[ Eptian LXVII ]

May 3, 2009

Eptih who was on the move with the entire Pan Mortal Army knew the Velidians would be searching them out with the plan to destroy them completely and therefore he sent orders to each of the five divisions to split off into a specified direction. 1st, 2nd and 4th turning back around and heading toward the training ground they had just destroyed. 3rd and 5th continuing on their path to attack a town of the Orabrey. Eptih himself took command of the Fifth Division supplanting Fayareg.
The Velidians were quite confident that they would be able to suppress this rebellion quickly. They saw this as an opportunity to destroy the Hetharcyp once and for all and in turn break what little spirit the Mortlas had remaining and thus cementing their position permanently. What the Velidians did not know was the exact size of the army nor how well organized it was. They had no idea that the Pan Mortal Army was now five smaller armies, they were focused on one group of rebels and one group of rebels alone.
The Velidians where not so confident as to be blind to reality however, they did something that was ingenious and two fold building upon a plan they had begun long ago. One, they began to produce Narcirogen at a much faster rate and two, they sent messengers to all the Narciogen currently living within Mortal societies to start a terror campaign against the Mortals, hurting them however possible whether physically or economically. This masterstroke caused mass confusion among the Mortals and caused the support for the Pan Mortal Army to dry up quickly.
Eptih besieged the town of the Orabrey with the 3rd and 5th Divisions. He felt complete justification for the brutality of the siege due to the sins the Orabrey had committed in the past. Eptih’s only fear was that the Velidians would relieve the Orabrey and break the siege but he had the 1st, 2nd and the 4th that would block any advance of where the Velidian army would likely come from being as uncreative tactically as they were.
The Velidian army eventually reached the training grounds of the Pan Mortal Army and found it in ruins and so proceeded onward. A short time later they came face to face with the 1st, 2nd and 4th Divisions of the Pan Mortal Army and a major battle commenced. Word was sent to Eptih that a battle with the full Velidian force was under way. Meanwhile the battle raged and the Pan Mortal Army fought well initially but being outnumbered the relentless losses began to wear them down. Luckily the Velidians army was doing no better and as a result both sides fell back and entrenched their positions.
Word eventually reached Eptih of the battle that was underway and Eptih wanted to stop the siege and assist the other Divisions but felt he was close to achieving his objective. Every moment that he wasted on the siege was a moment the other divisions were suffering. The Orabrey held out hoping for salvation but it never came and at the last possible minute they opened their gates to negotiate with Eptih. Seeing his moment, Eptih forced his way in and all the Orabrey where slaughtered.
Now Eptih could rush to help the other divisions. When Eptih arrived with the 3rd and 5th Divisions he was surprised to see the two sides in a standoff but he was equally surprised to see how many men the 1st, 2nd and 4th had lost. Immediately Eptih consulted with his generals to formulate their next move. The Velidians upon seeing the arriving Pan Mortal divisions were frightened and as a result sent word back to Velid that they were stalled out after receiving massive casualties and that the enemy had been reinforced with fresh troops. They requested Velid send reinforcements quickly or they might be destroyed.

Velid was angered by the Mortals arrogance and demanded the little rebellion be put down quickly and brutally. He specified that no quarter was to be given and that anyone or any town supporting the rebellion in any way be destroyed. With that a large Velidian army was assembled near the Great Chasm Fortess which was composed mostly of Queid. This force was commanded by _____.

Eptih who was on the move with the entire Pan Mortal Army knew the Velidians would be searching them out with the plan to destroy them completely and therefore he sent orders to each of the five divisions to split off into a specified direction. 1st, 2nd and 4th turning back around and heading toward the training ground they had just destroyed. 3rd and 5th continuing on their path to attack a town of the Orabrey. Eptih himself took command of the Fifth Division supplanting Fayareg.

The Velidians were quite confident that they would be able to suppress this rebellion quickly. They saw this as an opportunity to destroy the Hetharcyp once and for all and in turn break what little spirit the Mortlas had remaining and thus cementing their position permanently. What the Velidians did not know was the exact size of the army nor how well organized it was. They had no idea that the Pan Mortal Army was now five smaller armies, they were focused on one group of rebels and one group of rebels alone.

The Velidians where not so confident as to be blind to reality however, they did something that was ingenious and two fold building upon a plan they had begun long ago. One, they began to produce Narcirogen at a much faster rate and two, they sent messengers to all the Narciogen currently living within Mortal societies to start a terror campaign against the Mortals, hurting them however possible whether physically or economically. This masterstroke caused mass confusion among the Mortals and caused the support for the Pan Mortal Army to dry up quickly.

Eptih besieged the town of the Orabrey with the 3rd and 5th Divisions. He felt complete justification for the brutality of the siege due to the sins the Orabrey had committed in the past. Eptih’s only fear was that the Velidians would relieve the Orabrey and break the siege but he had the 1st, 2nd and the 4th that would block any advance of where the Velidian army would likely come from being as uncreative tactically as they were.

The Velidian army eventually reached the training grounds of the Pan Mortal Army and found it in ruins and so proceeded onward. A short time later they came face to face with the 1st, 2nd and 4th Divisions of the Pan Mortal Army and a major battle commenced. Word was sent to Eptih that a battle with the full Velidian force was under way. Meanwhile the battle raged and the Pan Mortal Army fought well initially but being outnumbered the relentless losses began to wear them down. Luckily the Velidians army was doing no better and as a result both sides fell back and entrenched their positions.

Word eventually reached Eptih of the battle that was underway and Eptih wanted to stop the siege and assist the other Divisions but felt he was close to achieving his objective. Every moment that he wasted on the siege was a moment the other divisions were suffering. The Orabrey held out hoping for salvation but it never came and at the last possible minute they opened their gates to negotiate with Eptih. Seeing his moment, Eptih forced his way in and all the Orabrey where slaughtered.

Now Eptih could rush to help the other divisions. When Eptih arrived with the 3rd and 5th Divisions he was surprised to see the two sides in a standoff but he was equally surprised to see how many men the 1st, 2nd and 4th had lost. Immediately Eptih consulted with his generals to formulate their next move. The Velidians upon seeing the arriving Pan Mortal divisions were frightened and as a result sent word back to Velid that they were stalled out after receiving massive casualties and that the enemy had been reinforced with fresh troops. They requested Velid send reinforcements quickly or they might be destroyed.

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[ Eptian LXVI ]

April 5, 2009

Eptih, having returned recently, wasted no time organizing the army into five major divisions choosing five of his best men to command each of them. The commanders were Maelimh commanding Frist Division, Atpref commanding Second Division, Eonan commanding Third Division, Zimahnil commanding Fourth Division and Fayareg commanding Fifth Division. As for Eptih himself he would be the overall commander and therefore would dictate orders for the entire army. Each of these groups consisted of approximately five thousand men. Eptih tasked his commanders with choosing their own lieutenants and aides.  

After Eptih’s organization of the army the training continued. Although the Pan Mortal was ready to enter the field Eptih was somewhat hesitant, its success or failure rested on his shoulder alone. If he moved too quickly and directed the army into a slaughter all his efforts would be for nothing along with the hopes of ever lifting the Velidian yoke off the Mortals shoulders. 

Eptih was planning a major attack against the Velidians, an opening move that might render them incapable of mounting a defense and thus defeating them from the onset. Eptih knew this was not likely but at the very least he wanted to make the attempt and he knew he had surprise on his side. Eptih’s problem then became what to do first. If Eptih took the army into the field to see them fight smaller fights their exestince would become known and the element of surprise would be lost, however if Eptih went to battle with an untested force he could lead them into a trial by fire they might not survive. 

Eptih considered what to do, not consulting with his generals and as he remained stagnant with the army constantly training the Mortal leaders became worried, wondering if they had made the right decision. What Eptih most wanted was to take the army and exact retribution on the various traitor mortals, like the Siradyt. Eptih by now had come to the conclusion that this idea although personally appealing would remove surprise which was the one factor that seemed to be in their favor. So by now Eptih had decided to attack the Velidians, hopefully destroying their power center near the Great Chasm. It was bold but Eptih felt it was necessary.

At almost the same moment Eptih resolved himself to attack the Velidians in a massive attack it was discovered through their network of informers that the Velidians had recently discovered the existence of the pan Mortal Army. Somehow they had spy’s that had discovered the army. Eptih was glad in one sense that the Velidians had discover the army so late in its formation but also disappointed that he had lost the surprise factor.

Now Eptih had to completely alter his plans. One thing was certain however, he had to move the army as soon as possible. Their location was compromised and Eptih did not want his army to be under siege and to be slowly destroyed before it ever had a chance to face the enemy and fight. Therefore Eptih ordered the army to set fire their training grounds and move out. The army proceeded to do as ordered and as they marched away the umbilical cord was cut, they where no longer in training but in the field of battle, they would now either be victorious or perish, there was no other possible outcome.


[ Eptian LXV ]

March 16, 2009

Eptih, when told of Fayareg’s reluctance to bring the Second Hetharcyp, composed a message that made it absolutely clear that if he did not bring the Second Hetharcyp in Eptih himself would personally come and take command of them and that Fayareg would suffer the consequences. This message was delivered and Fayareg was forced to finally relent, as a result Fayareg moved the Second Hetharcyp to head to where the Pan Mortal Army was in training. 

Eptih was very pleased with how Fayareg had handled command of the Second Hetharcyp and figured he was redeemed but the reluctance he showed to bring the Second Hetharcyp in gave him reason to be suspicious. He knew Fayareg wished to increase his power but he did not know exactly what method Fayareg might use to achieve that end. As such Eptih decided to keep a careful eye on him in the future, should the need arise he could be executed but until that proved necessary he would use him to help command the Pan Mortal Army.

After some time Fayareg returned with the Second Hetharcyp and when Eptih talked with him about not providing warriors for the army and his hesitation to bring the force back, Fayareg stated that he was in a tough position and could not comply to immediate orders but was forced to finesse the situation before he could make any particular move. Eptih sensed a tone of insolence in Fayareg’s answer and as a result felt the Second Hetharcyp could not be immediately integrated into the Pan Mortal Army as Fayareg may have tainted them. Therefore Eptih decided to take command of Second Hetharcyp himself and relieve Fayareg so that he might join the Army. 

The leaders of the cities were not happy about this actions of Eptih. They wanted everything to come together as one singly commanded force, they wanted the Hetharcyp and Eptih controlled. If they had not so feared the Hetharcyp they would have jailed Eptih but now they would need to deal with him delicately, they saw in him a possible catalyst for the failure of the Pan Mortal Amry.

For Eptih’s part he used the excuse that he wanted to protect the developing Pan Mortal Army but in reality he was hoping to achieve two things. One, he wanted to test the loyalty of the Second Hetharcyp to see how much damage Fayareg might have caused and second, he knew the leaders of the cities wanted him and his Hetharcyp tamed. Having a force in his personal command kept him feared and safe from mediocrity, there was no way Eptih was going to become some lowly peon. It was only because of him that the Mortals had a chance to throw off the Velidian yoke.  

After some debate it was decided among the leaders that it was important to have Eptih and his Second Hetharcyp combined with the Pan Mortal Army and so Command of all forces was offered to Eptih. Eptih accepted this offer and soon after the Second Hetharcyp was disbanded and blended into the Pan Mortal Army. Now that the army was consolidated those who understood the situation marveled at how it all had happened, and those being honest would have to give the majority of the credit to Eptih.


[ Eptian LXIV ]

February 16, 2009

Eptih’s decision to place Fayareg at the head of the second unit stunned many of the other Hetharcyp. For his part Eptih had not chosen Fayareg in order to allow him the opportunity to repair his honor but because he saw in him the absolute desire to achieve victory at all costs. If the Hetharcyp were to be continually weakened by fulfilling their quota to the Pam Mortal Army and thereby be forced to fake strength in the hoe of disheartening the Velidians, Eptih knew he needed just the right man to do the job.  

Fayareg prepared himself for his new task. He knew he would have to be perfect and that if he failed he would lose everything. Within him was a animosity for Eptih but that would need to be placed aside, there was much before him that he would have to contend with. 

Eptih met with Fayareg many times while the preparations were being made for the seperation of the Hetharcy into two distinct force. Eptih used this time to convey exactly what he expected of Fayareg and to get Fayareg’s opinions on military issues. Eptih also at this time decided that his and Fayareg’s forces would alternate from their respective forces the necessary quota to the Pan Mortal Army, thus making the blow to either force less consistent and damaging. At least that was Eptih’s hope. Eventually the Hetarcyp had been successfully segmented and Fayareg took command and with that the two forces separated. Fayareg, after his fall from grace, was now the sole commander of the Second Hetharcyp, Eptih being in control of First Hetharcyp. Eptih was still commander of all Hetharcypian forces but communication with the Second Hetharcyp would be tenuous at best from this point on. 

As scheduled both Eptih and Fayareg made the necessary quota to the Pan Mortal Army weakening their own numbers while being pursued by the Velidians. The Pan Mortal army grew stronger and stronger and under the tutelage of the Hetharcyp grew more capable. Both First and Second Hetharcyp regularly came into contact and gave battle to Velidian detachments always avoiding large Velidian forces. The first time Eptih received word that Fayareg had managed to defeat a small Velidian force he was quite happy and hoped it was a sign of things to come. This scenario went on for some time and Eptih believed he had convinced the Velidians that the Hetharcyp had grown and were now more formidable then ever. 

Some time later a messenger arrived from the Pan Mortal army stating no Hetharcyp had been received in some time and Eptih sent a message to Fayareg asking him to send the necessary combatants. Eptih later received a message from Fayareg stating he could not make the quota at this time due to a growing presence of Velidians in his area of operation. This angered Eptih as he was forced to cover the quota with his own men. Eptih sent word again to Fayareg that he must meet his next scheduled delivery and received word back that he would do so. From this point on Fayareg would miss deliveries now and again causing Eptih to cover again. Eptih wanted to go to Fayareg himself and find out what the problem was but the situation was far too critical, the Pan Mortal Army was not ready for active duty and any unnecessary divergence from the plan could ignite a disaster.  

Eventually Eptih found himself with just over a thousand men remaining, knowing that Fayareg had at least twice that amount. At this moment a Vethrian force came dangerously close to where the Pan Mortal Army was training and a message was sent to Eptih to hurry on with his forces before the Pan Mortal Army was found. Eptih rallied to the scene and managed to cut the path of the Velidians to the Pan Mortal Army. Eptih was greatly out numbered but was close enough to the Pan Mortal Army to call up a large contingent of Hethrcyp, and with these man annihilated the Velidian force completely. 

Eptih was able at this time to check the progress of the Army and meet with all the principals. With Eptih’s force so completely depleted it was decided that it would coalesce into the Army and as such First Hetharcyp would cease to exist. Eptih sent messengers to Second Hetharcyp telling them to return and rendezvous to discuss disbandment. These messengers, upon meeting Fayareg, found him reluctant.


[ Eptian LXIII ]

February 5, 2009

Fayareg and his few remaining men eventually made their way back to the main Hetharcypian force, he had managed to beat Eptih back. When the other Hetharcyp saw how few were returning they were utterly shocked and many knew that heads would soon roll. Fayareg had little time to compose himself and was still dirt and blood spattered from the recent travails when Eptih returned. 

Fayareg made decision to confront Eptih with the situation first before anyone had the chance to use the information against him and when Eptih arrived Fayareg was the first to meet him, requesting they speak in private. Eptih agreed and the two stepped off into the surrounding forest. Fayareg told Eptih the story and Eptih quickly became enraged smiting Fayareg on the head causing him to fall to the ground and then yelled loudly at him, continually berating him for not following the very specific orders he had given. Fayareg knew that all the Hetharcyp were hearing the commotion and felt profound indignity. Eptih in his anger began to manhandle Fayareg in a more aggressive manner ready to land more blows but Eonan and Zimahnil convinced Eptih to let him be. With that Eptih stormed off to his tent. 

Feeling dishonored and ashamed, Fayareg fled into the night. 

Eptih was now in a rough position. He would soon need to start sending men away from his force to strengthen the Pan Mortal Army but at the same time he knew that, being exhilarated by their victory, the Velidians would be looking to strike the deathblow. The onslaught would now be relentless until the Hetharcyp ceased to exist. Eptih knew he needed to do something audacious but he did not know how much his reduced forces could withstand. A short time later Eptih called together a (council) of some of his best men and learned from them the true condition of the Hetharcyp. Morale, they conveyed, was not only damaged by the mistakes of Fayareg but also by Eptih’s treatment of him. Eptih complained to the men that he should have killed Fayareg however they responded that that would have been completely demoralizing for the men.  

After some time and cajoling the men convinced Eptih to bring Fayareg back and show his magnanimity and thereby restore confidence and brotherhood within the Hetharcyp. Eptih, although not being one for anything insincere, eventually agreed and so a small party was sent to find Fayareg led by Zimahnil.

The next day, Eptih sent off the first installment of Hetharcyp as trainers for the Pan Mortal Army. Now he needed to devise a plan to show his strength to the Velidians in order to check their enthusiasm. What he decided was indeed a bold plan. He decided to split the Hetharcyp into two separate forces each operating independent. This would give the impression to the Velidians that the Hetharcyp had grown so large that it was able to field two separate and fully active forces. This would be very tricky however because Eptih would need a commander he could trust completely to lead the other half of the Hetharcyp and all this would have to be done as more waves of Hetharcyp would be called to join the Pan Mortal Army (PAMOAR). Eptih watched over the men he had placed as leaders of the Hetharcyp and none seemed worthy of the position. 

It was at this time that the detachment sent out to recover Fayareg brought him back. When Eptih heard Fayareg was back he called him to a meeting at which he planned to further lay scorn on him. However in the midst of the meeting a feeling came over Eptih that Fayareg was the man to lead the other Hetharcypian force. Here before him was a man virtually ruined who would do anything to redeem himself. Fayareg would now be ruthless in his actions if given the opportunity, a man who would know if he failed he would die, a man for whom total victory was his only salvation. Eptih told Fayareg his plan and Fayareg was grateful for the opportunity. Eptih made the situation painfully clear though with no illusions, he told Fayareg what he expected and let him know what the consequence of failure would be. In Fayareg, Eptih was somewhat skeptical but yet hopeful. Eptih needed Fayareg to redeem himself otherwise they would all surely die at the hands of the Velidians. Eptih’s decision would either be insightful or ruinous and he knew it.


[ Eptian LXII ]

January 19, 2009

It was not long after the loss of Eptih’s home town that some Hetharcypian scouts found a contingent of Velidian soldiers lead by someone who was not familiar to them. Consisting of approximately one thousand Queid and fifty Siradyt Fayareg was informed and decided it was the perfect opportunity for his redemption. Fayareg Detached two thousand Hetharcyp, leaving the remainder in control of Eonan. With this detachment Fayareg went off to destroy the Velidian contingent. Fayareg felt he had sufficient resources to destroy the force he was going up against. 

Fayareg’s scouts led him directly to the Velidian force and while reconnoitering Fayareg was pleased to see his opponents, figuring them no match. They were also able to witness the commander of this force and although he was massive in size he was soaking in a tub of water and as such Fayareg and his scouts felt this man was effeminate. They were however unable to see the man from the front. After watching them for a short time Fayareg and his force began their attack. 

It so happened that this force was under the command of Rhosrc and when the attack began he calmly arose from his bath and suited his armor. 

Fayaregs attack managed to catch the Velidians off guard but quickly they were able to adjust and provide a stiff resistance, so stiff in fact that Fayareg was surprised when Hetharcyp began to die around him. Quickly Fayareg realized that he had attacked no regular band of Velidians but he was intent on achieving victory and therefore pressed his men hard. 

By this time Rhosrc had joined the battle and began to slay Hetharcyp with ease all the while directing his forces movements, movements that were achieved with a deadly precision. Fayareg now realized he was in over his head and had walked his force straight into a death trap, he was now resolved to save as many of his men as possible. As Fayareg began pulling his men back the Velidian force proceeded to encircle them, Fayareg’s command began to break down and discipline was lost as the noose tightened. With only seconds to spare Fayareg and fifteen of his man slipped through the reaming gap. As they ran they could hear the screams of the other men being cut to pieces.

Rhosrc told his force to give no quarter and as such all the trapped Hetharcyp were killed. Once all the Hetharcyp were dead Rhosrc sent a small detachment to chase those who had managed to escape. This chase lasted late into the night and Fayareg and his men were not able to rest nor, in their flight, were they aware of where they were headed. Scatterbrained they ran chased closely but eventually the pursuers turned and Fayareg and his men were able to reacquaint themselves with their surroundings. The whole event had been a disaster, nearly two thousand men killed and Fayareg’s reputation damaged beyond repair. Fayareg had taken the fall of Eptihs home village, a thing that Eptih himself had expected, and by overreacting created a horrendous disaster. Fayareg wondered what Eptih might do to him and he considered running away but alas he deemed that particular fate no more advantageous then that which Eptih would bring down on him. Fayareg and his men proceeded to find their way back to the Hetharcyp.


[ Eptian LXI ]

January 14, 2009

Some time later Eptih linked up with the Hetharcyp and he found that Fayareg had managed to renew them after their heavy losses battling with the Sonimian overlord. Eptih took command and set about to immediately reinitiate their insurgent campaign. Although they had been weakened numerically they had learned many lessons and therefore had become more hardened and capable. 

The time came for the meeting Eptih had agreed to attend with the leaders of some mortal cities and so once again Eptih put Fayareg in charge of the Hetharcyp with instructions to continue their work but to avoid major confrontations at all costs. Eptih took a small cohort with him and proceeded to the agreed upon meeting place. 

Upon arriving at the meeting Eptih was at fist greeted by Nolopan and subsequently introduced to nine other town leaders. Eptih was baffled by the cast before him and accused Nolopan of wasting his time but Nolopan assured Eptih that all in attendance were serious and capable of providing adequate amounts of manpower. Some of the leaders took acceptation to Eptih’s comments and arguments broke out among the attendees some of which defended Eptih wile others attacked him. Nolopan soon gained control of the floor and managed to redirect the agenda to what the original purpose of the meeting had been. From this point on the discussion revolved around the formation of a pan-Mortal army. Each of the leaders agreeing to supply a continuous supply of men to be trained by Hetharcyp. Much debate raged between Eptih and the leaders all of which began to bore Eptih greatly but eventually it was agreed that Eptih would commit to sending one hundred Hetharcyp to train waves of Mortals for the formation of an army, all of which would be done in complete secrecy. 

In addition to training this new army the Hetharcyp would provide protection to the developing army so that it could grow and strengthen in safety furthermore the Hetharcyp would continually send their portion of their numbers to join the army but only if the various leaders delivered their required recruits. Eptih having agreed to this believing an army was a good idea felt it was unlikely that the leaders could supply the necessary recruits but his was willing to try. The meeting ended and an agreement had been ratified to create a pan-Mortal army aimed at destroying the Velidians and freeing the Mortals from servitude. 

Eptih left the meeting with much to think about. If the leaders did provide the recruits needed he would have to do the same and thus weaken his forces that were currently in the field, fighting and hunted by every element of Velidian civilization. How could he weaken his force and not allow the Velidians to recognize this. Eptih realized that to buy time and appear larger then he was he would have to split his force into two thus appearing to be growing so rapidly that two separate divisions could be fielded, but in reality each of the two divisions would be very weak. It would be a dangerous gamble but if there were any hope of creating a pan Mortal army risk would need to be taken.  

While Eptih was away from the Hetharcyp meeting with the several Mortal leaders Fayareg had continued the campaign against Velidian Elements. Fayareg had gained Eptih’s confidence and this was the first time he was commanding the Hetharcyp with orders to continue regular operations. In the past when Eptih had left the Hetharcyp in Fayareg control they would recede from their regular strategy avoiding all conflict. Fayareg at first was doing well and had attacked many Velidian installations and managed to kill many Narcirogen. 

The word soon came that the Velidians had come back to Eptih’s hometown and had taken it establishing a capital for the New Sonimian overlord. Fayareg wondered if Eptih had been in command of the Hetarcyp at the time would have worked to prevent it. And with that Fayareg lost some of his confidence and was now looking to do something glorious to shore up his honor.