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PostPosted: Fri Jan 27, 2012 10:13 pm    Post subject: Plot Information Winter 2011-2012 Reply with quote

OOG: The following happens IG through the last week of January 2012 in the entirety of the area collectively known as The Wildlands. If your character was in this area you saw it first hand. If not, then you would quickly have learned of it the moment you returned. If you spend the entire winter in the Kingdom of Caldaria south of the Mountains, then word of these events reaches you in detail by the end of February. How you specifically react to these events is up to you, and feel free to come up with something for your character so long as it conforms to these events. Help maintain order, comfort the frightened, fall to your knees in terror and beg for it all to end: it's up to you.

IG: Starting in the last week of January of 512, the sound of beating wings and buffeted air can be heard echoing throughout the lands North of the Caldarian Mountains at night. During the first night the sound can be heard for over an hour. It comes and goes quickly. The longer you listen to the sound the more a creeping feeling of dread begins to crystallize in your mind. The source remains unseen for that first night, but you know, simply know, that whatever is making that noise is missive in size, and flying at great speed.

Each night the terrible sound returns. The common people of Badril's Rest and the Refugee Camps break into a panic. Every night when the beating of wings starts to echo off the hills and ring throughout the night air screams of panic from frightened children and terrified townsfolk quickly follow. Order is only maintained because for all the fear of this unknown the people are too afraid to leave their homes.

Then it happens. At noon on the sixth day a massive and terrible creature is seen flying over the lands of the North. It is massive. Its form is that of the blackest night as if not made of substance, but of the true absence of light. It shifts and changes as it flys but always it maintains one terrible form that screams at every corner of your mind: Dragon. Shadow Dragon. (OOG Note: if you have seen the character "Strife" you immediately recognize this dragon as him.)

It passes over every corner of House Carr's lands and makes its way further and further North and East, deep into the unknown reaches of the Wildlands. Within a few horrible minuets of its appearance it is little more than a black smear across a sunny winter sky. The fear of its passing lasts for days.

Forces are put on alert. Mages from the Royal Arcanum patrol the streets of the Refugee Camps armed with wands and spells of light but no shadows come. After a week of waiting for an attack that never comes the forces stand down and life begins to return to the normal winter life of those in House Carr's Lands.



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PostPosted: Mon Jan 30, 2012 2:26 am    Post subject: War Call of the Bear Reply with quote

OOG: The following is posted in every taven across the lands of Caldaria and the lands of House Carr. From time to time Barbarians in heavy furs come and go shouting the words to crowds of gathered people. Regardless of if you can read or not, the message can be seen and heard far and wide.
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All all my fellow brothers and sisters of the tribes, hear me now. For tens of generations we have been divided by blood, by tribe and by tradition. We have suffered at the hands of lizards and been shunned by the Ghost Elves in their precious forest. We have fought amongst ourselves for land and for honor. We have had men of the southern king move into our lands. We have been a people divided.

No more. No more can we meet every few seasons by the fire to talk of unity only to go back to our tribes and live apart. From the horse plains of the open wilds to the great islands of the Serand we have spread out across this land. We have allowed time to separate us. We have let the comfortable weakness of "civilization" take from us our strength. Generations of Volker grow hearing of the glory of times long past, yet who among us can say he is a Volker of legend? I tell you brothers and sisters we have become complacent in a world which no longer knows the honor and might of the Volker people. We will remind them. We will make them understand.

More then tradition, more then tales of old; we will take back what is ours. All in the north have seen the sign. The greatest evil to befall the Volker has returned. The Shadow Dragon has flown over the lands of the tribes to the North and the East. It taunts us. It drove us from our great Kingdom, and now seeks to cower us in fear under its shadow as it passes to OUR home.

The time has come my brothers and sisters. Time to return to our lost home. Time to take that which is ours by blood and by honor. It is time we returned our people to glory. Time to show this world that we are Volker, and we are a people united. We are a people to be feared and honored.

Brothers and sisters, we go into this battle with the blessings of our ancestors. The greatest champions of the Volker walk with us. This we know, for returned to us is the greatest weapon of our people. The weapon of legend, The Sun Scion, has been claimed by Volker hands. Long lost to the ages, The Sun Scion is the weapon of our greatest heroes. It is the weapon destined to kill the Dragon of Shadow for all time. It is the symbol that our ancestors demand we live up to their names.

Sisters, brothers, let us stand as one! Let us march on our long last home of Erberoth. Let us do battle with this dragon until Erberoth runs red with our blood and the blood of any who would dare to stand in our way. We will claim the Kingdom that is ours. We will rebuild Erberoth and the bones of our enemies will serve as the foundation of our return to Glory.

I await every Volker who will answer this call. This will be the time of our rebirth. This will be the time in which true legends are made. We will have Glory. We will have Vengeance. We will return Home.

To Erberoth my brothers and sisters. Our destiny awaits in the North and East.

High Chief Hrothgar Feuerbart, High Chief of the Bear Tribes. Wielder of Sun Scion.



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PostPosted: Thu Feb 09, 2012 6:07 am    Post subject: Royal Decree Reply with quote

The following is posted in every tavern, every in, and every public space in the Kingdom of Caldaria. Heralds announce this proclamation for weeks following the first postings. It is not possible to be in the Kingdom of Caldaria and not learn of this.

My fellow Caldarians, hear this, the words of your King Alexander Phedron.

For years our people have suffered war and death at the hand of the vile and evil Kurzinnor Empire. Thousands upon thousands of good and honest men and women have given up their homes, their lands, and their lives to keep back this tide. The Great Barrier has all but ended the war, and brought peace to our great Kingdom, yet even so, thousands of Caldarians have lost their homes. The lands of Vestria and Ordin lay within the grasp of our enemy, and their return may take generations.

Are we to accept this and tell these brave defenders that their homes are gone, and that there is nothing we can do? I would think not.

The lands north of the Caldarian Mountains, known collectively as "The Wildlands", are an untamed wilderness, much as Vestria and Ordin were during the years of their creation. The Volker inhabitants of these lands have, by all reports, left in search of their ancient homeland of legend. We can only wish them success, as all people deserve a chance to return home. With this in mind, I do what I must to restore homes to thousands of loyal and honorable Caldarian citizens.

I, King Alexander Phedron, King of Caldaria, hereby claim all lands north of the Caldarian Mountains and west of the Northern Mountain Expanse, in the name of the Kingdom of Caldaria. Any noble household of Baronial rank or higher may claim land in this expansion, provided they show they may adequately provide for the defense and safety of those who colonize these lands in their name.

The Veiled Forest and the Eletherial Forest are, of course, excluded from claim. The homelands of our allies shall always remain sovereign, as the lands of their people. Also in recognition of his people's efforts to tame this wild land in the north, I hereby elevate Lord Viscount Aurelius Carr to the rank of Baron, and name the House of Carr a Baronial House of this Kingdom. His lands in the North shall remain his holdings, henceforth to be knows as the Barony of Carr.

By this edict, I hope to restore lands and homes to those who so greatly deserve them. I hope to expand the good rule of our Kingdom to a land rife with problems.

By my hand I make this edict the law of the land.

King Alexander Phedron I
King of Caldaria



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PostPosted: Wed Feb 15, 2012 11:17 pm    Post subject: Twilight Elven Responce to the King's Edict Reply with quote

To the Honorable People of Caldaria,

The Court of the Sun wishes to express its sincerest regret to the people of Caldaria who have lost their homes to the Kurzinnor threat over the last few decades. To loose so much is a harsh and unjust fate for those so valiant. It is courageous that your people are so able to begin again, and look to a new beginning.

The High Ogre people, our Little Brothers, have also suffered greatly over the decades. Their tireless crusade against the forces of Chaos has left their people spread out across the land and without a home to call their own. Do these fine people not also deserve a home to call their own? It has always been the intent of the Twilight Elven people to grant a place for all High Ogres to come and live; a place where they can develop their society in peace, so they can grow as a people.

Alas, in Caldaria's haste to replace that which it has lost, she has not looked to the needs of her Little Brothers, or to the promises made in times past. King Nikolai Demos I, once made such a promise, to set aside land for our Little Brothers to grow and prosper. Death, unfortunately, would take his great example from your people before such an act could be made.

Much of the land between the Veiled and Eleytherian Forests is fertile land; a perfect place for our Little Brothers to call home. Alas, all of the land north of the Caldarian Mountains is now claimed by the Kingdom of Caldaria in an unprecedented expansion of her borders. Not since Mathias Thurgos III, has Caldaria expanded so greatly and so quickly.

This claim leaves no place for the High Ogres, and further, this claim infringes on the borders of the Veiled Forest and of the lands of the Twilight Elven People.

It is with much regret that the Court of the Sun must herby reject Caldaria's claim to the land between the Veiled and Eleytherian Forests. This claim has no precedent, and the Veiled Forest will not recognize a claim which denies the High Ogre people a new homeland and a chance to develop their society without outside influence.

It is the hope of the Court of the Sun that the just and honorable Nobility of Caldaria will speak with their Northern allies, so that together we can come to an accord which satisfies the needs of all peoples in need of a home.

On behalf of the Court of the Sun
Zhang Lo-Yu, Champion of the Sun



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PostPosted: Thu Feb 23, 2012 6:02 am    Post subject: News From Around the Kingdom Reply with quote

The following is news thats is reported in various written and verbal formats. Sometimes it is presented all at once, and other times just one of the key points is expressed. It is not difficult to obtain all of the news regardless of literacy. This is more than rumor, and is delivered as truthful reporting from the Kingdom

News from around the Kingdom.

From the Capital, Arcaldar: The Court of the Sun, the ruling body of the Veiled Forest has recalled their ambassador and closed their embassy here in the Caldarian capital city of Arcaldar. Ambassador Seng Da-fei released the following prepared statement on behalf of the Veiled Forest.

"Due to the recent events in the Caldarian province of Badril's Rest and the Kingdom of Caldaria's intent to expand its borders with no regard for the council of her allies, The Court of the Sun has chosen to end its centuries long close relationship with the Kingdom of Caldaria. It is the hope of the Twilight Elven people that King Alexander Phedron will reconsider his choices concerning the so called "Wildlands" as they pertain to Caldarian expansion. The Twilight Elven people feel for those who have lost their homes to the vile Kurzinor Empire, but we must protest this sudden and unprecedented claim of land. Such actions are unbecoming of such a Noble Kingdom, and in time we hope that the Kingdom makes the right choice so the great alliance between our people can be maintained."

The reaction of the Veiled Forest has sparked waves of anger from Caldarian citizens, particularly from veterans of the Second Kurzinor War. Many people have taken to the streets outside the Embassy shouting their disapproval of the Twilight Elves. Twice in the last three days since word of the Veiled Forest's decision was received the City Guard had to disperse crowds of angry onlookers and hecklers. Telmia Norlia, an Arkelian Elven baker whose family was dislocated from Delios almost thirty years ago, had this to say:

"The Second Kurzinor War lasted nearly three decades. In three decades how many legions of Twilight Elves came to our defense? How much did their great "friendship" mean to them to help their ally while nearly half the kingdom was lost to the Kurzinor? So now, all these years later, as the people who lost their homes and families to the Kurzinor hope to rebuild and make a new home for themselves, they (Twilight Elves) want to deny us? They have the gall to tell us they disapprove. Good. Let them. They can all go back to their high and mighty forest and leave Caldarian affairs to Caldarians."

In related news Legatus Dai Jin Wu has resigned his post, stating a need to return to his people. It is well known that many Twilight Elves, including the former Queen Narissa Demos, hear the call of their homeland and drop everything to return. News of the timing of the Legatus's resignation has many high Nobles questioning the validity of the claim. A replacement has not yet been named but a reliable source suspects that Legatus Bretok IceHammer of the Royal Military Academy may be called to fill the role.

Demos: After decades without a Ducal House being named to replace House Psychon as the Ducal House of Demos, the Royal Court has decided to name House Nykia as the new Ducal House of Demos. The House, which was once part of the Arkelian Royal House, was established as a Baronial House in 204 after the Great Immigration. The Royal Court has reported that House Nykia's efforts and dedication to the defense of the Kingdom both on land and at sea have been instrumental in planning for the defenses of Demos and the Kingdom as a whole. With this in mind, the elevation of House Nykia to Ducal House will allow them to continue to serve in this capacity with further recognition of their efforts to date. King Alexander Phedron has yet to state exactly who from House Nykia will be asked to serve as Duke or Duchess of Demos though it is highly unlikely to be anyone other than the current Barron of Nykia, Aumon Anhuris Barash-Ka Nykia. Assuming this is correct it will likely be Sir Ansari Nykia who takes up the title of Barron of Nykia.

Ordin: Lady Brea Desali has announced her desire to claim the title of Baroness for the now lost Barony of Desali. Lady Brea Desali is the rightful heir to House Desali and many in the House feel this move is long over due. As she was just an infant when her father was killed permanently in the final days of the second battle of Delios, House Desali has been lead by Regent Leo Connor. By her birthright she could have claimed this title as early as her 14th birthday however it would seem the young Lady Brea Desali did not wish to disrupt her House's war effort with a change in leadership. With the Second Kurzinnor War now over it would appear that Lady Brea will have little difficulty claiming the title which is rightfully hers.

Lady Brea Desali has stated great interest in the King's recent edict concerning the lands north of the Caldarian Mountains. A formal declaration to move House Desali to this frontier is expected within a few weeks. If this comes to pass, the first wave of troops and colonists could arrive north of the mountains by mid April.



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PostPosted: Thu Mar 22, 2012 4:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The following is posted all through the Kingdom of Caldaria with particular frequency in areas north of the Caldaria Mountains.

To good and loyal people of Caldaria,

For decades the House of Desali has fought to hold the line against the Kurzinnor Empire. Good men and women have traded not only their homes, their crafts, but also their very lives waging war against this horrible foe. Their valor and dedication to our fair Kingdom can not be understated. The Great Barrier ensures our protection from a renewed Kurzinnor threat but for most of these brave defenders their homes and their livelihoods remain on the far side of the Barrier.

His Majesty has extended to every House the opportunity to make a home for their people in the wild untamed North. House Carr has long been a trailblazer, forging ahead and securing the first expansion of the kingdom in nearly a century. Yet they have had to stand alone against not just the dangers of the wilds, but of creatures of great power from other worlds. Today I declare that this ends.

By my hand as Baroness of Desali and Matriarch of House Desali I herby claim land north of the Duchy of Demos between the Veiled and Eletherial Forests extending east toward the Barony of Carr along the northern slopes of the Caldarian Mountains. We shall aid House Carr in claiming the North for Caldaria and bring order and peace to this region as we did in times past to the south. All able bodied men and women of House Desali willing to make this transition shall be granted exemption from taxation for the first year of service in the North. In addition, all members of the Desali Baronial Army, or members of the Royal Army in a Desali Baronial Regiment are hereby ordered to report for immediate deployment to act as a vanguard for the civilian populous to follow this summer.

We shall forge a new home for the brave defenders of our Kingdom. We shall make the North a place we can raise our sons and daughters in peace. Through this last sacrifice we shall again have a place to call home.

By my hand I make this so,
Baroness Brea Desali
Baroness of Desali
Matriarch of House Desali



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PostPosted: Thu Apr 12, 2012 4:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

This is posted in every barony in the Kingdom of Caldaria. Much like other anouncements like it this winter it is difficult to be in Caldaria and not learn of it.

To the good citizens of Caldaria,

House Lyrax has served the Kingdom of Caldaria for generations by ensuring the safe and steady flow of the Caldarian economy. The gems and ores mined from the lands of House Lyrax have kept our great Kingdom in prosperity despite decades of brutal war. The lands of House Lyrax are uniquely suited for this task nestled in the foothills of the Caldarian Mountains but unfortunately this means that the people of Lyrax have relied heavily on the rest of the Kingdom for food, supplies, and other civilian needs. With the decades of war now behind us, the people of House Lyrax wish to repay those who have aided us so greatly.

House Lyrax will answer His Majesty's call to restore the glory of Caldaria, and will assist in bringing order and justice to the wild untamed North. House Lyrax hereby claims the lands to the immediate East and Northeast of the Barony of Carr. The resources of House Lyrax will be used to turn this open expanse of plains into both farmland and horse pastures, with the goal of restoring the horse population decimated by both the plague and the Second Kurzinnor War, as well as increasing the Kingdom's food production.

To this end all Lyrax Baronial Army units, and all Royal Army units assigned to a Lyrax Regiment, are hereby ordered to report for immediate deployment through Zychuk Pass, for the prosperity and wealth of Caldaria.

By My Hand,
Baron Fiestus Surefoot Lyrax
Baron of Lyrax
Patriarch of House Lyrax



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