In the Shadow of the Tyrant
A large expanse of verdant forest located two days’ travel East of Freystadt City, Grunewald is home to a vast array of fey and other magical creatures. The presence of such a large concentration of mostly chaotically-inclined creatures so near to the capitol has been a controversial topic for decades, and many units have been dispatched over the years in an attempt to clear out the forest. Each of these forces has, without exception, vanished without a trace, met a bloody end at the hands of vicious fey, or been transformed, to a man, into harmless forest critters.
Eventually, the government of Freystadt decided to try a different approach, and signed several treaties with the leaders of the Grunewald fey. In short, Grunewald is considered a psuedo-nation contained within the country, and Freystadt is obligated to lend it forces in the event of a crisis. In return, the fey of Grunewald stay within the forest, and do not harass citizens wise enough to stay outside of its borders. With few exceptions, the agreement has worked surprisingly well, and both Freystadt City and Grunewald exist in relative harmony, each trying to ignore the other’s existence.