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BORYDOS (Protectorate of)
Location: Island off the southeastern coast of the continent of Brun, east of Mositius, west of the Sea of Dawn. OW
Area: 560 sq. mi. (1,450 sq. km.).
Population: 5,000 including Fort Borydos (pop. 4,000).
Languages: Thyatian (Hattian dialect).
Coinage: Thyatian Standard: emperor (pp), lucin (gp), justiciar (ep), asterius (sp), denarius (cp).
Taxes: 20% income tax collected quarterly on the aristocracy, nobility, and wealthy; 15% income tax collected quarterly on everyone else (Va. 1, Ya. 1, Fy. 3, and Ei. 1). Thyatians abroad must still pay their taxes. Expensive and magical items are also taxed 25% of their worth. 10% imperial commercia sales tax on all goods except food, clothing, and fixed assets; levied on imports, rebated on exports. Tax on slave owning equal to 50% of the slave's value annually. Property tax levied based on quality of land, roughly 6% of its value annually.
Government Type: Dominion, member of the Thyatian Empire.
Industries: Light agriculture, magic, military, shipbuilding.
Important Figures: Iohannes Angelikos (Curator), Hermann Veseldorf (Commandant), Euphemia Gundesvinda (Sanctifier).
Flora and Fauna: Sea monsters in the surrounding waters.
Further Reading: Dawn of the Emperors boxed set, DDA1 Arena of Thyatis, DDA2 Legions of Thyatis, previous almanacs.
Description by Vivianna Romanones.
This island protectorate was recently converted into a naval research station, the former prison closed. Little is known about what goes on here as of yet. The island is still surrounded by dangerous sea monsters.
Borydos is an unlovely little island, with rocky cliffs overlooking dangerous, rock-strewn shores (no real beaches here), and surrounded by jagged reefs and shoals. It was once home to fishermen and herdsmen, but was converted to a penal colony several generations ago, a use from which it has recently been re-converted, this time to a naval research station. There are a couple of coves that are used as anchorages by the imperial navy, as well as a sheltered lagoon near the fort, around which most of Borydos's inhabitants are based. Vast chambers have been dug into the cliff sides around the lagoon, sealed with huge valves.
Navy men, naval architects and engineers and the like are all that live here. Except for official business, travel to Borydos is forbidden. The island is governed by martial law. The only other things that live around Borydos are the sea monsters that were raised here to deter escape attempts when the island was a prison. They are kept because it isn't worth the trouble to move or eliminate them, and they still deter efforts to land at Borydos unlawfully.
There was never anything anyone would really want to see at Borydos. Not when it was a sleepy island of fishermen and goatherds, certainly not when its "tourists" were those hardened, incorrigible criminals who were exiled to this dull island, and not now when the only thing that goes on here is esoteric naval experiments.