- This article is about the Old Camp (Faction). For the building, please see Castle of the Valley of Mines
The Old Camp was the biggest camp of the three under the Barrier. The castes here were very distinct and passing to a higher one was very difficult and in many instances even impossible.
There were two distinct areas: the Outer Ring and the Castle, both of which ruled by different sets of rules and customs.
The Outer Ring was a name for the area located between the outer wooden palisade and the castle's walls. It was also the most densely populated place in the colony.
Here, the Diggers and Shadows lived in wooden huts of their own construction. The huts occupied every available space and were built hastily and badly constructed, as those abandoned decayed rapidly, falling apart in a matter of weeksCitation needed. The huts belonging to prominent Shadows were kept in a better shape and were sturdier.
Three main locations of the Outer Ring were the Marketplace, where Fisk and Dexter traded their wares to a wide array of clients, including Guards. Another place was the Arena, ran by Scatty, where gladiators from all camps and occasionaly other Old Camp guards used to clash in mortal combatCitation needed to the amusement of the spectators.
The castle was built on a hill in the center of the valley, with buildings and walls surrounding the center courtyard. The buildings, clockwise from the main gate, were as follows:
The guards' barracks, interconnected to the dungeons underground, which were abandoned and laid in disuse following the revolt.
Opposite the warehouse the Temple of Innos was located, inscribed on the inside with ancient writings and magical symbols. Here, the Fire Mages of the Old Camp lived, experimented and performed their rituals. They were Corristo, Torrez, teacher and merchant, Damarok working as an alchemist, Drago and Rodriguez.
The main building, opposite the gate and next to the Temple was the Ore Barons' house, where Gomez, Raven, Bartholo, Arto and Scar ruled over the Old Camp and controlled the trade with the outer world. The house was outfitted with a large kitchen, an armory, two throne rooms, conference room and four bedrooms. The house was also connected to the tower, where all the goods of the Ore Barons were kept, along with the old treasury of the castle.
One of the Castle's towers has collapsed before the arrival of the the Hero in the Colony. Rumour has it that Diego was involved, being one of the reasons he cannot be around the Fire Mages anymore.
HistoryEditThe Old Camp was the first camp established in the Valley of Mines by the King's forces in order to mine magic oreCitation needed. Convicts were kept in the dungeons below the castle and treated little better than slaves.
When the Barrier was erected and malfunctioned, the crew of the castle was bewildered by the fact. The convicts used the situation to their advantage, killing the guards and taking control of the castle, under the lead of Gomez.
The King, facing the prospect of losing a source of magic ore, decided to strike a deal with the self-proclaimed Ore Barons, and in return for various goods, he'd receive shipments of magic ore from the colony. This status quo was maintained throughout the years, and the Old Camp grew in prominence and power within the colony's microcosm, as they were the only one with a direct trade link established with the outside.
However, this would abruptly come to an end with the collapse of the Old Mine, when diggers tapped into an underground river, which caused the entire mine to collapse and cave-in. Fearing loss of influence, Gomez immediately ordered an invasion of New Camp's Free Mine. The Fire Mages opposed this decision and forebode Gomez from following this plan, demanding pertractations and negotiations with other camps, and this proved to be their demise - in their stubborn arrogance, they didn't foresee that Gomez would not take such an attitude lightly and ordered them to be executed for treason. All were killed., with the exception of Milten.
The plan fails, and the camp spirals down into near anarchy, barely contained by the guardsmen. Shortly after, the Barrier falls and much of the camp's crew flees the Valley, eventually organizing into a bandit forceoperating from Jharkendar.
The Old Camp disbanded at the very moment the Barrier fell.
- See article: Diggers in the Colony
They were the lowest caste in the Old Camp, forming the backbone of its workforce. The diggers were working in the Old Mine, mining magic ore to exchange with the King. However, they were also the least respected group, abused by the Guardsmen regularly and disregarded by most of the Old Camp.
- See article:Shadows
These were the members of the Old Camp that were situated higher than the Diggers, but lower than Guards. Shadows were thieves, assasins, scouts, traders and leaders, used by Gomez for special tasksCitation needed. Unlike Guards, they were used only as a last resort when it came to fighting and most of them usually preferred to run away from dangers. They were led by Diego, and prominent figures among them included Dexter the sly merchant, Fisk the trader, Fingers the master thief, Cavalorn the hunter, Scatty the arena master, Sly and Whistler.
- See article: Guards
They were the main fighting force of the camp - wearing armour salvaged from royal guards killed in the revolt, equipped with top notch weapons and crossbows, these highly trained warriors were sworn protectors of the Old Camp and Gomez. Being so powerful, Gomez used them as invasion force against the Free Mine and the guards themselves often abused lower ranking members of the camp. Important guards included Bullit, Scorpio, Jackal, Bloodwyn or Cutter. All were led by Thorus.
They were members of the Circle of Fire who assisted Gomez, helping him with advice and their magic abilities. They were initially led by Xardas, but when he started experimenting with necromancy and black magic, the rest of the mages and Gomez became increasingly disturbed by his experiments, Xardas left the camp to avoid an escalation of hostilities. The Fire Mages were then led by the less skilled Corristo. They were the spell-casters of the camp, but even that role didn't protect them from being assassinated by the Guardsmen when they tried to forbid Gomez from invading the Free Mine. Members of the Circle of Fire affiliated with the Old Camp included Corristo, Rodriguez, Torrez, Drago and Milten.
These were the men who ruled the Old Camp and controlled all trade with the exterior of the colony. They were the ones that initiated the revolt and established the trade deal with the King. The most powerful one was Gomez, followed by his aide Raven. They wore the most sophisticated armors available to the Old Camp members, designs of which were used even by the King and his court.