The Black Star of Kingston: Tales of Old Natalia I is the first book in the Tales of Old Natalia series. It was written by S. D. Smith and illustrated by Zach Franzen. It was published by Story Warren, LLC on December 5, 2014.
"A century before Heather and Picket's adventures in The Green Ember, a displaced community fights for hope on the ragged edge of survival.
My place beside you
My blood for yours
Till the Green Ember rises
Or the end of the world.
Whitson Mariner and Fleck Blackstar face old fears and new enemies, forging a legend that will echo through the ages. Old wars haunt. New enemies threaten. An oath is born. A hero rises."
When King Whitson Mariner and his rabbits fled the Golden Coast, they came to Natalia for the first time, founding the town of Seddleton on the shores of Ayman Lake. The Black Star of Kingston is told from the perspective of Fleck Blackstar, a loyal citizen of King Whitson Mariner, resident of Seddleton and miner. Fleck, with the permission of the king, leads an exploration party to the opposite shore of the lake to mine coal.
However, shortly after discovering a deposit of coal and opening a mine on the shore opposite their settlement of Seddleton, the group encountered the Birds of Prey for the first time. This resulted in a battle on Ayman Lake and the burning of Seddleton, though fortunately, the actions of Fleck Blackstar saved King Whitson and Prince Lander.
After this initial confrontation, King Whitson determined that the rabbits needed to settle elsewhere and in more than one location to ensure their survival. To that end, he appointed Captain Blackstar as the first lord of the settlement of Kingston, while Whitson and Lander sought to form another community elsewhere in Natalia.