• 712 DR [Year of the Lost Lance]
  • Ches 2 The Templestar's Rise (Weeping War: Campaign #3)
    A.K.A.: The Three Fronts of Myth Drannor, the Mauling, Advance of the Three Battalions, Gaulguth's Bath, the River's Reprisal, the Elemental Strikes, the Drowning
    Considered one battle, this seven-pronged attack by the Army of Darkness on the city of Myth Drannor marked its first invasion by external enemy troops in over 600 years! The Army of Darkness, while holding more than two-thirds of its forces back either at their nerve center in Olorill or in encampments surrounding the mythal, sent three battalions - the Agonists (first Legion), the Chaoslayers (first legion), and the Merciless (third legion) - and Gaulguth the Reaver into Myth Drannor.

    The three battalions spread out into their respective regiments, though they remained under the commands of Generals Khitax, Vroyxax, and Ollyq. The First Regiment of Agonists, under the direct command of Gaulguth and Colonel Szelmsevv, spearheaded the charge on Castle Cormanthor, while others concentrated attacks on all areas of Cormanthor, Kerrandunath, and Sheshyrinnam. For reasons unknown, none of the initial attackers approached the city from the east or disturbed the city east of the stream (leaving elves to later mutter and suspect that some N'Tel'Quess in Dlabraddath was responsible for the whole Fall of Myth Drannor). Even though the elves were nearly outnumbered two-to-one, they held on and destroyed over nine regiments (three of General Ollyq's Merciless, two of General Khitax's Agonists, and nearly the entire Chaoslayer battalion) in 19 solid hours of combat and spellbattles!

    This battle's title comes from its most prominent military (and spiritual) victory at the height of the fray. Under the moon's light and the constant press of enemies, the elves and other defenders of the realm suffered miserable losses for much of the early hours of the battle. By highmoon, more than half the western city was dominated and controlled by the Army of Darkness. Of the three Merciless regiments invading the peaceful temple ward of Sheshyrinnam, two were focused on military tactics and control of conquered territory, while the third took to desecrating and destroying the temple they everwhelmed.

    The aging priest Artox Frayhammer, with his lusty war cries and the compelling battle songs of his clergy of Moradin, turned the tide of battle for all Myth Drannor as he saw another, smaller temple fall. Leading the charge and rallying other temples' faithful behind him and his dwarves, Artox met and slew five mezzoloth officers - four majors and General Ollyq himslef - within mere minutes, as the Merciless expected resistence as feeble as they had encountered before. Soon, the army of the Templestars took rough shape as the temple defenders of Moradin, Garl Glittergold, Labelas Enoreth, Selune, and Mielikki united and destroyed all invaders with Sheshyrinnam. These victories in turn fired the hope of the other allies, and the tide turned in favor of Myth Drannor!

    The final note of the battle that ended this conflict (and quickly ignited the next) was a major summoning by Symruster, four baelnorn, and the fledgling Elementalists' Guild (until recently a minor part of the Guild of Wizards, Conjurers, and Enchanters). As the Army battalions were forced back to the stream by victorious elf troops in the western city, the stream Oacenth and Glyrryl's Pool erupted with gargantuan water elementals which literally leapt over the banks to wash away the surviving enemy regiments of the Merciless and Chaoslayer battalions. Even Gaulguth was forced to teleport to safety as three elementals tried to drown him in the depths of the pool!

    By dawn of the third day of Ches, the Army of Darkness was forced east of the stream and Glyrryl's Pool, where many of thier number drowned before the elementals were dispersed. In all, the invading Army of Darkness suffered the loss of 12 regiments - over 35,000 gnolls, hobgoblins, ogres, and orcs - before their retreat and fight, rather than one over which victory is assured.

    Among the deaths of this battle included:
    [Myth Drannor]
    Kovimal Honedaxe (Councilor and clan chief), Aesar "Moonwing" (Court Mage)
    [Army of Darkness]
    General Ollyq of the Merciless, General Vroyxax of the Chaoslayers

    This battle lasted until Ches 3, 712 DR »

  • 714 DR [Year of Doom]
  • 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 »