Firth’s Rebellion is merely the most recent of numerous rebellions and civil wars that have plagued the Barony since the Consolidation, a populist uprising that began in rural Metairie in the year 336, escalating to the siege of Perish in 339. The uprising was led by the charismatic preacher Reverend Robertson Firth, who spoke out against the abuses of the Barons and linked their families to the darker side of voodoo. While it wouldn’t be entirely untrue to say that Firth’s Rebellion (also known as Firth’s Crusade) was a religious war, only Firth’s inner circle was unanimously Christian. Many revolutionaries were adherents of the region’s various syncretic religions: Vodoun, Candomble, and Santeria, as were most of those who fought on the side of the Barons.
The rebellion officially ended in January of 344, when Reverend Firth was captured and hanged, though it reached its turning point the previous summer, when the rebels suffered a disastrous rout at the Battle of Atchafalaya Swamp.