In the Shadow of Princes
The Debruns are an eclectic family known to have extensive land holdings in the South Sea islands and in the mainland of Mexica. As a vassal of the Yucatan King Tuichilitan, the leader of the Debruns, Vantino Debrun, often refers to himself as “Duke” or “Prince,” a practice that the other members of the Crescent Chamber find unbearably pompous.
But the Debruns have reason for pride. In the last twenty years, none of the other “old” families of Noirlan (including Vidal, Chastain, Reynard, and Debrun) have seen such a rise in prosperity as the Debruns. Their success is partially based on military adventure: the recent wars of the Southern Kingdoms have provided the barons of Debrun with considerable plunder. But the main sources of Debrun wealth are the island suger plantations and Mexican coffee plantations, which are operated by Vantino’s sons and daughters, who reign as local barons in House Debrun’s overseas colonies. Control of the major plantations has given the Debruns a virtual monopoly over these commodities, which always demand high value in the lucrative markets of the Merikan Union.
The eldest daughter of House Debrun, Natalie Debrun, is a noted singer, who often performs shows at various blues clubs of the French District.