The Nanx Throng - 109
a twelth boathide of angular writing
I look at my previous writings, the scrolls of our history, and I feel shame, tempered with pity for my former self and scribes, and gilded with joy at our new circumstances.
The awakening of the Oracle has triggered a wave through the Nanx people. I have studied the books of the Weak, but now their words are alive in my head in a way they weren't before.
I will leave my further introspection for less official things. This will remain a brief history of our people.
The strange sickness that awakens beasts from normal beings still grips Altarin. The Seekers promise aid, if we can supply the Chorda Kelp they require. It has been found but the people of the furthest tip of our land are hostile. We cannot blame them, they have weathered this storm without the benefit of the allies we have. But their resources cannot be held behind a mask of fear. We have begun devoting our traders to making more...secret actions. While the leadership threaten, hopefully some more economically minded people will see the benefit of harvest and trade. Fortunately the kelp is near the coast, and won't require much travel to take to our trade barges off-shore.
Of course, any supplies we acquire will be dispatched to Seeker cloisters before our own stores.
Each step forward into the unknown brings more chaos and violence, and the counter-wyr lands have been ravaged by wars we do not entirely understand, which explains the defensiveness of the Kelp keepers. Devastation has wracked the coast between them and the Wyr, and our Nanx instincts cry out for us to extend our stewardship. Our Zabka allies have made plans to assume control of the area but have not stirred themselves as we have. Perhaps having us as neighbors will show the Kelpies the benefits of friendship.
Further to that point, we are taking more direct action to extend the hand of peace. A ship of peace has been dispatched, with our most convincing Shamans, Zabka Imperial representatives, Maenos Wisdoms, Myrkan Civics, and even a pair of Toteharu. It must be impressed on them that collaboration is infinitely more secure than opposition. That the Nanx Polity will not cost them their ways and homes. That with the danger of this world, they face conquer at bladepoint. The fact that these blades may be in Zabka hands will hopefully remain unsaid.
Nanx delve further into the tunnels behind Nana, despite the awe and dread. Even Maenos Stonespeakers have been welcomed back into this place, seeking purer forms of Shimmerstone. Shamans test our glittering prize in ways we never have before. An item called a lodestone, purchased from a Myrkan trader, seems to have effect when the stone is pulverized to dust, before it drifts away on the wind. And there are rumors that pipe and a bowl may also hold clues to Refinement?
The Compact spend their time in the River, diving down as far and as long as they can. I cannot say I believe this will be our solution. Perhaps the Toteharu has bubble plants? We are loathe to approach the Metal People for fear of their interest in our quest, but if any were to have a machine to delve Lake Altarin, it would be them. And they do hold a debt to us.
The Myrkran and the Throng
The New People (as they may always be to the Nanx) were the first group to have a significant non-Nanx population within the Polity. The Nanx offered home and hearth to the horned people, though the generally smaller people's homes weren't exactly the most comfortable. With supplies freely given, many of the Myrkran set off to build their own towns in their own style, only to find themselves like seed crystals in solution, 'helpful' Nanx coalescing around them. Still, it wasn't all bad. Nanx were eager to learn, eager to help.
While the greater Nanx nation wasn't always the most useful in their aid, their steadfast commitment to being neighborly and the way they leapt to defend Myrkran elsewhere quickly assuaged Myrkran fears and encouraged integration. Now Myrkran fish the Razor Coast, they herd boats, Nana has a thriving Myrkran quarter (though any space empty long enough quickly gains a few Nanx helping out the area). Myrkran leaders are given the deference (or close enough) of Nanx Shamans. They sit on the Counsel, they go on diplomatic missions, they make the trip to Zabka lands for the Bellower's meetings.
The Nanx Throng
[Industry] Buyout 128 TP1 Chorda Kelp - Spending 1 Treasure
[Industry] Buyout 128 TP2 Chorda Kelp
[Industry] Buyout 128 TP3 Chorda Kelp
[Diplomacy] Colonize 123
[Diplomacy] Establish Claim 128 - Using Crrroa-Crrroa Dip
Resist Conversion except The Twin Cycles
Resist Shimmerstone Buyouts
Designate first successful Chorda Kelp buyout to Seekers
Diplomacy - 7
Military - 6
Faith - 2
Intrigue - 2
Diplomacy 5 Available
Military 5 Available
New Ruler Next Round? - No
Military Units 6/12
Naval Units 1/4
Treasure 3/5 0
+1 passive treasure/round
The Compact (9)
Myrkran People, Rep 2, Favors 0
Disciples of Silicon, Rep 0, Favors 1
Seekers of the Spheres, Rep 1 Favors 1
Temporary Cultural Identity - None
Permanent Cultural Identities - None
Tall Sails, Brick & Mortar, Animal Husbandry, Alpine Animal Assistants, Irrigation
Trading Posts (8, 1 treasure/round)
-104.1 Highland Berries
A Reasonably Similar Favor to an assisted Buyout from the Toteharu
Faith (Unnamed Animism)
-109 - Wyr Foothills
-109 - Wyr Foothills - Home Region
-107 - Razor Coast
-110 - Maes Mawr
Expected Stat Gains