A New Land
The following is an excerpt from THE NEW HISTORIES OF THE DALECARANS, a tome written by Örlen, a learned man in the service of Dan Salmonface. The tome’s aim is to document the newer histories of the Dalecaran peoples.
In my time under the Dalecarans of Sólthorpe, my cultural expertise and academic prowess quickly led me to realize that Helios would never be a permanent home for them. While they integrated exceedingly well into Helios, and held no ill-will towards their liege lords, the desire to be their own rulers was ravenous. With the birth of the Dagon centred-faith, a devout wave of Dalecaran nationalism and cultural pride began to irradiate throughout the Dalecaran settlements in western Helios. A new generation of Dalecarans was bred in Helios, true, but their parents did not want them to call this land their home. No, they wanted their babes’ home to be a Dalecaran realm, one where they lived and died by the sea as they had in days of yore. Soon these cries for a Dalecaran realm overtook the populace, and Dan Salmonface found himself hearing countless pleas to settle a new land.
Dan Salmonface initially refused these pleas, still clearly affected from the murder of one of my pupils, and of course, his son, Harald Littlefish. Dan Salmonface would argue that they were safe in Helios, and that their masters were extremely generous. They had everything they needed, and more. Additionally, he argued that he could not guarantee they would survive on their own. He reminded them of the grave hardships they endured on their journey to Candarion in the first place. Though, his subjects paid no attention to these arguments. Some began to claim that Dagon’s blessing, the very same that had ensured their survival, would extend to the settlement of their new land.They pleaded for the Seatamer to consult Dagon on this manner, and so he did. Being one of the most important people in Sólthorpe, I was naturally one of the only few people to talk with Dan Salmonface throughout this time. When he emerged from his state of solitude, he confided in me that Dagon was clear on the manner: the Dalecarans could not be kept locked away. Dan Salmonface told me of how Ygon of Ygonby would just be the first of many going inland to settle, rather than on the sea. He was warned, allegedly, that this could not be permitted. The Dalecarans were a people of the sea, and the sea was for them.
And so Dan Salmonface spoke with his Helian masters. They permitted his people to leave; not all would go, he cautioned them. Some did not want to leave what they had built in Helios. The Helians told him those who wished to remain could. With this news, Dan confided in me he would resent abandoning his title of Chief of Sólthorpe. He was hesitant to allow new chiefs to sprout up, as it would mean letting his people grow wild with the land, rather than being united. I told him he could not prevent the balkanization of his people, it would happen eventually; instead, he should try to organize it. Indeed he did try to organize it. And so he went to Aumundr Stormfisher and arranged for him to take his place as Chief of Sólthorpe. With succession of the Helian domains handled, he addressed the Dalecarans and told them of a new land that Dagon had shown him; a large island-like peninsula to the northeast of Sólthorpe. He affirmed that the new Dalecaran realm would be made here.
But Dan Salmonface did not anticipate the events to unfold in the manner that history reflects. Instead of being organized around a singular settlement with outlying villages, as they did in Helios, the most powerful men of Sólthorpe decided they would be chiefs of their own. They, their families, and those loyal to them, departed at different times and settled different parts of the peninsula. They affirmed they were no longer sworn to Dan Salmonface; they were rulers of their own. Dan Salmonface was furious, but he could not do anything to stop them. And so, he too took his followers and settled on a part of the peninsula as well. It seems the conversation about the balkanization of the Dalecarans was for naught; instead, the eager whims of the most powerful men prevailed. And as history shows, this did not bode well for the Dalecarans. While in a later chapter shall we discuss the next part of the Dalecaran’s history, I am gracious enough to preview what will happen next: the birth of formal houses; the return of war; and the adoption of Helian and foreign customs; and more, so much more.