714 DR

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

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