Posts made in February, 2011
We all know the story of the boy prince of the Hellenic Empire, who fled to Hadriana when the armies of Sumerilon swept the continent. Under the guidance of his tutor Meirden, the paupered prince was briefly squired to a cousin, then withdrew the legendary Sword of Kings from the tomb of Marcus Aurelius, and was declared by the Gods as Heir to the Hadrianic throne. He armed his new subjects for war, and the Hadrianic Navy quickly won several important sea battles and blockaded Sumerilon’s southern ports. The Gray Gulls flew at King Pendragon’s command, while his newly-formed Knights of Mavors drove the Sumerilon Cavalry from the field in battle after battle. The King’s successes were so spectacular that, despite his age, Gal Pol-Li declared him the natural choice to lead the free human forces in the Army of Unity.
We all know that it was King Pendragon who, backed by the combined magic of the Gods, struck the death blow to Malchion, and he alone emerged from the ensuing explosion. With the end of the war, King Pendragon delivered a brief statement. “Today the battlefields are silent. A great tragedy has ended. A great victory has been won. I thank the Gods that they have given us the faith, the courage ,and the power from which to mold victory. We have known the bitterness of defeat and the exultation of triumph, and from both we have learned there can be no turning back. We must go forward to preserve in peace what we won in war.”
King Pendragon returned with his army to his island nation. He continues to rule in peace and harmony with his wife, Queen Ismere, and their son, Prince Azoun. Admired by many, romanticized by others, he remains a figure known to stand for Honor and Justice to All.
A combat veteran of three major wars and the commander of northern Dwarvish forces during the campaign against Sumerilon, General Ironhewer thought he’d seen the end of his adventuring days with the death of Malchion. ”Sixty years ago, I was more’n ready to retire to the ancestral mines and lead a quiet life. But I made friends in the war, and while I have the strength to help them, by Daglir I will.”
While no one doubts the General’s strength of arms or suggests that he has lost his ability to command, some observers, pointing to his slightly protruding belly and his acceptance of the so-called “graft” races, believe that Ironhewer should have stayed retired. When asked about the controversy over welcoming Catfolk, Eponai, and Perrin adventurers into Hireling Hall, he stated, “Some of my best friends in the war were grafts. Don’t tell me the Eponai lack courage, and we would never have held out in the north without the Perrin blockade of key Sumerilon seaports. I can’t believe that they willingly betrayed us in the High Steppes; Malchion had some kind of hold over them, and now that he’s dead, the grafts can lead a free life, if we can only forgive them.”
Next week: a brief recounting of the Graft Betrayal