The story begins in the old world of Orpesia, with the country of Oporuto. Oporuto was starving, and in need of an economic uplift. Their trade with resource-rich Katai had been cut off by the armies of Targa, Illier, and Vespanola to the East, and to the West they were blocked by the dreadful Dark Sea. An Oporutan explorer named Ferrucio Espada ventured across the Dark Sea in search of an ocean route to Katai, and instead he discovered a new world. The world was named Granado Espada after its discoverer.
Oporuto threw all their economic resources into the development of the new world, and spent their country into bankruptcy. Nearby Vespanola relieved the country's debts, and in the process annexed all of Oporuto's holdings in Orpesia and Granado Espada. Following the annexation, Vespanola was attacked by their mortal enemy to the northwest, Brestia. The Brestian surprise attack resulted in a brutal conflict known as "The Three-Year War." The war's outcome was essentially decided at the Baleares Naval Battle, in which a weak Vespanolan "Red" Navy miraculously defeated the mighty Brestian fleet. The war forced Vespanola to ignore its interests in Granado Espada, and also created a new class of social elite, the Wartime Nobility. Due to social strife stemming from the Wartime Nobility's inability to adapt to peacetime, as well as growing control problems in Granado Espada, the Queen issued the "Reconquista Policy" urging adventurous Vespanolan families to migrate to the new world and retake the land for Queen and Country. The game begins with your family, the new family, looking to find power, fortune and glory under Reconquista.
Kingdoms of the Old World
Vespanola: The current high power in Orpesia. Vespanola controls the seas and the new continent. Effectively imposes a total blockade of Brestia. The upper class social structure is severely divided between wartime Nobles and the more traditional upper class.
Illier: A home to great artists, and also once a great military power. The country is a source of trends and famous for their fashion, food, and swords. It houses the most famous sword smith of all time. Illier has been a major military player in nearly every Orpesian conflict due to its central position on the continent.
Targa: A warlike people, the Targans are renowned for their skill in making firearms. Geographically, Targa blocks the rest of Orpesia's access to resource-rich Katai. Traditionally Targans do not like Orpesians. They see Orpesians as weak.
Oporuto: This country is no longer an independent state. Its territories and holdings were annexed by Vespanola during the "Marriage of the Two Countries." Oporuto is the homeland of Granado Espada's discoverer, Ferrucio Espada. The country overspent developing the new continent, and the following bankruptcy led to the Vespanolan acquisition. A traditionally poor country before the marriage, Oporutans are typically not used to having a great economy among the masses, but, like most Orpesian countries, maintain a rich upper class.
Brestia: The traditional #2 power in Orpesia. Brestia launched a surprise attack against Vespanola after the Marriage of the Two Countries. The attack resulted in the Three-Year War, and Brestia's ultimate defeat at the Baleares Naval Battle. Following the war Brestians faced a culling of high government and military officials from the Vespanolan government. Brestia was effectively cut off by the Vespanolan Navy, and its citizens currently live in a state of oppression and near starvation. Brestians have no love for Vespanola, and find themselves horribly oppressed in Vespanolan controlled zones.
Katai: A resource-rich country east of Orpesia.
Absinia: A country south of Orpesia, known for its magical warriors. Absinians tend to be extremely proud of their country and their magical military heritage. They are warlike, confident and proud.
1483 - The country of Opoluto was in economic recession, due to its trade with Katai being cut off by Targa, which opposed the nations of Orpesia. The noble explorer Ferruccio Espada, and his assistant Gilberto Granado, sought out a new oceanic trade route across the Dark Sea to the West.
1488 - Out of the 12 ships set forth from Opoluto, only the ship of Ferruccio Espada and his assistant Gilberto Granado reached the New World safely. To commemorate their discovery, the New World was named Granado Espada. Gilberto Granado, a commoner by birth, was elevated to the ranks of nobility.
1490 - The second expedition of Ferruccio Espada proved that the New World was uninhabited. Opoluto began massive development of the New World. Porto Bello was built as the first port in the New World. The rich commoners of Opoluto, with the help of the government, began to migrate.
1491 - The country of Nasr, long supported by Targa, was conquered by Vespanola. With that conquest, Illier lost its last foothold in Orpesia, forcing them to sign a peace treaty with Vespanola.
1492 - Ferruccio Expedition discovered Porto Bello Desolate Cliff. After facing powerful monsters, they realized that the New World is full of dangers.
1495 - Porto Bello was unable to cope with the rising influx of new settlers. Construction work began on a new port, Port of Coimbra.
1498 - Explorers discovered Cathari Falls.
1508 - Opoluto over-extended its fundings to develop the New World. Before it can reap the fruits of its labor, Opoluto faced the threat of bankruptcy. Vespanola cleared the debts in return for annexing all of Opoluto’s holdings in Orpesia and Granado Espada. To curb the opposition of Opoluto citizens, Vespanola appointed Ferruccio Espada as the First Governor of the New World. The people of Vespanola began to migrate to the New World.
1513 - The first stage construction of Port of Coimbra was completed.
1517 - King Julio V of Vespanola died, and was succeeded by Prince Enrique and Princess Anna.
1521 - Princess Esperanza of Vespanola was born. To commemorate the birth of the princess and the pioneering efforts of the New World, the immigrants began to build the city of Reboldeaux.
1525 - In order to link Port of Coimbra with Reboldeaux, Ferruccio Junction was being laid with roads. As more people settled in the New World, Vespanola formed New World Order Control Committee (NOCC), which began to oppose the governance of Ferruccio Espada. The discovery of Tetra Ruins suggested that the New World was once inhabited.
1529 - Under the orders of NOCC, pioneers began to excavate Tetra Ruins. Although the declared objectives were to verify the existence of natives and uncover the secrets of Tetra Ruins, most pioneers were just looking for hidden treasures and riches.
1530 - Following the tragedy of 4.3, excavation of Tetra Ruins ceased. The collapse of the catacombs killed many explorers. The few who survived died from monster attacks in the Grand Corridor. During this time, Henry Finan formed the Rescue Knights, which quickly won the support of the settlers.
1532 - King Enrique I of Vespanola died. Queen Anna withdrew from politics to spend her life at her husband’s grave. The government fell into the hands of the nobles.
1534 - To avoid the exactions of Reboldeaux and its soldiers, some settlers took the risk to expand their explorations, building the City of Auch. Pirates began to raid the coasts off Porto Bello. Governor Ferruccio Espada led his forces to stop the pirates.
1536 - Queen Esperanza ascended to the throne of Vespanola. Work began on the second stage of construction for Port of Coimbra. The development of Ferruccio Junction ceased due to monster attacks. Ferruccio Espada defeated the pirates of Porto Bello. The construction of Reboldeaux was completed. The development site of City of Auch was nearly destroyed by monsters. Grenmah saved the site.
1537 - The power struggle between Ferruccio Espada and NOCC continued to escalate. Ferruccio Espada discovered Katovic Snowfield, and began the construction of Ferruccio Wall. During the construction, Gilberto Granado died.
1538 - Grenmah was invited by Queen Esperanza back to the homeland. NOCC applied for permit to build Prison de Joaquin for holding political prisoners of Vespanola. Auch began to develop into an industrial city.
1539 - Unnatural forces in Porto Bello began to accumulate shipwrecks. Ferruccio Espada died, leaving behind “Multi multa, nemo omnia novit”. Rumors began to spread that his death was caused by NOCC.
1540 - The Three-Year War began between Bristia and Vespanola. The supplies from Vespanola to the New World ceased, halting all pioneering efforts. Taking advantage of the homeland’s disregard for the New World, NOCC head quarters was attacked.
1541 - NOCC disbanded, and Prison de Joaquin was abandoned and forgotten. Illier joined the war as Vespanola’s ally.
1543 - The Naval Battle of Baleares commerced. Vespanola’s Red Navy miraculously defeated the more powerful Bristia’s fleet. The Three-Year War ended with Vespanola’s victory.
1544 - In order to deal with the social problems caused by the War Nobles in Vespanola, Queen Esperanza announced the Reconquista Policy, sending them over to the New World. To replace NOCC, Reboldeaux region was governed by Sir Lyndon, while Port of Coimbra was governed by Nunez. To commemorate the victory of war, Illier commissioned the Ferruccio Statue.
1545 - Queen Esperanza ordered the development of Al Quelt Moreza. In order to open the roads, Ferruccio Statue was situated at Ferruccio Junction.
1548 - Bishop Dios Latem was executed on charges of high treason. The construction of Al Quelt Moreza ceased, along with the work on Ferruccio Statue.
1551 - Explorers discovered Ustiur, and were disturbed by the dinosaurs. Grenmah was appointed leader of the exploration, and the Rescue Knights were sent to Ustiur.
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