Fourshire is a limb of the Eagle Empire which has grasped the south-eastern shore of Moonveil. A location chosen for two reasons, the first of which being safety. From the perspective of the empire, Moonveil is a hellscape, the most dangerous place in the world. An idea spawned from the fear of magic and monsters that has been cultivated throughout the past couple of centuries. With rumors of figures the likes of Dracula spreading across the land, the land route was simply too risky to take. Their waterside positioning allows people and supplies to be received and sent through a path which goes around these dangers.
The second reason is the tactical advantage that their position gives. Moonveil, for as dangerous as they believe it to be, is only a small patch of land relative to the rest of the world. With Fourshire on the land’s shore, the empire has Moonveil’s residents sandwiched between enemies. The moment they believe themselves at an offensive advantage, they can call upon troops from the far side of Silver Pass to utterly crush the remaining monsters in the world. For now, though, Fourshire is still in an extended state of getting its bearings. While they managed to successfully siege the shore, factors such as difficult working conditions and an attack from a Djinn have made expansion rather slow. Their priority in constructing the castle for their monarchy didn’t expedite the process either. That isn’t to say Fourshire isn’t a threat, they have powerful warriors and devoted templars within their anti-magic barrier and, if given an inch, they may very well succeed in their plight to erase haven for magic in the world.
If one knows anything about the Eagle Empire then they know how Fourshire is run. Every major city owned by the empire, Fourshire included, is run primarily by a monarchy. Hierarchy is very important to the system of government employed by the empire and the king or queen of each city stands at the top, their power absolute. The royal family of any new settlements is decided in a summit of the empire’s various leaders and sanctioned by the templars so as to affirm that they will act according to the empire’s anti-magic ideals. In terms of political power, the templars hold as much sway as any royal and thus can effectively replace any monarchs that act outside of their interests.
Despite their xenophobic nature towards magic, the empire is actually quite progressive in terms of industry. After the world was left on the brink of ruin after the calamity, it was the Eagle Empire which most swiftly and effectively rebuilt to become the world’s biggest nation. Pride and positivity welled in the empire’s people for this reason, which further bolstered their growth. They were the survivors, the ones who overcame the evil of magic and they were motivated to make the world theirs again. They came up with more advanced building techniques, made use of more materials and were just generally more prosperous.
With the passing of generations, this pride slowly wore down as the survivors of the calamity met their end to time. The crusades continued and progress continued but that initial boom was clearly at its end. When the Fourshire effort began and people were chosen to populate the new city, most of them went in an attempt to recapture the glory that they had heard tales about from their parents and grandparents. They wanted to be remembered as their predecessors were, as ones who overcame magic and inspired so many to take the world back. People were motivated by the thought of achieving a second boom and elevating the empire to even greater heights.
For that purpose, the workers were willing to risk their lives in a land of monsters to build a gargantuan castle for their would-be monarchs. It’s why the workers now allow themselves to be worked to death in the city’s expansion and mining efforts. They’re promised glory, a legacy, even when they only get bloodied hands and short lives in truth. Even those who realize what they’re consigned to tend to not try and escape, for they’ve been convinced that the land of monsters around them is so much worse. Supplies are shipped in from the mainland, the working class build, supplies run out, they’re sent to the mines to try and dig up new resources. There is no rest in this cycle, such is the life of one at the bottom of the hierarchy.
The middle class in Fourshire lead more reasonable lives as teachers or guards. While the work of a guard may sound dangerous, it’s one that has been taken less seriously as time passed. The initial generation of guards were hardened warriors who, alongside the templars, participated in the slaughter which made way for the first stages of settlement. The templars still take their work deadly seriously but monsters and magical creatures alike have wisened up enough to not approach Fourshire territory. Given this fact, guards never really have to do much of anything a majority of the time except bully lost and harmless creatures and deal with potential incidents within the barrier.
The most common type of incident a guard will have to deal with is if an individual goes under suspicion of having awakened magical abilities. These people are considered cursed, walking calamities in their own right. In the eyes of someone from the empire, those who become attuned to magic will inevitably cause destruction to those around them. Many settlements which are deep into the empire’s territory will have these accursed folk executed while nearer to the border and in detached places like Fourshire they are merely exiled. Given how much the residents of Fourshire fear the land around them, though, exile is considered to be practically equivalent death. Although, the rumors of Lumine Haven have brought such a mentality into question.
While Fourshire isn’t exactly the shining example of the empire’s advanced level of industry due to the various issues that it’s faced, it is still a rather grand settlement. One can see the castle towering above the rest of the kingdom from far outside of the barrier and there are multiple other rather awing buildings. The sculpture-like nature of the templar’s primary holy building, decorated with immaculate glasswork, is a sight to behold. It’s not all bricks and mortar, in the higher grade buildings materials such as cast iron have been put to use. The use of metal in construction is one of the empire’s most significant innovations and they would refuse to have Fourshire represent them without such an iconic development.
The Royal Family
The current king of Fourshire is King D. David III and he is, to say the least, a rather controversial monarch. The reputation of the monarchy in general has been on a slow decline in the eye of the public since early on as many question why construction of the castle was prioritized over more important structures. To put things into perspective, the castle was ordered to be built before a harbor for incoming boats to dock in. Many attribute this unnecessary pandering towards royals, who hadn’t even arrived in Moonveil at the time, as one of the main reasons why the construction effort has suffered so much. Continued difficult conditions for workers have only made the royal family’s reputation worse as some question if they’re doing anything at all.
Unfortunately, citizens generally can’t do much about a monarch even if they are loathed. The best people can do is appeal to the templars, who do have the sway necessary to make some sort of change. Being a religious group, the templars are more than willing to listen to the concerns of the public and often act as the in-between for the public and government. The templars in Fourshire, though much of their time is spent outside of the barrier, have been made aware of King David’s notoriety. The templars very near made use of their political power when a scandal came to light revealing that King David had an affair with one of his aides.
Such a thing went against the values of the templars, though they were unable to do much due to the unique conditions of Fourshire. Since they were so far away from the mainland it would be difficult to chose a new royal family, thus the templars chose to let the incident pass for the sake of convenience. Regardless, King David still bares the shameful reputation of being greedy, lustful and unfaithful. A dirty legacy which would effect none more than the child born of the king’s mistress; Patrick Fulton. While the mistress was sent back home to the Eagle Empire, ‘Patch’ was allowed to stay and retained the title of prince despite his half-blooded nature. This was little more than a halfhearted effort on the king’s part to save himself any more embarrassment.
Despite the title, Patch still isn’t considered eligible for the throne. He has four half-brothers, all legitimately born heirs and all older than him. In the royal family he’s the afterthought, the ‘royal bastard’ as members of the court have taken to calling him. Remarkably, all the spite aimed towards him only fuels his drive to become a successful and revered member of the royal family. He began participating in the training regimens which are overseen by the royal guard at the age of 13 and aims to become one himself in time. In more recent times, an uproar regarding a strange, purple monster who bypassed Fourshire’s barrier has piqued Patch’s interest. He has mounted a personal investigation so as to quell the unrest of the people, one which has pointed him in the direction of Lumine Haven.
The Royal Guard
The most elite soldiers of Fourshire’s army, positioned as personal protectors of the royal family for their competence and skill. Those in the royal guard are rarely tasked with missions to go and hunt monsters, only in the event of a truly terrifying creature being seen on the horizon are they called upon. That isn’t to say that their skills go entirely to waste, these elites spend their days tutoring young warriors and preparing them to serve the next generation of royalty. One of the royal guard, a masked knight, is so renowned that even the templars sometimes send their young prospects to be trained by him. While it may seem now that the royal guard enjoys an easy life in the walls of Fourshire’s castle, they are certain to prove their ability come the day of decisive battle.
The most powerful human faction in the world, still dedicated to their cause of eradicating magic even after two centuries of crusades. It was to be expected that the templars would send a handful of their number to Moonveil alongside the other Eagle Empire settlers. These templars led the slaughter to take Moonveil’s shore and are the ones who still actively send parties out into the land for the sake of bringing back the heads of monsters and magical creatures. All the time they spend within the barrier is used to either rest, recruit or train, otherwise their focus is on finding out how to most effectively kill Moonveil’s residents.
Another thing which defines the templars is their belief in an enigmatic goddess, one who granted the first templar the power to nullify and destroy magic. This first templar, one of the sages who had a hand in creating the Djinni, came back to her home with word of the evils of magic. She claimed that she had become enlightened and that a deity had given her the power to return the world to the way they intended it to be. She gained a following and taught the believers how to wield the goddess’ will themselves. The crusades began here, with a religious faction who was perfectly equipped to counter that which had scarred their world.
The anti-magic barrier was created using this goddess-given power, an anathema to the land of Moonveil itself. Throughout the years, the templars stopped channeling the goddess’ power through themselves but rather had their weapons and armor blessed with the magic-nulling force. They primarily make use of two weapon types; swords and bows & arrows. The shortsword has become an iconic weapon among the templars as it is what the original templar wielded. Bows and arrows came into use later when the templars found themselves having to hunt creatures who were swifter on their feet and those who could fly. Waterbound creatures remain difficult marks for the templars but, for those who dwell above the surface, nowhere is safe from their discriminatory gaze.