712 DR

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

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