Prologue One: The Saxons
tevá, tu kámmándájo un ćs pákláósiju. nán swćrd ist ɵul, nán prćtin ár brath.
Father, you commanded and I obeyed. No sword is dull, no enemy with breath.
Much of 1105 was spent preparing for war. Ćthelweard's plan hinged on surprising Prince Boris with an attack during the winter, hoping to overrun much of Polotsk while the Principality still hibernated. The Letts and Lithuanians who made up the bulk of the Prussian army were eager to strike at a long time enemy. Much of the Principality put up no fight what so ever, instead opted to just let Ćthelweard walk through unhindered. However the city of Polotsk would be a different story. Boris had built up its walls and garrisoned many troops inside so that he could try to force a stalemate. But Ćthelweard refused to back down. He knew that with the city surrounded he could eventually starve them out so long as he could feed his own army. So the Prussians entered the virgin forest surrounding the city and killed all the deer they lied eye on, and with that they could feed the entire army.
When Boris saw the situation as hopeless, his soldiers deserting their posts and the people fighting over scraps of food, he fled his post as well and tried to hide amongst the civilians. But the battle between the Prussians and the Russians did not move into the surrounding countryside, instead the fighting happened inside the city, amongst the civilians and the buildings. Ćthelweard personally slew Boris when his offers of mercy were ignored and insulted, and then burned the city down. Refusing the rebuild it, Ćthelgrád was built near-by as a replacement. But while Prussia fought Polotsk, the prize of Riga was once again snatched, this time by the Teutonic Knights, looking to re-assert Catholicism on the eastern coast of the Baltic.
Back in Mariengrád, Ćthelweard was crowned King of the Baltic (Rex Balticum), this would remain the official title of the King of Prussia into the XVI Century, though rarely was the King referred to as anything less than the King of Prussia nor was Prussia ever referred to is "Balticia" by foreign or domestic diplomats. Ćthelweard also moved his capital to Memelgrád, up the coast from Mariengrád, but in a more central location.
A year later, in 1108, Prussia began a series of wars against the pagans in Livonia and Estonia. The two tribes had briefly united, but were soon bickering again, leaving them a weak and promising target. Even so, it took three years of constant war to eventually bring them into submission. The region was an important one to Prussia, as it brought a great deal of man power and much needed lands for displaced nobles. It also is the point when the Saxon language was also outnumbered to too great of a number of pagans to possibly survive. Lettish, Lithuanian, and Prussian (all closely related) began to dominate the language of the people and, in time, the nobility.
Prussia in 1111.