The Robinson family line can be traced back to some of the first English colonists to settle in Rampart. Ebeneezer Robinson was a second-generation Robinson who became a prospering merchant in the local community. Ebeneezer was also immensely popular around Rampart for helping the poor with food, clothes, and other goods when they couldn't make ends meet. It came as no surprise that he drew the affections of the local army commander's daughter, Catherine.
Thanks to hard work and favorable contacts with His Majesty's armed forces, the Robinson family continued to grow and prosper up until the American Revolution. The war, particularly the brutal crackdown on civilians by the British in Rampart, threatened to destroy the Robinson family. Some within the family wanted to head north to the safety of Canada, but the family patriarch, Lucius, kept the family together and began cultivating contacts within the Patriots, already having an inkling which way the war would end.
To fortify his empire, Hiram sought the hand of the much-younger Clarissa Davidson, the daughter of a rival businessman. It was more a strategic alliance than a marriage, but Clarissa agreed to the marriage, in no small part because her father was secretly in quite a bit of debt.
In later interviews, Clarissa stated that she barely knew Hiram before they were married. "Only after did I learn to love him." It was Clarissa who opened Hiram's heart--and his wallet. Looking out her window at the bleak expanse of the city, Clarissa asked her husband to build a park so that the people could have somewhere to enjoy the natural beauty of the world.
Construction of what came to be known as Robinson Park began soon after. It was an undertaking rivaling the digging of the Panama Canal, as dozens of acres were cleared and replanted. In time, though, Clarissa's vision was realized and the people of Rampart City had a grand, green oasis to enjoy.
Sadly by the time Hiram died in 1930 of a heart attack, the Robinsons had not produced any offspring. It was never determined if Clarissa was infertile or if Hiram were impotent or if it were simply chance. Some gossip suggested the real cause was that Hiram had little interest in lovemaking, something backed by the nature of their marriage.
Whatever the cause, Clarissa was the last of the Robinson family in Rampart City. For her part she continued her charitable endeavors, donating much of her estate's wealth to help the city's impoverished citizens. She also donated heavily to cultural institutions like the symphony, opera, and the Plaine Museum. Not limiting herself solely to the city, Clarissa also reached out to help the poor and displaced in Europe, Asia, and Africa. She earned the nickname "Lady Robinson" for her generosity as well as her grace and style, which were an inspiration to generations of women in Rampart City.
As the years went by, though, Clarissa Robinson was seen with less frequency around Rampart City. Her last public appearance was at the dedication ceremony for Robinson Tower, which had been named in her honor for her contributions to the city. Six months later, Clarissa Robinson finally died of natural causes at the ripe old age of 84. Befitting her style, her estate was divided among local charities and the Robinson family mansion converted into a boarding school for underprivileged youth.
From their humble beginnings, the Robinson family achieved a greatness and lasting legacy like few others. For that reason, they still remain the first family of Rampart.
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