Before the Annals Edit
Beryl was the oldest of the three Jewel Cities, and could trace its origin back centuries. It had a violent history. During the reign of Niam, at least 54 forvalaka arrived in Beryl from D'loc Aloc and terrorized the entire city for a decade until they were forcibly sealed away beneath Necropolitan Hill. Beryl also spawned an infamous general by the name of Dancing who almost destroyed the city.
The Black Company Edit
The Syndic hired the Black Company as his personal guards, shortly after they had traveled north from Rebosa. This Syndic was corrupt, and he and his ruling faction known as the Reds were hated by much of the populace. Intense opposition from a rival group, the Blues, was one of the primary reasons he hired the Company. Because of this the Black Company became widely disliked by association, particularly by the local militia called the Urban Cohorts, who saw them as rivals.
Trouble started when the Blues poisoned four Company brothers at the Mole Tavern, killing two of them. The Black Company retaliated, killing at least a dozen at the Mole and capturing many more. This escalated into a civil riot which originated in the poor quarter, The Groan. The riot lasted several days and thousands were killed. The Urban Cohorts also rebelled against the Syndic and openly attacked the Black Company.
It was also reported that the last surviving forvalaka had escaped its ancient prison on Necropolitan Hill and was terrorizing the streets. The Black Company faced the forvalaka, losing the wizard Tom-Tom and several other men in the process. The Syndic of Beryl was killed during the battle, possibly by the Company member Match under The Captain's orders. The Black Company was officially contracted by Soulcatcher after the Syndic's death. As the Company left Beryl they killed many members of the Urban Cohorts both in revenge after years of struggle between them, and to prevent them from following and attacking them.
The Silver Spike Edit
Shortly after the Black Company departed, a new Syndic who was political puppet of the Lady came into office. Beryl was eventually annexed and became part of The Lady's Empire along with the other Jewel Cities. Future rulers became Imperial governors, and the city found increased stability.
After the Battle of the Barrowland the remnants of the Black Company traveled south to Khatovar. This forced them on route to pass through the city, but had to leave quickly due to their unpopularity there. The city was then sacked by the Wicker Man on his rampage south in pursuit of the Company.