Oromo is a small, independent barony named for its unusual castle of red brick. It covers about 375 square miles and lies on the southeast frontier of Hannan. Its political center and heart is its castle and village, both known as Oromo. As it lies outside the established borders of Brunia, the Baron pays his tribute directly to the agents of the crown.
In CY 442, Werner Romanov, a powerful fighter, occupied Castle Oromo and with his friends Thorvald and Lokaan drove out foul creatures who dwelt in the keep. Almost as soon as he did so (and much to his surprise and somewhat to his chagrin), the area began to grow as a center of farming and trade. Though Werner died before the war was over, the castle has been a haven for his family for fifty years now. After the war, his son Vladimir set to rebuilding Oromo, something that never truly concerned Werner. Vlad is a politician and a strategist, not an adventurer. Like his mother and his wife, he is pious and trusts the clergy of Vallan. Unlike his father, he trusts neither wizards nor elves.
Without Castle Oromo, there would be no barony or town in this part of Hannan. The Seventeen Years’ War of course drove many serfs and farmers away, but not so many as one might think. The hills surrounding Oromo offered some refuge from the onslaught of humanoids. Since the war, the Baron has repopulated Oromo, thanks in part to war refugees from southern lands. Another major factor in repopulating the Barony was the addition of the Temple of Vallan. In the aftermath of the Seventeen Years’ War,
the temple has greatly enhanced Oromo’s reputation.
The need for a temple had been apparent since Oromo first began to grow in the mid-440s. When construction of the Temple of Vallan finally began in 472, it represented a recognition by the religious authorities that pilgrims from Hannan would have to travel over land to reach Volkarta, the holy city and Itrean seat of power. Baron Romanov traveled to Pithorn immediately after the war (fall 470) to ask that the Archpriest consider his request for a temple to help rebuild Oromo. The temple was commissioned by the Archpriests of Pithorn and Sandir (capital of Sagataan, a small kingdom in the Confederation), and approved by the Presbyter in Volkarta in late 471. The project was completed in CY 479, and Oromo has been a restful haven for religious pilgrims for the last fourteen years. Of course trade caravans have also returned, and pass through Oromo as often as anywhere. Unfortunately, as little remains of the confederate states, Hannan’s international trade leaves something to be desired.
The High Priest of the Temple, Anatol, has become a new power in the region. He is a rigid, strong-willed, and scholarly cleric, but he is not altogether unkind. He is fairly young, but he is a favored priest; when he is in his sanctuary, his curing, healing, and restorative spells always have the most advantageous results.
The temple itself is of solid design and function; it is a stone building with two wings and large, dome-topped turret. There is a 15’-wide corridor that runs about 60’ to the turret. The domed ceiling is 40’ high in the center. As one enters the chamber there are stairways to the left and right (leading to one private room to the left (Anatol’s) and the deacons’ rooms to the right). The wings are cooking areas, hostel beds, monks’ chambers, and devotional rooms. The other deacons are Liam and Judas.