Swordlord's Failure

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In 4499 ar, the Iobarian warlord Choral Rogarvia, known
as “the Conqueror,” crossed the Lake of Mists and Veils
with a considerable force under his command. Lord Nikos
Surtova of Issia met with the Conqueror on the shores of
the lake under a flag of truce, and there the two men worked
out an agreement whereby Issia would surrender its land
and people to the Conqueror but the Surtovas would retain
their power and wealth, serving the new ruler as stewards
and duly sworn vassal lords.

The Aldori swordlords of Rostland, with their history of
resisting bandit raiders, were not so willing to bend their
knees to a foreign conqueror. They immediately rallied for
war and secured their strongholds south of Lake Reykal. Yet
the fractious swordlords were no match for the discipline
and tactics of Choral’s forces. By the time the survivors of
the war against the Conqueror were able to unite in a last
assault, they believed they had cornered part of Choral’s force
in a narrow mountain valley. When the swordlords entered,
the Conqueror unleashed his greatest weapon—a pair of red
dragons. The devastation inflicted by these monsters upon
the swordlords was the final blow, and with this fiery defeat
Rostland pledged itself to Choral the Conquerer as a way to
save its traditions from eradication.

Swordlord's Failure

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