Since the early 1500’s the Spanish set about colonizing the continental South Americas and the surrounding islands. Things proceeded much as they did during this time period with the indigenous populations being routed or forcibly converted to Christianity. Over the following centuries they expanded their control over all of South and Central America as well as taking control over Florida. During the latter half of the 1700’s the Spanish found themselves in conflict with the British and lost control over several Cuba and several other nearby islands. In 1763 the Spanish traded control over East and West Florida to the British in exchange for the return of Cuba. The islands provided valuable ports, shipping resources and staging grounds for the Spanish fleets. However in 1783 the Spanish pressured (and some say subverted) Florida authorities to switch banners. Garrisons of Spanish troops quickly took control of the peninsula and prepared for continued conflict with the British. It is worthy of note that the general population was often ambiguous at best as to their preference of rule. During the American war for independence the Spanish rallied troops to borders of East and West Florida in hopes of attacking some of the southern colonies and acquiring more territory.
This plan was, of course, interrupted by the opening of the Ictus portal. While many of the American Colonies ran and hid in the hills the Spanish were able to mount a rather rousing defense. During the “37 Days” the Spanish lost little ground, with only smaller settlements came to complete destruction. Initial contact with the hordes of undead and demonic inspired a rash of religious fever, which it is want to do. The many Catholic churches throughout Florida went into overtime, blessing soldiers, holding prayer rallies and generally practicing any obscure ritual they could think of. The market for holy water made some Missions wealthy overnight. Cardinals were sought out as holy generals of war. When, on the night of the 37th day, word had come of Angelic beings routing the Legion the Spanish rejoiced as their prayers were heard. Many preparations were laid for the arrival of these divine beings. There is no definitive word on who precisely started this rumor, for they likely want to be lost to anonymity, but the speculation quickly grew that the Angels would be whisking the worthy away in rapture. The people of Florida gave up their daily lives, ignored their crops and herds and instead spent their time in prayer and rejoicing. The soreness of the attitudes became most exquisite upon learning that the Angelics had instead rallied to the United American Territories. Brief talk was had about surrendering their estates to the Americans, but bitterness won out.
In October 1782, on the second anniversary of the 37 Days, Viceroy Phillipe Braganza announced the rejection of Spain’s official church. The official stance was this was a reflection of loss of contact and support from the Spanish motherland. However, it was in fact a reflection of the new attitude of the citizenry, who had taken to internal conflict with many missions and priests being set to the flame. It would be of note that this is generally considered the turning point for the Empire and set them on the path of independence and amorality. It is my speculation that it is this lack of moral religious guidance fueled by ennui that gave rise to the Empire’s current Codes of Conduct and introduction of the State as the moral governing body.
The Empire continued to expand its territory in the south and took over a great amount of Mexico. Occasional skirmishes with the Texas Free Lands happened during this time period, but truly, the resentment was held for the United American Territories and their growing strength. Ultimately, in March of 1813 the Empire, still under the Spanish flag, launched a wide scale attack upon the U.A.T. Troops crossed over from East and West Florida and a large fleet sailed up the coast, razing coastal cities before finally porting in Augusta. After only six months of conflict the Archangel Mi’ki’heilaha descended upon Miami. The devastation was complete and total and resulted in the formation of the new bay of Miami and its famous black sand beaches.
Afterwards the Spanish Viceroys fled south. From their new capital in Rio De Janeiro, Viceroy Dom Braganza changed the flag and re-founded the nation as the Empire of Castile. In 1815 the Viceroy, in a desperation to find a weapon to destroy the U.A.T., authorized the construction of facilities and research into the Old Gods. (It is the author’s note that after this time records and details of happenings within the Empire of Castile are filled with heavy speculation. First hand reports are rare and should be treated with ample distrust. Copies intragovernmental reports and edicts passing outside of the realm of are almost entirely unheard of. Therefore, I have done my best to incorporate known facts, reports verified from several individuals and my own deductions into what follows.)
The Empire, having some initial successes with the blood rituals, quickly found themselves with a shortage of volunteers. To remedy this Viceroy Dom Braganza instituted the official Codes of Conduct. These new sets of governing laws set for a unique moral guideline for the populace and allowed for the harvesting of undesirables. Criminals and dissenters were periodically rounded up and set to work building new temple facilities before their execution upon the ground they just worked. While the Empire claimed it was their efforts that awoke the strange and twisted creatures in the jungles, it has been, and will continue to be, my professional opinion that it was a result of Ictus leaching into the background environment. Although, some have refuted my beliefs stating that the strange temples within the Empire of Castile increase the Ictus concentration. This is, of course, impossible to verify without access to said structures. The temples are a closely guarded empire secret and those who visit them never return.
In 1835 the Empire split Panama, opening up a new shipping line and connecting the oceans. Having traveled though the passage I can attest to its impressive nature. The canal itself is nearly a half mile wide, with obsidian black walls of seared stone that reflect and glow in the sunlight. Along the embankment on either side are strangely crafted stone pyramids about fifty feet high, placed at even intervals. Whether these stone creations were a part of the crafting of the canal or some form of protection I am not certain.