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The Blackrock Bandits are a band of bandits and mercenaries that have formed together to ransack villages, pillage farms and rob unsuspecting enemies. At the top of the Bandit food chain stands Blackrock herself. But not all is sunshine and flowers within the Bandit Queendom of Blackrock. To the east, there is a new Communist power emerging in Flag of Griffon Liberation Army Brodfeld, soon to threaten the Bandits, surely. To the southwest, Flag of Wingbardy Wingbardy is gathering power and could strike towards Blackrock at a moment's notice. And if the Flag of Griffonian Empire Griffonian Empire to the north ever manages to re-emerge as the great power it once was, then this might be the early death of the Blackrock Bandits.

Lore[]

Much like the Sunstriker Clan in the north, the Blackrock Bandits are a band of bandits and mercenaries that have formed together to ransack villages, pillage farms and rob unsuspecting enemies.

The County of Blackhollow[]

However things were not always like this and the territory ruled by the bandits was once known as the Flag of Blackrock Bandits County of Blackhollow. The County of Blackhollow was ruled by the Bluecrest family who would faithfully serve the Kings of the Flag of Kingdom of Griffonstone Kingdom of Griffonstone for centuries.

One of the most noticeable events in the history of Blackhollow occurred over two centuries ago when Grover I crossed the Creeper Mountains in the south of Blackhollow with his vast army to attack the east. The eastern principalities had expected him to attack from the north or the south and they were completely taken by surprise as Grover invaded from the west and occupied their towns and cities.

However, as time passed the Flag of Griffonian Empire Griffonian Empire declined and grew weak. In the chaos of the 978 ALB Republican Revolution, the County of Blackhollow broke free from the Empire's rule alongside their masters in Griffonstone. The next year, Count Gabriel Bluecrest aided his overlords in Griffonstone against revolutionaries. Like the vassals of the Griffonian Empire, he too demanded increased autonomy as a reward, but Griffonstone's Regency Council refused to grant it to him. Outraged by this, he declared independence in 985, only to die in 990. His heir Caelan Bluecrest refused Griffonstone's demand to bend the knee and stood firm against them when they invaded Blackhollow.

But his victory did not last long. Sensing her opportunity Blackrock, a notorious bandit from Banditplace gathered a loyal band of thieves, outlaws and marauders there and started a revolt, aided by deserters from both the County and Griffonstone. This guerilla war lasted for a decade until Count Caelan met his demise at the end of Blackrock's rifle. Since then, she has ruled the former County's land as a bandit overlord.

The Bandit Queendom[]

Today Blackrock and her bandits still maintain their rule over Blackhollow and the surrounding area. Their rampant banditry, however, has led to a number of issues. There is virtually no industry to speak of with all possession being stolen from other nations. Furthermore, the place is a nightmare for anyone who isn't one of Blackrock's griffons. This has caused uprisings to be regular occurrences and made Blackrock's hold over the territory tenuous at best.

While none of the individual uprisings have any chance to overthrow Blackrock and her bandits, there remain two factions which could, if they are able to gather enough support.

First is the old nobility. Following their defeat by the bandits, many of them escaped to hiding in the mountains and have been planning to restore the County of Blackhollow ever since. Many of them have now united themselves behind Countess Cyrille Bluecrest, the daughter of Count Caelan Bruecrest, as their leader.

The other faction is the Communists led by the maniacal revolutionary Reeve Blyeddin. Reeve has recently returned from his foreign travels and is rallying the peasants into action. He has taken inspiration from Flag of Our Town Our Town and wishes to implement his vision of a perfect society where everygriff is equal.

Even if Blackrock were to stay in power there still remains the issue of the rising Communist power in Flag of Griffon Liberation Army Prywhen...

Starting Situation[]

The Blackrock Bandits start in a weak position with a very small number of factories and low core population. It is further disadvantaged by the Lawless Land and Economic Wasteland national spirits. However, its mountainous terrain can make any attack difficult.

The Blackrock Bandits start with a military of 7 fully trained infantry divisions totaling 39K deployed griffonpower.

Threats and Opportunities[]

  • Flag of Griffon Liberation Army Griffon Liberation Army - The most immediate threat to the Blackrock Bandits. They will often attack shortly after winning their civil war.

Sometimes the Flag of Kingdom of Brodfeld Kingdom of Brodfeld will ask Blackrock for help if the Supremacy path is taken and Brodfeld is losing the civil war. If the GLA wins the civil war, Blackrock will get a event asking them if they want to declare war on the GLA. Blackrock can accept in the hopes the counter-revolt in Prywhen is successful.

If Blackhollow is Communist then the GLA will not attack Blackhollow. They will propose you to join them in an union. Accepting will lead to them puppeting you. There is no consequences in declining.

  • Flag of Kingdom of Griffonstone Kingdom of Griffonstone - Will generally be a target for expansion. They are one of the weakest neighbors and have a cultural Griffonian state, allowing the Blackrock Bandits to upgrade their science base to a substantial science base. A non-aligned Blackhollow will get cores on Griffonstone.
  • Flag of Wingbardy Wingbardy - A Supremacist Wingbardy will get a war goal on the owner of Griffonstone. The Kingdom of Griffonstone usually being a target for the Blackrock Bandits, this can easily lead to Wingbardy going to war against the Blackrock Bandits.
  • Flag of Griffonian Empire Griffonian Empire - Will eventually come after the Blackrock Bandits.
  • Flag of Principality of Lushi Principality of Lushi - They have a focus to declare war on the Blackrock Bandits should the GLA be at war with the Blackrock Bandits.

National Focus[]

Blackrock Focus Tree

Blackrock - The Bandit Queen[]

If Blackrock remains in power then the first choice will be how to deal with the Civil War in Prywhen. Choosing to get involved will give war goals on both civil war nations. Once both civil war nations are defeated the bandits will loot and burn Prywhen, after which cores will be given on all of Prywhen.

Choosing not to get involved will lead to the bandits preparing for the expected attack from the winner of the Prywhen Civil War. To prepare for the attack this path gives a line of fortifications in the mountains, 6 veteran divisions with 3 infantry battalions, and 10% division defense on core territory.

Next the left branch will allow the Blackrock Bandits to interfere with its southwestern neighbors. Plunder Griffonstone will give 6 piles of loot and 60 political power. The other 3 focuses will expand the drug trade into neighboring Flag of Falcor Principality Falcor Principality, Flag of Sicameon Sicameon, and Flag of County of Cyanolisia County of Cyanolisia. Giving Blackrock boosts to stability, political power gain and industry while the effected neighbors will receive penalties to their stability, political power gain, and industry. Note if the territory of the neighboring countries are annexed then the new owner will receive the penalties instead when the focuses are done unless the owner are the Blackrock Bandits.

The right branch will focus on turning the territory ruled by Blackrock into a civilized nation leading to the Lawless Land and Economic Wasteland national spirits being removed. Once civilized, Blackrock can declare the territory a Queendom.

Unique to the Supremacy path are the decisions. These decisions are based around the usage of loot. Loot can be gained from focuses, events, and the raiding decisions. Loot is used to hire mercenaries and for purchases on the Black Market. The raiding decisions allow Blackrock to start border wars with its neighbors. Victory will give 2-6 loot, depending on the target's industrial amount.

The mercenary decisions allow Blackrock to use loot to spawn divisions. These divisions will stay until their contract expires, at which point the hired divisions will be removed and can be hired again. These are unlocked by the Soldiers of Fortune focus.

Mercenary Name Loot Cost Spawned Divisions Days Hired
Blackhollow Highwaygriffs 2 6 divisions with 6 infantry battalions each. 5 have regular experience and 1 is veteran. 60
Sicameon Privateers 4 4 divisions with 8 infantry battalions and 1 recon company each. All have regular experience. 100
Lushian Hussars 6 4 divisions with 9 infantry battalions each. All have seasoned experience. 120
Sons of Arcturius 8 4 divisions with 6 knight and 3 infantry battalions each. All have veteran experience. 140

The next set of decisions are the Black Market decisions. These are unlocked by the Black Market Deals and Black Market Expansion focuses.

Name Loot Cost Benefit
New Bandits 2 +10 000 griffonpower
Definitely Not Slaves 4 +20% construction speed for 180 days and +10 000 population
Illicit Firearms 5 +1 000 infantry equipment
Black Market Blueprints 8 1x 25% research bonus for infantry, support, or artillery technology
Stolen Scientists 8 -10% research time for 200 days

The next set of decisions allow Blackrock to demand its neighbors to be its tributary state by spending 100PP. A rejection will lead to Blackrock losing a further 20PP. The outcome depends on the strength of the nation receiving the event. If the nation has more then 75% of Blackrock's strength then the demand will be rejected. Otherwise the demand will be accepted and the nation will become a tributary of Blackrock.

Nations that have become a tributary of Blackrock can be sent demands for tribute which will give Blackrock bonus to construction, consumer goods and stability for 120 days in addition to the 2 loot received if accepted.

Blackhollow Civil War[]

Should either the non-aligned or Communist path be selected then the new leader will come to power via a civil war. This civil war is not an ordinary civil war. Instead all 5 states will be demilitarized and a set of decisions will have to be completed to gain control over the states. Only one battle can occur at a time, and whilst a battle is occurring, Blackhollow will have a temporary malus of -0.50PP per day and -10% Stability. Each state won will cost griffonpower and will give PP.

Cyrille Bluecrest - The Young Countess[]

If the Old Nobility gather enough support then they can finally start their plans to restore the County of Blackrock. They can look to 24px Lushi for aid. The other option is to overthrow Blackrock by themselves. Either way once the County has been restored, Cyrille Bluecrest will press the family's claim on Flag of Griffonstone Griffonstone and work towards rebuilding Blackhollow.

The Mountain Holds focus will unlock decisions to search for bandit caches. It will take 40 days to find a bandit cache and another 10 days to open a cache. There will be a cost of -0.50PP per day while this is happening. Each cache can be sold to gain 100PP or kept to gain 1K infantry equipment. A total of 4 caches can be found.

The main benefits of this path are the cores on Flag of Griffonstone Griffonstone, reduction in consumer goods, high number of research bonuses, and resources gained.

Reeve Blyeddin - The Extreme Revolutionary[]

If Reeve gathers enough support then he will start a rebellion against the bandits. Once the Bandits are defeated Reeve will proclaim the creation of Our Blackhollow and start implementing his vision of a perfect society. This will be done by making everyone equal in all aspects of society such as education and conscription. Notably the focus Equal Factories will set every state to have 1 military and civilian factory.

Unfortunately dreams of creating an utopia doesn't work as well in reality and this path will have several consequences. The most notable being the loss of a research slot and the large loss in population. The main benefits is the large recruitable population, strong early boost to industry from Equal Factories, and being able to switch to the All Adults Serve conscription law without being at war.

The comparison table below takes into account the Blackrock Civil War in the non-aligned and Communists paths. In the Supremacy path it does not take into account the random events beyond the first one which is guaranteed to give a civilian factory. Bonuses from the army and industry paths are included.

Tree Bonus Supremacy Non-Aligned Communist
Political 1568 819 (+7 L) 1008
Industry 420 420 420
Army 490 490 490
CompleteTime.pngComplete Time (d) 2479 1729 (+7 L) 1918
Political
StabilityStability +35% +15%

(-5% R)

+40%
Political PowerPolitical Power (Flat) +760 +525

(+100 L) (+150 R)

+225
Political PowerPolitical Power (Daily) +0.35 +0.45

(+0.20 L)

+0.25
Military
War supportWar support +35% +10%

(+10% R)

+30%
ManpowerRecruitable Pop +2%

+30 000 griffon power

+1500

(+10 000 R) griffonpower

+6%

+21 500 griffonpower

PopulationRecruitable Pop Factor (-50 000 L) population -32 500 population -142 501 population
Construction
Civilian factoryCivilian factory 4 (-2 L) 4 1

+20% construction speed

Constructspeed.pngConstruction Speed +20% +15% +20%
Consumergoods.pngConsumer Goods -4% -10%
InfrastructureInfrastructure 4 (-4 L) 3 5
Production
Military factoryMilitary factory 2 1 1

+20% construction speed

Factoryout.pngFactory Output +10
Production Efficiency CapProduction Efficiency Cap +20% -10%
Science
Researchtime.pngResearch Time (all) -5% -10%
Focusbonus.pngOne-off reductions (50%)
  • 2x 25% Infantry Weapons
  • 1x Infantry Weapons
  • 2x Knights Technology
  • 2x Mobile Warfare
  • 2x Excavation
  • 2x Industry
  • 2x Mountain Infantry
  • 2x 25% Infantry Weapons
  • 1x Support Technology
  • 1x Special Forces Technology
  • 2x Grand Battleplan
  • 2x Mass Assault doctrine
Combat
AttackIcon.pngAttack (All) / (Core) / (Inf) 10% / 10% / 0% 0% / 0% / 0% 0% / 0% / 0%
DefenceIcon.pngDefence (All) / (Core) / (Inf) 10% / (10% R) / 0% 10% / 10% / 0% 0% / 0% / 0%
SpeedIcon.pngSpeed +10%
OrganizationIcon.pngOrganization +10%
ReocveryIcon.pngRecovery Rate +10%
PlanningIcon.pngMax Planning -20%
SupplyIcon.pngSupply Consumption -20%
Resources
Resourcegain.pngResource Gain Efficiency +15% +10%
TungstenTungsten 12
SteelSteel 22
CrystalCrystal 12
Other Notes / Bonuses
  • 12 (+4 L) piles of loot
  • (R) level 1 fort line
  • (6 R) border patrol divisions
  • (L)Cores on Prywhen
  • -25% justify war goal time
  • +0.05 daily army experience
  • +5% encryption
  • -10% effect of partisans on us
  • Gain 1 Research Slot
  • -20% infantry equipment production cost
  • +20 (+30 R ) army experience
  • 3K basic infantry equipment
  • 4 griffon knight divisions
  • (1500 L) (750 R) basic infantry equipment
  • (200 L) Towed Artillery
  • (+0.10 L) daily army experience
  • Cores on Griffonstone
  • +20% construction speed and -0.20 daily political power for 720 days
  • -10% effects of partisans on us
  • +15% monthly population
  • +4 building slots
  • +30 army experience
  • 2K basic infantry equipment
  • All states set to 1 military and civilian factory
  • Lose 1 Research Slot
  • Conscription Law set to All Adults Serve
  • -50% justify war goal time
  • +15% Reinforce Rate
  • -10% infantry equipment production cost

Technology[]

Army Naval Air Tech / Industry
  • Basic Infantry Equipment
  • Mountain Infantry I
  • Engineer Company I
  • Recon Company I
  • Pre-Industrial Artillery
  • None
  • None
  • None
Doctrine Racial
  • None
  • None
  • None
  • We Can Fly?!

Politics[]

National Spirits[]

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Lawless Land
  • Stability: -30.0%
  • War Support: -15.0%
  • Daily Political Power Cost: +0.30

For anyone who isn't one of Blackrock's griffons, this land is a death trap. The civilians can barely live without being harassed by bandits, and no foreigners dare to visit, if they value their life and wealth. Just the way Blackrock likes.

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Blackrock's Army
  • Recruitable Population: +10.0%
  • Division Attack: +10.0%
  • Division Defense: +10.0%
  • Division speed: +5.0%
  • Division Attrition : +10.0%
  • Supply Consumption: +20.0%

The raiders of Blackhollow have been fighting and pillaging for a long time, some even from the time the Empire collapsed. True veterans, these griffons fight ferociously, and flee with their loot before a proper response can be organised, although they lack finer tactical sense and logistical plans.

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Economic Wasteland
  • Production Efficiency Cap: -20.0%
  • Production Efficiency growth: -20.0%
  • Construction Speed: -40.0%

Economy is a foreign word around these parts, with everything needed being simply stolen from other nations. This severely limits the production of goods and industry.

Leaders[]

Leader Party Description Traits
Blackrock
Blackrock


Supremacy

Blackrock Bandits

Her name is shrouded in infamy and her exploits are legendary. Blackrock, whose real name is known by few, has always been a staunch rebel against the established norm and rule, having once been a republican and participating in the revolution of 978. Griffonia at large first heard of her name when she led deserters and bandits against Count Caelen Bluecrest, slaying him personally in 1001 after a decade of war. Now, she seeks to subjugate and pillage southern Griffonia to her heart's content.
Reeve Blyeddin
Reeve Blyeddin


Communist

Equalist Party of Blackhollow

Reeve Blyeddin was born in a family that was always a brink away from complete poverty. Despite these setbacks, young Reeve had a passion for learning, and his dedication was rewarded with a foreign scholarship in New Mareland. During his studies, he learned of something he considered impossible - an equal commune, where everypony had everything they wanted, and nopony was superior. This perfect society latched to his thoughts and desires, and once he returned to his former home, now a haven for bandits, he put every effort into replicating that community. His vision is now on the cusp of success.
Count Cyrille Bluecrest
Count Cyrille Bluecrest


Non-Aligned / Harmony

Countess' Supporters / Harmonic Mountain Party

The young Countess is the last scion of the Bluecrest family. The dynasty ruled over these lands in a just manner as loyal subjects of Griffonstone, but when their overlords refused to reward them for their aid in the counter-revolution of 979, they declared independence. This was soon followed by a failed invasion and a bandit uprising. With their beloved Count Caelen Bluecrest slain by Blackrock herself, thugs had an easy way taking over these lands. Nonethless, the Bluecrests have persevered and Cyrille swore in her father's name to restore the rightful rulers of Blackhollow. After a bloody struggle, her dream became a reality, and now Cyrille wishes to undo the devastation of the previous decades.

Staff and Designers[]

Political Advisors

Name Trait Prereqs Effects Cost
Zikoba Gruber Silent Workbird None
  • Political Power Gain: +15.0%
150
Phantomcrest Frieinger Backroom Backstabber None
  • Political Power Gain: +5.0%
  • Ideology drift defense: +15.0%
150
Flatfeathers Suber Captain of Industry None
  • Civilian Factory construction speed: +10.0%
  • Infrastructure construction speed: +10.0%
  • Refinery construction speed: +10.0%
150

Tank Designer

Name Trait Prereqs Effects Cost
Armour Company Tank Designer None
  • Armour Research Time: -10%
  • Armour Reliability: +5%
150

Ship Designer

Name Trait Prereqs Effects Cost
Naval Company Ship Designer None
  • Naval Research Time: -10%
150

Aircraft Designer

Name Trait Prereqs Effects Cost
Light Air Company Light Aircraft Designer None
  • Air Research Time: -10.0%
  • Fighter Agility: +10%
  • Fighter Max Speed: +10%
  • Carrier Fighter Agility: +10%
  • Carrier Fighter Max Speed: +10%
150
Medium Air Company Medium Aircraft Designer None
  • Air Research Time: -10.0%
  • Heavy Fighter Reliability: +20%
  • Tactical Bomber Reliability: +20%
150
Heavy Air Company Heavy Aircraft Designer None
  • Air Research Time: -10.0%
  • Strategic Bomber Strategic Bombing: +10%
150
Naval Air Company Naval Aircraft Designer None
  • Air Research Time: -10%
  • Naval Bomber Range: +10%
  • Naval Bomber Naval Attack: +10%
  • CV Naval Bomber Range: +10%
  • CV Naval Bomber Naval Attack: +10%
150

Materiel Designer

Name Trait Prereqs Effects Cost
Motorisation Company Motorised Equipment Designer None
  • Motorisation Research Time: -10.0%
150
Small Arms Company Infantry Equipment Designer None
  • Weapons and Equipment Research Time: -10.0%
150
Artillery Company Artillery Designer None
  • Artillery Research Time: -10.0%
150

Industrial Concern

Name Trait Prereqs Effects Cost
Industrial Company Industrial Concern None
  • Industrial Research Time: -10.0%
150
Electronics Company Electronics Concern None
  • Electronics Research Time: -10.0%
150

Theorist

Name Trait Prereqs Effects Cost
Ruqualash Bund Military Theorist None
  • Land Doctrine Research Time: -10.0%
  • Army Experience Gain: +0.05 Daily
150
Vellare Hoenbrig Air Warfare Theorist None
  • Air Doctrine Research Time: -10.0%
  • Air Experience Gain: +0.05 Daily
150

Chief of Army

Name Trait Prereqs Effects Cost
Blackrock Army Offence (Genius) Is Supremacy
  • Army Attack: +15.0%
  • Ai Modifier:Focus on Offence: +10.0%
150
Aouranos Army Defence (Specialist) None
  • Army Defence: +5.0%
  • AI Modifier:Focus on Defence: +10.0%
150

Chief of Navy

Name Trait Prereqs Effects Cost
Bluein Naval Aviation (Specialist) None
  • Carrier Air Attack: +3.0%
  • Carrier Air Targetting: +3.0%
  • Carrier Air Agility: +4.0%
150
Rimar Decisive Battle (Genius) None
  • Capital Ship Attack: +15.0%
  • Capital Ship Armour: +15.0%
  • Screen Attack: +15.0%
  • Screen Defence: +15.0%
150

Chief of Airforce

Name Trait Prereqs Effects Cost
Huen Bendel Air Superiority (Expert) None
  • Air superiority Attack: +3.0%
  • Air superiority Attack Defence: +3.0%
  • Air superiority Attack Agility: +3.0%
150
Jochen Close Air Support (Specialist) None
  • Close Air Support Attack: +2.0%
  • Close Air Support Defence: +2.0%
  • Close Air Support Agility: +2.0%
150

Military High Command

Name Trait Prereqs Effects Cost
Coeus Schutz Artillery (Expert) None
  • Artillery Attack: +15.0%
  • Artillery Defence: +10.0%
150
Raintail Schutz Infantry (Expert) None
  • Infantry Division Attack: +10.0%
  • Infantry Division Defence: +15.0%
150
Adler Behrendt Armour (Specialist) None
  • Armour Division Attack: +5.0%
  • Armour Division Defence: +5.0%
150
Cronus Roth Army Regrouping (Expert) None
  • Division Recovery Rate: +8.0%
150

Economy[]

Laws and Development[]

Laws and Development
Conscription Law Trade Law Economy Law
Volunteer Only.png Volunteer Only
  • Recruitable Population: 1.50%
Limited Exports.png Limited Exports
  • Construction Speed: +5.00%
  • Research Speed: +1.00%
  • Factory Output: +5.00%
  • Dockyard Output: +5.00%
  • Resources to Market: +25%
  • Trade deal opinion factor: -30.00%
  • Civilian intelligence to others: +10.0%
  • Navy intelligence to others: +5.0%
Criminal Economy.png Criminal Economy
  • Daily Political Power Gain: -0.20
  • Consumer Goods Factories: 20.0%
  • Stability: -20.00%
  • Military to Civilian Factory conversion cost: +20.00%
  • Civilian to Military Factory conversion cost: -20.00%
  • Factory Output: +20.00%
  • Fuel Gain per Oil: +20.00%
  • Military Factory construction speed: -20.00%
  • Civilian Factory construction speed: -20.00%
Scientific Development Society Development Illiteracy
Poor Science Base.png Poor Science Base
  • Daily Political Power Gain: +0.30
  • Research Speed: -80.00%
Industrialising Society.png Industrialising Society
  • Resource Gain Efficiency: -20.00%
  • Monthly Population: -10.0%
  • Construction Speed: -20.00%
  • Production Efficiency Cap: -10.00%
  • Research Speed: -20.00%
  • Factory Output: -20.00%
  • Dockyard Output: -20.00%
  • Factory Bomb Vulnerability: -25.00%
Negligible Illiteracy.png Negligible Illiteracy
  • No penalties
Poverty Race
Negligible Poverty.png Negligible Poverty
  • No penalties
Griffon.png Griffon
  • Uses Griffon Racial Tree

Industry and Resources[]

Factories
Military factory
1 Military Factory
Naval dockyard
0 Naval Dockyards
Civilian factory
2 Civilian Factories
Resources*
Oil.png
Oil
Aluminum.png
Aluminum
Rubber.png
Rubber
Tungsten.png
Tungsten
Steel.png
Steel
Chromium.png
Chromium
MagCrystal.png
Crystal
0 0 0 16 16 0 21
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