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 Jonathan Baldet.

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).

Chapitre Summary


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.

Chapitre Un.

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.

Chapitre Deux.

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.

Chapitre Trois.

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 Sea.

Chapitre Quatre.

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.

Chapitre Cinq.

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 cooperation.

Chapitre Six.

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.

Chapitre Sept.

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.

Chapitre Huit.

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.

Chapitre Neuf.

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.

Epilogue.

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 industry.

C'est Tout.