Reconstructing the Past
The booming port city of New Orleans is a place that many in the region and beyond are finding themselves drawn to. As the greatest surviving population and trade center of the south, it holds for some the hope of improved fortune, for others the promise of a good time. As the city was captured and occupied early in the war, it was spared the destruction through warfare suffered by many other cities of the American South. Despite this, the city has hardly been left unchanged by the war. In 1862, Northern forces under Gen. Benjamin F. Butler occupied the city. New Orleans residents have nicknamed him as “Beast” Butler, because of the harsh military order he imposese. After the war, Louisiana, along with Texas, has been officially put under the authority of the “Fifth Military District” of the United States.
Tensions run high among the city’s native population, comprised of an eclectic blend of ratfolk, humans, dwarves, goblins, gnomes, hobgoblins, gripplis, and even the occasional changeling, practicing her arts in the darkest alleyways. By some estimations, nearly 80% of the city’s population is mixed race, reflecting the long history of cultural exchange. In addition, a large portion of the inhabitants are Francophone, most also speaking a dialect of English, but not all. Language is a major dimension of conflict under military rule, as the northerners are attempting to abolish French instruction in the public schools. With the predominance of English speakers in the city and state, that language has already become dominant in business and government.
Despite its internal conflicts, New Orleans stands like a beacon to war refuges throughout the region, southerners whose homesteads were burned and pillaged, soldiers with nowhere to go, traders and grifters alike looking to turn a profit. It also looks particularly attractive to carpetbaggers looking to exploit the social and political upheaval. There is no end to the intrigue one might find here,