Friday, September 21, 2012

Journal Entry 1: Map and Lore

The Territories of the Holy Arborian Empire

The Holy Arborian Empire was established in the year 165 A.G.T., in the Arborian calendar, when the territories were conquered by Great William and united under the banner of the Great Tree.

William built his palace in the center of four existing paths, Norfyu, Sowthyu, Yeestyu, and The State roadway in the west. The block enclosed by these roads became what is known today as "Di-ag," and he built his palace, "The-em" in the center.

William's reign was peaceful, but when his son George took the throne he ushered in an era of religious persecution through the territories. In the northwest many indigenous to the land worshipped a deity named "Kerry," and George slaughtered them to near non-existence. Slaves were brought in from the colonies to work on the farms. George, obsessed with the purity of his kingdom, did not allow them within his walls and forced them to live on the outskirts in the west. It was in this time he built "the walls," separating his kingdom from much of the surrounding area. 

The combination of religious persecution and treatment of slaves left the region begging for rebellion, which began in the year 210 A.G.T. with the assassination of King George by a member of "The Cult of Makers," today known as simply, "The Makers," a group of excommunicated nobility obsessed with mechanical invention. 

The slaves on the outskirts banded together and trampled the forces still loyal to King George in a matter of days. After taking the castle they established a republican government and renamed the kingdom "The Camp of United Slaves" or "Camp U.S." for short. In addition to taking the kingdom, they granted sovereignty to the other territories.

Freeing outlying territories created the map we know today. The former Holy Arborian Empire was broken into Camp U.S., The Kerry Highlands in the northwest, The Northern Territory in the far north, The Land of The Lost Letters in the east and the Colosseum Annex in the south.

The walls of King George's kingdom still exist, and the former nobles who were not killed during the rebellion populate the western outskirts of Camp U.S., though they have no government of their own.

On the Five of Leaffall, 

The Scribe

p.s. In the next entry our hero's journey begins...

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