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Winter 1246

The freezing cold and thick snow of one of Kolnur's worse winters seems to have brought the Darkness to a halt, although none doubt that they will return with a vengeance come Spring.

However as it is, no forces of the Shadow pour forth to assault the free nations of Kolnur, giving the nations a few precious months to rebuild their armies and to prepare themselves for the coming attacks.
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The Silent Lions Chapter

Winter Falls

Darkness

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"They are in position, King Gandogar," Farin said, giving him the newest message. "The Lord-Admiral says there has been no activity from the Isle so far this season - from what can be seen from the ships, the shore is covered in thick snows and ice. Be deadly to land troops there now. However, Lord Morkun advises it is possible for him to begin his bombing runs."

The King ruminated on this for a few minutes, wiping his hand across his weary features. This war had invigorated him initially, but now he was becoming tired; too tired. Lord-General Bokkad could see it - he had lived close to the monarch for decades, and never had he seen him so exhausted. He would be surprised if the king lived another year.

"My lord King, I urge you to give Lord Morkun his head; let him do this - at the least, we may soften up any resistance for when we land our troops ..." Bokkad's voice was deep and sure, as solid as granite and the very land of Kerin-Curan itself.

"I agree. Send the message Farin; do it yourself, and do it now."

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Action:

Province 7 - Train 100 Interceptor Dirigibles (Turn 2)
Province 9 -Train Mechanised Warriors (Turn 2)
Province 11 - Train 100 Fighter Dirigibles (Turn 2)
Province 12 - Train 100 Bomber Dirigibles (Turn 2)

Attack Province 8 with Interceptor, Fighter and Bomber Dirigibles

Military Positioning:

Province 12 -
Conscripts - 51,000
12,000 Heavy Infantry
12,000 Crossbowmen
35,000 Heavy Cavalry
297 Magi
300 Artillery

Province 11 -
Conscripts - 97,610
32,754 Heavy Infantry
32,516 Crossbowmen
60,940 Heavy Cavalry
654 Magi
737 Artillery
1000 Mechanical Walkers
921 Mechanised Warriors

Province 9 -
1000 Heavy Infantry

Province 7 -
2 Magi
6000 Heavy Infantry

Aerial Positioning

8 (land) - 100 Fighter Dirgibles, 100 Bomber Dirigibles, 100 Interceptor Dirigibles

11 (land) -> 8 (land)
86 (water) -> 8 (land)

Naval Positioning:

78 -> 92
92 -> 100
86 -> 92
90 -> 102

91 - 100 Ironclads
92 - 300 Ironclads
93 - 200 Ships
100 - 190 Ironclads
102 - 390 Ironclads

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The Darkness - Conquest: Kerin-Curan
Darkness - Traditional: Glaïmbar Bokkadsson
Age of Dragons: Endras Amlugon
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The Khan was pleased with the past season's victory over the Shadow. With no sign of the Shadow across the lands of Kogan-Sul, the Khan issued orders to rebuild what had been destroyed and replenish the ranks of the Great Horde. Despite the current calm, the Khan and his generals could not help but think something bigger was coming, and they hurriedly assembled new war plans for taking the fight to the Shadow.

Train Cataphracts in all provinces
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Default Salthiusar (18): Turn 16, Winter 17th Era 66 (Common: 1246)

1st of Sunken Sun, 17th Era 66 (Common: 1246)

The New Year dawned with violence that the superstitious were calling ‘the Dark Portent’ in some parts of the land. Snow storms lashed Salthiusar, though enchantments woven into the city slowed the incoming snow to a normal pace when entering the city. The daylight was almost invisible for the day, most keeping night time lights on for the whole day.

Despite the extensive damage the undead hordes had exacted on the city, it was functioning perfectly well, and little evidence of the fight remained besides the dead. The tombs were not the only underground places in the city anymore, either, as vast quantities of knowledge were being copied out – books, research, spells, theories, you name it and it was being prepared. Crystal singers were singing out new rooms to hold the knowledge, to be self-powered and preserved. The Archiving has begun, to give the nation of knowledge a legacy in case of destruction.

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Summary:
-Province 18: Train 1000 Mages

Military Positioning:
Salthiusar, 18:
-495 Guardians and 46,173 Mages
Likome:
-5 Guardians and 500 Mages
Kerin-Curan:
-1 Guardian and 100 Mages
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"Report!" Lord Hibracht snapped from behind his desk in his study. The nervous soldier saluted, sweat dripped steadily down his face. He stammered out his report.

"Milord, the quotas for new recruits have not been met for some time."

"Not met?" Hibracht's voice was low and dangerous.

"N-no sir, the number of new recruits barely makes up for the men who have retired from the army or have been wounded or fallen ill."

"Retired?" Pressed Hibracht.

"Yes sir, any serving soldier over the age of forty for men and fifty four for gnomes, this is done proportionally to the lifespan of the respective races." Said the soldier, bewildered.

Hibracht sat back and considered, he paused for perhaps five minutes before pulling a sheet of paper and a quill from the stacks of both on the desk. He thrust the sheet and the quill into the soldier's hands.

"Make a note of this, by official decree the age for retirement will increase to fifty years of age for man and gnomes to eighty two years as is proportionate to their respective lifespans."

The soldier looked nervously at Lord Hibracht, as if unsure if he was expected to go through with the order.

"In addition" Hibracht continued, "any prisoner in a Great Trade Republic prison will be offered freedom if they choose to enlist into the military and are put under a strict surveillance by designated watch officers and are carefully guarded at all times."

"Milord!" Protested the soldier but Hibracht cut him off with a sharp glance.

"Have this done, soldier, that is my order. And order the generals to have a system written up for keeping these criminals in line."

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1000 infantry trained (Forced out of retirement/taken from prison) in all provinces


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Spring 1247

They come again. But with such force that has not yet been seen. Robulay and the Turokhi lose their grip on the last of their lands, their rulers becoming kings without a kingdom, their people refugees streaming across Kolnur. Even the Empire is dealt a violent blow as the armies are beaten back from Province 65.

Esterwynne is cut off and assailed from all sides, Kerin-Curan are engaged in a desperate island war, Anicea finds it's home assailed by monsters that crawl from the sea, The Great Trade Republic continues to wage a violent war across their borders with the Shadow, Salthiusar's wizards must fight desperate battles against dragons above, the Empire finds itself facing the strongest wave of the Darkness yet seen, and the hordes of Kogan-Sul have no time to rest.

As the Darkness closes in, the nations of Kolnur begin to turn towards more extreme and unorthodox tactics.

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Anti-Flyer Artillery: Specialized cannons and ballistas designed to bring down dragons and enemy flyers alike. (Counts as Artillery)

Elemental Traits

Skyfire: A newly-discovered spell, designed to target any type of flyer, dragon or otherwise, with a column of fire.
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Darkness

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Prince Farin was in his private study when the messenger knocked timidly at the door.

"Enter," he called, not taking his eyes from the important documents and correspondences before him. A young human boy opened the door, and when Farin did eventually turn his head to look at the intruder upon his peace, he smiled encouragingly. "Well, come on, boy, a prince at work does not have time to waste."

Nodding hurriedly, the messenger held out a scroll of tightly wrapped parchment and shuffled forwards. Farin took it from him, and smiled once more, before dismissing him. When he opened the note, his face became stony, and he slammed his fist on the stone table.

Your Royal Highness, poor news from the Blockade.

The Shadow's minions have struck once more; they are becoming more confident!
We have lost twenty-seven Ironclads this past season.
Lord-Admiral Morkun reports that the Dirigible Corps have succeeded in their bombing run, but is unable to give us numbers of the casualties inflicted upon the Enemy.

Ever your Faithful Servant,

Lord-Admiral Thorur, son of Agramm, Thane-heir of Clan Stondraeg


Ignoring the spilled ink which was steadily destroying the documents he had been reading, the Prince rose from his chair and strode hurriedly through Kazel Castle.

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"The newest dirigibles are ready, my father," Prince Farin murmured gently, kneeling beside the King's bed and leaning close to his ailing father's ear.

"G-good ... My son. S-send them ..." was the response, so quiet as to be almost inaudible.

"Immediately, father. Also ... The Enemy has attacked our blockade. We have lost twenty-seven Ironclad vessels." The king merely groaned, and as the physician rushed forward, Farin was ushered from the room.

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"Guild-Lord Snorri Snorrisson, your lord," the herald declared as the doors to the Great Hall opened and admitted the engineer and his coterie of advisers, assistants and underlings.

"The Hall shall be cleared!" Prince Farin ordered immediately from his seat at the base of the dais on which the King's throne stood, empty. Curious mutterings were immediately struck up, but the Guard ensured they were all removed, human and dwarf both.

"I thank you, Prince Farin," Snorri began, before simply saying "it is done ..."

The Prince and Guild-Lord spoke long and earnestly into the night.

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Action:

Province 7 - Train 1000 Heavy Infantry
Province 9 - Train 100 Bomber Dirigibles (Turn 1)
Province 11 - Train 100 Fighter Dirigibles (Turn 1)
Province 12 - Research Anti-Flyer Artillery (Turn 1)

Attack Province 8 with 100 each Interceptor, Fighter and Bomber Dirigibles

Military Positioning:

Province 12 -
Conscripts - 51,000
12,000 Heavy Infantry
12,000 Crossbowmen
35,000 Heavy Cavalry
297 Magi
300 Artillery

Province 11 -
Conscripts - 97,610
32,754 Heavy Infantry
32,516 Crossbowmen
60,940 Heavy Cavalry
654 Magi
737 Artillery
1000 Mechanical Walkers
921 Mechanised Warriors

Province 9 -
1000 Heavy Infantry
1000 Mechanised Warriors

Province 7 -
2 Magi
6000 Heavy Infantry

Aerial Positioning

8 (land) - 100 Fighter Dirgibles, 100 Bomber Dirigibles, 100 Interceptor Dirigibles

11 (land) - 100 Fighter Dirgibles, 100 Bomber Dirigibles
86 (water) - 100 Interceptor Dirigibles

Naval Positioning:

91 - 83 Ironclads
92 - 289 Ironclads
93 - 200 Ships
100 - 190 Ironclads
102 - 381 Ironclads

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The Darkness - Conquest: Kerin-Curan
Darkness - Traditional: Glaïmbar Bokkadsson
Age of Dragons: Endras Amlugon

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Default Salthiusar (18): Turn 17, Winter 17th Era 67 (Common: 1247)

3rd of Rebirth, 17th Era 67 (Common: 1247)

“Look, those dragons are slaughtering us. We’ve lost two Guardians and over 1000 mages in one assault. By the Aether, how are we supposed to beat them?”

Slaér was not a happy elf. His forces were being destroyed piecemeal by dragons and the undead, yet they still did not have a definitive solution. The city had toughened again, with the shortest wartime funeral procession in Salthiusar’s history taking place for their dead. In some parts, people were joking that it would do the city better to raise the dead than bury them. Of course, these people were risking lots by saying so – Irèsp had almost decreed their public flaying. Of all in the city, he was taking it worst.

Irèsp looked tired and haggard. He was wearing plain robes again, a simple azure garment folded on and over itself repeatedly, fastened by a single invisible clasp. Though his clothing was clean and normal, it contrasted his face greatly. His pale blue eyes were sunken, the skin around his eyelids black as if he’d been punched. His jaw and cheekbones were easily visible due to his emaciation, though his white hair was strong as normal due to magic. He breathed in slowly, as if to speak, but Calleis interjected first.

“Slaér, rejoice. We have found a solution to our flying problem. We’ve found a new bit of Ventomancy that shies away from Pyromancy, thus making it usable against dragons in flight. Some stop the beasts, others batter them, but the spells we’re interested in researching simply hit them. Even as few as twenty casts should cast one down to earth, dead or dying.” He turned to Irèsp. “Shall I commence the researching?”

There was silence. Having lived through dozens of draconic fluctuations, their appearances and disappearances, the elves of Salthiusar preferred to keep dragons alive. Some even spoke Draconic fluently, though it had done them little good. Irèsp sighed, and worry shot across both Dalàth’s and Calleis’ faces, until he spoke.

“Do it.”

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Summary:
-Skyfire begins being trained (18).

Military Positioning:
Salthiusar, 18:
-493 Guardians and 44,870 Mages
Likome:
-4 Guardians and 402 Mages
Kerin-Curan:
-1 Guardian and 100 Mages
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Captain Valark watched the new troops marching past, many he recognised. All were veterans pulled from various infantry units. Now thousands marched towards the frontline. Their new armour shone, the silvery chain mail glinting from under the Cobalt blue plates. Each man carried a thick, heavy rifle, fitted with a large, serrated bayonet and a sword hung by their sides. They were an impressive sight, to say the least, each had a symbol emblazoned on their right shoulder, a stylised lion, representing the proud frontline combat each man had been trained to perform. These new 'Scorpion' troops were designed for all kinds of combat, excellent for defence, attack, skirmishing and huge battles and were therefore becoming the main force in the army.

The light cavalry companies, of which Valark was a member ,had been renamed 'Wolf' Companies, owing to their speed, resourcefulness and harrying tactics. Valark was proud of the new wolf-head emblem on his own shoulder, as well as being the leading member of the first company, the best and brightest. His company was no longer expected to bodyguard king Hibracht, who was now guarded by the new lions.

Behind the Lions, marched a sorrier group of individuals, where all the standard heavy infantry had gone off to train as lions, their places had been filled with ex-prisoners, convicts who had chosen to escape punishment by serving their sentence with pike and mail. They were named the rats, a fitting title as they were sent forward to die before all the others. Valark didn't like the idea of these new troops, they were too distasteful, but he understood the necessity of their existence. The Republic was not armed, it wasn't prepared for this darkness, their attacks were unprecedented. But desperate times, as the saying went, called for desperate measures.

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1,000 Heavy Infantry trained in each territory
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“Come fiends! Come and taste steel.”

I stood before the massed ranks of Sentinels, forming a barrier between the Shadow and the gates of Kel Delvolwen.

Beyond our defiant ranks, the land was black with the bodies of those that had fallen in the long days we had fought. There were the bodies of Sentinels and Guardians that had fallen in the conflict alongside the much older corpses of those the Shadow had brought to face us. Atop their bodies, the Lich walked towards us. I drew Húron and kissed the gleaming steel before pulling back into the ranks and taking my shield back from the man who had filled my place while I addressed the soldiers.

As I did so the Lich waved a hand almost lazily and thousands of corpses stood up and began to shamble towards us.

We cut them down, standing in disciplined ranks and slashing forwards with swords and spears. Men and women wept as they cut down the bodies of their friends who had died bravely the previous day only to rise again and fall on their comrades. They wept, but they cut the enemy down regardless. We started to advance. No order was given, it was a spontaneous decision across the entire battle line. Such actions were what had made Esterwynne’s armies the most feared in Kolnur, prior to the coming of the Shadow. Such actions had broken entire hordes.

This enemy had no spirit to break however, no courage to sap. They had only the desire to kill. So we matched them. As we marched over those we had cut down the men in the rear ranks dragged them back to the great pyres we had built, burning them to prevent them rising again.

We killed thousands and thousands of them but still more came. For every one I cut down it seemed three sprang into its place. Our advance slowed and then stopped all together, bogged down by the sheer weight of bodies that were being hurled at us. Slowly we began to be pushed back. I feared that this time we would be forced to retreat into the city and it would become a death trap with no room to manoeuvre.

Salvation came on wings as golden as the sun, as white as snow and as black as night. It announced itself with a deafening roar, not unlike the call of an army’s trumpets. But this presaged something far more deadly than an army. Sleek and fast, three shapes shot over our heads. Flames spewed down to leave thousands of undead melted to a crisp in a matter of seconds. The shambling creatures before us fled back to where the Lich was stood, throwing bolts of magic into the sky in an attempt to bring down the elusive flyers.

I walked from my place, walked ahead of my battered army and turned to look at them all.

“Soldiers of Esterwynne,” I paused and bared my teeth in a smile. “Now is the hour. Let us finish this!”

They roared and charged while far above us, the dragons flew with us. Where there had been resignation, there was now defiance. Where there had been defeat, now there was victory. Where there had been three, now there were a hundred. With dragons streaming over our foe to send bolts of flame among them, we charged...


Summary

With the introduction of Dragons on our side being the only thing keeping Esterwynne from destruction, we send out emissaries to all nations to request for aid against the Shadow that now encircles us. We are willing to try almost anything to break out of the deadlock
Recruit Sentinels in 49, 55 and 56
Research Skyfire

We stand upon the precipice of change. The world fears the inevitable plummet into the abyss. Watch for that moment - and when it comes, do not hesitate to leap. It is only when you fall that you learn whether you can fly.
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