Background: Destrian Empire​

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  • The Destrian Empire is a south-western human Empire in Vetia ruled by Empress Sophia with an colony in Virentia at Aguadulce

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    The Destrian Empire is a south-western human Empire in Vetia ruled by Empress Sophia with an colony in Virentia at Aguadulce


    Empress Sophia
    Captain Fernando Cabeza
    Minister Lord Raul Llerena
    Colonel Sabino Virgen


    Yes, things are much changed there since I was a boy, and
    in no small way. The Crowns north and south are tied in
    marriage now, that’s something we never thought we would
    see. Trade now marches ceaselessly on roads once haunted by
    duende, bandits, splitfoots, and...
    What? Yes of course you’ll find all those that far west,
    and you’ll find worse as well. At least you would when I
    was a boy. Now, the knights and soldiers have finally put
    down the remnants of the Tortured Times, or so I heard.
    The dead rest quiet at long last, thank Carnivus and all the
    Now comes my kinsmen’s time, good Vespolio, Destria’s
    Twin Crowns are center stage, armies united, our people
    vigorous, and our coffers full. Even the arrogant imperials
    are so desperate for our favor they arranged marriage to our
    blessed Sophia. And through her will we claim lands across
    the great sea that the knife ears have always excluded men
    from, and such profit! I dare say we could be as rich a s the
    Sultans of Qassar! What do you say, old friend: will you
    join me to Port Roig?

    Overheard in a busy tavern in Santa Marika

    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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