the newly secure queen has to offer the people of Yardolan after all. This is likely the exact state of affairs the nobles in Scintar City desire.
Yardolanders are a hardy people. The lands of Yardolan include a great number of forests, with enough grassland to support mostly subsistence farming. Yardolan’s northerly location supports a shorter growing season than that found in Scintar, and the soil is not as fertile either. Most Yardolanders are skilled with a bow, and the spoils of hunting form a basic part of the Yardolan diet. In many ways life is simple for the Yardolan people. The nobles of the realm mostly have a deep sense of commitment to their people: they attempt to keep taxes low and the people well cared for. However, with the changing geopolitical situation it is unclear if this state of affairs can continue. There were also a few notable exceptions to this trend during the Lady’s War, in which a small handful of Yardlan nobles fought on the side of Scintar. Some of these nobles have been banished (most finding refuge at the court of King Adolph), some were murdered by their own citizens near the end of the war, and some have been officially pardoned by Mariette (though a pardon does not dictate the feelings of others concerning this issue). While Yardolanders are also used to fighting off orc and Northlander incursions every few years, there has been an odd lull as of late: no major raids or armies have moved south in over eight years, while at least one every four years has been the average rate for the last century. Why, or what, is keeping the orcs and Northlanders in check is something of a mystery. Some scouts have ventured north to investigate but they have either failed to report anything of interest or failed to report back at all.