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County of Barstoi
Autocratic noble
Source: Rule of Fear, pg(s). 14

Barstoi is one of the counties of Ustalav within the Soivoda region; it is a land of low lying foot hills and rocky fields, inhabited by people widely reputed as some of the least friendly and suspicious in all Ustalav. The county lies in the north-east of Ustalav and has Numeria on the other side of its eastern border, over the West Sellen River.123


Despite the foul reputation of the land's people, Barstoi could be seen, at first sight, to be one of the best counties to live in: its fields are well managed if not particularly fertile; the people are well fed; its militia is strong and well trained. In Barstoi a man's wealth is determined by the sweat of his brow. However, Barstoi is no utopia.23


Barstoi has one of the best governments of the Ustalavic counties2 even though it is run by the cultured tyrant Count Aericnein Neska. Neska drove Barstoi to civil war, the so-called War without Rivals, with its neighbouring counties in 4689 AR.4 The count enforces a harsh policy where every crime is punishable by death; his laws are policed by persistent Pharasmin inquisitors and by Neska's own soldiers distinguishable by their black armour.2


Barstoi's land may be harsh but agriculture is possible, though difficult. The county also mines salt. The people are hard working and can make money so long as they keep out of trouble.3


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  1. Rob Lazzaretti. (2011). Carrion Crown Poster Map Folio, Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-306-4
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Erik Mona et al. (2008). "The Inner Sea". Campaign Setting, p. 141. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-112-1
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 James Jacobs et al. (2011). "The Inner Sea". The Inner Sea World Guide, p. 191. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-269-2
  4. Erik Mona et al. (2008). "The Inner Sea". Campaign Setting, p. 143. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-112-1