The city of Newstrade is a town of great economy and splendor. Power and influence were theirs. The nobles were the richest, the farmers most productive. However, before Newstrade attained this power, they were often ovelooked and sneered upon. The rise of power of Newstrade was a remarkable one, and of which in this tome I hope to document.
The Fleeswood family lived in the small northern province of Goblinsbane. Gavin Fleeswood, the founding mayor of Newstrade, seemed not a remarkable man. Accurate historical documentations of him portrayed the eighth son of a minor noble as unmotivated and rude. He was often pushed around by his older brothers, and his unloving, alcoholic father did not make matters any better. He was educated at Titan’s Head University and received surprisingly good marks, his first step into fame. Later, he progressed until he received 5 Titan’s Head notable student awards and 2 Exceptional Student awards.
The young, enterprising Gavin put his schoolwork to good use: he became a clerk. Within several years, he built up a formidable fortune and everything seemed to be going well. Then, scandal struck: Aldrich Fleeswood, Gavin’s father, was imprisoned due to his attempt to rob Riverston of several thousand golden coins. This crime involved nearly all of the Fleeswood family, and unfortunately Gavin got entangled in the court proceedings and lost a considerable amount of his money.
His livelihood destroyed due to false accusations, Gavin fled to the neighboring province of Archwall. He melted into the underbelly of the poor, and after several grueling months, entered the provincial military as a footman. After working his way through the ranks, he found himself a Level 5 Iron Sword Master. During the military era of his life, he became quite friendly with a Low-Ranking general. However, this friendship became a horrible thorn in his side: Gavin found himself inexplicably losing money from his pay for no reason at all. It was revealed that this friend of Gavin’s was a goblin turncoat, and was arrested and hung for treason. Gavin was again entangled in a case he had nothing to do with. However, instead of fleeing, he ignited one of the greatest rebellions in history.
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