TalMeta writes "The second Gazetteer style write-up (in LGG format) to accompany TalMeta's Sunelan Coast campaign: the Triumvirate of Osbyle.
Osbyle (of the Sunelan Coast)
by Tal Meta (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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Proper Name: The Six Golden Thrones of Osbyle
Ruler(s): Fansten Kilgum of Ylerik, Ariella Suliit of Osog, and Thulik
Minarsi of Perfin
Government: Oligarchy (Triumvirate)
Major Towns: Huom, Niw, Nofuj, Osog, Perfin, Ylerik
Provinces: Six major islands, each ruled from it's major city; Killist
(Niw), Budast (Nofuj), Osog (Osog), Warfin (Perfin), Tejy (Tejy), Osbyle (Ylerik)
Resources: Sunstones, spices, shipbuilding supplies, (other booty from
Coinage: none. Osbyle uses the currency of her neighbors
Population: 180,000 (65% human Sn, 15% euroz, 19% hochebi, 1% other)
Languages: Suloise, Huunchan
Alignments: CN, TN, LE
Religions: Akwamon, Kord, Nomog-Gaeya, Norebo, Osprem, Syrul, Wee Jas,
Allies: Huuncha League
Enemies: Zobolfon, Zofon, Niphon
Overview & History: Settled in the early days of the Imperium, the
Osbyle Isles were first a major trading port with the Huuncha and
Niphon, then a major source of wealth when the valuable sunstones were
discovered on many of the islands, and finally as a staging ground for
war with the Huuncha when it was learned that they had been raiding the
Imperium's shipping in the area nearly since their arrival.
Always the picture of what a lush chain of tropical islands should be,
the larger islands are dotted with plantations, most of which are given
over to the cultivation of greyweed, an addictive narcotic popular among
both humans and olves.
When the Twin Cataclysms struck, the Huuncha saw their chance to
overcome the Coastlanders at last. The then Duchy of Osbyle was their
first target, and it was quickly occupied by the savage hochebi reavers.
Using these islands as a base, they struck at the ports along the
The mainlanders, though strained by the sudden influx of refugees over
the mountains, were not stupid. They'd seen the lights that had burned
away the core of their lands, and knew only too well that their enemies
would think them weak now that their war with the Northmen had ended so
The hochebi who occupied the Isles were not expecting the troops that
appeared from nowhere on the very islands they thought secure; they were
quickly overcome. Those who had sailed out to attack the mainland
cheered to see their brethren sailing up behind them, but those cheers
turned to curses when what they thought were their own ships raised the
flag of the Suloise Imperium.
The leader of the soldiers who had camped out in the sunstone mines
awaiting the inevitable invasion, one General Pasha Intilli, was granted
the ducal title, since the hochebi had slain the prior duke and his
entire family. The captured reavers were put to work on the island as
slaves, and for the moment, there was peace.
It wasn't until 5412 SD that would see things begin to change in a
major way. The coronation of the 802nd Sunelan Emperor-in-Exile was
interrupted by his assassination, followed by the announcement of the
secession of the Western Kingdoms. The Duke of Osbyle declared his
intention to remain loyal to Sunela, only to be struck down by assassins
in his own palace; his eldest son, Morne, assumed the throne and added
his nation to the list of rebellious states.
By the mid 5400's, the civil wars have played themselves out between
the factions, resulting in an uneasy truce between the four major
domains (Sunela, Zofon, Zobolfon, and Osbyle). A Court of Regency is
appointed from among the other nations to rule the Sunelan 'Empire'
until the Emperor is old enough to assume the throne on his own.
The Regency Court maintained it's hold over the Empire for another 40
years, overseeing the unfortunate demise of princeling after princeling,
while each member of the Council tries to improve his own family's
connection to the Imperial Bloodline. This chain of events continues
until the new representative from Osbyle pulls out of the consortium
threatening to expose the others; then vanishes from the capitol after
foiling an assassination attempt later that same night.
The other Regents move swiftly against Osbyle, seizing her ships in
port and spreading word that those ships encountered at sea are to be
sunk without quarter. In the dark years that follow, the ducal palace of
Osbyle is burned, and the islands are left to their own devices as a
second civil war breaks out between Zofon and Zobolfon.
As the mainland kingdoms spend the next several decades picking up the
pieces, the Osbyle Islands become the domain of pirates and worse, as
petty tyrants and pirate 'kings' each take turns staking their claims on
the island chain. This state of affairs continues uninterrupted to the
present day, where three of the most successful pirate captains rule the
chain jointly, preying on the ships of any merchant house that does not
pay protection (and occasionally even on those that do).
Despite the centuries of animosity between the Sunelan Empire and the
Huuncha League, today's Osbyle is heavily influenced both by the culture
and the population of the League. Hochebi freely rub shoulders with men
and su-Kagar (half-hochebi), as well as representatives of several other
races. The only unwelcome race are olves, as Niphon still considers
itself at war with both Sunela and their former mercenaries (the
Conflicts & Intrigues: Osbyle has few major allies in the region, as the
only safe ports of call lie either at home or among the Huuncha. Due to
her unique position, she has a stranglehold on sea trade approaching
Zobolfon or Zofon, though Sunela long ago retook and held the isles
directly off her own coast.
Osbyle's anti-olven stance is a direct effect of the long standing
conflict with Niphon; even though the two nations haven't been properly
at war since the time of the Twin Cataclysms, tensions still run high
between ships of both nations. Both the olves and their ruler (thought
by many to be some sort of dragon) reputedly carry grudges for
centuries, and are known to be infinitely patient in all things.
Note: Suel Imperium"