• 714 DR [Year of Doom]
  • Kythorn 26 The Crownfrost Capture
    The Crownfrost Cacture was Aulpiter's establishment of his base within the city at the wizards' school of Crownfrost Tower. One of the swiftest and bloodiest battles of the Final Fall, Aulmpiter's organized battalions swarmed over the tower and managed to hold off all attempts at aiding the wizards until Aulmpiter had arrived and gained entrance to the tower. Within the captured three dozen mages of various levels of expertise including eight teachers and senior founder and wizard Klaern Kadelaryn. Aulmpiter gave most of them immediate deaths, though some of the more powerful he kept around to allow him access to the school's secrets (after slaying Klaern). Judging some of these wizards correctly, they would not be as self-sacrificing as those of the Speculum since most wizards are loathe to destroy what they took decades to create.

    Outside, the battle raged on, and the primary Allied army laid into the mezzoloths and others of Aulmpiter's forces. Had Arms-Major Olortynnal and Arms-Captain Selorn been more familiar with the fighting techniques of the Blood War, they might have been able to defend against the tactic that killed them. All they knew was the mezzoloths, gnolls, and all the forces kept rushing their position on all sides fell easily to their attacks. They realized too late that the dozens that fell about them soon hampered their movements so much that they could not avoid the later attacks by more powerful foes. Soon, the hundreds of dead among the Army of Darkness began to be matched among the allies, as their lack of maneuverability among their own slain enemies cut them off from retreat or even regrouping among their own forces.

    The battle, which began before dawn with the overrunning of the tower, continued past highsun and into late dusk. By that time, the exhausted elves began falling from sheer fatigue as well as their wounds. The only elves to actually penetrate the hordes to reach the tower itself - Captain Major, and a small group of a dozen bladesingers - found themselves trapped there with no hope of penetrating the magical or martial defenses Aulmpiter established. They tried to break through the closed ranks of the army and escape to no avail; with no other options, the 14 elves settled into grim resolve. Their last, heroic charge cost the Army of Darkness at least two of its generals and more than 1,000 orcs and yugoloths.

    The "Fall of the Arms-Leaders" ballad describes Hachaam Selorn's and Kelvhan Olortynnal's deaths as fates suffered gladly by two comrades fighting back to back and singing the battle hymns to Corellon Larethian that would speed their way to heroic afterlives as Reverend Ones of their god's celestial armies. Whether the ballad speaks true, even the mezzoloths and ogres were impressed by the battle-prowess of these two elves whose spirits never faltered as they were overpowered by more than 20 times their number.

    As other officers battled on in isolated pockets among the hordes encircling the Crownfrost Tower, many saw the Arms-Major and his Arms-Captain fall atop the steps of the tower. One enraged officer broke through the ranks to retrieve both their corpses and weapons, his taking up of the Arms-Major's blade Faervian with no difficulty showed the elf troops that not all was lost. The Arms-Major lived on in that soldier, the brave Captain Fflar Starbrow! Their spirits renewed, the new commander Fflar led a retreat from the tower that saved the last 400 soldiers out of the allied forces of 1,200 troops. »

  • Flamerule 14 The Bane Duels (Weeping War: Campaign #12)
    A.K.A.:Foebane's Last Strike, the Commanders' Clash
    This 32-hour-long battle started at the ruins of Castle Cormanthor and spread across the wards of Cormanthor and Dlabraddath, involving over 5,000 elves and 20,000 orcs, gnolls, ogres, and mezzoloths. The last of the major officers of the city, Captain Fflar, led the fray for much of the first day until sorely wounded by a barbed spear at sunset. However, despite his injuries and a noted drain on healing resources, Fflar rested only briefly and again took the field when word came that Aulmpiter raged about the city with newly summoned nycoloths, the elf troops falling back before them.

    Captain Fflar brought himself back to the front, now set along Oacenth's Stream. Magic enhancing his voice, Fflar issued a challenge of personal combat to Aulmpiter and his nycoloths, stoking their temper with taunts and jibes at their true status as lower planar bullies and errand-runners for the truer evils. As expected, tempers flared (as did the hopes of Fflar's troops), and Fflar came under attack. After watching the captain and Kerynian engage a dozen nycoloths and emerge victorious, Aulmpiter allowed himself the indulgence of personal combat. The two battled alone, encircled by an audience of seven nycoloths and 13 mezzoloths. The epic battle of claw versus Keryvian lasted nearly three hours, neither commander giving any quarter and both suffering numerous wounds that might have killed lesser beings. The battle culminated in a desperate gamble by Fflar, who had watched the movements of the Mantle Stone of Vhyrridaan orbiting Aulmpiter's head; he swung his great sword and intercepted the stone, destroying it with one clean blow!

    As the two elf bards who witnessed it were struck blind by its brillance, only limited details can be unearthed about the Commanders' Fall. The power of both the sword and stone burst forth in a ring of white, blue, and purple fire, engulfing Fflar and Aulmpiter but fully immolating the ring of yugoloths around them. As these fires imploded swiftly, a second blast more focused than the first arced out from the center as a crackling ring of energy that lanced across the battlefield at the city's center and robbed yugoloths of their health as much as it granted strength to the elves. At the blast's center, naught was ever found of Fflar, Aulmpiter, or Foebane, aside from the blasted sihouettes of their shadows etched in white in the pavement where they stood. With the fall of Aulmpiter, the Army of Darkness temporarily retreated back to Crownfrost Tower as it assessed the battle. They would soon return, with no thought or tactics beyond annihilation.

    This event lasts until Flamerule 15 714 DR »