Gathering of An Army
Derefeld was established by a group of retired soldiers, led by a man named Gregor Dereling. His unit was rather infamous throughout the regiments – known as the Dereling Demons, they were known as ruthless fighters who cared less about their own lives, and more about the destruction of the Dark Army. They came north on their own accord, with little to do after their retirement from the military.
With a very structured approach to their colonization, they managed to build quickly and effectively. Being a private settlement as well, they did not have to deal with the hassle and politics of who should be allowed to build where and when. Dereling also used his previous military connections to gain many of the more prominent contractors and craftsmen.