Baroq Station (Ba-rook Station)
It started out as a nice quiet ranch. Little did Old Man DiRosa guess what was in the hills behind his house.
Baroq Station started out as a single sprawling of 179 hectare or 442 acres. Set up by Julian DiRosa in 799 PC, the station was a kynou ranch and a place for him to raise his family. Water from the hot springs in Coffer Hills provided water and the hills and grassland provided an ample area for DiRosa’s growing kynou herd.
Things changed during the Heat-hail storms of 801. Between the oppressive waves of heat, lightning strikes, and the burning plasma hail, the grasslands in and around Baroq Station suffered. Grass either burned from the plasma hail or was sucked dry of moisture. DiRosa's kynou herd was devastated, leaving him only a few heads left. Not quite enough to survive on.
Heat-hail storms are ugly. It's a rain of tiny fireballs from the sky. The lightning just makes it more interesting.
Silver Lining To The Storm Clouds
The DiRosa family struggled on for another few months, working to rebuild their herd. But resources were scarce and none of the Markovia Alliance settlements in that part of the Shattered Lands went untouched. Then either fate, or a god or goddess that was looking after the DiRosa family stepped in.
Six months after the Heat-hail storm dissipated, Julian DiRosa was cutting a new channel for water down from the Coffer Hill hot springs when the ground gave way. Brittle from the storms, it broke out from underneath DiRosa, dropping him into a shallow cavern with an underground pool fed from the same spring. The water was a valuable find, but that paled when compared to what DiRosa saw on the cave walls.
Veins of copper mixed with the hard to find mineral, osmerite. Once Julian found his way back out of the cave, he borrowed the needed funds to set up his first mine, then went to work.
Rise of a Mining Town
Word spread and it took only a year before was started as a homestead grew into a small but thriving town. Merchants and other shopkeepers set up business in Baroq Station, all to support the osmerite and copper mines.
The town itself is several hundred buildings that are spread out alongside the DiRosa ranch. Industry from mineral processing smithing and more quickly rose to support the local inhabitants and the Coffer Hill mines. Now, almost ten years later, the town has developed a second source of income in metal smithing and some vegetable exports.
Fine craftsmanship of silver and copper devices and other items has drawn in a noticeable income, along with fruit from local orchards. But the town's primary means of economic support still comes from the osmerite mines.
Demographics by Culture
Industry, Trade & Guilds
Baroq Station uses the services the Marshal’s Guild. There is a resident member of the guild in Baroq who has the authority to deputize as they need for a given situatuion.
Baroq station, being a full member of the Markovia Alliance, uses the same coin as the rest of Markovia, the triangular-shaped, metallic 'cred'.