Hey guys, because of me beeing sick (which led to me spending some time at the hospital) I haven't been able to continue on the story.
To Mauton99, love to have you back. The idea of posting a "diary" kind of story is something I find extremely cool and entertaining. The architecture you have chosen is looking awesome as well. Think the reason that I find your story so appealing is the fact that I come from Norway, and if you look back in time the Norwegian people (better knows as Vikings or Norsemen) where facing some of the same problems as your people do. The harsh and cold climate that makes it hard to get anything to grow, so instead the people have to rely on the sea to feed them.
Again sorry for not beeing able to continue on the story and a big thank you to all of your comments and support, both from the readers and the wonderful people beeing part of this story. Like I said before you are all welcome to join the story, just remember to follow the historical period the rest of us is in.
I wonder how many of you are still active. I certainly haven't, but as of late I've been playing some Minecraft and working on this project again. I'm planning on doing an update, but I don't know when I will post it, since there still are a lot of things I want to build before, to make the story advance faster.
We have been hard at work. Everyone has helped wherever they could, even the little children were eager to carry out some tasks. Glad to see how Heavensport has flourished
-Day 131 of Heavensport
Happy that the farms have grown, it means I won't have to eat so much fish. Work on the dock expansion is almost done, the merchants want to start sending trade ships to the great nations, but the Wisemen argue that it'd be best to remain hidden. I'm just happy for the prosperity we've been blessed with.
-Day 157 of Heavensport
A quarry was set up in the Nulfand Bay, an area rich in iron and stone. Meanwhile, construction on Brodin's smith shop has finished. This will greatly help us.
Some small fortifications have been set up, too. A small wooden barricade has been built in the Port Entrance, and a guardhouse and inn next to it. I am already starting to feel much safer.
The increasing number of workes in the Nulfand quarry led to a small town being established there. To watch over the town, a small castle was built on the hill above, and the Wisemen chose a Lord to govern the town. This person was Lothar, who took the name 'Nulfand' as his House name, thus establishing the first noble House of Everwinter.
Lothar quickly got to work in administrating and improving his fief. He made plans for a wall to be built around the town, to first be built using wood, so as to serve as a base for a thicker and stronger wall, made out of stone. and taking advantage of the deep coastline, some shipyards were built. Shortly after, work on a trading ship started.
Back in Heavensport, the city continued to grow, and extended to a 'plateau' over the coast.
A small church was built, but ever since the attack on Frostford, people began to lose faith in their God. so they started prasing the gods the first Frostford settlers prayed to, the Gods of the Forest. This religion saw the rare, birch trees as a divine signal, and these trees were usually found amongst other, common trees. Altogether, the trees make up a Holy Grove, where people can go to pray.
A City Hall was built, where people could attend sessions concerning the governance of the island, which until then was led by the Wisemen. However, this elder men, weak and frail, couldn't accustom to the harsh climate, and soon started to pass away. When only Wiseman Asmund remained out of the original five, he decided to call a session with the most powerful men of Everwinter, to decide on a new ruler.
Amongst these men was Lothar Nulfand, the Lord of Nulfand, and the wealthy merchants, represented by Bothvar Swiftwynd.
In the session, the main focus point was related to the exterior policy. Lothar, who had been given his Lordship by the Wisemen, stood in favor of their policy of staying hidden from the outside world, due to fear of another attack. Bothvar and the merchants, on the other hand, claimed that their business need Everwinter to trade with other nations, or else the 'nobles' of the island would go bankrupt. Moreover, they said that there were resources they couldn't find on the island, and therefore would need to trade for them to satisfy the demand of the population.
That's all I've got for now! Hopefully the others will come back, but even if they don't I plan on continuing this storyline. I'll try to get an update within this next week, but if not I'm afraid I'll only be able to post again next year. See ya!
After a few hours of debate, the session heated up, and soon tension could be felt in the atmosphere. When it seemed there was no clear winner, Lothar stood up and gave a very convincing speech that won the nods and agreement of most of the townsfolk in the Hall.The Lord of Nulfand was certain of his victory, until Bothvar gave a loud whistle and armed guards entered the room from three different ways.
Bothvar ordered Lothar to surrender, but the Lord drew his knife and lurched towards the merchant. But before he could reach him, one of Bothvar's guards swung his sword, mortally wounding Lothar, who would die only a few minutes later. After the Lord got injured, his own men tried to fight, but they were unarmed and soon every one of Bothvar's rivals lay dead in the Hall, leaving the room filled with blood.
Afterwards, once control of Heavensport was secure, Bothvar took up residence in the City Hall and sent an emissary to Nulfand, where Lothar's son, Allan, stood as regent. The emissary explained all that had happened, claiming that "Lothar and his men tried to take control of the city using weapons, but the population backed up Bothvar and Lothar was killed along his companions for treason". Allan nodded, and pleaded fealty to Bothvar as Lord of Heavensport and King of Everwinter, therefore securing his own position as Lord of Nulfand.
However, only a few days later, Alland imposed a new tax on all stone and iron going to Heavensport. This tax lead to an increase in the price of stone, a crucial building material, which therefore meant no buildings could be built. When Bothvar sent an emissary to find out what was going on, Alland simply imprisoned the man.
So Bothvar's brother, Janos, gathered fifteen armed men and marched to Nulfand, ordering for Alland to go out so as to be taken to Heavensport.
On the high walls of the town, over a dozen archers stood with their bows and quivers, yet they simply opened the gates, to let Janos through.
But as soon as all of Janos' men had passed, the gates closed, and the Heavensport soldiers found themselves surrounded by foes.
What ensued was a very short and bloody fight. Janos and his men charged bravely, trying to take down as many troops as possible, but they were outnumbered and outflanked. All sixteen men of the party were killed, whereas only one Nulfish soldier perished in the combat. Aftwards, Alland sent Bothvar his brother's head, with a message that read "Blood for blood".
Bothvar swore to avenge his brother, and started work on a city militia to attack Nulfand. But only a few days later, Heavensport's watchers sounded their horns, signaling the approach of a host of over two-score men coming from Nulfand.
Heavensport's militia sallied out to defend the city, but by themselves they were too few to stand a chance against Alland's men.Thankfully for them, however, other townsfolk took up arms and went forth to battle, to defend their wives and children.
In the battle, the Nulfish troops were smaller in number, but better equipped. After a short time, Bothvar's lines broke and ran back to the city, leaving the gates open for Alland's men.
But when they tried to go to the High Town, where the City Hall stood, they encountered a small group of armed men led by Bothvar himself.
These men started raining arrows on the Nulfish troops, who soon broke and escaped from the city. When Bothvar was able to gather back some of the routed city militia, they marched to Nulfand, that was now undefended. But when they broke into the castle, Alland was nowhere to be found. One of the castle servants then told Bothvar that he had left aboard a ship along with his family, as soon as he had found out the result of the battle at Heavensport.
That's all for this chapter, I hope you enjoyed it! I won't be posting another update for a while, since I'll be taking a break for the holidays, and I still have to plan and build what's going to happen next. Anyway, all support and criticism is appreciated, and anyone is free to join in on the story! And if Simunic Gamer and Jerrymont are reading this, it'd be great to have you return as well!
Also, some clarifications:
When I mention the "High Town", I am referring to a part of Heavensport. Here is a map with the different areas of the city, and what can be found in each
And you may have seen in some pictures that there are flying houses, trees and other objects in the background. Please ignore them! They're the different 'props' I use to build the towns and other things, and for convenience sake I just have them lying around