"The Death of Kings"
And so Margrave Vrianian made his final
stand against the giants of Geoff outside the gates of Thornward.
He had been able to recall back to the capitol nearly five
thousand troops, mostly footmen and archers. However, they were
no match against the onslaught of over twenty thousand Giants,
Hobgoblin Marauders, Orc Archers and Wolf Riders. The battle was
brief and decisive, and all the inhabitants of Thornward were
put to the sword or carried off back to Gorna either as slaves
or food. Bissel/Gran March had been destroyed.
Meanwhile to the south, General Celestine
of the Yeomanry and her army of twenty thousand light cavalry,
Dwarven Axemen and Halfling Slingers liberated the city of
Istivin from the foul clutches of Geoff. The General was
horrified at the state of the city once she had managed to get
through the Goblin defenders. Most lay in ruins, the skeletons
of the past littering the city streets as if cast about by some
gigantic hand. Those few remaining were no better than
desiccated corpses, unfed, unwashed and nearly broken of spirit.
Angered by this sight, Celestine ordered the complete and utter
extermination of all humanoid prisoners captured in the siege.
Their corpses were then left outside of the city in a massive
pile for the carrion birds to feast upon.
Several leagues east of Istivin, a small
army of nearly ten thousand heavy foot, longbowmen and heavy
cavalry invaded the eastern tip of the lands occupied by Geoff.
Led by General Casper Lindquist, the soldiers of Keoland easily
captured the region despite the presence of a few thousand
Goblins. It now appeared that the Lion Throne had entered the
fray against the Giants.
As the capitol of Bissel/Gran March was
overrun by the humanoids of Geoff, a cadre of six thousand elite
light horsemen from Lopolla arrived in the Bramblewood Forest
and captured the region in the name of the Beygraf. They met
little resistance upon their arrival, and it is widely rumored
that the locals breathed a sigh of relief at the sight of the
Another wave of Aerdian pikemen from
Northern Aerdy marched into the northern portion of the
Grandwood Forest and took control. Over fifteen thousand pikemen
made their way into the forest, met by ten thousand Medegian
pikemen and archers. The fighting was brutal and bloody, as
Aerdian struck down Aerdian in the continuing struggle for
supremacy of the Malachite Throne. When the smoke settled,
sixteen thousand men and women lay dead upon the forest floor,
yet the standard of Prince Grenell flew tall amidst the winter
The battle for Schwartzenbruin in
Perrenland was brought to a surprising halt. Although the ferry
town of Taft is still controlled by the humanoids of the Old
One, they did not choose to advance against the capitol. Reports
have come in stating that all access across Lake Quag has been
eliminated with the destruction of the ferry boats on the
previous month. However, sources say that an unnatural cold is
brewing throughout the kingdom of Perrenland, and many of the
refugees seeking succor against the invaders have already died
from the bitter chill.
The war in the hill pass separating the
Bone March and Ratik was also halted at the onset of Fireseek.
Rumors abound that the Marchioness of the Bone March was
brutally assassinated by another member of her inner circle, and
that this new ruler of the Bone March has already been in
discussion with Ratik on a cease-fire. No word yet has come out
of Spinecastle, but a spokesman for Ratik stated that the
hostilities between their nation and the humanoids of the south
have been suspended for the present moment due to
"extraordinary circumstances in diplomatic relations".
In the city of Mitrik, capitol of Veluna, a
grand opening and commemorative celebration was held honoring
the establishment of the new Assembly of Faiths. Reverend Father
Arimarus himself presided over the celebration. Excerpts from
his speech follow: "My brothers and sisters…I need not
tell you that we endured many injustices under our country's
former regime. Each and every one of us has known sorrow and
loss. But in my own mind, one of the greatest tragedies we
witnessed as a people was the persecution of those who wanted
nothing more… than to share the solace and enlightenment of
their own faith. Although that scar can never be erased from our
history -- nor should it be, as we must never forget -- we can
endeavor to accomplish deeds so great, that the atrocities of
the past are but receding shadows in the light of our nation's
virtue. From intolerance we can forge acceptance. From sorrow we
can forge hope. From the lessons of the past, we can make a
brighter future…To that end I am pleased to announce the
founding of the Assembly of Faiths… a body dedicated to the
cause of peace, the dignity of life, and the pursuit of progress
for all rightly guided peoples of the Flanaess… a gathering of
the devout of many gods, many religions, for which our beloved
city will play host… now and forever. Let this great hall
behind me stand as testament to Veluna's commitment to all that
is just. Let it be a monument of truth for lands near and far to
see. Let it be the source of good works for which we may all be
proud. Blessings upon you all."
Recent reports have arrived claiming that
several thousand refugees from the Felreev Forest were evacuated
during the month of Fireseek. Sources state that the Demi-Human
Protectorates negotiated the safe passage of these Protectorate
sympathizers with the Horned Society, as a means to forestall
any potential bloodshed should the Society choose to claim the
forest as their own.
Once again the sea trade of Medegia took a
serious blow at the hands of the Ghost Ship of the Aerdi Sea.
Merchant fleets from Rel Astra were purportedly set upon by the
undead ship while attempting to cross the Aerdi beneath a
neutral flag. Despite the presence of warships from Asperdi in
the Sea Barons, the Ghost Ship was never encountered although
the wreckage of several merchant ships was found washed up on
the shores of Medegia.
finally, the city of Greyhawk announced its intentions of
holding the second annual Greyhawk Games at the start of
Readying, heralding the beginning of spring. All nations are
encouraged to send their greatest Heroes to compete in games of
skill for the glory of their kingdom, and the acclamation of the