Sunday, 6 May 2012

Cuitlaxaochitzin campaign to rid Palurin of trespassers

The Slann of Cuitlaxaochitzin and the Elves of Mellvellon seemed like a natural alliance. Whilst dark forces were constantly massing both wished to see an end to chaos in Palurin. But the alliance was tense, the Slann objecting to the Elves magically birthing their own ogre warriors and generally treating themselves as superior.

The alliance was truly shattered when the Elves learned of the Slanns' final goal - that all other life was to be removed from Palurin. A step too far, the Elves protested but were thrown out of the Cuitlaxaochitzin cities. The argument lead to bloodshed, as the Slann sent their lizardmen to kill every Elf still in their borders. Though the Elves banded together they were ambushed by skinks and ultimately killed.

As the Elves were still reeling from their banishment from Cuitlaxaochitzin, the Slann sent their own Ogre mercenaries from Graag to the Holy Sigmarite Empire. if this was their latest step in their extermination policy it failed as Drazkharov force defeated the Ogres on the battlefield.
The Cuitlaxaochitzin ambassadors were thrown out of Sigmarheim by the Emperor's council. The lizarmden appealed to be able to speak with Emperor Dieter, but the lords on the council refused access to the fifteen year old boy-emperor.

Elsewhere otherwise were getting wise to the lizardmen plans. The Daemon worshiping kingdom of Rhan'k'andra, which was worryingly close to Cuitlaxaochitzin, knew it needed to build up its defences. It achieved this by looting Kaalroen territory, defeating a force of chaos worshippers there - much to the disgust of the Domovoi.

Domovoi on Campaign

In 562PC the Lizardmen once again travelled to Canabrin to further their aims of destroying the Chaos realm bit by bit. The Lizardmen were successful, but as ever were unable to press their advantage within the vast borders of the Kaalroen Empire, and their raid's effects were limited. The Domovoi were in any case concentrating their forces in the south, readying their forces for war against the Ogre Kingdom. The Domovoi hoped to make short work of the Ogre armies, leaving their two great cities ripe for plundering. In 562PC the battle of Cardenin Pass took place. The bitter struggle between the Domovoi and the Ogres went on for two full days before both sides withdraw exhausted and battered. The Ogres would not be easily beaten. Saluting their prowess in battle, the Domovoi took their host back to Novgorod, content to leave the Ogre Kingdom intact for now.

The Domovoi lords were becoming increasingly exasperated with their Skaven allies. Since its failed and aborted efforts of invasion against the Dwarves and High Elves the Typhonian Enclave had once more revert to its isolationist tendencies. Deciding that the duplicitous Skaven were not living up to their end of the bargain the Domovoi cut off their support for Typhus, declaring that until the Enclave could convince them of its good faith all further payments would be frozen. Typhus immediately flew into one of his notorious rages and boiled the Domovoi ambassador's blood within his body which caused a diplomatic incident, although in truth the Domovoi were fully aware of Typhus' character and always made sure to send their most expendable ambassadors.

The excuse given by the Skaven for their lack of action was that they had been busy creating new and more potent weapons of war with which to bring ruination upon their enemies. The Domovoi replied that if this was the case then Typhus simply must come to Novgorod and demonstrate these new super weapons. Accepting the challenge thrown down to him Typhus arrived in Novgorod in 562PC aboard his personal Zeppelin, a massive flying ship which did indeed impress the assembled observers. Typhus proudly unveiled his latest creation: a pack of barely restrained, blood crazed genetically modified rat monsters of huge stature and bulk. A tournament was immediately scheduled to demonstrate these new killing machines and Typhus declared that he himself would take to the field.

Whether Typhus actually did or not is still debated by the Domovoi observers. He was certainly sited before the battle begun, leading from the traditional place honour for Skaven commanders at the rear of the army. However, once the battle was under way there was no sign of him and he certainly didn't deign to intercede in the fighting with his magical prowess. As in previous tournaments the Skaven acquitted themselves well and emerged victorious after a long and bitter struggle, although it was cynically observed that the new Skaven “super weapons” were casually run down by chaos knights in the very opening stages of the battle.

The Domovoi reluctantly agreed to recommence payments to the Typhonian Enclave, but only on condition that the Skaven actually made war on their enemies rather than just make endless preparations and excuses. The tournament had impressed the Domovoi with the strength of the Skaven armies, but not with the reliability or sanity of its leadership, Typhus himself throwing a petulant hissy fit at the after battle banquet when he was told that the payments so far withheld would not be made.

Ancient civilisation discovered in the Nemir desert

In ages past, centuries before the warp gates opened and bought the current inhabitants to Palurin, the lands were ruled by a great empire. This civilisation had already fallen when the settlers arrived, and in many cases built their cities upon the ruins. Some Human and Elven scholars have begun digging into the past but the larger picture of who the ancient race was - and why they fell - is still a mystery.

But secrets do not lay buried forever. In 555 PC forces from Kaalroen had journeyed South, lead by a prophetic seer, to the Nemir Desert. There they began digging, unsure what exactly they were looking for. What they unleashed was a horde of skeletal warriors and giant walking statues. Despite being unprepared the Domovoi were tough warriors, and managed to crush the attackers. Uninterested in exactly who they had just defeated they looted the complex they had uncovered and returned north, assuming the matter settled.

What they had unleashed had not entirely been put to rest however. Over the next few decades the ancient warriors returned, rising from forgotten burial grounds and beneath ruined cities. In 559 an army rose from a previously undisturbed ruin to surprise a tribe of Kaalroen warriors and crush it beneath their bony feet.

The undead were less successful later. In 565 High Elves of Sein Craban noticed a distrubance in the arcane energies of their colony. Dispatching their magically-bred ogre force to the source, they found more of the ancient warriors rising from a previously unfound ruin. The ogres relished the chance to smash apart the skeletal invaders and put down the attack before it began.

The latest uprising came in 572 as a Dark Elf Dominion raiding force came across a seemingly directionless skeletal army wandering the coast. Though the undead enemies caused many casualties upon the elves, ultimately they crumbled to dust. Would the ancient race prove more of a threat in future, or would it remain a nuisance?