The Northlands took up about half the area of the Iblia Kingdom’s territory. The only thing about it was its relatively low population.
House Norton’s dominion occupied a third of the Northlands that was mostly desolate and undeveloped. Duke Loggins’s dominion was the most prosperous part at the south of the Northlands, right across the Watar River. The duke had ambitions to make the whole of the Northlands his dominion to form his own duchy. But due to the lack of military force as well as the pressure from Duke Fisablen, he had no choice but to accept becoming a part of the Iblia Kingdom. He formed the Northland Army to have some leverage against Duke Fisablen’s army that he would use as his main force to form his own duchy in the future.
During the formation of the Iblia Kingdom, the Second Prince has agreed to make Duke Loggins the overlord of the nobles of the Northlands to gain his support.
This is the main reason why the Norton Family was subordinate to the him.
However, the Second Prince also granted more than 90 titles to some new nobles, among which more than 40 of them had been enfeoffed land in the Northlands. Viscount Kenmays was also one such noble.
The sudden entitlement of so many nobles was because the Second Prince had hoped that the Northlands would develop faster with the new nobles in charge. But, it has caused quite a bit of trouble for Duke Loggins. After gaining their titles, the nobles have been involved in countless conflicts for territory and 3 newly-entitled noble families and 1 old noble family have already perished. The duke had since changed his plan on taking the whole of the Northlands by force and is instead secretly fanned the flames of war among the nobles to reduce their power and force them to rely on him. Therefore the situation of the Northlands was incredibly volatile and no noble was safe from it.
The lack of people to trade with was one of the negatives of The Northlands' ruralness. Grindia was rather large and irregularly shaped. Humans only populated two-thirds of the land area that formed the shape of a ladle. The Northlands wasn't truly located in the north of the Grindian continent, but rather the middle. The reason it was called as it was, was because it was the northmost point humans had settled. Past the Northlands was uncharted wildlands that humans hadn't frequented since the end days of the magical civilization more than two thousand years earlier.
The House Norton convoy had defeated the allied noble army which had Duke Loggins as its leader and were completely victorious. To pay the duke back for what he did, the Norton Family even robbed the duke's dominion clean, which was one of the most prosperous areas of the Northlands, and even forcefully migrated the population away from there to their own dominion. Currently, there was no central power within the Northlands and it was in an anarchic state.