The Reclamation Collective
|The Reclamation Collective|
The Reclamation Collective is a company that is settled within Dungrin's Basin, in a town called Hilltown. Situated right below the former Kingdom of Ordheim, the mission statement of the Reclamation Collective is to reclaim the lost dwarven city of Ordheim as well as revive the dwarven culture.
The Reclamation Collective was formally founded in the year 22 A.C. following the banishment of the Great One. A dwarf by the name of Harikoa had established an excavation company within Dungrin's Basin with the goal of reclaiming the old city of Ordheim. It was at this time in modern Enarion history that bands of dwarves would be seen returning to the north for the first time in years.
Excavating Ordheim would prove to not only be an exhausting job, but also a very dangerous one as well. In the year 25 A.C., creatures now known as Deep-dwellers had freed themselves from the rubble tomb of Ordheim and inflicted their acidic wrath onto the unsuspecting dwarven workers. Through valiant combat, the folk of the Reclamation Collective managed to slay these deep-dwellers, but not without high casualties. This surprise visit by the deep-crawlers would only be the preamble for what was in store for the company later on.
With the growing size of the Reclamation Collective, becoming an established town rather than a small company, Foreman Harikoa saw fit to hold a public Forum. In the year 28 A.C., the whole town gathered within the Forum halls and discussed many important topics for hours on end. The role of Overseer was created during this meeting, establishing leadership to aid the Foreman in managing the town. The first Overseers of the Reclamation Collective were Ubbe Bloodaxe, Milo Mythrilpouch, Torvin Ironskin, and Skippy Bronzebeard. A position dubbed the "Voice" was also created, acting as a spokesperson for the people of Hilltown, a dwarf by the name of Skanmar holding the title. The recent deep-dweller attack as well as current town affairs were discussed, and a tradition of public Forum meetings began.
As more and more dwarves flocked back to the north, taking residence in Hilltown, Skanmar, a new Overseer of the Reclamation Collective, held the Festival of Culture in 29 A.C. It was to celebrate the ancient traditions and new bonds formed in the north. A drinking competition was held, dwarven blacksmith items were shown off and sold, and Ubbe Bloodaxe recalled tales of old to curious listeners.
By 30 A.C., the influence of the Reclamation Collective had grown, and the dwarves were able to reclaim their possession over the North Mines. The effects of the Northern Mine returning to dwarven possession can be felt today, with regular dwarven patrols carried out to ensure no one of non-dwarven blood are stealing what is considered to be the dwarves' birthright. However, with the growth of industry, came with pushback from a band of orcs who lived in the north as well. Later in the year 30 A.C., Hilltown was overran by the orcish brutes, with what was attempts of a peaceful negotiation turning into a bloodbath of violence. However, after numerous days of fighting, the dwarves of the Collective chased off the orcish horde back north. Repairs were made to the charred town, with a large effort being made to repair the main crane that had burnt down.
War had broken out amongst the Kingdom of Calendale and an alliance of nations comprised of the Kingdom of Aellen, the Estvo of Vetroy-Zapad, the Tsardom of Fyrmána, the Holy Republic of Promdor, the Triumvirate of Glarenydd and the County of Veldenz. In reaction to this, the Foreman made it known that for the duration of the war the Reclamation Collective would be known as a 'bastion of neutrality' and that it would stay out of the affairs of the other nations.
While the war was being fought by the other nations, the dwarves of the Reclamation Collective focused on their culture. In the year 32 A.C., Skippy Bronzebeard hosted a blacksmithing festival known as Makar oz Crazdwim, which translated to Market of Blacksmiths in dwarven. There was a contest for the finest smithed weapon while dwarves honed their craft with like minded blacksmiths.
To celebrate the nearing of the end of the Great Enarion War, Skippy Bronzebeard led a barcrawl across the land of Enarion. Almost all taverns in Enarion were visited and had dwarves along with anyone else who decided to come with along the way drink them dry. The barcrawl cultivated into a massive bar brawl within the Kingdom of Aellen's tavern, The Golden Light Tavern & Inn.
Although war was coming to a close to the southern nations, conflict had stirred up in the Reclamation Collective in the year 35 A.C. A new band of humans going by the Dreki Searaiders had demanded tribute of the dwarves of Dungrin's Basin, else they would raid the settlement. Skippy Bronzebeard refused to pay any tribute, and banished the Dreki from the dwarven lands. That same month, the Dreki launched a raid against Hilltown. The dwarves were caught off guard, with the Dreki slaughtering the dwarven resistance. Enraged and feeling disrespected, Skippy Bronzebeard ordered the Red Axe to bolster its armory, personnel, and trainings. In addition, a grudge was casted onto the Dreki. The following year, around 36 A.C., the dwarves carried out raid onto the Dreki town of Klibo. In a move that angered the dwarves more, the Dreki fled from their town ahead of time, leading to an easy slaughter of any civilians left unprotected by the Dreki. Fed up by the senseless bloodshed, the dwarves of the Reclamation Collective offered terms to the Dreki Searaiders, which the Searaiders fulfilled and later peace was made in the year 37 A.C.
After the conflict against the Dreki Searaiders, many dwarves of old had returned to Dungrin's Basin. A band of dwarves under the leadership of Christ Punchsteel arrived in Hilltown to aid against the Dreki, and Skippy Bronzebeard saw it fit to aid them in their own reclamation of the ancient Delzoun Hold. They were invited to speak to the Reclamation Collective in the Forum where they were formally thanked for their assistance in the conflict, and the Red Axe aided in the settlement of a temporary residence for the Delzoun dwarves northeast of Ordheim.
The Reclamation Collective is located in northern Enarion, situated very close to the Estvo of Vetroy-Zapad, bordering it to the west. To the northeast lies the Tsardom of Fyrmána,
The Reclamation Collective is located within Dungrin's Basin, southwest of the old Kingdom of Ordheim. Dungrin's Basin, and Hilltown as a result, contains a series of mountainous river valleys located in the north of Enarion. It was named after the famed dwarven hero and architect Dungrin, who was said to be the first dwarf to ever lay eyes upon the sun. The basin is surrounded on all sides by the Herzal Mountains and is the traditional surface homeland of the dewizim race on Enarion. It is also the source of the river Airon, the major river that bisects the continent.
The Reclamation Collective is a company rather than a fully fledged nation. As a result, the settlement is led by the Foreman, currently being Harikoa. The Foreman employs a numerous amount of Overseers to aid in the running of the company. The current Overseers are Skippy Bronzebeard, Ubbe Bloodaxe, Torla Alviss, Keno Hakanuna, and Redwin Steelcog.