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Author Topic: The Central Mines  (Read 1084 times)


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The Central Mines
« on: Apr 05, 13, 03:42:39 PM »

The mines of the Central Range of Pruul were in operation from about 800 BP until 187 AP, at which point they were shut down by the Regency of Qasim al-Shibd. Controlled by Tribe Geiba and thus Clan Sabbah for much of that time, the Central Mines were vital in funding Pruulian resistance to the Eyrien invaders, as they fell under the Black Widow Coven's webs of concealment. The flux of salt from the central mines during the occupation caused quite a bit of disturbance for the Eyriens, and set the stage for six hundred years of corruption and rot within the hundreds of miles of underground mines.

From their inception, the great Central Mines complex had very little oversight as far as Queens and Warlord Princes went; its management was largely by Black Widows, who looked towards the future of Pruul and dictated the overseers and management of the mines. Through this, the management slowly seemed to corrupt itself; they earned a high profit from their control of the only non-Eyrien mines in Pruul, and it could be said that the money went to their heads or perhaps the idea that they were contributing to a wonderful Destiny of behalf of Pruul, guiding the world towards the creation of Heroes that would bring the land back to its mythical status as the bread-basket of Terreille. Either way, the first recorded Queen imprisoned in the Central Mines complex came about in 613 BP, a captive Eyrien whose purpose had been served at the negotiation for the return of twelve Pruulian children.

While all Pruulian salt mines were always staffed by slaves, the Geiba needed more and more slaves to continue digging the tunnels deeper, and more workers to move the rock salt they extracted from the mountains. Criminals could not be charged and sentenced fast enough to meet demand, captive Eyriens only lasted for so long before succumbing to wing-rot, and eventually the Geiba started sending out raiding parties to capture foreigners to work in the dark dank silence of the mines.

True corruption set in about 200 BP, with the imprisonment of an innocent Queen at the behest of her Warlord Prince rival. This is when Tribe Geiba began straight-up smuggling of slaves and accepting bribes to enslave innocent people who simply crossed people who were powerful and rich enough to do something about it.

In 46 BP, the overseers of the Central Mine realized the decreasing output was because the mines were played out; they contemplated, for a time, reducing the working capacity, but to do so would expose their corruption and perfidy. The mines continued operating, and the Geiba poured more and more slaves into the complex in order to keep up the appearance of productivity.

In 187 AP, the status of the Central Mine complex was discovered by a guard, and the information passed to the Territory Court. A traitor in the Triangle attempted to defend the mines by arranging an attack on Qasim al-Shibd and his caravan, but the attack ultimately failed and the traitor was killed. In the end, the entirety of Tribe Geiba was executed at the order of Saiph Izar al-Kaid for their culpability in the mines' centuries of corruption.