On July 10, at the behest of King Louis of Berphaunt, people from across Maud’Madir traveled to the Elven island of Day’Ten. A list of esteemed attendees can be found here: http://underworldlarp.com/forum/thread-80.html This was intended to be a peace summit, to discuss the growing threats.
On the first night, the opening was interrupted by a group of local Orcs, who demanded to know why they had not been invited to this summit. The royal attendees and ambassadors were escorted away under cover of darkness as ordinary folk raised their weapons to defend them.
Progress was made on the second day. As people from different nations met and mingled, the King of Berphaunt announced various competitions and entertainment for the common folk, from tests of strength and skill to treasure hunts. The day ended with a play put on for the people to enjoy, as commissioned by Lady Alexandra Forbin, the Lady of Jericho.
However, the day was marred by frequent interruptions with the Brood, a burrowing hive mind species that attacked the people. Sad news came from Wood Fae refugees from the island of Melinda, who had just fled the destruction of their home from these new and more powerful Brood.
On the third day people gathered to hear the King of Berphaunt declare his kingdom now an empire, taking on the title of Emperor of Berphaunt. This worried the delegations from Estlemere and Tiefenue, but was challenged by a surviving Orc. They went to the arena to battle to the death, and when the new Emperor nearly fell, he channeled the power of Shiloth, the Shadow Dragon, revealing his status a Dragon Knight and winning him the battle.
This came at a severe diplomatic cost, though. The Prince of Tiefenue was disgusted by the Emperor’s bid for power, while the Western Nations, known to be hostile to Dragon worship, prepared to attack the heretic ruler. A clash was inevitable until Raldimar, the Wild Elf representative, rushed in, ordering the people to set aside their petty fight and leave, as Day’Ten had become infested with Brood over the weekend and Suvant, at that very moment, was arranging to bomb the island. Everyone was hastily ushered away by Skein Gate or boat, although reports came in that a seafaring Brood interrupted that passage.
Taking advantage of Suvant’s distraction and Berphaunt’s decision to assist the High Elves, the forces of Crucible, who had been waging war with Berphaunt, joined the Western Nations. Together they sacked the town of Mea Visa. Only two weeks’ distance from Jericho, Berphaunt has ordered its people to prepare to defend themselves…