from County Clare, Ireland, the province of Munster, Tomas Callihan left
his home to seek his fortune like so many others. He traveled for many
years until finally making his home in a rough and tumble land that
eventually became the Duchy of Montrose. Carving out a home in a land
that was rich in lumber, precious metals and dark soil good for growing
grain, he also found a wife. They were happy together and raised
and four daughters. The son, Ronan, the second eldest,
became Duke at a young age, following the accidental death of his
father and mother. Ronan in turn married a lovely lass named Meira. He
and Meira had four sons and three daughters. When their youngest was
still a child, the Duchess died. Ronan never remarried again, knowing
he would mourn his Rose until his dying day.
After swearing alliance to the King of neighboring Kildare, Ronan
settled into a peaceful life until, on the night of a terrible storm,
Ronan and his eldest son argued. No one knows the reason or what was
said, but James rode away and was not heard from again. Ronan distanced
himself from Kildare when the King went mad and the rule of the land
fell under the First Knight who was controlled by the Sorceress, Keary. Mountains and a river kept
them from being invaded, though the Duchy was in a constant state of
Adam, the second son, was groomed to take over the Duchy, but he had
little desire to take his brother's place. After his two younger
brothers, Morgan and Faelan were sent off to Ireland to learn the ways
of sailing a ship, Adam slipped away to search for James. Ronan became
ill and the people whispered the illness was sent from Kildare itself.
His closest advisor -- his brother Ultan -- began to take over the
Duchy, leaving Ronan as little more than a puppet. Morgan and Faelan,
had led a mutiny against their captain and now had their own ship named the
Fianna. Adam found his two younger brothers and together the three
planned. One night, while a winter storm raged, they slipped into the
fortress and spirited their sisters, Alannah, Regan and Deirdre away to
the realm of Ballicastle. An angry Ultan sent men to find them but
the siblings eluded them. Regan managed to talk her two brothers into
allowing her to join them on their voyages. In time, Adam and James
found one another and began to bring their family together.
Morgan, Faelan and Regan found a great treasure in South America but
they also found trouble. First they were attacked by a dragon-like
creature inside the ruins where the treasure was hidden. Faelan
had been bitten but recovered. The pirates known as the
Unholy Trinity, Doom, Blackbeard and the Stirling Scourge were also
seeking that treasure. They were delighted to find the three and their
plans for them were not pleasant. It was a surprise to the pirates when
they were caught off guard by the the Frontier, James's ship, and by the
ships of Neale and Adrian Frasier. With only one ship left, the three
pirates fled, leaving the three siblings aboard the wounded Fianna.
They were rescued, their gold retrieved and a course set back to
Heathfield. The family was together again. It was time to learn
the truth about their father.
Sent into Montrose at the request of James Callihan, Jacob Anderson and
Mercy LaCorte went undercover to find out the truth. What they
discovered was the daughter of Ultan, Caoime, was little more than a
prisoner herself. Ronan seemed to be under a dark spell. When they
returned to Heathfield to report, the decision of James and his brothers
and sisters came easy. They would free their father. While Ultan's army
faced that of Kildare's, they rescued Ronan, breaking the hold his
brother had over him. Ultan and his son, Gillean, fled. Because of his health, Ronan made
James Duke. He recovered though he is quite content to allow his brother
to rule. Once again Montrose serves Kildare, helping when Ultan
returned to try for a bigger prize, Kildare itself. Ultan failed
once again. The three sea-faring siblings each gained their own ships. No one knew what became of Gillean who recently returned.
After proving he had no choice but to aid his father, Gillean was given
the manor and lands of Swan Lake Estates, left empty after the treachery of it's
former Lord. Montrose once more knows peace even if the lands
around them are unsettled.
"Fidus Et Audax"
"Faithful and Bold"