Anglian Mist Crisis
|Anglian Mist Crisis|
|Event Name||Anglian Mist Crisis|
|Dates and Times||September 8th, 306 AC - February 3rd, 307 AC|
|People Involved||Regalian Empire|
The Anglian Mist Crisis encased the Lordship of Anglia and lands beyond in a dark and hostile mist which froze time, and gradually caused the people and creatures within to fade away. The initial spread of the Mist wiped out much of the Regalian Empire’s leadership, resulting in massive political drama, while the loss of Anglia as the Empire’s grain bin crippled many nations. Eventually, the Crisis came to an end due to unknown magical means, but not after the Empire was deeply weakened over a period of seven months, which some claim it is still recovering from.
The world of Aloria had been plunged into chaos in recent years. First, the last Regalian Emperor of the Ivrae line passed away, then the Songaskian Masaya and the Regalian Empire clashed head on, followed by the emergence of dark magical entities in the form of a supposedly returned Estel for the Battle of Curag Fields, and later on, in Regalia’s brief war with Arlora which in turn set off the Bone Horror Crisis. Then came the return of Dragons, with the mysterious being known as Rikkira bringing about the Dragon Crisis, all the while Daen descended into increasing levels of chaos. All of this served as the backdrop to one of the most empire-crippling crises within the Regalian Empire, which emerged much like those events, out of nowhere.
Chaos of the Dark Mist
Following affairs in the Altalar-Regalian War and an outbreak of plague, the leadership of the Regalian Empire gathered with its allies in Anglia, within lands held by House Kade. Leaders of House Kade itself, House Howlester and their ensembles traveled to an under construction Kade fortress being built in the region. Unfortunately, these individuals were none the wiser to a disastrous and horrifying event that was taking place in the City of Regalia, and indeed across all of Aloria. The disease that had been spreading was of a Void nature, and while it did not kill, it caused people to behave irrationally and seek out others for sociability. As a result, vast swathes of the Regalian Empire had been infected thanks to the transport to and fro from the fronts in Daen. What happened on this autumn day was that suddenly, all those with the disease were rendered stupefied, and wrenched up into the air with their mouths agape. For several minutes, they hung there as a white substance slowly worked itself out of each and every one of their mouths, trailing up into the sky. Then, just as soon as it had started, it had stopped and everyone dropped to the ground. Simultaneously, the disease vanished from people’s bodies, and all who had been afflicted with it no longer were.
Meanwhile in Anglia, there was suddenly a disturbance beyond the view of the ensemble of the influential. The cause soon revealed itself, a bizarre, white gaseous being with dozens of writhing tentacles that was rapidly expanding in size. The Regalian Chancellor and the group of nobles moved away, or to defend themselves, with the Imperial Dragon forming and attempting to take off. Suddenly, it was struck from the sky, pouring black smoke, and immediate chaos enveloped the group, the bells of the nearby village ringing in a panic as the enemy only grew larger. By the end of the day, much of Anglia had been consumed by the dark mist that the gaseous being had been producing the moment it had been sighted, while regions of Gallovia, Kintyr, Lokinge and the Veer had also been afflicted with the dark mist. The immediate ramifications were staggering. Not only had 90% of House Kade been lost in the Mist, but their armies, a vast portion of the Empire’s military leadership, and the Regalian Chancellor were also lost. Beyond just the men though, the seemingly limitless breadbasket of the Anglian people was consumed, and right at harvest time, which would soon become quite an ugly issue for the Regalian Empire. But in the immediate days after this, massive population shifts saw thousands recoil from Lordship borders, fleeing to lands far from all those areas touched by the Mist. Regalia had been abruptly drawn up to a cliff, and were now about to teeter for months at the precipice of annihilation.
Within a day of the Crisis beginning, the governing bodies of the Regalian Empire stumbled headlong into disaster. They declared two emergency regent Chancellors, Jared Kade, and Hengest Harhold. On the one hand, this was decisive action, but one was a former Isldar adopted into House Kade while the other was a fanatical Unionist who had been threatening non-Unionists most of his life. This choice promptly caused swathes of Northland and Farland cultured territories to declare their opposition, if not outright departure from the Empire, while other trouble also brewed. House Lampero openly rejected the authority of the two men, issuing a list of flaws with both, before soft-breaking with the Regalian Empire, choosing not to aid or hinder the current government. Meanwhile, in the Regalian-Altalar War, the generals left in charge of Altalar land rapidly found their options dwindling. Without Anglian foodstuffs, and facing a renewed offense with no hope of fresh troops, the generals did something they were technically not allowed to: they arranged peace. A ceasefire was enacted, and in a startling turn, the Altalar offered the compromise of the Ailor nation helping them with their war against the Kathar, which was swiftly turning bad. This stipulation was accepted, and the Regalian armies in Daen turned toward helping the people they had just been fighting.
Elsewhere, the Crisis presented great opportunities. House de Gosselin and its leader, Florent, used the chaos to quickly checkmate his Ithanian and Bastan enemies in the Regalian Archipelago, before sailing his army en-masse over to Ithania. He landed unopposed and soon after, began his reign over the region which had continued until today. As for the wider Regalian Archipelago, religious chaos began almost immediately. Zealots angry with Jared Kade’s appointment, but also seeking to end wider inclusatory practices and perhaps let off some anti-Kade sentiment, took to the streets of many major urban cities in and around Dragenthal, the Crown Isle, and what is now the Waldmark. As for the wider Regalian Archipelgo and Empire, things were surprisingly calm, the Calem regions remaining loyal in addition to southern lands like Daenshore, though the chaos also saw an opportunity lost. The Qadir withdrew from formal participating in the Crown Alliance, and cited the “Regalian Empire’s slide into societal regression where fear mongering seemed to be becoming the main tool of political intrigue.”
Over the coming months, the Crisis remained at its core unsolved. Despite the two controversial regents stepping down and numerous attempts to capture, experiment, or just plain understand the Mist that seeped across the fields of Anglia and beyond, all efforts failed. Meanwhile on the political front, the situation continued to deteriorate. The Vultarian Hegemony led by House Lampero had made a deal soon after the outbreak of the Mist to reverse their former policy and aid in keeping order. However, in October, the state seemingly without reason and buckling to paranoid fear, dissolved the deal which saw a domino effect across the entire Empire. Without the Hegemony’s armies, multiple regions on the periphery of the Empire only kept loyal or invested in the Empire by the presence of its military left, and the Varran too formally left the Crown Alliance, beginning to attack multiple Ailor targets once again. House Anahera, now terrified of a massive and free-of-duties Hegemony next to their own territory, promptly ceased political activity (which some would say was a good thing). Additionally, Ithania’s takeover by a militaristic faction of Ithanian society saw the ancient deal between the Sovereignty and the Empire renegotiated, wiping away the Ithanian obligation to pay an enormous Regal sum to have Regalian troops protect them, as de Gosselin’s army now took over that duty. However, in the end there was a spot of good news. Christopher Black, patriarch of House Black and the man in the government put in charge of organizing food shipments, managed to temporarily balance the precarious problems of supply. In doing so however, he wiped out the last reserves of supplies for the function of the Imperial Navy, forcing it to shut down.
But, by the end of November, there was good news all around. The government reached a deal with Lampero to allow the use of their Coal, and so the Imperial Navy entered operation once again. As for Anglia, the Mist was slowly beginning to disperse and fade at the edges, receding slowly back toward the epicenter. However, few noticed or chose to focus on this at first, so scared they were vanishing and never returning from the dark cloud which loomed large in all their heads. However, political tensions increased. In Vixhall, food shortages saw House Ivrae close the region’s borders while in the Calem regions, House Typhonus adopted an aggressive posture in response to growing tensions between the Regalian State and the Northland Ailor regions who had left the Empire.
End of the Mist
By February in the new year, after months of tests and tension and waiting, it appeared that the Empire was finally ready to plunge into the Mist and defeat its cause for good. In previous weeks, teams were able to pierce the Mist and extract out several key members of the government thanks to the discovery of strange artifacts known as Dragonbeads. However, the nobles and those they funded now made a push to end the threat of the Mist once and for all. They moved in, heading for a Dragon Temple, the structure being seen as having been untouched by the Mist by airships which had scoped out the Lordship. However, the group’s actions at the ruins seemingly drew the attention of the Mist, which closed ranks and moved in closer. Avatars of clay emerged from the Mist and attacked, while projectiles like black glass shot out from the darkness, all the while something writhed and shook the earth out of their sight. Then, the scholars of the team came to a salvation. They activated a strange Dragon statue, which began to shoot green energy beams out into the Mist causing the constructus of clay to collapse, and the dark tendrils to writhe in agony. The team then escaped aboard an airship, and lured the attention of the Mist with them, out to a waiting cadre of vessels which began to pound the tendrils reaching for the ships while their crews fought against further clay monstrosities. As they fought, the Temple continued to pulse with energy and suddenly, the landscape of Anglia lit up. As the tendriled beast fell to cannon fire, the bright green light of rocks, both remarkable and not, pushed the fading Mist away, resulting in thousands of people popping back into existence, in a landscape that had been suspended from the effects of time for months.
The Anglian Mist Crisis proved, ultimately, crippling to the Regalian Empire. With the loss of its main breadbasket, thousands of its citizens starved to death, if not abandoned the Empire for other regions less reliant on Regalian grains. Meanwhile, political chaos also caused a dozen states or more to secede or change hands leadership wise, while conflict in the Regalian Archipelago ultimately kicked into high gear in the wake of the Mist’s dispersion. House Kade, luckily, had a huge batch of harvest-time wheat to ship across Aloria, and with their old allies once again backing the state, had the Regalian Military swing into action across Aloria. Regions were brought back into the fold, or brought back into line, while in southern Daen the Regalian Empire renewed its focus on combating its enemies. In this case, it joined the growing chaos of the Dread War, finally relieving those Regalian generals so long lacking central directives. Finally, the event produced much scholarly debate and confusion across all of Aloria. None truly know what caused the Crisis, though there are many theories, and even fewer truly know what ended it. Generally though, Unionists state that it was the glory of the Spirit which saved the Empire, and given the bizarre energies used to defeat the Mist, most have accepted this at face value. Still, for those less religious or more dedicated on discovering the full truth, the ancient Dragon Temples of Anglia became a point of intense interest, though sadly the one used to trigger a Regalian victory collapsed soon after the event, while those in the mountains remain jealously guarded by Dragon Worshipers. What can be certain is that the Anglian Mist Crisis tested the Regalian Empire far more than any previous event, and the cracks it showed in the system of governance and empire are likely to echo forward into the unknown future.
- Some mages and Isldar claimed to have seen streams of Soul Essence within the Mist, converging on tendrils and an epicenter of Soul Essence. Some believe that the anonymous tendriled monster that was the epicentre of the Mist fed on the Soul Essence of all within the Mist.
- The use of the Dragon Temple caused one group member, a Witchblood, pain beyond measure. Elsewhere in the Regalian Archipelago, other Witchbloods experienced a brief and dull throbbing headache at the same time as the Temple activated.
- There are tales of an Arken offering the truth of the Mist to those who were willing to pay his price within the City of Regalia. Such reports from the Regalian criminal underworld are, however, unsubstantiated.