Beckett’s ascension – 17th End of Summer, 1087
After the ascension of the treacherous Beckett ap Raenold on the 17th End of Summer 1087, Seahaven took a dark turn. Sinister Vek’Pem Ayre activity was on the rise. The holy men of Cymur and Melchior began winding up dead on the steps of their places of worship, and rumours of blood slaves being taken from their homes in the slums occurred more and more frequently. The permit fees enforced by the Justicar rose further, and crafting outside of a guild was prohibited and punishable by law. The gap between the noble and proletariat began to grow further, with many farmers and artisans being unable to keep up with the excessive charges required to sustain their craft.
By 1097, the whispers of Beckett’s corruption were solidified by the suspicious disappearance of the tailor Martha ferch Halmer. Though most cowered beneath the oppression, there were a select few who joined an underground resistance to his reign, including Martha ferch Halmer, Baroness Rachelle Larkin and Viscount Aanson Doraster. (back story of how her death lead to public outrage and riot and the reveal of Beckett as a demon; perhaps Aanson Doraster/dryth/magic stuff exposed it somehow with her death??)
Those amidst the corrupt court of Beckett were quickly overwhelmed by the riots, and his two sinister benefactors Justicar Camden ap Ferdinand and Grand Duchess Zarika Mao were publicly executed under Kelindel ap Vimes’ order, Commander of the Watch.
Once Beckett had been exposed, he revealed his true form to the people of Seahaven, triggering a surge of darkness drawn to his energy. Amidst the chaos, much of the population fled in fear but those that stayed and fought were victorious in bringing the tyranny to an end. It was Viscount Aanson Doraster, a Dryth, who defeated the demon that reigned over Seahaven. The darkness subsided, the hordes of demons retreated and the twin suns returned to their places in the sky.
There was a temporary military dictatorship under Kelindel for 3 years until the year 1100 when King Vigo ap Skamos was elected for the throne by the people. He declared the guild restrictions be disbanded, permits abolished and peace was restored to the city.
But these peace was short-lived. While Seahaven was rebuilding itself, Koji Okada, the Sayaki leader of Kizuni Odawi, launched an unexpected attack to take the city in 1101. In its time of weakness, what was left of Seahaven’s military forces was forced to fend off the martial prowess of the Sayaki from the Bregh Plains. Though whether it was luck or fate, the darkness swallowed the Bregh Plains while its forces were attempting the capture of Seahaven. Kizuni Odawi was lost to demons, and the soldiers on the field were either cut down by the demons behind them or fell at the Battle of the Western Border. Why Koji Okada declared war on Seahaven is unsure, though he is often noted as the first case of what is now called Nyx Madness.
In 1163, Seahaven’s most benevolent and progressive King was atop the throne, the suns were burning the brightest they have ever been and dark times under Beckett were almost forgotten. However, the darkness over the seas was becoming thicker and more apparent. Soon immigrants from Tarkas and the surrounding islands were being forced to return to Seahaven from growing fears that the darkness would overwhelm them. With them, stories of large forms of matter falling from the sky and causing madness similar to the Koji Okada’s to those exposed to it drew much interest to the locals. More surprisingly, a large ship of Tyen immigrants found their way to Seahaven’s docks after being pushed away from their small secluded island of habitat. The name the Tyeni had called it was ‘Nyx’.
Although once hated in Seahaven for the history of violence and slavery associated with the race, Seahaven was no longer a city to dwell on the past and had reached a pinnacle of happiness it had not seen in many decades. The citizens of 100 years ago would have sent away the Tyeni, but King “(insert name here)” declared that they stay along with the immigrants from Tarkas and the surrounding islands. The influx of immigrants from the docks, including the latest Tyeni arrivals, encouraged the King to put Seahaven’s miseries behind and celebrate a new beginning as ‘Freeport’. The Tyeni that were once in hiding within the city and surrounding areas were now feeling safe enough to become a part of the community once more (would like to discuss more about this now that Tyen are back and the impact.).
During Golden Age, Culture and technology boomed. The fresh outlook the Tyeni and other immigrants brought with them that Freeport had been without for many years brought about masteries of brass, steam and mechanics. (Golden Age 1163 – 1308). Although most all of Sayaki were slaughtered when Kizuni Odawi was overrun and war was declared by the nation, their culture become somewhat of a fad for the citizens of Freeport, and their dress was incorporated into the city’s more eccentric attire mixed with the brassy mechanical progression of society.
1309 – Ascension of a corrupt King (would like to discuss more about his story).
1312 – The First Daughter, raising the Fire in the Sky, Freeport removed outlaw of Vek’pem Ayre, etc.
CURRENT DAY! (we will need to update the year in game to something around 1309 – 1350)