Lodis Island

Governor: Lord Kazuo Sakamoto, nominal daimyo of Lodis Island

Population: 5400

Protection: House Sakamoto

Location: Southwestern Elysia, at the midst of Dragon's Maw Bay

History:

Off the Dragon's Maw coast, Lodis Island was largely uninhabited for most of Elysia's history. When the Novari first settled upon Lodis, they found only a small, xenophobic Yanaka clan scratching a living from the rocky terrain of the island. The Novari quickly evicted this clan and instead placed it under the jurisdiction of now-defunct House Arling. Later, the Arlings' staunch support of the Novari would come to bear during the Revolution. Heh.

By the end of the revolutionary war many settlers from Asia had begun to flock to Elysia, bringing their families and maritime culture to the young nation. Many of these were led by the Fukuyama Noble House, an exiled clan of royals from faraway Japan. The Fukuyamas proved difficult to place, fiercely attached to their cultural practices and unwilling to bend to other nearby Noble Houses, always citing their royal blood with entitlement. Queen Juanita deigned instead to grand Fukuyama an Elysian House title and grant them Lodis.

The curse of Lodis, the bards say, came upon the Fukuyamas quickly. Like the Arlings, they had through stubbornness and hatred lost all allies. One would die of poison, another a rapid fever, another slain in a senseless duel of vanity. When the last of the Fukuyama line died heirless, it was their loyal retainer and most trusted samurai, Miyashi Sakamoto, who held Lodis' fate in his paws, and that of all its citizens.

Though none of the Sakamoto family had ever risen to the rank of a Lord before, there seemed little choice. Failing to grasp the craft of power, Miyashi followed one blunder after another, until his death in 1564. At this time, the unorthodox political situation caught the attention of Queen Gia, only a few years into her reign. The Sakamotos had humbly begged to be removed from the responsibility, stating that no samurai clan alone could rule. Gia agreed, and granted a full House status upon the Sakamotos, and named their first heir - Kazuo Sakamoto - Kazuo.

Where his father had struggled, Kazuo seemed almost born to wield power. He proclaimed himself daimyo, despite the conventions of the Elysian Queen, and reinstated many cultural practices that had been forbade by the Fukuyamas. Kazuo even began taking hostages of visiting nobles, and saw little problem with confining these aristocrats and heirs in comfort until such time as a proper exchange could be made.

In 1575, Kazuo Sakamoto took captive several members of the Demshia clan of Stara Ziema, who had traveled from their homeland seeking refuge from the Rephan Empire's encroachment. Though the Demshia have their own home on the mainland now, several of their number are still among the Sakamotos, resting in comfortable confinement in the daimyo's palace. The families of these hostage Demshia wonder if they can ever secure their loved ones' return, and if they will be Lodisians instead of Demshia after such long years in captivity.

Though vastly set apart by culture, Lodis Island still remains one of the most patriotic and loyal of Elysian domains, with few houses failing to fly the Elysian standard, and many religious structures decorated with images of Queen Gia and King Xavier I.

Landmarks: Lodis Island is a strange presence in the Elysian Kingdom. Thickly forested in its center strip, with white sand surrounding its beautiful coasts, and on its Northeastern tip the mountains which welcome travellers from the mainland at Dragon's Maw bay. The culture of its Japanese-descended people remains ever-present, and much of the landscape is dotted with ornate monuments and religious sites which look beautiful and alien to mainland Elysians.

The Lodis mountains contain many ancient ruins, like the ones on the mainland of Elysia, with peculiar geologic significance; their placement, allegedly, triangulates with many of the mainland archeological sites in a perfectly arrayed pattern. This was of interest to the Novari when they first put a garrison there.

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