Vassal of Darkwater
Words: "They sicken of the calm who know the storm.”
Sigil: A black ship sailing on a crimson sea, crested by a golden star.
House Stormblood, formerly the abandoned House Carideo, was established in 1014 AR by its last living scion, Baroness Scylla Stormblood, when she bent the knee to Countess Carita Darkwater of The Compact. Little is known about the erstwhile ruling family, save for what has been publicly released by the current baroness. Her personal account details a five year period wherein she served aboard a Blackshore merchant vessel, The Black Tide, under Lord Aedric Blackshore’s captaincy after he discovered her body amid the remains of a broken rowboat at sea. Having lost all her memories as a result of this apparent shipwreck, it would be several years before she and select members of House Blackshore would make an attempt to discover her land of origin. What follows is a summarized recounting of events as described by the citizens of Tresova:
Luciana and Caius, the adult offspring of the ruling heads of house, were believed to be lost at sea during a routine diplomatic assignment with a neighboring domain. It is due to their untimely deaths that Livio and Nora Carideo succumbed to a deep and implacable depression that rendered them incapable of carrying out their sovereign duties. Having surrounded themselves with scheming, corruptible advisors, Tresova’s governing body descended into a state of chaos from which several individuals vying for control over the domain emerged. After a long lasting and violent political struggle, a dominant contender seized control of Bloodstone Keep and began to eliminate competition by any means necessary, going so far as to murder the weakened rulers in cold blood, imprison their extended relatives and former rivals, and instituting laws that would ensure his claim could not be contested. On the day that Scylla and her Blackshore retinue made landfall, Tresova had been ruled by this usurper for two years, during which time famine and callous tyranny resulted in a dwindling of the oppressed population to half its former size, and necessitated the abandonment of outlying farms and rural villages.
It was during this expedition that Scylla discovered she was once Luciana Carideo, the last living heiress. After deposing the false leader and his few loyalist subjects, Scylla, with the help of her allies, set about the task of rehabilitating the populace, providing what necessities they could from their fleet’s stores to temporarily sustain them. She returned to Arx with the singular goal of acquiring a long-term solution for uplifting her people out of poverty and despair. With her relatives freed from their protracted imprisonment, the prodigal Baroness united the family under the surname Stormblood, so named for their resilience to that long, arduous period of pestilence and strife, and their unified perseverance through what struggles lay ahead.
|Scylla||1||Baroness||Baroness of Tresova|
|Romulius||2||Voice||Voice of Blackshore | Sword of New Hope|
|Ember||6||Adherent||Baroness of Redreef Shores | The Bloody Baroness|
|Aedric||6||Adherent||Voice of Blackshore|
|Carita||6||Adherent||Countess of Darkwater Watch|
|Dycard||6||Adherent||Lord of Blackshore|
|Ophira||7||Itinerant/Inactive||Voice of Seraceni | Siren of Setarco|
Description: The island of Tresova is shrouded by an everlasting, unnatural fog. Its most distinctive landmark is a colossal, active volcano which, on the rare occasion when the weather is particularly cooperative, can be spied by the naked eye through the thinning veil. Even then, its sudden and apparitional appearance is often disbelieved until the observant ship runs aground of the basalt rock formations serving as a defensive barrier jutting up from the island’s shoals. Shipwrecks are plentiful, and act as a foreboding watershed for passing ships; most sailors have learned to give the region a wide berth. Those intimately familiar with the composition of the coastline can navigate its perilous waters with relative ease, though only when the tide is high and weather permits a captain to maintain strict control of their ship’s heading. When one is so fortunate to get past these initial trepidations, however, the landmass itself is far more forgiving. Grassy plains give way to verdant forests, and the surrounding mountains, or what can be observed beneath the cloud cover, feature plentiful waterfalls which birth rivers of various sizes that snake across the landscape.
Tresovans are loyal, indomitable, and incredibly skeptical. Having suffered a series of misfortunes in recent times, their trust is not easily won, though dire circumstances necessitate that they open their hearts and minds to new laws, customs, and cultures.
Landmarks: For hundreds of years, until the recent expiration of the Carideo family line, a series of four lighthouses served to illuminate a clear passage to an expansive bay whereupon its blackened cliffs the city of Tresova, the island’s namesake, was founded. Three of the lesser pillars were strategically constructed atop the eroded rocks as intermittent guideposts. The fourth stands two-hundred meters tall, accessible from the external wall of the Bloodstone Keep, signaling an end to the stress of maneuvering a massive vessel through narrow, treacherous channels. This impressive monument was named the Sovereign Star, for its brilliancy and long-rage visibility simulated the lodestar that citizens were unable to glimpse through the perpetual gloom.