Nordell is a small village, with a population of about 300. It is a remote frontier town, relatively far from any large centers of civilization. Nestled in the hilly forests of northern Middlun, it sits very near to (or within, depending on who you ask) Vendiss to the west. Over the years the borders of Middlun and Vendiss have shifted frequently. Seldom a year goes by that ownership of the town doesn’t change once or twice, and that puts the people of Nordell in a tight spot sometimes. Being the last semi-permanent settlement before the Red Swamp and, further north, the High Mountains of Natyrh, control of Nordell basically means control of the entire northern region it is within, along with access to the only land route to Natyrh.
Because of the frequent conflicts between Vendiss and Middlun, most people in Nordell don’t generally hold much allegiance to either nation. As far as they are concerned, the only thing either kingdom does for them is cause trouble and demand taxes.