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Turn Twelve Newsfax 
(A.C. 2836-2840)

imageonor to those who in the life they lead
define and guard a Thermopylae.
Never betraying what is right,
consistent and just in all they do
but showing pity also, and compassion;
generous when they’re rich, and when they’re poor,
still generous in small ways,
still helping as much as they can;
always speaking the truth,
yet without hating those who lie.
And even more honor is due to them
when they foresee (as many do foresee)
that Ephialtis will turn up in the end,
that the Medes will break through after all.
– C.P. Cavafy, Thermopylae (1901)


1. Just about everyone had the number of Wizard (wiz) units adjusted.  Nearly none of them were correct.  It’s easy to forget one’s own house rules!

2. An early heads-up.  At some unknown point in the future (somewhere between Turn 15 and 20, I’d guess), this campaign will be transitioning from LOTE 5.10 rules to LOTE 6.0 rules.  For most of you, there will be little change.  Unit costs (particularly ships) will be the most complicated change.  But colonization will become a -lot- more expensive.  If you wish to colonize now to get ahead of the game, you have now been warned.

3.  New House Rule – All Have Children orders will fail if you have not named your current children.

4. PLEASE NOTE: Many troop and ship types require Yard Costs.  That is, there is a limit to how many you can build at any given spot.  Several of you fell afoul of that rule this turn.



North-Western Medarhos

The Skane Jarldoms – 
Ruler – King Bjarnalf
Capital – Vanaheim
Dominant Race – Human

Søren Overgaard at Lycia

Mysticism and gnostic attainment became fashionable in Vanaheim after a series of strange rumblings were heard beneath the earth.  Local hedge wizards and druids came together to form a college of sorcery in the eastern hills of Skaneholme, and much of their initial store of scrolls, tablets and esoterica was provided by good king Bjarnalf, himself trained in the universities of Tirgon.

The king ruled his peaceable realm from Vanaheim, where he fathered two strong boys and a darling little girl.

Ivan Grenhildt, a trusted schoolmate of Bjarnalf’s and a true friend, died in 2838 after a brisk winter swim in the icy waters of the Kaddern.

In 2839, movements among the goblin tribes of the eastern forests caused a few thousand hillmen, distant relatives of the Skane, to travel westward and settle in Vanaheim. 

In the Spring of 2837, Daeron ships came out of the south and raided the Skane March, stealing dozens of ship and some of the taller, blonder women. They set fire to anything they could not grab and left a bloody trail back to their black galleys on the shores of Ben-Thael.

The Kingdom of Tirgonia –
Ruler – King Gareth

Capital – Tirgon
Dominant Race – Human


Tirgonia geared for war.  There was no other way to put it.  The whole of her activity over five years centered around raising, leading and concentrating an army of eighteen thousand troops at Tirgon and keeping a steady watch on the borders. A line of border forts was built to protect the rich farms and mines of Aré from foreign attack.

The King’s Road was extended into Bekanor, paving the way for eastward expansion.  Missionaries sent into Buidhe Creag to spread the Grail faith met a cold reception in the birthplace of Tarl Wolf’s Paw.  The plains nomads, relatives of the now-settled (and thus despised) Bekanai, had no use for the soft religion of the cities and eyed the western road with mixed concern and greed.

With his army gathered about him at Tirgon, King Gareth also concerned himself with continuing his dynasty.  His wife give him two sons to make the young king proud.

In 2836, a fleet of ten black Daeron galleys entered the waters of Ben-Thael uncontested.  They raided the shores of Sothwall, the Greenwood and even the Crown Lands!  Although the grim men, orcs and half-orcs of Daerond were able to land unopposed at Sothwall, they could not reach the inland valleys where lay the rich farms and towns.  The local militia, backed by the many fortifications of Sothwall drove back the invaders with little loss. In the Crown Lands, Gareth’s mighty army met the tiny force of raiders with overwhelming numbers at every beach and headland.  But in the lush forests of the Greenwood, the raiders looted farms and hamlets all along both coasts, leaving the undefended region in flames.


The Iron Empire of Daerond –   
Ruler –
Empress Melisandre von Landegol
Capital – Aicherai
Dominant Race – Human
Diplomacy – The Hills of Terror [-]


The Empress married Galos the Wise and named him her consort and heir. This was a marriage in name only, as the two were a hundred miles apart and Galos was ordered to remain at his post in Landegol.  There were some mutterings in the priesthood about the legitimacy of such a union, but none dared to openly gainsay the Empress. Though now in her fifties, Melisandre had not appeared to age in thirty years, and many believed she was a potent sorceress.

Tolen the Younger appeared in the Hills of Terror in 2840 and made a brief but unsuccessful bid for the increased allegiance of the orc tribes.

Empress Melisandre von Landegol

Delion Danaur, liegeman of the Empress, took command of the Daeron navy as his personal force and went to sea, where he immediately encountered the smaller force of Harkorian ships under the command of Maradoxus III, Councillor of Archameos.  The Harkorian ships were far better crewed, but Delion Danaur was a wily commodore, whereas Maradoxus was a preening fop who had never bothered to differentiate the requirements for a naval action from those of a race about the harbor.  In a brief, decisive action, Danaur dispersed the Harkorian fleet, capturing two and sinking two.  From there, he went raiding on the Ben-Thael coast.  (See The Skane and Tirgonia, above).

In 2837, the tubers and wheat grown in the Great Rift began to blacken and rot.  Angry shamans pronounced this to be the work of some evil spell.  Already only barely able to feed her multitudes, Daerond began to starve…

The Harkorian League –
Ruler –
First Councillor Azazel
Capital – Cadares
Dominant Race – Human

Hard times continued in the Harkorian League.  First Councillor Azazel ruled in Cadares and fathered three sons and a daughter. 

General Alexeos, at the head of his considerable army in Trolium, recruited fifteen hundred heavy elite cavalry and watched the northern approaches. 

Maradoxus III went to sea to raid the Daeron sea lanes, but the inept and disliked Councillor went down to disaster (See Daerond, above).

Before his death in 2838, Bishop Titus was governor of Cadares, a role to which he was admirably suited.  The Bishop built the great Basilica of the Sea, one of the wonders of Harkoria.

Disaster truly struck in 2838 when dozens of important government officials were murdered in a single night of terror.  Witnesses


reported that men clad in black, accompanied by weird bat-like creatures who appeared to control the assassins descended on the important houses and slaughtered chief scribes, engineers, priests and noblemen.  The result was a devastating blow to the bureaucracy of the League.  Only Azazel’s energetic rule managed to keep the nation from flying apart into civil war.  No proof of guilt was ever found, but all fingers pointed north towards Aicherai.  Many demanded to know why no one had been guarding the bureaucracy after the many previous attacks.

The Edgemoor Orcs –
Ruler –
Corash the Brave
Capital – Zaramaka
Dominant Race – Orcs


Strapped for cash, the orcs demobilized some of their large armies and abandoned the costly occupation of Dakhash.  Corash ruled from Zaramaka while Tor the Rtikulat returned from the east and gathered his army at Mount Hoarwind.  He then assigned a large portion of his army to settle into mining villages in the Towers of the Sun. Tor died in 2840 of scabies and left his army in garrison under the mountain.

A thousand orcish raiders harried the steppes of Braelin Don and the woods of Buidhe Creag.  Little loot was garnered on these routes, but it was necessary to expend the aggression of orcish youth, lest it turn inward and destroy the nation.

The orcish nobility was squeezed for private loans to the crown, and gave grudgingly.




South-Western Medarhos

The Brythnian Confederation – 
Ruler – Queen Rhea
Capital – Carrenthium
Dominant Race – Taurid
Diplomacy – Orosel [NT], Unialus [NT]
image Queen Coeus ordered the settlement of Bodhria, Hailh Endhor, Vilayan and Cerintum with centaur encampments and trading villages. 

Coeus died in the Dacian Hills in 2837.  She was succeeded by her heir, Queen Rhea, six weeks later.  Rhea and her nobles waited and watched the borders for any incursion, but none came.

Lady Kore, a persuasive and attractive centaur, traveled among the centaurs of Unialus and the Minotaurs of Orosel, convincing each to allow Brythnian armies free movement over their lands.

As they had for so many decades, farms and villages were slowly cultivating the Great Meadow.

The ten thousand Aelissian halflings guarding the Dacian Hills shifted east to the Brythnian Hills while the Order of the Dawn, which had been guarding the Brythnian Hills, shifted eastward into the Conorrian Empire.

Missionaries from the Great Church spread amongst the tribes of the Great Meadow, and converted many of the province’s most influential citizens to the worship of the Lords of the Grail. As a result of this break with the ancient traditions of their ancestors, the centaurs of the Great Meadow also began to fall away from the Confederation.  They still sent taxes and support to Carrenthium, but paid little further heed to the political or religious influence of the Queen.

Aelissia –
Ruler –
King Marvin Fatfish
Capital – The Great Delve
Dominant Race – Halfling


The halflings completed at long last the intensive cultivation of Greensward.  It’s impressive system of terraced hillsides, gravity pumps and sluices turn the Aelissian homeland into a veritable agricultural paradise. After the dedication of the project to the goddess Calandra, Marvin Fatish and Bishop Monteverde broke ground for two new projects – a huge bronze statue overlooking The Great Delve entitled “Brandobaris Raising the Grail”, and “The Learned Delves of Valkrys”, a religious complex dedicated to the queen of the gods. Brandobaris’s two surviving children, Maia and Keegan, were present at the dedication, but died in 2838.

Another great undertaking was the work of Leeland Brownbarley, who set off with ships and halflings to found a city in Artence named for the national hero, Brandobaris.

Kendall Lowtide sailed to Carrenthium, then rode to the Dacian Hills, where he took command of the ten thousand halflings stationed there and marched them east into the Brythnian Hills, where he assisted in the defense of the region.

Bishop Monteverde governed in the Great Delve.  Though a charismatic halfling, he was no administrator, showing more interest in religious affairs than the affairs of mortals.

Corland –
Ruler –
King Armand
Capital – Khairais
Dominant Race – Human
King Armand named his eldest son Tancred as his heir and his second son Bohemund Prince of Tullieres. He ruled from Khairais and had a postal road built through Andelais, considerably shortening the route to Niance and Mauredoc.

Lord Balgar meanwhile traveled to Mauredoc and convinced Lord Guiscard to become the vassal of the King as his ancestors had been for so long. 

Lorraine –
Ruler –
King Artorius
Capital – Armorica
Dominant Race – Human


Old King Artorius, now in his seventies, invested in public works and field forts across his realm.  Prince Mordred, as bitter as ever, guarded the seas from attack with a large new contingent of Lorraine Marines

Sir Morgan and Sir Boru governed in Cassivelaunus and Meergeld, the former with little energy, the latter with great energy.  Meergeld, though tiny, was becoming a popular trading station within the Valesian Sea because of its good harbor and fine amenities.

In 2837, a horde of orcs boiled out of the forests of Dines and attacked Lynet, even shooting at the watch on the walls of Lothian. The orcs, numbering more than sixty thousand strong, rampaged through the forest hamlets, slaughtering and looting to their hearts content.  Mordred and his fleet, backed up by Sir Thark of the Closed Helm, lord of Persant and Sir Cathal of Meliodas, attacked the orcs.  Though the marines fought well, they were not well-suited to combat on land, and were driven back into the sea by the orcs, who then sent a demand to Prince Mordred to ransom his father’s kingdom.


The Whisper Wood –
Ruler –
Queen Elevuil
Capital – Menelcandara
Dominant Race – Elf
Diplomacy – Central Stormcrowns [NT]


Growth was the order of the day.  The city of Menelcandara grew in size by several thousands, and the elven homeland in the Moonglades received several new hearttrees and villages.  In addition, Queen Elevuil summoned earth sprites to build beautiful meadows in the Moonglades.

A thousand elven infantry were released from the garrison of Brandian to settle in the Moonglades.

Lady Vaire spent her time amongst the elves of the Sunglades and convinced them to return to the worship of all the Lords of Grail.  They agreed only once she told them that the queen would allow them to take Artorius as their patron god, and honor him with special rituals each year.

Lord Fealurë, aided by the queen and much of the court, dazzled the giants of the Central Stormcrowns into allowing elven armies to pass unmolested through their territories.

The Neldorean Wood –
Ruler –
Queen Nereil
Capital – Elenuil
Dominant Race – Elf
image Queen Nereil withdrew into the palace at Elenuil and saw few of her counselors, but a great many scribes, librarians and wanderers, whom she quizzed at length about conditions in the far south.

Lord Taralom and Lady Senelra returned from their time away, and immediately left again.  Senelra took command of the Neldorean army, sixteen thousand strong, and marched into Ianthe, conquering the Riftmarch and driving the Aeolan-worshiping humans before her in vengeance for old wars that no living man remembered. Thousands of refugees fled east into Ianthis and Halianis.  The cruelty of the elves did not stop there, for they looted the lands and killed any human who remained after their warnings to leave.  Tens of thousands of innocent men, women and children were slaughtered.

Queen Nereil

The Exarchate of the Great Crusade –
Ruler –
Queen Ava
Capital – Pontezium
Dominant Race – Human
Diplomacy – South Akasia [A], Maicutis [-HS], Ianthis [-HS]

Queen Ava

The Crusaders completed their cultivation of South Akasia, an event celebrated by the local priests with a ceremony to Calandra, goddess of the Earth and fertility.  Even as that project was finished, another was begun.  Queen Ava broke ground on a large royal palace in Pontezium with facilities for the royal family and much of the government as well.

Bolstered by little magic to make a persuasive woman even more arresting, Queen Ava herself held talks with the Lord of South Akasia and convinced him to enter into an alliance with the Exarchate.

The Queen’s brother and heir, Gauter, died in 2839 while in the Ianthan region of Maicutis, attempting to forge an alliance. As if the differences in language and religion weren’t enough, Gauter’s abrasive and demanding personality (to say nothing of his famously fetid breath) were enough to anger the Maicutans, who would have tossed him out had he not had the good grace to die on them.

Such was also the fate of the expedition of Lord Yaral to Ianthe itself.  There, the locals chased the unlucky lord out of the region with bricks and stones.

In 2840, Ava’s sister-in-law Princess Tertia (the wife of Prince Candos and daughter of the Conorrian Emperor Constantikos) died in childbirth.

A terrible series of winters has struck the Crusader States, dumping up to eight feet of snow across the entire region, and pounding the Exarchate with repeated ice storms well into spring.  As a result, crops are killed by the frost and cattle and sheep die of exposure.

Worse was to come (See The Holy Order of the Dawn, below).

The Holy Order of the Dawn –
Ruler –
Grand Master Lactantius

Capital – The Akasian Hills
Dominant Race – Human


With prudent, solid investments in their martial abilities, the Order concentrated on military affairs.  Grand Master Aneias marched with ten thousand troops from The Dacian Hills of Brythnia east to the Conorrian frontier province of Lenicum to block any attempt by the Dark Court to capitalize on the Airnim invasion of the Empire.

Master Claudius hastened from the Dacian Hills to Echoriath, where he took command of the tiny force of fifteen hundred men with whom the Order had responded to the Emperor’s call.  From there he marched north into Dhûnazhar.

After the death in 2837 of Grand Master Aneias, Master Lactantius was elected to replace him.  Lactantius was already in the Order’s Fortress and was easily able to administer the Order from there.

The most audacious (and fateful) move by the Order of the Dawn was the Quest of Master Gnaeus, for Gnaeus chose to challenge a dragon.

No one could question the bravery of Master Gnaeus and his Four Hundred, fierce men hand-picked to aid the hero in a classic battle of Good and Evil.  Nor could they fault his devotion, for he rode with the holy Lance of Longinus the Dragonslayer. But in no other way was Gnaeus prepared for the power and fury of a dragon when aroused to anger. 

As the Four Hundred rode into the great woods, the local elves all told them of the devastating might of the dragon, not to mention the Queen’s prohibition against any elf, much less armed humans, entering the ruin of Neldorea.  But ride on they did.  Nor did the horrid wasteland of ash and bone deter them.  Indeed, it fired their anger and holy indignation against the beast and their determination to destroy it or drive it from mortal lands.

Meanwhile, Urugall watched and waited. He allowed Gnaeus and the Four Hundred to ride to the very walls of Melorias, whose ruin was now his palace, roost and cathedral. The knights of the Order could see within the grim walls that elven maids served the cruel worm as slaves. Now Urugall came upon them, and yet it did not at first attack them, but regarded the Lance with what might have been fear. But when the dread master of Melorias spoke, its voice dripped with malice and hate.

“Have you come now to slay me, Slave of the Usurpers?  Think you that yon shaft has my death writ upon it?  Death is indeed summoned this day, but not for Urugall. Tell me thy name, youngling.”

“Thou dost not deserve it, worm,” cried Gnaeus.  “Knowest thou only that I am a Knight of Golden Dawn, and that I come in the name of Erdhon!”

“Do you indeed?” hissed the dragon.  “I wonder if he has ever even heard of you.  Come then, and do your best.”

And so the Knight lowered his lance and spurred his horse straight at the ancient evil.  But he either never knew or did not concern himself with the gaze of the dragon.  Long before he arrived where Urugall still stood, Gnaeus and his mount were ensnared in the baleful stare of Urugall.  As it had ensnared the elf Senelra half a century before, so it now ensnared him.  Silent and unable to move or even to cry out, Gnaeus watched as Urugall tore his bodyguard limb from limb and strew their remains across the forecourts of the city.

When the horror was over, the dragon returned.  It plucked the Lance from the cold hands of the Knight and smote the ground with it, seeking to sunder it apart.  Though the might of that dragon was as that of a titan, still the Lance was unharmed.  “Hmmm…  Interesting,” it said.

Turning to Gnaeus, it spoke in a clear voice.  “Hear me, woeful son of man.  You will go hence from this place and live.  But never shall you remember aught of your old life or anything of Urugall.  All your days you shall wander in the knowledge of your failure, never able to recall quite what it was.  But know this, also: I shall make of thy hall a ruin.  Yea, and all thy brethren shall wither before me.”

With a wail of anguish and despair, Master Gnaeus, faithful servant of the Order, fell into a swoon.

Though the Order was not to learn Gnaeus’s true fate for many a long year, they learned of his failure all too soon.  On a foggy spring day in 2839, Urugall the dragon appeared out of the mists and began to lay waste to the Akasian Hills, burning all around him in a devastation that promised to rival that of Neldorea.  Then came a stroke unlooked-for.

Grimly, and without hope of victory, Lords Roger of Pomarche and Charles of the Salt Shore, two barons allied with the Crusader States, rode to give battle to the fearsome dragon.  With them marched a mere four thousand light infantry.  But these marcher lords were crafty and awaited the dragon in a rocky defile where they set upon it in ambush, raining stones and arrows down upon the astonished fiend, and striking upwards from hidden pits in suicidal valor.  So sudden and fierce was their onslaught that the dragon was taken unawares and wounded.  And so it halted its destruction and took to the skies, fleeing and wailing curses of hatred behind it!


The Shadowed Realm of Ascarlon –
Ruler –
Baron Gauros the Arisen
Capital – Denavine
Dominant Race – Human
Diplomacy – Rimehorns


The Baron stayed and home amidst his legion of undead and summoned spirits of earth and air to improve the lands of Galati with a new reservoir system. He sent out his lieutenant Mazdak to support the orcs of the Worldspine mountains

Hundreds of talents of gold and hundred of men began to farm the lands of Orodea which had lain fallow since the Airnim invasion.

Garal of the Yellow Sails traveled to the Rimehorn mountains to treat with the orcs for a route to the wealthy city of Waertag, but the orcs showed little interest in furthering the Ascar agenda.

Lord Khodor of the Black Forest died in 2837.  On his deathbed he repudiated his will and left the governance of his realm to Baron Gauros.

In 2839, the great warrior-hero Cambyses joined the Baron’s Court, eager to assist one of the oldest nations on the map.

The Worldspine Orcs –
Ruler –
RegentJortak Bloodhelm
Capital – Mount Kauroth
Dominant Race – Orc

The Worldspine Orcs cried out for war.  Jortak Bloodhelm and Worg the Unwashed led a “reconnaissance in force” into the Southern Worldspine mountains at the head of fourteen thousand troops. These included a thousand mercenaries hired by the king of the Meledrian elves and two thousand Ascarlon troops under General Mazdak.

Gulgash the Rude, still wounded from battle, led a force of two thousand orcs into the Blue Peaks to watch for any dwarven incursions.  Gulgash, to whom even walking or riding was brutally painful, had constructed a mobile War Altar, astride which he rode, grimacing in pain every time the bulky Altar bounced over some stone or rut in the primitive path.  Luckily, his warriors took these grimaces for fury or religious fervor and few perceived how weak their leader was.

Word came to Gulgash that an army of dwarves and men was slaughtering the orcs of Orodh Dhorn, but unwilling to travel further, he dug in and held his ground at the Blue Peaks.

Mendak Half-Goblin rode with a thousand goblin cavalry first east and then south down the eastern bank of the Phaedon river, intending to strike into the heart of the troubled Empire.


The timing of this expedition was exquisite.  It occurred just as the Conorrian Empire was pulling its troops back to guard against the Airnim.  The stealth used by the orcs eluded both the Order of the Dawn at Lenicum and the dwarves of Dhûnazhar., Then the orcish army broke into the Empire just as the Empire was tearing itself apart in civil war.  Mendak raided with impunity. From their encampment in rebellious Lidhinos, the orcs raided the wealthy lands of Adoria, Faucrion, Anicium and Boenia.  Anicium was effectively closed to them by its great number of field forts.  Boenia was relatively poor.  Faucrion had been thoroughly raided by the Airnim five years before.  But the wealth of Adoria lay open to the goblins, and it was far, far more than they could take with them.

The Empire of Carhallas –
Ruler –
Emperor Maugroth the Younger
Capital – Carcaroth
Dominant Race – Hobgoblin

The Imperial Flag

image Having heard of a stirring among the elves of Celendor, the hobgoblins of Carhallas turned from their hobby (killing humans) to their true avocation (killing elves). Emperor Maugroth ordered the entire force of Carhallas to assemble at the fortress-city of Gothmaur in Elsend.  Within two years there was assembled a dutiful and orderly army some twenty-six thousand strong, eager to do the Emperor’s bidding. General Skarkug had brought his huge army out of the Worldspines to face this new threat closer to home.

The majority of them were disappointed, for it was the will of the Emperor that they remain in defensive positions around the city.  Only a small raiding force of some fifteen hundred goblin cavalry was released to beard the elves in their lair.  Maugroth’s vassal, the Lord of Zhagon, had this honor.  In 2838, his troops raided into Orodel.  The fast-moving raid encountered no defenders, and so after having stripped what few portable goods the small forest hamlets had, Zhagon remained to conquer the elven province.  This turned out badly for the goblins, precisely as the Emperor had foreseen.

Out of the summer woods arrived a huge force of elves, some ten thousand strong, led by Lord Voromë, a cousin of King Elorian.  The elves crushed the goblin force, which, despite orders to flee at the first contact, had realized that contact too late to flee effectively.  A few hundred goblins did make it back to the hobgoblin lines, but the elves did not pursue.  They had learned the lesson of that particular trap when Maugroth’s grandsire sat the throne fifty years earlier. 


The Great Kingdom of Annvar –
Ruler –
First Councillor Laskal
Capital – Varthane
Dominant Race – Human
 The Standard of Annvar


Like their hobgoblin neighbors, the rise of Celendor startled the Annvarites into abandoning their position in the Worldspine Mountains and racing back to defend the homeland.

First Councillor Torund took command of the Varthane garrison and guided the Council watchfully.  Generals Laskal and Maras rode with six thousand cavalry from the Worldspine Mountains, across Carhallas and Annvar, finally arriving to take up the defense of Tusainiai in 2838.  In the meantime, the locals had built a system of defensive fortifications across the province.

Elsewhere, the Council continued to subsidize small farms and settlements in the fertile plains of Marvald along the Middle Wolf River.

Councillor Voriax was appointed Governor of Varthane for the

entire stretch of five years.  It was a period of unparalleled corruption and mismanagement, as Voriax deftly diverted vast sums of the public purse into his own treasuries.

First Councillor Torund died peacefully in the winter of 2840.  Though contentious, the debates in Council were brief.  Laskal was the clear favorite to succeed Torund, and was acclaimed by the Council only two weeks after Torund’s death.

Celendor –
Ruler –
King Elorian Mistmantle
Capital – Ennilas
Dominant Race – Elf

King Elorian Mistmantle

Save for repelling a goblin raid (See The Empire of Carhallas, above), the elves of Celendor rested in languorous lassitude.

The Forest Realm of Meledrian –
Ruler –
King Eldareth Hammerhand
Capital –
Dominant Race – Elf

King Eldareth Hammerhand

As Nightrunner scouts prowled the western border for signs of any Celendor armies, the elf-lords of Meledrian summoned a host of infernal powers to augment the power and majesty of the realm.  The Circle of Dusk summoned forth dark and heady wines and the sweet fruit of the darkraven vine to feed the armies of the king. Other sorceries were less obvious, but no less potent.

King Eldareth Hammerhand and his kinsman Lord Balan interviewed the chiefs and princes of the realm, that they might know exactly what resources the god Malbor had placed in the hands of his mighty regent, Eldareth.

Lord Cerelindas marched into Mithelan at the head of an army of craftsmen and settlers and founded the port town of Narbyndahl on the waters of the Lower Wolf River. Soon, traders from Annvar and Nikitya were flocking to purchase the wares of the elves.

Prince Namardil, son and heir of Eldareth, governed the capital at Laurelindë.  Under his stern and farsighted guidance, the capital experienced a renaissance.  A great triumphal road was driven through the city, slave markets expanded and war cisterns established.  The Great Cathedral of the Final Dissolution was founded at the city’s center.

Lord Aeliniel was governor at Dalariadh.  There, the tensions of war and the shortages in nearly every important material made any real progress difficult, but Aeliniel cajoled, commanded and drove the locals as best he could.

The Ur-Vath Horde –
Ruler –
Capital – Wellamo

Dominant Race – Human

The mighty Ur-Vath Horde traipsed around Wellamo, looking for something to do… image

The Conorrian Heartland –

The Conorrian Empire –
Ruler –
Emperor Saxonius I
Capital – Echoriath
Dominant Race – Human
While Emperor Constantikos ruled in Echoriath, the Imperial Legate and war wizard Saxonius, secundus ordo venefices, raised ten thousand additional troops to defend the capital.  With the Emperor’s army in praesentalis, and seven thousand mercenaries hired by the Grail Patriarch, there were forty thousand troops under Saxonius’s command.

Meanwhile in far-off Lenicum, Prince Varantius seized five thousand troops from the garrison, added them to his army and marched towards Echoriath with thirty thousand men of his own.  Before he could march out, his war wizard, Mikal Oak, was found murdered in his villa, his throat cut.  No evidence of the killer was found, but all assumed the murderers were agents of the orcs.

Young Prince Constantikos, third son of the Emperor was sent to be a prince of the Church and began his training with the Primacy. At the same time, a host of Grail priests flocked to the Imperial service.


Princess Anna was sent to meet with the Airnim leader Tarl Wolf’s Paw and brought him a payoff of two hundred talents of gold.  The barbarian king contemptuously took the tribute as his due and, good to his word, rode off east towards the Shattered Lands.

In the winter of 2835, the Emperor suddenly died of a heart attack at the age of fifty-three.  Thus began an extraordinary passage in the bloody history of the Empire. Within days of the death of her father, Princess Anna moved to take control of the Phoenix Throne.  Her first act was to order Saxonius to turn over command of the armies directly to her.  The young general and war wizard refused, instead surrounding the royal palace with his troops and seizing hold of the Senate houses.  Within weeks, Anna capitulated, agreeing to marry Saxonius and place him at the head of her armies. Saromanios, Consul in Echoriath, supported Saxonius and ruled the city in his name.

Prince Arcalas, resident in Faloricum, arrived to contest the coup, but after an impassioned speech to the gathered armies failed to find favor, he was captured and consigned to the dungeons.  A faithful servant helped the Prince escape what would have been certain death, but Arcalas was badly injured during a struggle with his guards before he escaped into the night.

A great many provinces of the Empire declared their independence at this time.  Aelendaris, Aquae Albanesis, Caprera, Crisias, Eatris, Ganthus Longa, Hydastes, Isurium, Lauriacum, Liburnum, Lidhinos, Medensus, Mogentianae, Mynos (and the holy city of Conorr), Naxartes, Neander, Olicana, Pedrosus, Quaethos, Ratiara, Sexaginta, Sissicus, Zenoton and the cities of Colanum and Flavium all broke away from Imperial rule.

Meanwhile, Prince Varantius commanded a sizeable army and was encamped for the winter in Acaris.  He now hastened to confront Saxonius and seize command of his father’s crumbling Empire. With him went the Llyran skyships under the injured Bishop Ayld. Saxonius marched out to meet them. The battle took place at a small village called Modynus, and was ever after called by that name.  The two armies clashed in the old Conorrian way, with heavy infantry at the center, supported by light missile troops and cavalry on the wings.  Saxonius had by far the heavier troops.  Though Varantius’s light limitanei were well-suited to fighting in the Worldspine mountains, Saxonius had a great mass of cavalry and elite Conorrian legionnaires. Varantius and his legions fought well, but the outcome was never in doubt.  The Prince died like a Conorrian, however, taking his own life when the defeat of his forces became evident.  Before he died, he sent a messenger to Saxonius acknowledging his defeat and bidding the de facto emperor to rule with honor.

While all this was happening, the Worldspine orcs had marched an army into Lidhinos and were raiding the rich lands nearby.  By the time Saxonius could turn his attention to these dangerous pests, they were swiftly retreating back to the mountains. (See The Worldspine Orcs, above).

In 2840 the Mercenary leader Angamon joined the Conorrian service at the behest of the Grail Patriarch.

The Great Church of the Lords of the Grail –
Ruler –Patriarch Calidonus
Holy City – Conorr
Dominant Race – Human
Diplomacy – Belfirth [MN], Querenia [CH], Tathlann [CH], Ninos [CH]
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The Patriarch’s Standard

Thandor, god of the air

The Patriarch accepted young Conorrian Prince Constantikos into his service and consecrated him a bishop the week after his arrival at Conorr.  The Patriarch also hired mercenary troops to protect Echoriath and summoned aid from the Valesian Empire to defend the holy city of Conorr. The expected aid failed to arrive, however.

Two thousand paladins joined the Patriarch’s personal army as he sailed from Conorr to Echoriath to join the Emperor in defense of the capital. They were soon joined by the dwarven mercenary Khedem Var and the small Primacy fleet.

Prince Tonali and Bishop Belsarus left the southern Worldspines with the dwarven army of Valand Dragonsbane and thirteen thousand Grail troops.  They marched against the orcs of Orod Dhorn.  (See The Dwarven Realm of Dhûnazhar, below).

Bishop Telerus, an amazing orator, traveled to Belfirth and convinced the elven gentry to support his plan for a large monastic community in the elven woods.

Bishop Hermetus, after blessing the efforts of Bishop Telerus, passed away at the age of fifty seven.

When civil war broke out amongst the Conorrians, the Patriarch took no side, deeming it his duty to remain aloof from such contests, so that the Church would continue regardless of who sat on the Phoenix Throne.

The Dwarven Realm of Dhûnazhar – 
Ruler – King Valand Dragonsbane
Capital – Khelem Vala
Dominant Race – Dwarf
Diplomacy – Jaelitus [EA]


As the Conorrian forces retreated from the southern Worldspine mountains, so did the dwarves.  King Valand only commanded a small force of thirty-five hundred, but they were heavy Dhûnazhar King’s Elite, among the best mountain troops in the world.  With them marched a host of thirteen thousand Grail Primacy troops under the joint command of Bishops Tonali and Belsarus.  The combined army marched into the orcish region of Orodh Dhorn and conquered it without incident.

The orcs in the Blue Peaks under the command of Gulgash simply watched the border and took no action.  Having succeeded at conquest, the dwarves then turned to genocide, slaughtering every orc in the region while the Grail troops stood guard against the arrival of any avenging orcish armies.  There were none.

Lord Roin traveled to Jaelitus, where he convinced Lord Bombur, master of that

hilly land, to allow Khelem Vala to collect and distribute taxes in the region.

The Warded Realm of Pelendur –
Ruler –
King Gregor
Capital – Naugrias

Dominant Race – Human
Diplomacy – Iaurinum [-]

image The Warded Realm remained quiet, unknown to most even of its neighbors.  But within its guarded mountain walls, changes were afoot. A small collection of houses and farms became the new town of Keldior Hall.  An irrigation project in Naugrias made farming there far more attractive, and many peasants moved into the area seeking a plot of land for themselves.

King Gregor convened representatives of his noble houses and conducted a thorough census of his realm.  Meanwhile, his heir and cousin, sir Ulfast ruled the realm in Gregor’s name.  When Sir Illidor failed to obtain a wife for Ulfast among the women of Iaurinum, Ulfast married a fine woman from a local family and started to raise a family.

Lady Chanrey governed the city of Eidolon, proving to be farsighted and deft at handling the many bureaucrats and noble families of the city.  Under her administration, a new market was built and several thoroughfares widened.






North-Western Vales –

The Llyran Republic –
Ruler –
Constans Emratur z’Accotto Marova
Capital – Tarrentica
Dominant Race – Human
Diplomacy – Halianis [C]


The windswept valleys of Nova Valis, with their craggy castles and ancient redoubts, have at last been largely cleared of their native forests and put to cultivation by Llyran farmers hungry for space in which to ply their trade. The additional grain, much needed to feed a burgeoning population, flowed into the ports at Vastium and Tarrentica.

Constans Emratur returned from Vorogrod to Tarrentica, where he was welcomed by a formal convocation of the University and Senate, and then proceeded to deal with domestic matters for many years.

Giancola Bolusova, the Republic’s premier diplomat, sailed to the former Ianthan province of Halianis with a small fleet for protection and met with the survivors of the Airnim purge.  These traumatized people, now living in primitive conditions, seemed receptive to the offer of the Republic’s protection, but no treaty was signed because Giancola died after eating spoiled fish in 2838.

Incantorus Hermione, a mage and former adventurer, retrieved the bulk of the Republic’s armed forces from Nasilia and sailed home to Nova Valis where she remained watchful for foreign invasions.

Carnarvon Bolusova, admiral of the Republic’s navy, patrolled Llyran waters in the name of the Red Pact of Vales.

Bishop Ayld Flewelling commanded the Republic’s airships in the Worldspine mountains.  When Conorrian prince Varantius returned to the Empire, so did Ayld.  When Varantius confronted the Conorrian usurper Saxonius, the good bishop lent the aid of the Llyran Sky Forces to the man he saw as the legitimate heir to the throne at the battle of Modynus.

Foreign observers have noted small groups of Llyran soldiers flying near Tarrentica, riding upon the backs of griffons.

The Speaker of the Senate announced that the inquiry into the death of Senator Dieter Laroved is closed.  Dietr was lost somewhere near the ruins of Jarlhaven when looking for an artifact known as the Purple Tome.


The Holy Matriarchy of Ahuran– 
Ruler –Queen Rhia Moonshadow
Capital – Sedeskan
Dominant Race – Human
Diplomacy – Naidhan [-]
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Rhia Moonshadow assumed the crown of her mother’s kingdom, elevating Regent Yvonne to the status of Princess.  Rhia immediately declared a competition at the Grounds of the Royal Consorts to find her own replacement.  Given the dire situation in the Matriarchy, Rhia commanded that the competition be one command.  Each of her lieutenants competed in three events to determine who would be the heir to the throne.  The first was a direct test of leadership where they had to direct a small team in a mock battle.  The second was a test of oratory, in which each competitor declaimed her choice of ancient poetry or history.  The third was a logic puzzle; each competitor had to solve a complicated logic puzzle to retrieve a golden apple from a sealed room. The charismatic and beautiful general Karyn Tremorlyn won the second and third event, coming in third in the first event.  Rhia named Karyn her successor.

Rhia then took a Royal Consort from a good noble family and proceeded to rule her shattered realm.  She gave birth to a son in 2839.

image Rhia launched an effort to rescue her aunt, Trianna Copperblade, but when most of the search party went missing, the queen sadly declared her aunt to be dead.

Most of Ahuran’s efforts were spent tracking down and attacking the Cult of the Fleshweavers, whom the Matriarchy blamed for awakening Sirrush the Terrible.  Thus, much of their work was done in secrecy.  But the exploits of Karyn Tremorlyn were no secret.  With two thousand troops, including five hundred Knights of the Ring of Gold, descended on the estate of one Rhiannon Mournvale, a wealthy merchant of Sedeskan, and uncovered the secret shrine to Andobulos, Lord of Corruption, and the cultic lodge of the Fleshweavers it housed.  Mournvale and her acolytes were summarily executed, their heads set upon the city gates as a warning. Then Tremorlyn led an inquisition in Sedeskan, questioning thousands and torturing any who seemed to know something they were not telling. 

It was not long before a second cultic lodge was uncovered in the small Ilmultorn village of Veddan.  It’s adherents suffered the same fate. Landress Lucille of Haalthor launched a similar pogrom in Haalthor, Rarram and Ilduskan, but uncovered no such cultic sites.

Miranda Foxglove traveled to Naidhan, where she entreated High Witch Elahtiel to join that region with Ahuran.  Independent and stubborn, Elahtiel refused.

Jenna Storm, Landress of Ahristhon, died during childbirth in 2836.

Sirrush the dragon did not rest quietly.  In 2837, he flew into Ilmultorn and burned several villages, carrying away a great number of slaves and livestock.

Har’akir –
Ruler –
Sultan Shazanon Alouda
Capital – Mar Awas
Dominant Race – Human
Diplomacy – Dikhil [EA]


What if you threw a revolution and no one came?

Har’akir got to answer that question.  In the summer of 2836, Sultan Socacia was enjoying a rousing game of polo (his team was winning 8-4) when an errant ball struck him in the throat, crushing his windpipe.  He lingered for five days, but finally died in bed at the age of forty-eight.  Socacia’s eldest son, Shazanon, was only fourteen, and had not been declared his father’s heir. 

There were loud protests in the market squares of Agazier and Mar Awas that the country needed a strong leader. Prince Munsif loudly claimed the throne, but he was in far-off Kumrat with no army, and no one paid him any attention.  Kumrat followed him, but more out of antipathy towards Har’akir than with enthusiasm for his cause. Mountainous Makhat tossed out the Sultan’s few representatives, but all the other regions of the realm carried on as before. All of Sococia’s followers closed ranks behind Shazanon and crowned him their sovereign. The revolution ended with a whimper.

Ahmeer, Emir of Dikhil and ally of Har’akir died in the same year, having drowned during a boating accident. His heir continued to pay tribute to Mar Awas, but took a much less active role in the realm at large.  The Emir of Damo died of the flu the following year.  His sons coordinated the province’s economy with that of the sultan, but likewise sent no armies to his aid. Lord Nooldor, traveling to Dikhil after the death of Ahmeer, coaxed his heir to agree to closer economic ties with Mar Awas.

Lord Bajid and his navy served the interests of his Red Pact ally, the Llyran Republic when, in 2838, the newly-strengthened Akir fleet traveled to Nasilia on the Lorraine coast and helped to ferry the Llyran army back to Tarrentica.

Almost lost in all this activity was the expansion of the port of Agazier, according to plans laid down by Sultan Sococia in his last year.  The former frontier town was now a small city and an important destination for anyone traveling the Valesian Sea.

The Valesian Empire –
Ruler –
Primarch Centorius II, Euristis
Capital – Centauris
Dominant Race – Human



Centorius II ordered an impressive scheme of shipbuilding and the recruiting of armored soldiers.  Unfortunately, the capital could produce only so many heavy units, and the plans for a second Valesian fleet remained just that: plans. Despite that setback, an impressive force of hoplites, with their impossibly long sarissas was raised to defend the capital.  Because of this lack of available ships, the Primarch had to shelve his plan to support the Primacy against possible barbarian hordes in Conorr.

Tempus, brother and heir to Centorius, governed the capital for five years.  As governor, he saw to the building of a temple to Fargalann, Lord of Victory, but was widely believed to have lined his own pockets with a fortune skimmed from the temple’s sizeable budget.

Prince Achmaenus, a cautious, almost ascetic man who disapproved of nearly every vice popular among his fellow Valesians, was governor of Vales.  Despite his monkish outlook, he was nonetheless very popular, and his reputation as a philosopher-soldier was second to none.  He struggled almost in vain against the rampant crime for which the ancient city was known, but did manage to break the power of Polyphoros, the eunuch moneylender who was one of the most powerful and corrupt of the city’s elite.  Several days of rioting broke out after Polyphoros was arrested, orchestrated largely by his clients and family, but Achmaenus calmly sent in his trained bucellarii, and after several broken bones, the crowds dispersed.

Luxur –
Ruler –
General Lyansys
Capital – Thedelos
Dominant Race – Sathla
Diplomacy – Aysira in Sekhem [F]


Unwilling (and unable) to fight the Southern Pirates on its own, Luxur reluctantly and sullenly agreed to the pirates’ demands for tribute. Concentrating his efforts instead on rebuilding the nation, General Lyansys sent colonists into the woods of Mekhet and Hawat to take up residence where the justly-enslaved pagan sathla had lived a generation before.  He also summoned farmers from all along the Artaxes valley to come to the delta at Badar and farm the rich lands denuded by the pirates. 

Foodstuffs, in the form of cattle, pigs and fish, were sent in generous quantities to the Arch-Priest at Merwal.

Wizards and priests in the employ of Thedelos summoned wind giants to repair some of the damage done in Badar.  These elemental creatures of the plane of air, broad of shoulder and dim of mind, plowed fields, dammed streams and uprooted trees to help reorder the wounded land.

Priests loyal to the crown continued to harangue the humans of Egu and Gatz about the glories of Autumna.  They made few converts among the humans, however, and priests of the Grail went among the people of those forests preaching that Udjo and her ilk were mere demons seeking to twist and corrupt the souls of men.

Lyansys and his lieutenants rounded up the scattered armies of Luxur under a unified command at Thedelos. But when the General thought to remove troops from the holy city of Merwal, the governor refused to send them.  Even forty-five years after its conquest, the city was still restive and the governor foresaw a bloodbath if he let the troops leave the city.

Finally, Speaker Gozbul managed, through skillful negotiations, to convince the city of Aysira to rejoin the kingdom at last.

The Holy See of Udjo –
Ruler –
Arch Priest Pysus
Holy City – Merwal
Dominant Race – Sathla
Diplomacy – Habu [MN], Sia [AB]


The increasingly doctrinal Holy See concentrated on improving the Holy City of Merwal, installing a grand avenue and clearing away jungle vines from several older parts of the metropolis.

Arch Priest Pysus, known as Pysus the Pious, personally canonized a monastery in Habu, about thirty miles upcountry from the great holy city.

In Sia, the Mykele homeland, the Church established an abbey.

Emissaries arrived from the Grail Patriarch to speak with the Arch-Priest at Merwal.  What was said between them is not recorded, but it is certain that many, if not most sathla still hated and feared the Grail because of the Keferis conquest of the holy city.

The Serpentine of Mykele –
Ruler –
Sauressh Sishtreth II
Capital – Oroyon
Dominant Race – Sathla

The sathla of the Serpentine wisely decide to stop fighting the pirates against overwhelming odds.  Neither do they agree to the heavy tribute the pirates have demanded.  Instead, they sent Lord Markhesssh with a counteroffer – a large lump sum payment rather than the tribute over time.  After much wrangling, Markhesssh agreed to a higher amount in exchange for the Serpentine’s safety from the marauders.

Elsewhere, Sauressh Sishtreth II presided over the opening of a Wizard’s Guild in the capital of Sia, dedicated to the ancient wisdom of the Winged Serpent and founded in the aspiration of creating a great center of occult learning.

Prince Vlasthess was governor of Oroyon, during which time he built the first marble building in the small city – a library.  Much of his efforts on behalf of the Serpentine were hampered by corruption and factionalism within the city.

Lord Sssam governed the western outpost of Mikkulizim, where he proved to be a powerful force for change, improving the small town’s sun baths and saunas.



The pirates shifted south to the Straits of Sandrettos and awaited their payment from Mykele.


North-Eastern Vales –

The Kingdom of Thariyya –
Ruler –
King Mogrihan Vahdin
Capital – Uls Fakhar
Dominant Race – Halfling

King Mogrihan was nothing if not far-sighted.  The diminutive monarch easily foresaw what would happen if the Empire did not fight the Airnim horde – they would move southeast towards Thariyya.  The King had many eyes watching the Esharias river, in the form of spies, scouts and even the Thariyyan navy.  When the massive horde crossed the Esharias into Kildaruensis in the Spring of 2836, Mogrihan knew within days that his nightmare was coming true.

While the Airnim were still in the deserts of Kildaruensis, Beneasis Al-Oghram and the Thariyyan navy raided and looted the desert tribes of Shai in an attempt to limit the supplies the horde would have.

Sezir and Relequa Vahdin, cousins of the king, led a team of assassins into Shai where they


 lay in wait for the passage of the horde, hoping to murder Tarl Wolf’s Paw as he passed.  But Tarl’s guards were far too vigilant for that, and the cousins only narrowly escaped death themselves.

All other Thariyyan leaders concentrated on defending UIs Fakhar, but it seemed that the horde had little interest in the halfling capital…for now.

The Airnim Horde – 
Ruler – Tarl Wolf’s Paw
Capital – None
Dominant Race – Human


Tarl snorted in disgusted amusement when the greatest empire on Theeurth sent a woman (a woman!) to deliver his tribute.  He considered taking her hostage, but at Ceria’s urging, he merely accepted her loot.  He urged her to take Borborutai as a husband and ride with the horde, but she refused with the cold stoicism of a Conorrian matron.

“So the Empire has not a single man with the courage to face me?  They must send a woman?” he demanded.

“Perhaps the men are all busy preparing an army to expel you,” replied Princess Anna.

“I had hoped so,” replied the Khan, “but now I see that they have no stomach for the fight.  Show me the loot.”

Satisfied with the Empire’s tribute of two hundred talents of gold, Tarl roused the horde to rise up and ride on.  He crossed the Esharias river at Autricum, not raiding more than a token amount, and traveled south across the deserts of Kildaruensis and Shai.  In the latter desert, his guards dislodged a band of fanatic halflings who had been set to ambush the khan.  These he crucified in the desert and rode on.

The thirty-two thousand Airnim easily seized the province of Naushqa after a battle so brief it barely merited the name. They then garrisoned it with twenty-five hundred troops and went on to seize the desert of Habel with its ancient ruins and the trading posts around them, also garrisoning it.  They did not try to seize the walled city of Sarascius. The horde ended its wanderings in the Naushqa steppe.

The Warlocks of Accolon –
Ruler –
Emperor Jozan North
Capital – Dammarask
Dominant Race – Human
Diplomacy – Mitan [F], Eumana [+4 YfC]


The Warlocks concerned themselves with the consolidation of the realm.  A brooding fortress was built to guard the entrance to the harbor at Agharra.  Known as the Fortress of the Abyss, its eerie lights are visible nearly twenty miles out to sea. Across the Mulgaunt, a series of castles were built to keep the local slave population under control.

Ships slipped out of the harbor at Nuradeem well after dark.  It was at first rumored that these were mere smugglers trying to avoid the Warlock’s heavy taxes.  But soon after, the ships were spotted unloading a vast fortune in grain at Shenthalass in the Valraj.

Emperor Kurotsuki ruled from his spider-draped throne in Dammarask until his death in 2838 at the age of 64.  He was peacefully replaced by his own chosen heir, Lord Jozan North.  Lord North spent much time trying and failing to produce an heir of his own.

Lord Cuu prevailed upon the lord of Mitan to fully join the Empire, after working with him for many years. Likewise, Ezekiel the Cipher continued to labor to bring the separatists of Eumana into the fold.

Ignatius Thayer was governor of Nuradeem until his sudden death in 2837 at the age of forty-one. Bishop Caine was governor of Agharra, where he proved to be a competent administrator.

The Shadowed Primacy of the Dark Court –  
Ruler –
High Priest Gezz Half-Shadow
Holy City – Dammarask
Dominant Race – Human
Diplomacy – Kibe [CH], Ambalas [CH], Orbelain [CH], Nisvet [CH], Methedras [CH], Carru [AB]


The Shadowed Primacy roared back to life with a push to the southeast.  Gezz Half-Shadow founded an abbey in the forests of Carru, while Bishops Serakin and Malkin traveled to the island nation of Kerendis to begin establishing orthodoxy there. 

The High Priest established an independent religious army, The Talons of Malbor, consisting of highly trained and fanatical horsemen.

Finally, the Primacy opened its considerable coffers and commissioned irrigation and the foundation of villages throughout Habburah, and several impressive churches in the city of Unaagh.

The Shadowguard of Marador –  
Ruler –
Queen Madariel Shadowfoot
Capital – Lantar
Dominant Race – Elf
Diplomacy – Balan [F], Laikwalambe [NT]

Queen Madariel

The treasuries of Lantar opened up and flooded forth with an astonishing amount of investment in nearly everything under the sun. New tactics, new sorceries and new agents were all acquired in this Golden Age of Marador.

The trade city of Annuminas was enlarged and its port on the waters of the Mulgaunt expanded.

Queen Madariel spent several years in Nastaldo, revisiting the old battlefields of the Ogre Horde invasion.

Prince Alitcean Searider and his House Cavalry spent many years in Windan.  It was no secret by now that the prince was hunting shadows that had somehow escaped from the Shadowlands.

Alitcean Searider

The beguiling Vaeril Fallingwater completed her negotiations with the princes of Balan, and brought the region completely into her cousin’s empire.

Lord Ebabarear Darkblow traveled to the shadowy foothill forests of Laikwalambe, there to reestablish relations (and thus trade with the wealthy dwarves of Aurdrukar).  The elves of Laikwalambe agreed to allow Madariel’s armies to traverse their land, but not her merchants.

South-Western Vales –

The Steaming Kingdom of Drormt –
Ruler –
Capital – Breeka
Dominant Race – Saurus

image Tlazolteotl continued to look to the defense of his swampy realm.  He named his queen, Huitcozetl, as his heir in an elaborate and savage ceremony on the Great Rock of the Sun above Breeka.

Tlazolteotl recruited one thousand Saurus Elite warriors as his personal guard while Lord Gu’lomp collected the various garrisons together at Breeka, creating a single unified command.

Several sathla monks entered Breeka and preached to the noble sauruses of the city about the great truths of Autumna and the love of Udjo for all her scaled children.


Sendahl –
Ruler –
King Askaldor
Capital – Nyange
Dominant Race – Human
Diplomacy – Durudin [+7YfC]

With his economy stagnating, King Askaldor pulled out all the stops to bring wealth into his homeland.  All the nation’s treasury and manpower went into creating villages and farms in Desiket. 

Then Askaldor rode north with an army of four thousand to round up and enslave the populations of Kurmarz, Ibkurru and Galzus.  Lizard’s Claw, Lord of Syniken, rode south into Kohes and enslaved all the people there, too.  All these thousands of slaves were brought back to Desiket to till the fields and care for the livestock.

Mla*tak the Shaman governed the city of Nyange, and created a working sewer system for the first time in Sendahl.

Finally, Rhen*das continued to meet with the sathla of Durudin to try to ease tensions. He died in 2839.




Mekebele –
Ruler –
Emperor Gwarkem
Capital – Awayal
Dominant Race – Human
Gwarkem’s Empress gave him a daughter in 2838, then died in childbirth in 2839.  Most shamans believed she was killed by evil spirits because she had never been named.  They predicted the same fate for the Emperor’s unnamed children.

Prince D’Hargi raised a huge force of leatherwing riders at Menrat.  He loved to take to sky astride the immense flying reptiles, but the died before putting them to use in battle. He suffered a stroke in 2837 and died later that year.

Warleader B’set governed the city of Kaznuma well for three years before his death of the green fever in 2838.



South-Eastern Vales –

The Dwarven Realm of Aurdrukar –
Ruler –
King Norrim Forgemaster
Capital – The Brass Tower
Dominant Race – Dwarf
Diplomacy – Ordla [F]
Banner of Aurdrukar

Banner of Khor-Naland

image The dwarves tended to their kingdom and rested their weapons and armor for a time.  Dwarves and gold poured across Ulhiya, building sheep ranches and alpine fish ponds.  Colonists marched into distant Vipuren and settled the region, trying to expunge the stench of orc from the many caves and passes. Prince Belak Shieldbreaker and four thousand dwarf warriors went with them to ensure against any orcish or elven raids.

Lord Thulnor traveled to Ordla. There, he offered the hand of Annwenn, daughter of the king, in marriage to  the chieftain of that land.  Elevated to royalty, he readily accepted..

The Elven Empire of Sengkar –
Ruler –
Emperor Valoril Greenshield
Capital – Ezrand
Dominant Race – Elf
Diplomacy – Kibeyes [F], Ozhayar [-]


The Emperor recruited a further two thousand heavy elite cavalry into his personal guard.  It was a force not well suited to combat in the outer, forested reaches of the realm, but ideal for defending the inner, cultivated heart of the Empire.

As the Emperor guided the nation and his son Namaril the Hunter guarded it with the main body of the army at Vanua, Princess Gahaliel consulted with the Prince of Kibeyes, at last convincing him to join his realm with that of the Empire.

:Lord Talan of Mita remained among the elves of Ozhayar and harangued Marcil, their prince, with all the reasons why the Emperor would be a superior master for his lands.  Talan, who was born without a shred of tact or insight, failed to convince Prince Marcil and indeed their meeting narrowly avoided coming to blows.

Princess Janriel of Kyelepe put forth her power into the land, blessing its harvests and ensuring good crops.

The Kingdom of Weshtayo –
Ruler –
King Piccarome, Red-Feathered Lord
Capital – Khulank
Dominant Race – Human
King Piccarome did not believe in concentrating his nation’s expenditures in any one area.  Instead, this wise and subtle ruler believed in spreading the wealth of the land broadly.  Small investments in many places were the order of the day.  The one large project engaged in was a postal road from Mindarie in Tsu’u to Rendulha in Ulparahya.

Piccarome’s brother, Prince Rikorious stood guard at the capital with the King’s Royal Guard.  Piccarome’s adult sons, meanwhile, chafed at their lack of status.

Lords Nachin and Batu governed in Khulank and Mindarie, respectively.  Nachin tried to govern, but his rule was marred by fits of hysteria and a habit of sending anyone who displeased him to be sacrificed at the Temples of the Sun. Batu, on the other hand, accumulated a considerable fortune skimmed from the farmers and petty lords of Tsu’u, and spent it on an impressive family tomb and a likeness of himself in marble, twenty feet tall.


Lady Siemarra, mother of Piccarome and Rikorious, died peacefully in 2837 at the age of sixty-one.

Lord Askend of Siruvay died at the age of sixty-three in 2840.  On his deathbed, he swore allegiance to Piccarome and gave Siruvay into his care.

The Imperial Realm of Zikuyu –
Ruler –
Mwa’q Kashk
Capital – Ivallkyu
Dominant Race – Human
Diplomacy – Urrides [FA]


King Mwa’q Kashk ordered the creation of a large college of civil servants to better serve his strife-torn nation, and invited an old friend and army aide, Lord Druzhl, to direct the affairs of this important organization. An equally large grant of gold was made to the relatively young Royal University in hopes of increasing the kingdom’s scholarship. Mwa’q Kashk’s evenings were not wasted, either.  Queen Weeliya presented him with two more healthy sons in 2838 and 2839.

The docks of New Mhynar, Ivallkyu, Mogallyu and Weeliya rang with the hammers and adzes of the shipbuilders whom the king employed in droves.  Some of the more unwary young men of the cities were pressed into service as laborers to create the kingdom’s first trading fleets.  Soon, a swarm of small dhows, barges and punts plied the waters of the Mogalla river, tying together the commerce of the previously distant cities of Zikuyu.  Ocean-going vessels called nef soon rolled down the beams and began to ply the waters as far south as the Rendej Sound and the as far north as the Nekinet Sea.

Finally, the king sent Lord Maroof to Urrides to convince the queen’s family to return to an alliance with Zikuyu.  Aided by a considerable bribe, and the death of the queen’s rebellious father, Maroof succeeded.  Weeliya’s brother Veezla swore an oath acknowledging Mwa’q Kashk as his liege lord.

The Valraj –
Ruler –
Sultan Khalood
Capital – Muddakir
Dominant Race – Human
Diplomacy – Hajaxtas [+5YfC]


Peace had come at last to The Valraj.  Young Sultan Khalood ruled over two shattered realms, but the killing had ended.  The Tas Dari were subdued, the elves of Meneen had retreated to their islands and the Zikuyans did not out of the west with torch and lance. The realm’s one significant contact with the outside world was a shipment of grain from Accolon that filled ten stout transports.

Most of the sultan’s gold and men were spent attempting to rebuild the devastated villages and towns of Luud.

The sultan continued to add to his family, fathering a daughter in 2838 and a second son in 2839.

Prince Bharjas rearranged the scattered garrisons of Hajaxtas and Shenthalass while the Lord of Valraj traveled to Hajaxtas and labored to establish order and stability in the region.  He arranged marriages between local lords and the sultan’s two sisters Halah and Hasnah.


The Grand Duchy of Meneen –
Ruler –
Grand Duke Salene
Capital – Yaz Meneen
Dominant Race – Elf
Diplomacy – Urvupal [T]

image The Grand Duchy turned from raiding The Valraj to looking after its own meager resources.  Many elves began to question the Grand Duke’s choice in voyaging so far from the elves ancestral home in Deja and Ayma Vas.  But, doing the most with their new central location, the elves expanded trade with many partners, especially Farmuz and Shanatar.

Grand Duke Salene personally visited the elves of Urvupal and convinced them to pay tribute to the Grand Duchy.

The Kingdom of Ukanve –
Ruler –
King Valoss the Just
Capital – Ukanve
Dominant Race – Human
Diplomacy – Hydrsha [C]

image King Valoss spent these years attempting to strengthen the sinews that bound together his nation.  The spirit priesthoods provided little in the way of support, though a newly-founded college of scribes held the promise of future national stability.

The circle of wizards whom Valoss kept employed were made to summon spirits of the earth, who moved hillsides and caused fertile meadows to grow in Yezhu’u.

Lords Irithul and Deron returned to the  jungles of Hydrsha (with a thousand infantry and a thousand cavalry for protection) and there worked to soothe the angry jungle tribesmen who were so infuriated just five years before. With significant bribes of steel, sheep and woolen goods, they assuaged the hurts of the past and perhaps established some possibility of closer relations in the future.  This was good enough for Valoss, who had the scribes add Hydrsha to the map of Ukanve.




The Shanatar Empire –
Ruler –
God-Emperor Nivraan III
Capital – Feroe
Dominant Race – Human

image The northern plains region of Nimaht came under cultivation as thousands of farmers and hundreds of talents of gold poured into the region from Chamir.  The God-Emperor also decreed that the regions of Soqand and Leilan would be next, and sent the fragrant mahda-wood oils to lay out the divine precincts of future towns.

Missionaries of the God-Emperor pushed even further north, recruiting followers from among the devotees of the Dark Court in Eumela.

Nivraan III returned to Chamir, from whence he ruled his empire and fathered a baby girl in 2838.  The birth of the princess was attended by announcements of joy and celebration across the Empire. The God-Emperor also summoned his angelic servants to improve the storage of water across Chamir.

Nivraan’s brother (the brother of his mortal body) and heir, Nivarnaan also returned to Chamir, where he served as an administrator and fathered three sons.  He summoned fire spirits to clear away dead wood in Goldpardin.

Lord Uruk governed the city of Nystalma, but spent most of the time holding vast, sybaritic orgies of sex and food and art, and so accomplished little of lasting value.

Lord Banar died of a heart attack after governing the capital for a single year. 

Lord Zhayene continued his exemplary service as governor of Huzzein, but also died of a heart attack in 2840.

The Farmuz Emirates –
Ruler –
Sultan Javir al Azhkatûm
Capital – Azhkatûm
Dominant Race – Human
Diplomacy – Navilok [NT]
image The wealth of the Emirates poured forth into many places.  Most notably, a chain of strong fortifications in Belamel, Forecen and Jahali.  These regions also benefited from much irrigation and the creation of central market towns.

Lord Sioun al Amakhar raised four thousand troops and distributed most of them into garrisons of these same three regions.  He kept a thousand House Troops with him as he returned to govern Amakhar.  Sioun proved to be a loyal and conscientious emir.

Prince Aouda “Gullwing”, heir to the throne, died in Azhkatûm at the age of fifty-

five while governor of that city. His wife died of a broken heart in the same year.  He left only a single young daughter.  The seventy-three year old Sultan suddenly had no heir.

Lord Makreb al Mukatir traveled to Navilok and convinced the Emir of that region to allow the sultan’s troops to travel across his lands.  Makreb then returned to Mukatir, where he died in 2840 at the age of sixty-nine.


The Sylvan Realm of Hecadia –
Ruler –
Emperor Vataun of the Eight Ports
Capital – Belgramma
Dominant Race – Human
Diplomacy – Ugash [-], Emawan [EA], Embulum [A], Amoka [FA]

image The last great orders of Emperor Salasc III’s life was to greatly strengthen the garrisons of Kebe, Rumavat and Rundur with castles and troops.  The old man died of pneumonia in 2838, leaving his son Vataun of the Eight Ports Emperor of Hecadia.

Vataun meanwhile was busy riding around the northwest intriguing with marcher lords.  The Ugashi had no interest in joining Hecadia, seeing themselves as too far from Verifar and too close to Chamir.  Vataun had more luck in the forests of Emawan, where the woodsmen agreed to economic treaties with Hecadia.

Prince Avedis, one of the most charming and convincing fellows ever to stride the Hecadian stage, performed similar duties in the northeast, convincing the lords of Embulum and Amoka to ally with the Sylvan Realm despite their religious

 dedication to the God-Emperor just across the river Chamir. 

Lord Haig, assisting the Emperor’s rule as a Thakore, died 2839 after eating a bad bowl of turtle soup.  Lord Nairi, Councillor of Emawan died the following year of consumption.

The Kingdom of Kerendis –
Ruler –
King Voidan Makkure
Capital – Orbelain
Dominant Race – Human
Diplomacy – Anshuyo [-FA], Epirvur [-NT], Nisvet [-UN]
image During his daily prayers to Evaless, Mother of Monsters and patroness of the house of Makkure, King Voidan praised the mother goddess for the fecundity of his son’s concubine and the grandson it had produced.  After this, he strode into his audience hall and issued a flurry of proclamations. 

The formerly close ties with the forest halflings of Anshuyo were proving unprofitable, so Voidan granted the land as his personal fief to Sorin Albardes, sending Sorin home to take a more active role in the governance of the stiff-necked halflings.  Sorin died there of intestinal parasites in 2837. King Voidan also released the woodsmen of Epirvur from their feudal bonds, deeming the region more trouble to administer than it was worth.

The King gave the governance of the capital into the hands of his close friend Mairadh Varantis.  Varantis immediately tore down the old city walls and used the raw materials to help build a large new quarter of the city.   Mairadh was an excellent administrator, but died in a duel with a jealous husband in 2840.  The famed Varantis tendency to bed anything in a skirt had once again cost the family an influential member.  Though his battle-kite project had never become practicable, the halflings of Anshuyo breathed a collective sigh of relief at the quiet shelving of his plans for an Observation Kite.

Meanwhile, in the countryside of Ambalas, irrigation and drainage projects consumed much of the wealth of the nation.  Voidan cashiered the royal cavalry (who were, in all honesty, never particularly fearsome) in an elaborate ceremony at Orbelain.  He gave them land grants in Ambalas on the condition that they raise the labor for the region’s new irrigation and drainage projects.

Prince Harako traveled to Methedras where he governed the city while nursing his wounds from the ill-fated expedition to Emparar years earlier.  Harako worked diligently but without much imagination to bend the city to his will. 

Lord Estaldan Nereeko stood guard over the nation as general of the armies at Ambalas.  The general died of an infected weasel bite in 2837.Curiously, his sister, the Empress Valenthe, died of an infected stoat bite in 2838.  Voidan mourned, and had a large number of terriers brought into the royal palace to root out any remaining mustelids.

Dremeko Camard, halfling lord of wealthy Nisvet, choked on some roast vole in 2839.  Immediately after the funeral, his sons repudiated the alliance with Kerendis and vowed that Nisvet would remain free of the rule of Orbelain.



The Emerald Realm of Lekandi –
Ruler –
King Galens Eagleheart
Capital – Suwelho
Dominant Race – Elf

image Lekandi’s peaceful years stretched on.  A final wave of farmers and settlers arrived in Fikosha to wipe out the last vestiges of sathla rule and bring the land under the gentle, guiding hands of the elves.  Rumors of sathla assassins lurking in the hills and shadows caused many of the settlers to band together in small fortified settlements.  None of the serpent-men were ever seen, but it was common knowledge that they prowled the dark just beyond the fragile reach of elven civilization, waiting to wreak a bloody and primitive vengeance.

Prince Bloodspear governed in the city of Suwelho, where his martial nature chafed at the sonorous pronouncements of the interminable city councils and courts.

Lord Juelans traveled to the ancient homeland of Lekandi and immersed himself in study and research of an unknown subject.

Rumors from Elsewhere –

War has arisen between the Kolyut Hegemony and the nation of Threns.  The hobgoblins of Kolyut are threatening to overrun the lightly-defended Threns frontier.

Travelers to the far north have seen from afar a huge city rising in Airnim.

GM’s Tip #12 – image

Each turn, I will use this space to present a useful rules hint.  Eventually, all of you will know what LOTE GM’s and experienced players know.


One of the most important investments a nation can make is in Public Works (often abbreviated “PWB” for Public Works Bonus).  Public Works are the various improvements one can make to a region or a city, including irrigation, clear-cutting, sanitation, housing, and an almost limitless variety of other man-made artifacts of civilization. There are two distinct types of Public Works – those built in regions and those built in cities.  Public Works of either variety will increase your economic strength and in conjunction with a census can increase your available NFP.

Information on Public Works can be found in the 5.10 BR at sections 2.3.8 and 5.3.3.  Information specific to the Lords 54 campaign can be found on the CHARTS page of this website.

The Costs of Public Works

The cost of producing Public Works varies according to terrain and the culture producing them.  See the CHARTS page of this website for specific information on the cost to build Public Works.

In addition to their initial cost, all Public Works require upkeep, paid for as part of the “Project Support” costs. A Religious Primate or Secret Empire does not pay Project Support for Public Works in provinces in which they have either a Religious Control status or a Secret Empire control status (even if they built the Public Works in question). They do, however, pay project support for Public Works in provinces they directly control. 

As can be seen from the PWB support cost formula: (PWB / ((IS+2)x10)), the upkeep cost for a large number of Public Works is actually less for larger nations (IS = Imperial Size).

BuildingPublic Works

A nation can build Public Works in any region or city it controls simply by spending the required gold.  NFP can be substituted for gold at a rate of 1 NFP = 2 GP.  If the controlled region does not have a controlled land route to the capital (that is, if a contiguous chain of regions controlled by the owning nation does not exist between the target region or city and the nation’s capital, then the GP and/or NFP used to build the Public Works must be accompanied by a leader, and possibly by ships to carry the NFP.

A Religious Primate or Religious Order may build Public Works in any region in which they have a Religious Control status, and need not move either GP or NFP by leader.  A Religious Primate or Religious Order building Public Works in a distant region they control directly must still move the GP or NFP by leader.

There is a maximum number of Public Works allowed in a city or region, as determined by terrain, race and culture.  See the CHARTS page of this website for specific information on maximum Public Works.

DestroyingPublic Works

Public Works points in a location (region or city) may be destroyed by the following circumstances, depending on the severity of the event:

  • Battle between armies in the region.
  • Siege of the city.
  • Raids against the region.
  • Civil unrest.

Public Works points in a region or city will be destroyed by the following circumstances:

  • Sacking or Burning the city.
  • Regional Genocide of the region.
  • Scorched Earth action in the region.
  • Looting the region.

Regional Public Works

Regional Public Works in a Friendly cultivated region are arguably the best investment a nation can make in its future. The primary effect of increased Public Works in an increase in income.  But Regional Public Works have two other benefits: 1) Regional Public Works in a Friendly cultivated region add to Agro production at a rate of 1 Agro per 5 Public Works, and 2) Regional Public Works in a Friendly region will produce additional NFP if the nation also has an active census. 

CityPublic Works

Like Regional Public Works, City Public Works do increase the city’s income.  And it can increase the available NFP (if the city is Friendly and the nation has an active status).  But unlike Regional Public Works, which can increase Agro, City Public Works increase the city’s population and actually consumes more agro.  For that reason alone, Regional Public Works in a Friendly Cultivated region are just a flat-out better investment than City Public Works.

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