Issue: Realm of the Merchant Princes
The Dumnonii are, for the most part, simple farmers. The tin mines require a huge number of slaves and workers paid very little for dangerous, back-breaking labor in the dark. Dumnonia’s trade links bring in luxuries from all around the world. Enough revolutionary sentiment continues to make it dangerous to be too conspicuous about such wealth, so the elites of Dumnonia fortify themselves in places like Din Tagell. The Cunomori have relied on this to consolidate their power. They bring in a great deal of wealth from trade, which goes primarily to those supporters. Those supporters then become ever more dependent on the protection the Cunomori can provide for them. Meanwhile, the anger of the Dumnonii at their Cornovian king is only further heated by the class tensions.
Allegiance: Ambivalent to Camulod
Ælle’s master plan centered on Dumnonia: by cutting it off from the rest of Britain, he hoped to drain the island of its economic lifeblood. Marcus Cunomorus does not know that Arthur Pendragon had to weigh supporting him or Gerontius, but he cannot ignore the debt he owes the High King for saving his kingdom at Badon. However, it is a debt that the king seems to resent, because Camulod’s ideals about fairness and equality cut deep into Dumnonia’s simmering tensions. While the rich and powerful consider those ideals dangerous and naïve, the ordinary people consider it a cynical ploy to gain their loyalty.