720TR to 725TR - What has happened?

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720TR to 725TR - What has happened?

Postby James » Sun Dec 03, 2017 6:33 pm

Later Nuzyael to Agrazhar 720TR
With the Araku Dynasty destroyed, most of the great nobles of the kingdom swore fealty to the new monarch, who styled himself Arren I. One of his followers, Sir Osric Jothysan, a younger son of the Melderyni Baron of Ontur, continued to besiege the Earl of Techen in his castle. Techen’s major vassals all abandoned him, and went over to the new King. For most in Rethem, life went on as usual, although King Arren almost immediately began recruiting troops.
In Kelen, Techen Castle fell, its gates having been given up by treachery, and Sir Osric captured the Earl, Revi Lenesque, and had him publicly tortured and executed in Techen town square to the great delight of the people upon whom the Earl had visited much of the same. A grateful King Arren granted Sir Osric the Earldom of Techen. King Arren and his followers spent much of the spring and summer of 720 consolidating their new kingdom. Arren handed out offices, replacing the sheriffs and surviving Royal Officials with his own men, but the only title he granted was to the new Earl of Techen. He had no desire to displace the existing nobles and courted them with favors. He paid particular attention to the Earl of Tormau, whom he suspected of harboring cousins of Chafin III, children who might one day challenge his throne.

Meanwhile, he continued to raise troops. By mid-summer, he had augmented his first two legions with five more, and four of them were at full-strength. It was at this time that King Arren issued an decree suppressing the Agrikan Church within his lands, seizing by surprise their largest strongholds, and executing all Agrikans who failed to vacate the kingdom within 24 hours. Most went underground, including Sir Klyrdes Bisidril, the Agrikan Primate and leader of the Golothan Heptarchial Council.

Azura 720TR
Throughout the summer of 720, both the Thardic Republic and the Kingdom of Kanday looked upon the events in Rethem with growing horror. King Andasin IV sent an embassy to his brother-in-law King Darebor II of Melderyn asking him if there were nothing he could do to restrain his reckless brother. The Thardic Senate debated the issue endlessly, and the Expansionist, Imperialist, and Monarchist factions all believed the time had come to strike a blow against Rethem. They were largely unaware of steps King Arren had taken, and also his military buildup. It did not occur to the Senate that the usurper could so rapidly gain the loyalty of the fractious Rethemi nobles, and they believed that the rapid victory achieved over Kanday in 712 could be repeated in the west to even greater gain.
Accordingly, The Senate voted to invade Rethem at the end of Agrazhar, and the Thardic Legions marched towards Techen and Menekai at the beginning of Azura.

Techen, held by Osric Jothysan, Earl of Techen, proved more resilient than the Legions of the Republic had anticipated. Menekai, recently seized by the crown from the Agrikan Order Red Shadows of Herpa, was garrisoned by the IV Arrenic Legion. The initial assaults of the Legions of the Republic proved ineffective, and King Arren himself took the field with his Queen, Marada in command of his II Legion. By the end of the month, the VI and VII Legions were also engaged along the Gomisen River.

Nuzyael 721TR
Earl of Techen The campaign season began afresh in the
Spring of 721, with the Kingdom of Forces of the Republic: Kanday joining the fight alongside the The Red Guard Republic. Old enemies, the Senate and Coranan Legion King Andasin united to meet what they Eidel Legion considered the greater threat. It could Gerium Legion also be said that Andasin did not wish to stand by while the Republic carved off huge slices of Rethem. However, it took some time for the forces of Kanday to move into position, and they played little role in the spring campaign.

With Marshal Kronas Elernin in command, the Gerium and Eidel legions launched an attack across the Gomisen against the Arrenic II and VI Legions, with several cohorts of the Eidel Legion crossing the river under the cover of darkness to seize the bridge and enable the rest of the army to cross. The VI Legion was commanded by Sir Cedric Arlen and the II Legion by Queen Marada. The IV Legion and the forces of the Earl of Techen covered the flanks. King Arren himself had taken the field in overall command.
King Arren pulled his advance force back, allowing the Eidels to cross the river, and to begin to make their way into the town from the bridge. As they entered Senun, troops of the II Legion attacked from all directions, butchering the Eidels. King Arren then had a few companies of his own men use the shields and weapons of the Eidels to pretend the bridge was in their hands.
Meanwhile, the Earl of Techen ferried his army over the Gomisen to Themeson which was held by a small garrison. The VII Legion held in reserve and to forestall and move by Kanday across the Thard.
The battle joined in the morning and the remaining cohorts of the Eidel Legion crossed the bridge in the belief that their comrades held the far bank. Before the deception was discovered, two full cohorts of Eidels had crossed and were trapped on the other side. With heavy fighting on the bridge, the Eidels in Senun were easily killed or captured by the Arrenic forces. When the Earl of Techen appeared south of the Republican position in late afternoon, and Marshal Elernin realized he had been outflanked, he broke off the engagement and marched his troops away in the night. The next day, King Arren crossed the Gomisen with three legions. The Arrenic legions immediately began to harry the Republican legions as they retreated in the direction of Imrium. The VI Legion successfully drove the surviving Eidels off, splitting the Republican formation and forcing the Eidel Legion to retreat towards Geminost.

Peonu to Kelen 721 T. R.
The newly formed VIII and IX Legions moved into position with the VIII securing the line near Menekai, and the IX forming the vanguard of the assault on Geshtai. The IX was commanded by Sir Alcar Stanley, a general in the service of King Arren. All through Kelen he drove his troops towards Geshtai and inflicting defeat after defeat as he skirmished with the Coranan Legion. The light cavalry of the IX proved especially effective as they interdicted the Corani retreat, at one point capturing their baggage train which included the legion’s paychest.
Meanwhile, the troops of the Earl of Techen won a victory over Marshal Elernin and the Gerium Legion, which withdrew to Imrium. With the Eidel Legion already mauled, the Republican forces were ill-positioned to stem the tide of the Arrenic Legions.

Nolus 721 T.R.
Early in Nolus, Sir Alcar Stanley and his IX Legion repulsed an ill-advised and hasty counter-attack by the Coranan Legion near Geshtai. Realizing that his strength was insufficient to press the attack, the commander of the Coranan Legion decided to withdraw to the city which his legion was pledged to protect. Sir Alcar entered Geshtai, and the castle garrison surrendered after token resistance. Rethem had taken its first castle in the Republic.
Larane 721 T.R.
Meanwhile, the Arrenic V Legion moved towards Selvos. The battle lines in Kanday had been quiet, and Sir Lotho Carsten, commanding the V Legion, marched his troops towards Selvos. The aged Grolis Chahryn, Earl of Selvos had charged his son and heir Sir Temiran Chahryn with raising the feudal levy of the earldom. However, by this time, only a handful of knights and men-at-arms had responded. When the V Legion marched into Selvos, it was virtually unguarded and the Earl was forced to flee. The Earl, furious, gathered his power in the Tesien Marshes and waited his chance.
Agrazhar to Azura 721 T.R.
During the summer months, the Gerium Legion continued to retreat towards Shiran, and when it linked up with the Kom Legion was able to stabilize a line along the Pech River. Meanwhile the Shiran Legion mobilized to come to their aid.
In the south, King Arren marched with the IX Legion towards Coranan, leaving a small garrison at Geshtai. With but one legion, King Arren lacked the strength to assault the strong walls of Coranan, but he was able through a series of maneuvers to force the Coranan Legion to retreat further and eventually take sanctuary within the city itself. King Arren declared that he would have the city, and promised the burghers and citizens that they would be spared provided they gave no resistance to him or his troops.
Halane 721 T.R.
In Halane, Queen Marada, in command of the II Legion, took Imrium. The forces of the Earl of Techen and the IV Legion had bypassed Imrium, but the II and the VI had invested the castle. Defended by the Gerium legion, but without sufficient supplies to withstand a siege with so large a force, the Geriums were forced to sally from the castle and withdraw to the north. With them was Marshal Kronas Elernin, who for this failure was relieved of his command by the Senate and returned to Kuseme. The Senate debated for several weeks on a replacement, and ultimately decided on one of their own – Senator Barane Khonary. The new Marshal took command of the Coranan Legion but never actually left the capitol.

Savor 721 T.R.
Combat operations wound down early in 721 and the Arrenic forces regrouped, the Republic legions awaited orders from their Kanday finally came on line. new commander, and the forces of

Nuzyael 722 T.R.
The military position of the Thardic Republic at the beginning of 722 was precarious. The senate was openly divided, with the Imperialist and Monarchist factions openly advocating surrender and acceptance of Arren of Melderyn as their king, and the Consolidationists opposing. However, the Expansionist faction, which held the balance of votes, was starting to waver and many of its members – though by no means a majority – were inclined to try to offer terms. It was rumored that Arrenic agents were everywhere, and, perhaps more importantly, Arrenic gold was finding its way into very important purses. As the armies of the Republic lost ground, support for the Republic waned within the Republic’s own senate.

Early in Nuzyael, the legions of Rethem marched. The XII Legion crossed the Thard and seized Ewen Keep from its garrison of 20 men at arms. In the north, Stimos and Dumon fell without a fight as the Kom and Gerium legions fell back to Shiran.

Peonu 722 T. R.
By Peonu, the army of the Earl of Techen had entered Parnan. The Mangai informed the district legar, Barogar Turistas that they intended to open the city gates before the invaders. With his defending cohort already taken to augment the Gerium Legion, the Legar had no choice. After assenting to the Mangai demand, he retired to his chambers and committed suicide.
Meanwhile, the II, IV, VI, and VIII, Legions invested Shiran. Of the Republic legions, the Shiran and Kom were at full strength, but the Gerium was reduced to just over a cohort.

Kelen to Nolus 722 T. R.
By Kelen, the Earl of Selvos had gathered his power, and sought to retake his castle from the III Legion. Marching his army towards the castle, the III Legion attempted to bring him to battle. However, the Earl of Selvos stuck to the marshes, and feinted with a small portion of his army. The III Legion pursued, and, caught in the marsh, were mauled by the forces of the earl who lay in wait. As the III retreated, the knights of the Earl of Selvos attacked, inflicting heavy losses on the III Legion.

King Arren joined his legions investing Shiran and personally led the attack. Although the defending forces had expected an assault, they were unprepared for the rapid breach of the city gates, and some suspected that treachery had aided the Arrenic forces. In any event, King Arren quickly seized two gates entering Shiran, with the IV Legion entered one and the VIII another. The II Legion prevented egress from the other gates and the VI Legion stood in reserve. The city inhabitants stayed indoors and the fighting raged from street to street. Heavily outnumbered, the Republic legions fell back, continually giving ground, and attempting to make a last stand at the citadel. However, King Arren had anticipated this, and sent the heavy foot of the IV Legion to prevent access to the citadel. In the end, the battle raged in the streets and squares of Shiran, not in its castle. Rumors swirled through the ranks of the Republican legions that treacherous senators had sold them out, and the greater numbers and morale of the Arrenic legions soon told. By the beginning of Nolus, all resistance had been quelled, and Shiran was in the hands of the King of Rethem.

Larane to Savor 722 T.R.

With the fall of Shiran and the destruction of the Gerium, Kom, and Shiran legions of the Republic, there was little to stand in the way of King Arren and his men.
Manor, keep, and castle fell as the legions of Arren of Melderyn marched unopposed across the northern part of the Republic. Meanwhile, King Arren himself took command of the I, II, and VI Legions and marched to Coranan. By the end of Halane, Telen had fallen, and Firis by the end of Savor. The entire north belonged to King Arren, and the sporadic efforts of the Republic to call up its reserves had failed – due in large part to so much of its territory having been lost and the continuing debate in the Senate over whether to continue to fight

Nuzyael to Nolus 723 T.R.
The spring campaign in 723 was strangely quiescent. The Republic had lost most of its territory the year before, retaining only Coranan, Kuseme, and Moleryn. The Eidel and Ramala legions held Moleryn with the Coranan Legion and the famed Red Guard garrisoning Coranan. Very little fighting took place.
At this time, the Earl of Selvos reentered Selvos to the acclaim of his people. For the octogenarian Earl, it was the moment of a lifetime. The III Legion withdrew to Hyen to lick its wounds, but in fact it had suffered such casualties, that it would need to be reorganized and reinforced.
In these months, King Arren moved amongst his legions. He was in command of the VII Legion when Heroth fell in Nolus. Although the Earl of Heroth and Prince Anaflas had attempted to defend the region, King Arren stole a march on Prince Anaflas, engaged his army, and forced him to withdraw. His opponents divided, King Arren then turned to face the Earl of Heroth and inflicted a decisive defeat at the Battle of Ravinath, afterwards seizing Heroth Castle.

Azura to Halane 723 T.R.
After Heroth, King Arren resumed command of his legions besieging Coranan. Also by this time more members of the expansionist faction in the Thardic senate had switched to the side of King Arren. This included the commander of the legions in Coranan – Senator Barane Khonary. With three full-strength legions outside the gates of the city, King Arren received the delegation from the senate and their surrender. Although the senators attempted to make preservation of the senate itself a condition of surrender, King Arren rejected any such notion. On the 23rd day of Azura, 723, the Thardic Senate voted to end the Republic and offer the crown of Tharda to Arren of Melderyn. The Thardic Republic eased to exist. Certain influential senators were knighted the next day, including Barane Khonary, last Marshal of the Republic. One senator, Quarli Jeredosta, was created Baron of Hediro. Other honors would be dispensed over the next few months and the transition from republic to monarchy was unexpectedly smooth. Nevertheless, the Eidel and Ramala legions held out at Moleryn.

King Arren entered Coranan in triumph at the head of the I Legion on the 25th of Azura. His troops marched through the streets, and he himself, mounted on a jet-black charger rode into the courtyard of the Palace of the Red Domes. There the gathered members of the senate of the Republic tendered their formal submission and homage. King Arren pardoned all those who had been in arms against him who had laid them down, and pledged to be a good lord to the people of Tharda. A proclamation was issued, and the capitol of the kingdom was transferred to Coranan from Golotha. Although Arren of Melderyn was still formally titled “King of Rethem,” it was at this time that the phrase “Kingdom of Tharda” first began to be used in common parlance.

Halane 723 T. R.
The new capitol secure, and the rest of the kingdom peaceful, the Arrenic legions marched against Moleryn, where the two Republican legions – both under the command of Kronas Elernin – held out. Before the battle joined, King Arren offered Elernin the honors of war and allowed that his position as magistrate might be continued (as sheriff), provided he and his soldiers laid down their arms. Elernin, a wily, ambitious survivor, who knew that his troops were bloodied and demoralized from the rapid conquest of the Republic, quickly assented. Some soldiers of his legion rebelled at what they considered to be this treason, but Kronas Elernin himself put them down and executed the rebels under his command. He then marched his remaining troops out of Caer Moleryn and stacked their arms before the dread Deryni monarch. King Arren was well pleased and keeping his word to the Elernin, he knighted him and appointed him sheriff. Sir Kronas himself, ever ambitious, immediately began plotted a further rise in the service of the conqueror.
After Moleryn fell, it became clear that the army under the command of the King of Kanday and his father the Earl of Sarkum would attempt to take advantage of the situation and strike as soon as they could gather their forces. King Arren placed Queen Marada in command of the legions at Moleryn and tasked her with opposing the advance of the Kandaysian troops. With the VI, IX, and X Legions, the Queen beat back a probing attack by King Andasin, and established a line south of the river Teb.
At the same time, the newly reinforced III Legion counterattacked against the troops of the Earl of Selvos and defeated them in a pitched battle outside the town. Once again, the Earl was forced to withdraw, and once again, the III Legion entered the town and the castle. However, casualties were such that the III Legion had fewer than 100 effectives – mostly light and medium foot. Losing his castle a second time proved too much for the aged Earl, and he suffered a stroke, lingered for several weeks, and finally withered away, his son and heir at his bedside. Sir Temiran, now Earl of Selvos, withdrew what was left of his army towards Dunir, vowing revenge for the loss of both his patrimony and his pater.
Savor to Mo rgat 723 T. R.
King Arren returned to his capital, Coranan, and reviewed the laws of the old Republic, confirming many of them but in Royal hands which could be distributed striking others. He also formally ended the as rewards and favors to the King’s men. patronage system of the Republic and To aid in this, King Arren ordered a appointed officials who would “feudalize” census of his new lands to be conducted Tharda. The clans that had supported the at the earliest opportunity. conqueror would retain their lands, but there were many manors and castles now

Nuzyael to Kelen 724 T.R.
By the beginning of 724, the new King of Kaldor, Haldan III, looked west with growing dread. He knew that King Arren – whom he called “Arren the Archfiend” would have as little trouble conquering Kanday as he had the Republic and Rethem and resolved to intervene. Accordingly, he gather an army and with the Earl of Vemion and Lord X Dariune commanding the forces of the Earl of Balim, he met the Arrenic legions just east of Moleryn. Queen Marada met him in battle. The Queen held off the army of Kaldor, but at the cost of her own life.
Meanwhile, King Arren in command of three legions met King Andasin in battle near Ibinost, the ancestral stronghold of clan Kand and utterly routed the Kandaysian forces. King Andasin and his father the Earl of Sarkum both escaped the battle along with a handful of knights, but the major field force of the King of Kanday ceased to exist.
In the west, the V and XII Legions held the line against the Earl of Selvos and Prince Anaflas. The VII Legion fought several skirmishes with the Earl of Heroth.
Nolus to Savor 724 T.R.
The campaign in Kanday was quiet for much of the rest of 724. King Haldan III withdrew as King Arren feinted towards his army, and King Andasin IV withdrew to Dyrisa to try to rebuild his army. King Arren I took advantage of the lull to deepen his control over Rethem and Tharda.

Order of Battle 725
Forces of King Arren I:
I Legion II Legion III Legion IV Legion V Legion VI Legion VII Legion VIII Legion IX Legion X Legion XI Legion Earl of Techen
Forces of King Andasin IV:
King Andasin IV Prince Anaflas Earl of Heroth Earl of Sarkum Earl of Selvos Order of the Checkered Shield
Forces of King Haldan III:

King Haldan III Earl of Osel Lord Dariune
Nuzyael to Kelen 725 T.R. With the beginning of the campaign season for 725 King Arren launched his Selvos had changed hands several times during the war, but now, Techen had his own forces plus two full-strength legions at his disposal. Against this, the weary forces of the Earl of Selvos stood no chance. Selvos counted on the Order of the Checkered Shield to support him, but
armies at Kanday determined to end the they had been undermined by the war this year. He knew that King Andasin religious tolerance that King Arren had could not hold out much longer, and with instituted throughout his kingdom. several legions under the command of Sir Although most of the knights fought with Cedric Arlen holding Haldan III off in the Selvos, many – a significant number – east, Arren himself launched an assault were absent from the battle and this told.
against Dyrisa while the Earl of Techen The Earl of Techen was able to push attacked Selvos. through Selvos and past Menekod.

Nolus to Agrazhar 725 T.R. In summer, near Dyrisa, the final battle took place. His father and advisors pleaded with King Andasin to seek the safety of Dyrisa castle, but he would not hear of it. Determining to meet the invader on the field, and joined by Prince Anaflas and the Earls of Heroth and Selvos, King Andasin rode against King Arren. Outnumbered, out-generaled, the army of Kanday was destroyed. Prince Anaflas and the young Earl of Selvos were among those slain during the battle, while the Earls of Sarkum and Heroth managed to convince Andasin IV to withdraw once the battle was lost. They retreated towards Aleath.

Azura to Savor 725 T.R.
By the summer, Haldan III and his army
withdrew to Kaldor and the legions

scattered throughout Kanday were engaged in mopping up the last resistance. Aleath was briefly besieged but realized the hopelessness of their position remaining nobles went into hiding. and surrendered. Andasin and his

Towards the end of 725, the Kingdom of Kanday was no more, but Andasin IV and a number of his nobles remained at large. King Arren I planned to resume the campaign in the spring, but before that could happen, a herald appeared at his court in Coranan with a challenge to him and his followers to meet in ten days on the Norea Plain to settle the matter in single combat. Although King Arren’s nobles advised against it, he determined to meet the challenge. Accordingly, he and his peers rode to meet Andasin and his men.
The two kings jousted and broke a lance against each other’s shields and then another as King Arren unhorsed King Andasin. The High Deryni Prince then dismounted, drew his sword and advanced on Andasin. Sparring, the two kings fought back and forth until the drew apart for a moment. King Arren rearmed with a ball and chain and the two monarchs clashed again. At one point, King Andasin took a blow to the hip and went down. As King Arren drew back to strike the final blow, Andasin slashed upwards with his sword, wounding Arren in the upper chest who yet completed the deadly arc of his swing and the spiked ball connected with King Andasin’s head, crushing his skull. The last King of Kanday was dead, but the first King of Tharda was mortally wounded. Dropping to his knees, King Arren seemed to stagger and then he raised his arms as if casting a spell and disappeared.

For the moment there was silence on both sides, and then the nobles fell upon each other. The outnumbered Kandaysians were slaughtered and when finished, the Thardan nobles realized that their king was dead. Prince Arabar of Kuseme and Prince Arren of Shiran both claimed the throne. The Thardan nobles divided – most alongside Prince Arren – and left the field.
Morgat 7 25 T . R.
Prince Arren declared himself King in Coranan as King Arren II, and declared that no half-breed Deryni should sit on his father’s throne. Prince Arabar, who had retreated to Golotha, declared himself king as the elder son. However, both princes were convinced that their father’s nascent kingdom might not survive a protracted struggle and that the only solution was for them to meet in single combat. This they did and met one the Norea Plain, not far from the walls of Coranan, and engaged in the Deryni Duel Arcane. Prince Arren was victorious and upon the death of Prince Arabar was acclaimed by all King Arren II.
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