Britannian Mining Company
The Britannian Mining Company (BMC for short) is an agency that started operating in Britannia during the time of Ultima VII and oversaw the excavation of industrial ores from various sites throughout the kingdom.
At the time of the Avatar's adventures in the early Age of Armageddon, the BMC had two active mines within the kingdom. One, operating out of Minoc under the supervision of Gregor, was processing ores found within the corridors of the Dungeon Covetous - which included the covert extraction of the magic-nullifying blackrock, a mineral being used by BMC-affiliated Fellowship members to build various devices for the Guardian. In this key mining site, fast and inexpensive labor was crucial to maintaining the illicit blackrock production, and to this end gargish workers were routinely drugged with silver serpent venom, that they might work for longer hours. The haste of the enterprises also resulted in a great deal of waste runoff into the local river, which contributed significantly to the pollution of Cove's Lock Lake in the years before the passage of prohibitive legislation regarding such dumping.
The second mine, operating near the newly resettled town of Vesper under Cador, appeared more modest in the scope of its endeavors, and seemingly had fewer unsavory labor practices, despite the rampant racial tensions of the nearby settlement. Curiously, Batlin would describe this site in his Book of Fellowship, as being the head branch of the BMC - an odd statement given its comparative size and remoteness to the Minoxian branch. It may be that such a claim was made by the Fellowship leader as a means of misdirection, given that the bulk of blackrock extraction appeared to be taking place in Covetous.
Eventually, the years of the Reformation turned the public gaze onto all BMC operations, as the adventures of the Avatar regarding the black gate had done much to expose the exploitative practices of the company. In the year following the dismantling of the Fellowship, much was reportedly done to adjust the labor laws as regarded mining, with mayor Burnside taking a lead role in the reforms.
In the years that followed, however, the ravages of the Imbalance and the Great Cataclysm dramatically changed the landscape of the world, causing the land which once held Vesper to sink into the ocean and destroying the original City of Sacrifice in the upheavals of the earth. Decades later, during the Avatar's return in Ultima IX no record or trace of the Britannian Mining Company could be found, although abandoned blackrock mines (which had apparently operated publicly for some time) were still present within Covetous' depths.
On June 6, 1998 on the backs of miners, came the Britannian Mining Company to Ultima Online. 15 years later, after digging through iron, dull copper, copper, shadow, bronze, agapite, verite, and valorite ore as well as tons of blackrock, they made their way to Shroud of the Avatar on December 3, 2013.
When the guild's capitol city of Blackrock Cove is complete, the guild invites travelers from near and far to share in it's rich history and stories of adventure while enjoying a drink of the finest brew at Lock Lake Tavern. If it's commerce that you seek, then visit Market Road where the Britannian Mining Company keeps it's vendors stocked with the on-time, on-demand, material that has made the guild renowned throughout the lands!
Looking for a place to hang your hat? The Britannian Mining Company has you covered. Whether you want to live in a sprawling city or a quite village with an ocean view, our members and investment groups have made it possible for you!
Looking for that guild to call home? The Britannian Mining Company prides itself as a laid-back, no pressure, type of guild where the members are considered family. Members are not required to pay dues and are protected by an embedded government complete with a standing military comprised of melee fighters, archers, mages, even a Navy with a Fleet Admiral!
Did the holidays wipe you out or has that significant other dipped to far into your gold reserves while you were at work in the real world? The Britannian Mining Company has even thought of that! The guild's Treasury and Board of Investors invite members and the public alike to come experience our distiguished and highly regarded internal banking system that even awards in-game gold loans!
The Britannian Mining Company has been part of your community since Ultima VII and Ultima Online and looks forward to the development of Shroud of the Avatar for many years to come! Join us as a member or as a friend stopping by to say, "Hello" at the guild's official TeamSpeak3 voice server at: bmcguild.enjinvoice.com today!
BMC Recruitment Instructions
Anyone that is interested in joining the BMC must register with Enjin using the same display name as their in-game character's name and then join the BMC through the BMC Website on the JOIN BMC page.
Once the application is received, a BMC Officer will review the application and make sure the applicant's Enjin display name matches their in-game character's name. At this point the BMC Officer will add the applicant to their in-game friends list.
If the applicant's Enjin display name matches, a BMC Officer will comment in the applicant section of the application and ask the applicant to sync his/her TS3 with the website and come into the BMC TS3.
Once it is verified that the applicant is in the BMC TS3, the BMC Officer will send a BMC Guild invitation via the in-game friends list and approve the applicant's application on the BMC Website upon induction into the BMC in-game.
The BMC Officer will then remove the applicant from their in-game friends list.