The Sargonic Religious Wars, known as well as the Sargonic Wars of Religion or the Wars of the Apostate was a prolonged period of war and popular unrest between the Karentians and the camilite heretics in the Holy Sargonic Empire between 2587 and 2629 a.a.H. Many peoples died in this period from violence, famine or disease in what is considere the deadliest religious war before The Cataclysm.
Background: Camilo VIII, Emperor Edit
Camilo VIII was crowned King of Sargos and Emperor of the Holy Sargonic Empire as he was just 25 years old, at the 2585, and his early reign was marked by an apparent effort to consolidate Imperial power, which was a dangerous and difficult juggling the loyalty of ther nobility and the support of the Karentian Church.
Already since the end of the Holy Wars of Eden, there had been a rising malcontent with some of the practices of the Karentian Church, which were exacerbated after the Great Plague, which already saw a rise on factionalism and exacerbated views about the Karentian church already since the 2570s.
Camilo VIII, tired of trying to deal with the Karentian church, saw an opportunity in boasting his popularity along disgrunted nobles and the urban population in taking a strong stance against the excesses of the Karentian church.
Echoing in the popular malcontent with some of the malpractices of the Karentian church hierarchy, he will expel from the Imperial Council the archbishop of Hanat, who had profited from his position for personal enrichment.
Karentian Controversy Edit
The momentum for a reform of the Karentian Christian Church had its clear beginning during the reign of Camilo's father, in the short but effective time of the Archbishop Papriker IX, whom Camilo VII had nominated. Since that time, the reforming initiative had been carried on by a cadre of church authorities who were formed in the University of Millbridge, who opposed the traditional rule of the northwestern aelian Christianity from Karentia, as they claimed -among several reforms- for the reunification of the Northwestern Christianity with the acceptance of the Nortender -and other- Heresies.
The expulsion of the Archbishop of Hanat will lead to a direct conflict between the Emperor and the Archbishop of Karentia, as was seen as clear that he was choosing sides with the "Millbridge School" of thought.
The tension between Empire and Church culminated in the council of Karentia of 2586, only in the second year of rule of the young emperor, which constituted a substantial attempt to undo Camilo VIII's policies. Among other measures, they claimed the independence of the ecclesiastical authorities in their decisions and rule, which would deprive the Imperial crown of many of its lands: As this was considered it would have grievous consequences for the unity of the Holy Sargonic Empire, Camilo VIII decisively joined the side of the "Millbridge School": With support of the theologians of Millbridge and the heretical Order of Nortender. Camilo VIII will issue an order that all the ecclesiastical lands were to become direct possessions of the Imperial Crown.
The Conclave of Nisseau Edit
The Conclave of Nisseau was proclaimed, and there was debate between the Karentian and the Imperial sides: As result of this discussion, the Karentian Church answered excommunicating the "Millbridge School" theologians, some members of the court and menaced to excommunicate Camilo VIII himself.
In August of the year 2586 a diet of princes of the Holy Sargonic Empire in Tardos attempted to find a settlement for the conflict, conceding Camilo VIII a year to repent from his actions, before the ratification of the excommunication that the Archbishop of Karentia Severo II was to sign in La Cruz some months later.
Camilo did did not repent, and called for an Imperial Council in Millbridge, to debate the situation. To this council, was invited the "Millbridge School" party, the Karentian Party and as well, theologians from Ushaverican Christianity and of the Nortender Heresy.
Despite the lack of support the Archbishop of Karentia Severo II had in the Imperial Capitol, feeling secure due the support of the Botanian, Tardic and Cruzeños Princes, he went to what will be the infamous Council of Millbridge of the 1 November 2586.
The Council of Millbridge Edit
There, after being officiated the mass of All Saint's Day, the higher authorities of the Karentian Church and the Empire gathered in the Cathedral of Millbridge:
What began as a debate, soon became a discussion, and fights erupted as the students of the University of Millbridge broke into the Cathedral: The Archbishop of Karentia, Severo II, in the discussion, excommunicated the Emperor, shouting enraged.
The cardinals, bishops and clergy loyal to Camilo VIII, in their own, claimed the deposition and excommunication of the Archbishop of Karentia.
Camilo VIII in his rage then will unsheath his sword, and in an act of anger kill in the altar of the Cathedral the maximal authority of the Karentian Christian Church. Some of his closer princes followed suit, killing several of the cardinals who had supported Severo II. Many escaped in the chaos, while others of the surviving cardinals of Severo II, under menace and at sword point over the bodies of Severo II and his men, swore allegiance and loyalty to Camilo VIII, as new head of the Church.
Fearing what kind of repercussions these acts will have in the Holy Sargonic Empire, the Emperor and his closer supporters imprisoned many of the cardinals and bishops, known to have been opponents: others left, but under an oath of allegiance and of silence of the events in the Cathedral:
But as soon they left the reach of the imperial swords in the capital, the bishops and cardinals that left under oath broke it: breaking the silence, making public the assassination of the Archbishop of Karentia by the Emperor Camilo VIII in the Cathedral, and trying to gather the support of the princes and kings of Tardos, Botania, Purpurian, Hannian, La Cruz and Huncle.
Following this, while the Karentian Church elected the Bishop of Breims as new Karentian Archbishop, Camilo VIII chose an anti-archbishop, being the beginning of the Sargonic Wars of Religion or the Heresy of Camilo -or of the Camilites- at the 2587 a.a.H.
The Sargonic Wars of Religion Edit
Being known "The Infamous Acts Perpetrated by an Abomination Worse Than the Demons of Polforia" as accused the Bishop of Breims, Camilo VIII was not only excommunicated, but proclaimed an heretic, and therefore, his vassals no longer were bound by vassalage to the Emperor. All over the Empire there would be different reactions:
Tardos, Botania and La Cruz, led by the Botanian king Carlos Alfonso IV and the Bishop of Breims, will rise in rebellion against the Emperor, while there would be mixed reactions in Sargos, Degoland and Huncle.
In Ushaenor, the Ne'Sargonic clergy were divided between their loyalty to the Emperor and to the Karentian Church: most of them finally decided for the Karentian Church: meanwhile, the Ushaverican Christians, seen as heretics by the Ne'Sargonic, will pledge to the cause of Camilo VIII "The Heretic", as most of the elves living within the Empire will do so.
Rebellions of serfs, of knights and of cities will emerge, for and against Camilo VIII, in a chaotic spiral of violence.
With the policy to bring together Christianity, all the heresies gathered under the banner of Camilo VIII: key will be the support of the Order of Nortender, who already had supported in the beginning the defiance of the Emperor in the Conclave of Nisseau and in the Council of Millbridge: Not only they gave a theological support, but as well a key and decisive military support early in the war, as the Nortender Knights rode into the Holy Sargonic Empire, to support the Imperial banners.
Along with the Knights of Nortender, Camilo VIII the Heretic will march with his armies in the religion wars that tore apart the Holy Sargonic Empire, and with their help, he will try to force his religious views on the Imperial territories of his opponents.
Sukkes Invasion Edit
As war broke within the Empire, in the northern shores of the Empire, along the kingdom of Navatiak, arrived the first wave of the Sukkeses invaders at the 2588 a.a.H.
Raiders on the previous decades, the Sukkes tribes, inspired by demons of the dark legion -who wanted to further test the defenses of the Empire and continue it's spiral into chaos- who had been as well approached by The Heretic to serve under his banners as mercenaries. Hearing this call and promises of gold and payment, the Sukke Horde will sail from northern Hieyoks to Aels, arriving at the 2588 at Navatiak.
However, while they arrived as mercenaries of the Heretic Emperor, soon it became evident they didn't come to serve him, as they seized Navatiak for themselves, despite the demands of the Heretic to leave Navatiak and join his forces. Navatiak pleaded for help to their Karentian neighbors of the Northern Marches, who saw the pagan and demon-worshippers invasion against the heretics as a a godsend gift, and they watched Navatiak fall in the clutches of the Sukkeses raiders.
The Apostate, who was able to defeat the Archbishopric of Haven-Morrow with his army, would march to the north to try to expel the invaders, while the Sukkeses in their own marched to the south, invading the imperial Provinces of the Northern Marches: they defeated the forces of the Apostate and made much of northern Aels the core of a Sukkes realm.
Realising the strenght of the barbarians he first tried to recruit as mercenaries, once more time the Apostate tried to gain their favour, and in the peace treaty that followed he will grant lands for settlement to the Sukkeses tribes, in exchange for their allegiance and support in the war, becoming his federates: he granted them lands in the Empire, without banning the demonic religion and the demons they worshipped: this was in part to show the religious tolerance of the new empire Camilo VIII wanted to make, but as well, to use in secret the contacts of the Sukkeses priests: in secret, Camilo VIII The Heretic will enter in diplomatic relations with the Dark Legion of Demons, to ensure their neutrality first: but the secret relations will slowly come closer, as disguised demons began to enter in the court of the Emperor.
Serving Camilo VIII, they continued to grow their own strenght, and they continued to encroach further south of the Northern Marches. Cornered to defend his holds in Huncle in 2601 a.a.H and weakened, the Apostate faced as well a rebellion of his Sukkeses allies: but they weren't anymore the rag-tag raiders he fought and lost against 12 years prior, and suffered a sound defeat.
However, despite the military defeat of The Apostate and Nortender, they were ultimately victorious against the Sukkeses, as they were converted to Christianity in the Nortender Heresy, with the Sukkeses kings accepting a nominal authority of The Apostate as Emperor of Humans -as recognized by the Dark Legion-
War of the Three Emperors Edit
Within the Sargonic Religious Wars, the King of Gorbegea, Sergei II of Gorbegea saw this as an opportunity and decided to proclaim himself as Emperor of the Holy Sargonic Empire at the 2589.
A Kanov and a newly converted christian as Emperor was widely rejected by many nobles and members of the church, who saw this only as a greedy power grab, and so the Archbishop of Karentia, understanding that in the danger of the interregnum caused by the excommunion of the Apostate, a new emperor was to be crowned: and so, was crowned the same year of 2589 as Emperor Carlos Alfonso IV of Botania, a long time rival of the Apostate.
Neither Emperor recogniced the other, and thus became the War of the Three Emperors between the followers of the Apostate, Sergei II (self proclaimed as Emperor Sergio I of the Holy Sargonic Empire) and Carlos Alfonso IV (proclaimed by the Karentian Church as Carlos I of the Holy Sargonic Empire).
Of the Three Emperors, the first one to fall will be Gorbegean claimant, and not facing each other but in the Battle of Hanovian, in which Sergei II fought the opportunistic invasion of the Caliphate of the Orange Sun of Blazakhov, who defeated Sergei at the 2592, falling Sergei II in battle.
Blazakhovian Invasion Edit
While the Holy Sargonic Empire destroyed itself, the Caliphate of the Orange Sun of Blazakhov invaded the divided christian realms.
Defeating the Gorbegeos in 2592, while they suffered a temporary setback in the battle of Kievroi-rok in 2593, stopping them from conquering Gorbegea itself, they marched further north.
While the defeat of one of the Three Emperors was a good new for the Apostate, it meant that the Blazakhovian could march right into Sargos, the heart of the empire, conquering it in 2594, forcing the retreat of the forces of the Heretic to the north.
Luckily for the Christians kingdoms, be they Karentian or Camilite, the Caliphate of the Orange Sun of Blazakhov suffered its own crisis, so the remnants of the broken empire will remain independent: The intensity of the religion wars in Sargos decreased, as the situation stagnated, fighting in Trebol and La Cruz in Aels.
The Apostasy of Camilo VIII Edit
In the 2596 a.a.H, will be made public the alliance between Camilo VIII and the Dark Legion, who officially recognized him as the Human Emperor, and sent official emissaries to his court: at the same time, the Apostate recognized the Dark Legion of Demons as the Confederation of Free Peoples, and a legitimate representative of non-humans, granting as well the same rights to humans and non-humans all over the realm.
It was than that finally "The Heretic" was then claimed to be an "The Apostate", title that will later be used when refering to Camilo VIII.
This was a movement made by the Apostate hoping to receive a more direct support of the Dark Legion in financing and troops, but it only helped to alienate his bases of support, as the Order of Nortender and diverse Christian groups, who opposed Karentia but weren't going to accept an alliance with demons... however, the support of the Confederation of Free Peoples remained largely nominal.
Without the Order of Nortender and many of the Christian princes and eclessiastical authorities who had supported his heresy, but not his Apostasy, his weakened armies were expelled from La Cruz, Karentia and Trebol, and quickly began losing territories in Ushaenor.
By the 2597 a.a.H, controlling the larger remnants of the Holy Sargonic Empire, Carlos Alfonso IV of Botania will be officialy crowned as Emperor, as most of the Christian princes -many of whom had been part of the Camilite heresy- abjured of the Apostate and supported the new emperor...
While The Apostate will be able to re-gain a strained support of the Order of Nortender, which helped him hold at bay an offensive by Emperor Carlos Alfonso IV in the year 2598, he was progressively cornered:
betrayed by his Sukkeses allies in 2601, The Apostate will retreat to the territories of the Order of Nortender, keeping his claim to the throne, while still the Province of the Islands of the Alan Sea remained loyal to Camilo VIII and his heressy, as some last territories in Northern Ushaenor.
The War in Ushaenor Edit
In Ushaenor, where many of the local christian churches were seen as heretical by the Karentian Church, the message of unity was originally very well received among the Ushavericans and christian elves, but not so much by their Ne'Sargonic overlords.
Soon, violence will erupt between the followers of the Heretic and the Karentian Church, and will be only the arrival of the Imperial legions of Carlos Alfonso IV that the situation will be controlled with violence, but not solved.
As part of this boiling situation, beyond the mere religious scope of it, will eventually lead to the rebelion of the Jesués at the 2617 a.a.H, that will face first and foremost the Emperor Carlos, as they crowned their own Emperor of Humans, Camilo Jesué I.
After the initial setbacks, they will take all of northern Ushaenor first -witrh the Battle of the Whidean Gardens-, and later sail to the east, to retake Sargos from the Sukkeses.
The Battle of the Whidean Gardens Edit
At the 2620, the Battle of the Whidean Gardens in Ushaenor will mark the end of the forces of the followers of the Apostate and the Sukkeses in Ushaenor, defeated by the Ne'Sargonic. This was followed in 2621 with the fall of the Alan Isles
The end of the Religious Wars: the Edict of Argia Edit
The Apostasy of Camilo VIII dealt a heavy blow to the Camilite Heressy, and while many of the heretics began to seek an understanding with the Karentian Church -that won't be achieved until the victory of the Jesués of Ne'Sargos-, others tried to keep alive the original meaning of the Camilite Heressy.
Often the formal end of the Sargonic Wars and this time of chaos is marked by the Battle of the Argian Fields, where the Jesués finally defeated and destroyed the final forces who followed the Apostasy -the Sukkes Empire-, at the 2629.
To try to close the wounds, the Jesués will enact the Edict of Argia, signed the same year of 2629, that granted several of the remaining heretics substantial rights in the Holy Sargonic Empire, which was still considered essentially Karentian at the time. In the edict, the Jesués -who had followed for some time the Camilite Heressy in the first years, before returning to the Karentian fold- aimed primarily to promote civil unity. While it was an important step for peace, many saw it as insuficent. Too much blood had been spilled, and still treated the oppositors of Karentia as mere schismatics and heretics, but despite this shortcoming opened a path for secularism and tolerance. The edict granted amnesty and the reinstatement of their civil rights to the heretics and the apostaters that repented, including the right to work in any field or for the state and to bring grievances directly to the king.
Others of the followers of the Apostate, even in his final years when he descended into madness -which lead to him clashing against his own family and the Order of Nortender-, the ones who followed the Demonic Apostasy and survived the war against Nortender, will escape to Polforian-controlled Dark Legion, and will fight for the Demons in the Third War of the Power, hoping to seize back their lost feuds and influence.