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PostPosted: Tue Apr 01, 2008 1:34 am    Post subject: Campaign Year - LE8755 Events - Karthan Empire Reply with quote

Following is the daily events of the empire as those of power prepares for the coming Long Winter and the 19th War of Might.

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LE8755 day 001: 1Guiaranor01

The new year begins with the Grand Tournament held north of the Imperial Capital Cerberus on the peninsula. The first day sees Empress Lonarwaen reviewing the 7,530 competitors, nobility, knights and officers of the Star Crusaders for the jousting and combat prowess tournaments at Kings Rest, before a gathered crowd of 500,000. The two week event will be displayed live across the empire using Sention, a series of combined spells developed by the Astrologer and Mage professions. The blessing of Elenmire is bestowed upon the Empress by the Ordained Patriach, renewing the divine provenance of her rule and all the Dukes vow their continued allegiance to her and the empire. The blessing is witnessed by 70,000 in the Church of Elenmire in Cerberus and they winess the great statue of Elenmire glowing white with starlight throughout the entire day and night. All within the capital are healed of ailments. Many stricken of disease throughout the empire are healed during the night. Clerics of the church find their powers touched. Elenmire is venerated throughout the empire and the people celebrate the coming year and blessing of the Empress. But there is concern of an heir…and rumours of a lover and who this might be.

Storms wreak havoc on the southern coasts of Peleannor. Trade is disrupted, merchant vessels forced to ride out the storm as the floating docks of Kaldefen, Celebros and Minhotar are damaged during the storm.

Karnirutherim tribesman in the Storm Mountains join Tordagh in destroying a Azgeyr hold threatening the Pass of the Kakakor.

The “Sea Mist” returns from its journey with representatives from Attalante.

The Silvarana High King, Alnuathor “brings” Marerandas Krysilryn to Karthan from Ebberon. However the Ilmaren intervene and creates two from one…an evil twin.

The Grand Duchess of Zeray concludes her trade agreement with Losan-Stravin. This will enable her vessels to enter the Blue City becoming the first merchant consortium in the empire to do so.

The usurper Emperor of Mhalafrei announces a year of darkness shall fall upon Karthan and he will become it’s new ruler. He now rules a province of misery and death. His son, Balzarch, the King of Thereck has to tend with uprisings from the citizens. In Thereck the Dark Religion is destroyed by a force of 4,500 paladins of Elenmire, driven by their blessing of the goddess. They swept all undead and the Osgyer and Azgeyr flee before them. The King is forced into hiding and calls upon his father to assist. His father is not impressed by his son’s actions.


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LE8755 day 002: 1Guiaranor02

The first day of competition at the Grand Tournament. The Knight Commander of the court, Malihalm announces the draw for the 130, the first of the jousting tournaments featuring the Duke’s personal knights/champions. Whoever wins this tournament will become the Knight Elect, and personal bodyguard to the Empress for the year. The Duke of Kaldefen is announced as the Emperial adjudicator for the jousting tournaments and will be Empress Lonarwaen’s advisor throughout the tournament.

That evening, after a banquet in honour of the 130, Empress Lonarwen councils with the Silvarana High King and Lord of the Quiseraen, Alnuathor. The council was expected as they both met on the 2nd evening of the new year, after her coronation. Though she was half Silvarana in blood, she was not aware of this until her adventuring years when she befriended Elatan and Bali Foehammer and learned from them of her unique bloodline. Alnuathor first council was 2 evenings after the coronation, subsequently beginning their annual councils. No one knew these councils took place. The Silvarana were but a myth in the minds of the populace, revered as spirits/fae of tree, glen, glade, pool, stream among other associations. They were the Valandor, one of two races who comprised the Silvarana. The Sulthalion were the True Avatars of magic, technology and lore. Alnuathor is Sulthalion and developed the evolution of ascension for his people.

Lonarwaen thanked the High King for his presence here. “As the only Empress to have ruled Karthan, the Dukes are quietly concerned of the future…an heir. In this matter I face a dilemma. I am in love with Alladan the last of the Starfire Kings. He along with 10,000 rests beneath Cerberus, their physical forms destroyed in the war against Kharagh, millennia ago. I do not know why Alladan has awoken, but since my coronation, he has been my constant companion and confidante. I wish our past would acknowledge the Starfire Kings…so the people would know of them. Such would make matters easier for the future…one that I will need your aid to come to pass.”

“Acknowledgement of the Starfire Kings in history is difficult Lonarwaen. Much of the empire’s history was destroyed during the last War of Might. It was one of Kharagh’s prime objectives. If he could not have victory, he hoped to destroy the empire’s ability to recover, and he nearly succeeded. Libararies of knowledge throughout the empire were destroyed. Khios saved the magic user professions and the Church was blessed by the Ilmaren who healed the land over time. The Starfire Kings was lost to history...but like yourself Lonarwaen, possess Silvarana blood. They ruled long before the empire became known as Karthan, when the world was young and the humans were much fewer in numbers. They forged the very foundation of this empire and did so with honour and respect of it’s people.”

Lonarwaen nodded. “I know…their honour, strength and moral reverence is inspiring. That is why I initially promised to help ….him and his people. That was before I found his companionship had touched my heart.”

The Silvarana High King regarded the Empress of Karthan for a moment. “I will return at the end of this calendar month and fulfill your heart’s desire and your responsibility to the empire. I know they are there, Lonarwaen. I have always known. Their spirits hold the image of their physical selves…their mind, life and memories. From that I will shape flesh and form. Their spirit once joined will give their physical forms life.”

“They will be as they once were?” Lonarwaen asked.

Alnuathor nodded. “They will be as they once were. You in return must fulfill the responsibility as Empress and produce a male heir. A royal marriage during this year will be essential to placate the Dukes, who can only tolerate a female ruler for so long. Harsh it may seem, Lonarwaen, but the empire’s strength has always come from its society and you cannot change that. You are Empress yes…but the High Steward as you know, can be the power of the throne if circumstances require it. You rule by divine right and no one questions that but decisions of war has always come from those who will fight the battle…and in this society as in most others, it is the men who will take to the battlefield. You know war is coming…the Dukes do not. I believe they have no knowledge of the Transcendence and the coming War of Might as yet.”

“They do not. I am considering convening the War Council next month. My Astrologers have confirmed the Long Winter is coming and I am hoping to convince the War Council that when this event begins, Kharagh will go to war, using the advantage of winter of which his races, the Osgeyr and Azgeyr are immune to the cold. But the Dukes are practical men…they will want hard facts. I have the prophecies and will be reminding them of those and who they derived from…but they will need more. The earlier we can prepare, every moment may count to success or failure.”

“There are places left untouched by man that may contain evidence of the War of Chaos and the long winter that followed. I may be able to assist in this matter. It is essential that any evidence derives from the hand of those who lived at that time. However, there is another option, one that has just opened for you. A delegation has arrived from Attalante, seek their counsel. They know of the Wars of Might, having experienced three that I know of. There presence here is more than coincidence…considering our council this evening.”


After 6 days of diplomatic counsel by the Their-Deboraen, the Grand Duchess of Zeray agrees for her free citystate to be included in the census, which will begin next month. The High Steward has had to reaffirm the agreement made between the Grand Duchess and the Empress 5 years ago, ensuring the neutral status of the citystate by the empire.

The delegation from Attalante is formally received by the High Steward. The existence of the “sea faring empire” was unknown until their arrival on the “Sea Mist” yesterday, where the Captain of the “Sea Mist” advised the Emperial Court of the delegation’s arrival.

At the Tapestry Inn, in a small village in central Lethrai, twenty Lord Paladins of Elenmire met and vow to destroy the Undead Queen, Nienfiara. Her undead infest the Maig-Nuror marshes and they have learned that if they destroy her, her servants will be vanquished as well, their spirits bound to her.

A Monorovian merchant caravan enters the Shadowlands. Trade to the region has not occurred since the War of Chaos, when the Shadowlands was created, the result of a “curse” following the last and most violent battle in the region that saved the empire but at a huge cost to life and devastation of the land.


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LE8755 day 003: 1Guiaranor03

The second day of competition at the Grand Tournament and the first day of the 130 jousting tournament. In this day 40 are eliminated in the best of 5 jousting, including the favourite, Sir Reinar representing the Duke of Selintan There is also the surprising arrival of 2 “black” knights, representing the Grand Duchess of Zeray and the Lord of Starhill. The High Steward escorts a number of Attalante delegates to the Grand Tournament where they meet Empress Lonarwaen.

The council of the Most Exalted Companion Order of Pendrath renew their annual challenge against the Council of The Most Exalted Order of Westland.
The participants are: Most Exalted Companion Order of Pendrath:
Shanbro Bayn, Senior knight to Count Lharndril of Quiso
Lathoris Solekor, Baron of Castle Bitra, Bitra
Hendis Sowarn, Duke of Nokomis
Almicar the Strong, Castellan to Count Chrysenta of Selintan
Rodris Charson, Castellan of Count Mharsell of Ishendar
Gieras Boldarn, Baron of Castel Grayden, Imris
The order’s heraldry is a silver crown, surrounded by a laurel of oak leaves on a blue background.
The Most Exalted Order of Westland:
Dahris Maldean, Count of Reanctir
Tyras Kalcieris, Earl Marshall, Duke of Harrin
Dyon Malsiers, Earl of Daysaer
Paladur Mark, Count of Eredoriath
Corsaegin Arienn, Duke of Rithaglin
Heraldry: A white sword in the claws of a grey eagle on a blue background.
The special jousting challenge will occur in the second week. The Duke of Rithaglin is favoured to win.


Valkarzon counsels with the “Emperor” of Mhalafrei and advises his “masters” are unhappy at the continued failure of the sea blockade of the coastal freecity of Seareach. The siege of the city from the land has prevented supplies from entering the city yet the blockade by Mhalafrei vessels have been met with disaster from storms to incurring the wrath of a sea drake. “We have to break their spirit and to this end, starve them out.”

The “Sea Mist” departs Celedras for the islands of Labalna.

A group of drunken adventurers in Eylea, Arktoria, boast they have seen a floating city crossing the desert, east beyond the border.


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LE8755 day 004: 1Guiaranor04

The third day of competition at the Grand Tournament and the second day of the 130 jousting tournament. In this day 52 are eliminated. On this day the 700 competitors for the traditional trial of arms combat between the Shield of Arms and The Order of the Red Eagle military orders are determined by ballot. This competition will not only be two orders facing off against each other, but include rivalries between guildhalls of both orders throughout the empire.

The Empress Lonarwaen privately counsels with the delegation from Attalante for the first time. The delegates speak of the coming Transcendence, and the rise of Kharagh during this time. “This is ordained by the gods. We have learned that your empire is vital to the survival of Elithaan. This has come from the wisdom of our Emperial Majesty. We are here to open diplomatic relations and offer military and logistical assistance in your coming conflict.” They also speak of the long winter…possibly lasting 5 years. Lonarwaen requests clarification from her astrologers and the High Steward who is witness to the council suggests a meeting of the War Council following the end of the Tournament with the representatives from Attalante in attendance.
The Empress agrees. “But we must also consider the survival of the empire and its citizens during this time. I will convene a meeting of the Provincial Governors and the Church to discuss this matter following our council. We can plan for war as you see fit…but without the people, logistics, food and supplies…all plans we make will amount to nothing.”

During a clear blue sky…a beautiful day, 6,560 lightning strikes target the Dark Religion and servants of Nienfiara in Mhalafrei and Thereck. All struck are destroyed. The “Emperor” of Mhalafrei is struck dead and Valkarzon takes control assuming his form. It is a day of chaos as those loyal to the empire wage a war against the usurper, seeing this day as a blessing by Elenmire. Word of the resistance reaches the Empress that evening and she orders the deployment of 5 Star Crusader legions to the borders. "We must continue the Grand Tournament. However many of those attending may be required to serve. This will be so done...but quietly."


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LE8755 day 005: 1Guiaranor05

The night of invocation. All clerics of Elenmire receive her blessing and their Power Points double for the coming year. The blessing sees many who are inflicted by illness and aliments fully healed and the hour glasses shine white at midnight in all homes throughout the empire lasting the night. All evil within 200m are destroyed and this includes thieves and assassins and thus many working for the guilds working the night are found dead the following morning near the churches. Throughout the night the statue of Elenmire in Cerberus shines a silver white and 240,000 pilgrimage to the church that evening.

The fourth day of competition at the Grand Tournament and the third of the 130 jousting tournament. In this day 38 are eliminated leaving 40 remaining. This is also the first day featuring Nanatherim and Karnirutherim knights in the tournament, of which 285 have entered. The Knight Commander receives personal challenges from knights and nobles and announces at days end, 359 challenges have been received which will take place in the 2nd week. These include 3 challenges from the guests of Attalante, two from the embassy of Arkulan and 3 from the embassy of Hellatrix.

The Empress Lonarwaen spends a second day of counsel with the delegation from Attalante. She learns more of the Transcendence and that it will mark a coming war against Kharagh, whose borders the western portion of the empire. She explains the circumstances concerning the provinces of Thereck and Mhalafrei and Elwenor, senior delegate suggests the weakening of the provinces taken are the work of Kharagh. They are surprised to learn of Darkness Claw existence within the empire, secured with his legions in the Garthang Ranges. Elwenor informs the Empress that they, being an island empire, have never been attacked by Kharagh and will aid the empire. “You are in many ways our descendants in this part of the world and we have a navy and military power that we are more than willing to provide. We to follow the gods and Elenmire and Baltanor have spoken to our clerics of your existence and suggested that before the coming winter we deploy to aid you in the coming war. We have learned of your importance in the coming war and there are many within our empire that are seeking to open contact with possible descendants of families who voyaged here 8,400 years ago…with the great expeditions at that time.” He brings out a tome and presents it to the Empress. “Hmm…I wonder if names have changed over time. Here is those noble families who left our empire so long ago and came to this land.”

Day 2 of the Blessing of Elenmire…a cloudy day and after yesterday where 6,560 lightning strikes target the Dark Religion and servants of Nienfiara in Mhalafrei and Thereck. Those remaining are hiding…not for long. Valkarzon’s rule is short, in his chamber beneath the palace a single light appears and awakened he feels the power of the goddess. Her champion, Alarris, one of the 5 Heroic Champions and Herald of Khalitur, home of the gods, appears and strikes Valkarzon dead after a battle that destroys the palace. Nienfiara’s undead servants are destroyed by Valandor spirits who emerge from forest, glen, pool and stream under direction of Alnuathor, there High King.

Freedom is at hand perhaps for the people of Thereck and Mhalafrei…the forces of evil and chaos are falling to the powers who they have angered. Why now…such intervention has never been witnessed since the last War of Might and only one knows that. Brooding in the Dark Tower, Khios watches as the power of the gods are openly revealed. He does not interfere.

Darkness Claw watches events in the provinces of Mhalafrei and Thereck, as well to the north in the Elder Wilds. He becomes aware of the two that are one and knows their names, Mak and Kam.


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LE8755 day 006: 1Guiaranor06

The fifth day of competition at the Grand Tournament and the first day of the archery competition featuring 4,530 competitors. There are also 62 new personal challenges among the nobility of Telemnar and Peleannor received and many expect the rivalry between these two provinces to be at it’s best this year. The competition is viewed by members of the delegation from Attalante and the High Steward introduces them to senior nobility intending, many holding senior positions within the military orders. Other members visit the Emperial Universities and Schools of Magic.

Reports of the Night of Invocation reach the Imperial Court and the representatives from Attalante are stunned by the blessing of Elenmire and of its intensity. Empress Lonarwaen addresses the Grand Tournament as word had reached the tournament on the Night of Invocation. “The Goddess of Light has very much shown to all that she cares for her people and is taking an interest in matters within the empire. We must ensure we do what is necessary to protect our citizens.”

Word of the Night of Invocation reach the 3 Arkulan mercenary companies, in the employment of the “Emperor” of Mhalafrei. They are deployed along the eastern border and a number of units witnessed lightning strikes the previous day. During the counsel, the commanders are met by a cleric/astrologer of Elenmire, Aarian Tal-Ryen, who informs them that the “Emperor” has been slain and a servant of Lord of Chaos has assumed control. “In 26 days, your very Emperor will visit Cerberus and counsel with the Empress of Karthan. You have until that time to decide on your future, as you face losing honour and your land holdings back in Arkulan.”


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LE8755 day 007: 1Guiaranor07

The sixth day of competition at the Grand Tournament and the final of the 130 jousting tournament. The first day of melee combat between mercenary companies and military orders and also the first day of jousting between the nobility and knights of Telemnar and Peleannor. The “Black Knight” of Zeray proceeds through to the last 8 of the Provincial jousting, the 2nd tier competition.

Empress Lonarwaen accompanies the Attalante delegation to the fortress of Naeramarth.

All churches in Mhalafrei and Thereck, provinces held by the “ursurper” are reaffirmed by the gods as holy ground. Many of the churches are in ruin and when the populace learns of this, they seek sanctuary finding the churches now under the guardianship of spiritual servants of the Ilmaren.

That evening the Ordained Patriarch addresses the Cyir-Tarokhal, the assembly of Cardinals and Archbishops and the Tuath-Ir-Kayorlinn, the monastic order at the Danan-Tolardreas, it’s location a closely guarded secret. The Ordained Patriarch informs that the Church has 2 months to “…regain that which we have lost. I have been directed by the blessed Elenmire, to formally announce a crusade against the forces of evil that control the provinces of Thereck and Mhalafrei. All paladins, monks and Warrior Monks must work as a united sword of the gods and deliver salvation to the citizens who have suffered greatly. The hand of healing will be provided by clerics, healers and lay healers. The Invocation shall serve to strengthen our resolve and determination that comes with placing faith, the true strength of ones inner self…faith that will be taken to the very door of all evil in both provinces.”
Counsel follows.


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LE8755 day 008: 1Guiaranor08

The seventh day of competition at the Grand Tournament and the second day of melee combat between mercenary companies and military orders and second day of jousting between the nobility and knights of Telemnar and Peleannor. The “Black Knight” of Zeray wins the Provincial jousting tournament and subsequently receives challenges from nobility, not impressed by his victory and the fact that he refuses to identify himself until the last day, during the victory ceremony.

The High Steward begins preparations for a War Council to follow after the Grand Tournament.

Empress Lonarwaen requests the Their-Deboraen, the council of governors, representing the provinces, convene their Opening Session in 8 days, 1 month ahead of schedule. There are 124 at present, with Mhalafrei and Thereck not represented, though 6 senior administrators (4 from Mhalafrei and 2 from Thereck) who escaped the “usurper” act as advisors to matters concerning both provinces. The same day sees the Empress informed by the High Priestess of the Church of Elenmire of the official sanction of a crusade against the “usurper” and his servants in Mhalafrei and Telemnar. Following consultation with the High Steward the Empress consigns the 3 Star Crusader legions deploying to the Mhalafrei border to the crusade. Preparations for the crusade are made in secrecy, with no official announcement until 3Marendeth05, the date marked for the crusade’s launch in Mhalafrei and Thereck.

Monorovia unveils two new steam trains in twin ceremonies in the cities of Messina to Lessina. Two companies, Wittlen’s Steam Co in Messina and IronWorks Co in Lessina were contracted 4 years ago to produce a new generation steam train. In 3 days time, a race will take place with the Wittlen’s train (Blue Flyer1) going from Messina to Lessina as the IronWorks (White Horse III) from Lessina to Messina at the same time, the cities connected by twin laid tracks. Each train will have two 36 seat carriages, with marshals and neutral arbiters as whoever wins, gains the contract to replace the first generation steam trains. The newspapers of both cities begin a typical rival twin city “propaganda” campaign each hyping the opening ceremonies, which were extravagant to say the least. Two engineers, as assessing officers, visit each of the trains to determine the betting odds.

A Basig-Mesk (Winged Troll) is captured by adventurers in the Forest of Nardhol.

Two Sulthalion scholars, in human form prevents a group of 60 young drunk Tordagh from inadvertently entering the Shadowlands. The Tordagh had taken the wrong road, whilst celebrating for the 2nd day a successful sale of an artifact. They were only 100m from the twilight border when the Sulthalion, who were studying the region, heard them approaching. A simple magical spell sobered all 60, of which none were happy about…but realizing they were SO close to entering the region, they forgave the two humans their indiscretion and hastily moved back to the road.
“It would have been more beneficial to have let them enter.” One of the Sulthalion remarked watching the departing Tordagh. “The Dark Union has only affected humans….wonder what effect it would have on the Tordagh. Scientific observation of course.”
“Perhaps they would not miss two.” The other smiled seeing them drinking from tankards already.
And two were not missed at all. The Sulthalion waited for 4 hours before “feeling” the Dark Union take place…the Tordagh fell under the influence as easily as the humans had done. “The union is stronger than previously determined.”
“Either that or the Tordagh were weak.” The 2nd replies. But his companion was correct…the strength of the Dark Union was felt by. The unbearable need to touch the physical world, tainted by an ever twilight sky.


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LE8755 day 009: 1Guiaranor09

The eighth day of competition at the Grand Tournament and the final day of melee combat between mercenary companies which is one by the Trail Riders, defeating the company established by Empress Lonarwaen during her adventuring years, the Company of the Red Flame. The third day of jousting between the nobility and knights of Telemnar and Peleannor. By the end of the day 8 remain for the final day tomorrow, including the Dukes of Carrisbrook and Girithron, the two favoured to go through to the final. The melee combat between the military orders is won by the Shield of Arms.

The Tordagh who were advised not to enter the Shadowlands, return to the twilight border to search for two missing companions. They find tracks of their companions leaving the group and entering the land of eternal twilight.
“Look, we nearly stumbled into this place yesterday and were warned by two humans. So why is it, after we were warned, Thurak and Duros turned back and walked in.” No one could answer.
“We will wait until tomorrow.” Their leader decided.

Darkness Claw sends 3 companies of Azgeyr and 70 Var-Mesk through the Well of Worlds in Darkhold. Their objective is to secure the strange metal object that scouts sighted 3 days earlier.

After two months traversing the Tarascon Mountains, 6 climbers of the Felandorf expedition set up base camp approx 5,000m above sea level, at the foot of the tallest mountain in the empire, Silverthorn. The unforgiving mountain has never been successfully climbed and the last expedition 4 years ago, returned 1,540m short of the summit reporting sightings of “snow” giants who were considered responsible for sabotaging the equipment and forcing the expedition to abandon the final climb to the summit. The Felandorf expedition has 3 members from the previous expedition and also protected by 36 Urdan Karnirutherim.


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LE8755 day 010: 1Guiaranor10

The ninth day of competition at the Grand Tournament. The final day of jousting between the nobility and knights of Telemnar and Peleannor and this is won by Gieras Boldar, Baron of Imris in Telemnar. The Black Knight of Zeray defeats 3 challenged opponents in the joust. The first day of jousting between the Faeriath (landowning Knights) who have entered the tournament.

Unrest continues to grow in Mhalafrei and the March of Daznir mercenary company is forced to quell unrest in villages along the Moranor River that borders Telemnar. A number of refugees manage to cross the river to safety, helped by villagers from Kalston who were fishing along the river.

An adventuring company enters the ruins of Lasgalen, seeking fortune. The group is comprised of rogues and thieves and all are former members of the Shadow Thieves Guild who are now disgraced and “hunted” for a failed assassination attempt on the Guildmaster of Girithron.

Two Zhan (dragons) are sighted by Karnirutherim traveling the Pass of the Kakacor, through the Storm Mountains. The Zhan are also seen an hour later by a Star Crusader patrol, flying low over the mountains near the end of the pass as it widens out and descends to the rocky steppes of Arktoria province.

The Lord Treasurer arrives in city state of Zeray to receive the annual tribute from the Grand Duchess, Isadora Dusador. He also delivers a written letter from Empress Lonarwaen. The letter concerns the two merchant companies owned by the Grand Duchess, the Morningstar Mercantile Company and Eveningstar Merchant Line, both the largest merchant concerns in the empire. As part of the agreement allowing the free city state to exist, both concerns could be requested by the Empress at times of major conflict as logistical support. Empress Lonarwaen refers to that agreement and informs the Grand Duchess that the War Council is to convene at 1Guiaranor17 and she could attend as an observer. “What is discussed at the council will be confidential and cannot be disclosed until I make a formal announcement.”
“Her Eminence requires a reply, which I will personally deliver, your grace.”
“Are you aware of the contents of this letter?” The Grand Duchess asks.
“No, your grace.” the Lord Treasurer replied.
Just what are you up too Empress Lonarwaen. The letter is more convivial than anything you have sent before. The provinces of Mhalafrei and Thereck are of course what I would expect the War Council is meeting on. But we had already discussed logistical support for a possible liberation of both provinces 5 months ago. No, this request was new, not an reaffirmation and therefore for an entirely different event. “You will have my written reply tomorrow.”


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LE8755 day 011: 1Guiaranor11

The tenth day of competition at the Grand Tournament. The Black Knight of Zeray is undefeated at the end of this day. Speculation as to who he is, gathers momentum. The second day of jousting between the Faeriath after 164 are eliminated on the first day. Another 84 are eliminated today. The last day of jousting between the Nanatherim and Karnirutherim knights and this event is won by the Count of Belishba. The first day of 200m longbow archery and 20m crossbow. The event is watched by members of the Attalante delegation.

6 Attalante scholars visit the Imperial University and discuss the subject index system of the library for an exchange of knowledge between the two empires. They view the library and are surprised by the wide range of magical spell lists. Karthan scholars explain the races of the empire and how each has developed their own magical professions that have become fused over time. The Attalante scholars inform that only one human race exists within their empire so they are interested in the Karnirutherim, Nanatherim, Daeostherim and also the Tordagh, who they say do not reside in their empire. “We know of Dagh races throughout the known world, but we have never encountered them before until we arrived in Cerberus and met them at the Grand Tournament. A fascinating race.”
“Who guard their culture. Few Therim have ever entered their mansions.” One of the scholars remarked.
“Only those in Starhill are reasonably open to contact. Because their alchemists are the most skilled, it is through Starhill that trade between Karthan and the Tordagh tribes occur.” Another adds.

The Lord Treasurer teleports back to Cerberus from Zeray with the tribute and a written reply from the Grand Duchess for Empress Lonarwaen. The Empress reads the reply that evening in her private apartment in the company of Alladan.
“The Grand Duchess will attend the War Council.” She informed.
“Might I ask Lonarwaen why there seems to be animosity between you both?” Alladan inquires.
“Isadora is a powerful woman in Karthan Alladan and her influence in the merchant trade is far reaching. I suppose the manner by which the city state was formed and the support she received from the Dukes whose lands border the city state at the time, caused upheaval within the Imperial Court. For a woman to assume that much power and do so in the manner that she did…caused some derision that exits to this day.”
“I sense in you this Isadora is well…a rival. Her power however is in influence and wealth.”
“Isadora has asserted her influence more than once recently and in a manner that has been an affront to me, a challenge of my authority. You are right in some respects. We do not get on and Isadora’s presence in the empire is one that I have to unfortunately tolerate and placate, hence her invitation to the War Council. However, she is intelligent and will weigh any threat against the empire on what she will lose business wise and that is one advantage that I will use if necessary, her dependence on the merchant trade that has given her the wealth and influence. It is not something I like to do, but sometimes it has to be done.”
“I have told you what I experienced during the Transcendece. Can you use this at the council without unveiling your source?”
“I think I can Alladan. But I will have to be careful. Your time and the war that you were involved in occurred at the start of our LE calendar. Since that time, there has been two Transcendences, with the last one timed with the War of Chaos. This event destroyed all knowledge the empire possessed. Therefore, outside the calendar dating system, we have no idea of our history prior to the War of Chaos in LE5655. Only yourself and the Attalante delegation has knowledge of the Transcendence and the Wars of Might, as the Silvarana High King refers to them as.”
“Was this deliberately done….destroying all knowledge?”
“We have no records of how this happened Alladan. So I cannot answer your question. Our scholars and sages believe that there were schools of magic during this time…did you have such as well?”
“Yes, very few compared to what you have now. The empire in my time was smaller in area and population. Also we did not have the Tealithran which has greatly increased the numbers of magic users.”
Lonarwaen nodded. “The Tealithran has been a great benefit and serves not only the schools of magic but the church as well.”

The train race between Messina and Lessina is won by Wittlen’s Blue Flyer 1 in 4 hours, 23 minutes, 8 minutes faster than Iron Works Whitehorse III.

The Nanatherim of Lamenvale begin the annual muster of wild horses after receiving a contract from the Imperial Army (Star Crusaders) for 45,000 warhorses to be trained before the end of the year.

The “Sea Mist” returns from Labalna, employing the Aerie modification with great success. The journey took just mere days compared to 5 weeks.


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PostPosted: Wed Oct 29, 2008 12:54 am    Post subject: LE8755012 Reply with quote

LE8755 day 012: 1Guiaranor12

The eleventh day of competition at the Grand Tournament. Archery, horsemanship competitions enter the 2nd day and the day in which the Feud Trial of Arms ledger is tabled to the High Steward and the Knight Commander (Imperial Castellan). The Black Knight of Zeray is defeated in a jousting round by Corsaegin Arienn, the Duke of Rithaglin and council member of the Most Exalted Order of Westland. The Black Knight removes his helm before a large crowd and is announced as the Duke of Terekan, the most powerful noble in Lethrai. The Provincial Governor who watched the joust openly shows his disgust accusing him of betraying his loyalty to the Empire and his oath of fealty to the Empress. “You have been beguiled by the charms of a scheming woman.”
The Duke of Terekan replies by challenging the provincial governor. “Chose your champion and tomorrow you will take back your word when I reaffirm my honour.” The challenge is accepted and added to the Feud Trial of Arms Ledger…with a champion for the Provincial Governor, yet to be named.

Members of the Attalante visit the ship building facilities at Girithron. Addressing a group of ship wrights, they discuss the designs of their various ocean going vessels which are vastly superior those built in Karthan. “Our shipwrights produce a new generation of vessels every 50 years or so. We have been a sea going empire for many millennia and though we maintain a sea going fleet, merchant and naval, we have recently developed Aerie ships that fly over the seas and continents in a fusion of magic and new navigator spells. The advantage of these vessels is speed and straight course between destinations over land and sea. With the strong tidal activity in what we call the hazard zones, 1/5 of the mapped ocean cannot be traveled. With the surprising arrival of “Sea Mist” to our continent, we discussed with its captain, the recent advancements of your shipbuilding and he mentioned that trans continental ocean going vessels was a recent development, this been in response to the discovery of Dysar, the southern continent and invention of the compass.”
The shipwrights generally agreed and one commented. “The “Sea Mist” was responsible for crossing the great ocean for the first time and they have been on a number of long voyages establishing trade routes.”
“Which in turn was picked up by the Grand Duchess of Zeray.” Another of the shipwrights mused. “The “Sea Mist” is owned by the Lord of Seareach…a free city. One would have expected that he would have gained by these trade routes opening up, but the Grand Duchess moved quickly and it was she who demanded new designs to endure the long travel and was prepared and did pay well. She now has the largest merchant fleet in Karthan.”
“When would we be able to see one of these Aerie ships?”
“Tomorrow morning. We have modified the “Sea Mist” so that you can see the new advances for yourselves. The “Sea Mist” is now Aerie capable. We will show you how to modify your sea going merchant and naval vessels to become Aerie capable.”

That evening Empress Lonarwaen receives a detailed briefing on Attalante by the captain of the “Sea Mist”, Lord Mariner, Koradin Myyers. “I need to know your assessment of them…as a people. What are they like…what did you see of their society. Can they be trusted as they seem to be offering so much and little they are asking in return.”
Some hours are spent in discussion. The Lord Mariner brought maps, books and artist drawings of architecture and landscape done by members of his crew. He also explains the changes made to “Sea Mist”. “I think you will find that what they are offering, serves to benefit them. They are aware now, that Karthan is vital in any conflict against Kharagh. Should our empire fall then their continent will fall too. Until now they have helped developed foreign kingdoms and empire, seeing then as the bulwark against Kharagh. But with my visit the Emperor of Attalante, not only admitted this to me but made it quite clear that his empire was preparing for war, preparing to get involved, preparing to deploy its army to a number of aligned kingdoms including Karthan. And this I sensed from him as his people are the Elaantherim that has been written about almost as legend by the Tanatherim of Telemnar and Peleannor, from whom the Tanatherim seem to be descended from. There are ties of kinship here, and kin…family is valued highly in Elaantherim society. Many families noble and freeman alike can trace their ancestry back many generations and each family has written genealogies and it is because of this…primarily this…that the Emperor himself has given me his word that they will aid Karthan in the coming war. Elwenor is a senior member of the Emperor’s court and has considerable skill and knowledge in diplomacy with foreign lands. I believe towards the conclusion of his visit he will present a letter from the Emperor to you.”
“Thank you Koradin…were you able to learn why Attalante has never been attacked by Kharagh during the Transcendence.”
“No your majesty. They know Kharagh exists…they know about Osgeyr, Azgeyr and Mesk, from contact and trade with foreign lands. They know of the existence of Zhan, but have never seen them flying over their continent. But there is no history of any attack by Kharagh or his servants. There are no evil races on Attalante…there history shows no evil race ever existed on Attalante, the island was free of their influence when it was first settled.”
“Attalante has become a great power Koradin and it would seem they have been a great empire for millennia. That would make them a natural target for Kharagh.”
“I agree your majesty. So I went into the interior to villages and towns and well…sort of approached the question in casual conversation. I learned two things. The first is that Attalante does not experience this long winter that follows the Transcendence. As far as I know the island is the only region of the known world not affected.”
“Why is that…geographical position perhaps.”
“No, your majesty. Their location is close to the northern Land of Ice. They should be more affected than Karthan.”
“And your second discovery Koradin?”
“Why they have not been attacked, your majesty. When I mentioned it, they just shut up, don’t answer…change the topic of conversation mostly. I sense they knew why but did not wish to tell me. It would seem they are secretive as to the reason why their land has never been attacked.”


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PostPosted: Fri Oct 31, 2008 1:40 am    Post subject: LE8755013 Reply with quote

LE8755 day 013: 1Guiaranor13

The twelfth day of competition at the Grand Tournament. The first day of the Feud Trial of Arms. Each Feud is a trial of jousting (best of 7) until one is unhorsed then melee combat until one either submits to an “yield” or automatically after 3 “yields” against him is achieved. Empress Lonarwaen attends the Feud as these represents genuine feuds decided at the time by their liege lords to be determined at the Trial of Arms. Each of the Feuds is represented by the liege lord or liege lords (if each represents a different Liege Lord). Most of the Feuds are between Faeriath and Barons from Lethrai, Telemnar and Peleannor.
The Black Knight of Zeray, the Duke of Terekan renews his challenge against the Provincial Governor of Lethrai and at midday encounters the champion for the Provincial Governor, the Knight Commander (Imperial Castellan) Valgier Onidaur. Observers comment the Empress does not seem surprised by the choice of champion. The Provincial Governor of Lethrai is seen sitting with member of the Their-Deboraen and nearby observers find that surprising as well. This Feud is won by the Knight Commander 3-2 on yields.

The “Sea “Mist” arrives in Girithron and takes on board a number of shipwrights as well as the Attalante delegation. Once out to sea the Aerie modifications are employed and the shipwrights are surprised by the speed and capability of the “Sea Mist” when it takes to the air. Furthermore, the vessel is not affected by the 3000m high altitude winds when the Navigator magic is brought into affect.
The shipwrights unanimously agree to work on a joint endeavour to observe 3 newly constructed Karthan ships modified for testing.
“This is the future.” One of them is heard remarking.

Alnuathor, the Silvarana High King and a number of astronomers observe Galadrifel, the White Wanderer, draw ever closer to Eiliniel, both now connected by the spiral accretion disk…Eiliniel breathing life into the white dwarf. The Sulthalion who have been monitoring the event have been trying to determine why Galadrifel was 48 days late, thus delaying the accretion disk process likewise. They determined a gravity distortion 32 days ago that has been decreasing in effect since and is now virtually undetectable. Alnuathor is aware the gravity wave originated from Urshargh, the Black Moon...but why? This would delay the long Solisse season expected now to begin in the 10th month of this year Nothing would be gained by this to Kharagh, as the majority of the human population were not aware of the Transcendence and the Long Solisse that followed. But this awareness was beginning to grow, helped by Attalante and the Sun Priests of Arias. Over the past few days the High King had been musing another event that could have caused the sudden wave of energy from the Black Moon…the arrival of 1 that is 2 from Eberron.


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LE8755 day 014: 1Guiaranor014

The thirteenth and last day of competition at the Grand Tournament. The final day of archery, melee and the Feud Trial of Arms. After the events conclude the field is prepared for the ceremonial events tomorrow following by a feast for all competitors and guests.

A massive earthquake destroys the city of Tyr, along the southern pass through the Storm Mountains. Tyr had become a successful trading city run by Urdan Karnirutherim. The destruction of the city blocks the pass and avalanches to the east and west of Tyr, further block the pass, killing travelers that were passing through. Hundreds in Tyr are killed and many more trapped in rubble of the now razed city. This attracts the attention of Stormwing for she detects the sudden use of magic and determines the earthquake was localized to the southern pass, Tyr being the epicenter. Two of her brood close to Tyr, detect the presence of a Calnizhan (Chaos Dragon) south of the pass and investigate finding an abandoned underground lair veined by chaos tainted black Laen. But the Calnizhan does not escape Stormwing’s attention and high above the Tarascon Mountains, bordering Eksharan Forest the Chaos Dragon is slain by her.

Bali Foehammer arrives in Cerberus and counsels with Empress Lonarwaen.


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