The Great Western War
In 1237 AF, a great power rose in the Ouester city of Bastia. They called themselves The Seven and were an alliance of seven powerful men and women who sought to conquer the Ouesterlands and beyond.
Jasper La Font: A powerful human noble and former adventurer who had gained fame and wealth by raiding old dragon temples. Originally from the city of Grenoun, he settled in Bastia after retirement and eventually became lord of the city. He was the leader of The Seven and the original employer of The Company. He joined The Seven for power
Jenny Six-Strings: A spymaster and criminal mastermind, Six-Strings operated a massive criminal empire out of Bastia with contacts all over the Western Continent. Her network was instrumental in paralyzing the Alliance formed against the Seven by eliminating opposing leaders and running a thriving smuggling business. She joined The Seven for wealth.
Ice-Eyes: A elven Arch-Mage exiled from the Winter Court for delving into forbidden magic, Ice-Eyes was regarded as one of the greatest masters of Evocation in the West. His spells broke armies and shattered the walls of enemy cities and he and his small group of battle-mages pillaged magical items and tomes from conquered cities. He joined The Seven for knowledge.
Votrar Ipabar: A native of the Gnome Freehold, Ipabar was one of the greatest inventors in the West, famous for creating many magically empowered inventions. However, his experimentation grew more esoteric and he was imprisoned for his experiments. He eventually escaped and made his way to Bastia where he struck up a friendship with La Font . He was able to unlock the mystery of the Soulforge and create Warforged soldiers to serve in The Seven’s Armies as well as engage in other experiments to help the war effort. He joined The Seven for science.
Casamir Stane: A native of Vybreze, Stane was the third son of a minor noble family and was given to the Church of Bane at a young age. His teachers and the elders of the church were impressed by his single minded devotion to Bane and Order. He worked his way up through the ranks of the Church, serving as a wandering paladin. He traveled Vybreze and the Ouesterlands spreading the word of Bane and defending villages against raiders, seeking to spread order across the land. He served as the main general of The Seven’s forces. He joined The Seven for order.
Aatos the Avenger: A Heimo tribal chief, much of Aatos’s tribe as well as his daughter were killed by a Skraeling army from Elva. He devoted his life to avenging this wrong, slowly uniting the Heimo tribes and eventually being elected as High King of the Heimo. He saw membership in The Seven as a way to get this revenge. He lead his Heimo armies in attacking the Skraeling Kingdoms of the North. He joined The Seven for revenge.
Tsetseg Broken-Arrow: Tsetseg had the distinction of being one of the few female orc war chiefs among the tribes living in the Tsoliin Desert. She had always considered the orc’s lot to be unfair and dreamed of leading her people into the fertile lands of the West where survival would not always be a struggle. She lead a horde of 37 tribes out of the Tsoliin Desert in support of The Seven and attacked Rimmini. She joined The Seven for justice.
The alliance that became The Seven was first formed in 1229 as an alliance of convenience formed between Le Font, Aatos, and Tsetseg with plans to improve the the conditions of their three factions through war and guile. Stane joined in 1231 as a representative of the Church of Bane, Ipabar in 1234 at the invitation of Le Font who saw the potential damage his inventions could do, and Six-Strings and Ice-Eyes in 1235 as the groundwork for war was being laid. The Seven was formally formed as a group in 1236 when the members swore and unbreakable magic oath of mutual support and allegiance for as long as they lived.
The Seven finally struck in late 1237 with a three way invasion: Aatos and the Heimo supported by Stane and his paladins attacked the Skraeling kingdoms in the north, Tsetseg and her orc horde invaded Rimmini from the Tsoliin desert, and Le Font, Ice-Eyes, and Ipabar lead and hodgepodge army of mercenaries, peasant levies, and magical constructs against the Ouester city states.
The war in the north went well for the Seven at first, witht he Heimo army overrunning most of Elva within a year and a half. However in 1239 the Skraeling Jarls met in Aalborg and crowned the Jarl of Oerskjold, Egil Estrid, as the King of the Skraelings. The new unified force bagan to push Aatos and Stane back, defeating them in the battles of Hochburg, Rosk Fjord, and Holbaek. Aatos was killed in late 1240 outside Viborg, breaking the Heimo army and forcing Stane to retreat back first to Vybreze for reinforcements then to Rodez to Join Le Font and the others at the Siege there.
The war in the east was less successful in material gains, but was a total route in psychological terms. Tsetseg’s horde ran rampant through the Rimmini heartlands, unable to take the large cities, but burning fields and villages and terrorizing the countryside. They were on the verge of starving the people out of the cities when a relief army lead by Egil Estrid was able to march from the north and defeat the orc horde, decimating the tribes and breaking the resolve of many of them. Tsetseg and and the few tribes still following her fled south to meet up with the rest of The Seven and their forces.
The war in the west was marked by a series of brilliant and crushing victories against the unorganized Ouester city states and duchies. Most of the cities around the Mer de l’Ouest within a year, most surrendering before the might of Le Font’s army. Carrefour fell in 1239 after a 9 month siege before moving on to Rodez and laying siege to the city. After a year and half of siege, the Seven involved int the Western army first heard of the fall of Aatos and the loss of the Heimo, and then the orcish defeat in Rimmini. Once Stane and Tsetseg arrived with their remaining forces, The Seven prepared to face the combined might of their enemies. By this point, the Gnome Freehold had realized the involvement of Ipabar in the war and sent forces to aid the Alliance against The Seven.
The largest battle of the War took place in June of 1241 outside Rodez. The Seven had approximately 30 thousand mercenaries and levies supported by 15 thousand magical constructs opposed by an allied army of 20 thousand Skraeling, 20 thousand Rimmini, 10 thousand Ouester, and 5 thousand gnomes. Stane, Broken-Arrow, and Ice-Eyes as well as King Egil were all killed in the battle and The Seven’s army was defeated, but they inflicted such serious casualties on the Allied army that the surviving Seven and their forces were able to retreat in good order. The Allied army continued to pursue the Seven’s forces, winning phyricc victories with high casualties at Carrefour and Sens. Ipabar was killed in a malfunctioning trap at Carrefour and Six-Strings was killed while trying to escape Sens. The final battle took place in October of 1241 at the gates of Bastia as Jasper Le Font died alongside his surviving forces.
The Alliance has set about reorganizing the lands previously conquered by The Seven, either reinstating deposed leaders or eliminating leaders who allied themselves with the Seven. Small skirmishes against isolated garrisons or small break away groups continue, but the Alliance’s victory has been almost complete.