|Event Name||Vulminer Destruction|
|Dates and Times||105 AC|
|Location||Regalian Archipelago, Montania, and Hinter Calem|
|People Involved||Regalian Empire, Vulminer Principality, Wirtemcaller Kingdom|
The Vulminer Destruction was a series of events in the eastern half of the Regalian Archipelago. Prompted by the ever-increasing decadence within the principality and their rejection of Unionism, the expanding Regalian Empire set off to neutralize the realm. This, due to an abduction attempt, turned into a complete genocide inflicted upon the Vulminer people. The principality disappeared from the maps, and its lands were claimed by the Empire, a lasting testimony against the early opponents who defied the rising power.
The Vulminer Principality was a splinter realm which emerged from the ancient Wirtemcaller Kingdom, supposedly created after an insufferable prince was granted land and title by the latter’s reigning monarch in 5 AC. Following its founding, the principality flourished due to a great influx of wealth brought in by ore-rich mines in the region as well as the trade of luxury goods from its neighbours in the Archipelago. The Wirtemcallers were not pleased by this yet benefited from trade with them and gradually came to ignore the nation in order to focus on their own politics and the northern border. Without any exterior interference, the inhabitants developed a pseudo-Daendroque culture and grew arrogant in their position as Wirtemcaller faded. As more and more wealth was brought in through trade, the Vulminers became increasingly decadent, a weak and debaucherous people avoiding war for the sake of not getting their hands dirty. This was especially true of the conflict raging across the lands of their neighbours, the Skagger Wars. By the end of the Bergerlander War of 87 AC, the stage was set for a measure of power between the young Empire and the debaucherous principality.
After the integration of the Berglander Republic into the Empire, Emperor Henri the First sent envoys and missionaries into the Vulminer Principality. The Emperor hoped that the region could be subjugated without force, as their untarnished wealth would have proven valuable to his expansion of the Regalian Empire and allowed his troops speedier access to the Skagger Horde which was by this time ravaging the Wirtemcaller Kingdom. However, his request fell on deaf ears and a second plea trying to act on religious sentiments also failed. While Unionism had reached the Principality a decade earlier, it had backfired in a sense with many of the missionaries adapting to the over-the-top lifestyle of the local Vulminers. The conversion also only occured in the upper class, with vast swathes of the population still following the Old Gods and even the Oldt Fayth. By doing so, however, the Vulminers came close to incurring the wrath of the Empire and to stay their hand made concessions in the form of tributary payments, political exchanges and more persistent efforts in conversion. However, the conversions gave the Principality more influence in the Church and allowed for ease of political access among the Empire and its vassals. However, in 98 AC, the Wirtemcaller Kingdom collapsed and despite stern requests not to, the Principality claimed all the land they could amid the chaos. This was then followed by a diplomatic faux-pas in 102 AC that revealed a Vulminer attempt to bribe the Berglander governor into defecting from the Empire. The Regalians were not pleased.
The Abduction Attempt
The Vulminer Prince at this point began to review some rather extreme options open to him. His culture praised and valued complexity, deviousness, and he fulfilled each of these qualities well. Thus, in the end, he chose one of the most radical ideas presented to him. It took three years, but by 105 AC the man had everything in place. On a late summer’s eve, a collection of criminals, clergymen, and military personnel all who were in the pocket of the Prince attempted to kidnap young Princess Amelia, one of the Emperor’s favorite children. A group of them who held favor in the court distracted the Emperor, while the others began the task of removing the girl from the palace and smuggling her back to their employer. Unfortunately for the Prince, his plan was foiled when the merchant vessel intended to transport the Princess was searched by the Regalian Navy. This began a daring fight when she was discovered, and ultimately the criminals surrendered. Henri II was furious, outraged that these criminals had flagrantly disrespected his authority and laid hands on his own daughter. He ordered his generals to wipe the Vulminer Principality off of the face of Aloria for their insolence.
In late summer of 105 AC, Regalian forces swept into the Vulminer countryside from the south where they were met with heavy resistance. The terrain was mountainous, and the common people were hardy fighters despite their reputation as tricky cowards. However, attacks by the Imperial Navy devastated their port cities and troops began to flood in from undisputed waterways. What began can only be described a purge of all life in the region. Crops were burned, people were massacred, homes torn down brick by brick and animals slaughtered in a madness that seemingly had no end. Cities tried surrendering, but they were met with the same fate. The Prince himself was said to have been killed by an angry mob mere days before Regalia reached and torched the capital city. By the fall, thousands of civilians were dead and whatever territory was left was either Wirtemcaller in origin, spared from the bloodshed, or lands that had completely surrendered to Regalia in both body and soul. The Genocide was done, and now the bloodsated army turned north to continue on its glorious conquest.
The Vulminer Destruction weighed heavily on Henri I’s heart for the remainder of his years. In a way, he had a whole realm of Ailor slaughtered in a fit of anger only to trap himself in a conflict with the Skagger Horde that he couldn’t finish in his lifetime. He did, however, bring the Regalian Army to bear against a foe which many had considered long overdo for a thrashing and set the stage for the formation of the three Calem regions. As for the Vulminer people, the genocide wiped them out and devastated their land. Their culture and history were lost in the Destruction, and none of it was ever recovered. Only razed settlements and the charred remains of homes littered the landscape before resettlement by Calemberg, Hinter Calm and Montania in 150 AC occurred. In a curious twist of fate, immigrants drawn to the southern region of this once powerful state were mostly Daendroqueans from the west. The New Regalian nobility to the north and the east of this made their best attempts to project a sphere of influence in an attempt to force-convert the cultural traditions and attitudes of the Daendroque settlers, giving birth to the Dressolini culture within the southern lands of the principality which is today’s Montania.
- After the Vultar schism, many alleged that the people of Vultaro were descendants of the Vulminer. This is wholly unfounded, apart from the similarly spelled names, though served useful to incriminate and belittle the Vultarin heretics.
- All traces of Vulminer culture have disappeared since the genocide. The last remnants that persisted were the ancient fortifications of the principality retained for convenience’s sake. These were dismantled under orders of Cedromar I when most other Archipelago castles were decommissioned.
- Many berate Henri I not for the Genocide but for allowing many of those who plotted in the Imperial Court to slip back into the shadows. It is commonly believed that the Viridian Knights played some role in the abduction scheme but to what extent is unknown.