Tzompanctli, Kingdom of

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Foundation: 1747-
Capital: Tzompantlan in Tutchone
Religion: Lencolar Christian

By Martin Helsdon


An Aztec offshoot in the frozen north derived from settlers who colonized the regions once inhabited by the Inuit Taguak before the Ice War. The mercenary captain Tizoc became the first Baron of the Land of Skulls.

The History:

Still to be written.

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!737-1738 T204
Order of Tlahulli: The Tlahulli control Tutchone (and Hûkar), as well as Kaska (and Tamsagbujak).

Aztec Empire: The Aztec crusaders (the Order of Tlahulli) were ordered back to Méxica, but they refused, which caused a mild crisis in the Nisei heartland. Worse, the Tlahulli did not leave on the fleet, and marched north into the wasteland of the Ice, looking for someone to smack.

They did not find anyone, even the Inuit having left the old Tatar domains. The Tlahulli marched through the snow and ice until they came upon a massive ruined city in newly growing forest. This place they recognized from the tales told by the Nisei aerocorps – Dread Hûkar, where so many had died to save the world. Chikietl, the leader of the Tlahulli declared this was the place they would stay, and so the crusaders settled among the pines and swift streams, finding the soil rich and the game plentiful.

1739 – 1740 T205
Order of Tlahulli (The Flowering Sun): Plagued by constant cold, terrifying winters, frigid summers, enormous bears, constant attacks by bands of Inuit raiders and the queer dreams who come to all those who dwell where <They> have once set foot – Chikietl decided to accede to the wishes and prayers of both the Aztec Emperor and the Sisters of the Rose, and return to the sunny middle lands. The knights of the Order packed up their bags, marched down to Azoton and boarded ship for the journey back to the center of the world.

1747 – 1748 T209
Tzompanctli: Diplomacy Kayak/Azaton(t)
Those Aztec settlers abandoned by the departure of the Tlahulli to the lands-in-the-sun mustered themselves into a domain ruled by Baron Tizoc from the shattered ruins of Hûkar. Having managed to re-establish some semblance of civilization in the provinces of Kaska, Tutchone and Han; the Tzompans turned their attention upon Ahtena and the portage road to the coast. While the province was settled to 1w4 and the city of Bashar re-occupied, Tizoc himself made his way south to the coast in the company of his son, Kehuehuel and Lord Tiuhepan.

Agitating amongst the oppressed natives of Kayak inspired a rebellion against the Knights of Saint John, who had formerly held the port town of Azaton. This success led to a tentative agreement between the inlanders and the fishermen of the coast.

1749 – 1750 T210
Tzompanctli: Diplomacy Kayak/Azaton(ea)
The Skull kings minded their own business.

1751 - 1752 T211
Tzompanctli: Diplomacy Azaton in Kayak(a)
Their meager kingdom reinforced by in an infusion of Aztec and Lencolar gold, the Northerners expanded the cities of Tzompantlan (old Hûkar) and Oculinco (in Kaska). With some help from the Sisters, a shining new university was endowed and set specifically to the (very relevant) task of understanding the Ice and all its dreadful effects. Furs, dried fish and whale blubber was sent to the Aztec Empire in tribute.

A large number of Sisterhood nuns and monks arrived in Kayak, where they set about helping the poor and preaching the word of the Revelation of Tepeyac and the unity of the Mother and the Child.

Aztec Empire: In turn, large sums of cash were disbursed, and some outright grants bestowed upon the Knights of the Flowering Sun and the Tzompanctli.

1753 - 1754 T212
Tzompanctli: Diplomacy None
With the boundary of the Ice stabilized, sufficient warmth crept back into the north to allow the Skull people to expand their capital of Tzompantlan a level. There was also a flury of activity around old Hûkar in preparation for certain visitors from the south. The Baron was disturbed, however, when news reached him that a Sister of the Rose prelate known to be preaching in the backwoods of Kayak was found murdered. He ordered the local governor to find the miscreants immediately.

After a long voyage, and with the deeps of winter boiling over the mountains above the chill port of Azoton, the Norsktrad fleet arrived on Tzompan shores. Il Reina Natasha took her command staff ashore and met with the Baron's men. Soon thereafter the entire appurtenance of an Expedition began pouring ashore: skis and snowshoes for the men, and sleighs for the carrying of packs and the transportation of guns and rockets are manufactured. Dogs were purchased from the local Tzompanctli merchants. Hundreds of huts were cut into the hillsides above the town to provide winter quarters.

Ice gear for the troops was fabricated. Heavy winter gear is made available, of at least two layers, with fleece between (no cotton), including a gray-white camouflaged over-jacket. Two pairs of high quality boots per man, large enough to allow the wearing of thick and double layered socks, with fittings to permit the addition of ice spikes. Ice picks (long enough to be used as a walking aid and to probe the ice), snow goggles (fitted with tinted glass), tents, sleeping bags, axes, thick gloves, ropes, compasses, lanterns, flares and whistles and all other necessary gear is provided. Kerosene heaters and charcoal. Emergency rations, including raisins, tea, coffee and Aztec chocolatl. Water heaters to allow ice to be unfrozen and boiled. Mirrors for signaling. Cooking stoves and fuel.

Insulated sleeves are provided for the gun barrels. The Company engineers built mechanisms for keeping the artillery barrels unfrozen, so that they do not shatter when fired, as insulation alone will not be sufficient. Flints in shielded holders are provided, so that fire can be lit even in the arctic gales.

The airship engines were overhauled, antifreeze mechanisms added, and fully tested as the snowdrifts grew deeper and deeper outside the sheds.

All the while, the Skull-people waited for the second expedition to arrive from the south, this one sent from the mother-Empire itself.

Aztec Empire: The Emperor showed uncommon generosity; dispensing large gifts in gold, credit and goods to the Tzompanctli, the Zacateca and the Sisters of the Rose.

Sisters of the Rose: Much like the Empire, the Sisters were busy disbursing money to the faithful kings of Tzompanctli and Colorado.

1755 - 1756 T213
Norsktrad: The Tzompanctlin Prince Kehuehuel, a guest of the Company in St. Georges, was provided with pleasant accommodation whilst he awaited the completing of the airship yards, to allow the construction of the airship to carry him home in style and comfort.

Tzompanctli: Diplomacy Kayak (^f)
While practicing their skiing, the ‘ice wardens’ also saw to increasing the size of their capital at Tzompantlan. Prodded by the Baron, the civil militia in the port of Azaton investigated the death of a Lencolar Sister two years previous. After about four weeks they abruptly ceased their investigation and refused to mention the matter again. Unfortunately for the militia chief, about four months after shutting down the case, Sister Margaret Mary O’Rourke – another Lencolar agent who had been traveling among the villages along the coast – was killed while swimming by a pod of orcas.

Aztec Empire: As ever, the Empire continued to import truly vast quantities of grain, by which they inadvertently made the economies of New Granada, Caquetio, Bolivia and Tzompanctli dependent on their export market.

1757 - 1758 T214
Norsktrad: Jorge chewed his pipe thoughtfully. “The promised airship plans have been provided, and we bid farewell to our Tzompanctli guest.”

Tzompanctli: Diplomacy No effect
Eager to restore the ancient fields and orchards of the Tatar people to cultivation, the Baron subsidized a variety of schemes in Ahtena and Han. Still, a great harvest of reindeer and elk hides was sent south to Aztec markets.

Aztec Empire: Prince Kehuehuel of the Tzompanctli arrived in Sion via Norsk passenger ship (the Company had begun a regular service from St. Georges in Morroco via New Orleans via the Canal to the Imperial Capital) and was feted by Emperor Trákonel, who expressed delight at the good health of his cousin, despite such near-legendary adventures and misfortunes.

1759 – 1760 T215
Tzompanctli: Diplomacy None
With the assistance of technicians shipped up from Aztec, and funded by the Sisters of the Rose, the Tzompans began work on their own airship designs, all designed to deal with the terrible cold and the harsh conditions in the Ice. At the same time, the cities of Azatlan and Azaton expanded as more settlers found their way into northern climes and the native Tatar population began to rebound from long years of horrific conditions.

The Baron’s wife gave birth to a pair of black-eyed twins, which caused great consternation among the Old Believers, who regarded twins as deformed monsters. Tizoc, however, held with none of that nonsense, though he did name them Xolotl and Quetzacoatl out of perversity. Soon after the borth, prince Kehuehuel returned (at last!) from the far south in the company of many Norsk and Aztec merchants, as well as prince Xezhin of the Méxica.

The newspapers were filled with stories of the daring journey of Lord Tieuhepan, who sailed down to the Cook Inlet and went ashore amid the ruins of old Tatarsky Tosag. He then followed the old Great Road up through Kashir and around to Gartsa and then home to Azatlan. He escaped death a dozen times, fought horrific monsters, fled from savage tribesmen and brought back many drawings of the denizens of the Ice lands, flora and fauna and a variety of anthropological curiosities. He also lost a lot of weight.

A cruel fate befell the visiting prince Xezhin while hunting with some of Tizoc’s cousins – they were attacked by polar bears while moving along a frozen lake – Xezhin fled the attack but the ice cracked and he was trapped. While the others circled back, having evaded the ‘white men’, the bears snacked on Xezhin’s exposed head, shoulders and arm.

1761 – 1762 T216
Tzompanctli: The Tzompan settlements in Han began to clear forest and scrub, dig out old Tatar wells and irrigation channels, hoping to make the icy ground yield winter wheat again. The economic life of the kingdom of the Skulls got a boost when a fleet of PM&T merchantmen arrived at the hardscrabble port of Azaton, unloaded an enormous amount of materials, furniture, tools, tents and so on and proceeded to expand the city a level by building a ‘merchant’s quarter’. More help came from the Empire and the Sisters.

The Baron at last emerged from self-imposed seclusion, beaming and merry, and took heart from his gardener’s who said the sun was growing stronger again. This glad news provoked even the dour prince Kehuehuel of Tamsag to marry, though the young wife had yet to bear a child. Still, randy old Tizoc’s brood of six hellions continued to rampage around the palace compound, making mischief, letting bears loose in the orchards and generally being a pain and a half.

All of this trouble led to princess Chtuantla being shipped off to boarding school in the Empire, in the merciless hands of the Sisters of the Rose, in fact. An event which caused much crying, wailing and weeping on the part of the wee princesses’ little brothers, who would miss her.

A Sun-Shield (Tlahulli) knight-commander leading an expedition into the ruins of old Hûkar was killed, along with most of his diggers, when a mosaic floor they were excavating collapsed into a hidden cistern and they all drowned before the mangled, mutilated bodies could be dragged out.

Aztec Empire: The Emperor also dispensed largesse to his allies and tributary states with a recklessly generous hand – Nisei, the Sisterhood, the Tlahulli, Tzompans and Colorado all benefited.

Sisters of the Rose: Among the new arrivals at the Sisterhood’s great school in New Jerusalem was a mischevious, recklessly fearless young lady from the far, far north. The Holy Mother herself took a moment out of a very busy schedule to show princess Cthuantla to her dorm room in the first-year’s wing. The girl didn’t know who the elderly woman was, but was happy enough to see a smiling face and a firm hand to lead her up the twisty stairs. Of course, Cthuantla of Tzompan was in front of the School Prefect only a day later for beating a prissy girl from Tenochtitlán bloody after the Four-Hundred-Houses-born first year laughed at her for not knowing which of the four spoons to use first at dinner.

1763 – 1764 T217
Tzompanctli: The Tzompans continued to clear farmland in Han, and took heart from the steadily lengthening summer. The old men opined that in another decade or two, the balance of summer and winter might be restored – and then made a sign against evil fate – “while no further calamities befall the world.”

Distracted by his love of hunting and poking around in the old ruins of the Tatarsky realm, guidance of the Kingdom fell to prince Kehuehuel, who proved singularly inept at running such a large domain. But, loyal to his father’s wishes, the middle-aged man soldiered on. Lord Tiuhepan, dispatched with a small party of ski-troops to investigate the possibility of opening the abandoned city of Tosag in Katmai to settlement, fell ill with tuberculosis and died after a few months there. The widely-respected mayor of Azton also passed away, though in his case, a heart-attack brought on by eating too much whale-blubber seemed to be the cause.

1765 – 1766 T218
Tzompanctli: Lord Chantlian was dispatched to investigate the suitability of the old port of Tosag (in Katmai) for settlement by the kingdom. Unfortunately, soon after his arrival, his camp was overrun by a horde of cannibalistic Icemen and the doughty lord was slain and, doubtless, eaten. Missionary work continued among the Azatones.

Pacifican merchantmen continued to throng the icy port of Azaton, where the Baron’s customs agents had arranged for the company to handle trade in Ice artifacts, furs, gold ingots and whale blubber to both distant Aztec and China.

1767 – 1768 T219
Tzompanctli: Efforts to clear the forests from Han and to resettle the abandoned farms and towns continued, drawing all (or nearly all) of the Baron’s attention. Furs and polar bear meat was dispatched to the Emperor in tribute. Princess Itzapalicue, who had long served the Baron as his dutiful wife, took her own life (having been recently suffering from a surfeit of bile) in the winter of ’67. She missed, therefore, the birth of a grandson in the following spring. Efforts to woo the Catholics of Azoton to the Lencolar path continued apace.

1769–1770 T220
Tzompanctli: The northlands remained bitterly cold, though the Tzompans were now on good terms with the remnant Tatar and Inuit populations, and now masters of the snowshoe, ski and toboggan. Prince Ichtotle, who had apparently made his aged father (the Baron) quite furious, was dispatched to the uttermost north with a ragtag lot of castoffs from the army on a survey expedition, following the routes previously taken by various Aztec and Lencolar “Scientists”. He did not return.

The foundations of a great fortress were laid just outside of the key port of Azoton, where the Lencolar priests were waging a slow, but ultimately successful struggle, to convert the town population to their faith. Sister McKenzie, who had been leading the Rose effort there, fell ill and died of pneumonia, but was swiftly replaced by another of the Southerners.

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