Anicea: Winter 1245
Past Industrial action:
Castle finished in province 36.
Castle finished in province 67.
100 Ironclads finished in province 66.
Huscarls researched in province 66.
Current Industrial action:
Dirigibles built in provinces 66,67 and 68.
Training Academy built in province 36.
Research Explosive Rounds in province 66.
100 Ironclads move from SP 8 move to SP 23.
450 Ironclads move from SP 24 to SP 23.
425 Ironclads move from SP 43 to SP 48 with the intention of lending their guns to any further attempt from the Shadow to push into Robualian lands.
A further 425 Ironclads move from SP 44 to SP 42 en route to reinforce those in SP 43.
100 Ironclads remain in provinces 66,67 and 68 patrolling the coast.
100 Ironclads move from province 66 to SP 48 to further bolster the force sent to secure Robualy’s coastline.
40,000 Heavy infantry, 30,000 Arquebussers, 1,000 Mechanical Walkers,and 10,000 Artillery batteries move from province 40 from province 36.
Garrisons of :
20,000 Heavy Infantry, 20,000 Arquebussers and 5,000 Artillery in province 66
20,000 Heavy Infantry 10,000 Arquebussers 2,500 Artillery and 1,000 Mechanical Walkers each in provinces 67 and 68.
The flag of Anicea now fluttered proudly above that of the Pure in province 36, the newest territory of the Anicean Empire and the first land of Kolnur which it had claimed in over a century. The annexation of the final vestige of the once mighty Pure was almost comical, and indeed many look back on it as inevitable since the implosion of the Pure Empire in c.1244. The commander of the local Pure garrison, the same man who had surrendered his forces to the Aniceans in a desperate attempt by both sides to prevent the repeat of the massacare that occurred in province 37 upon the Empire’s incursion, approached the Aniceans with another call for assistance. That bloodbath had decidedly defeated the Pure as a whole, unwilling and unable to mount a cohesive defence in the face of such force they crumbled on all fronts until only the Anicean protectorate remained. This could not last. With the capital gone and the Immortal Lord of the Pure written off as yet another of the countless bodies buried amongst the wreckage of his Empire, the Pure stood without a central government or leader and the society was breaking at the seams. Looting, riots and the hyperinflation of the now worthless Pure currency strangled the nation which convulsed in its death throes, until the Anicean forces overcame their hesitation and oath of non-interference. Anicean army patrols and units took up the vacant roles of policing the streets alongside their heavily undermanned Pure counterparts, and swiftly cracked down on any civil disturbances, restoring at least a temporary calm to the province. Next, the Empire began to phase out the Pure currency, maintaining a stranglehold on the local economy through nationalisation and control of the wealth so as to manage the price of goods in the meantime. Eventually, the society began to rebuild itself and establish its own provincial government; many would look back and question whether the Aniceans had been justified in their heavy handed reactions, but none for a moment doubted that they had been effective.
-Province 36 is annexed by the Anicean Empire as the Pure.
A Kolnur already battered and bruised by the infighting and squabbling of its peoples now faced a new kind of war as the Shadow once again assailed the border kingdoms. In what would be come to be known as the Year of the Shadow, the lands of Robualy and Likome felt the force of the hordes of the night, and for the first time the war that had seemed so far away came to threaten the coastline of Anicea itself. Struggling to hold back the tides, the Alliance of the West began to mobilise itself for the coming hardships, but Anicea found itself torn to aid a conflict on two fronts. After heated debates a line had to be drawn on how much Anicea could spare for the West, and troops were dispatched to meet the foe in the East in an attempt to assist the Robualians so that they together they can relieve the pressure on the besieged bastion-nation of Esterwynne. However, the kingdom had no intention of allowing its shores to be vulnerable, so the great ships of the sky began to take flight; the result of countless hours of toil in the great Academies of Learning, the dirigibles rose to counter the threat of the dragons and to finally give Anicea a means to take the fight further inland against its foe. The leaders of Anicea could only wait and hope that the nations of Kolnur could rise to face the challenge on their doorstep and perhaps rally around their defeat of the Plupori and the Pure, or else the great North Sea would become very small indeed.
-Anicea regretfully informs the Alliance of the West that it can spare no more than the 550 Ironclads it has already sent to Likome, as it moves to assist the fight in the East, but declares that the ships themselves would not remove themselves from the theatre for any reason until victory or defeat, even for the defence of Eastern Anicea herself.
-The Anicean forces that had been tested against the Pure are mobilised once more for the aid of a friend, responding to the call from Esterwynne.
-The Anicean government sends envoys to meet with both the Empire and the Turokhi to plea with them to make peace so that their forces can be freed to aid in the fight against the Shadow, declaring that the year 1245 would be remembered by future generations as either the day that Kolnur showed that it still stood strong together, or finally succumbed to the denizens of the dark.
-King Steelfarmer himself writes a letter on behalf of the nation sending its condolences to Salthuisar for its losses, mourning the first blow on the "Great Library of Kolnur".
Chaos Marine - "Where's your god Emperor now!?"
Loyal Astartes - "Right Behind you...."
Chaos Marine - *Turns around*
Chuck Norris with a Powerfist - "FALCON PUNCH!"