Baldet General Summary
Prelude -- tale I
Prelude -- tale II
Chapitre Un -- the lives of the tribes and villages of Eagle's Bay and the
Bay of Winds before William Belmar.
Chapitre Deux -- the times of the exploration of the Barren Peninsula.
Chapitre Trois -- the settling of the Southern Mentar Mountains and the
founding of Carmassh.
Chapitre Quatre -- the lives of the peoples of the Lantosch Archipelago.
Chapitre Cinq -- the settling and independence of Ceekar Island.
Chapitre Six -- the war between the northern and southern islands and
Chapitre Sept -- the young nation of Baldet (1054-1100).
Chapitre Huit -- the twelfth century.
Chapitre Neuf -- the thirteenth century and the Continental War.
Epilogue -- present day Baldet (1279).
Prelude -- tale I.
The novel opens with a paraple told by an old man in the northwestern
Mentar Mountains. In the story, a stranger from distant lands has come to
the mountains to hunt eagles. After following their cries, the hunter
becomes lost. He eventually builds himself a house in the side of a
mountain. One morning, a group of eagles waken him and he kills one of them.
The others capture him and seclude him to a mountaintop, where he spends
twenty days. Ironically, he befriends the eagles to fight a vast forest
fire, and they extinguish it.
Prelude -- tale II.
The next tale is told by a young warrior from Fox Island in the Lantosch
Archipelago. In his story, a group of four fishermen, himself included,
embark on a fishing voyage. They get lost in the waters of the Teltoch Ocean
near the Cape of Lost Hope. While caught in a terrible storm, their ship is
torn apart and they are left to float on planks. Sharks devour the warrior's
three companions while he escapes to a tiny island. In order to return home,
he befriends the hungry sharks. They agree to take him home in return for
food. He returns home and the sharks are fed.
The first chapter begins with the birth of an eagle whose mother has
died. The bird is given to a neighboring village as a sign of friendship.
Two youths, one from each town, explore a cave in one of the mountainsides
near the coast of the Bay of Winds. They discover that the deep cave has a
second entrance on the shore of Eagle's Bay. Here, they excavate a blue and
white gem. They almost kill each other over the stone, but eventually it is
lost in an effort to save their lives. When the boys return home, others are
amazed at their descriptions of wealth in the cave. According to ancient
folklore, there is a story about how a whale had once told the eagles about
riches in the east, when animals used to speak. Evidently, the men of the
mountains learned this from their pet eagles. When news of such treasures
from the boys reached them, the elders of the towns immediately sent
messengers to find William Belmar, the inventor who lived near the present
day city of Delbar.
The second chapter begins with an explanation by the elders to the other
townspeople about tragic attempts by sailors to travel into the eastern
waters of the Bay of Winds, find treasure, and return with it. They further
describe the reasoning behind the search for William Belmar. His invention,
which the people of his day dismiss as faulty magic, is known to you and me
as a simple compass. He uses this device to skillfully navigate into the
Lost Bay, named for the previous explorers. The present day city of Belmar
rests where the man for whom it was named first set foot on land after the
fearful voyage. This is the easternmost settlement in Baldet today. After
finding nothing but empty promises, he returns to the mountains via his
knowledge, by compass, of the swirling ocean currents. Belmar learned that
the current swings in a long northern arc from west to east and in a southern
arc from east to west. This southern arc trapped sailors in the stomach of
the Lost Bay, so Belmar avoided it and sailed far north before returning to
the west despite cries from shipmates about venturing too far from shore in
uncharted waters. They arrived in Windsong nine days after leaving the
Barren Peninsula. By following the coast of the Bay of Winds at the feet of
the Mentar Mountains, and by sailing with compasses, the inhabitants of the
mountains settled the vast Barren Peninsula and established the towns of
Beldar, Foundcity, and Belmar, where William Belmar died and was buried.
The very night that William Belmar was buried at the age of 93, a child
was born in Delbar, William's own birthplace. The baby boy was named
Nathanial Carmassh. As he grew up hearing the fantastic tales of the Great
Explorer, his interests turned south, to the undiscovered wilds of the
southern Mentar Mountains. At the age of nineteen, he set out in a journey
that began in a stream that flowed behind his house. This waterway combined
with others and others to form a tributary of the Spoor River. He met many
obsticles on his way, but felt a sence of accomplishment when he could
finally look back and see the last of the mountains in the distance.
Nathanial then discovered the great fork in the river, where he spent the
next seven months before returning to the north. Within the next two
decades, settlers explored and cultivated almost the entire remaining lands
of the northern island and began a fishing industry in the northern King's
In opposition to the civilness and fortune of the northerners, the
inhabitants of the nine islands of the Lantosch Archipelago were greedy,
egotistical, poor, and short-tempered. Although this group of people would
be considered outright scandals in the modern world, they did have some good
qualities. For example, they were excellent fighters when it came to war in
defending their homes and land. They also had a driving curiosity and a very
creative imagination. In spite of the fact that these southerners possessed
very little intelligence in comparison to their northern counterparts, they
excelled in the fields of maritime navigation and sailing. In the year 892
the strongest warriors from each of the islands secretly met to discuss
drawing up a set of laws to prevent the growing revolution. After weeks of
discussion the group announced the installation of a set of governing rules
to be followed by all, still allowing the overthrow of rulers on each
individual island. This set of five basic laws became known as The
Fundamental Laws. Although these laws were cruel and inhumane, the system
worked well until the islands became greatly overpopulated. Explorers were
sent to the east where a legend told of a great land, larger than all the
islands known. Following years of attempts to settle this bare land, the
emperor of Lantosch decided to send his best sailors to the south, around the
infamous Cape of Lost Hope in search of new lands to settle.
The southerners, in 903, discovered the Strait of Balkin, the gateway to
settling the large western island of Ceekar. For many years the pilgrims
living in and around Kar Bay could not compete for the position of emperor,
and this created great hostilities between the islanders. In a desperate
attempt to prevent the onset of war, a sixth law was added to The Fundamental
Laws in 976. It was named The Bason Island Revision because at that time,
the emperor was from Bason Is. Instead of easing the bitterness it only
added to it. These southerners didn't like their rulers in the Lantosch
Archipelago, so they set out for freedom. The inevitable fight for
independence began in Ceekar when people from Lantosch burned the homes of
its citizens. Violence spread throughout all of Ceekar Island and to the
western city of Laslite. The people of Ceekar Island thought the island of
no tactical importance, losing it to the Lantosch army, their only victory.
With slow transportation betreen Lantosch and the colonies of Kar Bay, it was
very easy for the revolutionaries to set up a blockade. The metropolis of
present-day Gateway City was one of the three cities having major battles in
the war. Eventually the two new nations would learn to live in peace and
During one of the coldest winters the land had ever experienced, a
hunting party from one of the northern towns of Ceekar Is. noticed a sailing
vessel unfamiliar to them in the King's Sea. After several weeks of spying
on the strange ships, a war party was assembled to attack these foreigners.
On the planned day several boats surrounded the fishing ship and sank it,
taking the crew as prisoners. When nearly seven turned up missing, the news
was sent to Carmassh that something or someone was sinking the boats, and
something needed to be done about it. A fleet of large ships capable of
shooting cannonballs and spears came to King's Bay immediately. A war broke
out between the northern and southern islands. In the year 1013, a great
speaker, Jonathan Baldet, born in Delbar after the war began and speaking
both languages, asked for a government to be set up between the northern and
southern states. On January 31, 1054, approximately two years after Baldet's
death in Windsong, the leaders of the islands met in Gateway City to talk.
Amazingly, they reached an agreement and the fighting stopped. The new
nation was named after its savior, Baldet. Without Baldet, the two groups
may still be at war. In October of 1054, a constitution written by Jason
Caston, abolishing all former rules and the laws including The Fundamental
Laws of the south, was presented before the highest officials for approval.
In December of the same year it became law, creating the states of Egalia,
Lantosch, Caperica, Nastia, and Ceekar Island. Belasia and Kingsland join
the union in 1075 and 1082 respectively.
Many predicted problems arose for the newly created nation before the
turn of the century. The issue of land ownership became the backbone of
every presidential election, and the candidate who promised to end the ordeal
usually became elected, although the debate raged on. Another problem was
the terrible road conditions of the underdeveloped landscapes of the south.
The president, almost always from the north, ignored this problem and gave
the excuse that new highways could not be afforded with the country's weak
economy. Through the efforts of getting a southern president elected, the
highways and roads of the entire country were improved, and the standard of
living rose greatly. The Federal Prison of Baldet was approved in 1089 and
completed near the end of 1097. This huge structure, the only building on
the Isle of Souls, at its time of completion was the largest facility in
Baldet. A naval fleet was assembled in the late 1090s and two command
centers were established, one in Ceekar and the other in Lantosch.
The twelfth century held many difficult obsticles for the nation as well
as several new discoveries, inventions, and improvements on existing methods.
Among the problems are the fires in Gateway City, the bombing of Chanscier by
rebels, the collisions in the Strait of Balkin due to tides, the danger of
extinction of many species of animals in the Mentar Mountains, and the
assassination of Baldet's ninth president. On a lighter side, the power of
electricity was discovered and ways of utilizing it were invented. The
economy greatly improved with the export of lead and minerals from the Mentar
Mountains and cotton and sugarcane from the southern islands, causing local
businesses to prosper and grow. New and improved highways were needed to
compensate for the widespread use of the electric vehicle. With the
increased competative exploration in Chazalalia improved ships were needed to
bring settlers to the mainland. In 1180 the first admendment to the
constitution was added describing the claiming and purchase of new lands, and
in 1193 a second was needed to control immigration.
In the early years of the thirteenth century, Tontego, a nation on the
mainland of the Urorian continent, opposed the settling of southern
Chazalalia by Baldet. On February 5, 1204 Tontego declared war on Baldet,
beginning the eventual Continental War. A quick response by Baldet's naval
forces fell short as Tontego blockaded all five of Chazalalia's major rivers.
By mid-1205 it appeared as if Tontego was winning the war since it had an
advantage of position in reaching the battlefield. In 1207, Lalone, an
island nation to the north, joined the war on Tontego's side for the purpose
of its colonies in Chazalalia. By November, Herth and Blora had taken sides
with Tontego for the same purposes, and Baldet appeared to be in total chaos.
In desperation, they asked for help from Sommet, who owned the bay of the
largest river on the continent. Naturally, Sommet joined in this world war
on Baldet's side, seeing the injustice from Tontego. Now, with Sommet's
backing, the duo could easily win the war. Towards the end of the war, in
1210, Starre decided to help Baldet and Sommet. Tancoon was the only nation
to remain neutral. On the historic day of August 2, 1210, in the city of
Strasburg, Tancoon, all the nations signed the peace treaty ending the war
and banning all future claims in Chazalalia. Although, officially, the war
was over, word took its time to reach the scarcely populated Chazalalia. On
September 21, 1210, over six weeks after the war officially ended, fighting
broke out in the Valley of Brooks. About 600 Blorian troops stormed in on
the resting seventy Sommet soldiers. By September 23 all but twelve of
Sommet's troops were slain. This group, called the Willful Dozen, managed to
eliminate over 200 of the enemy's servicemen before having to surrender.
Days later, while trying to escape from the prison camp, they were killed.
In 1236, silver was discovered in the East Mentar Mountains. Thousands of
people flocked there in search of silver, one of the rarest metals in Baldet.
Delbar and Carmassh grew enormously in population, and as a consequence,
Carmassh became the capital of Baldet for the longest streak in history,
forty-three years through nine presidential elections.
Present-day Baldet is a highly industrialized nation with one of the
world's most booming economies. Exports of lead, silver, minerals, and
snythetic fibers make up most of Baldet's income. It imports products such
as gold for electronics, glass, and spices. With such a prosperous system,
Bladet has enough money to support many projects in science and technology
and its military. Tourism is the fourth largest area of income for the state
of Egalia. The caves at Windsong and along the Bay of Winds bring millions
of tourists each year. Major cities have become centers for business while
regulations allow the countryside to remain natural and beautiful. Several
national and state parks have been established to preserve and protect the
wildlife, and commercial fishing has been limited to the food service