Brotherhood of Coin

In that moment, Gill knew he had made a mistake. A terrible, horrible, no good mistake.
— Parables for Children: Gill and the Brotherhood
  The Brotherhood of Coin was a thieves' guild which operated in the Andisol Valley during the latter half of the 3400's. They sustained a rather impressive heist streak for almost a decade until their sudden disappearance in 3491.   Sceptics claim they stole from the wrong target and were eliminated in retaliation. Those who know better believe the Brotherhood were the first to discover how to harness the power of Vitriol Magic, and the first to pay the price for its use.

Historical Basis

While the cause of their disappearance remains a mystery, there is much historical documentation stating that the Brotherhood of Coin was, in fact, an actual entity which operated in the northern Andisol Valley, starting sometime around 3446 until mid-3491, when all mentions of their criminal activities suddenly cease.
— Conspiracies of Malay, official tour script excerpt
 
Founding of the Brotherhood
Historians believe the Brotherhood of Coin was officially founded in 3446 when several active thieving families in the Andisol Valley decided to join forces in a common effort. Membership in the guild was limited to family members, requiring hopefuls to marry into one of the founding families if they were not born into the Brotherhood. Children were taught the craft of theft from an early age, originally serving as decoys to distract the Brotherhood's victims, and gradually advancing to more complex participation as they came of age.    
Disappearance of the Brotherhood
After decades of profit, particularly 3488 and onward, the Brotherhood suddenly disappeared from the historical record in 3491. Many believe the organization stole from the wrong individual and were eliminated in retaliation, and there are several powerful individuals and organizations who would have been fully capable of doing so.   Others, however, believe the Brotherhood became the first victim of Calamity, the inevitable end for those who encounter too much exposure to Vitriol Magic. Several references to an elevated quantity of mutated individuals attacking merchants and nobles within several cities in the Valley does show this theory to be equally possible.  

Cultural Reception

Join our All Inclusive "Brotherhood of Coin" Three Day Tour Package! Experience the final known headquarters of the Brotherhood! Sleep at their favorite hotel and eat at their favorite restaurants! Experience a full heist reenactment, complete with period dress!
— "Criminal Underworld!" official brochure
  The citizens of Malay are fascinated by historic tales of the criminal underworld in their thriving city and the Brotherhood of Coin remains a particular favorite, likely due to the mystery surrounding their disappearance. Today several tour companies compete for the time and attention of tourists, crafting various walking routes throughout the city accompanied by gimmicks mixed with real history focusing on historic crimes with an especially emphasis on the Brotherhood.

Date of Setting
3491
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Vitriol Magic
Technology / Science | Jul 14, 2020

Vitriol Magic includes any magical spell cast with the intention to harm another for self personal gain.



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14 Jul, 2020 04:11

That introduction quote is hilarious and immediately attention grabbing, I love it :D   I'm a sucker for thieves guilds sorts of organizations, and I love this article! This is well put together. I'm fascinated by the death of the Brotherhood being though to be because of Vitriol Magic. Great stuff Angela!

Cathedris, the world of God-Husks and New Magic, welcomes you.
14 Jul, 2020 12:20

Thank you! Someone mentioned to me months ago how children are often left out of worldbuilding so I have been trying to sneak in references periodically, when they fit. It really does add some depth, in vary fun ways!   Many thanks for your kind words! I had a lot of fun writing this one, too!

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Dr Emily Vair-Turnbull
14 Jul, 2020 11:21

Looks like Gill had a terrible, horrible, no good day! ;)   This is great. I love the different theories behind the disappearane of the Brotherhood.   I also like the fact modern day people can go on a mock-heist in period clothing.

Emy x   Welcome to Etrea!
14 Jul, 2020 12:21

Awesome! I added that last bit on a whim but I think I am going to have a lot of fun revamping my Malay article at some point to lean into the tourism aspect a bit more.

Author of Fillimet, bright fantasy land of possibilities
15 Jul, 2020 15:49

I like the Artful Dodger flavor of the kids acting as decoys, and the tourism aspect reminds me of the Mob Museum in Las Vegas. A fun read!

Kahuna the Elder aka Leo - www.kahunatheelder.com Creator of Arnathia
16 Jul, 2020 02:09

Thank you!

Author of Fillimet, bright fantasy land of possibilities
15 Jul, 2020 22:05

Conspiracies and histories and rumors and myths and epicness! Very well done, particularly on the reasons why no one knows the truths behind specific aspects of the Brotherhood of Coin. Sudden disappearances are the lifeblood of unsolved mysteries! <3

16 Jul, 2020 03:19

Thank you! Everyone needs a good sudden disappearance. And they are so fun to write.

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