WAR IN PARADISE!
Civil War has broken out among the Houses and territories of the Rat Trap, enveloping every House and citizen in a brutal conflict. Torn apart over the ideals of freedom and the presence of slavery, those loyal to the Crown, or in support of the continued enslavement of the Strains in the Rat Trap, stand their ground against the Separatist abolitionists fighting for freedom for all Strains and freedom from the Crown's tyranny.
Being the largest, most influential, and likely most powerful faction outside of the Rat Trap, Gatorland finds itself right in the middle of the conflict as both sides of the war fight for the loyalty of the citizens there, ever desperate to tip the odds in their favor and win the bloody conflict.
Over the coming months, the war will find itself on Gatorland's doorstep as representatives from the many Houses of the Rat Trap come to sway the opinions of Gatorland citizens, rally abolitionists, or call upon the aid of loyalists. Where Gatorland and each citizens shows their loyalty could tip the balance one way or another concerning the fate of some of the Major Houses as well as war itself.
Keep a keen eye out for nobles and representative from the Houses to enter Gatorland in search of allies. How you interact with them and the modules surrounding them will determine their actions over the next few months. As well, fortify yourselves and prepare for the War to come directly, as the Crown's forces seek to stamp out signs of rebellion. YOUR ACTIONS will determine much in the way the setting of the Rat Trap will continue into Dystopia Rising: Evolved and after.
Where do the Houses stand?
While all parts of the Kingdom, each House of the Rat Trap is much like its own settlement, with its own economy, government, and diverse citizenry. Some Houses have made exhaustive use of slavery over the past few Generations, many have not, and this fact has swayed their loyalty in the war. Others show loyalty to the Crown, no matter what the matter, and have chosen to side with the King in the war. To find out more about the Houses, check out the Pure Bloods of the Rat Trap Guide!
Below you will see where each of the Major Houses, and some of the Minor Houses, stand in the conflict. Beginning at the September 2018 event, where each House falls in the war will have a direct mechanical effect on the citizens of Gatorland. Whether that effects a check-in skill, the presence or lack thereof of certain NPCs, trade ties available to Gatorland to aid in the war, or other beneficial and detrimental effects! Every module matters, so pay attention to your actions and the actions of your peers, because it may just have consequences, or benefits, later on!
Rumors from the Castle
In a shocking turn of events, forces surrounding the castle like structures at the center of the Rat Trap have shut their doors and sealed their walls to outsiders. No one, even those from House Charming, have been able to enter, and no communication has come from inside the walls. Has the Crown withdrawn from the Rat Trap’s war? Has he left the assorted territories to their own devices? Has he abandoned the fight to maintain slavery?
House Charming - With most of their ground forces devastated by the nuclear attack by the citizens of Gatorland, and the lack of direction from the Crown back home, the House is in shambles. Remaining forces have pulled back and exited the theaters of war, and those left standing are licking their wounds. Little control is left to maintain their holdings or their slaves, and those left have easily escaped to freedom.
House Figment - Consisting of only a single lineage of Pure Bloods who were firmly under the thumb of House Charming, Figment’s allegiance is now left to their own devices. Freedom to pursue their own endeavors leaves them with a tough decision, as they are too small to fend for themselves, so for now they remain neutral.
House Darling - Too disorganized and lacking in their own resources prevents much of their ability to truly matter in regards to the war efforts. Much like other Minor Houses, freedom to prosper on their own would likely be a blessing.
House Frollo - The zealots of House Frollo are likely to continue on with what they believe the “Crown would have wanted” despite the lack of direction. Many expect their behavior to remain in the shadows where they are more comfortable.
Current Status: Charming forces have effectively been removed from the war efforts as they retreat home to tend to their own issues. Figment and Darling claim loose independence, but the chances of them getting scooped up by another Major House is possible. Frollo’s zealots could find themselves under deep cover in a number of areas, laying low and biding their time.
House Triton - The Pure Bloods of Triton see the Rat Trap’s present loss as more of an opportunity. With no Crown, and no House Charming in their way, not only do they dominate the seas, but it’s their chance to dominate the entire Rat Trap. Any who stand in their way might find themselves a poor, unfortunate soul.
House Sparrow - Those of House Sparrow have ceased hiding their true nature and begun engaging in true piracy against the Rat Trap, and now, mostly just House Triton. Their small, fast ships are currently some of the only ways to break the Triton blockades.
House Hook - Often the official face of the Crown’s judgement, House Hook’s membership assists Triton in dominance of the sea and the highly efficient punishment of traitors and seditionists.
Current Status: There is little to deter their efforts, as they dominate the seas. While Sparrow blockades runners have had some success in stealthing through the lines, they have little interference. With Charming out of the picture, they’re making major pushes to dominate as much of the transportation routes as possible.
House Fa - Most within the House grew up knowing honor and loyalty, and they maintain such dedication despite the war and the loss of direction from the Crown. It’s not about slavery to them, but about the Signal and Honor. However the situation at the Crown has shook their dedication, and it is unsure how long they will continue.
Current Status: Not much has changed here. They continue to fight the war on foot against Pontifex Carrion and House Pride’s force, with majority success thus far. Since recent events though, their campaign has taken a more defensive position, defending the land they have already claimed.
House Rider - Rider has little to work with after Gatorland took down the central piece of the Trap’s war effort. With minimal resources left, no support from Charming, and the slave revolt removing much of their workforce, they’re dead in the water.
Current Status: The House is crippled. Having lost most of their slave force to the rebellion, and without the resources of House Rose at their back or numbers for their own standing army, they find themselves unable to contribute much to the war and on the brink of disaster.
House White - With the death of many of the opposing Pure Bloods within the House, leaders of House White have used their bred raiders to fully dominate the direction of the House. Prepared to side with with the Crown, and House Charming, they now turn their allegiance to House Triton.
Current Status: The Raider Breeding program is in overdrive to produce soldiers for the war, and now transported by Triton ships, they’re having a devastating effect on the smaller settlements around the Rat Trap.
House Arendelle - Despite the Crown’s withdrawal, most of Aliese’s support network has been chased out of the House, or killed. With further support from House Triton, the Toymaker and Arendelle’s remaining forces side with the remnants of the Trap.
Current Status: With Aliese’s efforts betrayed by those in Gatorland and the Toymakers continued push for war, Arendelle’s Separatist elements have been eliminated. The House and its forces are loyal to the war effort behind House Triton. What psionic powers this will bring to the Crown’s forces is yet to be seen.
House Pride - Still led by the man known to some as Carrion, House Pride and their leadership claims rightful ownership of the crown. Still distrusted because of their ties to the Final Knights, their forces are still the largest opposing force to the Crown’s throne. House Pride forces continue to keep most of the Rat Trap's main armies occupied and away from Gatorland but how long can they hold?
Current Status: House Pride’s forces have had a chance to catch their breath after Fa has taken a more defensive position since the defeat of Charming. Chances are good this won’t last long as Carrion will drive them forward.
House Thorn - Formerly House Rose, the House was founded in the turmoil following the assassination of the Duchess Rose by Separatist forces. Power was seized and a new House was formed. All of the slaves in the House were freed to choose their own way, and the massive treasury of House is being used to fuel the War against the Rat Trap.
Current Status: They continue to run the resources of the former House dry funding the war effort against the Rat Trap. Was that their intention all along, or they intend to remain a House when the dust settles?
House Powhtan - Those of this House wish to live as free as the winds and the waves, and were glad to break from the status quo of the Rat Trap and release the few slaves they maintained. Coupled with the tragedy of Princess Nedakh of their Minor House, it was an easy choice to make. However recent conflict with heavy raider presence in their lands has left them weak and unable to contribute much to the Separatist forces.
House Nedakh - This was one of the first Houses to openly oppose the Crown after the death of their Princess, and they paid dearly for it. Those that remain support their Major House to the end.
Current Status: Powhtan has already suffered heavy loses at the hands of Raider threats, Powhtan continues to be a guinea pig for testing of White’s bred raiders. It’s not likely they and their minor House will survive much longer.
House Naveen - Already mostly self-reliant, most of the House already understands the concept of working for the weekend, so it was a short discussion on who to support in the War. It might be spitting directly in the face of the Crown’s favor, but Laissez Les Bons Temps Rouler. The Separatists can count on Naveen to fight until the end.
Current Status: Naveen doesn’t have a lot to offer the war effort itself, but continues to provide support to the troops, and a fortified location for temporary leave from the war when soldiers need to rest or heal up.
House De Vil - One can never truly guess whose side members of House De Vil are on, but for the moment, and perhaps merely for their own benefit, House De Vil supports abolition, and supports the Separatists. Rumors that Lord De Vil is merely hedging his bets on a winner are not few and far between.
Current Status: Despite being a border island between the conflict, De Vil has suffered little from the war. Is it just that deadly moving against them? Is their island that well fortified? Or is there more going on behind the scenes?
House La Belle - The Beast has long since pledged the loyalty of the House to the Crown, and members of House La Belle do not make oaths lightly. With the Crown now aloof, La Belle sees no reason to remain a part of the farce the Rat Trap has become and officially sided with the Separatists.
Current Status: It did not take long for the wound of the Crown’s withdrawal to spur action from House La Belle. Already touting no slaves, the House has sided against what is left of the Trap and House Triton.
House DunBraugh - Proud, dignified, and self-reliant House DunBraugh will not be told who they serve. While their Faith compels them to serve the Crown, they are unsure whether that is what the Signal truly wishes. Positive diplomatic relations with Gatorland and other Separatist, and their disdain for Triton’s dominance of the seas has led them to support the Separatist.
Current Status: After successful diplomacy in Gatorland, the withdrawal of the Crown, and the many of the Houses “nobles” decided the answer was clear.
House Ali - Ever blase and leading their own world, House Ali is uncertain which direction to take in the Great War. Many are drawn to loyalty to the Crown because of the House’s aggressive dedication to the Signal, but the rebellious nature of the House leads many to want to support Separatists.
Current Status: Word of Ali holding out is common around the Rat Trap, and it is unsure what it will take to tip the scale for them.
House Heart/Absolem - Did someone say War? Again? Members of these lineages within the Rat Trap prefer to keep to themselves and enjoy life rather then engage in the current conflict. Their House is small enough no one is required or requesting their assistance, and they prefer it that way. The TVs can have their war, they’ll be busy keeping their own endeavors running until the weekend.
Current Status: Their holdings are acting as a waypoint for many travelers and weary soldiers when they are battling. Dens of iniquity full of hooch and drugs are an often sought after getaway for officers when they can remove themselves from the front lines.
The following are mechanics that effects either check-in or in game mechanics of the game as a result of the current actions of the Houses within the War.
Income - All Income levels are considered to be 1 lower, to a minimum of 1.
A number of things are having an influence on the ability for Gatorland to do business. While blockades from House Triton by sea and House Fa by land are obstructing the ability for Gatorland to do business and black balling some of their merchants, House Thorn is ensuring the Separatists are well funded in the war effort. However, Gatorland’s reputation for murder merchants has prevented many of those wishing to do business to other areas of the Rum Coast.
Animal Handling - Considered 1 lower, to a minimum of 1.
House Pride is too busy with the war, and House Powhtan cannot manage the herds of the region while dealing with Raiders from House White.
Black Market Connections - Much thanks to the efforts of House De Vil, the Black Market continues to operate unimpeded.
Guild - Remains unaffected
Sailing - The amount of the transaction is limited to 10 currency, rather than 20.
The blockades in place by House Triton impede travel and commerce on the high seas, preventing business from taking place smoothly. Only through the efforts of House Sparrow runners is much done outside the Separatist territories at all.
Big Dig - Currently unaffected, though whether or not House Ali’s allegiance changes may determine which Dig sites around the Rum Coast are maintained appropriately.
Trade Ties - Rare Herb may not be obtained through Trade Ties
Due to House Triton and House Fa blockades, trade is becoming exceedingly more difficult in and around the Rat Trap. This could change if House Triton’s demands are met.
Deep Pockets - Limited to 20 Currency, rather than 30.
Pressure on trade and availability of goods during the war time makes flexing cash for Herb more difficult.
In Game Skills
Crop Tending - Due to Pure Bloods in the Rat Trap ‘Cornering the Market’ on these items, local Named Herbs may not be farmed. This could change if House Triton’s demands are met.
Fishing - Items, such as boats, that allow a character or characters with Fishing to go on a fishing trip have a 20% chance of being destroyed or confiscated while out on the water but the Triton blockade, and a 20% chance of returning empty handed due to requiring a hasty get away.
Society Membership - Swamp Runner’s Hunting Lodge, Camp Echo, and Crimson Age will all have updated check-in sheets at the event.