The Charente Regions

Aquitaine, Gascony and Saintongue.

Immediately to the southwest of Hive town and south of the Ghilg river lie the provinces of Aquitaine, Gascony and Saintongue. These three provinces are heavily intertwined, and though culturally distinct, share a common bond as formerly, before adoption by the empire, they were all of the Charente kingdom ruled by the head of the Capetian dynasty. It was here, in the rambling once-peaceful countryside that Corsini was born, here that he led a revolution that led to an iron grasp of the province of Aquitaine and Charente; his first real conquest.

Aquitaine (DI)

Currently due to the emperors line being severed, the Capetian dynasty has risen once more to claim this province, and even for a short time reigned formally as agents of the regent across all three provinces. Unfortunately this was not for long and the Capetians lie in wait for what will soon be a full revolt against their rule: a revolt which may yet be the death knell of the empire.

Places of note in Aquitaine

Yulip

In Aquitaine, in what is a forgettable fishing town on the coast lies Yulip. It is here that Corsini was born and so from Hive town to Yulip lays the logical progression of our geopolitical tale. That is excepting perhaps one flaw.

Its a forgettable fishing town were the last interesting thing to occur there was the birth of the first emperor and that was over five bloody centuries ago.

Morsouls Island CIV

“The fleur-de-lis alone rules over the moon, the waves, the castle, and the lion”

Approximately 85 years ago the empire had a disagreement over the ownership of Port Rid on the west coast of the dark continent – a disagreement that grew to outright war. In response to an attempted imperial invasion of Port Rid that was under the governorship of the Royal East Provinces Trading Company, the Cetus duchies countered with a full on invasion of the empire.

It was an invasion that very nearly succeeded, to the point of the almost successful capture of Hive town and were it not for the brave imperial garrison and the even braver reinforcing Gascony army (unfortunately the Gretchen standing army was otherwise engaged at the time) then I might be writing this fine document under Her Majesty’s gaze.

Defeated but not routed the Cetus Duchies held on to Aquitaine until finally an agreement was reached over Port Rid. In return the duchies agreed to return all of Aquitaine to the empire saving Morsouls Island, at the mouth of the Ghilg and within a trebuchet’s throw of Bordeaux.

Bordeaux

This decadent city is now the capital of the shaky Capetian hold upon the region.

Paris

Paris was once the regional centre of the Charente regions, both temporally and spiritually. However with the recent outbreak of dissent, which is now spoken vocally by the Parisian populace, the Capetian dynasty fled to Bordeaux. Cardinal Jean du Plessis and his famed Cardinals guard, imperial troops despite their loyalty, and bitter rivals of the Savinien Garrision have not been so cowardly and Cardinal Du Plessis maintains the peace of Paris in the empires name, though it has been noted he has not mentioned the rights of the Capetian dynasty at all. Something not particularly surprising as he fought against the regent appointing them as governors, most emphatically suggesting himself instead.

It is my belief that this would have been the best thing that ever happened to the Charente region, much to my own amusement. For although he is without doubt a faithful man and Acainistic through and through if there is one other word to describe Cardinal Du Plessis it is practical. Out of some freak of chance there exists in the empire a cardinal who is a realist, and this can be seen from his recruitment and maintenance of imperial troops for the empire, from his careful monitoring of inquisitorial actions within these provinces (and indeed in several cases expulsion of inquisitors from his domain) and from his careful ear to the voice of the people.

And so for now Paris remains safely under imperial doctrine and rule.

Gascony (DIII)

Gascony lies to both the south and east of Aquitaine and there was a time prior to the rise of the Charente kingdom when Aquitaine was considered to simply be a sub-divide of Gascony. This time is now long gone and whereas those citizens of Aquitaine deride the gascons as being provincial uneducated bumpkins, the simple folk of Gascon gaze rightfully down upon the debauched ways of Aquitaine. Gascony is a primarily a rural pastoral province and the order of Melitians of the Acain church is supreme here.

And so we have a peaceful, idyllic setting of tranquility, or at least we did until the ministrations of Baron Jean De Capetian, appointed personally by our infallible regent.

In nine short months, a period of time in which most humans are content to gestate more of your damnable species, Jean De Capetian personally managed to gestate the longest lasting imperial rebellion on record, a rebellion that still appears to be growing, and one of which other provinces, other conspiracies and other charismatic agitators have taken note.

Places of note in Gascony

Savinien Garrison

The Savinien Corps with their iconic uniforms are almost solely recruited from the Gascon population, at least for the non-commissioned soldiers, and are in my opinion the best trained musketeers in the world, though I have no doubt that the red coats of the Cetus duchies might contend with this. It is also without a single doubt, that if the Savinien garrison had not been assigned to deal with the uprising to the east that Gascony would not have fallen to the rebellion.

However the few remaining troops here have now either deserted or collected what they could before joining the main force and currently the Savinien garrison lies deserted.

Saintong (DIV)

This relatively minor province lies to the east of Gascony as well as to the south of the eastern inland stretch of Aquitaine against the foothills of the pyrine mountains.

Apparently its quite famed for porcelain.

Apart from that and a few scattered noble estates and monasteries this is probably its most fascinating fact.