Sunday, 6 May 2012

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.

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