Map name: Provance
Residence: Human Factions
Held by: Humans
Official Nosgoth Blog Article
Provance - Home to Raiders and Rebels
BLOG ENTRY PUBLISHED ON: 2014-01-14
AUTHOR: Bill Beacham, Square Enix
Looming, sheer, impenetrable mountain faces block the land to the East of the town of Provance, whilst to the West roll the treacherous rivers that feed the great Southern Sea. Protected by its geographical location, Provance presents a small defendable enclave nestled directly between the Vampire controlled Pillars of Nosgoth and Nachtholm on the one side, and the Human cities of Freeport, Meridian and Valeholm on the other.
Pinched into this corridor of traversable land, Provance has long been a strategic prize. As Kain conquered Nosgoth, his forces moved through the area to capture the Human cities beyond. Cut-off, their resources dwindling, the Humans had no choice but to abandon Provance. This remote settlement was immediately re-occupied by the Vampires as a place to process supplies and prisoners. It offered a place for the Vampires on this front to indulge in their hedonistic pleasures.
The Humans Return
On the fringes of Kain’s court, beyond the centres of power and of little importance now that Humanity had been crushed, over time the Vampires stationed at Provance came to see the town as a posting for the out-of-favour. Its streets were left deserted as Nosgoth’s Vampire masters returned to the cities closer to Kain and their Clan leaders.
When Humanity began the long creep back out into the Heartlands they returned to Provance, recognising that if they were to secure the cities they were rebuilding to the South then Provance would also need to be resurrected from the neglected ruins it had become. Slowly the town was reclaimed, back on the map as a place for travellers to shelter and resupply.
Where once Vampires had cursed their luck, marooned in a town garrisoned by the un-favoured, now Human soldiers shiver at their posts, huddled against the blasting mountain winds as they stand guard, protecting the approaches to the major Human settlements in the lands to the south. To the Humans who have returned here, the town is a stronghold against both the Vampires and marauding Human bandits who prey on the unwary; to the Vampires a town to be conquered in the quest to reclaim the lands to the South.
Provance in Peril
Whilst Provance has strategic importance, the town is yet to see a major assault from either side. Instead, the war around Provance has been fought in a series of guerrilla engagements. War bands from both races scour the mountain paths and fords, searching for the enemy and sending raiding parties into the town to disrupt and destroy the other side’s bases of operations. It is a cold and lonely place to die, but glory awaits those who can endure.
Control Provance and you open a clear route to advance on the enemy cities beyond.
Provance - Official released artwork and concept
Map aerial views
Provance - NosCam screenshots on GoogleDrive (various contributors)
Provance - Unofficial map tour videos (lucinvampire)