-Priest James' Historical Record-
Written by James
Tragedy of Emain Macha
The tragedy of Emain Macha happened years ago when Fomors, in large numbers, invaded Emain Macha through the Coill dungeon and conducted a large scale massacre.
It was believed that the Fomors had essentially lost all their strength after the Mag Tuireadh war, but after this tragedy, that theory was proven to be completely false and caused a huge controversy.
The Cause of the Tragedy of Emain Macha
There are many things that attributed to the cause of this tragic event but there is a new piece of information worth looking into. It is reported that a group of Paladins found a baby of a Fomor in the dungeon during their patrol, and that the tragedy happened because the Fomors tried to get the baby back. However there is no word as to who this child was and how important this baby was to the Fomors. If you give me permission to investigate this matter more in depth, I would like to investigate this matter more thoroughly with the authority of a royal investigator.
However, what's important is not how this tragedy came about but that many parts of Emain Macha has changed since then. I believe that these changes should be taken into consideration for governing the Kingdom, therefore I leave these records.
Handing Over Power
The tragedy of Emain Macha occurred immediately after the Lord of Emain Macha deceased. His younger son Rian was given the crown, but because he was too young to govern the kingdom, Esras the Druid, who served as the Lord's prime minister, became a regent to help govern.
You can imagine how this situation made the people of Emain Macha very nervous. However, Esras stepped up to the plate and took control, and she did an amazing job as well. Starting from the reconstruction of the burnt down city, giving aid to those who had lost their homes or those who were injured, she did not leave anything or anyone behind. Through all her work, Esras smoothly transitioned into power and gained the respect of the people.
Changes in Emain Macha
Once the power structure settled around the new Lord Rian and Esras, many changes began happening in Emain Macha. The changes are as follows.
#Growth of Emain Macha
Emain Macha is greatly flourishing today like never before. The people's quality of life has rose tremendously, the economy is thriving, and tourists are booming. From the outside, it may seem like direct results from Rian and Esras' leadership, but that's not what's really going on.
This is due to the decreasing budget pertaining to areas that don't concern the people's material life and policies that revolve around businesses. Furthermore, the mining of gold using the Paladin Knights play a role as well.
This goes completely against the policies of the previous Lord's counselors. which many of them were replaced as these new policies and changes were taking place.
#The Authority of the Paladins
I would like to explain more in detail regarding the gold mining of the Paladin Knights.
As Paladins took moral responsibility of the tragic event in Emain Macha and handed over its authority from the Church to the Lord, the training system of the Paladins changed. Now, the Lord holds exclusive rights to the Paladin Knights.
However, due to the fact that Lord Rian's health is not good right now, Esras is technically responsible for the Paladins. Thus, the character of the Paladins, which used to symbolize the force of justice, has changed as its ownership transferred from the Church to the government.
#The Change in the Paladin Training System
The change in the characteristics of the Paladins trickled down to the change in their training system, some which were even hard for me to comprehend as a person who wasn't even familiar with Paladins in the past.
First, one must purchase a recommendation letter from the Lord in order to be accepted into the Paladin training. If one does not purchase a recommendation letter which costs 4000 gold, they cannot continue with the training. You also need to pay various fees while training. The more you train, the more you have to pay. For those who burn with passion for justice and righteousness but are poor, there is no opportunity for them to be trained.
#Collecting gold using Paladins
Once they pay the heavy financial burden for training, the students are given the responsibility of destroying Fomors within dungeons which is mainly centered around attacking Kobolts near the Barri dungeon gold mine.
During this process, the gold retrieved from the Kobolts are collected and given to Emain Macha and this is becoming a problem in Bangor as well. They are essentially taking resources that do not belong in their territory.
Suspicion on Esras
At the center of all these changes is Esras. As seen in the example of Bangor, Esras is not only powerful within Emain Macha but is spreading her dominion over Lords in other regions, and furthermore over all of Aliech Kingdom.
Confirming that Paladins were originally used as a check and balance against neighboring Lords from historic documents, it is an understatement to say that Emain Macha is currently placed in a unique situation where the Regent has exclusive power and authority unlike other regions.
In the midst of all this, Esras has been recently seen going in and out of Ceo Island multiple times in disguise. Some are even speculating that her frequent travels to Ceo Island is correlated with the recent increased activity of Golems there.
No one knows whether she is trying to obtain the ancient magic powers as people are saying or whether she wants to use Golems as her soldiers, but Esras' activities must be carefully watched and in case of an emergency, there might come a time where we'll need backup support from the Kingdom to fight against the army of Emain Macha. However, one should note that, if this were to ever happen, the estimated damage would surpass that of the tragedy of Emain Macha, so we must do everything we can to prevent that from happening.
On a side note, there is also a rumor that the previous Lord's death was Esras' plot. Although it is only a rumor at this time, if this were to be true, I believe that Esras poses a serious threat to the entire Kingdom.
Still, many things need to be confirmed with stronger evidence, but it is my conclusion that we cannot wait forever and miss out on the opportunity of preventing a greater tragedy from occurring.
I will continue to carefully observe the changes in Emain Macha and Esras' activities.
-Royal Investigator James
I am still investigating the suspicion of whether or not Esras is using dark magic to control some of the people.