Background: Virentia

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  • Virentia is an southern continent in the 9th Age world.

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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
    I have seen larger armies, and more ferocious. But they fought as a swarm of insects that moves and thinks
    as one.
    — Destrian explorer Captain Fernando Cabeza, on his return from the jungles of Virentia
    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
    great things.
    — Letter from Minister Lord Raul Llerena
    to Colonel Sabino Virgen, 956 A.S.

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