Baton Crew - The Arkolith
The Hylbrund Empire was, at its core, built on the power of the trade houses of Venice. The Hylbrunda conquered the land around Venice about 800 years before the Catastrophe, and over the next two hundred years their culture shifted from one focused on overland trade to sea-fairing trade. Ymri of Kafex wrote in his Peoples of Lombardy that was the Hylbrunda that first used “the great power gems”, which many scholars believe is a reference to Arkoliths.
For over six hundred years, the Hylbrunda expanded their control, often by means of predatory trade agreements backup up by a highly trained standing army and the most technologically and magically advanced navy to ever sail the Middle Sea.