– "I am not sure why people are romantizising this town at the edge of the world so much. It is filled with criminals, mud, and insects; it is unbearably humid and hot and the uncivilized natives do not even want us there."
– "But think of the adventure, the opportunities, and the exotic life!"
The Port of Gems is a colony under the official dominion of Baradolia
settled at the south-western edge of Eni-Rathras
. It is considered the political center of the territory of Rathram
, although this is highly contested by the nations of Ethoressi
as well as the natives of Rathram
themselves. For a while, the Port of Gems was meant to be the port towards the unknown regions south of Eni-Rathras
Most of the settlement is spread around the mouth of the Grenasnal River
and the islands in Grenna's Bay
. On the main land are both the fortified port and the walled inner city, the governer's residences as well as their associates. Several smaller sattelite settlements are widely spread throughout the Grenasnal Valley
, usually close to the many Zezzu
farms, logging camps and several mining operations.
The failed Outpost
Think of all the adventure and expeditions that set out from here! The mysteries of the south!
Originally the Southward Port
was simply an outpost for expeditions by Baradolia into the unknown south seas. Ships and Crews were to restock here before they embark into one of many expeditions, that would unlock the mysteries that lie beyond the Oceanus Rathras
. However, none of these expeditions returned and after a while, the scholars of Baradolia concluded that another World's Great Barrier exists somewhere in the ocean and further efforts for expeditions were halted.
After this, the importance and novelty of the Colony declined drastically, and it was almost forgotten.
This whole settlement only exists because the high nobles in Baradolia needed a place to ship off their unwanted!
After the originally envisioned expeditions further south all failed completely, the Southward Port was almost forgotten for a while. The colony was later developed into the Port of Redemption, a place to ship off unwanted prisoners, thought of by a particularly nasty regent of Baradolia.
Decades later, some Conflict with Keandra made the trade with Corekor and Thiem through the Ethorial Sea improbable. It was then that a southern route for trade was proposed with the effect to surprisingly develop into an economically viable trading post. After discovering rich sources of several types of jewels, including blue and clear Kinegems
, the settlement began to really flourish. The prisoners were put to work in the many mines and logging camps to earn their freedom in a fair way that benefited both them and their country greatly. More recently the Colony has gained even more sources of income through the rising need for Coal (in this case Charcoal
) and Cobalt
Today, the colony has become mostly econimically independent from regular shipments out of Trandit
and other Baradolian
port cities. This was largely accelerated by having to deal with several pirate attackes out of the Independent Isles of Bren
, the discovery of a landroute by Gunnar Rundthorn
opening up trade possibilities with Ethoressi
, and the discovery and subsequent export of some potent and exotic plants like Zezzu
along with a lot of highly fertile land within the jungle.
The strong economic situation the Port of Gems found itself in has led to several diplomatic spouts with Baradolia, as the originally unwanted population would prefer to see themselves as independent from the greedy origin.