[D&D 5 & ACKS] Wieczni Wojownicy
Czwarta Inwazja Tharbrian i Bitwa pod Hawocją (The Fourth Tharbrian Invasion - The Battle of Havocia)
In 2817 BCCC, the Tharbrian horde came south again, gamer than ever before. It crossed the Sharryn River at Quiff, skirted the Gigabolt Mountains to the north, and swept down into the South Mantle of the Plateau of Bendigroth. There, near the village of Havocia, they were met by five Imperial Vasthosts, but it was near sunset, and the two armies set up camp, preparing for a long fight the next day. The Vasthosts set up camp in a great crescent with one Vasthost in the center and somewhat isolated from the others. This proved to be their undoing, for the crafty Tharbrians’ camp was only a ruse; they deserted it at midnight and attacked the lone Vasthost in its tents. The clamor of battle was heard in the other camps, but, by the time help arrived, the Vasthost had already been completely crushed. Rather than be converged upon from both sides, the Tharbrians turned against one side of the crescent and then the other, and the Imperial Army was destroyed. By the time the sun rose, the Tharbrians were killing prisoners.
The defeat of the World Emperor at the Dark Battle of Havocia had its roots in the earlier plague because the Vasthosts were never again as well trained or equipped or of such high morale as they were before the plague. After the battle, the Wild Men roamed at will, burning, killing, and plundering; there was no longer any army to meet them on the field of battle; the Emperor had withdrawn what was left of his forces to man the city walls. However, many formerly faithful tributary villages, having had their protector fail them, no longer paid tribute or supplied recruits, even after they had been rebuilt. Without recruits to rebuild a sufficient army to go out and beat them into submission or money to equip recruits or hire mercenaries, the World Emperor lost the greater portion of his power base.
Viridistan itself had not fully recovered from the plague; half the city’s buildings still stood empty. When a fire struck later that year, the army was there to fight the blaze; still, most of the city burned. It was said that a Tharbrian spy set the fire, and a great purge of the guildsmen and commoners began. At least two thousand died in the fire, and there were 1,420 executions for treason in the ensuing winter. Thus, Viridistan itself had to rebuild as a result of a Tharbrian invasion just as so many villages had to do so many times. The decline of Viridistan, begun with the plague years before continued in earnest now.