The Summer Heroes
Ystria remained an Imperial client-state from 312 BR to 837 BR. Imperial rule was largely positive for the city, though the first few decades were difficult, as the memories of the scores killed in the Siege faded slowly. Despite this, economic integration with the Empire brought significant benefits, and Ystria’s geography made it a natural “gate” between the eastern half of the Empire and the Penwith Islands. Relations with Brightwater and the other Penwithan cities remained decent, albeit characterized by relative unease on the Penwithan side of the issues. The sheer distance of the Penwith archipelago from Soren proved an inhibitor to imperial ambition and acquisition, but the discovery of silver in Brightwater and the tremendous increase in Brightwater’s wealth as a consequence brought a significant increase to Ystria’s trade, too, and attracted imperial notice.
In 434 BR, an imperial expedition arrived and demanded the use of the Ystrian fleet for its voyage to Penwith. Queen Dandola XIII flatly refused the request, whereupon she was informed, by General Tortos, that failure to comply with the imperial directive would be met with a revocation of the terms under which Ystria capitulated, as well as the massacre of the Ystrian archer company currently serving elsewhere in the Empire. Dandola prevaricated for several days, but the arrival of a number of heavy warships from other imperial ports convinced her of the futility of resisting the directive, and she turned the Ystrian fleet over.
The Uprising of Penwith that took place shortly after the arrival of the imperial army in 434 BR was largely unsupported by Ystria, though several prominent Ystrian nobles did join the Penwithan forces, and it was rumored (correctly- though unconfirmed until historical explorations in the Ystrian monarchy’s secret archives in 916 BR uncovered documents that shed light on the issue) that the Ystrian queen funneled a significant amount of money to the rebels. Dandola never openly committed to the rebellion, however, for fear both of reprisal and for the safety of the essentially-hostage Ystrian archers (and the fleet as well).
The years following the Uprising are largely quiet in Ystrian history. Economic expansion continued, though Brightwater’s silver mines kept the two cities on relative parity (a boon to both, really). Discrimination against the non-human subjects of the city was relatively non-existent, as the Ystrian monarchy maintained an almost fanatical devotion to strictly following the precise terms of the city’s original surrender, and the Empire deemed it far more profitable to do so as well.
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