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[Epilogue] Intrigues of Addercliffe
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999 Years after Salvation – The Founding of the Republic of Addercliffe
After the discovery of the dwarven fortress in Banton Cove, the great powers of the world rapidly descended into the area around Addercliffe. However, despite their significant investment of forces, those involved were quickly brought to a stalemate as no single power could move on the golems while the others were nearby. In this moment of uncertainty, a small strike team sent from the village of Addercliffe managed to take control of the fortress.
With the resources of the dwarven fortress in hand, the stalemate around Addercliffe ended quickly. The mine where the Rhegian teleportation device (1) was being deployed was destroyed due to one well-placed bomb. After the Rhegian threat was removed, the golems marched to the shore. A few hours of bombardment from both sides led to the Pyrakrean ships being forced to withdraw due to the golem threat. Taking a different strategy, the Sari withdrew preemptively without fighting the golems.
A council meeting was subsequently called on Addercliffe as soon as the fighting stopped. New seats were created, more members were brought onboard to discuss the future, and new laws to regulate the dangerous technology were passed. The little island had gained control of an almost limitless supply of workers and weapons, and the effects of this event were widespread. Fearing abuse, one of the newly elected councilmen, Logan Ackerman (2), pushed toward restricting the use of golems and the council capitulated. These actions became the founding writ of the republic.
(1) Rhegian Teleportation device – for further information, consult the archive entry on Rhegian technology of this era.
(2) Logan Ackerman – Often mistaken for the mythical figure Logain Mackerel due to similar names. To read more see: "The Glorious Mackerel – Hero of our Time"
End of the Age of Salvation

The Age of Prosperity

Year 1 AP - The Growth of Addercliffe

The Founding of the Republic of Addercliffe had left the world in a tumult of rapid change. The nations of Rhegius, Pyrakre and Sariharkha refused to accept the creation of the Republic of Addercliffe and initially denied its sovereignty. In contrast, Koro Kita accepted the new nation with open arms and trade between them flourished.
Stonehaven, the predominantly dwarven settlement on Addercliffe, was brought back into the nation proper after laws were passed that ensured their equal rights and representation on the council.
There was then an explosion of growth in Addercliffe as the golems were used to rebuild its infrastructure. Jungle was repurposed and farmland expanded deep into the mainland. Knowledge was drawn from the dwarven fortress subsequently distributed by the scholars of the Seaguard Institute, leading to its future predominance in the academic world.
Year 2 AP – The Defeat of Rhegius

The fall of Rhegius led to the end of the war in the north. The great nation of Rhegius surrendered and signed a peace treaty that granted several concessions to Pyrakre. Land and wealth flowed to the Pyrakrean victors.
Prince Leonard spent the rest of his days in a prison until he died of natural causes, a term of the peace deal. Queen Anelle went on to establish a long-lasting royal dynasty which helped to cement the revitalization of the ruined capitol and the surrounding countryside.

Meanwhile on Addercliffe, a mix of Rhegian-leaning locals and new refugees from the fallen city proceeded to splinter off and form an independent settlement on the mainland. Unlike the rest of the region, the inhabitants chose to maintain a modified form of Rhegian Holy Law. Led by Agata Tir'renoska, this new faction ultimately established a relationship with Addercliffe similar to that held by Stonehaven.
Year 3 AP – Isolation of the Sari

Sariharkha's only open port, Moranpur, closed its doors to all outside nations. It soon became clear that any ship traveling toward the nation would be turned away or destroyed. This period of isolation left the Sari even more insular and there is little within the historic record to describe the events which occured there in the following years.
Year 4 AP - Time of Unrest

Peace reigns for a time, trade prospering between Koro Kita and Addercliffe despite the continued refusal of the northern powers to recognize the nascent republic. Tensions grow economically as the Pyrakreans sense their increasing obsolescence due to northern trade stagnation.

Year 8 AP - Year of Change

A skirmish between Addercliffe and Pyrakre's navy took place in the early part of the year, though the exact inciting event has never been determined. Addercliffe's swift and overwhelming victory led to the reopening of talks between the nations. Rhegius followed suit so as not be left behind. Trade deals were struck and both nations were forced to officially recognize the sovereignty of both Addercliffe and its growing presence on the mainland.

On the isle of Addercliffe itself, change began to accelerate rapidly during this period and redevelopment of the island began in earnest.

As peace came to Banton Cove, the Briarwood Mercenary Company was forced to change amidst a poor contract climate. While business was booming in other sectors, there was less need for mercenaries with the emergence of low-cost golem solutions. Instead of disbanding, the company leader Logan Ackerman led an initiative to attempt taming of the wyverns that were found in the local area. The druid Kiran, an oft-forgotten co-founder of the Briarwood Mercenary Company, was instrumental in this act but disappeared shortly after. With this newfound might and speed, the newly reforged Briarwoods developed into a rapid response security force for the republic.

During this period, the Araval Lumber Company, led by Devlan Araval, massively diversified its assets and entered trade relations with the northern powers. Through his shrewd dealings, Devlan gained a great deal of wealth and became a major player both in international trade as well as the development of the mainland, where he owned large landholdings. His life was plagued by scandal, with multiple accusations that he was financing sabotage efforts against the golem manufactory, though no claims were ultimately ever found to be credible.

Amidst the increasing settlement of the mainland, the Natives were slowly pushed to the brink as they found themselves with less hunting land and many more neighbors. An exodus soon developed as they moved deeper into the jungle, though a small group chose to remain in Banton Cove. This group, led by a particularly charismatic young shaman, took up residence on Exile’s Watch. It is said that their leader studied there with Sera, the Mad Wizard of Exile’s Watch, before going on to campaign for the rights of his people over many years. For her part, Sera remained quite isolated for most of her life, continuing her studies while maintaining her workforce of skeletal laborers. Late in her life, she released a memoir extensively detailing the events which led up to the emergence of the golems. While the book never sold widely, it became a subject of great interest to some scholars and fringe theorists.
Year 10 AP – End of a businessman

Late in the year, Warren Packard died during an outbreak of disease on Addercliffe and his longtime business partner, Avery Eklund, took over the Packard Company. Her involvement with the company marked a golden age of rapid expansion into the Koro Kitan market. Always in the shadows, Padrin Dy'ness assisted Avery in her business dealings, acting as a spymaster of sorts as the scope of her business empire grew.

Year 11 AP Onward

The founding of the Republic of Addercliffe and its growth into the predominant state in the south is a story which has shaped the world as a whole. For further details on the subsequent events which led to its urbanization, please consult the next volume.

There is only an 83% chance of blood showers for the event today.