A year in Harn. 723.

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A year in Harn. 723.

#1 Post by MDMann » Wed Nov 15, 2017 11:52 pm

Inspired by Paul Strack, I wrote up a year of events in Harn. It's currently going through editing. https://www.lythia.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=18&t=22577

It focusses on eastern Harn, particularly Kaldor and the succession crisis but covers events throughout Lythia, such as the Tormau rebellion, Menglanan conquest, Solora Crusade and Hurisean adventure with all the implications I could think of with countless other details. So, I thought what happens next year, when the Gargun invade? This is how I think things will go. Please comment and offer critique. It's certainly pHarn but I'd like to keep it cobdisyebt with canon and fanon if I can.

First a recap.

Orbaal has coalesced into several powerful duchies. They raided Olokand during the crisis. Clan Jalp rebelled and overthrew the Baelinsens. They've introduced Laranianism as has Marby who has conquered Sherwyn and is now duke with Zuden joining him as vassal. The younger son of Pelanby of Alagon has sworn fealty to him as Earl of Sherwyn. The king conquered Tandir whilst Vaagel took Pled. Morvilya bay is colonised.

Astaroc is king in Kaldor, which is battered but mostly whole. There's some new baronies, including one from Trierzon with increased immigration. Conwan is baron. Maldan is earl of Olokand and legitimised. Cheselyne is in government. Her daughter married Mirild. Trobridge was defended against Tharda and more fully incorporated into the kingdom, with Kurson Ondalis as lord. He married the younger Hosath. Uldien is expanding. Balim made a fortune and his vessels are all expanding. Indama is ruined and Neph out of favour, losing position at court. The military is generally grown. The lady of paladins has resolved the Solori Crusade and remains united but with increased autonomy and an official Deputy Chabla. Oselbridge is being fortified and attached to the office of Oselmarshal. The earl Meleken is returned and Pawade is baron of Heru.

In Azadmere, Fana, Felgoth and Axxon are reclaimed and the dwarves are experiencing something of a renaissance. They almost starved over winter as the silver way caravan was disrupted. Though very late and small it arrived, staving off disaster. Trade is increasing exponentially, almost entirely down the Selene from Naniom bridge.

Chybisa has expanded the military and taken some manors north of the river as the Pagaelin were decimated by Firith. They are fortifying their baronies, building several keeps. They've taken in Laranian exiles from the Solori Crusade.

Melderyn has ended the Solori Crusade, the former leadership exiled as Metasum proved to be the missing heir of Nurisel. Cundras was reclaimed by the king and awarded to a new baron. Keron island has been claimed and is being settled.

Menglana has been swallowed by Ibanvaal whilst Rogna took Hutheng island. A small part joined Seldenbaal. Ibanvaal is now the largest most populous Ivinian kingdom.

Chelemby is growing with many refugees. It has expanded the navy and is building a new keep. There is increasing piracy on the Orbaalese route.

Alagon has taken Avan, increasing the duchy and it's position at court. They are stretched. The king has increased the beurocracy and royal guard gaining more aids from parliament. Ensel and Dumala have invaded Hurisea with the king.

Harbaal has sent a large force to Azeryan as mercenaries to join the Ivinian Guard. Pelanby has taken much of the neighbouring sub kingdom.

There is increasing Palithanian piracy against Trierzon. The king has formed a royal guard of two cohorts and moved much military to the east to deter or counter a military build-up by Azeryan in Beronium.

Kanday has seized Weseda, Chatka and Henwe where the baron swore fealty. The chequered shield has more control over it's border manors. They sacked Golotha, seizing much wealth. There's a five year armistice with Rethem. They discovered silver at a lead mine near the Thardic border. The king married the earl of Heroths daughter.

The Thardic senate had grown with two Halean priestesses and an Eight Demons one. There's a separate Laranian church, though no fighting order. They're aware of the gold mines of Iracu and have ignored a khuzan embassy protesting the mine. They have gained Thameson as the Cohorts of Gashang defects. They have started the Amaral road project over the objections of the Gozyda and Kanday.

The Tormau rebellion has failed and the earl fled to Peran with his court following Ivinians and the Crimson Dancer defecting. The king has increased his control of Golotha and winters in Tormau. The Baron of Tirsa remains independent with much of Tormau navy and military.

So this year the Gargun cometh... suggestions, comments?
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Re: A year in Harn. 723.

#2 Post by MDMann » Tue Nov 28, 2017 2:07 am

Orbaal: the north has consolidated into several powerful duchies with the influx of refugees from former Menglana. The next year proves to be bloody as all adjust to the new realities of power.

Geldeheim: king Alegar II starts assembling an army. He has several potential targets for his wrath, but keeps his council for now. He consolidates his hold over his dominions of Tandir.

He could seek his overdue tribute. If faced with opposition there's the chance for conquest. This is probably the most lucrative but riskiest option and is favoured by Vaagel as it could unify Orbaal. Marby and Lorkin are less powerful than the kings forces and arent united. Lorkin could also call on their Rognan kin for aid in the event of civil war, a worrying prospect. However, if the king doesn't act it could encourage further independence by the Duchy of Fysse. The new valhakar of Kjen hasn't sworn fealty.

He could seek his son Jorni's return from Pethwys once the passes open from the winter snows. This could spark a Jarin rebellion or be supported by the Prince in Lerial. It's still the lowest risk but has the lowest rewards too.

Most assume the first target will be Pjagel, as he keeps his word to regain the died for the Baelinsens for their aid last year taking Tandir. Vold have agreed to help in return for the village of Monilor, which the Baelinsens reluctantly accept. Clan Jalp rebelled and overthrew the Baelinsens and may be supported by Arathel and Wethom. They'll certainly be supported by the Laranians they invited in. This assault is supported by the Kukshin and Crimson Dancer, together with Vold and the Baelinsens. It's a medium reward, low risk venture.

The Crimson Dancer provides a squadron of knights and company of laumaki, whilst the Baelinsens send all they can with four companies of huscarls and five companies of clansmen. They hire three companies of mercenaries. Vold supplies three companies of huscarls and five companies of clansmen. Vaagel dispatches six companies of huscarls and five companies of clansmen. The king assembles six companies of huscarls and ten companies of clansmen. This army will attack whichever of the kings targets he decides upon.

Lerial: the Prince continues the improvements to the town and integrating his new subjects, together with Pethwys and Gwaeryn. Though the passes remain closed with winter snows, scouts bring word to Felan Weymys of Pethwys. He is concerned about the build-up of warriors at Geldeheim. He sends word to the Prince in Lerial and prepares his defences. As an afterthought he sends word to Arathel and Pjagel, reasoning they're potential targets of the king.

Vaagel: the duke of Vaagel continues to train his huscarls as he dispatches a force to join the kings army and consolidates his hold over Pled and his domains. He sets out planning the further conquest and unification of Orbaal and seeks a unifying target, such as the Jarin, Rethem or Kaldor once more of the kingdom is seized.

Marby: the duke continues to improve his castle as the fleet under Zuden attempts to blunt Rognan raids, which inhibit trade between the Pelanbys of Sherwyn, Chelemby and Alagon. His brother continues with the High Guard and huscarls to deter aggression with the king. Emissaries are sent to Kjen and Keiren.

Quimen: with over half the order absent in Rethem, the Crimson Dancer is badly undermanned and recruiting and training heavily. This is hampered as they face restrictions in Jarin lands and those penetrated by Laranians, including Fysse and Pjagel. They advocate reclaiming these lands for the king with fire and sword. Pjagel looks the easier proposition but war looks certain. They are sending for mercenaries and aid from Ivinia and Rethem, though they are consolidating their gains in Rethem.

Lorkin: Rognan pirates use Lorkin and Arone as bases to attack shipping throughout the Sea of Ivae, particularly the rich shipping from Lythia. The Marsh Pirates of Esobran of Galtene continues to plague Lorkin and Sheese, whilst hitting that same shipping. Jarin unrest at Lorkin continues unabated and no tribute has been sent to Geldeheim. All in all, it's chaotic and violent, a position to thrive from.

Kjen: Ivinian refugees settle the unpopulated fjord, forming thransxamd villages. Though numerous, they must spend their energies settling rather than fortifying. Despite many warriors, this makes them vulnerable to ambitious neighbours and Jarin patriots. They send emissaries to their neighbours in Fysse and Keiren, whilst they avoid those of the king and Quimen.
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Re: A year in Harn. 723.

#3 Post by MDMann » Sun Dec 10, 2017 11:54 pm

Kaldor.

Olokand. Maldan Harabor, earl of Meselyne assembles a large punitive army to punish Orbaal for her raiding with the blessing of the king. It includes forces from his household as earl and sheriff, together with allies and mercenaries including Telin the Red. He makes it clear he's after plunder and expects to use his share to honour his unmet commitments from the succession crisis, attracting large numbers of volunteers. He takes the Mace Thunderer and his son Kornuska, leaving Mirild and his bride Cheselyne the Younger in charge as they construct a new keep for the crown at the junction of the rivers Kald and Hemurin. He brings four companies of guardsmen, three squadrons of knights and squires, four companies of light foot yeomen, three companies of yeomen archers and two companies of light foot mercenaries, including Telin the Red and one company of medium foot mercenaries. A decad of miners accompany him as siege specialists. 14 companies of volunteers join him, half unarmoured foot, drawn by Maldans impressive military reputation, two of whom are shortbow archers. These are mostly urban poor from Olokand and Tashal. Maldan equips one of the companies as light foot, who had fought for him in the crisis in Tashal.

The king dispatches three squadrons of high guard, with one squadron of squires and four companies of low guard to join the sheriff.

Romlach Ethasiel of Setrew leads a contingent to join Maldan with two companies of guardsmen, a squadron of knights and squires, company of light foot yeomen and company of yeomen archers.

The Lady of Paladins dispatches a sword chapter under Luisan Kelic of Jenkald as the silver way becomes more settled. He brings two squadrons of knights and squires and two companies of meken, all drawn from volunteers and malcontents, now that the Solori Crusade is settled. A company of Whyce Low Guard accompany them.

It is a very impressive army that Maldan commands. He will be joined by a contingent from the Earl of Balim as he attempts to rid himself of the mercenaries that have attached themselves to him.

Tashal. The king orders Constable Venera to found and organise an urban militia in Tashal under the Aldermen at their own expense. Each household is to provide one man armed according to their means. Each ward will arm and train a mix of medium, light and unarmed foot and archers whilst the medium horse knights and light cavalry will be organised centrally under the Alderman for the nobility. Few urban knights maintain light horse squires but this lack is covered by similar numbers wealthy commoners who are to provide squadrons of light horse. They are to train monthly and are kiable for 90 days foreign service at need. Haldare sets about organising this logistical nightmare. Civic duties remain the respondibility of the watch.

King Astaroc announces his departure on a progression of the kingdom, an expected activity. He departs by barge on the Kald with two squadrons of high guard and two companies of low guard for Ternua.

Sir Korus Ynel is promoted to Chelmarshal and Kurson Ondalis appointed his deputy. This is widely seen as rewarding Cheselyne the Elder through her son-in-law.

Work on the sewers and caer towers continues as the new wells are completed. There is greater urban access to water. The seamans guild settles in their new guildhouse.

Astaroc announces an expansion of the royal courts, with new judicial officers to represent him in judicial contests and at tournaments. There will be a First Knight responsible for the Kings Champion, Kings Marksman and Kings Gentleman (who may be a professional squire). They will need to become skilled at law as well as arms. Arlin Alsar is appointed First Knight and sent to compete in the Chybisan tourney circuit on Astarocs behalf. He answers to the Lord Chancellor, Tarkin Hirnen. All royal legal officers are set to codifying all royal, civil, church and local laws and codifying these into a simple code for Astarocs review. This delights them though it is a great undertaking. Gaps are to be identified and the code of Mindithrar and Azeryani code used as templates. The chancellor and king will adjudicate conflicts.

The chancellor of the exchequer announces that all royal domains (through the sheriff's) will have their feudal obligations standardised as a spear of feudal service for 90 days for every 1200 acres held. Fractions are to be rounded in the crowns favour. They'll accept substitutions and scuttage, which generally raises half the obligation as cash and kind equivalents, though they'll be expected to be able to provide the additional troops if needed even if they have a few years grace to source them. For most this an increase in their obligations. A spear is set at one medium horse knights and light horse squire and four yeomen, one of whom must be equippes as medium foot. This increases the immediate costs of the sheriff's towards the crown and will hit those with strained finances the hardest, such as Conwan Elendsa, Maldan Harabor and Chimin Endama, particularly Chimin.

Chelena. The army of the Chelmarch, Vadan chapter of the lady of paladins, baron of Chelena and Semethshire feudal muster assemble at Chelena whilst the keep is being build to deter and push back the Kath. Aggressive patrols are mounted, but no real effort is made to bring them to bay, as the new strategy of fortification should pacify them anyway. Patrols forage extensively to feed the host. The Kath are highly disturbed by these new tactics and abort several raids as they are unable to affect the works with such strong defences. They perform hit and run attacks in the scouts and foragers to little effect as patrol sizes are increased. The western Kath start to unify under Graden, the Green Witch, as they seek to force battle.

Minarsas. Declaen and his forces did well for the most part during the crisis. With his son-in-law returned and his daughter secure, he is more settled. However, the crisis exposed some serious flaws in his organisation which he sets about rectifying.

He has bought up the debts of Greon Bastune of Kolorn from clan Rakin. He summons the baron, his heir and wife to Minarsas to make his displeasure known. Greon and Lyndar arrive but Lysara remains in Tashal. The earl informs them them of the situation and that he'll be sending Sir Morgal Rintaren home with them with some new rangers which will be housed on their lands, increasing his control. He personally sets their finances and budget, granting them very modest personal allowances. Lyndar is mortified at the situation and agrees to the measures whilst the baron is overruled. Lysara will also be granted a modest stipend. The earl will take payment for the capitol in horses, which he struggled to source during the crisis, rectifying this deficiency and grain. He'll sell the train to the Khuzdul despite his antipathy. He calculates the capitol will be repaid in a little over nine years using his repayment plan.

Sir Morgal is dispatched with a force of rangers who will be granted lands in Kolorn, with leave to recruit more as he orders the demense. He takes a small force with him to dispatch to the earls demense in Baseta with further orders.

Heru. Baron Pawade sets to repairing his fief and improving its defences, particularly in the town and towards the South. He startscconstruftion of watch towers at each end of the bridge. He defers increasing the garrison by a company for now but let's his intentions to do so be known.

Kiban. Earl Troda assembles his host to join Maldan in punishing the Orbaalese. They march to Tashal where he can carry out his duties as chancellor of the exchequer before they move north towards Olokand. The earl intends ridding himself of the mercenaries that have attached themselves to him. Whilst in Tashal the king orders him to accompany the army to conduct negotiations with the prince of Lerial over trade and other matters. Dariunes objections are overruled. Maldan will maintain military command and he need not continue to Geldeheim if he so chooses.

Dariune dispatches nine companies of veteran medium foot mercenaries, fresh from Azadmere. Some wit names them Balims Second Cohort and the name sticks. They're accompanied by two squadrons of knights and squires together with three companies of yeomen, two of whom are archers. Scina Dariune leads two squadrons of knights and squires from Kyg, with four companies of yeomen (one of archers), more than his father wanted. He's placed in command of the Dariune army. Dagald Jendral follows instructions and dispatches a squadron of knights and squires and company of yeomen archers. Tonot sends a squadron of knights and squires with two companies of light foot yeomen, retaining the rest as baron Uthris rebuilds his keep. Constable Mirdarne sends two squadrons of knights and squires with three squadrons of light horse yeomen and a company of yeomen foot under the bailiff of Kithkald and his brother from Chewintin. Baron Ubael sends two squadrons of knights and squires and four companies of yeomen foot, one of whom are archers. There are strong contingents from the Radaverns, Carandaens, Kobarneys and Yarones. Many newly enfoeffed knights are a part of the Balim army, as they seek funds to found their demense. From around the kingdom, Chybisa and Azadmere 34 companies of volunteer light and unarmed foot join up, two of whom are archers with a squadron of medium horse yeomen and free farmers, all drawn by Trodas reputation for making money and taking plunder. The volunteers are inducted into the mercenary second cohort. Balim is less than pleased at these developments, but intends to shed as many of these in Orbaal as he can.

Nephshire. The earl in Gardiren takes stock. Revenues from Pendath with his son replacing the useless Ruseller. His son was dismissed as idle from Tashal, but he has a great deal to prove in Pendath. Besides, he's more able than old Garath or young Taran.

In Getha, baron Indama is completely unable to meet his feudal obligations following his disastrous year and ravaged lands. His reserves are gone. Even after selling assets, defaulting on loans and selling sinecures, he's unable to make his dues. The barony is at risk. Merchants are unwilling to loan him more. He grants his rivals leave to assart lands in the royal forests as sheriff for hefty bribes. This might just be enough to manage. The exchequer Dariune or king are unlikely to be sympathetic. He cannot afford to send punitive troops to Orbaal despite the potential rewards. This is before news of increased for royal lands is circulated, hitting him as sheriff hard. He reluctantly goes to the Halean church, cap in hand, who were expecting him.

Iomega. The new keep at the junction of the Ilmen and Osel Rivers continues construction. Sedris Meleken dispatches his feudal levy, together with the lady of paladins and Oselmarch army to deter the Pagaelin and Gargun. The Osel Marshal continues fortifying his new keep at Oselbridge.
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#4 Post by MDMann » Mon Dec 11, 2017 5:49 pm

Azadmere.

With Fana, Axxon and Zhakom reclaimed, king Hazmadul and crown prince Khazar face increasing calls for the conquest of Pyxyn. They're resisting, favouring consolidation. Nevertheless, they've granted permission to draw up plans to retake the citadel to occupy their more militant advisors.

With the Hazmadul III bridge in full swing, trade with Kaldor picks up further. The trading season has expanded a month, Fana is neutralised and the most treacherous section of the Silver Way bypassed. With his father's blessing prince Khazar starts improving the road between the bridge and Zhakom to make it passable to carts. With Axxon finally entering surplus, this should prevent a repeat of the near famine of last year. Almost all trade is conducted through Kiban, the increased profits and appreciation of the Earls recent help overcoming the last reluctance of the clans to travel by water. Some trade continues to make the return journey through Getha to collect grain and mules, but it a much reduced operation.

The increased trade leads to a boom in Azadmere and over the next year the khuzdul diaspora of Harn trickles in. Almost 100 dwarves emigrate to Azadmere, attracted by the growing economy. The population starts to grow as khuzan maidens start to we'd earlier and more children are born.

The king rebuilds Ankhaz, garrisoning it and converts some of the baron of Axxons feudal dues from military service to scuttage, to be paid in produce, as his manors enter surplus. More men-at-arms become yeomen and free farmers.

The late arrival of Prince Khazar's fiancè and her party from Kondasgel creates increasing concern. A party is dispatched to Thay to inquire of shipping, whilst the Baron of Axxon leads a small party through the godstone to Kondasgel to seek answers. They arrive unexpectedly and immediately start to seek answers, learning the party left months ago and should have arrived long ago. They continue investigations, following the trail accompanied by Yarili and Kondasgel khuzan. They arrive stark naked.
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#5 Post by blackhorde » Thu Dec 14, 2017 3:57 pm

Good read.
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#6 Post by MDMann » Thu Dec 14, 2017 6:51 pm

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#7 Post by MDMann » Thu Dec 14, 2017 7:48 pm

Thanks.

Chybisa.

The barons of Aereben, Andazyn and Cearmel continue work on their new keeps.

Baron Rythal moves his seat to Meldun as instructed and starts work on the new section of road he was required to construct. His wife announces her pregnancy.

Winissea Afaelin also announces her pregnancy. There are increased settlers to Aereben from Gythrun, some displeased with the ending of the Solori Crusade.

Merak Semadin is brought to task and commences work on providing an heir.

Prince Belasir starts improving the fortifications at Onden without seeking his father's permission. This passes without comment.

Tamric Larles, Lord Chancellor, is granted Dumerien to add to his patrimony.

Ricane Legith, nephew of the king and baron of Lerenil, son of the Chancellor of the Exchequer is appointed Forester Royal of Landin, with 10 foresters under him, reporting to the Lord Chancellor, like his compatriot Bjan Forsetha. This causes renewed grumbling from the barons, muted only because of the strength of Lerenil.
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