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OHebel Wring
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« on: March 15, 2007, 02:38:45 pm »



Welcome all of you to Open Island.


Open Island is an island in the Libertine Isles 120 km off the Eastern coast of the Southernmost Peninsula in India (known as the Greylands). It is notable for having one of the safest harbors in the Indian Ocean, and for being a formerly active volcano, whose eruptions in ____ and ____ caused serious damage to the trading stations there. The island is approximately circular, with a diameter of about 12 km (7 mi), and its highest point, Mt Forge, has an elevation of 542 m (1778 ft). The center of the island is a large bay named Port Vote, about 9 km (5.5 mi) long and 6 km (3.6 mi) wide, thus covering most of the middle of the island. The bay has a narrow entrance, just 230 m (754 ft) wide, called Neptune's Bellows. Adding to the hazard is Shaving Rock, which lies 2.5 m (8 ft) below the water in the middle of the channel. Just inside Neptune's Bellows lies the cove Whalers' Bay, which is bordered by a large black sand beach.

 
Nevertheless, since the early __th century Open Island was a favorite refuge from the monsoons and dangers of India. It was first used by sealers and kraken-hunts, then in ____ a Norwegian-Chilean whaling company started using Whalers' Bay as a base for a factory ship, the Gobernador Bories. Many believe this was a front for a complex smuggling operation headed by the late Captain Nemo.  Other whaling operations followed suit, and by ____ there were 13 factory ships and trading houses based there.

The station did not actually process whale blubber, that being done on the ships, but instead took the carcasses and boiled them down to extract additional whale oil, using large iron boilers, and storing the results in iron tanks.  It has often been noted by historians that the oil coming from Open Island had a particularly unique texture and it was theorized that this could have been the result of numerous "accidents" at sea.

Whale oil prices dropped in the Great Fall, making the station uneconomic, and it was abandoned in ____. The strategic importance of the island for smuggling purposes made this an advantageous point for many smugglers.  The island wars in ____ between the 13 major houses resulted in the treaty of ____ and the unification of Libertine Isles.  458 men were buried in Open Island's cemetery, but the cemetery was buried in a ____ eruption, and the only remaining signs of Nemo's usage are the rusting boilers and tanks.

The Libertine Isles pride themselves in the extremely limited government powers.  This "hands off" approach has led the island to be particularly advantageous for those seeking to make morally Grey decisions, and those who are openly willing to make those decisions happen.  The one law being "You are not to murder." whereas murder is defined as a killing that was indefensible.  (A shot, stab, etc. in the back, gang beatings, etc.).  Do not mistake the lack of laws for lack of order, however.  The Libertines pride themselves on their independence and will savagely defend their lifestyle.  The primary function of the islands now is trading and deal making where the both participants could be unable to make the deal in their own countries.  The 13 major trade houses are still in operation but unified under the command of the Trade Chief, former Captain, O'Hebel Wring.

Other facilities on Open Island include an aircraft hangar and the Imperial scientific station house (Fulcrum House), which has been studying the kraken-floats for the past 20 years, there are plenty of boarding houses for visitors all complete with many "vices" that are now unavailable in much of the civilized world.  A pass through Smuggler's Market on the east end of the island is sure to net some deals.

The volcano has mostly taken care of attempts to maintain permanent facilities on the other islands, and as of ____, there were only two scientific stations still in use, both winter-only.  Both for the furtherment of the ecology of the region.

The Tradehouses

The 13 Tradehouses is a misleading term as all of the houses but the Grandhouse have been converted to hotels and casinos.  All 13 are currently in operation in areas of the Grandhouse.

Looking more like a hotel than a trading house, the Grandhouse opens into a large open trading floor where constant shouting and bartering is taking place.  One is able to buy or sell nearly everything in Grandhouse.  Land, livestock, natural resources, fleets of ships, construction contracts, even entire populations have been bought or sold on these floors.  Most of the countries have a representative here selling and buying and negotiating shipping channels for his or her country of origin.  The upper rooms are where the more private, questionable deals are to be made.  It has been rumored that most of the major government coups have been organized in these rooms.  "If these walls could speak", but lucky for the participants, they don't.  Often the conversations center around the purchase or sale of a "questionably acquired" vessel or shipment of arms.

Weapons are completely forbidden within Grandhouse except for those carried by Wring and his staff.  All decisions in the upper rooms are witnessed by Observers.  An Observer is an anonymous member of the Grandhouse klan that is there to both protect the parties involved in the discussion, and to protect the interests of Grandhouse (10 percent of the deal from both sides for brokering fees).  These Observers are typically cloaked in black with a black hood so their identities are never known by the participants.  It is not known if or how they are armed.

Overall, the citizens of Libertine and Open Island welcome all races, all creeds, all backgrounds as long as their interests are not conflicting with the interests of the citizens.  It often takes a few days for a first-time visitor to become accustomed to the bustle and flow of the lawless island.  Retired Master Thief Goldenvoice Highland operates as a loose mayor of the island to protect its sovereignty internationally, but that is about the limit of the government.  Most policing is done by private firms to protect the interests of the property owners.

We offer our invitation to all!

« Last Edit: March 15, 2007, 03:08:33 pm by OHebel Wring » Logged

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Lasairfion
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« Reply #1 on: March 15, 2007, 03:34:08 pm »

For some reason that last paragraph description reminded me of the interior of Number 1 Lime St. Otherwise known as Lloyds.

http://www.lloyds.com/About_Us/The_Lloyds_building/Pictures_of_the_building-interior/
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OHebel Wring
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« Reply #2 on: March 15, 2007, 03:38:37 pm »

ceiling is a bit lower than that, and it is normally a lot dirtier.  But the open trading floor is pretty accurate.




minus the cars, of course... I dont know what this artist was thinking!
« Last Edit: March 15, 2007, 03:51:29 pm by OHebel Wring » Logged
Mr. Shank
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« Reply #3 on: March 16, 2007, 02:22:08 am »

Quite grand..
When you said that many firms and countrys have representitives stationed there, were you talking about permanently or not?
Im not sure what it has to do with anything but I was kind of wondering.
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OHebel Wring
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The world is only 80 days away.


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« Reply #4 on: March 16, 2007, 07:21:52 am »

All of the major countries have diplomats and traders located here at all times for the options to gather the best resources for their lands (And can either be found on the trading floor or at some of the various Vice locations throughout the island).


the more shadowy members of society usually arive, do their business, and leave back to their homelands.
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Mr. Shank
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« Reply #5 on: March 16, 2007, 02:59:02 pm »

Ahh yes..
I do not Believe I will be sending anyone permanently from my crew, but I will speak with the Admiral and suggest we send someone to represent our Council here full time.

Thank you,
Sir Francis Miller
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