The Circle From Nautilus
The CircleThe original Circle from Nautilus were only four: Dante, Delenor, Validor and Allectus. They had a special bond in that they swore an oath of friendship and allegiance at the end of the First Age. This bond held true into the Age of Sorrows and when the four Exalted sparks belonging to King Hyperion, Queen Noral Aylina, General Ridian and the Keeper of the Sacred Gates, respectively, found new life, their friendship along with the memories of who they once were resurfaced. Dante and Delenor even re-married, considering their marriage never to have ended.
But slowly, during their travels and many adventures, they began to realize that the world had changed and them with it.
Of course, they were all dear friends before any mystical bond was formed. Only in their last dark hours, whilst fleeing from the Dragon-Blooded traitors did they bind themselves to each other, intent on finishing what the Children of the Dragon had started, in the next life so to speak.
But still they met many of their kinsmen on their travels, and not all of them shared their views. Go'reil was the first who shared a significant past with the other four. And his new self shared the view that they had carried into the new Age. And so it was that he became a loyal companion for quite some time before he finally fell to the Bronze Faction, as did Di-Aris.
Through their vision, Carinae, City of Lights, King Hyperion's city, which Queen Noral Aylina had built, was rediscovered in the far eastern Threshold. There, a Solar sanctuary was created and paid for with blood many times over. But it allowed the Solars to survive well into the Age of Sorrows, making their return to the world more permanent.
Their tale is told more or less from Story 1 through to Story 11, though every member of the original Circle that is still alive, still features in the story and they have all become important people in their own right. Its at this point, that Dante retired to Carinae, that Delenor frequently began to roam far and wide, falling into the eager hands of the Mask of Winters, and that Allectus fell in love with the Emerald Empress, Tepet Ejava, The Roseblack. The Circle started to fall apart as a cohesive force, but other younger Solars, inspired by the ground gained by the Circle from Nautilus, took up the banner and continued the fight.
The Town of NautilusNautilus is a very ancient settlement located on the western coast of the Blessed Isle. Somewhat isolated from the inland towns and certainly one of the furthest places you can be from the Imperial City, its trades mostly with towns from its own Ayreon Prefecture such as Eye of Creation, Werck and Maya. It also trades with the northern Eagle Prefecture towns of Eagle's Launch, Glalo, Guin and Cloaka. But being a port town, means that a majority of its trade is actually done with trade-vessels from the Western Threshold.
During the Dragon-Blooded Shogunate, Nautilus was nothing more than a fishing village. After the raising of Destiny Hill (see below), the village started attracting greater numbers of travelers. But it was only centuries later, after the Scarlet Empress took the throne, that the Old Port was built. During the early years of the Realm, the Empress spent lots of money on trying to either maintain the infrastructure of the Shogunate or to improve the towns and villages where there was no infrastructure.
The village quickly grew into a town and many centuries later, the Old Port could no longer keep up with the amount of vessels that stopped by, and as a result a new larger harbour was built by a patrician family that had at that time just moved into town, the Kelines, and the town expanded even more.
The Keline family ruled Nautilus for over three hundred years before the town was unwittingly destroyed by Anathema. (aka The Circle From Nautilus)
Maps of NautilusThese are some of the original maps we made of Nautilus.