Glospiel was a halfling merchant in Western Cimmeria. After Semanarie became a druidic commune the elves of Bigby’s Forest needed a new trading post for exporting goods. Glospiel founded that new trading post and named it Makotako. Makotako quickly grew as the premier trade outpost between Bigby’s Forest and the rest of Cimmeria. Merchants picked up goods from the elves on the forest’s edge and then brought them to Makotako to sell to ship captains or trading caravans.
While Glospiel founded the city, his desire was wealth, not power. As more people immigrated, he deferred to the settlers on how they wished to lead themselves. Coincidentally, the citizens chose a republican system of government where one had to be wealthy in order to hold public office. Glospiel was the first elected king of Makotako. He served honorably while continuing to enrich himself through his private business ventures.
When King Glospiel died, he continued to separate his public responsibilities from his private business. His business and his considerable fortune were inherited by his children. The crown passed to someone outside Glospiel’s family, another wealthy merchant named Testrey. This peaceful transition of power continued for many years.Continue reading