Eptian LXXIV

September 16, 2009

Once Eptih returned to the Great Chasm Fortress with Reyam he had already made up his mind to have Ebrel executed. Ebrel was too knowledgeable about Eptih’s lineage and too involved with the Velidian Empire, he was culpable for many horrors forced on the Mortal population and if Eptih was to spare him, especially since he was familiar with Eptih’s family, it would look as though Eptih was protecting him. Additionally, Eptih did not want it known that he was the Son of Velid and the brother of Rhosrc.

Once Ebrel knew Eptih was back in the camp he requested he be allowed to speak with him again. Eptih met with him again and in a bid to assuage Eptih’s anger and hopefully have his life spared Ebrel told Eptih where he could find the head of Thmascuid. He also revealed the mysterious general who had come on the scene as a powerful force and disappeared just as quickly was Queid Thmascuid. This information sparked a rage within Eptih, having the head of Thmascuid offered to him like it was some kind of paltry peace offering, and he soon after ordered Ebrel to be executed. The deed was done and Ebrel’s body and spiritform where locked up in a rather common sarcoph, a sarcoph that was not associated with a family much like an unknown orphan would be. This act by Eptih, pleased the Mortals who wanted revenge above all else. It was however disturbing in its lack of respect especially since Eptih knew Ebrel was the son of Orendun. 

Soon after the execution of Ebrel a large group of Mortal leaders came to the encampment. They wished to speak with Eptih about dispersing the army. Each leader wanted the men he had sent to join the army back so that they could rebuild their own towns and kill off as many Narcirogen as possible. By this point Eptih wanted nothing more then to be released as general and so he was in agreement with the Mortal leaders.

The question was put forth what should be done about Mortal sects that had cooperated with the Velidians, the Siradyt in particular. Eptih put forth the proposition that in the new order that was developing they would be shunned and that this would be punishment enough, he made it clear that he did not think it wise to attack them, that enough blood had been spilled. Many others however wanted retribution and when consensus was reached it was clear that a part of the army would be assembled and used to punish all those traitor Mortal Sects. Out of respect, the generalship of this force was offered to Eptih but he quickly refused stating that he wished now only to find some land, start a farm and live with his wife and future children. Eptih also advised that the course the Mortal leaders where setting upon could lead to civil war among the Mortal race and that this would be a disaster.

Consequently, Eptih was relieved of duty, the army was disbanded and a new small army composed of volunteers, typically younger unmarried men, was formed and command of it was given to ____. The various Mortal leaders now asserted themselves and amidst debate and argument begin making plans to re-organize all of existence. Eptih wanted no part of all of this, he could see that the squabbling was just beginning and was only a precursor of things to come. Eptih therefore addressed his army one last time and when he was done many of the original Hetharcyp wanted to follow him but he made it clear to them that he wanted no part of the what was coming and offered them advice to go home and find their own peace. When Eptih had finished he took his spoils which included treasure and slaves that he had claimed in the war and with his wife rode away.

Eptih went to where Ebrel had said the head of Thmascuid was and there he found it. Eptih next came back to the town of his youth and dug up the body of Thmascuid which he had burried before and reintroduced head to body. Eptih left with his caravan which now included the body of Thmascuid to find a new land in which to settle.

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[ 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.


[ Eptian LV ]

August 16, 2008

Thmascuid, after Eptih’s disappearance, had taken to secretly training the youth of the local area in the war arts similar to the way he had been training Eptih. At first he had a few students but eventually the project grew into an entire school with students of varying ages from all the surrounding areas. Thmascuid had turned these students into a force of highly trained warriors all without the Velidians becoming aware. His goal was to reestablish the heroes who had been nearly annihilated in the past conflicts.

These warriors being without a leader decided that they would follow Eptih away from the caves and ask him to lead them, they did this because they were committed to Thmascuid and Eptih had been his first student and a blood relative and thereby the second Hetharcyp, Thmascuid being number one. The warriors took their offer to Eptih and he accepted and thus became the head of an established order of didicated warriors trained to kill. In all at this point the Hetharcy numbered under one hunder warriors however their training made them as fierce as five hundred. Eptih accepted because he did not want what Thmascuid had been building to wither on the vine, he wanted Thmascuid’s legacy to be remembered.

This is where the major split between Thiaraceph and Eptih occured, Thiaraceph leading the people of the town and Eptih leading the Hetharcy. Although Reyam wanted to go with Eptih she could not leave what remained of her family and therefore stayed at the caves. Eptih had convinced her to do so knowing the path he was on was a danerous one and not proper for women.

Eptih left with his Hetharcyp and immediately they began using their skills to harm the Velidians as much as possible. This plan took many forms but initially the Hetharcyp terrorized the Narcirogen killing them whenever possible, killing Siradyt, attacking and dismembering Queid soldiers and evading capture as they roamed the countryside. The Hetharcyp took great pride in attacking the Narciogen at their old town and when they did no quarter was shown and as a result the cruelty of the Hetharcyp became known to all the Narciogen.

Although at first the work of the Hetharcyp went mostly unnoticed by the Velidian ruling class eventually and Velid himself, when enough had been killed and large swathes of land were left in ruin they started to take notice and with each new act of rebellion their discomfort and anger grew. With this notoriety came fame among the Mortals and thus a flock of men wishing to join in arose wherever they went. At this point the Hetharcyp were the only Mortals fighting against their Velidian overlords, the rest had long since been subjugated.

As the Hetharcyp grew so to did Eptih’s power and it became his focus to clear the town of his youth that had been lost. Therefore the Hetharcyp managed to retake the town and slaughter all the Narcirogen inhabitants, upon hearing of this news Thiaraceph decided to leave the caves and return with the people so as to reestablish the town.

One night when the Hetharcyp were camped out in the town they had retaken Thiaraceph and all the townspeople returned. Eptih could not believe the stupidity of Thiaraceph, bringing the people back to the town when the Velidians were sure to try and recapture it. Eptih let his feelings be known to Thiaraceph and the two nearly came to blows. Eptih was however happy to see his mother and Reyam and that night he spent talking with them as the Hetharcyp planned to take the people back to the caves in the morning. When morning came Thiaraceph refused to move the people again and demanded they stay in their town. This put an extreme burden on Eptih in that now his forces would be required to protect the town from the coming onslaught. Eptih tried to convince Thiaraceph to take the people back to the caves but to no avail and it became obvious to Eptih that Thiaraceph was trying to establish his authority over him.

Among the various other sects of mortals elsewhere in Existence the Hetharcyp were either loved or hated. Some felt the Hetharcyp were causing unnecessary trouble, a trouble that would only be turned around and used to cause them further harm. Others however praised the Hetharcy and wished them Success, sending supplies and men and making offers to the Hetharcyp to come and cause havoc against the Velidians in their area, some even offering additional goods for these services.

The support or lack of it for the Hetharcyp divided the Mortals and factions developed that were either pro or anti-Hetharcyp. Some groups that despised the Hetharcyp set up parties to hunt them down and so as the Hetharcyp grew so did their enemies. All of this did not deter Eptih, he was building a military force and could see that just maybe he would be able to throw the Velidian yoke from the necks of the Mortals. There were still many hurdles to cross though and at the moment the biggest one was Thiaraceph and the fate of the townspeople.


[ Eptian XXXIII ]

May 8, 2007

 

When Eptih was banned from taking part in the fighting competitions Thmascuid decided to train the boy himself. Eptih would normally have been considered to young to enter this type of training but Thmascuid felt the boy needed to be able to control his growing power.

Existence had now been transformed into a tyranny managed through a caste system whereby the majority of the Mortals were reduced to slaves. These slaves were continually forced to labor in order to increase the strength of the tyrant by building up an infrastructure that allowed him to better govern his vast holdings. Each new building the Mortals built, each new road and fortification allowed Velid to further tighten his grip on the collective Mortal neck and they new this was the case. Something had to be done in order to stop the madness and if something were to be done it would be a hero that would need to take the initiative and give the people something to follow. As Thmascuid was the best know hero many of the Mortals looked to him to lead a rebellion. Thmascuid however, knew that the time was not right, he believed that the Velidians would need to become complacent before a rebellion would have any real chance of success. At the current moment the Velidians were still actively consolidating their power and would thereby move quickly to quell even the slightest hint of resistance.

The Mortals wanted to move against the Velidians sooner than Thmascuid was willing and hoped to find them back on their heels. During this time a few resistance movements were formed but quickly and brutally put down and therefore it became obvious the Thmascuid had been correct in his thinking. Because of this many of the Mortals watched Thmascuid closely and as a result a following began to develop the eventually turned into a hero worship cult.

As Thmascuid waited for the Velidians to relax their grip the years passed and Existence was rebuilt into a new world through the labor of the Mortals, with large cities and government centers and a system of roads connecting the whole system. All signs of the Vethrians were wiped clean from Existence and it was against the law to speak of them. As time went on the treatment of the Mortals did not ease and most of what they had owned had been redistributed among the various Velidian elements, the Orabrey receiving their property angering the Mortals most of all. Times were tough for the mortals as they labored many hours with little rest and many Mortals died under the Queid fist and by doing dangerous work.

The situation with Othamar (Derram) and Thiaraceph had become much worse in the years that passed since she had arrived back from The Great Chasm fortress. Thiaraceph was finding it harder and harder to play his role in what he saw as a façade, especially since he had married Derram in what was meant to be an act of family unity but had actually been forced upon him, or at least that is how he saw it. Thiaraceph contemplated leaving every day but knew if he dishonored Derram he would make an enemy of Thmascuid and that was something he did not wish to do especially as Eptih was firmly on Thmascuids side. As a result, Thiaraceph’s attitude became worse, feeling as if Eptih, Thmascuid and Derram were plotting against him in order to ruin the value of his life. He felt they were trying to drive him to suicide for what purpose he was not sure. His dislike for Eptih now became hatred and Eptih was fully aware of it. Eptih only feared what Thiaraceph might do to his mother and dreamed of killing him. Derram sensed his rage and saw the deteriorating relationship between the two and asked him not to harm Thiaraceph and he made a promise to her that he would not as long as he did not harm her. He made it clear to her however, that should Thiaraceph do her harm he would show him no quarter. Thmascuid was not aware of how truly bad things had become as Eptih did not speak of Thiaraceph.


[ Eptian XXX ]

April 12, 2007

Eptian XXX

The Vethrian army was in a state of deterioration before it had been completely formed and it was far from being battle ready, progress having been slowed due to the conduct of the Seven Families, but it was decided that a surprise attack would be the best hope for victory. If the Vethrians spent additional time building and strengthening the army, relying on the Seven Families for men and material, eventually the growing disorder would destroy the army before it ever entered action. It could either be used now in the state it was or allowed to die on the vine never having been used.

The decision to act at once having been made, vanguard Elements of the Vethrian army moved out in force toward the Great Chasm Fortress. The idea was to send the best trained soldiers first in order to scare Velid hopefully convincing him to prematurely yield. If he did not a siege of the Great Chasm Fortress would be raised by that time the bulk of the army would be brought up acting merely as a battering ram. Disciplined soldiering would be less important for this plan and brute force more befitting the demeanor of the majority of the army. This plan had to work, the quality of the army leaving no other possible option if the siege should go wrong.

At first Velid and his seemingly meager force of mixed Sreoth, Queid and Syradyt mortals retreated back into the Fortress putting up little resistance and it seemed that it would not be long before the siege would be effective. When the bulk of the Vethrian force arrived victory seemed all the more assured and in this aura of inevitable certainty it became harder to keep the army organized. Disipline being what it was soldiers would frequently wander off searching for food or other spoils leaving their posts unattended. The Vethrians became furious with the laziness of the army during the siege and began to doubt their original rationale for the siege and faith in victory long before others did.

Velid sent out some of his best soldiers to fight single combats and the Vethrians accepted. Thmascuid did particularly good during these matches. But as the single combats went on the Sonimi continued their work of creating new Queid battalions unbeknownst to the Vehtrinas.

As Velid peered out from the Great Chasm Fortress he laughed at how the Vethrian army had walked right into his trap. Not only that, it was now obvious that if given time the Vethrian army would destroy itself right where it stood. But eventually Velid became tired of waiting and called on Ebrel to advance, Ebrel having been set up for some time behind the Vethian army hidden from their view. Ebrels army which was much smaller then the Vethrian army but highly disciplined, pined the majority of the Vethrian army up against the Fortress and at that moment the forces from inside the Fortress were unleashed and carnage ensued. The Vethrian army was trapped in this spot and was destroyed. The Vethrians abandoned the dying army and fled into hiding only a small number having been killed in the battle. The Mortal heroes, including Thiaraceph and Thmascuid, did their best to stall the Queids efforts, breaking holes through the Queid lines allowing some of their own numbers to escape. Many of the Mortal heroes were killed during this time. Thiaraceph and Thmascuid however did survive and managed to lead a small element of soldiers back home. This bravery gaining them more fame, adding further luster to already stellar reputations.

The Velidian army had pursued the fleeing remnants of the Vethrian army at first but were eventually called back by Velid. He had come to the conclusion that the hardest part of his plan had been executed and that now he could establish control on his terms and when and how he saw fit. All the dead soldiers that were scattered around the Great Chasm Fortress were immediately converted into Queid by Velid and the Sonimi and thus the Velidian army grew larger and larger.