- Jun 13, 2012
A Depiction of King Oruk, surveying the battlefield upon his victory over the Wilder Orc Clans
21st Year of the New Age
A moderate winter has settled across Agorath, with snows reaching as far south as the Azeratii Peninsula. Many of the peoples of Agorath are now relying on autumn stores to stay fed. While many grapple with the onset of winter, in places such as Hroniden and the southern Wilds, the precipitation has heralded the end of the dry season, and relieving rains have set the deserts into bloom, and swelled the Amenra River.
The bite of winter is felt nowhere worse then in Norseland. News has spread that King Thrunrul of Norvegr's conquest of the Frostfang Inlet has been halted by the paralyzing snow and cold. Word spreads that much of Norvegr's army has succumbed to starvation and desertion, putting his conquest in jeopardy. King Bethod the Bloodless, who cut across the Vale Mountains toward Stronghelm following his victory over Ethelbor, has disappeared. Riders are said to have been dispatched to search for the wayward king, but it is unlikely that any sign of him will be found until the passes that in the spring. Starvation has struck Ethelbor hard, or so says Norse sailors sailing down to Kalar just as the upper Rill began to freeze. Much of the land was scorched in the war between Ethelbor and Stronghelm, and many are said to be starving.
A declaration was issued from Coal, seat of Queen Nienna, stating that the beleagured Fae of the Vahamil Steppes are welcome back to Galadriel with open arms. Devastated by the War of Darkness, the Fae became disillusioned with the plight of the blessed forest, and struck out on their own, determined to rekindle the flames of life upon the barren landscape of Vahamil. Though they shunned the rule of Nienna, the Elven queen has made it clear that no resentment is harbored for their decision.
Kalar is said to be strengthening trade ties following a one sided trade deal with the Kingdom of Ecclestius. Emissaries are said to have crafted deals with the outer marches, including Thaanos. It is said that Azeratii/Kalar Trade Pact, signed following the outbreak of hostilites last year, was crafted to placate King Varian, and though it has secured peace, is proving to hinder the Kalar economy, waving thousands of crowns in tariffs per season.
Outrage has been voiced among various sects of the former Order of Light, as news spreads of the brutal betrayal and execution of a group of former soldiers turned deserters in Ecclestius. The company of soldiers, who have come to be known as the Pious Brothers, deserted from their stations in the Royal Ecclestian Army after taking revenge on a baron who hung mages found distributing the outlawed pamphlet, The Pilgrim's Path. The King dispatched an army to root out the outlaws and secured their surrender, only to have them hung, drawn, and quartered, their dismembered bodies buried in the corners of the kingdom as a final insult. The firm hand of the king is thought to have been used to discourage further dissent.
The march to war in Highathar seems to continue unabated. With Ordivantis torn apart by civil war, Yurdaesti proclaiming the high throne an affront to the sovereignty of the underkingdoms and Mahakam Clan of Mount Carbon denouncing High King Deagrin Victor as unfit to wear the crown, the High Kingdom is poised for war, though only minor border skirmishes have occurred so far. That is expected to change once the mountain passes thaw in the spring. Along the western border of the High Kingdom, Goi'Orka and the Urdnot Kingdom of Orcs have expanded their borders, said to finally have defeated their enemies in the Wilds, pacifying the last of the belligerent Orc clans, finally cementing Goi'Orka and Clan Urdnot the ruler of the Orcs of central Agorath.
In Hroniden, the outbreak of war between Mutikabir and Herasnia threatens to engulf the entire desert kingdom. Shah Zaahir Rostani, lord of Herasnia, has dispatched messages far and wide, across the holds and roaming camps, of the desert kingdom, calling for aid and warning of the rise of the tyrannical Lord Arshad. Meanwhile, Lord Arshad, the emerging leader of Mutikabir's Council of Nine, has been paralyzed by riots sweeping across Mutikabir. Claiming Rostani and the Ayyubid pretender are the root of the unrest, he continues to marshal the great families of Mutikabir and greater Misr against Herasnia.
The Karmont campaign against the Fae Elves of the Vahamil Steppes is said to have reached a stand still for the early weeks of the winter. Though the Birchian forces have not advanced, it is said they have ceased their marching to consolidate power in their newly acquired lands. The Elves are said to be bracing for the coming of their final assault, though according to fleeing Fae en route to Galadriel, the Birchians have assassinated several leading figures of the Fae and plunged their forces into chaos. The war certainly seems to be turning ill for the Fae of the Steppes.
Beyond the barren landscape of the Wilds, not much is known of the west. Some slave traders from Goi'Orka have spoke hearsay of a war between Ashlander Orcs and the Drow holdfast of Akkum, but little else in way of news has passed from beyond.