Hello, random stranger, and welcome to mine & the Mistress's humble one on one. If you like what you see, we only ask that you start a private conversation instead of interrupting us. (Free likes/loves are, naturally, perfectly acceptable) Other than that, enjoy your read. ^^ &&Factions:: With all the people running around, there are really two main groups vying for power, though a few others have made their causes known. -The Estrian West Imperial Army: the occupying force from the continent, the military has a history of brutality and intolerance that pales in comparison only to their tenacity. In spite of overwhelming odds they have captured most of the major islands and surpressed any large scale insurrection among the slave population. -The Sleeping Jaguar Rebellion: formed by and around the young prince Makaha Chain-Breaker who claims to be the son of the last Keimiche princess, it has proven itself a surprisingly strong opponent for the imperial army. In spite of keeping to their native roots they are pragmatists who will fight using continental weapons as well as a bit of magic brewed up by their witch doctors. -The Peaceful Abolitionist Movement: organized only loosely, this group is populated mainly by Gans & freedmen, though anyone is welcome to join. Their influence is primarily political, though there are some radicals who advocate less than peaceful methods. -The Virnish Underground: Though small, this network is vicious and well-funded. They have supplied arms to the Jaguars in the past, but in the end, they're in it for themselves and for Virn, making them untrustworthy allies at best. They are suspected in a few bombings and several assassinations, though they've been quiet recently. &&Keim:: A tropical paradise, were it not for the rampant social problems caused by harsh slaves codes, brutal suppression of dissent, and poverty among the natives. There are dozens and dozens of islands that make up Keim as a whole; the largest island is actually named Keim and is the only one with a harbor big enough to admit a full size military or trading ship. It has three active volcanoes, miles and miles of untamed jungle, and a simmering resentment among the native tribes still living freely in the jungle. The people of Keim are known as the Keimiche. -The Pale Mansion: The home of the governor, Lord Henry Clayy. It is a beautiful building of white limestone, just a few months old, after the past three were knocked down in earthquakes. Having finally learned his lesson, the governor ordered this mansion be just a single story high, and it sprawls out luxuriously over acres of grounds and gardens, protected by a high wall. -Jaguar Den: The home of the Sleeping Jaguar rebellion. It is snuggled neatly in a valley between two active volcanoes, though on the inactive sides. The sleeping sisters, as they call the volcanoes, keep the continentals away, for the most part. Though they have built some stone ramparts, for the most part the rebellion is housed out of bamboo huts and hammocks slung between fruit trees. -The Good Fortune: A dubiously respectable inn & tavern located not far from Fort Fairfielde. It has stages for dancing girls, not officially registered a whorehouse. That isn't to say that they won't sleep with customers, just that they aren't required to- and all customers that wish to get a girl for the night are also required to rent a room, which is the house's cut. This prevents widespread sexual relations between patrons and customers and keep the place arguably decent. It has good drinks, better entertainment, and no bad history, which keeps the officers and wealthy townsmen alike coming. -Fort Fairfielde: Occupying a decent stretch of the harbor and reaching inland to an airfield, Fort Fairfielde appears overly large for the size of the island, but in fact the soldiers, sailors, and airmen are stretched thin keeping an eye over all the continental outposts. It is on the opposite side of town from the Pale Mansion, and every bit as ugly as the other building is beautiful. It is home of the West Imperial Command. &&The Continent:: The epitome of human civilization, continentals are fiercely superior, but divided into over a dozen smaller countries which causes plenty of infighting. Continentals have pale skin, though their eye and hair color varies greatly from region to region. -Estria: Estria has the strongest claim to Keim, and has established their governor and Fort Fairfielde. It is a constitutional monarchy, ruled by an emperor and a parliament consisting of three dozen elected individuals. The two ruling bodies often conflict over policy- the throne's belief is that slavery is a just and fair way of dealing with the natives, while the parliament contains several abolitionists. -Virn: Virn has the second strongest claim to the island, and is rumored to have sold arms to the Sleeping Jaguar rebellion & arranged for several acts of sabotage against Estrian operations. The Virnish speak a different language and their accent is mocked by many. They are also known for having exceptionally fine wine and fashion, as well as being a Tyranny under the control of a territory-hungry despot. -Ganlund: The Gans produce the finest mechanics and drunks, who are often one and the same. If there's any machine that needs building, fixing, or designing, a Gan will likely be on the project. Their country has no real claim on the island, and as a republic, their congress has specifically forbidden participation in the hostilities between Estria & Virn, as well as aiding the rebels or owning slaves. This makes Gans the most neutral continentals on Keim.