Wintermill Shipping and airships
While the Dominion does have laws against flying airships, it has no laws against building them or selling them.
Wintermill Shipping is the Eastern Dominions oldest shipbuilding family, with the legacy that dates back before the First Great Conflict
, any vessel air or sea worthy was either built by Wintermill shipping, or the people who did build it got their training, materials, or approval from Wintermill shipping.
Wintermill shipping sells and builds naval vessels and airships for whoever asks. They have two classes of airships magical and non-magical.
Non-magically are much bigger on average and use steam and wind turbines, balloons, directional fans and a whole lot of clockwork.
Magical ones do have steam turbines, and balloons but rely more heavily on runes and are much smaller.
In addition all models since the ban are also sea-worthy, so that they can be sailed out of the dominions waters and then flown to their destination.
The only type of airship that WS
won't make are warships at least not for public sale, they have made several prototypes for the dominion navy.
The Wintermill family
The Wintermill family has to be the biggest non-royal family in the entire Eastern Dominion, fame and fortune wise. At least one member of their family has had a hand in every major event in the Dominion in the past five hundred years. Depending on the era and leaders they have been anything from great heroes to the people, to vicious mobsters who have paid off most officials to turn a blind eye, sometimes both at once.
Despite being such a big family within the dominion they are not native to the dominion though they have been for the last few centuries. They originally came from a northern island far from The Dominion, they landed in Azhinan
where a husband and wife duo worked with their only son and quickly turned a simple immigrant logging business into one of the dominion first and longest running ship building services.
Major events and Wintermill family
Milla and first great conflict
Milla Wintermill was the family's headmistress at the time and very popular with both nobility due to her constant themed parties, and with the people due to her stance on workers rights. Which was unheard of concept in the Dominion at the time. When the war brokeout her family continued to build ships until their wood supplier's area was taken by enemy forces.
Milla used her ties with the Nobles and the commoners to from The Wintermill pact
this was a royal bill the said that Azhinan's
Government as well as the wintermill family would help fund militias in turn Azhinan
would write up a workers rights bill and pass it.
Milla did not simply stop there. She hired several well-known warriors to train her in staff and shield work. While she had never been a warrior before, she had always kept in shape. She quickly picked up how the staff- an shield worked and while she was no legendary warrior. Three years later when she appeared on the battlefield people began to notice. She fought in 17 battles over the course of 5 years before retiring back to civilian life, and cemented herself as a hero of the people. During these years she wore a persona band
and her heroism is the trait it picked up. The band is said to be housed in a warehouse within the dominion with other items the Wintermill family had acquired
over the years.
Jackson " The Red Spider" Wintermill
Jackson is the other side of the Wintermill coin, he wasn't a leader just a member. She was just a punk teen during Milla's late years. She rose to power not thought the family but through the underground first. Deepening his ties with the underground and the Nobles that associated with them. He slowly brought these dark ways into the family arranging dirty work for the nobility that did business with the other side of his family, by the time the family figured out what he had done he had already involved so many of them in dark deals without knowing it. And many of them liked his results, so he was eventually made the family's headmaster.
Within a few months he turned Wintermill from a name that was associated with heroes, to a name associated with thugs and black magic dealers. He also created several dark and powerful pacts via secretly arranged marriages between members of the Wintermill house and other clans, and Nobles across the Dominion and even in other countries*
. He even created his own organization outside of the Wintermill's, The red spiders
which acted as his enforcers.
The red Spiders were his greatest piece but his ultimate undoing like a chess-player that relies too much on their Queen. He eventually made it so that the red spiders were the ones pulling the strings not the Wintermill family. And in that the remaining uncorrupted members of the Wintermill's, and the nobility publicly exposed Jackson's criminal involve meant with the red spider gang.
Jackson and many members of the family were captuted and many nobles either had their titles stripped or in some cases their entire families power demoted. But the damaged had been done Wintermill now had a divided opinion among the populous
were the always acting as criminal puppet masters or was it all just Jackson's doing.
til this say, the symbol of a red spider is a symbol of crime, bloodshed and era the Dominion and the Wintermill's wish they could but behind them.
Red Spider symbol
A gang sign in the dominion many thugs and enforces get it tattooed on to themselves, as a sign of dedication to the life style and to how "tough" they are. It's said those who get the sign have killed before, and if you haven't but have the tattoo that you've been marked for death.
Many people also have it as a Wall-scroll but it's hard to tell if they have it because they are actually thugs or because the wall scroll appeared in a wildly popular play written about the events. The play itself is factual inaccurate
and has Wintermill's using enchanted red spiders to kill. This never happen, very few of the Wintermill's or the red spiders used magic at the time.
While the Wintermill's could have easily had the play shut down, they feared it would only make people think even less of them and that it was shut down as censorship. So they kept quite instead. Which wasn't much better.
Perhaps the biggest insult of the red spider though is it being craved at the base of a statue that was erected before Jackson was even born, of Milla honoring her service to the people .
Milla's workers right where passed and last through her life, but eventually Jackson had the rights repealed. since then workers rights have been passed and repealed several times, the dominion as a whole. Though many of the countries within the dominion have their own bills of workers rights.
The current leader of the Wintermill family was born of one of the Black blood ties. She is half-Black Empirian and half Dominonian. She isn't as noble as Milla but she is far from what Jackson was. She values hard work and hard coin and doesn't cut corners to get there. In the three years she has expanding the Wintermill's brand out farther than her predecessors. She is said to be kind and gentle if your close to her, but can be blunt when she needs to be.
Though she had enough wealth to never work a day in her life she spent most of her teenage years and into adulthood in a shipping yard. She often stay in her office during the night to study instead of going to school. She has a workaholic until around 19 which is when she started to only work the yard 3 days a week. Now at age 28, she stills works at building a shipping for six to 8 hours a week, and spends at least three days a week in her private study there.
On her off time she likes to ride horses and has been known to dabble in blacksmithing and even learning a few spells here and there.
Dominion's secret files
Every powerful person in the Dominion has a government file on hand, Cammy Wintermill is not exception:
Status: Single, never married, bisexual
Royal/Nobel status: related to a Rank 3 family in The Black Empire
Power rating: Rank 5 out of 5
Collective wealth: 0.5% of TED total wealth
Family wealth: 15% of TED total wealth
Religious Status: Cloe, with minor worship of several other gods.
Issues of interest: Cammy has ties in all the Dominions sates as well as several smaller nations. The issue of concern is her ties with The Black Empire
, While she has openly complied with Dominion her opening businesses in TBE is concerning. Many who have complied this file fear she may be sympathetic to Hrod's ways and given her power and influence this may serve as a foothold for Hrod to extend control into the Dominion.
In addition, she also has ties with several workers movements and magic schools. She appears to have plans to open private schools within the next five years that will teach other technical and magically training.
Verdict: Watched, new file to be compiled every three months.
edited 12th Apr '12 6:03:12 PM by Vyctorian