Embassy Row: Heart of the Parisian Diaspora

About Amory Frontage


Amory Frontage (pronounced fron-TAHJ) is the individual most responsible for the remarkable number of Parises that are scattered across our continent.  In his time, he was a legend for his ability to roam the landscape in search of productive lands.  He never considered himself an adventurer, but rather a man who planted seeds that others tended Today, if he is known at all, it is, of course, as the forebear (either father or grandfather) of Earl Frontage, the most important explorer of Kymaerica.  But is doubtful that Earl Frontage’s achievements would have been possible without the wisdom of the Time Guides that he learned from his father.

Early Days

Little is known of Amory’s early days.  He is believed to have been born on a small farmstead on the Pleins of Abraham, near what we would call linear Montreal.  There were 11 brothers, of which he was the sixth.  Being near the great seaway of the Saint Lawrence river, he and his family met many people from divers gwomes and young Amory became a master of languages as well.

He became enamored of the dialect that today we call Parisian because, although it was spoken by only a small group of people, that group included the great astronomer Charles Messier, who happened to be a neighbor  One cold clear winter night, Messier showed him the beautiful constellation familiar to us as the Pleiades.  Messier called it Emmeu Quatrixieme Cinq—in the Cognate that means roughly “M45” and in the False Cognate it means “the growing family.”  Though that constellation would figure prominently in Amory’s life and the lives of those he lead, it was not until he came here to the Paris, of Aedguerre (iIllinois) that he found the connection.

The Diaspora Begins

As a young man, Amory Frontage showed an almost uncanny understanding of soil.  In fact, the word Paris in the cognate tongue can mean both “good ground” and those who search for it.  When a drought struck many gwomes along the St Lawrence seaway,  he gathered a group of young families and farmers around him and promised to find them all somewhere better to till the earth. The group is known to have stopped in the Land of the Warres (near linear Lake Erie) in their travels, before any foundings, but otherwise the record of the first journey is sparese (a cognate term mean spare or sparse).

Many strongholds of  the Diaspora claim to be the first Paris founded on this journey, but no one can be certain (most historians have narrowed it down to the gwomes of Terredumerre, Toiseaux, Milieu, Aquilon or Pleiade). But whichever one it was,  the soil was indeed uncommonly fertile and productive.  But, after a few years, Amory himself was inevitably itching to move on.  As the Parises grew, he always took about half the citizens and moved on.  There were always people (whether the Malheurs, the Dunnes, the Ving-Senks, to name a few) wanting to take a chance on finding something even better.  And, of course, by the time he left a Paris,  each population was correspondingly greater.

Another view of one of the Embassies