Pathfinder: Hell's Rebels
The earliest settlement known to exist at the mouth of the Yolubilis River was a hobgoblin town that bore the same name. The violent settlement of Yolubilis ruled the region for many centuries during the later part of the Age of Destiny until the hobgoblins were wiped out and their city was razed by raiders from the Lands of the Linnorm Kings in –260 ar.
By the dawn of the Age of Enthronement, all that remained of the hobgoblin legacy was the name Yolubilis itself. As with many cities in Cheliax, much of Kintargo’s history has been either altered, lost, or otherwise obfuscated by the work of Thrune redactors, but snippets of the city’s history have persevered via oral traditions and the work of the Sacred Order of Archivists.
This association has long been vexed by the fact that House Thrune seems to have been particularly aggressive at rewriting Kintargo’s history—indeed, information about the hobgoblins of Yolubilis is more readily available to most scholars than are notes on Kintargo’s more recent history. Despite the gap in the city’s history, scholars have established some facts. Taldor’s offical recognition of Kintargo as a city in 3213 ar is a matter of record, suggesting that the city itself stood before that date even though no surviving data from that time seems to exist today.
Taldor’s “Red General,” Cherletra Andos, declared herself lord-mayor of Kintargo on that date and used her political clout to wheedle engineers and gold to update the small community’s infrastructure, including a massive undertaking to raise much of the city’s elevation in what are now the districts of Jarvis End, Old Kintargo, and Redroof to combat seasonal flooding. Reshaping the city in this way provided Kintargo with a unique undercity; many of the local basements are former first-floor shops, and old roads now serve as sewers.
By the time of Cherletra’s death 14 years later, Kintargo had grown from a thriving fishing town into a wealthy trading and manufacturing city. When civil war came to Cheliax in the wake of Aroden’s death, the people of Kintargo fought ferociously to maintain their independence, turning away attempt after attempt at annexation by various factions from the south.
It was during this time that a group known as the Silver Ravens, a band of adventurers and priests of Milani who stood firm against all attempted invasions, rose to prominence. They kept Kintargo relatively safe and entirely free until the civil war ended and House Thrune seized control of the nation. Only then were the Silver Ravens forced to concede defeat. They begrudgingly turned control over to House Thrune and faded into the city’s background to wage a silent war of opposition against Thrune’s rule—a war they were destined to lose.
Thrune had the greater resources and power, and in a few short years, the Silver Ravens were broken by clandestine assassinations, crippling propaganda, and treachery
from within. Once the Silver Ravens had been dealt with, Kintargo fell into line under Thrune’s control resentfully but dutifully. Government redactors worked to ensure all mention of the Silver Ravens had been expunged, of course, and within a few generations, memories of the rebels grew scarce and the group faded into urban folklore.
As the decades rolled on, Kintargo turned even more rebellious, yet never as openly as cities such as Narona or Pezzak. Kintargan citizens might freely mock the dynasty and Egorian politics, but never aloud in front of strangers. To the untrained eye, Kintargo’s citizens may seem content, but one need not scratch deeply at the city’s veneer to lay bare its true, rebellious soul.