Recreating the Island
There was a lot to take care of. First, there was a meeting of the Solars, the Freed People’s representatives, and the former Redcloaks (Who now referred to themselves as Greycloaks). They covered:
The formation of a representative assembly and the Executive Council. With some negotiation, it was agreed that there should be an assembly of people from various walks of life, including some of the Greycloaks. The Executive Council was to consist of one merchant, one Greycloak, and one Freedperson, with an election for one member to be held to be elected every two years.
- The representatives of the Freedpeople initially objected to this, but it was pointed out that someone had to help them navigate interactions with the other houses, so certain of the Greycloaks who were known to be less objectionable were allowed to serve.
- The formation of the new Department of Public Safety, consisting of a mix of Greycloaks and Freedpeople. The Greycloaks were, at least initially, not to serve in an enforcement capacity. They were only to act as trainers.
- The formation of the Department of the Magistrate. This group had perhaps the hardest job, as it fell to them to administer justice to the slavers and those who had in various ways contributed to the abuse of the Freedpeople. Many of the worst offenders had fled during the uprising. These people were listed, their offenses recorded, and their sentences passed in absentia. The few who remained were either jailed or stripped of all possessions other than a basic survival pack and exiled.
- The formation of Transparency Requirements, and an Auditing Department, to be backed by the Department of Public Safety. There would be an annual report of all taxes collected and where they went. This report would be available for anybody to see, and reading assistants would be made available as needed.
- The creation of the Resettlement Committee. Everyone agreed that the current conditions were unacceptable, and when Ool suggested (methodically) tearing down the entire slave district, and what was left of the wall around it, and starting over, it wasn’t a hard sell.
Rebuilding the Island
The houses of those who had fled were pressed into service as temporary quarters while the new housing was constructed. Additionally, a few of the nomadic whalers who had accompanied them assisted with the construction of a tent town just outside the city borders, for those who wanted space more than they wanted a roof.
While Ool was at work creating a new Balen Mo’uri, Wellspring was helping to heal emotional scars. She offered tattoos to anyone who wanted to cover their marks with something of their own choosing. Some people took her up on it, and were very pleased with the results. Some people just wanted the marks gone, and help with that was also provided. Some people wanted tattoos in other places, but those had to wait.
The new Freetown district was constructed. Freetown consisted of several neighborhoods. Some contained more communal housing, while others were apartment-style single family or single-occupant dwellings. The new dwellings were constructed out of beams and boards that were reconstituted out of the raw materials of the old dwellings (think plywood, but better).
Freetown had pipes to bring water to the dwellings and remove sewage to a number of treatment plants around the outer (very outer) edges of the city. The sewage was processed into manure, which was then distributed to farms in the neighboring area. Sewage processing paid very well (and was done with very good protective clothing, which was provided). Bathhouses were provided for use at shift’s end. Ool made a point of working several shifts at the plants herself, and going out into the city afterward nicely attired and smelling good.
It was everything Ool had ever wanted. Which was awesome. And also really scary.