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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.
Session 29 - 18th of September to 3rd of October, 508
Sven and Cartwright continue fighting and recruiting Dynfarch militia, crossing the Vodow on the 20th with nearly 300 allied troops.
Aisling, Nayla, Tezcatlipocal, Hloomawl, and Zarathras scour the town near Conecsesty for anyone who knows the location of the minotaur tribes. Jun Hubicka volunteers to take them to where he knew a tribe was a few days ago, and Hloomawl tracks the tribe north. A local dynfarch militia band is discovered to also be tracking the tribe. The Liberation forces overtake the Dynfarch just as the minotaur militia is deploying for a futile last stand and easily wipe out the Dynfarch. Hloomawl reunites with his aunt Hroolan and older brother Moogawl. The minotaurs agree to be resettled in Hanist and Moogawl and others are sent find the other tribes and band, including one led by Hloomawl's mother Noolan.
Trahaern defeats the orcs at Nadhern Villed and begins moving his army to Cernabazina.
Session29
On the 20th, the Resistance Grapevine learns that an orc legion is marching south through Menkgu and will be at Catonodo within a week. All Resistance leaders are immediately recalled to Catonodo and the Menkgu border garrisons are ordered to reinforce there. Greex determines that there are roughly 5000 orcs and imps, led by a Luminal on a large Dragon, at Sheroyhor.
On the 24th, the Mana level drops to low, grounding most flying forces. The Legion stays at Sheroyhor, not marching south until the 1st of October. On the 2nd, the mana levels return to normal and the Legion forces are less than 30 miles away, marching in good order and prepared for an attack.
On the 3rd, the Luminal takes his dragon and regiment of imps and flying demons and flies south for a reconnaissance in force of Catonodo. Ariana, Sven, Zarathras, Nayla, Nesta, and Attivi mount their flying steeds and prepare to attempt to assassinate the Luminal.
In Zerniless on October 1st, Cohort Vertex Kaja Thoen organizes a scratch cohort of 8 centuries of second line troops and details Princeps Primorus Yunnah Namdal to escort Knight-Princeps Gragrash and the Nightfangs into the mountains to convince the last orc hold-outs at Ganuturin and Zirakirkat Mine to surrender or die.
Session 30, Session 31, Session 32 - 3rd of October 508
Ariana, Sven, Zarathras, Nayla, Nesta, and Attivi fight Scather Wyrmson, Luminal commander of the Dragonkin Legion, and his dragon Thaxosar. After Ariana destroys Scather's weapons, Sven runs him through with a lance, killing him. Sven, Ariana, and Zarathras combine to wear down Thaxosar and eventually kill him. Although Sven and Nesta are wounded in the fight, neither of them are seriously wounded.
Session 32 - 3rd of October 508
The imp regiment falls back in good order after Scather's death, and the Dragonkin Legion under General Magolon Genduath continues their march and begins to invest Catonodo in good order. Aisling, Greex, Nesta, Tezcatlipoca, Attivi, and Cartwright leave the fortress before the castle is encircled, and make their way to the headquarters of Brurg's Bloodhounds. With the help of Resistance sympathizer Eduardo, they search Brurg's tent for orders and forge an order for Brurg to assault the walls in an few hours. Unsupported by the rest of the Legion, Brurg is effectively ambushed by thousands of Liberation archers and his force takes heavy casualties.
Session 33 - 3rd of October 508
Aisling, Greex, Nesta, Tezcatlipoca, Attivi, and Cartwright's magical communication with Catonodo is detected by the Imperial Command Staff, and a handful of nobles are dispatched to find and destroy the enemy spellcasters. Greex and Nesta spot them on arrival and lead them away from the orc camp. The nobles are ambushed at a barn, and after a violent fight, four of them are blinded and dying. The fifth, Thalanil Aranimestel, is captured.
Session 34 - 3rd of October to 8th of October, 508
Under the cover of Brurg's assault, Aisling, Greex, Nesta, Tezcatlipoca, Attivi, and Cartwright make their way back into Catonodo, bringing their prisoner and other loot with them.
General Magolon launches a several feints against Catonodo's walls, forcing Trahaern to divert troops from the destruction of the Bloodhounds. He then attempts to retire back to his lines, and beats off Trahaern's sortie. At dawn, both armies regard each other from their fortifications.
Session34
Magolon hastily reorganizes his forces, crucifying Brurg and appointing new officers to take command of the remnants of the Bloodhounds. Greex, Ariana, Nesta, Cartwright, and Hloomawl interrogate Thalanil and learn that Magolon is unlikely to get more reinforcements. In the late afternoon, a council of war decides to send a feint out at dawn, with plans to either force a battle on the Liberation's terms or raid the supplies of one of the orc camps.
Magolon launches a second, much more professional assault after dark on the 4th. Trahaern organizes a conventional defense. Over two days, the orcs take heavy casualties but gain little ground, and Magolon returns to his lines just before dawn on the 7th. He immediately takes the shattered remnants of the Dragonkin Legion north.
The Liberation spends a few hours recovering their wounded and marshalling supplies, and then pursues. The orcs flee faster than the Liberation Army can follow, and the Liberation Army breaks off short of Sheroyhor. It is clear that Magolon is pulling in more forces from the Menkgu countryside, but it seems unlikely he can gain enough force to threaten the Liberation in the field again.
Session 35 - 9th of October to the 13th of October, 508
The leaders of the Liberation hold a council of war and decide to pursue and destroy Magolon and then liberate south and central Menkgu. With that accomplished, they hope to hold their lines for the winter while negotiating alliances with the Fae Court and Dwarfen Safeholds.
Session35
On the 10th, they march on Magolon's forces at Sheroyhor and besiege him. Over three days of battle, they carry the castle walls by main force, destroying the remnants of the Dragonkin. Magolon and Arcane-General Cuthor teleport out to Toridy Jiman and begin fleeing north to find a new defensive position.
Session 36 - 13th of October to the 20th of October, 508
After concluding the siege of Sheroyhor, the leaders receive reports that Gravecall in Zerniless is stirring, confiscating food stores and performing powerful magic. Sven, Nayla, Nesta, Ariana, Zarathras, and Attivi take the cavalry elements of the 2nd Legion north to pursue Magolon, while Trahaern, Greex, Aisling, Cartwright, Hloomawl, and Tezcatlipoca head for Zerniless. The rest of the 2nd reorganizes their formations and prepares to the advance toward Puttayos and central Menkgu.
Sven's forces reach Uran Padoru on the 14th, finding the citadel abandoned and the city on fire. Goblin wolf-riders stayed behind to murder anyone attempting to fight the flames, and Ariana and Hloomawl detach from the force to assist. Sven recklessly charges after Magolon and overtakes him just before dark on the 16th at Metoredunny. Magolon's attempt at an ambush fails, but light cavalry forces are no match for several companies of Orc infantry with a castle to defend. Sven breaks contact as quickly as he can and retreats down the road to await the rest of the 2nd Legion.
Session36
The other leaders attempt to take the flying boat to Vukdarned, but unpredictable twisted mana causes the boat to divert into the desert. They are captured by Reptilians under Thaz-Reel, who tries to take them hostage. Eventually Cartwright and Aisling manage to establish that the Liberation would gladly give the Reptilians whatever they need in exchange for fighting against the Empire, and the leaders are released. Sif-fus is sent off as an ambassador.
Princeps Primorus Namdal's cohort returns to Cernabazina with a few more Night Fangs and is immediately sent to Nadhern Villed and into the depths of the Keveteen Sema to make the same offer to the last few Black Drakes.
The leaders take stagecoaches to Karlmost and then meet up with relays of light cavalry, so they reach Cernabazina on the 19th. Kaja Thoen and Gharza Brokentooth have already staged a raid on Mitnydum, defeating a lone orc company. Trahaern takes command of the 1st Legion and leads it north, hoping to reach Clicatecesty or Voyity Chol before Gravecall's forces can reinforce those fortresses. Cartwright, Attivi, Trahaern, Greex, Sif-Fus, and a few scouts head southeast, hoping to make contact with the Reptilians of the Keveteen Basin.
Session 37 - 21st of October to the 28th of October, 508
Sven waits in Uran Padoru for the 2nd Legion to finish reorganizing, and they join him there on the 23rd. He advances cautiously on Metoredunny, arriving on the 26th to find that the orcs have abandoned it and possibly Taipuchy. The 2nd Legion infantry advances to the Zav River with orders to set up fortifications while cavalry patrols are sent to Taipuchy, Duckator, Gedupedo, and Guwusay to confirm the presence or absence of orcs.
Trahaern, Greex, Cartwright, Aisling, Tezcatlipoca, and Hloomawl venture into the swamps of the Keveteen Basin and spend several days trudging east, finding no Reptilians and surprisingly little wildlife. Late on the 23rd, they encounter Pes-Moz, the leader of a small band of hunters. He reports that the moon witch (presumably Gravecall) has sealed the eastern half of the Basin off with a long line of necromantic towers and a wall of necromantic energy that kills anything that passes through it; to his knowledge, his band are the only reptilians west of the wall. He knows that destroying a tower will temporarily destroy the wall; he also knows that the Reptilians do not have the resources to destroy a tower. However, a tower that is nigh impenetrable to neolithic tribals is no big deal to a raging dinosaur encased in fine steel plate; Hloomawl and Pirteä wreck the tower in seconds. Pes-Moz sends his hunters through the gap and promises to have all the Reptilians of the Basin west of the wall by the 14th of November.
Session37
Trahaern returns to his army on the 25th and they resume their advance, taking Voyity Chol the next day. Over 12,000 zombies, backed by three regiments of orcs, are marching down from Clicatecesty. Trahaern orders the kobold sappers to mine the Imperial Highway, with the plan to drop a span and complicate the Whitewer's supply situation and kill some of the horde. He will then fight a series of battles at Voyity Chol, Mitnydum, and the Cerna River, stalling for time and shredding the Whitewers with hopefully minimal losses to his own forces. The peasant population starts evacuating. On the evening of the 28th, the Whitewers are at the gates of Voyity Chol.
Princep Primorus Namdal's cohort rejoins the Legion on the 27th.
Session 38 - 28th of October to the 3rd of November, 508
The 2nd Legion cavalry scouts continue on to Guwusay and Duckator, without encountering any orcs. The ferry at Guwusay has been burnt at the north side.
Gharza Brokentooth approaches Trahaern, Greex, Cartwright, Aisling, Tezcatlipoca, and Hloomawl, complaining that some of the orc mages are overdue for training but can't be sent west. After some confusion, the Resistance leaders discover that the braided cords worn by Orc spellcasters change color as they "gain more experience" and presumably suffer the effects of corruption. Aisling checks several of the spellcasters in the Nightbloods and sidelines them as they are probably insane.
That evening, the Whitewers force arrives, 12,000 zombies screened by a few hundred Dynfarches and followed by three regiments of orcs. Trahaern and Kaja Thoen hold the outer defenses briefly before falling back into the fortress, but Aisling charges out to raid the enemy and ends up surrounded. Trahaern and Kaja sally out again, and Aisling's force cuts their way back into the fortress by dawn. The kobolds sappers drop their mined section over a culvert, stranding several hundred zombies on the wrong side. The zombies are destroyed before their necromancers can regain control. Within hours, the undead renew their assault, and Trahaern and Kaja pull their forces out while Aisling's forces cover the retreat. The enemy general, Ambarussa, chooses to pursue, but a constant storm grounds his imps and the Liberation army breaks contact with minimal losses.
Session38
The two armies race south to Mitnydum, but Cartwright has prepared the way and the orcs are not used to sustained marches. The Liberation army arrives at Mitnydum in the afternoon of the 2nd and meet their new Minotaur troops, footsore from a rapid march from Hanist but ready to fight. On the morning of the 3rd, Aisling takes a raiding force northwest, planning to sneak around the orcs and raid their supply lines. Meanwhile, the Dynfarches start a march to the southwest, planning to sneak around Mitnydum and start stealing supplies from the peasants. Greex detects the movement and sends Aisling to intercept.
The Whitewers reach Mitnydum around noon, and set up their zombies and veteran orcs to screen the fortress while their other orcs attempt to slip past. Greex detects the movement and Kaja and Trahaern prepare to sally forth while Aisling leads her troops against the Dynfarch militia raiders.
Session 39 - 3rd of November to the 7th of November, 508
The Dynfarch leader, despite every advantage for reconnaissance imaginable, fails to prevent Aisling from getting a superior position as a meeting engagement develops. Aisling and Hloomawl lead a spirited assault on the man-horses, scattering them. After a few hours, Aisling calls a truce and the Dynfarch commander Fiona Mhic Martin agrees to change sides rather than take more losses. Some 80 dynfarch under Matha O'Fearadhae rebel against this treachery; 30 of them are killed by the Liberation cavalry before they manage to break contact. Aisling takes her army north to Voyity Chol and attempts to con her way in on the 5th. 7th Skullbreakers company commander Pennant Zo Gorarg is suspicious of her trick and nearly eats a dynfarch arrow for his trouble. Hloomawl uses his magic dinosaur to vault the walls and open the gates; the garrison is slaughtered and Gorarg fails to escape.
Session39
Meanwhile at Mitnydum, Trahaern launches a spoiling attack into the Whitewers' assault force while Kaja Thoen covers his flank. The Whitewer assault collapses in confusion and retreats, breaking contact mid-afternoon on the 5th. The next morning, Greex, Cartwright, and Tezcatlipoca attempt to find a way to sneak the 1st Legion out of the fortress and after the orcs, but General Ambarussa detects their movement and moves to intercept, prompting another meeting engagement in the woods. Greex leads a lost unit of kobold engineeers through the woods and accidentally convinces Ambarussa that Trahaern is attempting a flanking attack. Ambarussa's attack was struggling already and his efforts at defense cause him to lose the positions he took. Trahaern capitalizes on his success by having Greex lead another "flanking" attack that fixes Ambarussa's positions for his real flanking attack. After most of day's fighting, the Whitewer lines are shredded. Ambarussa passes command to Orc Banner Taeza Gulbrush with orders to cover the retreat of the Imperial Command Staff officers. The veteran orcs manage to hold the 1st Legion back long enough, but are encircled and routed sooner after. With Aisling holding the north road, Trahaern turns south to find and destroy the two orc regiments raiding around Cernabazina. The Skullbreakers hold the bridge over the Cerna river, but 7 companies of orcs cannot hope to stand against the 1st Legion.

Session 40 - 6th of November to the 9th of November, 508

Sven receives word that the orcs are building a road south of Gurogeba. He, Attivi, Ariana, Nesta, Nayla, and Jerren set out on pegasii to disrupt the Imperial plans and free the Minotaurs on the road crew. It takes them two days to get close to the construction site, and a light cavalry force and the Stone Golem Guardian are following behind them on foot.
On the 9th, they fly low to the ground near the hill that the road crew is working on. Around 50 minotaurs and kobolds are logging trees ahead of the main group, and are quickly taken out. The minotaurs are given weapons and protected by Attivi's magic, and then the group charges forward and frees another 25 minotaurs breaking up the earth despite the best efforts of the guards. The Imperial nobles on the road crew, apparently supplemented by Imperial war college wizards, get their armor and defensive spells ready and prepare to engage.

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