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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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#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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#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

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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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#8 Post by MDMann » Sat Jan 06, 2018 4:56 am

Melderyn.

The unit of agents posing as mercenaries in Kaldor are accompanying the army to punish Orbaal, while Erila Kaphin continues her investigations into the succession crisis to determine if there has been outside influence. The Men in White continue separate investigations to determine if there has been magical malfeasance and are currently keeping Melderyn informed as there appears to have been some and they are not currently suspected.

Agents have informed reactionary members of the Solori of the location at Abelrumer in Chybisa of those members of the Lady of Paladins who accepted exile rather than a peace with the Solori. These tribesmen are preparing a heavy raid as expected. Melderyn quietly informs the Laranians of the pending attack, waiting until just beforehand so that they will struggle to get reinforcements. The Laranians can only summon aid from Ulmstane but muster a solid defence. As intended, casualties are high and the Solori wiped out. The Abelrumer Paladins take the brunt of the casualties, with many meken killed or maimed. Also as intended, the survivors plan a retaliatory raid into Solora and begin hiring mercenaries.

Clan Torele, an old and loyal Melderyni family, of Lydi near Chyreffal are raised as barons of Cundras and made answerable to Earl Avona of Karveth. Some manors are transferred to the remaining Paladins keep at Fosumo and others to the sheriff at Racyn.

Settlement of Keron island continues strongly, with construction of a royal keep at Belhafen. The iron mines are reopened and rich fishing grounds exploited, mostly for subsistence and trade with Thay. The Peleahn masters continue their studies at the still venting mount, taking on apprentices as they study their lore.

King Chunel issues a bull proclaiming the Melderyn Navy in response to the increase in piracy. Founded on feudal principles after the fashion of Chelemby and Emelrene. Each coastal keep owes one manned ship of at least 72 tuns burthen on 40 days notice, mostly niviks with the odd dak. Each castle owes one ship on five days notice and one ship on 30 days notice. The preponderance of daks is higher here. Thay owes one ship, a dak, on five days notice and two daks on 30 days notice. Cherafir owes one dak on five days notice and three daks on 30 days notice. In theory this provides for a formidable navy of 36 vessels. Earl Avona of Karveth is appointed First Lord Admiral.

Earl Thabel of Nurisel is granted a crenellation license, to wall his castle town by king Chunel, despite not seeking one. In five years time, regardless of whether a wall is built, his naval obligation will be increased from the castle requirement to one dak on five days notice and two daks on 30 days notice. He has plans drawn up for construction of the wall. The temple of Halea reopens in expectation of economic growth. A trickle of Laranian pilgrims arrive, drawn by the exploits of the Earls son amongst the Solori.

Increasing trade between Chybisa and Harden, following the marriage of the Earls brother to the baron of Aerebens daughter relieve some of the economic pressures on the town. Agreement with the Lady of Paladins at Abelrumer to pressure the Bujoc and protect Hardens mine's in the Anadel hills through the Earls son Jamys does more.

The earl of Gythrun sponsors several of his ships to visit Emelrene, seeking colonists. He offers substantial free land grants to the urban poor of Alwin and Malad. Interest free loans for farming equipment are offered together with five years tax free status (not including fees). Religious tolerance is offered and freedom from military obligations, together with the right to bear simple arms. Now the Solori Crusade is ended, there is enthusiastic uptake of the offer and several hundred Freemen are ferried over in continuous waves. Goods are sold in Emelrene on the return leg of the journey.

The east wall of the town nears completion. The castle wall and temple wall are built. Once the walls are finished later this year, the Earl will owe one dak to the navy on five days notice and two daks, which he can easily accomdate from his fleet. The population climbs to over 1,000 with the end of hostilities with the Solori encouraging resumption of the Biren and Nuem settlements and trade. Work on expanding the dock facilities commences, which will eventually allow construction of karunes, once the slipway is expanded and a drydock dug out. With the increased work, Nemiral takes on another apprentice and journeyman.

The Chymak. Increasing numbers of men who'd signed on merchant ships as seamen return to Belna to start families and remain the tribes. They bring with them improved seamanship and navigation skills together with a knowledge of the world. Their religious beliefs are increasingly sophisticated, where they import several practices of Eder worship to the cult of Kualthurlu. This doesn't halt the exodus of young men but does ameliorate it. It seems likely this will become the new practice on the island, though it does still lead to a gradual decline in population. The improved agricultural and medicinal techniques taught by the Peonian mission leads to an increase in food production and general health. Links are forged with the Domid and Anfla. The cult of the Shrouded Walker becomes increasingly xenophobic.

In Kanday the Melderyni agents with Prince Anaflas work to consolidate Kandays gains, whilst preparing for future attempts upon Golotha. Tgey remain wary of the intentions of the Thardic Republic and agitate to strengthen the border, using King Puril of Rethems oath of a five year armistice as justification.

In the Republic of Tharda, agents continue to work at keeping the Senate divided and restrict funds and troops from the Amaral Road project which has launched despite their interest.

In Rethem, agents work to organise the former Duke of Hohnams forces into an effective resistance, setting bandit raids and resisting the king. They ferry what wealth and military strength they can to the Baron of Tirsa, who holds a strong position and leads repeated pirate attacks against the coast.

In Peran, those agents who went north remain with the fled Duke and his court as he seeks to regroup from the catastrophe of the rebellion.
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#9 Post by MDMann » Wed Jan 17, 2018 8:15 pm

Kanday. King Andasin III travels with his court to Henwe to receive fealty from his new baron, who publicly converts to Laranianism. The Agrikan temple is reconsecrated to Larani and an inquisition set up to root out Agrikans and Morgathians, together with Rethemi spies. Queen Dorthea remains in Dyrisa.

After a ten day, the court moves on to Chatka where they instal and receive the oath of the new sheriff, Sir Petryn Horsik who also publicly converts to Laranianism.

With the increase in resources from the expanding kingdom and new silver mine, there is pressure on the king to strengthen the northern borders, particularly with the Thardic Republic, which Andasin resists. To mollify the court, he increases the numbers of royal foresters to a company for each forest hundred, with orders to reduce brigandage.

New Abbeys near Weseda, Chatka and Henwe at Nylos, Hengel and Romus together with temples at Chatka and Henwe mollify the bishop of Perinore, Sir Tanya Bakyth somewhat over the loss of control of the Dovan chapters of the Chequered Shield to the Chabla at Menekod. He sets up an enthusiastic inquisition, to hunt Rethemi, Morgathians and Agrikans. Dovan itself remains hundred moot

Menekod. The Chabla, Sir Syman Telfane, honouring his agreement with the king moves those knights who are members of the Banners of Avarkiel away from the turbulent Rethemi border, gaining control of the Dovan chapters in return. The Chequered Shield also gain two manors near Chatka, Holaseth and Kibly and provide a contingent of guards to the temple at Henwe. Tyey make one a commandery and the other a grange to support it. To man these new holdings, the order is busily recruiting and training. All the manors are from those who opposed the new Kandian regime. The Chabla works to integrate his new command into the existing command structure to provide a more unified response. It is certain that the Rekela will try to regain control of the Dovan chapters in time.

The Chabla uses the Order's share of rescued slaves from the sack of Golotha to refound Darobi manor under a bailiff, together with scattering the new serfs across other underpopulated manors.

Imiden. Prince Anaflas scatters his repatriated serfs across his underpopulated manors, mostly across Sarkum. There are not enough to rebuild any abandoned manors. He takes on many former gladiators who join his father's guard, particularly the Gold Guard which has struggled to recruit in underpopulated Gemala.

Some refugees from the Duke of Hohnam at Tormau join the prince's court and that of his father, though many remain as bandits in Rethem, pirates with the baron of Tirsa or join the earl of Selvos.

The Prince dismisses the Warden of Helios Forrest Hundred, arresting several of his men for brutality. The former warden himself escaped with some of his men, taking up banditry in the forested hills. They ate replaced by some of the Tormau refugees, who are most welcomed by the oppressed populace.

Selvos. Following the death of his father Grolis, Temilyn succeeds to the earldom and swears fealty to the king. The successful war offset the costs of Heriot which accrue to the crown. He takes in many of the refugees of Tormau and the largest portion of former slaves from Golotha. Many from Tormau settle in Weseda, where the Earl appoints Sir Tesero Fabre of the Green Owls mercenary company as constable. His lieutenant takes command of the owls which remain in Selvos. Their share of the loot allows them to take on four additional knights and seven squires.

With his increased wealth, the Earl starts repairs to the palisade as the king seems to be ignoring his defences. He also increases his castle guard to two reinforced companies of 24 men each. He then bonds newly qualified Selenya as master physician. Her cousin Larissa is bonded in Dunir.

The local merchants guildmaster resigns under a cloud as lax security leads to a visiting jewel merchant being murdered and robbed by his bodyguard. Valenar of Emeyn takes over as guildmaster. It had long been known that Taanar of Pomada had wished to retire. His eldest son Tamys returns home as a master to settle down and starts a franchise whilst looking for a wife.

Arathid of Selgin completes his journeyman travels and returns to take over his father Hakyl's business. He starts taking on staff, including a replacement journeyman (his fathers have graduated) and apprentice. He starts taking more commissions as his father officially retires, working almost exclusively on the Peonian temple.

The earl commissions a large nivik 80 tuns burthen, the Flying Derversh to add to his fleet. If successful he may commission more. He sets his current vessel to profitably trading with the Baron of Tirsa. It runs from Selvos to Wethom, Golotha, Bjariheim, Golotha, Wethom and back to Selvos.

To mollify the king and counter the growing Haleanism in Selvos, he allows construction of a small temple to Save K'Norr, sponsored by the town physician's.

The earl founds a new manor, Evan, to the southeast of Hemhur on the advice of his steward focused on shepherding with his influx of serfs. He also rebuilds Morda in Urmaen hundred, settling most of his new serfs there. A holding of clan Pordaen, one of the Earls larger tenants, they fund the reconstruction and donate heavily to the Earls coffers for the new serfs. This makes clan Pordaen one of the largest land holders in Kanday.

With his increased wealth Temilyn increases his tithe to the church of Larani as they add a small chapter of the Chequered Shield to protect the temple in town, with five knights and 10 meken, responsible to the Serolan, Herald Palgen. The Chabla assigns members of the aggressive Banners of Avarkiel, which suits both the Earl and the knights. Construction of a simple barracks and stable, commissioned from the new mason, in the shared grounds of temples of Larani and Peoni starts, funded by the Earl.

Adventurers discover the ruins of a Morgathian temple on the inner island of the causeway. Knights and clerics of strong faith and will are brought in to exorcise and cleanse it whilst the adventurers are investigated for corruption. The structures are fully excavated at mich risk and the rubble fill, used to further extend the fish docks and breakwater. Construction of a new gatehouse starts where the inner causeway joins the shore.

Dunir. With the increased wealth of the Chequered Shield, they found a chapter at Dunir whose baron Yuri and heir Pavers Xelados have long sought a chapter, with the support of the local clergy of Scinaret Abbey. At the sheriff, Prince Anaflas insistence this is located north of Fenak on the Selvos trail just after a short section of moorland. The Laranians can help patrol the moor with the increase in royal foresters to combat a growing bandit problem. The baron has little wealth to spare to support the new manor, but tithes each of his holdings one serf family to help found the manor. They can expect generous land grants as half villeins or villeins. With Menekods support, this allows a moderate manor to be started. The Chabla again assigns members of the aggressive Banners of Avarkiel, under the barons acknowledge bastard Sir Kaleb Vandor, which suits all concerned. Sir Laris Indasser takes command of the garrison as captain, whilst Sir Almel Burgusyn, younger brother of the lord of Besgarn joins as his sergeant.

Ibonost. The constable, Sir Burdas Kandtry, persuades the king to appoint a royal forester for the Teb Marshes. A skilled politician, it helps that the king is fond of the area and the Thardic Republic have been complaining about Kanday not patrolling the salt route to deter tribesmen and bandits. The Forester and his company of men are to respect the Gozyda but prosecute bandits, who have become troublesome of late. This increases tye security of the area without antagonizing the republic or Gozyda tribes.

Heroth. In Ravin hundred two imposters from the Thardic Republic try to reclaim the hundred moot as a family fief by fraud with the help of some adventurers. From a distaff branch of the family, the deception is discovered by the hundred bailiff who arraigns them to the sheriff, Tamys Bakith's, jurisdiction. He promptly hangs them all, together with a Thardic litigant, their father who concocted the whole scheme. During the investigation an unknown secret room is discovered at the manor. It contains a large volume of cash and jewels, which the bailiff splits evenly with the king (through the sheriff) and a golden Agrikan holy symbol which is given to the bishop to exorcise and melt down. The mother of the executed nobles is horrified whilst their youngest brother, a pious Laranian swears vengeance.

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Re: A year in Harn. 723.

#10 Post by Targan » Thu Jan 18, 2018 12:14 pm

MDMann wrote:
Wed Jan 17, 2018 8:15 pm
Adventurers discover the ruins of a Morgathian temple on the inner island of the causeway. Knights and clerics of strong faith and will are brought in to exorcise and cleanse it whilst the adventurers are investigated for corruption. The structures are fully excavated at mich risk and the rubble fill, used to further extend the fish docks and breakwater. Construction of a new gatehouse starts where the inner causeway joins the shore.
What did the adventurers find? Did the exorcism and cleansing involve having to remove any walking dead?
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#11 Post by rdelorme10 » Thu Jan 18, 2018 3:18 pm

Indama is ruined and Neph out of favour, losing position at court.

If the Barony was damaged in war, Born Indama could under feudal law ask his liege for aid, and would by tradition be generously aided. The baron is also related to the Royal line by marriage? So the king would have a family obligation to bail him out. Finally Curo is related to Indama (brother in law) thus he would have a family obligation to bail him out.

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#12 Post by rdelorme10 » Thu Jan 18, 2018 3:41 pm

One suggestion:

If Curo is out of favor, he may focus on strengthening his ties to the Khuzdul. The dwarves have just had a reminder of how badly they need to reestablish the farmlands of Axxon (down river of Zerhun) and the Earl could offer to aid them. He has younger sons (currently out of a job with no prospects of advancement) that could become well funded vassals of Azadmere and they could "easily" get that farm land back into production. At the same time restore close ties between the descendants of the House of Tane (Curo) and Azadmere.

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#13 Post by MDMann » Fri Jan 19, 2018 4:15 am

Targan wrote:
Thu Jan 18, 2018 12:14 pm
MDMann wrote:
Wed Jan 17, 2018 8:15 pm
Adventurers discover the ruins of a Morgathian temple on the inner island of the causeway. Knights and clerics of strong faith and will are brought in to exorcise and cleanse it whilst the adventurers are investigated for corruption. The structures are fully excavated at mich risk and the rubble fill, used to further extend the fish docks and breakwater. Construction of a new gatehouse starts where the inner causeway joins the shore.
What did the adventurers find? Did the exorcism and cleansing involve having to remove any walking dead?
It's left blank for gm interpretation but going by the fanon (written by the canon author at the same time but cut due to space requirements) it likely includes:

The broken and cursed Orb of Guiam, very dangerous and disturbing but avoidable.

A renegade lyhavi Morgathian cultist. Dangerous.

A possessed relatively weak 13th unlife amorvus.

A couple of gulmorvin.

A sanity blasting and disturbing temple and high alter, probably the most dangerous things there.

They recover a substantial amount of silver, some Morgathian artefacts and some lyhavi texts. All likely confiscated by the church, who may replace some of the silver if they survive the interrogation. They could also gain a good deal of good will with the earl and especially the Laranian church.

For the cleansing, they're certain to face the wreckage of the orb, several more gulmorvin and the sanity blasting alter and temple.
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#14 Post by MDMann » Fri Jan 19, 2018 5:54 pm

rdelorme10 wrote:
Thu Jan 18, 2018 3:18 pm
Indama is ruined and Neph out of favour, losing position at court.

If the Barony was damaged in war, Born Indama could under feudal law ask his liege for aid, and would by tradition be generously aided. The baron is also related to the Royal line by marriage? So the king would have a family obligation to bail him out. Finally Curo is related to Indama (brother in law) thus he would have a family obligation to bail him out.
Indama backed Maldan in the KSC, who failed to take the throne but got an earldom of Olokand. His costs were high, outstripping his assets so he's in no position to help Chimin even if he feels inclined. He'll probably recover.

Neph was also badly hit in war as he backed Maldan heavily (though not monetarily) and his lands were hit. He can afford the losses but may help his in law if he asks. He really should. There'll be strings attached of course, as there always is with Neph, but Indama has little choice but to go cap in hand anyway. It won't be enough but is necessary. Neph doesn't need to bail him out, only provide enough support to get his hooks nice and deep. With his spy network, he has a good idea of exactly how Indama is placed. With Halean help it may be enough, which won't bother Curo at all.

Indama moved on Naniom bridge militarily kicking out the merchants. He then moved against Balim with an army (with others) whilst Balims forces were away. They hit Uldien pretty hard, then retreated before a vengeful army could battle them. This vengeful army ravaged Chimins lands in Chyle and Fethael hundreds before taking Naniom bridge, hanging the bandits holding it and reinstalling the merchants. They then hit Fethael again before marching north to relieve Tonot, which suffered badly. In the battle of Tonot they relieved the keep though Maldans army (he wasn't present, being in Tashal) retreated in good order. Chimins heir Harapa who led the rear guard was emasculated and captured. The army then returned to Yeged, Gardiren and Getha where they demanded and received cash not to sack the fortifications. They also received ransoms, including for Harapa, again sacking Fethael.

The army then moved off towards Naniom as they received word of the end of the crisis and election of Astaroc as king to accompany the late and small silver way caravan dispatched by Balim to Azadmere. He was concerned about the numbers of mercenaries he seems to have accumulated and wants rid of them where they won't cause disruption and turn to banditry. This was enough to barely stave off starvation for Azadmere with other measures. The dwarves continued with their plans to retake Zhakom which they'd started due to the food shortage. They hire the mercenaries accompanying the caravan with khuzan silver and weaponry. The assault ie successful with bonuses for each female killed. Balim receives his share of the loot sold in Azadmere and monies for hiring his army. More useful still, the goodwill this generates (With the increased profits available) encourages the majority of khuzdul merchant's to barge down from Naniom bridge to Kiban whilst on the silver way caravan. With the Guthe gorge bridged this leads to over a doubling of trade, the majority to Kiban. Getha and Gardiren lose out, though Azadmere remains a strong market.

The king enforces a no retaliation rule for during the KSC and reconfirms most officials in their posts.

So, Indama directly and aggressively challenged Balim who crushed him as an object lesson to others. He needs to make peace with Balim but is stubborn. Maldan quickly made peace.

Since then, the chancellor has levied an aid on everyone's holdings to commemorate the coronation and fund planned works by the king. He can easily afford this and helps his vassals at Tonot and Uldien. This affects his rivals badly. Maldan is leading an army to punish Orbaal for her raiding with the blessing of the king, which should net him the funds to clear his debts or at least reduce them substantially (he's taking those troops he owes money or promises to with him, so it should resolve one way or another). Troda loans Conwan some money indirectly.

Balim then encouraged the king to standardise and in most cases increase the feudal obligations of all his sheriff's, which can be substituted or paid as scuttage. This hits Indama as sheriff of Neph.

It's pretty obvious he'll continue to keep hitting Indama indirectly until he makes peace or something changes.

The baron is only distantly related to the new king by marriage and the damage occurred during the interegnum, so he can't really call on him for aid, though it won't hurt to try.
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Re: A year in Harn. 723.

#15 Post by MDMann » Sat Jan 20, 2018 4:14 am

rdelorme10 wrote:
Thu Jan 18, 2018 3:41 pm
One suggestion:

If Curo is out of favor, he may focus on strengthening his ties to the Khuzdul. The dwarves have just had a reminder of how badly they need to reestablish the farmlands of Axxon (down river of Zerhun) and the Earl could offer to aid them. He has younger sons (currently out of a job with no prospects of advancement) that could become well funded vassals of Azadmere and they could "easily" get that farm land back into production. At the same time restore close ties between the descendants of the House of Tane (Curo) and Azadmere.
Axxon is underway and is just starting to enter surplus, but Curo could certainly sell the khuzai more grain and cattle. He could certainly get his younger sons as vassal or bailiff knights of the baron of Axxon. His greatest need is for serfs, preferably of Jarin stock. If Curo can provide these, a son or two could certainly gain some subject manors building an alliance with Axxon. He could even Mary his daughter to the baron who needs a wife...
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