During the fight against the Molten Alliance the Consortium had generously given shelter to many refugees offering a new home on Southsun Cove. As all of the combat died down, more and more people seeked a new life and took the Consortium's offer. The Consortium wanted the island to be profitable and so were transforming it into a resort, many tourists were excited and even nobles arrived on the island on holiday. The settlers on the island felt more like prisoners than guests and it was later discovered that they were bound onto the island, never to leave; the contracts they had signed meant they legally could not leave. The Consortium were again doing unethical business involving the people of Tyria. Many refugees simply accepted this contract since they had nowhere else to live and at this point they felt safe and enjoyed the life on Southsun cove. The settlers, of course felt aggravated by the trickery of their host and tension between the settlers and the Consortium began to rise.