Want to know what happened? Here it is!
No single nation or independent town can stand against the might of the Empire of Berphaunt. So no single nation shall. On the 11th day of February, in the year 2258, the Kingdom of Tiefanue called out to her allies to unite and make a stand against global tyranny. Meeting in secret in the independent town of Whiteraven, leaders of these rebellious Kingdoms and Independents formalised and signed the Whiteraven Accord. This accord spelled out an alliance dedicated to peace, protection of the innocent and halting the expansion of the Empire. Their motto: Ruled by no one, but governed by all.
Read more about the Whiteraven Alliance (and the enemies of Jericho) here
Who the holy fucking hell betrayed my very direct and very explicit order, entered my menagerie, and murdered my Behir? Why are my guards dead? Why does my remaining guard tell me it was you insubordinate, order disobeying, pieces of brood filth? I swear by Malagant’s crusted up shit stained asshole will see justice and retribution had this day!
Who did it? Councillors report. Sheriff report. I want their heads.I want reports. I want reports tattooed on the scalps of those aforementioned heads.
Dear Free People of Arthos,
You have not heard from either of us in a long time but we speak to you now as outcasts from our own people. As refugees with nowhere else to turn but to our friends from around the world and to the very people who have saved this world countless times, the adventurers. We have fought beside you, we have witnessed great victories and humbling defeats together. Now when the world is in need we ask you to unite together and join us. We suspect this land coming toward us is in fact the ancient home of the Berphauntian people, the fabled land of Amerinthia. What ever happened here so long ago is now our legacy to go back and set right.
The Berphauntian Empire ignores the threat they are faced with and the Whiteraven Alliance neglects its duties by waiting for the battle to come to them. So it must be us, the free willed, the individuals, the unaligned who answer this call.
The Sons of Sprawn are going in force to the new island and we have made contact with them. Krulbjorn Lightstrike of the Stormborn assures us that no harm with come to any who lend aid. This is an opportunity not only to save our world from a largest threat it has ever seen but also to begin the threads of peace to the unending wars back home.
Who will answer our call? Who will come to the land of the brood and perhaps there we will even find an end to the monstrous race of the insects or even to the horror of Ga’more himself. We have been hiding on Melinda and if you do not believe our words trust in the guidance of the one who has cause to hate Ga’more and see him dead more than any other, Essylt, the dragon once under his domination and command, has set us on this path. If you follow a dragon you will not let Ga’more go unpunished for what he did to Essylt! But even more so if you follow a god you cannot stand by and let the betrayer of the gods get away with causing the death of an entire pantheon along with so many others. And if you serve no one but yourself think now on what the brood have done to you and those around you and consider this may be the first step toward actually taking the fight to Gamore and turning the tables on the brood in their own lands.
Essylt wants to see this threat removed from the world more than any other, she has offered aid to get any who are willing to Amerinthia. We have used the last of our resources to arrange for Skein Gate travel to Melinda on the day we set sail. While our actions go against the command and wishes of our leadership, and may even seem treasonous to some, please know we do this to persevere the future and legacy of both the Empire of Berphaunt and the Whiteraven Alliance. We are their children and we must save these lands for our children’s children. Board your ships or come by Skein Gate and make haste to Melinda to join us in this cause. None who wish to help end this bastard god of domination and his lust for power will be left behind. On August 4, 2259 Essylt will take any who have made it to Melinda and transport us via the Far Realm to once lost realm of Amerintha.
This isn’t just about our countries who have abandoned Arthos to its fate. This is about us, as free people, standing up to the tyrant god and his army of bugs and saying, no more. We will not be afraid. We will not run, nor will we hide. By sword, dagger, alchemy and magic, on this day we will fight!”
– Prince Leopold Tiefanue & Princess Lousia Berphaunt
Citizens of the great Empire of Berphaunt:
It is with a heavy heart we must reply to this leak of misinformation and inform everyone of the facts as they stand and the Empire’s actions.
Yes, there is a large landmass, we suspect to be an undiscovered continent approaching our very own Maud’madir. This much is true. And it does appear that a large number of brood have infected this land. But the threat to our lives has been greatly exaggerated let us assure you. There are not “millions” of brood and a “new species” of orc on this new land. Berphaunt’s Legions have proven time and again to be more than a match for any military force we’ve had to face and we will not go out to strange lands searching for trouble. Rest assured; you are safe and secure in your own homes. If you do encounter a brood please inform your local authorities and we will dispatch the nearest legion immediately. The Emperor takes your safety very seriously and that is why he will not be wasting a single soldier by sending them on a fool’s errand to another land supposedly “filled with brood.
Long Live the Emperor
Long Last the Empire.
-Chamberlain Alderan de Mowbray, On behalf of Emperor Louis Berphaunt.
We are taking the impending Brood threat very seriously. The council of leaders has met and, with the blessing of the Church of Light, have decided our best course of action is to prepare for an all out war by defending our own borders. We would urge you at this time to join your fellow soldiers and sign up, every able bodied man and woman of every race will be needed in the coming war. Sign up now and get the training you need to fight back against the brood when they arrive on our lands. Let us stand together, strong and prepared for when the enemy brings the fight to us!
-Counselor Mousta, representing the Kingdom of Tiefenue during Prince Leopold’s temporary absence.
Welcome back (forward?) my loyal subjects. My appointed leadership has done well, I am pleased that the harvesting operation has been dismantled, even if the process was unconventional. Between those three and the Cleric of Vesmir, I believe we have a full report. If anyone can contribute more here, send it to Peresh.
Collective Report on the events of April 22nd, 2259: Continue reading
Introducing the first major faction on the world of Arthos: the Sons of Sprawn. Originally a loose conglomeration of Orcish clans, they now stand behind their martyred leader to eliminate all pink-skins.
Who will you be fighting? Read up on one of the real threats to both Berphaunt and Whiteraven here.
To the Good and Loyal People of the Great Empire of Berphaunt.
As an Empire, we have been the bastion of civilization that the world has always needed. We have brought order and peace to all the lands that have joined us.
But there are those that paint us as the enemy. Their own hunger for power has turned them away from the path that even the Gods of Light have set for them. They have fallen prey to corruption.
Tiefanue’s great losses to the Firstborn Dragon Styphon the Black has unfortunately weakened it to the state that fanatical religious zealots have gained power and are blaspheming the teachings of the Gods of Light in order to maintain their control over their subjects. These zealots have traveled out to other nations and have convinced them that they must war against us. This is unjust. We have only ever wanted peace and prosperity for all our citizens, both old and new.
They have moved against our great and peaceful empire, and in doing so, have not just attacked our empire, but have committed a personal and grievous slight against our Imperial Person.
The traitorous Nation of Tiefanue, led by their corrupt Church of Light, has kidnapped our Princess Louisa, beloved Daughter and champion of the common folk of Berphaunt. To wage war by sinister means is no surprise from a nation whose gods abandoned them on the brink of destruction. Great hardship and losses often weaken the resolve and morals of men and leaves them husks of their former selves. It is with a heavy heart that we see just how far Tiefanue has fallen. And, to our eternal dismay, they have pulled other nations and independent towns down with them.
To kidnap an innocent to use as a pawn, and to threaten torture on her blessed form, is the height of evil and cowardice from a nation that pretends to fly a banner of chivalry.
To the traitorous Whiteraven Alliance, we say this: Return our Daughter home. Make good on your boasts of honour and love for those that are innocent. Do not allow your previous defeats to corrupt you into the very thing you once deplored. If you return the Princess Louisa to the loving embrace of the Empire immediately, then we will enact no punishment upon your people. This is our solemn vow. However, if you continue to hide her from us then there will be no member of your Alliance that will be safe from the search that will span this entire continent. She is not just our Daughter, but the Daughter of the Empire. What would you do to recover your lost child? How can you pretend to a
follower of the Gods of Light when you hide her in darkness?
We are all well aware that there are loyal members of the Empire everywhere. Merchants bringing goods, Adventurers seeking glory, Mage’s Guilds that apprenticed under loyal Magus. We would ask you now to aid us in our search. If the Whiteraven Alliance continues to work in the darkness then it is the Empire that must be the Bastion of Light. We call on all loyal subjects everywhere to be vigilant. Help us find our lost princess, our beacon of hope, and you will be handsomely rewarded.
We know she is as dear to you and she is to us. Bring her home. And let peace once again flow through our lands. Those that would harm her, no place on Arthos will be safe from our wrath.
From Chancellor Cartagia, from the Office of Diplomacy and Statecraft, written on behalf of His Imperial Majesty, Emperor Louis Berphaunt
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