Regions of Madruga
Madruga of the Jewelled Isles is home to merchants, corsairs, and fluttering multicoloured sails
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Madruga of the Jewelled Isles is the easternmost territory of the Brass Coast, running from the Kahraman mountains down to the Bay of Catazar. Down the coast of Madruga and Feroz the corsairs and merchants raise their sails, running goods to Bastion and Sarvos, trading with foreign powers, and fighting off barbarian incursions.

It is the most densely settled of the Freeborn territories; the nation began here, with the landing of the three sisters and their families at old Atalaya. Over generations, their descendants spread across the mainland building and cultivating, until Madruga was tamed. Today, it is scattered with villages and small towns - the sprawling city Siroc even rivals the cities of the League in size and wealth.

It is the spiritual home of the corsairs; many maritime families have lived on the islands of Free Landing and Calvos Sound since the earliest days of the Freeborn nation.

Madruga has not always been peaceful, however. The Grendel have attacked the islands and towns here for centuries; usually their fleets are intercepted at sea before they can do too much damage, but there have been times when their raiders have sacked coastal settlements. For a few harrowing months in the years before the foundation of the Empire, the Grendel swept inland here conquering Lightsea and the islands, and threatening to burn Siroc. They were turned back after months of vicious fighting, but the memory of their attack is sometimes credited by historians as being a factor in the decision of the Freeborn to join the Empire.

Recent History

After the Autumn Equinox 381YE, the Grendel armada invaded Madruga. They destroyed the Freeborn Storm, burnt the Atalaya shipyards, and brought the Black Thorns to the brink of annihilation. Their forces then moved against Lightsea, raided the port of Quzar, and within short order half the coast of Madruga was in their hands.

Major Features

Siroc (Ruined)

The Sapphire, the City of a Thousand Sails, was acknowledged as the pre-eminent city of the Freeborn. The city was said to have been founded by the Guerra family shortly after the Freeborn came to the Brass Coast. It lay in Madruga close by the border with Feroz. Brightly coloured tents extended Siroc out far beyond the small cluster of stone buildings that made up the heart of the city. Sails of all shapes and sizes filled the sheltered bay, which was guarded by a series of iron woven nets and chains bought at great expense from the forges of Wintermark.

Art by Beth Dooner
The City of A Thousand Sails was home to many fine paradors.

Siroc was the site of the Glass Parador, where the Mistress of the Glass Parador held court. It was also the location of the Parador of the Kindled Flame, an orphanage whose construction was overseen by Laughlan Vi Temeschwar, the first Master of Rings. One of only a small number of permanent stone structures of any size in the City of a Thousand Sails, it was surprisingly understated and utilitarian with the only notable decoration being a small plaque at the entrance bearing the legend “In Virtue we remember those who watch over others", and a list of names of those who helped construct the sanctuary.

It was also the site of the Commonwealth Embassy, a severe structure that represented the Commonwealth's diplomatic relationship with the Empire.

The city prospered for centuries, but following the Autumn Equinox 385YE it was burned to the ground by the Grendel and their Asavean allies, apparently in retaliation for the Empire's role in the destruction of the city of Chalonsio in Asavea. While some of the stone buildings survived, the majority of the structures were wood and canvas, and were destroyed by fire.


The town of Trajadoz in north-western Torres was founded roughly three hundred years ago by the Trajaduz family of traders who were intent on fostering trade between the mines of newly conquered Kahraman and the wealth of Sarvos. The most recent influx of townsfolk was during the invasion of Segura in 363YE. Since the reclamation of Segura in 378YE it stood mostly empty, save for a few bandits, as the Freeborn returned to their homes. Following the end of the rebellion in Marracoss and Emphedor Imperial fleet captains had an opportunity to evacuate some of the defeated rebels. Roughly a third of the refugees, offered sanctuary in the Empire, have taken up residence in the mostly abandoned town, and created a community.

The Marracossans (never Nemorians, and rarely accepting Asavean) are a disparate group; made up of priests and soldiers, crafters and traders. One of their number Leonorada Rousseau, priest of Aseus, has spent some time in the paradors of nearby Calvos. They have made clear that they, and their community, like the Empire, and they like the town of Tradajoz. They wish to remain in the town, but Leonorada understands that the community's intent to continue following and worshipping their gods could lead to some unfortunate accusations. In Winter 384YE, the Imperial Senate ceded control of Trajadoz to the Nemorians. This has raised a few concerns among their neighbours as it frees them to build temples to their gods if they wish - and indeed to do anything else they want to do. You can read more about the Marracossans in the Large but far away wind of fortune.


The town of Atalaya in Free Landing marks the place where the Brass Coast was born; the first landing of the three sisters and their families. Built around the side of a secluded cove, the seas around the island that share its name are a navigational nightmare. Before the Shining Pillar was built, reaching the hidden docks of Atalaya was a feat to tax the most skilled ship's crews. Today, the landwards channel has been widened but is protected by hidden obstructions that only the Freeborn pilots know well. Atalaya is also known for its deep natural harbour - many ships of the Freeborn fleet count Atalaya as their home port.

Atalaya is the oldest Freeborn settlement in the Brass Coast, but its prominence was eclipsed centuries ago by Quzar. Today, it is a place of pilgrimage for many Freeborn followers of the Way - there are a number of shrines and temples dedicated to Pride and Vigilance here. The School of the Sanguine Bloom, one of the most prestigious schools dedicated to herb-lore in the Brass Coast also stands here, founded long ago by Sameen i Riqueza, youngest daughter of Riqueza herself.


The bustling town of Calvos lies on the shores of Calvos Sound. The slopes outside the town are rich with grapes, and the fine wines produced here travel all over the Empire. Even the sommeliers of the League pay well for a Calvos vintage. The exemplar Zemress i Ezmara i Erigo was born here towards the end of the second century YE, and her ship The Kraken's Bane is housed at a special dry dock here. The ship, and the Seminary that stands nearby are a destination for many pilgrims of Prosperity - even those from as far afield as the Sumaah Republic. Near the seminary stands the House of Guerra, a place dedicated to supporting refugees to the Empire, especially those who seek a new family among the Freeborn, and the Zemress Naval Acadaemy where the Freeborn study maritime warfare and the construction of warships.

The Lyceum (Hidden)

The Lyceum was established during the reign of Empress Aenea on an island east of Siroc. It is a centre of arcane learning in the Empire, and the Dean of the Lyceum maintains sumptuous apartments here. Approach to the island is carefully controlled by the magicians and professors, and the most promising magicians are invited to study or teach there.

During the Winter Solstice 385YE, Imperial heroes traveled to the Lyceum to protect its secrets from the Grendel who sought to claim them. In the process, they activated powerful wards that hid the island behind a wall of fog preventing barbarian or Imperial ships from reaching it. The walls are expected to remain until shortly before the Winter Solstice 386YE.

Commonwealth Embassy (Ruined)

The Commonwealth Embassy was located in Siroc. It consisted of several buildings built after the severe Commonwealth style, which stood in beautifully laid out and maintained gardens, surrounded by a low white granite wall. Despite the severity of the architecture, the embassy was surprisingly welcoming - the gates stood permanently open, albeit under the watchful gaze of a cadre of Commonwealth soldiers attached to the staff of ambassador Mila Eisenfalke. The majority of the staff were human, although there were apparently half a dozen orcs whose role on the ambassadorial staff is not clear. There were no daeva citizens working at the embassy as far as Imperial observers can make out. When the city of Siroc was attacked by the Grendel and their Asavean allies, almost all the soldiers garrisoned here perished while fighting bravely alongside the Freeborn defenders of the Salt Guard.

Sunset Roads

With encouragement from the notoriously sea-averse Faraden, a grand highway connects Siroc with Calvos, cutting across the territory rather than following the coast. A shorter road runs along the northern banks of the Scorrero, crossing just north of Cerevado in Segura via a beautiful arched bridge of white granite. While the road is used extensively by the Faraden, it also serves to cut the journey time from the northern borders of Madruga to the trading city of Siroc, making it a popular route for Freeborn and League merchants as well.

The south-west roads are a great work that complement the already existing Blood Red Roads, bringing increased prosperity to the owners of farms and businesses in Madruga.

The Spider's Dream

An elegant bridge spans the river Vassa, connecting Torres to the town of Trivento in Sarvos. It is a marvelous piece of engineering that resembles a spider's web. The Spider's Dream has significant strategic importance - without it armies cannot cross the Vassa between Sarvos and Madruga without going north and passing through Tassato and the Mournwold. It is overseen by the Spider's Tollkeep, an Imperial title uniquely appointed by both the senators of the League and the Brass Coast together.

The Salt Guard (Ruined)

A grand fortification designed by Menno van Ritsjhof comprised of two stout fortifications on either side of the bay along the approach to Siroc. Each fort is equipped with powerful trebuchet and catapults. A garrison of skilled mariners and corsairs ensures the towers are always ready to respond to any threat, and with the significant reinforcement of the existing iron chains and nets that guard the harbour they are extremely effective against shore offensives. He believes that not only will a sea assault against Siroc be made nigh impossible, but that the garrisons of the two towers would also be in a position to protect the Lyceum which lies to the south-east of Siroc proper.

Freeborn Flame Marina

Work began on the reconstruction of Atalaya harbour following an opportunity presented after the National Assembly of the Brass Coast called on the people of Feroz to flee the territory rather than suffer under the hands of the Grendel. Work was completed shortly before the Spring Equinox 385YE and the abundance of willing, talented shipwrights has meant fleets are most easily upgradeable, at least until the Brass Coast reclaim Feroz.

On the harbour, looking out to sea, are a number of statues each one different but reminiscent of contemporary Freeborn.

The Atalaya Shipyards (Ruined)

Following a motion at the first Imperial Senate session in Winter 376YE, work began to expand the docks of Atalaya. Under the guidance of Miroslav, Senator for the League city of Sarvos, many wains of white granite and weirwood were committed to building both a massive seawall, and a great Imperial shipyard equipped with drydocks, powerful cranes for loading and unloading, and expanded warehouses and work spaces. Completed shortly before Autumn 377YE, the shipyard provided significant benefits to the Freeborn ships based in Madruga. In addition, the facilities here proved sufficient to allow the construction of the first Imperial navy since the days of Emperor Barabbas; work began on constructing Freeborn vessels in Winter 378YE.

It is perhaps fitting that when the Grendel invaded Madruga after the Autumn Equinox 381YE, and destroyed the shipyard the Freeborn Storm was put to port and shared the same fiery fate as the docks where it was created.

The Shining Pillar (Destroyed)

Built in Free Landing, this massive white-and-gold tower was one of the most prominent landmarks in the Empire. It was often adopted by Freeborn sailors as a symbol of the Brass Coast as a whole; when they can see the beacon of the Shining Pillar, they knew they were home. The grand lighthouse echoed the Lighthouse of Alexandria in design, rather than more modern tall cylindrical towers, and was constructed of white granite. Mithril mirrors captured and amplified the light of the fire burning atop it, which was kept burning by a cadre of attendants who lived in the tower.

During the Grendel invasion of Madruga in Winter 385YE, the Shining Pillar was annihilated by the servants of Siakha, and the Beacon Watch were slaughtered. The terrible rites performed there not only destroyed the lighthouse and drowned the rocky island on which it was built, but they apparently tore open a terrible maelstrom, something akin to a fane for Siakha allowing the eternal to send their servants to the Bay of Catazar.


A very rough region map of Madruga

Calvos Sound

Quality: Coastal
The town of Calvos stands on the shores of Calvos Sound; the entire region is named for the great shallow bay that cuts into the eastern shores of the Brass Coast. The waters of the Sound are prime fishing grounds, and the surrounding slopes are known for their rich agriculture, especially grapes, grapefruits, and pomegranates. At the end of the second interregnum, Calvos Sound was the site of a vicious engagement between Grendel raiders and the forces of the Red Wind Corsairs. Despite catastrophic losses, the Freeborn army held. Close to breaking they were forced to retreat, but the campaign achieved its purpose by convincing the nations of the south that the threat from the Grendel was real, events that would eventually lead to the elevation of Empress Deanne. To this day, many of the people of Calvos Sound have a notable antipathy for the orcs of the Broken Shore.

Free Landing

Quality: Coastal
The sprawling islands that form the region of Free Landing are diverse and well-settled. The islands here were the first home of the Freeborn - the town of Atalaya marks the spot where the Brass Coast proper began. When the Grendel invaded Madruga in Winter 381YE, they looted many precious relics from the town of Atalaya and burnt the shipyard there to the ground. In the process they destroyed the Freeborn navy, the Freeborn Storm.

The waters between the islands have a reputation for being treacherous and difficult for foreign captains; during the reign of Empress Aenea the Empire built a great lighthouse here called the Shining Pillar, which was destroyed by forces loyal to the eternal Siakha during the Winter Solstice 385YE.

The Great Grasses

Quality: Blighted
These fertile plains are sometimes called the Emerald Sea; and the nomadic families who live here the Corsairs of the Emerald Sea. The inhabitants have a reputation for being a little more insular than is typical of the Brass Coast. They own large herds and mostly keep to themselves except when they visit the towns of Siroc Plains, Lightsea and Calvos Sound to sell their animals. There are no permanent settlements of significant size on the Great Grasses.


Quality: Coastal
A well-settled region known for the friendliness of its paradors. The largest settlement here is Quzar, a bustling port town of white towers and stained glass that is sometimes described as the soul of the Brass Coast. The Towers of Quzar are known as a gathering place for hakima from all across the nation - an annual "council" meets here every midsummer to share knowledge and gossip. Since the completion of the Parador of Salt and Sand, a large community of hakima, including a significant number of refugees from Feroz, have taken up permanent residence here. The town is now best known for its community of magicians, especially those versed in Autumn magic.

Many of the coastal settlements here were plundered by the Grendel during their incursion toward the end of 381YE. Quzar in particular was hard hit by the orc raiders, with some damage to the town and significant damage to the wealth of the citizens. A year later toward the end of 382YE potent magic restored the town, wiping away any sign the Grendel were ever there.

Siroc Plains

Quality: Coastal, Ruins
The plains around the city of Siroc are scattered with small villages and threaded with well-maintained roads. The Lyceum stands on an island off the coast here and contributes to the reputation of this region as the beating heart of the Brass Coast.


The northernmost region of Madruga, and one end of the Spider's Dream. The land here is a little more rugged than in the southern regions, and the climate is generally cooler. The people who dwell here share some of the reputation of the miners of Kahraman; as being suspicious and quarrelsome. Partly this reputation might be a result of regular clashes between Freeborn traders and League merchants out of Sarvos. A regular 'problem' for the inhabitants is that League merchants would prefer to travel south to the more prosperous towns of the eastern coast to sell their wares, bypassing the markets of Torres. It is shameful to admit, but there are more incidents of brigandry against League caravans in Torres than in almost any other area around the Bay of Catazar. When such incidents get out of hand, the Spider's Tollkeep is often prevailed upon to sort them out.

The town of Trajadoz is found in the north-west of Torres. Formerly a home to Freeborn displaced from Kahraman and Segura, it is now home to a very different group of refugees - Marracossan exiles from the Asavean Archipelago.

Winter Solstice 384YEChiara Zayden Riqueza
Winter Solstice 383YEChiara Zayden Riqueza
Winter Solstice 382YEAdan i DelToro i Riqueza
Winter Solstice 381YEAdan i DelToro i Riqueza
Winter Solstice 380YEAnwar - i - Del Toro - i - Riquezza
Winter Solstice 379YEAnwar - i - Del Toro - i - Riquezza
Winter Solstice 378YEAnwar - i - Del Toro - i - Riquezza
Autumn Equinox 378YEJ'zarr i Shartha i Riqueza
Summer Solstice 378YESallur i Mnajdra i Guerra
Winter Solstice 377YEAvisena i Kharizmi i Guerra
Spring Equinox 377YEAvisena i Kharizmi i Guerra
Winter Solstice 376YEZeref i Ezmara i Erigo

Recent Senate Elections

As an Imperial territory, Madruga is represented by a senator elected in the Winter. As the territory is no longer Imperial, the senator cannot currently be elected. The table to the right shows the citizens who have been elected to hold this title in the years since Empress Britta died.

OOC Notes

  • As of the start of the Spring Equinox 386YE, the Grendel control Siroc Plains. It is not clear who controls Free Landing. The Empire controls Calvos Sound, Lightsea, and Torres. The Great Grasses have been claimed by the blight. No nation has dominion of Madruga.
  • The maelstrom that now occupies the site of the Shining Pillar serves as a two thousand strength fortification controlled by Siakha.
  • Farms in the territory benefit from both the Blood Red Roads and the South-West Roads and produce an extra 72 rings each season.
  • Businesses in the territory benefit from both the Blood Red Roads and the South-West Roads and produce an extra 72 rings each season.
  • The Atalaya Shipyards were a great work that provided a benefit to fleets in the territory. They were destroyed by the Grendel in Winter 381YE.
  • The Salt Guard was a fortification designed to withstand a shore offensive aimed at capturing Siroc or the Lyceum (essentially any Shore Offensive aimed at the Siroc Plains). It was destroyed by the Grendel in Winter 385YE

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