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Location of Dracfold within Etrand
|State||Kingdom of Etrand|
|Ethnicities||Humans (95.2%), High Elves (0.7%), Half-Elves (0.4%), Dark Elves (1.3%), Dwarves (0.3%), Gnomes (0.1%), Wood Elves (0.12%), Halflings (0.48%)|
|Points of interest||The Rested Wolf Inn, Blast Furnace, Blacksmith's Foundry, Merchants Guild|
Dracfold (Etrandish: Dracfold ; IPA: [d̥ɾɑkfɔłd̥]) is an Etrandish town. Despite its name, it is no longer the capital of the Grand County of Dracfold, having been granted autonomy - or more precisely, the status of royal free city - in 718.
Dracfold itself got named after a dragon graveyard that was close to it before its founding - in Proto-Human, its name was Darkjafuldaz (Proto-Human: DARKJAFWLDAŽ ; IPA: [d̪ɑrkjɑɸuld̪ɑz̺]), meaning "Dragon's Tomb". During the post-Fathredian era, the name evolved into Dærćafold (Old Etrandish: DARKAFWLD ; IPA: [dæɹt͡ʃɑvołd]), then Draćfold (Old Etrandish: DRAKFWLD ; IPA: [drɑt͡ʃfołd]), finally reaching its current form in the post-Corlagonian era, Dracfold (Middle Etrandish: Dracfold ; IPA: [drɑkfɔłd]).
Darkjafuldaz and before
The area that Dracfold occupies was part of the Ancient Lizardman Empire, but the only evidence that the settlement was once part of that empire is that there were two towers - both of which have gotten demolished later - that surrounded a dragon graveyard. The two towers were built to make it convenient to watch over the dragon graveyard and prevent anyone from stealing the dragon bones or scales. During the proto-Elven colonization, the area became uninhabited, and it would be only during the Fathredian era when it was resettled. However, there was no town or village of Darkjafuldaz yet - instead, Darkjafuldaz was the name of the landmark that Dracfold would be later named after: the Dragon Graveyard.
It isn't precisely known if Dracfold was within the boundaries of Fathred's Confederation or not, but if it was, it was most likely its easternmost outpost.
Dærćafold / Draćfold
After the demise of Fathred's Confederation, the area was once again abandoned for a while. In the 9th century BEKE, the land was settled again. The locals began digging out the dragon bones and selling them like ivory. For a short amount of time, the land experienced an economic boom, and came to be known as Dærćafold. The influx of migrants from various other parts of tribal Etrand led to the distortion of the region's name from Dærćafold to Draćfold. Eventually, the dragon bones got depleted, and the region fell into obscurity again, but was never truly abandoned, merely regressed into a state of being little more than a tribal land like any other part of Etrand.
Around 200~ BEKE, a walled village was built on the site of today's Dracfold. That's when the name started to stand more for the settlement rather than the region.
During the rule of the Corlagonid dynasty, Dracfold was part of the Grand County of Dracfold, whose most famous ruler was Aelfwaird of Dracfold. The walled village burned down in 113, and had to be rebuilt - unfortunately, the two towers that date back to the Ancient Lizardman Empire's times were also destroyed during the fire.
The new Dracfold was a modest stone castle that still stands, albeit not in its original form, and not serving its original function. Dracfold began to grow into a town, attracting merchants. During the Demonic Invasions, the castle of Dracfold was halfway destroyed. The House of Dracfold moved their headquarters to a different location, selling the ruined castle to a patrician family.
In 522, the House of Dracfold moved their headquarters back to Dracfold, building a brand new castle, while the previous castle continued to change hands between various patrician families. Eventually, in 560, the First Castle of Dracfold was designated as the city hall, the residence of the major of the town.
During the Etrandish Succession War of 718, Dracfold was besieged and both castles were damaged. The House of Dracfold went extinct during the same war, as their last surviving male member died in battle. The Grand County of Dracfold got inherited by a new noble family, who were uninterested in moving to the Second Castle of Dracfold - it got sold to a patrician family, just like the first one was sold five centuries ago. Due to the reforms of King Bryant I of Etrand, Dracfold became an autonomous city freed from obligations to the feudal overlord of the land whose boundaries it is within.
The total population of Dracfold as of 831 AEKE is 17,758.