Historical Scribblings

Republicans

It appears not to have been Gasconys neighbours who took immediate note of its revolt but a multitude of smaller forge towns in the north. Perhaps this is in part because the north remained mostly untouched by the red death, excepting that of influence from the empire, and yet what these towns rely far more upon for cohesion than that of Gascony, is that of the cog which now lies destroyed.

More and more these agitators are gaining note. It is notable that the church has yet to decry them and cite divine rule for the regent. Or even to protest that a imperial successor will appear.

It is obvious many towns have already adopted republican infrastructures, some outspoken in their support; some not so. Either way both imperial forces and noble forces have clashed with them. Of all the movements the most outspoken and the one receiving the most support is that of the illuminated way.

The illuminated way is still an advocate of centralisation. Indeed to an extent they do not even deny the right of direct descendants of Corsini to lead the empire (this said they have a number of times drawn important distinctions between rule and lead). However, they also advocate complete and utter loss of noble property to the state and in their place a people-led government. It remains to be seen exactly how long or how successful these dissidents will be.

The Khanate invasion

According to the cantos of Cresl the first invasion occurred three centuries before the rise of the first human empire. It swept across the known world as a swarm of crows. However the cantos also describes the birdlike velten khans as beings who flew and spat fire with every second breath. As there is no other surviving text from before the temporal purge of the church and combined with these fantastical descriptions it is still a matter of debate whether or not it occurred. The second Khan invasion which occurred nearing the end of the first empire was not so easily set aside and there can be no doubt that it happened if one makes an even cursory glance at the cairns from that era.

According to my esteemed colleague George Lister of the explorers society who spent twenty five years cataloguing the cairns and comparing to estimated urban cities populations the total loss of life exceeded 25% from the war and subsequent starvation. Indeed it was the subsequent famine which is believed to have finally driven the Khans out of our glorious continent. However the famine also served to destabilise the first empire.

The third Khan invasion occurred during Corsinis reign and much like the second invasion served to end the first empire, the third invasion solidified the second’s control. This time the invasion was halted dead in its tracks outside the walls of Marrechia and Emperor Corsini was heralded as the rightful temporal rule of Gods kingdom by the church for saving their hides.

The Gretchens that formed his auxiliary got polite thanks from the city and what supplies they could spare to get us quickly on their way

The Velten.

The velten are a fierce feathered race, with sharp nasty beaks much like a bird of prey or carrion bird, eyes that pierce and deviously cunning to boot. The velten comprise almost entirely the khanate, with the only other species being thralls, and are a significant percentage of the Cradles population. The Velten much like the Gretchen have no organised religion though there are rumours of them claiming to follow a spiritual path. To this day it is unknown were they derived the secret of gunpowder from but it is my thoughts that it probably derived on some prior raid of the Djinn infidel kingdoms, to the point of that civilisation’s annihilation.

The cradle Subcontinent

It was Sir Percy Halthlewaite who performed the first eastern expedition to the khanate. Although still very much still a fearsome culture their society had both fractured and disintegrated. Sir Percy was able therefore able to negotiate with several tribes for safe passage. Sensing a further mystery from their tales however he travelled yet further still and one faithful day that has been captured in a thousand portraits looked down from the mountainous plateau upon a new continent that stretched out before him. What he saw was a verdant paradise of life, nothing like the steppes behind him. A paradise with an indigenous population of both human and Velten.

Besume

In addition to the local staple of rice the local caliphates also cultivate a number of recreational crops, of note being that of tea (Im reliably informed that the term tea refers to several species of crop roped in together, if such a titbit of useless information is of any value), opium and of course Besume.

It is thanks to Besume and the work of a brilliant though strange Gretchen scientist (as typically weve no interest in either your bodies or plants) that inferior human anatomy is now capable of hosting superior Gretchen steamware as it serves as the base product for an ingenious alchemical concoction that allows humans to survive the extreme invasive surgery necessary for implantation.