To begin our story, we must know some of the history that has passed before us. There was a land made up of 11 provinces, each province had a King and they fought bitterly with each other. The province of Linnaeus the largest and most populous province in the land of Ameth was ruled by King William Aethmael I, a strong-willed and brilliant military strategist. Tired of constant border battles, he sought to unite the 11 provinces under his rule he spent decades in battle bringing the other provinces to heel. After many years, his quest was complete. As a provision of their surrender, he allowed the Kings of the other provinces to rule provided they paid homage to him. Border skirmishes were outlawed and many years of peace followed his rule.
His son and successor William Aethmael II was a just King and loved by many. Being the second King in the Aethmael line also had its advantages, 10 kings paid homage to him and their rule was only guaranteed by their loyalty to him. He had the riches of 10 kingdoms flowing into his coffers and he was generous with his wealth. As a sign of good faith when he took the throne, he allowed the other Kings hereditary rights, meaning their sons would rule by right, and not as vassals of the High King. This would eventually lead to many conflicts upon his death, but for now we will begin this story with his eventual successor, William the III.
William Aethmael III, like a dog on a leash, William’s life had always been a struggle. As the only male heir to the High King; he was always protected and unable to prove his worth as a man. He had recently completed his training as a knight and had shown remarkable talent as swordsmen and surprisingly with a war hammer. This was not the weapon of a prince, but he used it anyway. Traditions and court politics were not his concern. He was young and eager to prove himself.
Now at the time of William III’s knighting, a strange man had taken the ear of his father, the high king; this man was named Aranar and he had quickly become a favored member of the High King’s court. He acted as bard and told of wild tales of the lands past the Dragar Mountains, of endless treasures and fantastical creatures. When he spoke it was almost as if you could see these wonders and the tales he told settled in the minds of the young prince.
As a knight, the prince was allowed more freedoms and he chose to explore the lands beyond the mountains. He took a small contingent of 9 knights, his squire Dean and a few of his closest friends. His father, nervous about the expedition also sent Ermel, the family’s Earth Warden to protect William. William’s party traveled for many weeks and sent news of their travels by owl almost daily. As they traveled father into the mountains, news took longer to reach the King. Finally after 3 months with no word, the King became worried.
He sent a tracker by the name of Rizel to find his son’s party. News returned from Rizel that he had found the trail and then no messages followed. The king fearing something foul had happened decided to send 100 soldiers and 50 Horse into the Mountains. Led by General Treyven, they traveled for two weeks into the mountain ranges when they came upon a large band of mercenaries in a clearing. The mercenaries carried large shields with a blue dragon as a herald, they said they followed a wizard named Majisto and they were called the Dragon Masters, an odd name, but the general paid it no mind. The mercenaries seemed reserved, but they were not hostile. After exchanging a few pleasantries, they left the camp, more concerned about their prince than a band of mercenaries they had never heard of…
…About three days ride from the Dragon’s camp, General Treyven and his soldiers found the remains of several of the Prince’s party, due to decay, the General was unable to identify whether or not the Prince was part of this massacre, but the body count did suggest that the prince could well be dead, he sent an owl to the King demanding the right to roust the mercenaries and force them to reveal what had happened. The King agreed and ordered no mercy. The general was instructed to kill them all, but to bring one man to back to question. After a hard two days ride back to the mercenary the General rested his troops for the remainder of the day. They posted sentries and watched the Dragon camp until well into the night.
Once the General was convinced most of the mercenaries were asleep, he ordered his archers to kill the Dragon sentries; all were killed quickly and most importantly quietly. He then waved his soldiers into the camp; they came from all sides and brutally began killing the men in their sleep, some tried to fight back, but they were overwhelmed easily. The slaughter was brutal and no quarter was given, one man was tossed in a sack and the rest of the camp was set to the torch. General Treyven gathered his men and began his march back to King William.
Little did the general know, but one man had survived the battle the Dragon’s commander, he was badly injured and buried under the dead, but he was alive. After pulling himself out from under the charred remains of his comrades, he realized that the only reason he was alive was because the blood of his men had kept him insulated from the fire. That moment covered in blood he swore to the gods that he would have revenge!
He named himself The Dragon Master and vowed revenge on the Royal Knights of King William Aethmael II…
So begins our tale, with a missing prince, a mysterious court bard and a Vengeful Commander who wants nothing better than to destroy the Royal House of Aethmael.
Where is the Prince?
Who is Majisto, what power does he have over The Dragon Master?
And who is the Mysterious court Bard Aranar?
All will be told and battles will be waged, so begins the War!!!
Enough of a story to start this little role-play with? Of course other the factions can be from the 10 kingdoms or from the lands beyond the mountains. We have motive for the course of our game.
Tell me what you think,
My apologies if it was a bit too long, but I have a ton of ideas and this was just the start...
I am hoping to start taking pictures to illustrate this story starting on Tuesday; unfortunately most of my mountain pieces are part of a store window display until after Christmas. I will have to creatively produce some mountainesque landscape. I will start by fleshing out characters and perhaps building a Throne room, a bit of a road and a clearing. Then to the massacre…
After a long absence, I have returned. I can't wait to start building again.