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Empire of Lether and its neighbours

Bluerose was a formerly independent kingdom that was subjugated and reduced to a protectorate by the Kingdom of Lether.[1][2][3] It was located in the north central part of the continent of Lether, along the northwest coast of the Bluerose Sea. The kingdom's name came from a sapphire-colored mineral, intricate as roses, which grew in the caves that were prevalent in the region's Bluerose Mountains.[4]

Before the coming of the Letherii, the nation had been ruled from the Obsidian Throne by the High King of Bluerose, Supreme Servant to the Black-Winged Lord, and the Council of Onyx Wizards.[2] Their reign of Bluerose had been as distant and benign rulers, who were reluctant to interfere in daily activities and made few demands of the populace.[5][6]

Unlike neighbouring Drene, the Letherii conquest had not been a bloodless affair and its people remained unsettled.[7] Letherii and then Tiste Edur rule had become increasingly invasive, causing seething resentment and resistance.[6] The Letherii were unable to completely exterminate the Onyx Wizards, who they saw as the priests of a complicated local religion that united the disaffected elements of the population. Rumours persisted that small rebel bands were still active in the western areas of the Bluerose range. It was also common practise for the Letherii Army to assign Bluerose units to distant parts of the empire--a sign they did not entirely trust in their loyalty.[7]

Bluerose was well-known for its mineral wealth, producing tin, copper, lead, lime, and firerock in abundance. Its iron resembled Letheran steel in quality. Other rich natural resources included cedar, spruce, and cod from the sea.[7] It was the primary supply line and trading partner to Drene and likely benefited from that country's bounteous harvests of grain.[7] The primary trade goods brought eastward through the mountains into Bluerose were slaves and some luxury foodstuffs from the far south.[7]

History[]

While mostly human, a significant proportion of Bluerose's population was secretly of Tiste Andii blood and heritage. These were the descendants of the Tiste Andii under Silchas Ruin, who survived the betrayal by Scabandari and his Tiste Edur after their alliance had defeated the K'Chain Che'Malle. The Tiste Edur initially believed they had slaughtered all of their former allies, but the Tiste Andii wounded, the stragglers, the elders and mothers and children left well behind the field of battle had all witnessed this betrayal and fled. They were protected in their flight by four barely grown sorcerers, who would become the founders of the Onyx Order. The survivors eluded their pursuers and fashioned a sanctuary in the caves beneath the mountains on the shore of an inland sea. Within the caves grew the flowers of sapphire from which the kingdom, sea, and mountains would derive their common name.[2] During this period, Anomander Rake came to live among them for a time, eventually coming to be worshipped there as the Black-Winged Lord.[8]

By the time of the reign of the Letherii King Ezgara Diskanar only a few thousand Tiste Andii remained.[9] Their nation had been conquered by the Letherii for sixty years and reduced to a protectorate.[10] The last refuge of the Tiste Andii was Andara, a well-hidden monastery dedicated to the Black-Winged Lord located beneath the northwestern Bluerose Mountains and ruled by the remaining five Onyx Wizards.[11][12]

As time had passed they became known for their cavalry, and were used as such after being conquered by the Letherii. Unhappy under their new masters, the people of Bluerose purposely sabotaged any riding equipment given to their clueless Letherii overlords, who had never mastered horseback riding on their own.[10] Even under the tutelage of dozens of Bluerose officers, Letherii cavalry was inept and disorganised.[10]

Some lighter-skinned Tiste Andii existed among the Tiste Edur (who had settled in northwestern Lether), spying on behalf of Bluerose. For generations they would remain as Watchers, interbreeding with the Edur, avoiding suspicion by bleaching their skin, and communicating with each other through secret gestures. Ahlrada Ahn, one of these spies, mentioned that he would at some point fake his death so that he could return home to Bluerose, indicating that other Watchers had done this before him.[2]

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In Reaper's Gale[]

Factor Letur Anict of Drene took twenty of his best guards, along with Orbyn Truthfinder and his mages, into the Bluerose Mountains to investigate a missing shipment of weapons and armour. The Factor convinced the Patriotist to lead his troops to Andara where they massacred the Onyx Wizards and all who lived there.[14]

Later when the Letherii Empire descended into chaos due to the twin threats of the Tehol Beddict-engineered economic collapse and the Bonehunters invasion, Varat Taun remarked that Bluerose was in rebellion as well.[15]

Notes and references[]

  1. Reaper's Gale, Glossary
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 The Bonehunters, Chapter 17, US HC p.549-551
  3. Reaper's Gale, Chapter 6, US TPB p.153
  4. The Bonehunters, Chapter 17, US HC p.550
  5. The Bonehunters, Chapter 24, US SFBC p.961
  6. 6.0 6.1 Reaper's Gale, Chapter 8, US HC p.204
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 7.4 Reaper's Gale, Chapter 6, US HC p.147-148
  8. Reaper's Gale, Chapter 6, US HC p.153-155
  9. The Bonehunters, US SFBC p.684
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 Midnight Tides, US SFBC p.576-577
  11. Reaper's Gale, Chapter 6, US TPB p.153
  12. Reaper's Gale, US HC p.197
  13. Dust of Dreams, Chapter 7, Epigraph
  14. Reaper's Gale, Chapter 16, US HC p.458-460
  15. Reaper's Gale, Chapter 24, US HC p.458-460
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