The Battle of Calemberg
|The Battle of Calemberg|
|Author||Otto von Brauer|
“The Battle of Calemberg” is a short non-fiction text written by Otto von Brauer in 302 AC. Otto was not present at the Battle of Calemberg but was in the city as the battle occurred outside of its walls. As a budding historian, he was impacted upon witnessing House Santorski’s occupation of the region. In the months following the event, he sought out various sources to write down his short book before having it printed for public knowledge. Despite the even-handedness this text demonstrates, von Brauer has since gone down an anti-Santorski path.
The Battle of Calemberg
My name is Otto Van Brauer, a historian currently employed at the Regalian Academy. My purpose for writing this book, as with all my publications, is not to defame or discredit a particular individual or group, but rather to provide a historical and unbiased account of the events that lead up to this historic event. This book in particular will be detailing the tragic Battle of Calemberg, a noble strife that shook the Imperial Realm.
The Lo Dinner Party
On the first of June, 302 A.C., following a suspicious silence in the Imperial Nobility’s day to day activities, several invitations found their way into the hands of the great Regalian Houses. Lady Freya Lo of the Twin Isles Lordship, in correspondence with Lord Alejandro Anahera of Giroboldian Lordship, had invited the nobility to a dinner party to for discussion, pleasantries, fine cuisine, and entertainment. By the endless grace of His Imperial Majesty Crown Prince Alexander I, the event was to take place within the grand halls of the Imperial Chancellery. The day of, the nobility collectected themselves in their finest attire and began to shuffle into the Chancellery’s grand ballroom, most tooktheir place in line to present themselves, before the Crown Prince, before sitting. From there, the dinner went on as usual. Many exotic foods were served, and the nobility began to chat amongst themselves. However, these going-ons were abruptly halted as the Crown Prince rose to speak. In an unexpected turn of the tides, His Majesty announced that the most holy Regalian Empire would be switching sides in the Orcish-Elven conflict within the jungles of Daendroc. The Empire’s favor would now lay with the Orcs, as the Elves of the continent had shown strong retaliation against further Imperial influence. Immediately, many landed Lords of the Realm saw this as a chance to prove themselves, and swore their forces to His Majesty’s cause. After the announcement's excitement had simmered down, the last event of the night began. A play, put on by a hired collection of performers. However, as the curtains rose, another plot was put into motion. Lord Ulric Typhonus of the Calemberg Lordship was standing amongst a collection of close friends and guardsmen, making idle chat with those around him and enjoying the play. However, as he took a sip from a new glass of wine, witnesses say that the Lord quickly began to pale. After sitting for a few moments more, he rose from his seat only to abruptly collapse. Guardsmen and aides rushed to his side as the nobility began to hurl accusations at each other. Some blamed the House Pileran, some blamed the Houses Anahera and Lo, while others simply claimed that the play was so terrible that the Lord could not handle it. Though regardless of what really happened, the Lord of Calemberg was moved back to his estate, and the remaining nobility were quick to disperse.
Invasion of Calemberg
Not long after the Crown Prince’s announcement, Regalian warships began making their way to Daendroc, each carrying hundreds of levy soldiers from around the Regalian Archipelago to be unloaded onto the Elven shores. Armies of the Dragenthal Coalition, the Grand Kade Host, and Mountain Army had all assembled and began to march their way to different locations of the continent to begin their conquests. Among the few houses that did not answer the Crown Prince’s call to arms were the House Lo and the House Santorski. The two houses remained stagnant after the official proclamation, an action (or lack thereof) that went unnoticed by the remaining nobility, caught up in their vigor for glory on the battlefield. It wasn’t until after the Grand Kade Host’s mild defeat at the Battle of H’rellen that the two families unleashed their fury, but onto an unexpected target. On the 14th of June, 302 AC, a force coined “The Consortium”, comprised of soldiers from the Santorski Duchy of Drixagh and the Lo Lordship of the Twin Isles, stormed into mainland Calemberg. The Santorski family cited a rustic claim, stating that the Duchy of Calemberg, the Duchy of the Praginn Lands, and the Duchy of Drixagh had once belonged to the long-deceased Zastorzy family, and could rightfully be annexed. Local uprisings occurred, but with the Typhonus Lord and all of his levies away fighting in Daendroc, they were quickly snuffed and the once-Typhonus lands renamed to the Duchy of Middle Drixagh, and the Duchy of Lower Drixagh. Typhonus banners were ripped from their posts and replaced with the bright pastel flags of the House Santorski, leaving only the small island Duchy of Brint under Typhonus control. Word spread rapidly through the Holy City’s streets, eventually reaching the Lord Typhonus himself. Quite promptly, the House Typhonus announced that it would halt its involvement in the Elven war, instead rushing to collect a small force to accompany its 1,800 soldiers to retake Calemberg.
The Battle of Calemberg
On the 16th of June, a mere two days after the Consortium had claimed Calemberg, the Grand Typhonus host landed upon its shores. Among those present were the 4,000 soldiers of the Consortium and the House Lamperouge, and the 4,400 soldiers of the House Typhonus, House Nava, House Oreisio, Prince Thomas Kade’s personal soldiers, and the Duke of the Mountain Chain’s army. With a grand total of 8,400 soldiers involved, it was to be one of the biggest battles to be fought on Imperial soil to the date. The battle was set to occur in the rolling hills before the Earldom of Calemberg’s city walls, where the Lady Lo, Duchess Santorski, and the wounded Duke Lamperouge were seated to observe the conflict. The Lord Typhonus, Prince Thomas, and the Duke of the Mountain Chain led their soldiers forward towards the opposing army, seemingly optimistic despite the vast army before them. As soon as both lines had been formed, a short burst of a horn rang out, signaling for the Typhonus cavalry to charge forward. The Consortium forces followed suit, the Northerne horsemen laying waste to the Typhonus charge. Quite quickly, both sides recalled their cavalry, and the Typhonus line began to march forward. However, moments before the two armies clashed, the Lamperouge army made a surprise move by turning and training their arrows and spears onto the rest of the Consortium line, making it quite obvious that the army had switched sides. This strategic action did not come without a cost however, as personal guards to the Duchess Santorski claim that Lady Lo burst into a fit of rage, stabbing the Duke Lamperouge reportedly up to 27 times. Back on the field, the Typhonus troops were advancing quickly, cutting down the Consortium troops in their state of confusion. Suddenly, a single round of cannon fire rang out over the screams, and the Consortium soldiers all at once dropped to their knees and threw their hands over their faces. After a brief moment of confusion, the Typhonus Host began cheering, believing that the Consortium had surrendered. A grave mistake that would cost them their lives. Further down the Consortium lines, two men rose. What looked to be a Qadir mage suddenly summoned a large funnel of wind, carrying a muscular Northerner nearly 50 feet into the air. As the Typhonus Host looked on in confusion, the Northerne man summoned a brilliant flash of light, bright enough to blind almost the entire Typhonus army. As the blinded men began to scream in confusion and agony, the Consortium soldiers sprung up from their positions, mowing down the defenseless men before them. The Lord Typhonus was able to escape the slaughter, having been caught on his horse’s reins and dragged away from the field screaming in rage and horror. Prince Kade also escaped relatively unharmed, both he and his horse being unable to see and simply galloped away from the battle. What remained of the Typhonus Host that had not been captured promptly retreated, fleeing to the island Duchy of Brint. The entire Lamperouge and Nava armies had been eradicated. The Oreisio, Kade, and Mountain Chain army was left with only 100 soldiers left, while the Lord Typhonus was left with only 200. In total nearly 4,000 Regalians died in the brutal strife, and some say the rivers of Calemberg ran red with blood for six days afterward.
The aftermath of the Calemberg processions were not nearly as bloody as the battle, but just as drastic. Riots broke out in Calemberg; in the lands loyal Unionistswere furious at the thought of being ruled by heretical Northerners. Even more riots broke out in the Vultar lands just below Calemberg, as the Earldom of Thraceia rebelled against Lamperouge rule, screaming that the House had done nothing more than kill off their loved ones. In the Earldom of Vultaro itself, the people cried out for revenge against the Houses Lo and Santorski, with Lysander Lamperouge taking the family’s helm after his brother’s brutal murder at the hands of the Lady Freya. Meanwhile in the Holy City, broken and bloodied the Lord Typhonus was reduced to Ducal status, thus removing his seat on the Imperial State Council to be replaced by the newly appointed Lady Lenora Santorski. In the west, the House Nava began to grow nervous. The region of Dragenthal was known for it’s brutal House rivalries, and the Nava’s had killed off their entire army in a battle far from it’s troubles. While the Empire as a whole was minimally affected, peasantry across the realm reeled in shock at the sheer number of deaths, assuring this battle its place in Imperial history.
- The frankness with which von Brauer handled his text caused some affected by the event to faint or collapse after reading his account. He took it as a compliment to his writing ability.
- Von Brauer’s most recent text, “The Bloody Skaggers”, is a very colored text about the history of the School of Skagger in Drixagh.