The War for Ancyros

War between the Erpheronian and the Caltharian kingdoms half a century before the breaking out of the First Sarvonian War (SW I) concerning the territories north of the Ancythrian Sea and its rich minerals. The War for Ancyros represents in many aspects how treachery and the long for vengeance and power can corrupt the hearts of leaders, forcing them to persue their goals at any costs. Among the many victims of this war are the halflings of the Silvershire who were to a great part driven out of their territory, settling in the inhospitable Silvermarshes, where they are said to finally have mingled with orcish refugees of SW III forming the race of the Mullog.

Time Table of the War for Ancyros

Date

Incident

846 b.S. Erpheronia declares War on Caltharia
An Erpheronian herald, who is related to the Erpheronian king family, is killed in Caltharian territory by rogues. The powerhungry Erpheronian king Myrwodin, who sought for a pretence of invading his weak neighbours for quite a while, interprets the death of the herald as an open offense against his kingdom and declares war on Caltharia.
843 b.S. Battle at the Twinnean Peak
As was to be expected, t
he Caltharian king, Arteros "the Weak" (as he is named later on), isn't used to deal with military affairs. Having a badly trained army and no alliances with other supportive kingdoms Arteros loses the final battle at the Twinnean Peak.

Erpheronia and Caltharia sign the Declaration of Alvang
After 3 years of war Arteros, threatened to lose his own life as well as the rest of his kingdom, is forced to sign "the Declaration of Alvang". Thus Caltharia is forced to sign the very disadvantegous declaration, where the Caltharian king is treated no more than a vassal of the Erpheronian king. Contained in the declaration are the following demands:
1.) It
is forbidden to the Caltharian king to maintain a larger army, which could serve more than defending purposes. A Royal Guard is granted, however.
2.)
The Caltharians have to pay a very large sum in gold and supplies to Erpheronia immediately as well as high taxes every year to come.
3.) The region of Ancyros, north of the Ancythrian Sea, which is rich on minerals, is now property of the Erpheronian Kingdom.
834 b.S. Civil War in Caltharia
Nine years after the signing of the Declaration of Alvang a civil War erupts in Caltharia. Supported by most of the other dukes in the land, the duke of Cantollio, Mertogrand of Carmalad, tries to finally seize the throne. Everywhere in the kingdom rebels can undertake actions against the king without being hindered, exept for the capital, where the Royal Guard desperately defends the palace. In the Month of the Frozen River the rebels lay a siege to the palace and demand Arteros to resign.
833 b.S. Mertogrand seizes power
After two months of siege, the rebels take the palace and Arteros is slain. Duke Mertogrand proclaimes himself king and starts immediately with his second objective: regaining Ancyros, the land lost to Erpheronia. He starts to build an army, collecting all forces the dukes throughout the land can provide, violating the treaty with Erpheronia. This causes reinforced border patrols in Erpheronia.
823 b.S. Caltharia invades Erpheronia
The Caltharian army crosses the Erpheronian border north of Carmalad in a surprise attack. Although the stationed troups there put up a good fight, they're overwhelmed and slain. The new Erpheronian king Erdolomin rallies his allies, which includes the Halflings living in Silvershire. The halflings are assigned to supplying the Erpheronian army with food.
822 b.S. Battle of Salazar
Month of the Awakening Earth: After first losses the Erpheronian army defeats the Caltharian invasion force.

Treaty of Veltin
In the Treaty of Veltin the demands of the Declaration of Alvang are renewed and
even more Caltharian lands are taken over by Erpheronia, among them Thantocha, north-east of the Ancythrian Sea with the important city of Doovens.

Massacre at the Silvershire
Month of the Singing Bird: The victorious Erpheronian army marches trough the the halfling-land of the Silvershire to resupply, but they find several wounded Caltharian soldiers there. These soldiers have been treated by the halflings, as they don't care much for the politics of the "big people".

Parts of the Erpheronian division consider this as treachery and attack the village and within instances the rest of the division joins the massacre. The soldiers slay everyone they encounter, Caltharian and halfling alike. There is no resistance. But some halflings, who are spared and who manage to recover from the shock, flee into the Silvermarshes, where they hide from the wrath of the soldiers.

822 b.S.

The Beheading of Khizaar

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Beheading of Khizaar
Month of the Rising Sun.
The Erpheronian commander Khizaar reports the halfling-incident at the Silvershire at the capital to his king. The destruction of the Silvershire is explained as a crime committed by the Caltharian forces, where the Erpheronian army came just too late. The commander gets promoted to colonel, but only a few months later, more and more reports of the true occurences at the Silvershire reach the king.

Though Khizaar manages to hide for several weeks,
he is prosecuted for his unrightful attack caught in Weyring where he is also beheaded in front of the public to state an example.

822 b.S.-
288 b.S.
The Halflings' Destiny
While the few halflings who remained at the Silvershire re-construct their homes, those halflings who fled to the Silvermarshes adapt to their new environment and over the course of time develop to swamp creatures. But although most of them adapt, many are not strong enough to survive their harsh new home. In the year 302 b.S. not more than a few dozen of them are left.
288 b.S.- The Mingling of Halflings with Orcs
A group of orcish refugees arrives in the Silvermarshes after the defeat of their leader Hourelin at the beginning of SW III. They are hunted by the humans and can't find any other place to hide as the Silvermarshes. The wounded orcs prove to be much more peaceful than expected (their militant brethren all fought till their death in the war) and suggest to support the halflings in building settlements together within the confines of the marshes. After a while, halfling and orcish blood is mingled. The new race which emerges from the combination of these two races is called the "Mullog" (or "Swamp Lover" in the halfling tongue). While no other race is known to have been capable adapting to such harsh conditions as they are prevailing in these swamps, the Mullogs have survived in the Silvermarshes ever since.

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