- "The tragedy of Tulia will no doubt be inflicted upon the people of Texas again and again until we resolve to wipe out the scourge of those zealots."
- ―Ephrem Salt VII
|Location:||The Crucible, Texas|
|Population:||0 (formerly 27)|
|Notable events:||The Sack of Tulia|
|Current status:||Burnt out ruins|
Tulia was once a village of small-time farmers and ranchers, residing in the remains of a Pre-War community, as so many in Texas do. That was until the mad dogs of Amarillo sacked the village, killing or enslaving its residents.
Tulia started in the late 19th century as a ranching town. In the early 20th century it became a stop for freight wagons traveling the rails to Amarillo and Colorado City, the addition of a Santa Fe line drew new homesteaders. Throughout the 20th century, the town developed a number of agribusinesses and industries that kept much of the town employed. The town experienced great notoriety in 1999 when an itinerant undercover policeman had 46 innocent people, forty of whom were African-American, rounded up on drug charges despite having no physical evidence or witnesses, and despite several of the accused having strong alibis. Many of the accused pleaded guilty despite their innocence, because they feared facing an all-white jury. This travesty of justice drew attention from a civil rights attorney who raised money to challenge all the cases, freeing most of the accused from prison and winning a multi-million dollar settlement for them. The officer responsible was later convicted of perjury and sent to prison himself.
Tulia's population shrank throughout the 21st century, perhaps owing to the stain on its reputation. Several of the factories eventually closed down, though the continuing presence of several cattle feed plants kept the town from being completely deserted. Tulia would later suffer incidental damage during the Great War, thanks to the bombardment of the region around Amarillo.
The Sack of Tulia
In the winter of 2280, as the scouring winds and tornadoes that sometimes engulf The Crucible died down, the peculiar sect of Lutherans, who reside in Amarillo found themselves in need of fresh blood to replenish the ranks of their slaves, and to occupy the place of honor on their sacrificial altars. The raiders gathered their arms and marched for three nights until they reached the fields outside Tulia. The residents of the village had no indication of what lay in store until they were awoken by the pops of gunfire and the frantic calls of their Brahmin: the raiders had used fire and gunplay to stir the cattle into a stampede they directed towards the village. The panicked townsfolk were forced to stay indoors, and were unable to organize to defend themselves, and when the raiders followed the scattering steers, they found families isolated in their respective households to be easy prey. Any who bore weapons in their defense were shot or hacked apart with machetes: their bodies piled in the center of the village and burned. The rest were rounded up, along with their property before the raiders set the houses aflame.