The War of Kings is a war that divided the many nations of Terath, fought primarily between those who stood behind High King Arador Kajorelle of The King's Lands and King Falion The Red of Ebrus.
During the reign of Queen Octavia, before the various baronies of Terath were elevated to the status of Kingdoms, the Barony of Westerland was ruled by Baron Kajorelle and the Barony of Ebrus was ruled by Baron Falion The Red. Aside from the queen, these two barons were the most powerful and influential people in all of Terathian politics; and their long-lived feud was legendary.
At the end of the Forsaken War, shortly after the death of Queen Octavia, Baron Arador Kajorelle rose to become King of Terath. High Treason and rebellion from the barony of Ebrus seemed inevitable, but war was staved off through an extremely complicated change in Terathian politics as each of the baronies of Terath was granted status as a Kingdom in its own right, with far greater independence than had ever been possessed by the realms of Terath.
The complicated imperial implications of this transition as it relates to the greater empire are vast and difficult to describe in brief; suffice to say that Arador Kajorelle became the High King of Terath, and Falion The Red was given the independence to govern his lands without the direct management of his greatest enemy.
However, the peace would not last. The pride of Arador Kajorelle was daunting, and each expression of independence by King Falion was treated as an insult. Meanwhile, Falion The Red attempt to defame and dishonor The High King at every opportunity. The rivalry between the two kings continued, with each man positioning allies and creating difficulties for the other whenever possible. Falion The Red abandoned his duties defending the Forsaken Tower, encouraging his allies to do the same, and then waged a political campaign against The High King - blaming him for failing to control the situation. Small skirmishes broke out amongst the soldiers guarding the border between The King's Lands and Ebrus, with demonic creatures being sighted inside the kingdom of Ebrus with ever growing frequency.
The War of Kings was a surprisingly brief, involving a few brutal battles between Ebrus and The King's Lands as well as scattered fighting throughout Terath, eventually culminating with The Duel of Kings, in which Falion The Red was defeated by High King Arador Kajorelle.
This war was followed immediately by the .
The Military Campaign
The fighting that occurred during the War of Kings took place mostly between forces arrayed under the command of High King Kajorelle and King Falion The Red. However, a great deal of fighting took place to the south and west as well. Most notably, the kingdom of Hadrianus renounced fealty to the High King and immediately launched a surprise attack against the Kingdom of Haven, burning towns and slaughtering the local militia as they claimed large stretches of Haven's south eastern coast. The kingdom of Haven had just sent a sizable contingent of soldiers to serve in the north, as requested by The High King. The Hadrian attack, therefore, came at a time when Haven was least able to defend itself from assault. The following is a call for aid from King Vol of Haven-
Legions of soldiers poured south from Westerland to help defend Haven, but were met by a horde of warriors from Ebrus and Akeron who had been notified of the surprise assault and we ready to block their efforts. The fighting was fierce and few were able to break through to prevent the slaughter occurring within Haven.
The rest of the direct conflicts occurred within The King's Lands and within The Kingdom of Ebrus.
Both sides full organized their military forces in preparation for war, and then the armies of High King Kajorelle invaded the lands of Ebrus just after midnight on a fateful night in the middle of winter. It is said that the Black Knights that represent the greatest strength of the Ebran Army were suddenly and severely weakened by some unknown magical curse and were slaughtered from the moment the fighting began. Rumors claim that these black knights had been granted vile and mighty power by a Lord of Demons who had bargained with Falion The Red, and that this power had been ripped away when the demon was destroyed by allies of The High King. This loss of power left the Black Knights stunned and weakened; forcing them to flee. The knights of Ebrus retreated almost immediately to their nearest keeps as vast legions of their greatest soldiers were put to the sword. The great bravery of the Ebran soldiers during this extended retreat has been noted by scholars throughout Terath, as nearly all who were capable of returning from death through The Circle of Life immediately reported to the field to wage back into battle.
The Ebran Border Keeps were harder to take, but the fortresses fell within the night and the slaughter continued with many final corpses being left where they died. Again, the armies of Ebrus withdrew further toward the heart of the Kingdom until at last the High King stopped pressing the attack and asked King Falion to come to his terms.
At this time, High King Kajorelle attempted to bring the war to an end through offering a personal challenge to Falion The Red. The High King stopped assaulting the Ebran forces, allowing them to treat their injured and consider his offer. King Falion accepted the challenge, agreeing to halt all further warfare, and most of Terath believed that the war was finally at an end.
Yet less than a week later, before the two Kings could meet and face one another in combat, the fighting resumed once more in a sudden and brutal attack by the Ebran forces. This time, The Black Knights of Ebrus seemed fully restored, summoning forth the necromantic powers of death and raining destruction down on the surprised forces which served The High King. Much of the territory which had been claimed by Kajorelle fell back into the hands of Falion The Red, and the fighting continued in earnest.
The Call For Peace
Much of Terath was hesitant to go to war, and many believe that the war only continued to the the constant manipulations of Abyssal forces. The following is a call for peace that occurred shortly before The Duel of Kings, written by The Morning Sword, now High Lord of The Kingdom of Falconcrest-
The Duel of Kings
As the fighting continued, calls an end to this conflict became more common. Eventually, High King Kajorelle issued his personal challenge to King Charles Rezak Falion The Red once more, making a public proclamation that read thusly-
As before, Falion The Red accepted the challenge. Yet this time there was no deception. The two Kings met in battle, summoning great Ritual Fire and using powers yet unseen by even the greatest warriors in Terath. To this day, there are those who speak of the roaring sound of thunder and still whisper of nightmare visions of Falion's eyes flashing with demonic power. Yet in the burst of light and fury it appeared that Charles Rezak Falion The Red was victorious, much as his father Rodrick Falion had been victorious in his legendary duel with Baron Teague of Ebrus. Witnesses report having seen the severed remains of the High King falling to the ground, but only seconds later Kajorelle stood behind Falion The Red with his dagger lodged deeply within the Ebran King's throat.
As High King Kajorelle chanted words of ritual magic to ensure the death of his enemy, the Great True Dragon Cureanon revealed himself to the gathered armies of Terath, soaring on golden wings to speak with High King Kajorelle. All who witnessed this exchange have confirmed the words that The Great and True Dragon Cureanon spoke-
This ended The War of Kings and began The Draconic Domination of Terath.