A Military History of the Eternal Empire
(All dates are in Empire Year)
- 0 (Tzalin)
- Ghoras takes Tzalmir by surprise, slaughters all the Tzalins,
and declares himself in charge. He is fought by the palace guard, the
Tzalin militia (not large), and lots of volunteers from other
countries, but his own army, commanded by Del Akkat, is more
than sufficient to hold the country.
- 23 (Gal Sidar)
- After the current King of Gal Sidar died, Ghoras and
Del Akkat led Tzalin's army in a year long siege against the
Summer People of Gal Sidar. The newly crowned King is escorted
to Tzalmir after being defeated, and is bile-wormed. The farmers of
Gal Sidar didn't believe the claims about what the bile-worm
actually did, and the king of Gal Sidar inadvertently kills himself by
sending assassin squads after Ghoras. Ghoras didn't approve.
Ghoras's guard did their job, and the assassins were killed/captured.
After interrogation of several of the would-be assassins, the king of
Gal Sidar becomes suddenly dead and Ghoras decides it would be
better to personally rule in Gal Sidar.
- 44 (Hengmir)
- The newly crowned King of Hengmir, having argued
often with his late father about the merits of attacking Ghoras,
launches an attack against Tzalin. Del Akkat throws his army at
Hengmir and overwhelms the country despite its technological
superiority. Hengmir is taken within a year. Ghoras retains control
- 58 (Pirtos)
- Seizing an opportunity, Ghoras attacks Pirtos at a time
when its King is old and feeble. Pirtos rallies around its King and
holds Ghoras off for more than 6 years, but Ghoras eventually wins
and puts the royal family to death. (Too good at fighting, they
- 68 (Neffik)
- Preferring to rebuild his army, Ghoras goes against his
own wishes and attacks Neffik when the King of the Touched Men
passes on. Div Akkat and Ghoras both had their inventiveness taxed
heavily during this battle, fighting beings who could change shape,
fighting thought-stealers, fighting beings out of nightmares. Ghoras
paid heavily for Neffik, and Akkat paid with his life.
- 89 (Dalos)
- Ghoras, spending a generation to recoup his losses, increase
his army, and train young Thel Akkat, takes advantage of the
untimely death of Dalos's King. Using technology from Hengmir
and soldiers from the 5 kingdoms, Ghoras slowly but surely, defeats
Dalos. The Men of Valor were brought forth with a drop of blood,
and sent off in an ocean of it. They fought to the death.
- 213 (Rhi Miles)
- After watching Ghoras consolidate his hold on the
Ring Kingdoms for over a hundred years, Rhi Miles puts up a token
fight and offers a truce within a week. Ghoras accepts the surrender
of Rhi Miles and allows its King to act as Ghoras's Regent.
- 228 (Zothlin)
- A poor country, Zothlin decides to send its Council
Leader to Tzalin before Ghoras starts mucking up the place.
- 229 (Morn Valan)
- Ghoras sends his entire army into the attack on
Morn Valan, and is rewarded with a quick road to the capital. The
King and Queen are caught, preparing to flee into the Dark Forest
to rule from exile. When Akkat brought the King and Queen to
Tzalin, Ghoras frowned and called lightning down on the Queen.
Since then, no Queen of Morn Valan has ever been bile-wormed.
- 231 (Loulan)
- In a tremendous series of lucky circumstances (unlucky,
if you were from Loulan), Akkat sweeps through Loulan, despite the
best efforts of its home defenders. It seemed as though nothing
could go wrong for Gival Akkat. Ghoras demotes the King of Loulan
to Governor after he has been bile-wormed.
- 233 (Rianne)
- Immediately following the King of Loulan's change of
profession, the VineLord of Rianne makes a touching speech about
how the people of Rianne would gladly lay down their lives in
defense of the vines, but that the grapes would be trampled, and the
blood of the vines was more important than their own. Ghoras
agrees whole-heartedly with the VineLord and bile-worms him on
- 237 (Misambokia)
- The sixth notch on the belt of Gival Akkat,
actually gave him a bit of trouble. They fought well, but were
overwhelmed. It did teach Akkat some humility, though. The King
of Misambokia is executed and replaced by someone of Ghoras's
choosing. The replacement was bile-wormed.
- 239-247 (Aris)
- Aris, apparently having gathered together some rebels
from conquered lands puts up an amazing fight, holding Gival Akkat
away from its capital for over 8 years. When Akkat was through
with Aris, there wasn't much left but its people.
- 241 (Leblin)
- Realizing that Aris could take a while to fall, Akkat
splits his army, giving control of the other half to his son, Duval.
Duval recreates his father's siege of Loulan and sweeps through in
nine months. Many rebels fled to the Darnelles and Aris.
- 243 (Tavat Mien)
- Tavat Mien gracefully puts out the white flag when
Duval shows up at the border. Duval Akkat and army march on
- 244 (Syndic)
- The Syndeche use nonnigs and travel to Tzalin to speak
with Ghoras. They offer a treaty, which they have written down on
132 pieces of parchment (The fine print took up much of the
document, and it took Ghoras and his best advisors well over a year to
glean a meaning from the treaty) decreeing that Syndic would now, and
forever be, a loyal subject-land of Ghoras. Ghoras directed Duval
Akkat to take Granite Holt and to assure an access to the sea during
this waiting period. Duval did not like leaving Syndic behind him,
untamed, but felt assured that he could devastate it if it became an
issue. Ghoras finally became tired of the treaty and turned it to ash
one day. He bile-wormed the entire Syndeche and sent them back.
- 245 (Granite Holt)
- Duval loses half of his army overnight in Granite
Holt to an unknown. This enrages him and the remainder of his
army, and they kill anything that moves, no longer concerned with
civilized behavior. It takes fourteen months to reach the Sea of
Storms, but Duval finally accomplishes his goal. The only other
mysterious thing that happened was at the Donjon. Akkat sent
several troops down to see what and who it held. They didn't come
up. He sent more. Same result. After losing contact with more than
300 soldiers, Duval Akkat gives up on the mysteries of the Donjon.
Ghoras sets up a regent in Granite Holt.
- 247 (Dvelinhurzt)
- Having been enclosed on two sides by Akkat's
army, Dvelinhurzt drafts all eligible men into the army, releases
prisoners to fight, and sends large quantities of would-be-soldiers to
defend its borders. Unbeknownst to the general public, only the
lower-class draftees were sent with the ex-convicts to the border to
be slaughtered. Dvelinhurzt surrenders after its fodder is used up.
- 249 (Aris (again))
- Having closed two more sides on Aris, Duval Akkat
joins up with his ailing father and Aris is defeated with the help and
support of both armies. Unfortunately, Gival Akkat has a coronary
on the battlefield just prior to the taking of the Royal Palace.
- 267 (Alkynia)
- Ghoras spends a while strengthening and rebuilding
the army that Gival Akkat (and son) had used up. Duval is killed
by a fever, and his sister, Anaiya, leads Ghoras's army into Alkynia
on the eve of a holy day, catching Alkynia off guard. Anaiya Akkat
surges through to the capital in less than a week, and Alkynia
becomes a member of the Eternal Empire.
- 278 (the Vath)
- Feeling a surge of pride for himself, Ghoras decides
that he will take the Vath personally. He selects 500 elite soldiers
and mages to accompany him. His followers needn't have come.
Ghoras leaves them at the border between Alkynia and the Vath,
and opens a gate to the capital with his nonnig. Through the gate
he steps, and pulls down the castle about him, he does. Only a
younger daughter of the Royal line survives, and she is bile-wormed
and sent back to the Vath to rule.
- 318 (Ald Miles)
- Ghoras spends 40 years upgrading the road system in
his eternal empire in order to facilitate quicker travel for the army.
Ald Miles, having sweated for nearly a century about when Ghoras
would confront them, sweats no longer. Its King has died, and his
son is only six years old. Perfect Opportunity. Ghoras leads his
army, teaching Athor Akkat the ways of warfare. The war is
extended for three years, mostly due to Ghoras, the ever-patient
- 325 (Lower Darnelles)
- Once again waiting for the ruler of the land
to die before devouring the country, Ghoras invades during the
mourning period for Queen Namia. The populace wanted no war
during their grief and readily gave their surrender. Large numbers of
rebels were disappointed with this and moved to Upper Darnelles to
- 327 (Upper Darnelles)
- Angry at not having caught the rebels,
Ghoras orders Mil Akkat to take Upper Darnelles and capture or kill
the rebels. Mil sends scouts into Upper Darnelles, but they return
with no information. There doesn't appear to be a government, per
se, in Upper Darnelles. The towns and villages keep to themselves.
There doesn't appear to be any rebel settlement. Mil invades
anyway, and sweeps through without doing much damage, leaving
towns as they were. At the edge of the Nonnig Forest, the army
runs into a large pack of rebels. Mil had his army flank them, and
then waited out the night, planning to attack at daylight. At the
break of dawn, the rebels were gone. All of them. It is speculated
that nonnigs are involved in this, but no one is sure. GlassCastle is
investigated, but no way in is determined. Ghoras himself comes to
look at it, but cannot determine anything.
- 330 (Mudwallow)
- Mil leads his army downriver to Mudwallow,
deciding that access to the endless sea would benefit Tzalin.
Mudwallow opens her arms and invites Ghoras in, fearing the
- 335 (Plains of Volan)
- Perhaps one of the more interesting battles,
the Plains of Volan presented a unique problem to Mil. Small
flowers, called poppies, grew in great abundance along the border.
Unfortunately, the poppy dust was sopoforic to Mil's army. Not
good. He spent a half a year implementing a plan to simultaneously
burn the fields, but to his chagrin, the dust wasn't harmed, and the
burning merely spread the dust to a greater distance. The burning
didn't reach far into the borders. Finally, Mil appealed to Ghoras,
and Ghoras provided a plague of locusts that ate the poppies. Mil
made sure that the land would stay fallow by sowing it with salt.
Once past the border defense, Mil had no problems in conquering
- 342 (Asaen)
- Following a change of command after Mil developed a
lung problem, Bredt Akkat (ever cautious Bredt) leads Ghoras's
army in a slow conquest of Asaen. Not much fighting actually
occurred, but it took Bredt 4 years to secure Asaen and invite the
Chancellor to Tzalin.
- 350 (Thearos)
- Thearos surrenders, not seeing terribly much purpose in
fighting, and not really caring who rules them. At least, not caring
enough to allow anyone to get killed. Lord General Bredt Akkat dies
of a plauge at this time, and the armies are left in the capable hands
of Captain Feld until Akkat's son, Jean (age 3) can lead the armies.
- 353 (Sabat)
- Feld resupplies and heads into Sabat. The army is met by
suicide squads of priests. Feld leads the army onward, taking the
lead and killing many of the crazed priests. Soon they began to
meet organized resistance, but by that time, the damage had been
done. Ghoras's army began to fall apart, not wishing to follow Feld,
not trusting others to lead them safely. Sabat remains free of the
eternal empire. For a while.
- 373 (Sabat (again))
- Bredt Akkat's only son, Jean, now 23, returns to
Sabat with a small portion of Ghoras's army. No priests were to be
harmed. Captured, yes, but not harmed. Having overcome this
obstacle, Jean finally conquers Sabat in 375.
- 376 (Soren)
- Jean marches into Soren and meets scattered resistance,
mostly very amateur and uncoordinated. A governor is installed in
- 380 (Gosseg Run)
- Jean pushes through Gosseg Run, destroying every
port and every city on the north bank of the Gosseg River. He then
meets with the Sifter's Council and they decide together that it
would be in the best interests of all parties involved if the rest of
Gosseg Run were to join the Eternal Empire. The Sifter's Council
Chairman goes to Tzalin, is bile-wormed, and requests help to
rebuild the important ports along the north bank, or else many,
many orders for chemicals would go undelivered. Jean's army is
enlisted to help rebuild.
- 387 (Arivale)
- Arivale puts up moderate resistance, but Jean is
relentless and secures Arivale by 392.
- 394 (Pavane)
- Following the death of the current Rider's Horse,
Ghoras and Jean Akkat go to Pavane alone. Ghoras conjures a
phantom steed and expresses his interest in the race. He is readily
granted a place, and no one points out that a non-corporeal horse is
a violation of the rules. Ghoras wins by three lengths and summons
lightning to kill all the other Horses save the second place horse. He
informs the gathered crowd that Ghoras would allow the runner up
(Jeh Ket) the privilege of serving in Ghoras's place provided that he
(and his horse) were bile-wormed. A low muttering gathered
throughout the crowd as everyone began to realize what had just
taken place. The other (now horseless) Riders gathered about Jeh
Ket and conferred. Jeh Ket (and horse) accompanied Ghoras and
Akkat back to Tzalin, where bile worms were inserted.
- 396 (Little Hengmir)
- 397 (Ro Palis)
- Ro Palis sends an ambassador to Tzalin, and a treaty
(surrender) is drawn up with Ghoras's Advisor.
- 401 (Grey Forest)
- Upon hearing that the Grey Forest's Duke had
died, Jean Akkat leads his men into the woods. What resistance
they met was fierce, but very scattered. The new Duke was invited
to Tzalin to be bile-wormed, though this process has to be repeated
a number of times.
- 405 (Arbyt of Triel)
- The Five Listeners of the Arbyter arrive in
Tzalin and surrender their land to Ghoras. Upon being asked
why they have surrendered, the Listeners reply that it is the
- 423 (Cezco)
- Ghoras attends the Queen's challenge and interrupts the
single combat by slaying both combatants.
- 448 (Aravy)
- In what looked to be the most bloody of all the
conquests, Molar Akkat finds himself squared off against a very
determined foe along the border of Dvelinhurtz-the Vath and Aravy.
After several months of fierce battle, Aravy Warlord Logoset offers a
parley in which a duel is commenced. Molar Akkat slays the
Warlord and Aravy pledges allegience to Akkat.
- 464 (Gri-Ennis)
- Facing a very elite force of fighters with the best
weapons ever created, Molar Akkat leads Ghoras's army and the
newly conquered Aravians into a fierce, but short-lived battle.
Ghoras insists on a short battle and orders Akkat to kill all
prisoners to speed the end of the war. Gri-Ennis falters at this
disregard for life and surrenders soon after the killings begin.
- 472 (Sioden)
- Ghoras, Jenril Akkat and a small squad of guards travel
to Sioden to demand an immediate surrender. After consulting for
less than two hours, the king (in conjunction with the Ammon
Sages) decides to accept the offer of surrender and keep the
knowledge of the world safe from battle.
- 491 (Cliffsfall)
- The Ladysblood runs thick and red. Cliffsfall is
decimated. While the citizens of Cliffsfall may be good mercenaries,
they do not form a good army.
- 521 (Xaban)
- Xaban pulls off many of Akkat's troops by sending its
warships north against the Empire. Even with so many of his troops
defending against the seaborne Xaban, the Ladysblood runs red
before Xaban falls to superior forces.
- 553 (Pdallar)
- Battlemages, no matter how powerful, will always cede
to a tidal wave of oppposition. So it was during the battle for
Pdallar. Elapsed time: 1 month. Casualty ratio: 500 soldiers to 1
- 554 (Regros)
- After witnessing the battle for Pdallar, the Duke of
Regros decides to bide his time and assets and surrenders to Akkat.
It is widely believed that Duke Regros intends to attack the empire
at a more opportune moment.
- 571 (Belid)
- Belid resists on a town-by-town basis. No widespread
defense is offered, but the point defenses used against Akkat prove
effective for a short time. The Kingsland does indeed breed true
- 580 (Vendilon)
- Akkat attacks Vendilon with caution, fearing that the
occurences of the Wars of Ambition would repeat themselves, but
they do not. (At least, not on a large scale.) Vendilon falls after two
years subjective time.
- 603 (Ithyra)
- The Red Duke uses his army with formidable skill, but
ends with Ghoras's anger. Akkat stations many, many soldiers in
Ithyra to maintain the dearly won peace.
- 607 (Tri-hien Alliance)
- An war alliance formed between Grivllos,
Mounch, and Mooris, Trihien presents a formidable defense for
Akkat to brave. This combined defense sorely taxes Ghoras's army,
alread depleted by the peace-keeping in Ithyra. Tri-hien holds the
Empire away for nearly 20 years.
- 611 (Regros (again))
- Seizing the moment, the Duke of Regros
gathers his troops and helps support the Tri-hien alliance under the
urgings of Ithyra's Red Duke. Regros isn't terribly effective, but is
an unwanted pain during a trying time. Ghoras and Akkat now face
unrest in two countries as well as war with three.
- 611 (Ithyra (again))
- After four years of chafing under Ghoras's yoke,
the Red Duke finds a way to take advantage of the situation and
lashes out at Ghoras's standing army. Akkat is forced to spread his
troops even more thinly to quell the unrest in Ithyra.
- 625 (Tri-hien Alliance (and friends))
- Finally, with the help of his
brother, sons and nephews, Lord General Akkat succeeds in taking
(and retaking) the land under the Tri-hien Alliance, Regros and
Ithyra. The Red Duke and his entire line are forcibly quitted from
the land at the hand of Akkat.
- 654 (Ngth)
- Having begun its preparations in 642, the Church soldiers
are ready to meet Kar Akkat. The Church Knights of the order of
Shagras plagued Akkat's army with various uses of magic that
caused chaos among the soldiers. Facing tens of thousands of
fanatical zealots, Akkat is forced to fall back to Vendilon after six
months. Fearing Ghoras's reprisal, Kar Akkat commits suicide and
leaves the army under leadership of his daughter, Dire. When
Ghoras arrives, Dire informs him of the situation. Ghoras asks Dire's
advice, and Dire suggests that only the gods could help. Ghoras
seems amused by this and thanks her. Two weeks later, the Council
of Bishops of sent a welcoming party to Dire's army in Vendilon.
- 682 (Femlir)
- Ghoras decides to play the game of houses in Femlir and
succeeds in putting his own man into the position of Lord Regent.
After disposing of the next three kings, Femlir realizes that it is,
indeed, a member of the Eternal Empire.
- 761 (Blacklock)
- Having wondered when, when, when will the attack
come, Duke Blacklock finally surrenders to Ghoras in Tzalin.
During the years the Blacklock had been waiting, Ghoras improved
roadways and strengthened his hold on the empire.
- 800 (Mosk, Greater and Lesser)
- Greater Mosk petitions Ghoras to
join the Eternal Empire. Mosk had always had good relations with
Tzalin, and the Transition is the quickest (and easiest) of all
- 825 (Kranoj)
- Kranoj falls easily, putting up only token resistance.
The king travels to Tzalmir to be bile-wormed, and wakes in the
morning to find his crown on his hat-stand, saving Ghoras the
trouble of having to find the current member of the Thieves' Guild
that has it.
- 834 (Senliat)
- Not particularly wanting to lose significant numbers of
its citizens in a non-offering setting, Senliat puts up a white flag
when Akkat musters his troops.
- 875 (Hviviveros)
- After informing the Hviviveros in no uncertain
terms that he would not, in fact, become a baker, Akkat sweeps
through the country and installs a Regent for Ghoras.
- 960 (Isles of Verne)
- Rimve Akkat is sent with the Empire's fleet to
take the Isles of Verne. Most of the fleet, and many, many troops
were lost in the conquest of the Isles, but bile-wormed regents were
able to maintain martial law after the end of the seven year battle.
- 970 (Kerrak)
- Feeling assured that he could now take on the Mountains
of Kraerkorag, Rimve Akkat declares war on Kerrak. But, the
Mountains (and the Kerraks) proved to be more than he had hoped
for, and the war still lasts. Rimve managed to take the Northern
half of Kerrak, and even keep it peaceful in 980, and a Governor was
appointed. Rimve Akkat was killed by a rebel force in 981. His son,
Devrim Akkat continued to fight against Kerrak, and had the
country under martial law by 997. It is still under martial law.