Dark Heart of Arkravia
The first place Cartagie explorers made landfall in 4138, this was initially no mare than a shallow protected harbor with brilliant blue water and white beaches with dark redwood on the opposite side of the low hill.
Two ships were forced to stay behind when dysentery, which had plagued the explorer ships for nearly two months and killed almost a quarter of the crew, forced the fleet admiral to consilidate the sick on land and load up the healthy sailors on the rest of the fleet. The sick were left with orders to try to establish some kind of base for later exploration of the interior to take place.
The next year when the exploration fleet returned they found only wooden buildings, abandoned, with the word ‘MELICA’ carved into the door of one house. Everything had been left behind as if those who stayed behind would be back any moment. There was no trace of either of the ships, and people think that they left on the ships for parts unknown.
The explorer fleet began establishing a base for exploration, but a late winter hurricane forced the admiral to load everyone onto the ships and head back out to sea. However, on the twelfth day of the hurricane the crews mutinied, putting the majority of the officers and the admiral on board one of the ships after stripping away the cannons and sailing back to Arkravia.
The mutineers named the port Threbella, in honor of Saint Threbella, patron saint of luck and courage. Over the next hundred years they built a stone city, with the descendants becoming pirates that raided ships involved in the Great Third Crusade as well as coastal cities of the Holy Namothian Empire.
However, in 4268 the Imperial Navy of Cartagie arrived with the dreadnaught “Holy Writ of Fire” to take possession of the city in the name of the Empress, the Pope, and the Namothian Church.