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This is not as yet a complete list: I've got a lot of typing to do for that! It should be
sufficient to point the reader in the direction of the right places to look, even at this early stage.
And that was back in 1996: I haven't done much more typing here since. Sorry!
"The armies clashed at Sword Hill. The simple people of Sartar stood spear to sword against the hardened veterans of the Lunar Empire, and did not flinch when the ground was wet with their blood. And here, for the first time, Argrath tried out his new army. The Brown Eagles destroyed the Lunars, and Argrath was victor at the Battle of Sword Hill.
"The cowardly Lunar army was destroyed. The folk of Aldachur gratefully joined their city to Argrath's loyalty. The tribesmen bore him back to Boldhome upon their shields. Along the way crowds urged him to try to light the Flame of Sartar.
"At Boldhome, before the assembled peoples, Argrath called upon Orlanth to bless him, and help him to rekindle the Flame of Sartar. He did. A bolt of divine lightning burst the Flame of Sartar into fire. The great cry rose from the crowd, and thunder rolled from the mountains. Since that day it has been a beacon, visible for miles at night or day. Then everyone knelt, and begged Argrath to be their king, for it was clear that Orlanth had chosen him to be their protector.
"So many flocked to his banner that he had more warriors than Tarkalor. He had more money than Saronil. He had more enemies than Phargentes. His wife was named to be the Feathered Horse Queen."
Argrath and Harrek engaged in a grim battle upon the marsh strands of Kethaela, but neither was able to defeat the other....During a pause in the fight, Harrek swore that he would not be robbed of his rightful plunder in Kathaela, and Argrath promised him something even greater if he would spare Kethaela. Harrek agreed.
When the people of Kethaela learned that Argrath had saved them from the scourge of the wolf-pirates they offered to make him their king and protector. Argrath agreed, if they would send their army to help him whereever he was when he called. They agreed to that, as long as Argrath agreed that none of his progeny would rule Kethaela after him, and that he would willingly abdicate if their own High King ever showed up.
Thus Argrath became King of Sartar and Kethaela.
[Harrek the Berserk marched first against Black Horse Country, whose lord had fought against Argrath many years earlier. Harrek and his men ruined it, and plundered great treasures from its bottomless basement. But in the task Harreks' best friend was killed, and so he was very unhappy. When Harrek stopped off at Boldhome to show his plunder, he got into an argument with Argrath, and when Harrek was insulted his men sacked Boldhome. After that, Harrek and the wolf-pirates were no longer welcome in the realm of Argrath.]
The Lunar Empire was never satisfied while men and women were free. Its emperor ordered another assault, aided now by enemies from within Sartar.
[Two armies of monsters spewed forth from ancient pestilential sinks, and] the werewolk folk turned against Argrath, plundering the herds of the folk to make Argrath's men stay at home. [From the north, out of Snakepipe Hollow, swarmed an army of broos. In the south, from Larnste's Print, shambled an
Nor was Argrath without help. Harrek the Berserk and Gunda the Guilty, a valkyrie woman from Fronela, led the Free Army to help their old comrade. Argrath led his own brave men of Sartar to destroy the northern monster army, whle the Free Army destryed the other. In this battle Argrath used Colymar's Black Spear. This was accomplished because Argrath had brought aurochs back to the land.
Harrek and Jareel fight (apparently at Bagnot, which from Minaryth was in 1633), and Harrek kills her and mutilates the body. Yet on p28 she is very much alive and leading armies at Dwernapple (1639). So whoever Harrek killed, it wasn't Jareel.
"King Argrath would not tolerate the wolf-men's attacks".
In l6l0 the lunar commanding general, named Euglyptus the Fat, imposed new laws and taxes, all with new and harsher penalties, upon the tribesmen. Friendly tribes were spared. At Sacred Time, between 1612 and 1613, Euglypcus said to his commanders, "This is the year we will remake Sartar."
In 1613 one of the most widespread and violent uprisings occurred. Attempts had previously been made to reassemble the Ring of Sartar. Although they had always been a failure, they always succeeded in some part, thereby indicating that the spirit of Sartar still lived, someplace. If the Ring could be assembled and held, then it would be a powerful summons to bring Sartar back. If he returned he would bring great powers, and they could cast the oppressors out.
The attempt to forge the Ring of Sartar in 1613 failed, but encouraged the conspirators to strike anyway to preserve what they had gained. Among the rebels were most of the powerful tribes of the Quivini, including the Colymar, Culbrea, Kheldon, some outlawed Telmori tribesmen, and a horde of the homeless and disaffected.
The leader of this rebellion was Kallyr Starbrow, queen of the Kheldon tribe council, and a descendant of Sartar himself. Dreams had told her that she would be a king greater than her tribe, and she sought this as fulfillment of her desires. Once she had made the cold ashes of Sartar's flame flicker. Another key leader was Hofstaring Treeleaper, king of the Culbrea Tribe, a master warrior and tactician. Kallai Rockbuster raised the Colymar tribe, the oldest and one of the least touched tribes, and sent a thousand howling warriors under the leadership of his son, Blakmor the Rabid. And finally there was Tonalang Greathelm, the King Storm Khan, ready to pitch in his whole following of Urox berserks who were tired of hiding in the hills with chaos headaches.
"All in one place," said Euglyptus, "And all in one swoop." He sent an army of 4,000 thoroughly professional, hardened veterans across the country to provoke the foes by pillaging the Hill of Orlanth Victorious. This hill had been holy since ancient times, and was the place where Harmast Barefoot departed upon the first Lightbringers' Quest. When the tribes assembled to defend their temple, the rest of the army from Boldhome would quickly march and destroy them.
Euglyptus badly miscalculated the Sartarites. The expeditionary forces were destroyed in an ambush, or died fleeing towards the support army. The rebels dispersed before the relief army found them. Euglyptus was shocked. He was also careless, and he was found dead of a surfeit of sugared eels. The generals mourned his passing and welcomed the new general who came to command them.
Fazzur Wideread (1613 - 1621)
The new commander was Fazzur Wideread. He was a Tarshite, of the Orindori clan, which had close connections to the king. Although consistently successful as a military commander, intrigue had gotten him removed from his previous post. When King Moirades asked him to come out of retirement to handle the crisis, he agreed. Some of his rivals wondered aloud how it was that he raised his tribe's regiment so quickly after his appointment, and marched at the head of a new army of Tarsh nationals to rescue the imperial interests. The provincial regulars welcomed their old commander back.
The campaign was swift. Fazzur constantly threatened the assembled Sartar army, and harassed their homelands with the corruptive Lunar magic. At last the Sartar army waited at Larnste's Table, with the Lunar army visible below. Every day new troops joined the Lunars. As the odds grew worse and worse, many Sartarite warriors deserted.
The decision seemed certain when both Fazzur and Starbrow received word that an heir to the throne of Sartar had arrived at Boldhome without warning, and proved that he had a claim to the throne by making Sartar's Flame flicker, just as Starbrow had done. Many troops had already rallied to his cause, and the Thunder Brothers of Old Temple had come to his side.
His name was Temertain, and he was the son of Markalor, son of Jotisan of Karse, the son of Eonistaran the Sage, who was the son of King Sartar. He was an initiate of Lhankor Mhy. He was supported by a ring of former exiles who had formed the Philosopher's Ring. Temertain fancied himself to be the Philosopher King, and had boldly presented a peace proposal of conciliation and co-operation with the occupation forces.
While debating what to do, the Sartar leaders received an invitation to meet in neutral territory with Fazzur. They did, after the most careful magical preparations for safety. Fazzur offered them simple peace and pardon if they agreed to support the new king. Some took it, and went from the tent to lead their contingents home. Fazzur made the remaining leaders an alternative offer: if they agreed to exile immediately, then their people would be spared Fazzur's wrath. Treeleaper exploded in wrath and attempted to escape using his best magic, but was stopped when something invisible grabbed his wrists. He tried anyway, and his hands were pulled off, and he was held helpless upon the floor.
Then Fazzur showed the power of his wrath: he ordered a priestess to do something unusual, and as the Orlanthi kings gawked like children they looked into a Lunar Hell. There they saw Sheng Seleris, a famous enemy of the Lunar Empire, roasting. Treeleaper was grabbed by demons and dragged into the pit, and the vision vanished. The rest of the leaders, except for Tonalang Greathelm, agreed to the last set of terms and laid down their arms. They left the tent and ordered their warriors to go home, then rearmed, got several horses apiece, and set off as fast as possible from the land. Most went south, where the King of Hendrikiland was hiring mercenaries. Tonalang Greathelm was never seen again, and all his followers were slain over the next year, and his entire clan died in the next seven years, even though he had renounced them when he joined the cult of Urox, the Storm Bull.
Fazzur marched to Boldhome and was received by Temertain. They were very friendly, and soon sent most of their armies home. Fazzur agreed to pardon all of the recent rebels except for one group, who he said were the cause of the entire trouble. These were the Durulz or wereducks, one of the beastpeople who had been loyal to Sartar. Temertain agreed. Peace was made.
A proclamation was made that any citizen who delivered the body of a durulz, dead or alive, to certain places would be relieved of one year of the heavy tribute which had been levied by the Lunars. Then collection outposts were set up on lands which had previously not had Lunar troops. It seemed that the pacification of Sartar had advanced another step, as the late Euglyptus had predicted.
Temertain, yet uncrowned, proved to be ill fit for leadership. He was far more interested in his studies than in ruling. His speciality was in iron Brithini statuary, and he was delighted whcn a pretty noble woman from the Lunar Empire chanced to visit Boldhome one day. Temertain was delighted to discover that she had the same exotic artistic interests as himself, and invited her to stay. Her name was Estal Donge, and she was from the city of Durnsa.
The high holy day of Storm Bull had always been celebrated in Boldhome. This year the general populace were worried, for no member of that cult had been seen since the rebellion. At the last moment Orgwaha showed up, havlng come all the way from Prax following his religious impulse. He was a member of the blue llama riders clan, and rode upon one of those great beasts. Temertain asked him to lead, and he agreed. But the ceremony went wrong, and as Orgawaha was chanting from his cliff far over the crowd, Temertain was ambushed by chaos things. His household defended valiantly, but all were slain. Temertain himself was saved only by the intercession of Estal, the Lunar woman. After that, Temertain relied on the Lunars to protect him effectively.
The loss to the empire was tremendous, and in many cases irreplaceable. Within just minutes the Empire had lost all of its local leaders, most of the priests, magicians, and sorcerors, most of their best troops, and the majority of their most fervent civilian supporters.
All of Sartar was thrown into disorder. The first person to react was King Moirades of Tarsh, who sent his army to seize control of Aldachur. Sympathizers threw open the gates, and many joined his army. After some quick alliance-making, the army moved towards Boldhome.
Kallyr Starbrow also acted quickly. Her followers dispersed to their various tribes to raise their own support for her. Most were moderately successful, and so an outnumbered rag-tag army marched north to meet the Tarshites. They clashed at Dangerford, and Starbrow took the day through sheer inspiration of her men. General Fazzur withdrew.
Kallyr called for a convocation of all leaders at the city of Boldhome. Many came, and they were glad to have a ruler of their own. Those who did not come were mostly afraid of the Lunar retaliation which was yet to fall. They met in the old manner, and they forged a new ring of Sartar. Kallyr Starbrow was named queen and warlord.
Kallyr Starbrow (1625-1626) Kallyr Starbrow was the daughter of Loricon, son of Rastoron, son of Jarolar, Prince of Sartar, and of Enerin Ironeye, daughter of Ferena the Herbalist, daughter of Ernaldness Freckles, daughter of Yerestia Knows-Better, daughter of Ernaldinni Wolfkiller, who was on the Kheldon Ring when Sartar came to the land. Kallyr was queen of the Kheldon tribe in her own right, and proved herself in battle for many years.
Queen Kallyr immediately set to preparing for the Lunar retaliation which she was sure would come. She gained the loyalty of the Telmori, of the Thunder Brothers, and of Argrath White Bull, of Prax. Every childless widow among the Kheldon tribe dyed her hair red that winter.
Kallyr was encouraged to attempt bold and dramatic efforts to keep her people free of Lunar domination again. She chose to attempt the Short Lightbringers' Pilgrimage, a complicated ritual which usually brought new life and
Argrath (1627-Present) "Argrath was at first only one of many contestants who wished to rule Sartar. Indeed, it appeared that the land would once again disintegrate into its tribes and become another easy conquest for the Empire, which would surely muster its tremendous resources again."
Umath took for himself the Middle Air as his realm, and set about to make his own camp. This was
Umath's home, which no-one else could enter unless they were invited. It is a secret place, and when
Ratslaff told others of it he was killed
First Umath placed, in the center, the Law Rock. From there, he organized the rest of the construction. He sent the Six Guardians to their directions, where each set up their own watch station. Then, by the center, he lit the sacred fire. Then he appointed officers, and gave each of them their own places to sleep around the Fire. These are the officers of the camp: watchman, porter, scout, fireman, foodman, waterman, cook, caster, healer, and singer.
She does not like Benava, who she thinks is a heavy and jealous bitch. She does like Kallai, and thinks that she and he could make a real promising pair and, perhaps, be the king and queen of Sartar. She has great faith in her deity.
She refuses to commit her people to the fight, and she will also accuse anyone who is too excited about going as being a Lunar collaborator and rabble-rouser. She is haughty and volatile, and easily goes into fits of shouting and accusation. She will state that her loyalty to the nation of Sartar is unquestionable, but she will not allow it to be ruined by a band of fools and cowards. She is also interested in the rumours of an heir.