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0 ANI (In the year of the Dread Emperor) - 500 years ago
Dread Lord Karsen defeats the Incarnate Hope, conquers the human realms, and establishes the Empire of Night.
466 ANI - 41 years ago
Finbar Gullvan participates in the Engenstut County Uprising, which is put down by the Bearfangs.
487 ANI - 15 years ago
Finbar Gullvan helps command the Engenstut County Revolt, which is defeated by the 4th company of the Bearfangs as soon as it starts.
December 507 ANI
Goblin couriers travel from Elverum to all the citadels and fortresses of Hanist. Soon after, orc patrols go out and confiscate food stores and livestock. Orders go out to increase the production of military supplies.
Similar couriers are sent from Karlmost in Zerniless and Uran Padoru in Menkgu.
No supply ships from Isenmarch are sent to Hanist or Zerniless.
January 508 ANI
Orks continue confiscating food stores, livestocks, and wagons. Military orders continue to be high. Regiments begin intensive training at their fortresses.
February 508 ANI
Confiscation of supplies ceases. The orc regiments of Hanist leave their fortresses and assemble into their legions near Bergen. Thousands of peasants are forced to travel with them along with the confiscated livestock and food stores.
Military supply caravans, normally sent overland to Zerniless, are rerouted into Menkgu.
Orc regiments from Venrike march into Menkgu and join their legions there and then continue marching north, traveling past Puttayos and into Gandabria. Legions from Zerniless travel through northwest Hanist on their way to Gandabria.
10th of February, 508 ANI
Under the light of the full moon, over a dozen children are sacrificed by the Luminals commanding the Hanist orc legions. A great portal is opened and the assembled legions and their supply train travel through it to points unknown.
26th of February, 508 ANI
Under the darkness of a new moon, Gravecall establishes the first two necromantic towers in the swamps of Zerniless, expecting they will exponentially reproduce into a lethal barrier that will destroy the Reptilians by the end of the year.
1st of March, 508 ANI
Word comes to the Resistance that there was a coup in the capitol and the Dark Emperor is missing. Isenmarch has successfully rebelled. Gullvan realizes the legions are not coming back and begins agitating for a rebellion in Hanist.
508 March Timeline
In early March, The Resistance in Engenstut ambushes an orc patrol, then attacks their stronghold near the village of Trones. They recruit and expand their army and push north, taking Swartun before the end of the month. They also explore a ruined catacomb under Trones and negotiate a treaty with the Tzavarim.
508 April Timeline
In the first half of the month, the Resistance army moves west, liberating Namdalside County and encountering the Guardian under Costvud. At the same time, a Resistance strike force infiltrates and takes over Hortskink in Otern, duping the garrison there into attacking the fortified Resistance training camp at Swartun. The badly mauled orcs return to Hortskink and are destroyed.
The main army makes it to Hortskink at the middle of the month and unites with some newly recruited infantry. The army then heads south, crossing into Dorget county and conquering Duzen Iken, home of the Black Library. While exploring it, the Resistance leaders are attacked by the Luminal Whitemist, who is killed by Nayla, Himmel, Nesta, and Ariana. They discover Whitemist was an Elf.
508 May Timeline
Trahaern leads the main army west, crossing the Berger River and defeating orc companies on the way. Despite an ambush by human collaborators at Kristinsund, they fight their way north and conquer Elverum. Duzen Iken is attacked by several companies of orcs, but Nayla, Nesta, and Ariana assassinate the competent orc leadership until Bloody Ving the Butcher takes charge and leads a deranged and ineffective assault on the walls. On the 9th, the northern army recrosses the Berger river in pursuit of an orc regiment, which is caught against Hortskink's walls and fooled by Aisling and Greex into another futile assault.
The Resistance leaders reunite and declare The Liberation, then Hloomawl, Nesta, Mikael, Ariana, and Nayla take the Flying Boat to Stinecrice on April 13th. After a series of trials and testings, they discover that Dread Emperor Karsen has somehow locked the Gods away behind the God Wards, metaphysical barriers between the divine and the mundane. Nayla is possibly a demi-god.
The rest of the month is spent recruiting, training, and reorganizing the Liberation Army. Scouts and the Resistance grapevine report that Orc forces are withdrawing from their fortresses and strongholds in western Hanist and regrouping at the citadel of Landzby in the north and the fortress of Rundbord in the south.
508 June Timeline
Trahaern leads the army west to Ravenrock to deal with Orcs advancing south from the citadel at Landzby. The Orcs are ambushed while crossing the bridge toward Elverum on the 5th and are destroyed, though several hundred survive to flee in various directions. A few hundred survivors under Gharza Brokentooth are recruited by Aisling.
Trahaern heads south towards Avvinsee, defeating the orc garrison on the 12th. At the same time, Aisling convinces Banner Taeza Prulo, the Orc commander of the southern force, marching on Grimstut, that a weak Liberation army is besieging Avvinsee. Two regiments are dispatched to deal with the problem and are ambushed by Trahaern on the 14th and destroyed. Prulo leads his remaining forces to conquer Grimstut and quickly learns of the defeat at Avvinsee. He begins fortifying Grimstut and enslaving humans into his army in a desperate attempt to bolster his forces.
Sven and his cavalry army arrive from Menkgu and join the Liberation on the 15th. With additional aerial support, several Resistance leaders fly into south Hanist and begin destroying isolated Orc garrisons. Trahern marches east for Grimstut and destroys a cavalry covering force on the 18th. Aisling recruits Banner Taeza Rigar and his 400 Orcs into the Liberation on the 19th and also frees the Wyrmling Dragon Zarathras.
With some difficulty, Trahaern defeats the orcs at Grimstut on the 20th. He spends a few days recuperating in Grimstut and investigating the betrayal of Countess Behm. He then takes his army north, destroying various Orc forces, liberating Landzby and Bergen, and ending the month at Gicunocoo as more Orcs converge at Catonodo. At the same time, the direct action team flies all over Hanist, defeating various Orc garrisons.
508 July Timeline
Sven flies to Frederikvud on July 1st to lead the garrison there against Orcs coming out of Zerniless. He defends the city against an assault on the 3rd and conquers Lubasser on the 5th. At the same time, Trahaern ambushes the Snake Easters north of Gicunoco and liberates Catonodo on the 5th.
On the 8th, Rigar Gloomfang, commander of most of Aisling's Orc recruits, betrays her by kidnapping her and fleeing for Venrike. Hloomawl, Nesta, and Nayla pursue on Pirteä‎ and catch up with the orcs at the Venrike border on the 10th. Nesta rescues Aisling, Cartwright, Tezcatlipoca, and Gharza Brokentooth and Hloomawl defeats Rigar Gloomfang in single combat. Some of the Orcs return to Aisling's service and the rest flee into Venrike where they meet up with the Black Thunder regiment.
The Iron Hooves regiment of northern Venrike assemble and try to cut Trahaern's supply lines, but are ambushed and destroyed while crossing the Berger River on the 16th.
Aisling fights a series of running battles with the Black Thunders, driving them back into Venrike and dispersing them on the 26th. Tezcat, Attivi, Cartwright, Nesta, Nayla, and Ariana explore Shatterstone's Tomb on the 27th, but fail to detect the traps and are forced to flee as the tomb collapses behind them. Kobold miners are sent to excavate the ruins.
Aisling and Kaja Thoen liberate southern Venrike at the end of the month, freeing several hundred Minotaurs from a road crew. The Minotaurs immediately enlist. Kaja starts marching north to destroy the last Orc garrisons in Venrike.
508 August Timeline
The Liberation army spends most of August redeploying. Reinforcements and reliable commanders are sent to Catonodo, and Trahaern leaves for the Zerniless front. On the 18th, the Liberation invades Zerniless and quickly reaches and conquers Vodowmost. Dynfarch militia begin massing in response, and Sven and Trahaern split forces to protect their supply lines. Meanwhile Aisling advances into the mountains to recruit the Astimbeo garrison.
508 September Timeline
Trahaern ambushes the Dynfarch militia, and Aisling recruits some of their survivors. Trahaern and Aisling take the infantry into the Keveteen Sema to clear out the last Orcs, while Sven and Cartwright alternately recruit and disperse smaller bands of Dynfarch militia. Hloomawl is reunited with his brother Moogawl and learns his mother Noolan Bear-Witness is still alive. The reunion is cut short, as most of an Orc legion is coming down from Menkgu.
The Liberation Army is rapidly redeployed to Menkgu, but the Imperial Dragonkin Legion waits at Sheroyhor while a period of low mana ends and the Liberation 2nd Legion assembles at Catonodo and waits for their enemies to arrive.
508 October Timeline
The Luminal Scather leads an airborne reconnaissance in force against the walls of Catonodo, but is ambushed by the Liberation leaders and he and his dragon are killed. His second in command, General Magolon, takes over and continues the siege, but after he is betrayed by the incompetence of his own forces and the trickery of Aisling and Greex, he flees north. Trahaern pursues, routing the remnants of the Dragonkin at the walls of Sheroyhor. Sven's cavalry pursues the fleeing leadership and is nearly caught in an ambush at Metoredunny. He falls back to the 2nd Legion while General Magolon retreats to Puttayos, rallying forces to hold Gandabria.
Trahaern, Greex, Cartwright, Aisling, Tezcatlipoca, and Hloomawl return to Zerniless and rescue the Reptilian refugees of the Keveteen Basin from a necromantic trap. They also learn that the Luminal Gravecall is scouring the countryside to enable powerful push of her Legion to recover territory before winter sets in. With the 2nd Legion firmly committed to Menkgu, Trahaern prepares to engage in a series of ambushes and fighting withdrawals to defeat the oncoming undead head.
508 November Timeline
The Whitewers push the 1st Legion south, defeating them at Voyity Chol and besieging them at Mitnydum. The Imperial success is brief, as Trahaern and Aisling defeat their raiding parties and counter their assault. The Imperial leadership abandons their orcs in the field and flees and the 1st Legion returns in triumph to Voyity Chol on the 15th. With the remaining Whitewers still too powerful to destroy in their mountain fortress, but too weak to stage further attacks south, the Zerniless front stabilizes.
Sven leads a raid against against an Imperial road building effort, freeing hundreds of Minotaurs. The Imperials station a regiment to guard their next effort, and it is clear that by spring, the Imperials will be able to assault the 2nd Legion from any of three or four positions.
Aisling, Attivi, Greex, Jerren, Tezcatlipoca, and Trahaern decide that with the Zerniless front stabilized, it was high time to seek alliance with the Fae Courts. They arrive at the Courts to discover that Aisling's patron Brangwen is the rightful Queen of the Fae, but not the reigning Queen of the Fae, and begin planning and scheming to restore her to her throne.
508 December Timeline
With the Menkgu front stabilized, Sven, Nesta, Nayla, Hloomawl, Cartwright, and Ariana travel east in disguise, hoping to reach the Dwarfen Safeholds at the Godknurl Pass and secure an alliance.
Aisling, Attivi, Greex, Jerren, Tezcatlipoca, and Trahaern fail in politicking to secure Brangwen's throne. In desperation, they venture into the deadly magics of the Ramskull Barrows, seeking to recover documents that will prove Brangwen's legitimacy. Time passes at a different rate inside the Barrows, and although they are only inside for a few subjective hours, months pass before the emerge.
Session 45 - 12th of January 509 to 13th of January 509
The PCs meet the Dwarfs but get a cold shoulder.
Session 52 - 13th of February 509 to 16th of February 509
Aisling, Attivi, Greex, Jerren, Tezcatlipoca, and Trahaern emerge from the Ramskull Barrows and are immediately arrested by Niclas Mac Caddel for a list of crimes. After a tense face off, Dame Sefni Mac Morris intervenes with a court order, declaring them witnesses in Lady Brangwen's appeal of her disinheritance.
After two days of frantic politicking, Lady Brangwen's position looks much more secure: several Fae Courts high nobles have accepted her legitimacy, while Queen Carys has been fooled into thinking that Lady Brangwen is going to present a poor forgery as proof.
At the trial, Lady Brangwen's proof is overwhelming. Grand Scribe Midge Waterfall Aster reverses Queen Brangwen's disinheritance. Princess Carys attempts to have Brangwen arrested, but Sir Cob Bocgenda publicly declares for Queen Brangwen and most of the other royal officers and high nobles follow his lead. Princess Carys concedes, but her son Arwen, the former Prince of Roses, refuses and decides to recover his inheritance through regicide. Blades are drawn, weapons and armor are summoned, and the final fight for control of the Fae Courts begins.
Session 53 - 14th of January 509 to 21st of January 509
Sven, Nesta, Nayla, Hloomawl, Cartwright, and Ariana spend a few days waiting impatiently at the Dwarf garrison at Godknurl pass. Then they convince the Minotaur elements of the garrison to strike out against the weakened Orc forces that are cut off from their supplies by Kell Kohlmann's irregulars at Subbungansh. At Brigadier Mel's urging, they manage to get some support from a few independent minded Dwarfs.
Session53
On the 18th, Ariana summons an army of earth elementals from the bones of the pass and Sven leads the combined force against the Orc defenses under the cover a raging snowstorm. Nesta, Hloomawl, and Nayla manage to take one of the gate towers before the Orc wizards and priests manage to dispell Ariana's elementals, and the Minotaurs are behind soon behind them. The Dwarfs, though upset by the insubordination of the Minotaurs, are not foolish enough to pass up this opportunity and reinforce the successful results. The Orcs, believing they are facing a reconnaissance in force, or perhaps a heavy raid, are slow to respond to the assault and are soon overwhelmed. With the Imps grounded by the snowstorm and the Minotaur oursry faster than the remaining Orcs, the Orcs choose to hold up in a third line tower and sell their lives as dearly as possible. The combined army stands off and devastates the Orcs from a distance, aside from Captain Beham's oursry, which heads down the pass to secure the mouth. Only a few hundred wounded Orcs survive to surrender.
As the sun rises on the 21st, the Godknurl pass is free of organized Imperial forces for the first time in centuries.
Session 54 - 21st of January 509 to 27th of January 509
Sven, Nesta, Nayla, Hloomawl, Cartwright, and Ariana are brought into the presence of the Dwarfen General of the Wall Dorli Steelguard. Dorli thanks them for the victory, buts claims there is a prophesy that Dread Lord Karsen won't be defeated for another 400 years and their efforts are futile, as many of the other portents haven't been fulfilled. He acknowledges their success, and gives them two signal stones to help co-ordinate an attack on Gravecall's Legion in Zerniless.
While they are conversing with Dorli, his troops start massacring some fleeing Kobolds. Cartwright and Ariana intervene and manage to save most of them, but Dorli orders them out of the pass in three days and then his troops will continue exterminating any vermin.
Dorli proceeds to commend the Dwarfen and Minotaur leaders that participated in the action, then reduce them in ranks for abandoning their posts and dereliction of duty. Jarl Mel is philosophical about her demotion, and sends Beham and some other Minotaurs to the Liberation. She decides to stay in the Safeholds for now, preparing for the defeat of Gravecall or the liberation of Mengku and the Minotaur exodus. Former aviator lieutenant Thorin, having been demoted to non-flying duties, agrees to defect to the Liberation with his arcanothopter, but expects Ariana to maintain the strange device.
Session54
The Resistance leaders head southwest out of the pass, gathering Kobolds and supplies as they go. They cross the desert and are met by Lars and Hawkins, a pair of Kellhound scouts, outside of Subbangansh. Local Resistance leader Maya and Optio Kohlmann left to besiege Geshoguten on the 22nd, before the Godknurl Orcs arrived, and took several weeks of Imperial supplies with them. Sven immediately leads an all-out assault on the five companies of Orcs at Subbangansh. The senior Orc captain cannot believe that a company of Minotaurs supported by ragtag Kobolds would attempt to take the fortress in a coup de main, and deploys his forces poorly. By midnight on the 27th, Subbangansh has fallen again and the Resistance leaders begin to plot their next moves.
Session 55 - 28th of January 509 to 12th of February 509
Sven, Nesta, Nayla, Hloomawl, Cartwright, and Ariana take their forces to Geshoguten and overrun the Orcs there in an overnight battle on the 2nd. Most of the Kobolds choose to settle there, but Decurio Zux manages to keep a ragtag platoon of engineers with her. The remaining Resistance forces head west, hoping to hit the Ibbuzogo-Sushutaishy road and then follow the Sushutaishy valley to Hairidunny.
Halfway there, they are spotted by an Orc regiment, dispatched from Gurogeba, to deal with the issues at Subbanggansh. Many of the Orcs continue on east, but a several crack companies under a Tusked Banner Taeza's standard turn north to pursue the refugees. Despite several attempts to shake them, it's soon clear that the Goblin Wolfriders have the trail and are slowly overtaking the refugees. At the Ibbuzogo-Sushutaishy road, Sven and Cartwright set an ambush for the pursuers. Tusked Banner Taeza Brong is ambushed, but breaks contact immediately rather than see his troops destroyed in a losing fight.
Session55
The refugees abandon their wagons and begin a desperate forced march south to Hairdunny. Nesta tries and fails to contact the Resistance forces at Uran Padoru, but an Orc regiment somewhere to the south is blocking the magic. On the 11th, the extent of the refugees' predicament is clear: the Imperial General at Gurogeba is approaching from the east with nearly two regiments, and there's another Orc regiment blocking the only line of retreat to west. At noon on the 12th, they reach the Hairidunny road, but it's clear they'll be overrun by the Gurogeba forces shortly after nightfall.
Session 56 - 12th of February 509 to 25th of February 509
Kellhound scouts tell Sven, Nesta, Nayla, Hloomawl, Cartwright, and Ariana that a massive Orc cavalry force is charging them from the west. They have only a few minutes to redeploy their forces between the Orc vanguard is upon them. It quickly becomes clear that the Orcs are not assaulting them, but fleeing in disarray from an army further to the west. The Orcs are quickly dispersed, with the survivors continue their retreat to the east. Sven's air cavalry soon arrives on the scene, followed by Himmel and the Second Legion cavalry. Nesta's message didn't get through, but distorted echoes did, so Himmel launched a raid against the Thunderhooves.
Session56
The Imperial general, who had been holding back to assault the refugees after dark, declines to engage the augmented force. The refugees quickly hurry back to Hairidunny and then across the river to Gunwasay. They receive the welcome if somewhat confused news that the Fae Embassy has survived their trip to the Ramskull Barrows but are now on trial. Three days later, when Brangwen is declared Queen of the Fae, they begin making plans to deal with Gravecall and the Imperial armies in Menkgu and Gandabria.
Session 57 16th of February 509 to 24th of February 509
Aisling, Attivi, Greex, Jerren, Tezcatlipoca, and Trahaern handily defeat Arwen's attempted coup. Attivi sets him on fire, Aisling and Trahaern blind him, and then Brangwen repeatedly impales on the horns of her giant moose warform. With Arwen down and Sir Niclas disabled, the remaining members of the Royal Guard surrender. Imperial Legate Elerina Fantur managed to escape in the confusion.
Brangwen holds a hasty coronation, executes Arwen for treason, and forces Carys to swear a geased oath of fealty on Aisling's demi-god powers. She then reshuffles the Royal Household, appointing Sir Cob to Most Exalted Greenskeeper, promoting Dame Lorna to Border Grand Reeve, giving Aisling her soon-to-be ex-husband's office of Mara Queen of Arms, and granting Trahaern authority over the Fae Courts' militia as High Constable of the Woods. Dame Sefni, her loyal aide for centuries, becomes Lady High Steward and commander of the Queen's Guard.
The armies of the Fae Courts are quickly summoned and dispatched to deal with Gravecall. The Liberation 1st Legion begins to march on Michinowari, trudging through heavy snow towards Novyrada. Aisling and Ariana swap places, with Aisling moving to the Menkgu front as the Queen's Herald and Ariana traveling to Zerniless in hopes of learning more about the Gods from the Fae.
Session 58 25th of February 509 to 4th of March 509
Ariana, Attivi, Greex, Jerren, and Trahaern watch as Queen Brangwen's army smashes the Orc company at Onigedo. They link up with the 1st Legion on March 1 and begin trudging up the mountain to Michinowari.
Queen Brangwen had ordered the Fae to search among their lands for potential Incarnates. One is found, a supposed half-Dwarf, half-Fae cross-breed named Samhain. After some misadventures, Samhain is brought before the other leaders of the Resistance and there is a partial but confused explanation of his new role.
Session58
While Samhain is learning about his new position, Gravecall appears before the heroes. She does not banter with them, but warns them they are marching to their inevitable doom. They fail to be impressed by her grim tidings, and the armies continue up the hill.