Vassal of Darkwater
Words: "May the blood of my enemy spill upon the shore."
Sigil: Great Beast lanced by many harpoons, its blood soaking the shore black.
Nickname: Harpoons. Black Bloods.
House Blackshore gained its name from the terrible battle fought against 'those twisted by the Great Beast' during the Reckoning. For many centuries, the honorable vassals were known for their naval military tactics, keen business sense and thirst for knowledge that led many of the descendents to explore the seas and collect a rather large library on creatures of the Deep. Stories of sirens, merfolk and sea serpents filled the library's shelves. Perhaps it was their thirst of knowledge that led to the downfall of Blackshore. There have been rumors for the last several decades that the men of the bloodline have been twisted by the darkness they once spilled on their rocky shores. Last year, Blackshore Keep and the bustling port town nearby were destroyed by what some whisper was dragon fire. The isle stayed abandoned for a year, until House Darkwater found the last living heir of Blackshore and named her baroness. Perhaps the family will fare better under a matriarch. Currently the new baroness seeks to rebuild her isle.
|Skye||1||Baroness||Baroness of New Hope|
|Romulius||2||Voice||Sword and Heir|
|Aedric||2||Voice||Minister of Income|
|Dycard||3||Minister||Minister of Loyalty|
|Rowynna||3||Minister||Minister of Population|
|Zorianna||3||Minister||Minister of Agriculture|
|Thesbe||5||Trusted House Servants|
|Ethan||5||Trusted House Servants|
|Scylla||10||Ally||Baroness of Tresova|
|Dycard||Loyalty||Minister of Loyalty|
|Rowynna||Population||Minister of Population|
|Zorianna||Farming||Minister of Agriculture|
|Aedric||Income||Minister of Income|
|Romulius||Warfare||Minister of War|
Description: Overlooking the rocky shore, the new white limestone walls of New Hope glitter as the sun shines down upon it. An optical illusion but the masons that used sea shells in the mix of mortar gives the feel of being the sea. The roof of the buildings are made of ceramic tiles that overlay one another, showing that artisians have taken bits of shell and glass to form intricate designs. In the center of the courtyard, a fountain with several spouts is surrounded by wild flowers that naturally grow on the isle. Benches around the fountain are made in the same stone.
Behind the keep is a forest of chesnut, cherry and other trees that have given their harvest for the year. Iron gates stand protecting the outer walls in two tiers so the port town recieves some protection before moving into the inner circle. Industries that may yet thrive in this holding are: fishing, whaling, exotic skins, lamp oil, candlemaking, and ship building. And they make an exceptional cherry wine.
Landmarks: Part of the Seacoast Watch of the Mourning Isles, built in 1013
Trends: Founding member of the Empyrean Trade Route.
Recently popularized a new vintage of sweet cherry wine: Hope's Sweetness.
Has formally banned thralldom on its lands, infuriating traditionalists in the Isles.