The Third War of the Power was the last of the 3 major conflicts between the Confederation of Free Peoples and the human-elven alliance of the Empire of Whide Axis, the Holy Sargonic Empire, Gorbegea, the remnants of the Likkan Empire and the Unlic Empire of Uslen, and others, fought between the 2.633 to the 2.675 a.a.H., and it was fought in Aels, Zarhuy, Hieyoks and Ushaenor.
Origins of the War Edit
The Second War of the Power (2434-2539 a.a.H) hadn't resolved the conflict between the Empire of Whide Axis and the Confederation of the Free Peoples, and no formal peace or truce was ever signed, ending only due the internal turmoil of the Confederation of Free Peoples for the succession of Satman -War of the Four Black Kings (2535-2539 a.a.H).
The end of the hostilities between the Polforian demon holds and the Aelian possessions of the Holy Sargonic Empire will be traditionally seen as the end of this war, but some historians argued the conflict continued still for some time, in the Tokeri invasions of the Caliphate of the Orange Sun of Blazakhov and in Hieyoks, and others point out the end of the direct war will be more related to the great plague of the 2543, than a will to end hostilities.
The root causes of the Third War of the power can be found in the demographic, economic and political crises of XXVI Century Aels. The outbreak of the war was motivated by a gradual rise in tension between the Holy Sargonic Empire -torn apart in the previous decades by the Sargonic religious wars, the War of the Three Emperors, the invasions of Blazakhov and the Sukkes Empire- and the demon lords, who were perceived as the ones orchestrating these calamities -and in fact, they played no minor role on these events-.
Anutkahook, who had been actively working to erode the power of the enemies and rivals of the Confederation of Free Peoples, opposed Blazakhov, the Holy Sargonic Empire, the Likkan Empire and Gorbegea against each other, saw his window of opportunity closing with the final victory of the Ne'Sargonic Jesués Dynasty in the Battle of the Argian Fields at the 2629 a.a.H, which meant the end of the internal struggles suffered by the Empire, while Gorbegea had at the same time annexed Hannian from a weakened Blazakhov.
Anutkahook decided it was time to act, before their enemies could regain their forces: however, the beginning of the war was delayed by the Senate of the 66 Demon Lords, who didn't want to begin a war before they could strike their enemies not only in Aels, but as well in Ushaenor, Zarhuy and Hieyoks, to make this truly the first Aierian War when the demons unleashed their legions at the 2633 a.a.H.
The war in Aels Edit
Hieyokscream Campaign (2633-2638) Edit
Nortender, weakened during the Sargonic Religious Wars, crumbles at the pressure, and retreats first into the Amber Shores, then into Navatiak: however, with naval dominance, they held their capital, Priva, supplied by the sea and being heavily fortified.
Nortender-Navatiak relief efforts failed, and they were pushed further back by the Dark Legions, the besieged city being supplied only by sea.
Having most of Nortender in their hands, the Dark Legion conquered Navatiak and the Dwarf Mines of Helmed, despite the Holy Sargonic Imperial forces. At the 2638, Helmed had fallen. Priva soon followed, after all the efforts to keep it.
The Nortender heresy, having lost their castles and cities will survive, thanks to a couple of chapters far outside their traditionally held lands. These chapters were established to the west during the rule of The Apostate, and some wandering monks remained in the hills at the footsteps of the Dargoina Mountains.
Eastern Aels Campaign (2633-2644) Edit
As one of the opening moves of the Dark Legion campaigns on the war, was the invasion of the K'Nir Kingdom of K'Hiff, at the 2633: K’Hiff, part of the Holy Sargonic Empire could be used against the trade of the Dark legion between Aels and Hieyoks, and between the seas of Tok and Hieyokscream: as well, once conquered, Anutkia would have a land route to reach Kanovait and Polforia, across Stapäria.
The Nutk armies of Anutkahook launched a quick and swift invasion by land and sea against the Kingdom of K’Hiff, and despite the resistance of K’Nir, Kanov, Beast People, elves, dwarves and humans, they were quickly defeated, especially as new Dark legions poured from the west, from Kanovait.
The Dwarves of Fronhost retreated to their mines, along with some remains of the K’Hiff imperial forces, preparing for a protracted siege. While some legions detached to check the dwarves of Fronhost, most of the Dark Legions hosts marched to the south, against the realms of the Loranor and elves.
One after another, the remnants of the former Likkan Empire fell under the Dark Legion, despite the late attempts to coordinate their actions.
Purpurian Campaign (2635-2675) Edit
Hunclech Campaign (2636-2675) Edit
Imperial forces would fight back in the 2641, expelling the Dark Legion from Huncle, and in the next years advanced, forcing the Dark Legion back from most of the Northern Marches.
At the 2644, with news of a large Nortendi revolt in Hieyokscream, the Imperial forces crossed the Dargoina Mountains, but the promised massive revolt never happened, having to do a hastily retreat before the fall of winter.
After this, the Northern Marches and the Sargonic Empire will be caught in a tug of war that will last until the end of the war, with the Sargonic marching northwards, then to be pushed to the south by the Dark Legion offensive, and then repeat: a large scale bloodbath, without tangible results: However, by the 2665s, the weakening of the Empire was beginning to show, and the demonic offensives of the 2670s weren’t countered anymore by Imperial offensives in retaliation. By the 2675, the end of the war, most of Huncle had fallen, and the Holy Sargonic Empire was making plans to completely abandon it, along with most of La Cruz.
Unlic Campaign (2636-2642) Edit
Invasion of Polforia (2638-2639) Edit
The invasion of Polforia at the 2638 was a daring move done by the Alliance of Whide Axis, who launched an attack to the heartlands of demonic holds.
This move surprised the dark legion, who didn’t expect the diversion of forces by the Imperials from the Hunclech campaign, and were hasty to move their Polforian garrisons to counter the Allied armies:
Then, a third force came from the sea. Landings were made along demonic coasts, but a navy sailed up the Polf River, reaching the Tower of the Swamp of the Ghosts of Billiboncea, which hid the ruins of one of the Lost Cities of Mankind.
Successful in this bid, they retreated but had to cover the true reason behind the action to the Dark Legion –and to the military who didn’t know the truth behind the actions-, so while the landing forces began a retreat –sacking, pillaging and plundering the most the demonic lands before doing so-, the western and southern armies had to keep fighting to keep the façade of a real invasion, until odds were too strong and had to retreat: however, winter came early the year and the mountain paths were closed.
Many forces were circled, and cut off from supplies, they were to resist on the “wrong side” of the Dargoina mountains, with only Sky Riders keeping contact.
Some portions of the army, guided by dwarves, did a daring cross of the mountains under them, across Kazrrad, while some officers and key personnel left by Sky Riders.
At the edge of starvation, before the end of winter, other forces tried to cross the mountain paths. Some achieved it.
But by 2639, most of the armies that weren’t able to retreat from Polforia the last year, had died in combat, disease, starvation or surrendered. Many embittered prisoners of the Alliance commanders would become renegades, and join the Dark legion.
Cyrvian Campaign (2639-2675) Edit
The Dark Legion, after the attacks on their territory and the destruction of two of the invading armies, decided to attack, hoping this was before the Holy Sargonic Empire recovered.
In turn, they will attack at the 2641, and in the 2645 in yet other offensive.
Demons countered with their own attacks, and the situation, while changing every year for almost two decades, was the same: fighting in Cyrvia, with the war turned into a chain of sieges and counter sieges.
This monotony will be finally broken at the 2665.
At the 2665, at the same time of the Gorbegean campaign, the Dark legion was finally able to break the stalemate and cross the Osorio River at the 2666:
However, the Sargonic and Botanian launched an effective counter attack, expelling the Dark Legions back to the eastern bank of the Osorio the next year, at the 2667.
After that, war in this front will stagnate along the line of the Osorio river, with only some movement due to the Gorbegean campaigns to the south.
The Cyrvian campaign was one of the costlier campaigns in terms of lives for the Holy Sargonic Empire, Botania and the Aelian Dark Legion of Demons.
The war in Near Hieyoks Edit
Krakavian Campaign (2634-2646) Edit
The Krakavian principalities, for long divided, had been able to form an alliance in the wake of the beginning of the new war of the power, in which the patriarch of Uslen played no minor role, along with emissaries of the Whide Axis Alliance.
The Krakavians princes, while no formal part of the Whide Axis, agreed to launch an offensive against the Confederation of Free Peoples, supported by a small Alliance force. The true goal of this, was to reach the Lost City of the Frozen Wastes.
The Krakavian army was successful in their offensive in the 2634 and 2635. Agents of the Whide Axis had as well worked so revolts would happen in demonic held lands by Kanovs and various tribes of Snow Elves: however these were all crushed.
At the final Krakavian offensive at the 2636, that reached the realms of Draco the Reluctant, Krakavian princes will suffer a sound defeat, while the Whidean Alliance forces reached the Lost City of the Frozen Wastes: then there was a hasty retreat.
The Northern Dark Legion will counter attack against the Krakavian Princes. Their main army disbanded, and blaming the Alliance for having abandoned them, each Prince in the end fought, surrendered or retreated in their own, and quickly one after other the Krakavian principalities fell between the 2637 and 2642: The next four years, would be of suppression of the Krakavian remnants of resistance.
Only in the south, Krakavian principalities remained independent, until they were annexed by Dannustan, in an attempt to avoid their fall into Dark Legion hands.
The forces of Tok-Thoria, who had landed on Sylvan elven lands at the 2635, supported the final push of 2646.
Sukke Campaign (2635-2642) Edit
The Sukke Campaign was an effort carried by the Whide Axis –largely, northern high elven forces, with Ne’Sargonic support) to capture Sukke. Some said, this was in great part a diversion to distract the Northern Dark Legion of the real objective of the Krakavian campaign of the Whide Axis, to reach the Lost City of the Frozen Wastes.
During the Northern Ushaenor Campaign, Dark legion weapons and agents sent to the High Orcs were sent from Sukke, and prior to the War, Sukke had been the homeland of the Sukkeses.
The campaign began with the landing of an invasion force at the 2635, and in the next years in summer, the Whide Axis will march to the northeast, until the 2640.
However, the climate, hostility of natives and the forces of the Ice Giants and Ice Elves will push back the Whide Axis forces after the defeat of the Battle of the Long Night (2639-2640), until finally in the 2642 they were forced to abandon Sukke.
Farsian Campaign (2652-2663) Edit
While part of his army landed at the Tokerí shores of the Farsian Empire at the 2652, other columns marched across the underworld of Kazrrad, emerging behind the Farsian forces, who were routed.
The Tokerí army began a slow, crawling advance from the 2652-2662, besieging each city and securing their rear, facing the new armies raised and tossed against them by the Farsian.
As the Farsian Empire began to crumble, the Dannu and Hin will try to support the collapsing Farsian at the 2660, but with the defeats suffered by the Dannu-Farsian at the 2662 and the Hin-Farsian at the 2663, practically all of Farsia was under the control of Tok-Thoria.
Dannu Campaign (2658-2665) Edit
Dannustan had supported the Krakavian realms during the Krakavian campaign and their last resistance, and Dannu armies conquered the southern Krakavian principalities at the 2646, to avoid them falling in hands of the Dark Legion, harboring many of the retreating refugees.
The most powerful Kanov nation of Near Hieyoks, the Dark legion tried to broker a deal with them, but the deal failed.
Seeing the Farsian Empire crumbling to their south and the Northern Dark Legions gathering to their north, the Dannu decided to take the initiative, and launched an invasion in southern Krakavia at the 2658, hoping to reignite the lingering fires of Krakavian resistance against the Demon lords. Meanwhile, in the south, at the 2660, a second army was sent in support of the Farsian.
After the initial surprise, the Northern and Tokerí dark legions counterattacked the same 2660 in southern Krakavia. Attacks and counterattacks, the region will be ravaged by war from the 2658 to the 2662.
Meanwhile in the south, at the 2662, the southern Dannu army suffered a defeat, and was forced to retreat, while new offensives of the Dark Legion on the north finally broke the line.
From the south and north, Dark Legions encroached into Dannustan, which finally collapsed at the 2665. The last resistance to the Dark Legion in Near Hieyoks had fallen.
The War in Far Hieyoks Edit
Xiao-Sheng Revolt (2646-2648) Edit
The Xiao-Sheng Revolt was a revolt of non-humans of the Bi Empire against the humanist policies of the Empire of Bi, with covert support of Dark Legion agents. Beginning as early as the 2644 the first fires and secret societies, it was in the north, in provinces where the non-humans had been deported and relocated, supported by peoples of the steppes of Muong, the revolt will be successful:
However, soon the Imperial armies marched into the rebel held lands, and crushed the revolt at the 2646, but the region will only be pacified by the 2648.
The Bi, noticing the involvement of the Ice Elves and Ice Giants, decided to use this revolt as an excuse to extend their power.
Northeastern Hieyoks Campaign (2649-2658) Edit
The Bi Empire, seeing the involvement of the Confederation of the Free Peoples in the non-human revolts in their territory, decided to launch an invasion against the Ice Elves and Ice Giants, to extend their Empire.
The Campaign was launched at the 2649, and the Binese armies marched triumphant to the north, breaking in the campaigns of the 2651 into the lands of the Ice Elves, with further campaigns in the 2652.
But in the far north, the Dark Legions stood their ground, and the Binese-Confederate campaign stagnated, until at the 2658, the Binese armies retreated from the lands of the Dark Legion, having failed to force the Ice Elves and giants into submission.
Airuzu Campaign (2659-2675) Edit
While for long the Oni Kings had seen their rule recognized in two of the western islands of the Airuzu archipelago, the tensions between humans and non-humans remained high, and the Oni prepared to war.
As Bi retreated from the Lands of the Dark Legion in Far Hieyoks, an anti-non-human massacre in the imperial capital of Airuzu –which counted between the victims the Oni ambassador and his family, but some suppose there was an assassination, as the ambassador was against war with humans in Airuzu- at the 2657, was used as a rallying cry for non-humans to begin their war against the humans.
Initially, the Oni kingdoms after their initial campaigns suffered severe defeats, and only Dark legion support –which began to arrive at the 2660- kept them in the war.
The situation in Airuzu reverted only at the 2668, when two invasion navies of the Dark Legion attacked. After seizing the northern islands of Airuzu, they began a campaign in the south, slowly crawling from the 2670 to the 2675, taking one after other cities and castles of humans.
Eastern Hieyoks Campaign (2660-2675) Edit
The retreat of the Bi Imperial troops from the domains of the Far Hieyoks dark legion lands at the 2658, decided the Dark Legion commanders of Far Hieyoks to begin their campaigns against the Bi.
The northern Legions of the Far East began their march into Bi held lands, at the 2660.
Bi had retreated from the far north, but their armies weren’t defeated, and the campaign turned in a large scale combat: furious offensives and counteroffensives, will mean that after the initial successful pushes of the 2660 and 2662, for almost 8 years the region would be a meat grinder for Bi Imperial forces and the Dark Legions.
Only as more forces invaded the Empire of Bi in the west (2670, 2673), the Bi armies began to show the attrition they were suffering, and in the 2670-2674 the Dark legions advanced again: by the end of the war, the Bi imperial forces were about to break.
Encroached by the Dark legion, the Bi Emperor made alliances with the Airuzu and Hinbin, and there were diplomatic missions to enter in contact with the Whide Axis across the Ambras Sea, with promises of the Whide Axis Empire that were in the end, void.
Hin Campaign (2663-2670) Edit
As the news of the collapse of Farsia reached the kingdoms of Hin, began revolts by the non-human populations against their human rulers, and in the high mountains, the ogres realms raised the banners of the Dark Legion.
Troubled by this, most of the Hin armies were busy, and only a marginal support could be lent to Farsia to try to delay their fall:
But the defeat of the Farsian-Hin armies at the 2663, opened the door of Hin to the Dark Legion: The armies of the Dark legion marched across Hin, conquering most of it.
At the 2670, the armies of the Dark legion were on the borders of the Empire of Bi.
Rakshasa Wars (2663-2675) Edit
The Rakshasa and Ogre realms of Hinbina, seeing the advance of the Dark Legion, joined the Confederation of the Free Peoples, and rise against the human realms. War was long and destructive, and by the end of the Third War of the Power, about half of Hinbina was in Dark legion hands, but a last offensive was being prepared with support of the Zeani Ogre realms.
Bi Invasion (2670-2675) Edit
The Dark Legion had been entangled with the Imperial Bi Armies since the 2650 in the Northeastern Hieyoks campaign, and the later Eastern Campaign, after almost ten years had come practically to a halt: While the northern dark legions were at their limit, ready to crumble, the Dark Legion devised a second invasion, through the south, from Hin, to divert the Bi efforts and cut the Bi support to Hinbina and their involvement in the Rakshasa Wars.
This large campaign will begin in the 2670, marching eastwards, to the sea, reaching it at the 2673, while a second offensive was launched to the north at the 2671.
The Bi ability to fight in two fronts was challenged, but the Dark Legions advances were slow: so in the 2673, an offensive from the north –to cut Bi in two- and other in the southeast of Bi were launched.
By the 2674-75, Bi Imperial resistance was beginning to crumble, and the demonic commanders expected soon a complete breakthrough, when the war was over.
The War in Zarhuy Edit
Eastern Zarhuy Campaign (2642-2675)
Northeastern Zarhuy Campaign (2642-2675)
Antorian Campaign (2644-2653)
Vanilion Campaign (2649-2652)
Ure River Campaign (2670-2675)
The War in Northern Ushaenor Edit
Eastern Ushaenor Campaign (2633-2635) Edit
With the outbreak of the War, the Wizards of the Coast and the Loranor of Felinsdor decided to launch a quick campaign to capture the Nutkian colony in Eastern Ushaenor. They expected the invasion to be swift and with minor resistance, but in preparation for the war Anutkahook had reinforced the colonial garrison, and would fall only at the 2635.
North Ushaenor Campaign (2633-2635) Edit
For long in the far north of Ushaenor, there had been settlements of High Orcs, that the High Elves claimed to be in league with demons. At the outbreak of the War, fearing the High Orcs will side the demons, the Wizards of the Coast sent an occupation army, that resulted in a violent revolt by the High Orcs, who then entered into agreements with the Dark Legion.
A second high Elven-Ne’Sargonic army was send at the 2634, finally crushing High Orc resistance in the 2635. The operation was seen as a blunder by the army of the Wizards of the Coast.
The War of the Fake Prophets Edit
While the Demonic Dark Legion lacked a powerful fleet in the Alan Ocean to send their legions across the ocean, it was perceived as of crucial importance to bring war to Ushaenor, to avoid seeing the 'elf continent' to serve as a safe haven, away from war, or a source of reinforcements, to their human enemies. This was of considerable concern to the Dark Legion as such aid had been their downfall in the past.
Using spies and agents, demonic cults and the unrest that was experienced in the "Two Empires" that shared northern Ushaenor -the Holy Sargonic Empire and the Empire of the Whide Axis-, they will play especially the religious unrest, result of the Sargonic religion wars and the wars of The Apostate, and will help the rise of many prophets and sectarian religious violence.
Wars of the False Prophets (2641-2669) Edit
At the 2649, for the first time the heretics were able to control a whole realm –the Kingdom of Chegarb-. In the next years, Momb and Keuta too will fall to their hands, being declared by the False Prophets at the 2652 a theocratic state under the rule of the prophets known as the Land of the Free. However, deeply divided and fractured, some of their commanders launched their own invasions on Imperial lands, which determined the Two Empires to send in the 2656 a large army to crush the False Prophets. Their march will leave a trail of horror and destruction, until the heretics surrendered at the 2658, ending the First War of the False Prophets. While the Empire controls the cities, in the countryside will keep appearing False Prophets, raising revolts.
Northeastern Ushaenor. However, against Ne’Sargonic Karentian suppression, a large peasant heretic revolt erupted at the 2664, beginning the Second War of the False Prophets, that will last until the 2669, when a new imperial army was sent to defeat, once for all, the False Prophets.
The War in Southern Ushaenor Edit
The Dark Legion formed a secret alliance with the embittered Hake Empire and attempted to revive full scale war. There was more success from a seed planted in the past: that is, in the 2nd War of the Power, in allowing a colonization of Aels by a Hake magicracy that led to a social and literal blood hybridization with the Drow of Aels and the formation of the city-state of Zaghäl. This was a long term investment in the faraway Hakes that paid considerable dividends two centuries later as the Zaghäli dark elves became the principal, and more effective, elven magic users in the 3rd War of the Power. In this role, they largely replaced the Witches of the forests of Ded.
The Hake Front Edit
In Southern Ushaenor, the Hake dark realms will attack the human realms -supposed vassals of the Whide Axis-, and the High Elven realms of beyond.
After the initial Hake successes, that made them hope to rebuild the ancient Hake Empire, the war first stagnated, and later the lataverican human empires will began to push the Hakes back to the old borders -and beyond-.
Southern Ushaenor Campaign (2633-2675) Edit
The Campaign began at the 2633 –in previous accordance with the rest of the Dark Legion-, with the so called “surprise of Odol”, an unexpected invasion of Exemig, following the next year with a renewed three pronged offensive, as insufficient high elven reinforcements began to arrive. The Whide Axis army was finally able to form a defensive line along the lake chain, that will held until the 2637, when along a Hake offensive, the Ash elven population revolted in their rear.
The Hakes push, despite the efforts of the Whide Axis, wouldn’t be stopped until the 2641, when they reached the high elven kingdom of M’Adhai, sacking it. An ancient Hake realm, this was seen as symbolic by the Hake Dark elves, who proclaimed a new Hake Empire at the ruined halls of the High Elves.
In front of this, a new Imperial Army of the Whide Axis was called and assembled, with heavy support of the Ne’Sargonic, and at the 2642 was launched what will be known as the “Long Offensive”, that pushed back the Hakes until the 2645, To the lake chain of Exemig.
Aside of local actions, the next great push will be the Exemig campaign, between the 2650-53, which resulted in a Hake retreat beyond the Odol mounts, hoping to stop the Whide Axis, but they failed, as the Whidean forces crossed the Odol in the summer offensive of the 2653-2654, sacking and occupying northern Alesdale: after this, this theater of operations will stagnate for the remainder of the war, with only local actions.
While it was a front that saw much movement, with the initial very successful Hake offensives and the Long Offensive by the Whide Axis, the armies were relatively small, in a scarcely populated region.
The Southern Ushaenor Dark Legions were formed around a core of Hake dark elves, but along them fought large numbers of auxiliary Silverian and Soldarmian humans tribesmen, and thanks to the technology provided by the Dark Legion, they fielded two legions of Pixerian warforged Golems, that would be the center of their heavy infantry.
The Whide Axis alliance was mostly formed by Lataverican human realms and southern Silver High Elves, with marginal support of the Caliphate of Blazakhov, until the arrival of northern high elves and ne’sargonic support forces.
To call for Ash Elven support, the Hakes would re-found some of the disappeared revolutionary Ash elven republics that had been crushed in past revolts by the High Elves, but they never grew beyond puppet regimes and an instrument of Hake dominion.
Aruan Campaign (2635-2646) Edit
The Hakes, with the success in Exemig, decided to launch an invasion of the Aruan Empire, a former human vassal of the High Elves, that was now independent. Initially successful, as the cost of the campaign mounted with little gain, Hake commanders preferred to give priority to the then successful Southern Ushaenor Campaign.
The Aruan Empire will then enter in agreement with the Two Empires (The Holy Sargonic Empire and the Whide Axis), entering in the Alliance of Whide Axis, and launching at the same time as the Imperial Armies in M’Adhai, an offensive against the Hakes.
The Hakes initially resisted, but their resistance collapsed in the 2643-2644 campaign, having to abandon their conquered lands, and in then, to suffer an invasion of their own realm at the 2644-46.
After this, the Aruan Empire would only hold the occupied terrain, and didn’t attempted further offensives into Hake lands, which gave the Hakes a breather and a chance to send forces to Exemig against the High Elves.
No peace was brokered, but aside of minor skirmishes, the war was largely over in this campaign.
The War in Zean Edit
Zean Campaign (2670-2675)
Casualties and Disease Edit
So great was the devastation brought about by the war that estimates put the reduction of population in Aiers at about 15 to 40 percent: However, this is largely difficult to account due to The Cataclysm: in many cases, it depends if the death toll caused by the apocalyptic event or the percent of casualties caused by the war: because of this, in percent, it's one of the deadliest wars in the history of Aiers until the modern Aierian world Fifth World War.