Settlement: Arrabona, Myralis
After the Patka revolts of the 48th decade, Arrabona was founded as a burial ground southeast of Dragon’s Crown. Initially a location held sacred in the hearts of friends and family of the fallen, the grounds were eventually settled upon when an Aetherium deposit was found deep under the ground of the land. Many merchants of the wealthy capital rushed to the land, forming mines to gather the precious Aetherium. Others were enlisted as miners, and settled within the town, bringing forth the founding of Arrabona.
Located south of Dragon’s Crown beside the Twin Lakes of Pesca and Serpentus, the town of Arrabona is settled upon plains within a crevice surrounded by dark oak forests.
Serving as a mining town, Arrabona is home to powerful merchants, whose ancestors had established wealthy lineages from their fortunes. Initially ungoverned as a simple extension of Dragon’s Crown, Arrabona became recognized as independent from the capital in the 63rd decade, when Darius appointed Gallio Surato as the first City Lord of the town. Gallio was the first child of the late Martin Surato, the wealthiest merchant of the town, and had inherited his father’s wealth. Gallio was a powerful figure who exported his Aetherium across all of Myralis.
The City Lord role is passed on throughout the Surato legacy in Arrabona, never to be contested. The Surato family has become well known throughout Myralis. They have been leniant and kind throughout history, though obviously manipulative for their own profit. Many second-bornes of the Surato family have departed Arrabona to settle their own lands, further expanding Surato control and wealth. Others had joined the Order, becoming high ranking officers.
Martin Surato, and many of his fellow founding merchants, were devout Charles Hedamists. As the Surato family came to power, so did Charlism throughout Arrabona. In Arrabona, a day of hard work for the miners begins with the practice of Heda, priming them for a long day of exhaustion and pain. At the end of the day, the miners go to bed at ease, without practicing Heda.
Some movements of Luis Hedamism, or Anti-Hedamism, have been pushed by the working force of Arrabona over the centuries, though are immediately dismissed and punished by the Surato lords. Some Anti Hedamists remain in hiding, refraining from being vocal about their practices.
Whether one follows Charlism or Anti Hedamism within Arrabona, it is still custom to visit the burial grounds, to pray for the fallen and to practice Heda at their graves. The Arrabonians remember more than most, the tragedies of the Patka Revolts. It is their duty to honor those who fell, for one day, their mortal bodies shall rest for eternity beside their fallen ancestors.
Arrabona is a town of great wealth, though it is held primarily within the hands of the top merchants. The working class is paid significantly better than the working classes of other towns, though due to the nature of their work, some are often burdened by unexpected medical issues, or the loss of a father or husband. For many families, food and shelter come easily, while others are on the verge of collapse. If a man with a family becomes injured in Arrabona and cannot afford medical care, that family then loses their source of income. Due to the issue, many become homeless, or are taken into a collective household by a wealthier individual. Those who still cannot manage to find food or shelter typically perish.
The merchant class is nearly entirely composed of the founding families, as they all share profit from the town mines and aetherium trade sales. Some of the wealthy families take care of those in need, in exchange for labour, including longer mining shifts, household chores, and other tasks, including but not limited to, sexual intercourse.
The aetherium mines in Arrabona are the only ones known to Myralis. Since the discovery of aetherium, it has been a crucial material for the nation. Aetherium is a pure essence, beholding of a natural power. It is used for lighting, heat, and even has potent medical capabilities in its extracted form. The Aetherium Trade has brought great wealth not only to Arrabona, but to all of Myralis. Aetherium can be found throughout the nation, in many households, and saving many lives. The discovery of Aetherium brought Myralis into a new age, making Arrabona a crucial settlement of the nation.
Arrabona is also well known for the Surato family. The Suratos have ruled over Arrabona for centuries, and have spread outward into greater territories more so than any other ruling family. They have started businesses and towns throughout all of Myralis, creating a grand name for themselves.
470FC: The Patka Revolts begin in Myralis, as a mysterious plague sweeps over the nation, causing bountiful deaths and pain. As the Myralians fall victim to the plague, the Patka rise from beneath the ground to lay siege upon the nation, however they eventually face defeat in the 49th decade.
483FC: In the Arrabonain land, south of the Twin Lakes, a burial ground is founded for the fallen of the Patka Revolts. The land is frequently visited by distraught families and friends.
612FC: Over a century after the founding of the burial grounds, Martin Surato discovers a glowing essence within an open cave, as he is departing the land from visiting an ancestor. This marks his discovery of Aetherium, and he takes a sample back to Dragon’s Crown, requesting an audience with Darius.
613FC: Martin Surato founds the Surato Mine in the Arrabonian land, enlisting many commoners to venture to the mine to work as miners, in exchange for shelter and pay. Other merchants make the journey to the mine, striking a deal with Surato for partnership.
618FC: Martin Surato is found dead from lung disease, and his first born child, Gallio, inherits ownership of the mines, as well as his father’s tremendous wealth.
621FC: As the Arrabonian lands grow in population, Darius recognizes the town as independent, and appoints Gallio Surato as City Lord.
630FC: By this time, the Atherium Trade has grown to be the greatest trade of Myralis, making Gallio Surato the wealthiest merchant in Myralis.
720FC: A large group of miners go on strike against Charlism, desiring to be allowed to openly practice Anti Hedamism. They are sentenced to public execution for heresy.
1000FC+: Lars Surato, current lord of Arrabona strikes a deal with his new Caeson rulers, to remain independent. Part of the deal requires sharing 15% of his profit from the Aetherium trade with the Caesons.