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This is a summary of the recent history of the Derwentshire Region.

Ancient documents suggest an assassination attempt on a prominent member of the Eldenshay Royal household took place sometime in the second millenium before the pact. The conspirators are believed to have had outside help. Whether this inflamed the already tense situation between the Elven and Dwarven races is impossible to say from the historical records, but it is reasonable to assume that the ramifications carried on well until the present day.

Annus Pacti DCCCXCV to CMXCVEdit

The House de Sorrell (tradition of being Griffin Knights) tamed the lands and were appointed Earls of Derwentshire.

The last Earl was William de Sorrell, Griffin Knight, who inherited the position in CMXCIV, defeated the dark elf Lornne and his hordes in CMXCVI, and then set about civilising the county, which was still mainly reliant on woodland trades (charcoal and lumber) and mining (coal, iron ore and precious stones for the banks/mints in Norham). Lorrne came back 8 years later, but was sent packing by adventurers. Darian then became the hunting ground of an extremely powerful vampire, the former Baron Edgar Fyrrd, who's undead army ravaged the county. William de Sorrell was killed by Fyrrd in CMXCVI. Darian was sacked by undead in the CMXCVII after a year when the town was ruled by a joint council of Adventuring Guilds, the Elves and Dark Elves of the region. Later that year, the ruin of Darian was Cleansed in a mighty Longstorian ritual, which consumed the lives of a number of Longstorians, but threw up a dome of thorns around the town, trapping the thousands of undead abominations inside. The Longstorian Thorn Wall of Darian was regarded as one of the most Holy sites in Ithron.

Annus Pacti CMXCVIIIEdit

In CMXCVIII, the Earldom passed to the hands of the de Savona family who were court favourites of a Duke. Roderick de Savona took the county, and ruled quite well. In CMXCIX, his long-lost elder brother Henry re-appeared after 10 years on the crusades. Henry did actually have the legitimate claim to the seat, but it soon became apparent he was a weak puppet of a creature from the Necropolis. A civil war ensued, which ended when the undead master was killed, but Roderick was captured by Henry's forces (actually, handed over by the Grey Knights - d'oh!). Without the undead influence, Felix Najidski, loyal family retainer (aka the real power behind the throne) was able to convince Henry to appoint Roderick as Baron when he took the title of Earl that he had won by fair right of conquest. The two brothers then administered the county between them.

With the shakeup of the Dukes' Congress, Henry became Duke, and Roderick was appointed Earl again, taking charge of the western half of the county, with responsibility for clearing out foulspawn and dark elves from the Drakheort forests, and the river Derwento which was a trade route from Sintel and Bolteen.

In Spring MII, Roderick died of a horrific wasting illness just days before his family were to play host to the Royal Wedding. More undead were involved, but ultimately destroyed by the combined adventuring community.

Baron Jesse Bates of Thulston, a noted alchemist who bought his title, was assassinated in Summer MII. The county has a bit of a theme with alchemists buying titles, as Baronet Bramcote is none other than the well known alchemist Dibbler Reg Whites, former adventurer, and sponsor of the local detachment of The Raptor Legion]], who are housed at Bramcote manor, and have the rights and duties of Militia on his lands (which only actually cover one village, III farms, and C acres of woodland). The former alchemist Baron Ebeneezer Clegg also purchased and held the Barony of Gwynaven until his death, and the lands were gifted to the guild of mercenaries.

A new noble, Baron Rose was appointed (summer MII) to open up the western frontier.

The De La Ray family probably have the oldest claim on the County Seat, having been there with the original de Sorrell. However, they had become deeply involved with the dwarves of Hilton, where they made vast fortunes by mining gems from the local hills. Being involved with the dwarves made them social outcasts, and they never bothered with court affairs. The family was virtually wiped out by a concentrated assassination attempt a few years ago, and it became known that Henry's necropolis master had been responsible. The sole surviving heir is Countess de la Ray, a young unmarried woman who would be a prize catch for any noble bachelor.

Annus Pacti MIVEdit

Highsummer

  • The inhabitants of the Village of Telwich all succumb to the mysterious ailment "Telwich Rot" and the some of the remains are animated as undead. Large amounts of Ghouls are found feasting on the unmoving bodies.

Shielding

  • First reports of the enigmatic Heralds of the Lords of Darian

Harvesting

  • It is discovered that illicit slavers are not only trading slaves to the undead of Darian, they are also abducting mages in particular to sell to the horrors.

Summereve

  • The Longstorian Thorn Wall of Darian falls to the increasing corruption spreading from the dread city. Such a desecration could only be achieved by some terrible evil.

Drawing

  • The Grôga-hai tribe of heretical orcs invade Derwentshire led by Lord Kânô.

Midcold

  • The Pig Farmers Union (P.F.U) forms in response to the poverty amongst the farmers caused by allegations of infected pork causing the Telwich Rot.

Annus Pacti MVEdit

Deepwinter

  • Organised banditry hampers the defence against increasing undead sorties from Darian. Starvation seems imminent as limited food resources fall under suspicion of causing Telwich Rot.

Thawing

  • After tracing the contagion to underground streams, a Cursed Tablet recovered from a well beneath Telwich bearing the inscription in elvish "Here lies the traitor elf, wytch and warlord of the undead. Do not allow the dead to rise again." This tablet believed to be source of the Telwich Rot.

Springsdawn

  • First full mobilisation of the forces of the Lords of Darian cross the Darian ford. As previously observed the undead forces are effective, organised and extremely well equipped.

Planting

  • Countess Silverton offers a bounty of 60/- for the confimed capture or execution of the Foulspawn outlaw & tribe leader identified as "Lord Kânô".

Budding

  • War against the Lords of Darian. Finally defeated by a mass gathering of the adventuring community, supported by every available militiaman. A unit of adventurers penetrated the lightly defended city of Darian and called on the Gods to destroy the evil Staff that empowered the Lords. The origin of the staff is unknown.

Shoring

  • The Grôga-hai commit several atrocities against the faithful of Derwentshire.

Highsummer

  • The Foulspawn outlaw & tribe leader identified as "Lord Kânô" is slain, his head is bought back as bounty to the Countess along with an unguilded mage. The Grôga-hai tribe is decimated.

Shielding

  • Treasure hunt goes awry as ungodly abomination is released. Local military unit blamed.

Harvesting

  • Rumours of a cleansing start to spread around Stappeford.

Summereve

  • Stappeford is lost to Guiadonese invaders fighting for the usurper, Hellmourn. City is evacuated and all inhabitants vacate to the village of ExMead.

Drawing

  • The local food producing areas around Stappeford are burnt to the ground. Guards Captain blamed for the commotion. Also during late Drawing is the local Holiday Beer-liberation Day! Twas on this weekend that local heroes took on a secret mission to relieve the Mikhails Rest of its beer supplies whilst under occupation. Famous quote from Alric Edwinson "they may try to take our lives, they may try to take our freedom. But the one thing that they will NEVER have is our booze!".

Midcold

  • High Father Chris Cringle was bought back from the Dark Fae Realm, unfortunately High Father Chris was turned into some sought of toy. After spending a week on a crowan shrine, he returned to normal. Unfortunately the Primate of Crowa has not been seen of late and High Father Chris may still be sat upon said shrine.

Annus Pacti MVIEdit

Deepwinter

  • First ever news of compassionate camps is given to local adventurers after the Knight Commander, Keir Von Cunningham is given a letter from Sir Siobarranarras DeLionCourt.
  • Countess Silverton is Kidnapped by Grynar. Local Military unit start making plans for her rescue.

Thawing

  • Local tax collectors found dead and tax office liberated of funds. Unsubstantiated rumours say that it was at the hands of Adventurers.

Springsdawn

  • Countess is returned after the successful rescue from a combined effort between local Military Unit and the best Adventurers Fernham has to offer.

Planting

  • Françoise LaCroix arrives from Guiadeon to assist The Raptor Legion. Also reported the death of much loved sweet giving Crowan, High Mother Faith. Dental Hygiene practitioners declare bankruptcy.

Budding

  • War averted with foulspawn from Fengate. Adventurers make contact with a powerfull cursed Elf called Sitagwa aka The Serpent Queen, who has been organising the swamp foulspawn and converting them to the worship of Longstor.
  • Undead are left on the gates of ExMead as mages start to use the Kings undead proclamation to theie advantage.

Shoring

  • The siege of ExMead by Guiadonese Armies is averted by local heroes. The north gate is renamed in memory of a local guard.

Highsummer

  • Stappeford is assaulted and all Guidanese driven out by undead soldiers from Darian using a surprisingly effective mix of combined arms tactics. Sir Artus de'Tormente is driven into the east where he is hounded by undead and elven shock troops.

Shielding

  • Rumours surround a Forester who is believed to be Crowa's chosen one.
  • An attempt to reoccupy Stappeford fails with the discovery that demons have occupied the deserted town.

Harvesting

  • Sir Artus de'Tormente surrenders to Vau and is taken to Countess Silverton for ransom back to his family in Guidan.
  • Manifestos of the Alliance of the Renewal appear in many towns and villages. Adventurers including The Raptor Legion sucessfully defend local villages from attacks from the Alliance, saving the Winter stores and preventing starvation through the winter.

Summereve

  • Regent of Eldenshay is returned to ExMead, after being held prisoner by the Prince for about number of months. Foulspawn from the swamps contact the Adventurers with the news that the Serpent Queen - Sitawga has gone missing.

Drawing

  • Elsmouth saved from destruction by the Prince due to sacrifice of Baronet Klytus.
  • Sir Artus de'Tormente is finally ransomed back to his home country.
  • An attempt led by Breeze of Longstor is made to recover the "weapon" of the Prince only to find that the weapon is actually the mummified general Ar-Khaizaen, swift action freezes the general in the winter ice temporarily preventing his recovery by the Prince.
  • The Alliance of the Renewal attempt to lure and ambush several adventurers for propoganda purposes.

Midcold

  • As the winter sets in, a brave squire accepts a challenge from a mysterious figure in Green and completes his task with honour intact.
  • A group of adventurers also leave Derwentshire and brave the hazardous winter seas to explore a mysterious and mind wrenching forest in Ethron.

Annus Pacti MVIIEdit

Deepwinter

  • An assault is made to attempt to worship at the Shrines within Darian but is repulsed by the undead and Elven forces within due to the new fortifications of the City.
  • Several Guidanese deserters suffering from ailments of the mind brought on by the horrors of fighting the Prince's forces are persuaded to surrender and are taken into the care of the Physicians guild and the Church of Vleybour. A valuable Golden Apple stolen from the Grove of Longstor is recovered by players and a small expedition investigates the Iron Moon bandits preying on the Esca road.

Thawing

  • Tipped off by a polite notice to Elves in Elvish from General Saeren, Exmead steels itself for an assault by the Prince's forces. A scouting mission quickly concludes that the enemies goals are far more complicated than a simple assault, but fortunately generous aid from the Templar Order and the Dwarves of Ironedge afford the adventurers of Derwentshire an opportunity to thwart the enemy's plan. A small contingent of Dun'o Sumgi, Jeff Mason and Thomas Aril attempt to warn Ironedge of the oncoming attack but are intercepted by Eldenshay forces. Thomas Aril makes it through only to find that a small enemy force is already attacking from within the mine meeting little resistance since the Ironedge warriors are currently defending Exmead. Jeff Mason and Dun'o Sumgi are captured but Dun'o manages to escape, leaving Jeff Mason to be taken to Eldenshay.
  • With the aid of militia, Templars and dwarves the adventurers of Derwentshire manage to arrange for successful defence of Exmead and it's outlying villages while also preventing the Prince from successfully recovering his mummified General Ar-Khaizaen, and losing General Ar-Zanethe who was supervising the recovery operation. Unfortunately, the Prince himself joined the assault on Ironedge which led to him apparently recovering the "The Blade of the Abhorred" from an ancient vault in the old dwarvish mine.
  • Jeff Mason has meanwhile been offered as a prisoner exchange by Eldenshay in return for General Ar-Zanethe, who unfortunately may have already been executed and laid to rest.
  • Later that month Xavier Drake completed his quest to find the Kharakhian relic "Deathsmiter", while a group of unpaid volunteers staged a rescue attempt to free Jeff Mason from the Tulston ruins, despite consensus being it was almost certainly a trap. Amazingly, despite the trap, and the presence of the Prince himself armed with the Blade of the Abhorred, the mission was a success incurring no casualties.

Springsdawn

  • News reaches Eldenshay of the murder of General Saeran's Daughter, Aeranya Minhiriath, while attending the wedding of Lady Isilwen and Lostalphion. Eldenshay is reportedly outraged and has named Isilwen Kinslayer for failing to protect the emissary.
  • Sitawga the Serpent Queen is rescued from the Unseelie King by an elite force led by Breeze of Longstor, in an attempt to gain intelligence vital to the defeat of the Prince.
  • The mummified general Ar-Khaizaen is destroyed by a group of adventurers, largely made up of Raptors, this leaves the Prince with only two remaining Generals, General Saeren and Sir Siobanarras, Lord of Darian.

Planting

  • A small group of Apprentices and a Mage go missing and are found despite the dangers to them explicitly in the area. Rumours of the discovery of "Mage Eggs" abound. Adventurers rescue a group of lost children and their Vleyborian nun from the clutches of Bequifisian heretics. A group of adventurers decimate the bandit group led by "Norbit the Nose" and uncover their alliance with a mysterious group of demonologists associated with an equally enigmatic figure known as Pah'Tah'Rep

Budding

  • Herbert Barber, Baron of Elkestone oversees the negotiations of a peace treaty with the Black Scorpion Dark Elves. Their rivals, the Silver Eyes - who were courting an alliance with Eldenshay, a local group of foulspawn led by an Ogre-Magi and Thomas McRory, Baron of Eastreach all move to disrupt the alliance. A large gathering of adventurers that were invited to Cotmunhey Manor (the location of the negotiations) defend the signing successfully, in the process destroying the leaders of the Silver eyes and foulspawn and scattering their forces. The treaty is successfully signed and Baron McRory arrested though only the charge of assault against his son, his wife and child, gains a conviction resulting in a fine and lashes.
  • The documents stolen from the Cotmunhey Library are returned to the Baronet. Meanwhile the Raptor Legion ventures into Fangrock to combat an entity called Pah'Tah'Rep who was planning to enslave the entire legion by using the sword of de'Savioure.
  • In a rare display of cross-Duchy co-operation, members of the adventuring community and forensic investigation teams from both the Mercia and Derwentshire regions released the tortured soul of an undead creature known as Benjamin the Blue that had been rampant in both areas since the previous month. At the same time, his murderer was revealed to be his brother, Gregory the Green, who had fled towards Darian to seek assistance from the Bequifisian Church. On a more grotesque note, St Felicia's Vleyoborian Orphanage, along with dozens of children and staff, was torched at the hands of the Bequifisians during their attempt to kidnap a small child who they referred to as the "the chosen one".

Highsummer

  • The relentless rains of the last few weeks that have bloated the Derwent to bursting point are capped this night by a ferocious storm. The cacophony of lashing rain and rolling thunder seems all the more disturbing for the half heard shrieking of unearthly voices that it seems to conceal. The night is repeatedly lit by the blinding glare of lightening that strikes repeatedly and unrelentingly to the north east of Exmead, just beyond the river. Not many people get much sleep that night and their animals are panicked and skittish the following morning. The storm subsides a short time before dawn leaving an abrupt silence which is all the more chilling for it's totality.
  • A group of adventurers rescue the slaver Kallan from the entity Pah'Tah'Rep outside of Stappeford. Another group fail to rescue missing villagers as they have already been butchered and thrown down an undead infested well.

Shielding

  • Warned by a tip off adventurers force their way onto the Countess Brianna Silverton's estates and rescue her from assassination by a masked and cowled figure only referred to as "Rune". "Rune" is slain despite his excellent fighting skills and when unmasked his identity is revealed to be merely a local peasant.

Harvesting

  • Considered by the Elves of Eldenshay to be the true beginning of the Dagor-Delurûth A force of Knights escorted the Schoolmaster of Necromancy and a contingent of his school toward Eldenshay intending to Lay to Rest the undead serving the elves. The force was intercepted and massacred by a force of Dark Elves and Demons sent by General Saeren that the Knights and Necromancers had no defence against. (Indeed the Necromancers could not even enchant the Knights weapons.) A force of adventurers made it to the Schoolmaster just in time and travelled on to destroy siege engines en route to Ashbourne. At the same time General Saeren Minhiriath's complex battle plan finally resolves into several faints and several actual assaults, including one directly at Exmead. Adventurers returned to Exmead in time to mount a defence but after a magical mishap tears most of them through a portal the remaining few are forced to abandon the settlement.

Summereve

  • With Exmead lost, Ashbourne and Elkestone under siege, and Eldenshay patrols roaming unchallenged across most of central Derwentshire Former Primate of Longstor Breeze chooses to come out of retirement for one last act of defiance against his adversary the Prince. Discovering that the Oathmaster of The Raptor Legion has chosen to try to liberate Exmead, Breeze goes to the remnants of the Del'Narror in the area who have not been excommunicated for allying with the Prince and asks their aid to make up for their brush with undeath.
  • The force moved on Exmead expecting the Prince to have either sacked and abandoned the place, or for him to have decided to hold it. Expecting either a hard brutal fight or a burning ruin they are surprised to find the town abandoned and intact with a token force of undead and a single prisoner within. Quickly dispatching the undead and awakening the prisoner was the trigger for General Saeren Minhiriath's trap. The prisoner turns out to be a werewolf driven mad by torments and while occupied with the ferocious beast, Saeren's troops move from their prepared positions to surround Exmead. The trapped adventurers politely refuse Saeren's offer of terms and a fierce battle ensues, with little chance for the trapped adventurers considering the large forces surrounding them. Things look bleak until the arrival of Breeze and two of the Del'Narror who start to perform a complex ritual, ironically obtained from the Longstorian elves who fled Eldenshay with the return of the Prince. Despite being heavily pressed by the arrival of the Prince and his Faek'rst the ritual succeeded, drawing the life force of the High Fathers into the ground whereapon from under the shattered walls around Exmead a great thicket of interlocking trees and thorns sprang up. Suffused with the Holy Power of Longstor the weakest of the surrounding undead are turned instantly to dust while the Prince and his guard flee. Faced with having to use only elven troops who have become demoralised by the removal of the fury of the Prince, Saeren orders a withdrawal leaving Exmead to the victorious adventurers.

Drawing

  • Adventurers are drawn towards the border between Mercia and Derwentshire by the lure of a valuable contract on behalf of the White Council and the Black Council, purportedly representing the Vleyborian and Kharachian faiths respectively. Fearing the spread of the Telwich Rot into Mercia with the rise of undead activity, and Kyrganite corruption of large areas of the borderland, the two Councils tell Adventurers that they need assistance. A small party locates a hidden mine, circumventing magical, physical and religious barriers to recover a Telwich Rot zombie that had been imprisoned there many years previously. Despite having to power down a Kharachian Shrine, the adventurers successfully return the zombie to the Black and White Councils.
  • Using a mix of religion and physician's skills, the Councils soon afterwards inform the community that a preventative has been formulated from the recovered zombie. Working on a tight time schedule, a much larger party lead by Vau bravely make their way to a large lake that the Councils need the preventative placing into. Unfortunately, something goes amiss, and instead of protecting the lake from the Telwich Rot, the very actions of the party seem encourage its spread, leaving the lake, associated watercourses and nearby flora and fauna beginning to feel the effects of the Rot. The adventuring community have the distinct impression they may have been mislead a little....
  • An assault on Darian led by Primate Keir Von Cunningham, Marshall Aelric Hart and Master Kyris Shadowbright results in the destruction of Sir Siobanarras after being challenged to a duel by Marshal Hart. His soul was shriven from the vampiric form by Primate von Cunningham, and sent on to be judged by Sidhe. Loss of their leader severely weakens the forces holding Darian, and the Prince's overall battle plans.

Midcold

  • Sir Caerlynn, unseen since being cut down in a duel against Sir Siobanarras was encountered at the sacking of Elkestone, or at least what remained of him. Though his voice could be heard his armour stood empty but for shadows. This Spectral Knight proved a formidible warrior and routed the adventurers before they could help many escape the now burning town. Colonel Tyressan had ordered the prisoners of Elkestone to be rounded up into buildings that would then be set alight, allowing for the Prince's might to then raise the resultant skeletons to replace the forces lost at Exmead.

Annus Pacti MVIIIEdit

Despite the liberation of Exmead, this year began with the least land controlled by the nobility of Derwentshire for many decades.

Deepwinter

  • As the war grinds on a great Red lightening storm tears forth over Eldenshay and is seen as far south as Mordenhead. Rumours abound that the Prince has reconsituted the Staff of the Archfiend by destroying a staff linked to a Dracolich and consuming the Dracolich's power.
  • Kyris Shadowbright, already pale weak and haggered surrenders himself to Sir Caerlynn to save a group of adventurers, including Isilwen, defeated by Eldenshay forces. Sir Caerlynn accepts the surrender and takes him to General Saeren Minhiriath who eventually, and reluctantly, brings him before the Prince.
  • Sir Guy of Ashbourne leads a group of adventurers to break the siege but they are repulsed and Ashbourne surrenders to the forces of Eldenshay.

Thawing

  • With the war at it's height, Eldenshay has firm control of the majority of Derwentshire from the occupied city of Ashbourne in the west to Ravenswood in the East. Exmead is isolated as Saeren's army prepares for the final push to claim the last free towns in Gwynhaven to the south east thereby capturing the all important road to Norham. At the same time Isilwen is haunted by terrible visions of the torment of Kyris Shadowbright as he is being slowly turned to undeath to become a new weapon for the Prince.
  • Aided by Valas last of the Dînmaethor a dangerous plan is put into action to eliminate the source of the conflict, His Highness himself. With the battle for Gwynhaven looming, the Countess Silverton agrees to keep all attention there while three small groups of adventurers penetrate the occupied lands. One group makes for the most defensible outpost near Eldenshay and fortifies it while sending the troops there to reinforce Gwynhaven. The second group through deception and stealth penetrates to the Capital of Eldenshay, Fhaintesrae, and liberates the barely recognisable Kyris Shadowbright from the cell below the throne room where he was bound to the Staff of the Archfiend. As they retreat towards the outpost they are not persued as Saeren was expecting diversions and gave orders accordingly, therefore once far enough away Kyris' rescuers allowed the Prince to discover that they had a plan to reverse what had been done to Kyris. This brought the Prince rampaging to the outpost bringing the Ancient Lord into a direct confrontation with Isilwen who used her knowledge of His past, armed with a secret to his soul, to hold up a metaphorical mirror to His own actions and crimes. The Prince erupted into a berzerk rage driven by shame and guilt and was driven to retreat to His barrow in the Black Crags. This caused the attack on Gwynhaven to falter and bought the adventurers at the outpost enough time to perform the ritual to restore Kyris to his former self, which then gave him the strength to create a portal to escape from the region before the Eldenshay forces could counterattack.
  • Meanwhile the third group of adventurers had passed through the now haunted caverns and tunnels of the Dînmaethor, led by Valas, managing to evade the ranks of undead that patrolled the crags above. Managing to survive the dangers of the passage they emerged and approached the Prince's barrow where they fought the steel reinforced animated remains of Aerenya, a lesser mummy, a large group of Faekr'st and His Highness himself. Finally He was brought down long enough for him to be laid to rest by Master Christian Walker using the key to his soul, His Highness' name. As the Prince passed from Arda the adventurers escaped as the barrow collapsed into a great vortex of darkness. As they returned through Eldenshay they were met by General Saeren Minhiriath's forces. Xavier Drake sensing the change in the elves demeanor seized on the chance to end the conflict and Saeren readily agreed that he would surrender himself as a War Criminal if retribution for the war was not taken out on Eldenshay itself. Thus ended the Dagor-Delurûth.

Springsdawn

  • In the wake of the destruction of the Prince, the Countess of Stappeford moves to bridge the gulf between Derwentshire and Eldenshay by negotiating for agreeing for an Ithronian noble to sit on the Eldenshay council as long as the noble was an elf. Therefore, Isilwen is named by the Countess 'Baronet of Tesrae' and becomes a member of the Eldenshay Council.
  • Where the Prince first fell and a portal was opened for the adventurers escape a rift to the Utterdark is discovered. Valas returns to the rift after it's discovery and with the aid of several Kharachian Priests seals the rift.

Planting

  • Sir Caerlynn destroys the Kryganite forces occupying the keep on the Old Esca Road as a favour to his "neighbours". Meanwhile Integra Hellsing encounters the former black knight Karl von Krieg who has been changed into a Spectral Knight.

Budding

  • Earl Androplies de'Savona issues a proclamation retracting Countess Silverton's promise of land to those who took up arms in the war against the Prince. The Earl has his vassal, Baron Ranulf Daegmund, organise a masquerade ball to address the tension between Baron Daegmund, Baron Herbert Barber of Elkestone and Baron Thomas McRory of Eastreach. During this gathering it is discovered that a large contingent of Roden have arrived in the area to try to take advantage of the uncontrolled remnants of the Prince's undead and to attempt to re-establish a portal to their hidden city of Rodenopolis. The incursion is fought off by the adventurers who then go through the portal in an attempt to destroy the portal system. The attempt is not entirely successful and some of the adventurers have to travel a considerable distance to arrive back at the banquet.
  • At the banquet Lady Brianna Silverton, Countess of Stappeford, awards medals to the adventurers who risked all to end the onslaught of the Prince's forces.
  • Led by Conrad Steiner to the estates of Sir Karl Von Kreig, both Conrad and Xavier challenge the Spectral Knight only to fall before him. He is finally brought down by a concerted effort of the remaining adventurers who have already lost one of their number. The Spectral Knight arises from his crumpled armour to continue to fight them while incorporeal, however Lady Integra Hellsing is successful in Laying to Rest the remains of her betrothed.

Shoring

  • While escorting a surveyor to Tesrae adventurers succeed in destroying a tower being constructed by slaves of the entity Pah'Tah'Rep, setting fire to a large area which still continues to burn.
  • Colonel Tyressan is officially discommended by the Council of Eldenshay who then get warrants for his arrest for the murders of the non-combatant prisoners in Elkestone during the war. An attempt to retrieve him by Sheriff Xavier turns out to be a trap that attempts to cause conflict with the Black Scorpion clan of Dark elves in Ravenswood. It seems that Colonel Tyressan has a considerable following who call themselves the Aglarîn (ELV: "In Glorious Memory")
  • An attempt to reconsecrate the shrines in the rebuilding township of Tesrae by Mother Bambi of Kharach on behalf of Tesra's Baronet, Lady Isilwen, results in a terrible vision of the legacy of the town. It is also discovered that recent activity in the ruined Grayford Abbey to the west of Tesrae is actually a build up of the Vargyr-Hai Orc tribe who are gathering forces in preperation to march through Eldenshay to reach a "sacred" place in the Black Crags that they wished to worship at. After a brief and vicious conflict Kyris Shadowbright challenges a leader to single combat and by the Vargyr-hai's rules, consumes the heart of the loser in order to stop the impending invasion. This results in the Vargyr-hai abandoning the ruins of the Abbey and heading around the forest instead of through.

Harvesting

  • On this day XI Harvesting-Yavannie MVIII Annus Pactum in the Age of Falling Leaves, I confirm that the action of Councillor Mîrseron has VI gold leaves and III of silver. Therefore I declare the action passed by a single vote. Thus I step down as High Councillor. - High Councillor Yavinithae of Eldenshay.
  • Due to the execution of General Saeren on the grounds of orders actually issued by Marshal Xavier Drake and the continued human aggression, the council of Eldenshay votes to make the Dark Elf Ar'Varok the new High Councillor of Eldenshay.

Summereve

  • High Councillor Ar'Varok nullifies the Eldenshay warrant for Colonel Tyressan's arrest, and restores his position within the military.

Drawing

  • Ar'Varok dissolves the Eldenshay council permanently and citing ancient precedent and law, claims the title of Aran of Eldenshay, appointing some loyal Councillors and Military officers as Military Governors over various regions. Colonel Tyressan is promoted to General and placed in command of the new Regime's forces.

Annus Pacti MIXEdit

No Records Held

Annus Pacti MXEdit

Thawing

  • Tricked into intercepting a party, a large amount of the Black Scorpions that have not succumbed to the Blood Disease were led into a trap by McRory's men with the party's unwitting aid. The Dark Elves where burned and slaughtered.
  • In the meantime a precision strike was launched by Eldenshay on the centre of the Black Scorpion's lands in Ravenswood. A Dark Elf shrine to Kharach had been defiled by demonic hands and a guarded reliquary of unknown purpose was stolen and brought back to Fhaintesrae by Tyressan's troops.

Springsdawn

  • It doth be mine grave duty to announce that Thomas McRory, Baron of Eastreach, Cousin to the McRory's of Lirron, Vassal of Vicountess Brianna Silverton was ordered under warrant from Senior Judge Drake of the Crown Court to turn himself in for trial on counts of Murder and High Treason. Baron Thomas didst refuse to attend and therefore was declared traitor and outlaw. He was summarily executed while resisting forces sent to detain the outlaw, whilst also committing several assaults and murders upon those good and decent folk sent to recover him. He was then laid to rest by High Mother Integra Hellsing. - Sir Percival Embridge, Chief Courtier to Vicountess Brianna Silverton of the Black Order

Shielding

  • "Early in the morning of the VIIIth of this month members of the murderous cult calling itself the Septanicle, penetrated the security screen around Eldenshay by unknown means and attacked one of the natural woven tree buildings located near the town of Alvaston. They slew several elves and then set the building to torch, setting up a perimeter and murdering those that fled the flames or forced them back to be overwhelmed and consumed.
  • Fortunately, the zealots were unprepared for the resolve and professionalism of the Aglarîn who responded within minutes of seeing the smoke and organised a counter to the attack both scattering the band of zealots and allowing others the opportunity to rescue the survivors and quell the flames. The Aglarîn then pursued, slew and interrogated the Septanicle." - Notice from General Tyressan on the Atrocity at Alvaston.

Summereve

  • In the "Black Fens" that spread south west from Fengate, a group encounter a Fell Metal Mask forged in the likeness of a Red Skull. The Mask enrages elves and ages non-elves by its very presence. In saving the entire party's lives by cleansing and destroying the legacy of the Prince, High Elder Badwanger suspects he may have inadvertantly unsealed something that lies deep in the swamp under the Sunken Peak.

Drawing

  • "Once more the civilian population of the elven people of Eldenshay have fallen under sneak attack. Where before foreigners beyond the apparent control of the legitimate Nobility of the region engaged in a horrific attack against the wounded and infirm. This time several units of Naugrim have been ordered to engage in a treacherous sneak assault designed to bypass our defensive perimeter and target civilians and infrastructure in order to terrorise and demoralise our people." - General Tyressan of the Aglarîn

Midcold

  • By the hand of the Countess Silverton, Cedric McRory was invested as Baron of Eastreach. Many inhabitants of Eastreach including Finola McRory swear their loyalty. Although Cedric's cousin Callum's influence and forces are diminished, he still poses a large threat to the region as he appears to have Formorian Fae working for him.


Annus Pacti MXIEdit

Deepwinter

  • Adventurers led by Baronet Frederick of Black Crag Keep manage to repel an assault by Callum McRory on Eastreach.
  • Ironscar dwarves from the sunken peak attempt to raid a monastry of a fundamentalist Vleyborian sect, hidden in a cleft near Lake Braken, North of the White Peaks. They are repelled successfully by a mission led by Roimya of the Tesrae Militia.

Thawing

  • The quarantine of Ashbourne continues, and their are signs that the "Betrayers" are heavily involved with hampering the curing of this malady, and with demons incidentally.
  • Baronet Frederick Arnold expels a work gang that is constructing a dam on the river bordering his lands. The majority disperse but the dwarven gaffer and his aide resort to violence.
  • Ironscar dwarves are discovered faking evidence of Eldenshay attacks in the region of Elkestone. The force is intercepted at the alchemists tower in Little Vergley and eliminated. A subsequent mishap by the hapless alchemist puts Little Vergley on the map (as a crater).
  • The new settlement of Ironsbridge, near the construction of the New Derwentshire Canal, is assaulted by a force of Ironscar dwarves which is successfully repelled.
  • One night at the end of the month a terrible cry is heard North of Stappeford. The next morning fails to dawn over the hills there as Wicked End seems to lay under a shadow.

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