Cotton In Hight Demand for Sails

Follow attacks on the Kymri fleet, cotton is in high demand in the Green Islands for the replacement of sails, driving the prices up.

  • -25 before the Empire: Martyrdom of Brother Alvito.
  • -5 before the Empire: Slave War – Ulrich ‘s slave army besieges Darica. The Siege is broken by Kelvin’s Legion hired by Magnus Andro and paid with Levantine Merchant Princes gold.
  • Year 0 of the Empire: Treaty of Nations – Magnus Andro first Emperor of the South.
  • Year 5 of the Empire: Cardinal Derasc elected Cardinal.
  • Year 7 of the Empire: Martyrdom of Emperor Magnus Andro while Fighting Python .
  • Year 8 of the Empire: Election of Emperor Arial II of Prevoria. The Emperor receives the Solar Shield from Cardinal Derasc.
  • Year 15 of the Empire: Death of Emperor Arial II. Imperial Elections to be Held.
War avoided in the North, but anticipated in the South

War is avoided in the North as the Order of the Owl withdraws from a contested holy site. Local Warlords are reselling their overstocked metals now that the weapon production is expected to go down, allowing to buy metal at a discounted price.

At the same time, Kings in the South are stockpiling iron and food supplies as the process to elect a new Emperor unfold and the possibility of a war for the Throne takes shape, driving the price of metal, grain and fish up.

New Chapters
Books of Esteband and Andreus

Two new partial Chapters have appear in the Book of Prophecies;

The Book of Esteban
The Awakening

Antonio Don Esteban was the son of a Prevorian Warlord named Maximiliano who had land on the border with Belgaria. His father was often at war with his neighbours who served the Wizard King of Belgaria. The lackey of the Wizard Prince would use the Forbidden Magic against Maximiliano and his men, but somehow the Warlord would always prevailed, apparently thanks to his superior Cunning on the battlefield, the Strength of his arm, and his raising Glory which would attract many allies to his side. Maximiliano explained to his son that his good Fortune was coming from the Winds. Antonio then became very pious, so the blessing of the Winds would remain on his father.

One night he could not sleep, Antonio got out of bed and wandered outside in the dark. He then heard to voice of his father talking to somebody. Antonio approached without Maximiliano noticing him. The young man saw that the Warlord was talking to his battle axe, and that the reflection of a demon on the blade of the weapon was answering to his father. From the conversation he overheard, Antonio understood that the Devil Kornudrax had chosen the Warlord’s axe as his body on this World. However, bodies in the Land of Ensifer usually have to be made of flesh and blood. To preserve Kornudrax’s body, Maximiliano had to feed the Axe with the blood of his enemies, while in exchange, the Devil would teach the Warlord Secrets from Under the Mountain.

Despite his love for his father, Antonio denounced Maximiliano as a follower of the First One to the Prevorian Inquisition. The Warlord was tried by the Inquisition and condemned burnt at the stake. Has he was watching his father burn, Antonio felt Compassion for him and killed him with an arrow to put an end to his suffering. Maximiliano’s lands were confiscated by the King of Prevoria, but as compensation for the Sacrifice of his birth right and a reward for his Honesty, Antonio was made Sir Antonio don Esteban, a knight of the Prevorian Inquisition.

The Book of Andreus
The Awakening

Andreus was a stable boy of humble origins who grew up in Lower Alba. Him and his family were believers, and as such were persecuted by most in Lower Alba, where the false god Ghildas was still being worshipped. They had found refuge at the keep of Warlord who was not a Believer, but would protect them in exchange for their services.

One day, Andreus was conscripted into his Warlord’s army because Ulrich was leading a slave revolt across the land. During the Slave War, Andreus proved to be a very able fighter on horseback. His Courage was noted by Antonio Don Esteban, who happened to be an ally of his Warlord during the Slave War. Given that Andreus was also a Believer, Antonio offered him to join the new order he had founded, the Holy Order of the Questor, which Andreus gladly accepted.

Andreus’ part of the Quest was to focus on the First Gold Arrow. Andreus traveled across the Veil into the Dark Forest to look for the Gold Arrow at the Faey Court. There, he was told that an Arcane named Silverwing had it, and that the Arcane could be found deeper in the Dark Forest.

As he was looking for Silverwing, Andreus came across a clearing inhabited by Nymphs. Andreus being a good looking young man, the Nymphs tried to seduce him. Their charm and beauty were quasi-divine, but Andreus was Disciplined and loyal to the Quest. Every fibers of Andreus’ body were telling him to abandon the Quest and stay with the Nymphs forever, but his Faith was greater than that. As he felt that the beauty of the Nymphs was driving him crazy, Andreus gauged his own eyes out of his skull with his bare hands so he would no longer be distracted by it. As he became blind, instead of darkness and Void, Andreus saw a bright white light that revealed to him the coming of the True Reign.

Gathering in the North: Yggdrasil Has Spoken
Gathering in the North

As Oneye died and was sucked out of the World, Yggdrasil screamed in pain. Silverwing though he understood what the Three of Life was saying, and revealed what he heard to Blueface and Stonehearth:

Humans will ignore Yggdrasil. They will betray the Winds like the Winds betrayed us, and like we betrayed our Father. They are weak and won’t be able to protect the World unless they come to peace with Nature.

Blueface and the Beast Riders
Gathering in the North

Blueface was looking at the horizon. The Arcane was at the edge of the Evergrey, the True North, where it is never really day or night, as if the Cataclysm had also put an end to the cycle of the Sun and Moon. One of the tribes he had sent North would return today. He had seen the signs.

White silhouettes finally appeared on the grey background, slowly approaching through the blizzard, the Beast Riders had finally made it back:

- Master , said the one of Firebolg mounted on a dire bear, it took us a long time, but we finally found it. We had been going at it the wrong way, looking for a tower standing in a desolated land. Once we realized our mistake, we knew where to look. However, we still can’t get in.

- Let me worry about getting inside said the Arcane. You’ve done well, Chieftain. Return to your lands. You might find them inhabited by a lesser race of men, but I am confident in your ability to reclaim them. A lot has change while you were gone.

Silverwing - the Faey Court
Gathering in the North

Navigating fey politics was more complex and dangerous than sailing Shipwrecker Bay. Eladrins and Elves were still very suspicious of one another, even a thousand years after the Cataclysm. The lost of their immortally at the contact of the Void had brought the Elves refugees to value life in all its forms, but had also made them very careful individuals. The Eladrins on the other hand were perpetuating the arrogance of the People. Intrigue is everything in a society where you cannot simply move up the social ladder as a result of the natural passing of those above you. At Faey Luna’s Court, The Bard with a Viper’s Tongue was making a fortune building and destroying reputations.

Silverwing had to find the right angle to convince the Queen of the Feys to provide him warriors and a proper weapon for his quest. But once the Arcane had convinced Faey Luna that Oneye could be a menace to her reign, she understood that it was in her own interest to cooperate.

Stoneheart II
Gathering in the North

Once again, Stoneheart had to take his burden across, or rather underneath, an ocean. It would be the tool to some dirty work, but it had to be done. Oneye had gone to far, and the Spirits were in agreement on ending the threat , if not on how to do it.

The Arcane from the West would have to find some muscle locally. He would not risk his own dwarves on the task. The were valuable to him and their sense of self-righteousness could prove inconvenient. No, he would have to find powerful allies in the North who did not fear to do what had to be done by any mean necessary.

The Hierophant
Gathering in the North

The Hierophant of Frosbite stepped out of the Evegrey when he heard the call. An Arcane from the North would be recalled to Yggdrasil. His own Arcane had been the first to fall centuries ago, during the Summer of the Arcanes. but now it was clearly Fall. Greenstep had been recalled only a few months ago, and Hemlock 25 years prior to that.

This time Yggdrasil had sent the Spirits of Bear, the Snake and the Hawk to announce that it was time for another Arcane to rejoin the Roots of the Earth. The Spirits were in a violent mood. They were out for blood, announcing that the next death would be violent. The Bear had the rage of a mother protecting her cubs. The Snake, always close to the Earth, had its mouth full of venom, a poison that would bring death wherever it was spilled. The Hawk was coming from afar to hunt in these territories. Watching from high in the Sky, It had its own plans and motivations.

The Arcanes would soon gather at the frozen edge of the World, but one of them would not walk away from that meeting.


And Zephyr, speaking through his sister, told the Quester:

You are of Humble origin, and yet, despite your modest abilities, managed to cross half the world to save your sister, and had the courage to take on this burden.

Your quest now starts, for it is not a Cardinal that Kelvin sees in you, but a Quester. A war is being waged under the Mountain, and Kelvin need your help to find the weapons he need to fight the First One.

Ages ago, the flesh of the First One was pierce by the 5 Gold Arrows of the King of the Forest. The Snakes of Knowledge were born from his bleeding wounds, 6 of them. The Weapons that caused the wounds are still on the World. Find the Snakes, and you will find the Arrows. Bring them Under the Mountain to take your place in Kelvin’s Army.

Beware, not unlike you, the first Questor was of Faey blood. He was betrayed by his friends and disappear. Your Friends are on a Quest inspired by my brother Ensifer. it is not for me ton interfere. A Prophet has been lost, and he must be found too.

This is the day our Order was born.

Sir Antonio Don Esteban – Lieutenant-General of the Holy Order of the Questers, formerly of the Prevorian Inquisition.


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