Adaros spans the entire region of Mongrath Mountains in Rinaria. It has three major cities, the Twin Cities of Tongoth and Deradon, and the capitol Carvanos as well as many towns and villages. The Ada river flows North from the Monthrath Mountains and Goltho Forest and flows to the West Bay of the Calmwater Sea while the Longwater river flows from the Mongrath Mountains east between the Twin Ciites to the Wide Waters.
Adarosian culture is based on the idea that education is the key to prosperity and thus education, knowledge, and wisdom are highly valued in day to day life.
Adaros - Major Historical Events
Following the lead of Denorian Rolinma and Da’rax Cri'ill, both ninteen years old and heroes of the Uprising, the descendants of the Ada people and others who wanted to follow left the ruins of Tyrstandal and traveled west then north through the Rothlands. They traveled along the coast of the Widewaters until they passed the edge of the Mongrath Mountains. The travelers stopped along either side of what would later be called the Longwater River. These camps would later become the twin cities of Tongoth and Deradon. The migration continued but two sizable camps remained on either side of the river. Moving east, the great horde of people finally came to a rest along the Ada River, their ancestral home. They would call their new home Adaros and their city Carvanos.
As the second year of the Age of Wandering came to a close, a fear that the three fledgling cities of Adaros would become independent city-states and not a unified country began to spread across the people. The most notable person to give voice to this fear was Denorian Rolimna who was concerned that unity that brought about the Uprising against the X’thari would be lost forever. He traveled to the Twin Cities along with his wife Jinna Rolimna and his best friend Da’rax Cri’ill to plead his case for unity. The people of Tongoth and Deradon both asked him to become their leader, which he declined. It wasn’t until his return to Carvanos and saw the overwhelming support for him to lead did Denorian decide to assume the role of ruler but only if his trusted wife Jinna could rule with him as an equal ruler. At the Mid-Year celebration, Denorian and Jinna Rolimna were crowned the First Regals of Adaros by Mimin Sholb, a common person unknown until this moment. Over the course of history, Adarosians would relish their genealogical connection to Sholb. At their crowning, Denorian was twenty years of age and Jinna was nineteen years old.
During the early years of the Denorian and Jinna’s rule, concerns over the protection and future of Adaros grew. The Rolimnas both believed that adherence to the principals that led to The Uprising against the X’thari should become bedrock ideas for the new realm. Denorian believed that educating everyone in Adaros would provide a strong sense of moral fiber and civic unity. He believed that only an educated citizen, with full command of the knowledge about the world around them, would be able find a productive part to play in society. Jinna built on that idea and encouraged the citizenry to find happiness in one’s productive role in society. She believed that if a person was content with their role in society, and that role added to the collective good of the community, city, and people of Adaros, there would be no crime, no need for war, and foster unity.
The Rolimnas’ views on society resonated with the people and while popular, took a few years before those ideas began to take hold in the new country. By the end of the fourth year of the third age, Adarosian society was becoming stable as incidents of crime were dwindling and prosperity in all three cities were on the rise. But the prosperity came at a price. The new country had become withdrawn and contact with any peoples or potential fledgling countries south of the Mongrath Mountains were sporadic and unreliable. Fearing that an army of outsiders might come to conquer one of the cities or all of Adaros, a growing number of citizens called for the creation of a standing army to protect the realm from outsiders. Denorian and Jinna both rejected this idea with Jinna’s quote, “We have just gained our freedom, why would any Rinarian turn their sword on one another and repeat the crimes of the X’thari would be unthinkable” survived into the fourth age. Still others disagreed, most notably Da’rax Cri’ill. The close friend of Denorian begged the Regal on numerous occasions to raise an army and defend the people. Denorian refused to raise an army fearing it might be seen by others as an act of aggression and what was meant to be a precaution would bring about war.
In the fifth year of the third age, Da’rax and his many supporters gathered in the Plains of Adlo along the east bank of the Ada River and readied themselves to march on the city. Da’rax hoped that if he could show how strong the support for an army had grown, he could force the Regals to relent. Before Da’rax and his supporters could move on Carvanos, a substantial band of citizens had rallied themselves to defend the Regals when word of the encampment along the Ada reached the city. The Rolimnas felt they had to address what they considered to be insurrection themselves. They charged Rolon Highwatch to watch over Carvanos and rule in their stead should they be killed before marching with up the Ada River.
When word of Denorian and Jinna’s advance reached the encampment, Da’rax ordered an immediate retreat. His supporters were only prepared to hold the city captive, not fight an open conflict. Da’rax sent the camp east across the Plains of Adlo to the East Hills. If he could reach high ground, Da’rax might be able to mount a successful offensive against the Regals or at least strong defense. Da’rax only got to the foot of the East Hills before the Rolimnas caught up. There, at the foot of the East Hills, south of Lom Lake the battle took place. The men and women on either side were not trained soldiers so the battle was more a brawl then open combat.
The only true combat to be fought in the battle was between the Rolimnas and Da’rax Cri’ill. Each of the three had fought the X’thari and were skilled fighters but Da’rax far outclassed them one on one. It took the combined strength of Denorian and Jinna to bring Da’rax to yield. Unable to kill one of his closest friends, Denorian exiled Da’rax and his supporters to the lands south of the Mongrath Mountains (known later as the Freelands). This ended Da’rax’s claim as the “True Protector of Adaros” but the loss of such a close friend would haunt Denorian for the rest of his days. The Rolimnas returned to Carvanos as victors and the anniversary of the “Battle of Da’rax’s Fall” would be celebrated every year since.
Thirteen years after Da’rax’s Fall, Progos Cri’ill, the oldest of Da’rax’s three sons, leads an army made up of original supporters of Da’rax, their children (now known as Da’raxians) and Freeland coinblades across the Mongrath Mountians into Adaros. The Da’raxians forged a path through the mountains and crossed the Ada River to approach Carvanos from the southwest across the Felgri Fields. The Regals dispatched a volunteer force to delay the Da’raxians until reinforcements from the Twin Cities could arrive. The volunteers delayed the invaders for two days before being wiped out but their sacrifice was enough. The Twin Cities army were able to halt the Da’raxians from taking the Carvanos but were unable to win a decisive victory. Two months of on again, off again fighting pushed the Da’raxians back across the Ada, north to the Skyshore before being pushed clear back to Goltho Forest and into the Mongrath Mountains.
During the retreat, the Da’raxians were ambushed by norgral and many were eaten or wounded. The mountain trail would be known as the Blood Trail and would have long stretches where the pass was impassable due to norgral activity.
Even through the Da’raxians would not step foot in Adaros as an invading army, Da’rax got what he wanted as Adaros would always have a standing army to defend against Da’raxian raiding parties.
The Rolimnas over saw a surge in prosperity after pushing out the Da’raxians and the Regals decided they should give something to the people as a way to grow the prosperity and elevate the quality of life for all Adarosians. The Rolimnas commissioned three grand markets, one in each city, to encourage the spread of farming in the Felgri Fields, the Plains of Adlo, and throughout the East Hills. In 28 3rd Age, the markets were complete. Coolwater Market in Carvanos was built along the banks of the Ada River with whitewashed stones and featured two long avenues for sellers and shops that met in a grand square featuring an ornate garden center. Sunrise Market in Tongoth had one long avenue for sellers made of the same whitewashed stones that aligned perfectly with the rising sun once a year. It also featured a side avenue along the main avenue for shops. Grandview Market in Deradon was built with the same types of stones as the other markets but this one featured a view of the Widewaters from every store front and seller.
The three markets were wildly popular and would be a booming place for trade and commerce for two ages. The success of the projects started a tradition where every Regal couple would commission some type of public works project in the three cities or across Adaros. The Rolimna would commission other public projects, arguably of grander scale in one or all three cities but it was the markets they wanted to be remembered for. History would show that Denorian and Jinna would be remembered for much more than the three markets.
After the three markets were unveiled, the Regals realized they were growing old, older than either of them had every expected; Denorian was 46 and Jenn was 45. Wanting to spend their remaining years together away from the responsibilities of the throne, the Regals announced that by the start of the New Year they would announce the next Regals to take the Maroon Seat.
Denin Rolimna, the unmarried son of Denorian, was named Regal Assending to Adaros and was crowned at the Mid-Year Celebration at age 24. Denin was twenty four when he was crowned and had studied his parents how to how to rule the land fair and justly.
After the first year of his rule, the people had become wary. Adrosians had been accustomed to a rule of two which they saw as a safeguard against a tyrant. The people called for Denin to either marry or appoint one of his siblings to rule with him. When his younger brother Yuli and sister Talin turned down the Maroon Seat, Denin announced he would travel Adaros to find a wife. He eventually found a woman from the fledgling Ralmora in Neg’fil by the name of Sa’ral E’on to be his wife and Regal. Sa’ral was a remarkable beauty who had an amazing singing voice and a skilled poet. Sa’ral was crowned on her 22nd life day that year.
The First Regals retired to a modest house in Skyshore overlooking the Skyward Sea which would later be known as The Dune House where the two lived the rest of their days. Dune House would serve as the retirement and vacation house for every Regal since. Denorian died in 37 3rd Age at The Dune House. His body toured Adaros in state traveling to every city, town, and village so the people could pay their respects. Jinna died three years later in 40 3rd and her body made the same tour of the county her husband did.
Following his rise to the Maroon Seat, Denin wasted no time in creating his Gift to the People. Denin and a team of the best engineers, builders, and artisans in Adaros spent two years planning a palace and seat of power for the realm to be built on what was being refered to as Denorian’s Hill. The place would hold living quarters for the Regal Family, stewards, guests (both common and important), a throne room for the Maroon Seat, and areas open to the public such as gardens, audience halls, and feast halls. It took ten years to build the new palace and was officially opened and named Denin Palace on the newly created holiday Worker’s Day in 40 3rd Age. The celebration lasted seven days and included appearances by the retired First Regals Denorian and Jinna.
In 49 3rd Age the Maroon Seat passed to the daughter of Denin and Sa’ral, Jinra. Jinra, whose name was meant to honor First Regal Jinna Rolimna, was named Regal Ascending with her husband Polth Wennit (who took the name Rolimna upon marrying Jinra). Three days before being crowned, Polth died of sleeping sickness and Jinra took the Jinna’s Bench alone. She quickly named her twin sister Bilre to rule with her. Bilre was crowned ten days after her sister. The pair is sometimes referred as the Twin Regals.
Denin Rolimna died at The Dune House in 52 3rd Age followed by Sa’ral who died a year later reportedly of a broken heart.
In 56 3rd Age, construction began on a central learning academy that as Regal Bilre said, “would reflect the high value of knowledge and wisdom that the first Regals had and wanted from their people.” In 68 3rd Age the academy was construction was completed on the massive grounds located on the south bank of the Ada River. The Araton, ara meaning to learn and tonn meaning place in Old Rinarian, the Learning Place would serve was a place to house and educate the youth of Adaros as well as serve as the academic center of the North and later all of Rinaria. At its construction, the academy was set up to teach the reading, writing, arithmetic, and science. In the decades that followed, other smaller Learning Places would be built in cities, towns, and villages across Adaros designed to teach younger children until they were old enough to travel to Carvanos.
In 58 3rd Age villages in the southern part of the East Hills were being burned and the villagers massacred. Regal Bilre went to Tongoth to address the massacres. Along with five hundred Kinada, Bilre left Tongoth for the southern East Hills to investigate. The Regal Bilre determined that the massacres were carried out by the Da’raxian raiders and sent word back to the city. While encamped outside the latest burned village, the Kinada were ambushed at night by a much smaller band of troops and were slaughtered, among the dead was Bilre That site would be remembered as the Battlefield of A Thousand Tears and marked the first time a Regal was killed.
Following the slaughter, the Da’raxians sacked the city of Tongoth and eventually pushed out by Kinada garrisoned in Deradon across the Longwater River. In order to keep both of the Twin Cities safe, the Kinada now spread thin, sent to Carvanos for aid. Seven days later, twelve hundred fresh Kinada warriors arrived to reinforce the lines. The Kinada marched to meet the Da’raxians and smashed the raiders’ lines. But the Da’raxians weren’t beaten and instead of retreating they spread further east from the East Hills to the Plains of Adlo and north to Skyshore.
News of Regal Bilre’s death reached Carvanos a few weeks later. Regal Jinra was devastated at the loss of her twin sister and soon became withdrawn to a few rooms of Denin Palace. Worry soon turned to panic as the surviving Regal ignores her duties and bands of Da’raxians are roaming Adaros. To try to calm the panic that was spreading across the land the only daughter of Jinra, Na’iri took over her mother’s duties in her Jinra’s name. Coordinating with the reports coming in from Skyshore, Na’iri and the Kinada were able to repel an attack on the town of Omal.
Na’iri forced her despondent mother to name her Regal Ascending and to quickly name her Regal. In 59 3rd, three days after her sixteenth lifeday Na’iri officially took the Maroon Chair and immediately left to meet up with the Kinada camped outside Carvanos who were tracking a band of Da’raxians moving north toward Longdocks. Fighting alongside the Kinada White Cape Tolin Urgaurd, Na’iri and the Kinada warriors were able finally eliminate the Da’raxians in Skyshore in battle south of Longdocks.
Na’iri and Tolin moved the Kinada south through Neg’fil Fields along West Bay past Waveton and Ralmora before turning east toward the Ada River just north of the southern border of Adaros and the Freeland region of Malderway. They crossed the Ada along the edge of Goltho forest before splitting up, half of the Kinada going with Tolin Urguard north through the Plains of Adlo toward the North Grove while Na’iri kept east toward the East Hills. The two bands routed small groups of Da’raxians along their way before meeting up at the southern shore of Lum Lake. Na’iri and Tolin’s Kinada met up with the Kinada garrisoned in Deradon to push the remaining Da’raxians fleeing into the Byroth. In 61 3rd Na’iri returned to Carvanos a hero and declared the Second Da’raxian War over.
In 61 3rd a threat of war came was sent to Denin Palace addressed to only Regal Na’iri, by a messenger from the Nothdaron king Talgon Gaan. It stated that pushing the Daraxians into the Byroth was considered by many in Nothdaron to be an act of aggression by Regal Na’iri because the Notharons strongly believe that all of the Rothlands will one day be a part of Nothdaron since Highroth and Sandyroth were already populated by their people. Gaan further stated that the discovery of any Kinada warrior, to a man, in the Rothlands would be considered an act of war.
Refusing to accept Nothdaron’s claim to a region where no Nothdarons were known to live, Na’iri reached out to the leaders of the Kalanoth and Hanarith for their council. Gultrino Allhigh, king of Kalanoth sided with Nothdaron and warned Adaros to keep out of Malderway, an area which the Kalanoth had also viewed as while unclaimed it was destined to be a part of its realm. Eno Mi Rean, head of the Hanarithi Council of Elements, said the Council agreed with Na’iri and that the Nothdaron claim was without merit.
In early 63 3rd, the leaders of all the realms of Rinaria agreed to meet at the Palace of Victors in Oninoth, Nothdaron to settle the disputed claims on Malderway and the Byroth. After weeks of arguments and the Kalanothian king Gultrino Allhigh threatening war against Adaros and Hanarith, it seemed as if no agreement could be reached. After a three day break in the talks, Na’iri Rolimna proposed the idea that no one could stake a claim on the lands in central Rinaria and these lands would be “free of any rule but their own”. It would mean that the nations of Rinaria would set strict boarders and the influence of a people would stop at those boarders. The regions known as the Byroth, Inrini, and Malderway would collectively be known as The Freelands. Talgon Gaan of Nothdaron insisted that a provision be written that kept Kinada warriors in Adaros and forbade them or any army from entering The Freelands. Gultrino Allhigh of Kalanoth wanted a provision that stated if any part of The Freelands wanted to join one of the Rinarian nations, they would be allowed to do so. While Talgon Gaan’s provision was adopted after Adaros insisted that the provision apply to all armies standing or mustered, Gultrino Allhigh’s provision was hotly debated before finally being adopted. The final version of the Oninoth Agreement agreement, called by many in the city and later in Adaros as Na’iri’s Peace, was officially adopted in 63 3rd.
Na’iri’s Peace was viewed in Adaros as the fourth Gift to the People and would be immortalized as one of the frescos painted in The Circle at Denin Palace.
After ten years of peace since the internal borders of Rinaria we're established, a meeting of the self-titled "knowledge keepers" from each of the four countries came to Oninoth to discuss the current state of Rinaria. They determined that the Third Age which was one of wandering, was over and that a new age, the Fourth Age had begun.
Two young lovers, Temig Hallis and Romela Nogo had eloped from Deradon made a camp in some odd looking rocks. When they decided to build a home on those rocks they uncovered what would be later identified as the ancient Pharon city of Folthi. This was the first Pharon discovery outside of Nothdaron. Only a fraction of the city was found but was uncovered amazingly intact and contained writings, artwork, pottery and a few corpses. This would later be regarded as the most important discovery in Adarosian history largely due the study of the writings found at Folthi would lead to the development of Co’gal.
Facing tremendous pressure to marry or name someone Regal Ascending, Regal Na’iri married her longtime lover and Kinada White Cape Tolin Urgaurd on her 39th lifeday.
Wanting to bring the treasures of the sea to the people of Adaros, Regal Na’iri chose a stretch of land north of Carvanos in Skyshore called Skypoint. At the meeting of the Wide Waters and The Skyward Sea, this area would be a perfect location to build a port city with long wood and stone docks. After ten years construction, the long docks, fishing ships, and the shoreline buildings were completed. Regal Na’iri and her husband Regal Tulin Urgaurd (now Tulin Rolimna) traveled to the new city for its unveiling. The city of Longdocks was unveiled in 22 4th to applause and excitement from those brave enough to move to the maritime city. In 27 4th the rest of the city was finished.
At the age of 50, Regal Na’iri Rolimna died after holding court while still sitting on the Maroon Seat. Adaros entered a period of morning that lasted ninety days. Na’iri’s body toured Adaros in state, much like the bodies of First Regals Denorian and Jinna Rolimna had, to every town, city, and village to allow people to pay their respects.
Tolin Rolimna named their twenty-year-old daughter Illan Rolimna and her husband Erinic Reach (renamed Erinic Rolimna) Regal Ascending. Regal Tolin retired to the Dune House shortly after naming Illan and Erinic and stayed in the seaside house for three months. He suddenly proclaimed that he would be launching a single person ship from Longdocks to explore the larger world and that the Regals Ascending be crowned immediately. While some applauded his explorer spirit, many who knew him said that the grief of losing his love Na’iri was too much and he choose to die in isolation at sea. After a visit to the Twin Cities to thank them for supporting Na’iri, he set out into the West Bay headed for The Calmwater Sea. He was never heard from again.
Rushed to power by her father, Illan Rolimna took Jinna’s Bench with much of Adaros skeptical of her abilities to lead. Illan’s husband, Erinic Reach was a Freelander and was said to have ties to the Fulnasa family, a rising power in the Inrini region of The Freelands. Erinic opened Adaros up to the Fulnasa family operating trading posts within Tongoth first, then to Deradon and Carvanos before trading posts could be found in most towns and villages. The Fulnasa trading posts earned the Fulnasa family a reputation for being greedy, opportunistic cheaters.
In 23 4th construction began on a road system to connect Carvanos to the Twin Cities, the cities to the towns and villages, and Adaros to The Freelands. The people of Adaros felt the connection to The Freelands was meant to be a benefit to Erinic’s people who had now founded a trade guild. Regal Illan was very public about her disapproval of the new Fulnasa Guild. The people saw the unveiling of the Gift to the People at its first construction compared to the usual unveiling at the completion was a poor attempt to deceive Adarosians away from its true intent, to ease Fulnasa Guild trade into Adaros displacing Adarosian traders. The road system would be completed in 71 4th.
A large celebration marked the celebration the 100th anniversary of the diaspora from Old Trystandal all across Rinaria.
In 28 4th Illan Rolimna was found dead in The Circle. It seemed as if Illian died of natural causes until a Hanarithi Lifewielder, Alna Uoo Rinii, confirmed it was murder. An investigation led by High Teacher Quino Elsen determined the Regal was killed by her husband Erinic Rolimna. Erinic was tried and convicted for regicide and was hanged. Illan and Erinic had only one child, a four-year-old daughter named Jelinah. Since the girl was too young to rule or be named Regal Ascending, Illan’s advisor Robergath Ulkor was chosen by the Teachers Council at the Araton to be the newly formed position High Regent.
Robergath Ulkor took the responsibility of ruling very seriously. Since he was not named Regal, he decided not to enact any laws, policies, decrees or Gifts of the People. He spent all of his time training the young Rolimna how to be a Regal in the tradition of her ancestors.
Fisherfolk outside the town of Voles saw a fleet of ships on the horizon of The Widewaves. The ships were distant but the witnesses could see three masts on many of the ships. The ships traveled along the horizon west through The Skyward Sea to Calmwater Sea. As word spread, the people started referring to the strange ships as the Sea People.
On her fourteenth lifeday, Jelinah Rolimna was named Regal Ascending by the High Regent.
Two years after being named Regal Ascending, Jelinah Rolmina took Jinna’s Bench in 44 4th. She married Kilin Ulkor, first born son of Robergath Ulkor, shortly after taking the Maroon Seat. The two would have seven children, the most of any Regals to date.
To address overcrowding in all three of the major Adarosian cities, The Regals approved a large scale urban expansion. The plans were drawn up by a group of engineers led by Fein Henthin and included plazas, markets, and housing. After eight years of simultaneous construction the expansions were unveiled by the Regals in each city.
Calric Rolimna, the youngest child of Jelinah and Kilin Rolimna was named Regal Ascending when he was eighteen. Remembered as the Surprise Regal, Calric and his wife Catin were the first couple to ascend to the Maroon Seat together since Illan and Erinic in 55 years.
Seventy-five years after the discovery of the Folthi ruins, three of the wisest and most respected teachers at the Ara’ton, Georon Kaas, Bobben Roolew, and High Teacher No’lion Quins, revealed the ability to communicate person to person by thought alone and to move objects great and small with their minds. Co’gal, literally meaning “mind strength” in old Rinarian, was not be a strength taught to the Regals or rich but would be “a gift to every child of Adaros from now until the last day” according to High Teacher Quins. Also referred to as “The Great Gift” the skills of Co’gal and how it can be taught was written into a volume known as “The White Tome”. Co’gal would be taught at the Araton, in the home, and in communities in order to spread the knowledge across Adaros.
As part of the Eighth Gift to the People, Calric and Hyla Rolimna embarked on a tour of Adaros to commemorate the century and a half of Rolimna rule. The Regal Couple stopped at every city, town, village, and isolated house in the North. While amongst the common people, Calric and Hyla listened to complaints, suggestions, and pleas for help. The Regals did what they could to address the complaints and requests for help in the moment and for those they couldn’t immediately help they had their Chief Advisor Tolson Roder take down the names and pledged to send help the first moment they could. To their credit, they were able to help each and every person that petitioned them. During this tour, Hyla earned the name “Hyla the Just” and “Hyla the Listener” and Calric the name “Calric the Fair”.
As part of their tour, the Regals promoted the teaching of Co’gal to the villages and towns. Their efforts to spread the merits of Co’gal was a large part of its successful implementation across Adaros.
During a stop in Ralmora, Calric and Hyla met with Vorick Malder, about allowing Malder to add the villiages and lands he controlled to join Adaros. This would expand the southwest boarder of Adaros from just south of Ralmora to along the west pass of the Mongrath Mountians. In return, the Regals would declare the people in the northern part of Malderway citizens of Adaros and provide Kinada soldiers to keep the fighting in Malderway from spreading.
Near the end of 77 4th, Calric and Hyla welcomed Volrick Malder and his family to Denin Palace has their honored guests. The Malders and the Regals signed the Southwest Treaty that officially handed control of the lands Volrick Malder held to the Regals of Adaros. The Reglas hosted a feast in their honor in the center of Carvanos and opened the festival to the people of the city so they could meet their new countryfolk. The Regals then traveled with the Malders to the newly admitted land so they could get to know their new citizens. The Regals spent the last month of 77 4th and the first two months of 78 4th traveling to the villages and holding court. By the end of 79 4th the people of northern Malderway began to identify themselves as Adarosian instead of Freelanders. Within in two generations, the population would be fully assimilated.
In 88 4th three brothers; Bri’ton, Helgri and Felgri Cind, set out on their fishing boat from the port of Longdocks. They were caught in a storm that blew them northwest beyond where anyone had sailed before. They shipwrecked on a large, seemingly baron island. The three brothers were able to survive off fish, clawcrab, and large, brown fruit they called “brown fruit” and the milk it produced. Using drift wood, grasses and blomper skins the brothers used their knowledge of the stars to navigate back to Adaros. In 89 4th the three brothers returned with an expedition of twenty people to survey and chart the islands. The expedition named their shoreline basecamp Camp Bri’ton after the eldest brother, the east island Felgri, and the west island Helgri after the twin brothers. Within five years Camp Bri’ton became a port where subsequent expeditions could safely land and over the years become a place where goods were shipped to Adaros and workers brought in.
In 91 4th the Maroon Seat passed to Hyland and Calric’s third son, Denorian the Second, age of 21 and his wife Tal’in, age 18. Denorian II personally oversaw the expansion of the Araton by over half. Tal’in refused to consider her husband’s project as a gift to the people since Denorian was only doing his duty as a Regal.
The ships of the Sea People were seen again off the shores of Skyshore. This time, the foreign ships passed between the Forges and Adaros and in some cases nearby fishing boats could see people on the decks of the large ships. The Sea People did not stop or slow as they passed by but kept sailing west as they had done sixty years before. Panic swept through Skyshore and Neg’fil and the Kinada saw a swell of new recruits join their ranks.
In 95 4th Denorian II and Tal’in presided over the opening of the Plaza of the Cities - a recreational plaza on Halfway Island, the island between Deradon and Tongoth on the Longwater River. The plaza was meant to be a place for people of both cities to meet, relax, and play together.
In 108 4th Tal’in named her daughter Na’iri (later known as Na’iri II) and her son A’ian Regals Ascending and the brother and sister took the Maroon Seat in 111 4th. Na’iri was twenty years old when she took Jinna’s Bench, her brother was nineteen. They were the first siblings to take the Maroon Seat in the 4th Age the first since Twin Regals Jinra and Bilre Rolimna in 49 3rd.
The day that Adaros was dreading for 81 years finally came. The Sea People landed at Waveton and sacked the city before moving overland towards Ralmora. Regal A’ian led two Companies of Kinada south to shield Ralmora but arrived to find the city raided and many of the cityfolk slaughtered. A’ian’s scouts found the Sea People a day’s march from the city. A’ian pushed his army to march through the night. He knew his five thousand men would outnumber the Sea People’s twenty-five hundred men two to one. A’ian figured that his numbers plus the element of surprise would be enough to smash the invading force.
The Kinada made up the distance with blinding quickness and they soon smashed into the invaders’ camp. At first the surprise worked as the Kinada split the camp in half. But the largely untested Adarosians proved no match for the seasoned Sea People and the Kinada were crushed. A’ian escaped but was mortally wounded.
Regal A’ian Rolimna died in the ruins of Ralmora as a result of his wounds. Command of the remaining troops fell to Grin Nineway who moved north along the Westroad towards Carvanos to bolster whatever defense the city had should the invaders march on the capitol. Meanwhile, the ships of the Sea People were seen heading north along the West Bay coast. Regal Na’iri took three thousand Kinada north to Longdocks and sent five hundred builders and laborers to damn the mouth of the Ada River. Tristson Helmire, the engineer Na’iri placed in charge, was able to not only block the small boats with men the Sea People sent up the river but was also able to build a series of traps that killed enough of the invaders that they turned their boats around and abandoned their attack.
Regal Na’iri arrived in Longdocks a day before the Sea People were spotted on the horizon. It would be another day before the Sea People made landfall. In bitter fighting in the streets of the city, the Kinada were able to push the Sea People back onto their boats and back to sea. During the final push, Na’iri was badly wounded. She finished the push and saw her city safe before collapsing on the battlefield. She died on the road back to Carvanos.
Regals Na’ira II and A’ian Rolimna had not named a Regal Ascending before their death at the hands of the Sea People. Their eldest son, Tolin, was only eight years old and while many Adarosians welcomed the idea of another High Regent, others wanted to sit a hero from what they Araton named “The War with the Sea”. Many people in Tongoth supported sitting Tristson Helmire upon the Maroon Seat while others in Deradon and the Negfil region supported making Grin Nineway regal. The common people, especially in the East Hills and Skyshore regions supported a High Regent for Tolin Rolimna as a way to honor his parent’s sacrifice and to keep the Regal Family who had ruled for almost two hundred years in place.
After a month without a regal, High Teacher Ro’l Grathwon proposed that the people should choose who should lead them. Grathwon’s plan was to have the Araton preside over the election and that it should be preceded by a period of six months where the aspirants would travel Adaros and speak to the people. The plan was agreed upon by the Teachers’ Council, Whil Trave the Chief Steward who had assumed the administrative duties, and by representatives of the Twin Cities. The plan was then announced in every city, town, and village in Adaros. Triston Helmire withdrew from contention saying, “My place is at a drafting table, not on Denorian’s Chair.”
The campaign saw the two sides rally supporters all across Adaros with Grin Nineway speaking about the need to strengthen Adaros should the Sea People or anyone threaten the boarders again. Estman Ulkor, the great-grandson of the first High Regent Robergath Ulkor, spoke about the need to rely on tradition in troubled times. The election was held over three days in every city, town, and village. The results were then taken under guard to the Araton where the results were tallied four times for accuracy and certified by the Teachers’ Council. The results were close but the winner of the Great Election was the Tolin Rolimna. Estman Ulkor was named High Regent.
Estman Ulkor ruled as High Regent like his great-grandfather did, not making any laws, policies, or Gifts to the People. He was well respected in Denin Palace as a decisive but fair regent though his term was cut short. In 116 4th, Regent Ulkor died of red cough in The Circle.
After the death of Estman Ulkor, Chief Steward Whil Trave approached Grin Nineway to take the position of High Regent. Tolin Rolimna, now twelve years old, still needed a regent to teach him how to rule and Trave believed that Nineway, who had narrowly lost the Great Election of 113 4th, would be the best candidate to take the position. Trave made Nineway accept a deal that saw Nineway teach young Tolin how to be a strong military thinker while Trave would teach the boy how to listen to his people. Nineway eagerly accepted the deal and took the position.
Regent Nineway took a vest interest in everything that transpired in Denin Palace. He often ignored his agreement with Trave and would weigh in on domestic issues while preaching to both Tolin Rolimna and to the Adarosian people the need for a stronger, more aggressive Kinada. When Chief Steward Trave died suddenly (and mysteriously), Grin became High Regent in truth.
Now unchecked, Nineway sought to swell the ranks of the Kinada and insued a decree that service in the Kinada would be required of Adarosians, men and women, upon finishing their time at the Araton. The idea that a regent would issue a decree was an idea that many in Denin Palace and around Adaros found unnerving and there were whispers that he should be removed from the position by force if needed. Grin was prepared for this and in 117 4th he announced Tolin would be named Regal Tolin II Rolimna on the boy’s fourteenth life day. Grin had also seen to teach Tolin to crave his approval which would guarantee his influence over the young Regal long after he was no longer High Regent.
Tolin Rolimna was crowned Regal Tolin II at fourteen in 117 4th at the Araton. A few steps away from him was Grin Nineway. Nineway would cast a long shadow on Tolin’s rule until his death in 129 4th. Tolin was a weak willed ruler who would do nothing without consulting Nineway first. The only times he looked resolute on matters was when he was parroting what Nineway had instructed him to do.
The first instruction Grin Nineway gave Tolin was to marry. He had selected for the young regal Kyra Helmire, daughter of the famed hero Triston Helmire. Nineway choose Kyra for two reasons. The first was to get closer to Tristson in hopes he would work with the former regent in the future. The second reason was he wanted someone who Tolin would idolize that wasn’t Nineway thus freeing him to pursue his plans.
The most important of these instructions was to build a navy to protect the shores and rivers of Adaros should the Sea People or any other invader threated the North. Engineers from the Araton and from the Kinada barracks in Ralmora used the crafts seized from the Sea People invasion to base their designs on. The project moved to Longdocks to begin construction. After two years of research and design, not to mention some trial and error, the first preliminary ships were deemed seaworthy. In 125 4th the first fleet of warships were launched successfully from Longdocks before embarking on a maiden voyage to the Twin Cities for a celebration then to begin its protection duties.
Nicknamed The Shield Fleet, the warships were the talk of every Adarosian from the East Hills to Malderway. Some were relieved that there would be protection should the Sea People return. Others were concerned that the constant presence of warships in the oceans would provoke the other nations of Rinaria to develop warships of their own and bring the threat of war between Rinarians closer. A small minority of people were of the same mind but looked for a different outcome. These Adarosians wanted to use The Shield Fleet as weapon instead. They wanted the fleet alongside the Kinada to annex the Byroth to the town of Crossroads in the south stopping at the Nothdaron boarder to the east and Inri Forest to the west.
Grin Nineway was a part of the minority that promoted expansion. Nineway urged Tolin II to send the fleet along the coast of The Wide Waters and quickly seize the coastal lands then have the Kinada push westward. Eger to please his mentor, Tolin started to get the plans ready in 126 4th. It is unknown if Tolin knew his actions would violate the Oninoth Agreement that had stood for 187 years. Nineway was known for teaching Tolin that as Regal, his actions were above criticism. If this idea carried to acts of war it is not known but likely did. Before the plans could be carried out, Regal Kyra talked her husband away from war. Instead, she suggested they send the ships that predated The Shield Fleet around Rinaria. The ships were moored at Longdocks and were not being used. The voyage would be used to get better knowledge of the coastal landscape of Rinaria as well as serve as a diplomatic mission to the other nations, sharing the knowledge they gained over the trip. The voyage would also display Adarosian progress in ship design without showing the capabilities of the warships or provoking the Rinarian nations. Tolin agreed and in late 126 4th, the preliminary ships now called the Journeyman Fleet launched from Longdocks and headed for Kalanoth.
The last major project Grin Nineway influenced Tolin to undertake was the construction of a defensive wall system for the capital and the Twin Cities. Before his death, Nineway had conceived of a two wall system that would protect the three Adarosian cities as well as major towns such as Ralmora and Voles. It is unclear what motivated Nineway to crate this wall system. He claimed that it was solely for the protection of Adaros while others claimed that Nineway was preparing Regal Tolin for a campaign to conquer Rinaria and was securing Adarosian cities in preparation.
Whatever the intent, Tolin announced the defensive plan to the people claiming that the walls would be to defend the people should the Sea People return but the people. Almost immediately, the people began to voice their concerns over walling the cities. The most commonly held criticism were that walling the cities would be seen by the other nations of Rinaria as an indication that Adaros was preparing for war and could provoke an attack and that the walls themselves were unnecessary since Adaros had existed for 195 years without walled cities and that a strong Kinada and the new navy would be enough to protect the realm.
Before a brick could be laid, the body of Grin Nineway was found in his bed in late 122 4th. It was determined that he died of a burst heart but others at the time whispered that the former regent was murdered, possibly by Regal Kyra.
Decades later, historians point to the reign of Regal Tolin II and Regal Kyra as the beginning of the decline of Rolimna rule.
Looking to change Regal Tolin’s reputation of being Grin Nineway’s puppet, Regal Kyra redesigned and expanded how Adarosians were educated. Kyra had small academies built in every town and village in the north and large academies in the Twin Cities. This expansion of education meant that children will be taught in their home village or town before choosing what city’s academy to attend.
Yearlong celebrations were held across the north celebrating the peace the Rolimnas have kept and the recovery following the invasion of the Sea Peoples. The mood of the celebrations was somewhat mixed as the people loved Regal Kyra but not Regal Tolin. The Regals traveled Adaros for most of the year to attend various celebrations.
During the return trip from Voles to Carvanos, Regal Kyra was killed by a sudden bout of yellow cough. Her case was particularly serious and in only three days’ time, Regal Kyra died in the town of Omol. Her body was brought to Carvanos to lie in state in the plaza of pillars at Denin Palace. Regal Tolin became withdrawn and refused to hold court, eat, or leave Denin Palace. The Regal spent three months like this before he suddenly announced he would be leaving for the Dune House. Before leaving Carvanos, he unceremoniously named his eldest daughter Illanra Regal Ascending.
Illanra and her husband Godger (Higin) Rolimna were seated on the Maroon Seat in a small but public ceremony in 128 4th. The people were apprehensive about their new Regals. The image of a reclusive ruler was still fresh in their mind when Illanra, a woman that the people had little knowledge of, took Jinna’s Bench. The people had concerns over her husband Godger who was seen as having close ties to the Fulnasa Guild, who were now the dominant trading guild in Rinaria.
Illanra tried the best she could to prove herself. Her and her husband held court every day for the first year of their time as Regals as well as laying plans for a new Gift to the People. But the results of their efforts were mixed. The promises made at court often did not come to fruition and those that did were largely ineffectual. As the Regals tried to dispense justice, it slowly became evident that the attention and preference of the Rolimnas favored Carvanos, Neg’fil, and the eastern part of Skyshore. Those in Adlo and the East Hills, especially in the Twin Cities, felt ignored and neglected. It should be noted that the people in North Malderway also felt ignored but preferred it that way.
None of the children Illanra and Godger proved to be good candidates for the Maroon Seat, much to the disappointment of the Regals. The oldest child, Sa’ral was a petty girl who idolized the beauty and culture of Nothdaron, her brother Robran was sickly and while he lived a longer life than was expected; Robran tired easily and was prone to sleeping for days at a time before dying at the age of sixteen. The third child of Illanra and Godger Rolimna was Atan, a gruff, brilliant, but self-obsessed man who claimed to be an artist though his art would prove otherwise. Atan’s younger brother Deni took the Kalanothin faith and became a Sapphire Cloth. Atan never married as he deemed romance and even sex beneath him. Not pleased with the idea of Atan sitting the Maroon Chair alone, the Regals named Atan Regal Assending along with Godger’s younger brother Tivian Higin. It was thought that Tivian would provide a balance to Atan while Atan would continue the Rolimna line. Plans were made to make Atan to sire a child, against his will if necessary. Tivian would officially join the Rolimna family should those plans fail.
Atan Rolimna and Tivian Higin took the Maroon Seat in 140 4th during the Festival of Freedom. Almost immediately Atan withdrew from his duties spending his time on his art. Tivian, in turn, took on the responsibility of running Adaros himself.
After considerable effort to continue the Rolimna line, Regal Atan fathered a son, Drantom, to a Nothdaron woman named Somri Goldra in 143 4th. Somri was a daughter of a noble family from Lonus who met the Regal on one of his many trips to the Nothdaron city to view the art. Drantom would spend most of his childhood between Lonus and the Nothdaron capitol Oninoth. Drantom Rolimna was named Regal Ascending on the day of his birth by his father, breaking with tradition. During his childhood, Drantom was educated by both Adarosians and Nothdarons depending on where he as at the time. The Adarosian teachers, including High Teacher Toral Joppan, frequently complained to Regal Tivian that Vice Regal Drantom was reluctant to accept the traditions and customs of Adaros and instead associated with the royal structure and stylings of Nothdaron and that he would not be worthy of Denorian’s Chair. Tivian took those complaints under advisement but since his time was mostly spent managing the duties of two Regals. People in the regions of Adlo, the East Hills, and the Twin Cities who felt ignored by Illanra and Godger were now talking about seceding from Adaros.
In 163 4th, it was apparent that Atan, who was always a bit unstable, was no longer mentally fit to sit the Maroon Seat. After days of pressing Regal Atan, Regal Tivian convinced him to retire the Dune House and sent out a summons calling Drantom to back to Denin Palace. The message reached Drantom but he decided to wait for two and a half years before returning. Drantom took the Maroon Seat alongside his uncle as the thirteenth Regals of Adaros in 166 4th.
For five years the tensions of the time seemed to lessen at least in part. The regions of Adlo and the East Hills were feeling less ignored by Denin Palace but the Twin Cities were still talking about secession. The strain of keeping Adaros together eventually wore down Tivian. He was found dead at his desk in his regal apartment by his steward from a burst heart. He was given a funeral worthy of a Regal despite not being a Rolimna and it was said that his funeral procession was well attended.
Drantom wanted to name his wife Rein (of the house Haloramine), who was Nothdarion, as Regal Ascending but his Chief Steward as well as the Teachers’ Council rejected the idea out of hand. While it was not law that both Regals had to be of Adarosian decent, it had never been done before and many argued would open the Regals and Adaros at large to a dangerous amount of foreign influence. Begrudgingly, Drantom formally dismissed Rein as Regal Ascending and named Illon Helmire as Regal Ascending. Illon, a descendent of the Tristson Helmire and a relative of Regal Kyra on the condition that only the children he had with Rein could be considered to be Regal Ascending and not any children Illon had or would have. Illon accepted his terms and agreed to sit Jinna’s Bench with Drantom as soon as possible. It is worth noting that while in tradition the Maroon Seat passed from parent to child or from one member of the Rolimna family to another, it was not law. This is the closest any regal would come to officially making the rule of Adaros hereditary by law.
Free from what Drantom would describe as “chains” with the death of Tivian, Drantom became much more active in the rule of Adaros but it would soon become evident that the Nothdaron influence Drantom felt during his youth would dictate his actions more than any influence Tivian or even Atan had. Almost instantly, Drantom commissioned plans to expand Denin Palace more in the style of the Nothdaron palace. These plans were considered by many to be decadent, ostentatious, and needlessly opulent, especially in the face of the unrest in the west. Despite objections from nearly everyone, Drantom went ahead and permitted construction to start.
Meanwhile, in the west, the people of Tongoth elected a Council of Alders to manage the city in the absence of leadership from Carvanos. Deradon did the same soon after and by 173 4th, every town and village in Adlo and the East Hills had at least one alder. Drantom saw these alders as an affront to his rule as Regal and wanted several times between 173 and 175 4th to march the Kinada into to these cities, towns, and villages and force the alders to step down and accept his direct rule. In each of these times however, he was blocked by Regal Illon.
Going back to the time of Atlan and Tivian, the Fulnasa Guild had been steadily growing their influence in the North. When Drantom took the Maroon Seat, he embraced the Guild and made them the official merchants of Adaros. In 176 4th, the Fulnasa Guild raised its prices for gamda grain in the East Hills and in Adlo and banning any locally grown grain. The Fulnasa formally stated that this was due to a shortage of gamda grain grown in the Freelands thus driving up the price and that gamba grain grown in Adaros was too infested with bitting mites to sell, however no shortage was ever recorded nor were any biting mites found. In reaction, the citizens in the markets and bazars of the Twin Cites soon quickly stopped buying imported grain from Fulnasa shops and stands in favor of now black market gamda grain grown in the farms around the cities. Two months after the price hike, gamba crops across the East Hills were set aflame. The alders from the region knew this was the work of the Fulnasa Guild but couldn’t prove it. Alders from Tongoth acting of the behalf of every farmer whose crops were burned traveled to Carvanos to ask the Regals for aid. Drantom refused to grant the alders an audience but Illon agreed to hear them. Regal Illon told Drantom what was happening in the east but he refused to do anything about it. Before sending the alders back to their homes, she gave them a writ charging the two of the eastern companies of the Kinada, the Seventh and Eighth Companies, to expel the Fulnasa and to compensate the farmers out of the Regal Treasury.
The alders wasted no time in expelling the Fulnasa from their towns and with a Kinada escort all members of the guild were removed from Adaros. When news of the expulsion reached Drantom it was said he flew into an uncharacteristic rage. He had Regal Illon arrested and locked in her royal apartment. Drantom also dispatched all four of the western companies of the Kinada (the First Company from Skyshore south of Longdocks, the Second Company from Skyshore stationed in Omal, the Third Company from Negfil stationed in Ralmora, and the Fourth in North Malderway from east of Putel and Southlook) to meet up with the two eastern Kinada companies, the Fifth Company in Adlo by Gol and the Sixth Company in the southeastern part of Skyshore by the Folthi ruins who were not mentioned in Illon’s writ. Drantom was confident that his army would smash the two companies stationed at the Twin Cities; the Seventh Company at Deradon and the Eighth Company at Tongoth quickly and decisively. Greatly outnumbered, Drantom estimated that the two companies would surrender or be slaughtered within a few months thus solidifying his control over Adaros.
News of Illon’s arrest and imprisonment for helping them, the alders of Deradon stirred up a strong civil unrest against Regal Drantom. The unrest spread south across the Longwater to Tongoth and through the rest of the East Hills. The alders deployed the companies under their command to the west of the Twin Cities and sent news of what happened to the commanders of the other two eastern companies in hopes the news will turn the companies commanders to their side.
The Second Company crossed the Skybound River and marched east from Omal. The Second Company commander, White Cape Homar Taric planned on linking his four thousand Kinada with the seven thousand strong Fifth Company under the command of White Cape Benman Galday. Then, Homar planned to take the two companies by sea along the coast and into the mouth of the Longwater River. By taking to the Wide Waves, Homar hoped he could slip between the Seventh and Eighth Companies camped to the west and south undetected and take both of the Twin Cities at once. Homar often boasted that the little rebellion would be over in a few months.
Homar moved the Second Company off the Great North Road for fear of being ambushed in the North Grove. As his Kinada marched north around the grove they found Benman and the Fifth Company in battle formation and dug in. Homar saw Benman’s entrenchment as a personal challenge and charged the Second Company forward. In an attempt to split the Fifth Company in half, Homar placed his five hundred men mounted on jabies in the center of his line to act like an arrowhead. But Benman Galday, having trained with Homar when they were younger, anticipated this maneuver and had his men burry spikes anchored at an angle in the ground. When the Second Company riders charged the center of the Fifth Company, Benman had his men pull the spikes from the dirt at the last minute; impaling the jabies in their tracks and throwing their riders.
What happened next was nothing short of a slaughter. As the jabies of the Second Company died on the spikes, the mounted riders of the Fifth Company charged the Second Company out of the North Grove from the south. Inexperience, the urge to prove themselves, and the inability to tell one company from the other in their matching uniforms and armor saw Galday’s mounted men hack down or trample everything in their way. As the lines got scrambled in the wake of the charge the soldiers no longer the recognized fighter next to them as friend or foe. In the absence of command order both sides cut down the riders then turned on each other. Unable to recognize the soldier next to them as friend or foe; Kinada from both Companies attacked anything that moved.
After two hours of butchery, both Benman Galday and Homar Taric pulled their forces back without one side gaining an advantage. Of the four thousand Kinada of the Second Company that crossed the Skybound River, 433 survived and of the seven thousand Kinada of the Fifth Company dug in at the North Grove only 459 saw the sunset that day.
Two months after the battle at the North Grove, which was already at this time known as the Battle of Butchers, the Third and Fourth Companies crossed the marshes between the Ada and Skyward rivers and marched eastward just over five thousand strong. After another month of marching, the Third and Fourth Companies were approaching Gol. On the eastern side of the town the Sixth Company was racing to get to the town first and occupy it.
A lot had changed in the two months since the first battle. In order to avoid some of the confusion that had happened at the North Grove, Carvanos had ordered the companies loyal to the capital to paint their armor grey. The Twin Cities had issued a similar though independent order do the same but there wasn’t enough of one color for three companies. Deradon sent yellow paint to the Sixth Company and what remained of the Fifth Company while Tongoth sent black paint to the Seventh and Eight Companies.
The other major change was how the two sides handled the veterans of the North Grove. Regal Drantom had the veterans of the Second Company concentrated into a special unit to be used as shock troops, a unit known as the Red Blades. Meanwhile, White Cape Hylan Bithel, the commander of the Sixth Company took the survivors of the Fifth Company and spread them out between the Sixth, Seventh, and Eighth Companies filling high and low ranking positions. Bithel believed that by spreading the veterans out they might be able to continue to train the other, less experienced troops.
Bithel’s Sixth Company reached Gol first and was able to quickly set up defenses inside and aroud the small city. White Sash Relin Moltek, a veteran of the Battle of Butchers, adapted the use of the concealed spikes used in the North Grove to stop the mounted troops of the Second Company. Moltek used the spikes and anything else he could find to block most of the ways into Gol forcing the enemy to enter the city on two streets deliberately left open. There he had archers waiting in the buildings and roofs lining the streets ready to ambush the “rolies”, the slang word the Sixth Company had for troops still loyal to Drantom Rolimna. Moltek then positioned the rest of his company throughout the town and to the west case the enemy broke through and took the city
The attack on Gol happened just the way Moltek had hoped. The Third Company reached Gol first and their commander, White Cape Bolad Crenor, was eager to take the town. His scouts reported that the town was blocked at most of the streets but otherwise seemed deserted. Crenor ordered two aliriahs, about half his company, to secure the town. Bithel waited for Crenor’s men to move completely into the town before springing the trap. Archers fired from windows and rooftops, buildings were set on fire to trap men from the Third into what Motek called “kill streets” where men were butchered. Burning oil was poured on men who tried to flee the town. Nearly all of the 500 hundred men who stormed Gol were killed or captured.
Humiliated and enraged at his loss, White Cape Crenor spent two days in his tent raging and plotting his next move. Over the next five days, Crenor quietly had his men gather all the lantern oil and any other combustible liquid they could get their hands on as well as every clay jar they could find or make. Crenor also had his men devise and build several large contraptions capable of hurling a load of material over large distances.
The siege of Gol lasted for three months. Some of the townsfolk had fled for the Twin Cities but most stayed in Gol feeling protected by the Sixth Company. Then on the four month anniversary of the siege, large clay pots could be seen hurling through the air towards Gol. Before anyone could make sense of what they were the clay pots burst against the wood roofs and walls of the buildings and spewed their burning oil on wall, street, and person. The hail storm of clay and fire lasted for more than an hour before most of the western side of the town was reduced to ember and ash.
White Cape Bithel ordered the evacuation of the town immediately and to head to the Twin Cities. As the evacuation was underway, what left of the Third Company and half of the newly arrived Fourth Company attacked from the south killing or capturing most of the fleeing townsfolk. Crenor’s plan was to use the rest of his company and half of White Cape Orman Valistair’s Fourth Company to cut off the Sixth Company’s retreat and use the other half of the Fourth Company to push through Gol. Once Bithel’s company was smashed, Crenor would then push forward to the Twin Cities. He hoped by then the rest of the Loyal Forces would be there and they could end the rebellion.
Motek, who had retreated back to the town when the Fourth Company attacked, figured out Crenor’s plan and urged Bithel to charge east at full speed to punch through the enemy line. Motek figured that the untested Fourth Company would panic at the sight of a running charge and create just enough confusion to allow the Sixth Company to escape. Motek’s plan worked and the Sixth Company was able to split the enemy in half and escape but it came at a price. Bithel and Motek were forced to leave the townsfolk behind and in the hands of White Capes Crenor and Valistair. They figured that the Crenor would view the townsfolk as innocent bystanders and not punish them but that was a fool’s dream as Crenor viewed the people of Gol as treasonous collaborators with the rebellious Twin Cities. He had many of the people beaten before putting them in chains and marching them north to Longdocks to have them shipped to the workshops of The Forges. As word of this march spread through Adaros, many thought the actions of the White Cape were too severe and drove many to the side of the “Twinies”, the name those in the east gave to those who support the Twin Cities’ rebellion. The Sixth Company was able to retreat to Tongoth with hopes of resupply and reinforcement.
In the aftermath of the Battle of the North Grove, Regal Drantom became increasingly obsessed with routing out pockets of support for the Twin Cities in territory he considered “safe”. He started in Carvanos using the Kinada charged with securing the city to round up anyone suspected to be a twinie. Those captured were immediately put to death some in gruesome fashion. The popular method of execution were the innocent sounding “twinie candles” which saw people burned at the stake in long rows. The fire from the executions was said to give a “beautiful and horrible glow”. In those days the burden of proof against someone was virtually non-existent and it is believed that many of those killed were innocent.
In early 177 4th, While the Second Company was being reformed under the newly promoted White Cape Homar Taric, Drantom tasked the Red Blades with going to village to village west of the Skybound River and push west through Skyshore before continuing south through the East Hills terrorizing the Twinie supporters before linking up with new Second Company outside of Deradon. Under the command of Jalson Horrowind, the Red Blades conducted thousands of harsh interrogations, pillaged any village they came across, and burned any village that was run by an alder (of which there were many). As the siege of Gol was getting started, the Red Blades began to burn the entire Town of Voles to the ground over the course of a month using a series of small fires designed to increase terror, killing hundreds, and send a message to anyone who considered defying Carvanos and Drantom Rolimna. During their campaign the Red Blades became the most feared and hated people in all of Rinaria.
When the war broke out, the Shield Fleet was still out at sea. When the fleet arrived at Longdocks for its annual resupply and crew rotation, it was heavily damaged from a storm it had weathered. The war had already burned Adaros for months and the fleet’s commander, Three Stripe Ralstin Bostrier, was summoned to Denin Palace the moment he set foot on the dock. Drantom wanted to use the Shield Fleet to seal off the mouth of the Ada River to keep any invasion from the Twin Cities from sailing up the river and taking the city from the inside. Bostrier told the Regal that the Journeyman Fleet was no match for the larger, newer, and faster Shield Fleet but he liked Drantom’s plan of taking the city from the river and using it against the Twin Cities. He told the Regal that he could sail the fleet around Adaros and directly into the Longwater River and sack the cities from inside. Bostrier promised that he could smash through the Journeyman Fleet easily and get enough soldiers behind the defenses the cities had built and end the war. Regal Drantom immediately agreed to Bostrier’s plan but ordered him to stay close to the coastline so he could be reached by co’gal the Regal needed. Bostrier protested, saying stay near the coast would slow him down but the Regal’s mind was made up. He sent the fleet commander back to Longdocks with his orders.
Meanwhile, the crew of the fleet was being told of the horrors of North Grove and the siege of Gol by the barkeeps and townsfolk of Longdocks. Many of the sailors had grown up in Neg’fil or eastern Skyshore and were loyal to the Regal but those from the places the war had reached declared in secret their allegiance to the alders of the Twin Cities. This group of sailors, later known as the “Salty Twinies”, was able to see the orders given to Bostrier and made plans to sneak a copy out of the city and get them across Adaros to the Twin Cities.
The Salty Twinies abandoned their posts, a crime punishable by death after the war broke out, and used small fishing boats to get across Skyshore to the Town of Voles only to find it in ashes. The sailors continued on to The Twin Cities where they were able to get their copied orders to the Deradon city alders.
The Deradon alders relented to put in use their only option. They had to deploy the fifty-two year old Journeyman fleet in a desperate attempt to delay the Shield Fleet from entering the mouth of the Longwater River as long as possible while alders from both cities came up with a defensive plan. The alders chose Molrier Highpath to command the antiquated fleet. Highpath, born in Voles and spent most of his life at sea. He was given the rank of Three Stripe and charged with putting together a crew for the six ships in his command. Highpath needed people who knew The Widewaves, the ships of the Journeyman Fleet, and could think differently than Rolies. He chose Yolini Mari to captain The Shark’s Revenge, Estman Bolumar to captain The Sea Fury, J’stex One-eye to captain The Dagger in the Deap, Enomin Wooder to captain The Brinesword, Valiran Sholb to captain The Saltgrave, while Highpath himself would command the flagship The Black Depth. Highpath and his commanders had precious little time find crews, get the ships seaworthy, and come up with a plan. Estman, J’stex, and Enomin each put forth different defensive positions around either Deradon, Tongoth, or in the Longwater while Valiran and Yolini wanted to take the fight to Bostrier. Yolini had sailed with Bostirer years before and knew how he thought and Valiran knew the Widewater coastline well and knew where to use the coast to their advantage. The two of them worked out a plan that would negate both the advantages the Rolie fleet had over theirs as well as use the advantages their fleet small ship size had to offer.
The two presented their plan to the other ship captains five days before the fleet was set to launch. Valiran showed the men a spot off of the ruins of Folthi, a place she called “the Breakers”. She explained that fisherfolk avoided the area because there was a swath of sharp rocks that while visible for only a few hours during low tide, they were submerged and otherwise invisible any other time. If Highpath could maneuver the comparatively smaller ships between the rocks and anchor them in place, any advance by the enemy would be shredded by the submerged rocks. J’stex was spetical. He argued that Bostrier would know about this spot and wouldn’t engage. Yolini was confident that the Rolie Three Stripe would press the attack. She had been Bostrier’s Head Helmer and later One Strip and had learned two important things. First, she knew Bostrier was eager to get the glory from dealing a blow to the Twinie cause and allowing the war to come to a swift end. Second, Yolini knew that Bostrier never sailed near the shore line unless he had to and even then he never was on deck unless the coast was beyond the horizon. Preferring the open water, Yolini knew the Rolie Three Stripe had very little knowledge of the region.
Seeing no other alternative, the ship captains begrudgingly accepted Valiran and Yolini’s plan and sailed north. Under the command of Valiran, the Journeyman Fleet was able to position their ships amongst the Breakers and dropped anchor. Highpath positioned The Saltgrave at the northern tip of the fleet in the hope to entice Bostrier to press the attack. Estman Bolumar suggested that they keep most of their Saltbacks below deck to both protect the soldiers from the attack as long as possible but also to make the fleet look undermanned. Once in position, the twinie fleet waited. Highpath had befriended the local fisherfolk who gave the fleet supplies and any word they had heard on the movement of the Shield Fleet.
After what seemed like an eternity, the wait was over. The Shield Fleet was spotted on the northern horizon. Highpath signaled his fleet to be ready for battle and wait to see if the Roli Three Stripe would take the bait. Bostrier didn’t disappoint. Three Stripe Bostrier sent his fleet head long in to the Twinie trap. The first three ships of the Shield Fleet were torn apart on the sharp rocks while three ships in the rear smashed into the wreckage and were severely damaged. The other two ships in the Rolie fleet were caught in the rocks as they tried to maneuver away from the wrecked ships.
Highpath waited until he was sure the fight was won before he ordered his fleet to fish the survivors out of the water. The Journeyman Fleet was able to capture just over 350 survivors including Three Stripe Ralstine Bostrier himself, who with is men would spend the rest of the war in a makeshift prison cell in Tongoth.
Moving since the start of the war from Longdocks, the First Company, under the command of White Cape Morlan Allins, had finally made its way to war. It linked up with the reformed Second Company and took a position north of Deradon in the East Hills.
Hylan Bithel’s Twinie Sixth Company had reached the outskirts of Tongoth before they could be cut off by enemy forces. There it was joined by the Eight Company, led by White Cape Tolin Rore. North of the Longwater River, the reformed Fifth Company, still under the command of Benman Galday, joined with the Twinie Seventh Company under the command of Denin Rore; brother of Tolin Rore. All four companies were reinforced by Twin Cities and were able to form defensive positions that effectively surrounded both cities. The Twinies had formed a defensive arch around the Twin Cities from the south side of the Longwater River to the Widewaves north of Deradon. Once the Sixth Company met up with the Eighth Company at Tongoth the news of how Gol burned quickly spread through the lines of defenders.
But news of the burning of Gol had also reached Carvanos and Dramtom Rolimna. The Regal thought fire and ash would be a fitting fate for the Twin Cities as well. He ordered Crenor to burn the Twin Cities using jars of oil and launchers just as he did to Gol and to take as much time as he needed to make the preparations. Drantom’s orders reached the battleground through the link of Cogal relayers he had set up along the Great West Road. Crenor and Orman Valistair of the Fourth Company quickly began seizing jars and oil and building more launchers.
Those in the Twinie ranks soon figured out what the Rollies were planning and morale determinate quickly. The Capes and Sashes kept the troops from deserting but only just. It was then a young girl named Estin Kul approached the White Capes with a way to defend against the fire from the air. Naturally strong in cogal, Estin demonstrates how she can catch multiple objects thrown at her in mid-air using cogal and tells the White Capes she can teach the other Kinada to not just stop the flaming jars from hitting their ranks but how to send the fire back to the Rollie lines. Since the attack on the Twin Cities had not come after three days, the Twinnie commanders believed the delay was due to the Rollies gathering jars and flammable material and so they agreed to Kul’s plan to train the rank and file.
It took three weeks to train the Twinnie defenders in the East Hills but when the Rollies came, they were ready. It had taken
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