Conquest of the New World
When Marcos Colombo set forth from the port of San Cristobal in 1665 AV, many of his fellow Castillians called him a fool. It had been unspoken truth that there was nothing west of the Midnight Archipelago since the disappearance of Cristobal Gallegos and his fleet of three ships over 150 years earlier.
When Colombo not only returned from his voyage, but brought back samples of plants and animals never before seen in the known world, all of Euros took notice. Repeat expeditions, settlements, and military outposts were all furiously planned, and in some cases dispatched by rulers, nobles and companies eager to exploit the new land. Although war and turmoil placed many of these plans on hold, the race to profit from the discovery is about to resume in force.
Colombo’s explorations were limited to a few small islands off the main coast, and a tiny area of the continent proper. Several of the recent expeditions are likely busy mapping coastline and detailing terrain, but fierce competition is likely to limit the diffusion of this information for some time to come. Rumours of exotic resources, unusual creatures, and vast riches of ancient empires circulate on a daily basis in the street of Euros’ cities, drawing individuals of all stripes to a promised life of adventure and wealth.
Who knows what may await them in the New World?