The Gold Rebellion

The World of Langthil
War

Being organized as a feudal nation, the Eldrin Empire is divided up among the nobility, who each pledge loyalty to the Empress, pay taxes to her, and in exchange receive her protection.

When one noble failed to pay her taxes, the then-Empress – known for her short temper and tendency to overreact – demonstrated remarkable restraint in initially responding by only sending a tax collector (plus armed escort, naturally) to “remind” the offending noble of her duty. When the tax collector disappeared without a trace – presumably murdered – restraint disappeared as well, and the Empress marched the entire Imperial Regiment against the noble’s castle. Imperial loyalists among the guard opened the gates for the Imperials, who marched straight in, captured the shirking noble, and promptly executed her. Her entire House was then disbanded, all members stripped of their nobility.

The Truth

The “traitorous” noble in fact sent her taxes, paid in full and on time. However, the shipment was intercepted by a rival noble as it passed through said rival’s territory, and was secreted away. When the tax collector was dispatched, she was likewise intercepted by this rival and murdered, her body swiftly buried deep in the woods.

Meanwhile, nobody in the “traitorous” noble’s court knew anything of this, nor of course did her guards. When guards saw Imperial banners approaching the castle, they simply left the gate open. After all, why would they turn away the Empress herself?

The thing is, the truth of this is very widely known, through a combination of the “unsent” coins turning up in circulation in the rival’s territory, and a few deathbed confessions from conspirators. The Imperial Court, however, does not acknowledge this in any way, insisting that the Empress put down an upstart rebellion with the assistance of the loyalist guards (who, in reward for their service, were granted nobility in a new House). The Court simply cannot admit that any Empress, even one known for her temper, could be so easily manipulated, as it would undermine the entire theory of the power structure of the Empire.

Being organized as a feudal nation, the [[Eldrin Empire]] is divided up among the nobility, who each pledge loyalty to the Empress, pay taxes to her, and in exchange receive her protection. When one noble failed to pay her taxes, the then-Empress -- known for her short temper and tendency to overreact -- demonstrated remarkable restraint in initially responding by only sending a tax collector (plus armed escort, naturally) to "remind" the offending noble of her duty. When the tax collector disappeared without a trace -- presumably murdered -- restraint disappeared as well, and the Empress marched the entire Imperial Regiment against the noble's castle. Imperial loyalists among the guard opened the gates for the Imperials, who marched straight in, captured the shirking noble, and promptly executed her. Her entire House was then disbanded, all members stripped of their nobility. *The Truth* The "traitorous" noble in fact sent her taxes, paid in full and on time. However, the shipment was intercepted by a rival noble as it passed through said rival's territory, and was secreted away. When the tax collector was dispatched, she was likewise intercepted by this rival and murdered, her body swiftly buried deep in the woods. Meanwhile, nobody in the "traitorous" noble's court knew anything of this, nor of course did her guards. When guards saw Imperial banners approaching the castle, they simply left the gate open. After all, why would they turn away the Empress herself? The thing is, the truth of this is very widely known, through a combination of the "unsent" coins turning up in circulation in the rival's territory, and a few deathbed confessions from conspirators. The [[Imperial Court]], however, does not acknowledge this in any way, insisting that the Empress put down an upstart rebellion with the assistance of the loyalist guards (who, in reward for their service, were granted nobility in a new House). The Court simply cannot admit that any Empress, even one known for her temper, could be so easily manipulated, as it would undermine the entire theory of the power structure of the Empire.
Last modified on Sept. 25, 2017, 12:41 p.m.