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The Great Ocean divides Vetia from the two western
continents, Silexia in the north and Virentia
in the south. [..]
On the eastern coast of Virentia mankind too, has
established colonies: the imperial city of Fredericksberg,
and the port of Aguadulce, of Destria.
Beyond them, a lush forest of wonderful colors
and inconceivable dangers hides the secrets of
ancient civilizations. Dividing Virentia from Silexia
– the Shattered Sea; a rumoured maelstrom
of magic and tempests, from which no vessel returns.
— From A New Atlas for the Ninth Age,
by Johannes Strabo
Sir, on behalf of Empress Sophia I hereby grant you a commission of 5,000 men and 27 galleons for
the purpose of re-establishing control of the imperial colony of Aguadulce. You will set sail this summer
to Virentia, where you will refortify and expand the encampment, and oversee the plantations’
immediate return to productivity.
As you know, the colony was recently abandoned after an encounter with a local species of giant
reptile. This is what we know:
The ancient creatures known as saurians were thought to be nothing but legend until Captain Fernando
Cabeza reported several sightings in the jungles around Aguadulce. The reptilians walk on two
legs, carry weapons and other tools, and have appeared in varying forms, most growing to around 4
feet. When the animals reportedly provided our colonists with food during their first winter, Cabeza
determined that their size and lack of intelligence made them perfectly suited to working in the
After several months of successfully capturing and harnessing the
labour of many such creatures, Cabeza reported a number of
plantation workers struck down by poisoned darts. The reptiles
used a fast-moving, shifting formation that made it difficult
to return fire.
The camp soon came under full-scale attack; the garrison
of 300 mercenaries and the other colonists were
ordered back behind the palisades. Using pistols and
crossbows, the enemy were temporarily forced back,
but soon returned in larger numbers, using what
Cabeza described as “a huge, be-spiked monster”
to break down the wooden defences. Only a
handful of men returned to the ship.
This report no doubt explains the much larger
expeditionary force with which you have
been entrusted. The colony at Aguadulce
is much too profitable to abandon – your
services to the Destrian Empire are of the
utmost importance to its future. The Empress
herself has expressed an interest and
will be notified of your progress. She expects
— Letter from Minister Lord Raul Llerena
to Colonel Sabino Virgen, 956 A.S.
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