Annals of the Brave
A Record of Treland’s Finest Heroes
“To face Crok Silvervein was to face death, yet in that moment I felt no fear. Crok was my fear, and I defeated him.”
-Sir Rorick Popkin on his deathbed (749LT)
The Great Reveal
High Lord Thesla 422BP-323BP
Refer to Order of Thesla document
War for Ben Ness
War of the Three
Admiral Tak Duncanyon of the Ironbar Clan 98BP-8LT
Dwarven smithy, turned warrior during the War of the Three. His father Bruener was a part of the original rebellion against the High Lord Viktor, who imposed the militant taxing that started the war. A young Tak lost his father to the armies of Viktor in 84BP. And though he’d been training as a smithy, he began to train with his black iron hammer and the shield of his father’s reclaimed body. It took years but he grew into Bruener’s armor and when he was ready he joined the ranks of the dwarven forces. He fought both men and elves for land and freedom. His hammer did not see reason, he fought out of vengeance and anger at losing his father. It wasn’t until he’d risen to the rank of Admiral 45BP, using wit and fury to disable the armies of men, that he took an arrow to his eye while fighting on the front lines at the shore of Ben Ness Port.
The dwarven healers were able to recover his life, but not his sight. Until his death he wore a patch upon his empty left eye socket. During his time in the infirmary he saw that cost of the war, then sixty years long and counting. He began to work with the peacemakers, a group of dwarves who were anti-war activists. And when King Elric took over for Viktor, Admiral Tak was nominated to go to the parley.
At the parley while tensions were high, he helped secure peace between the three factions and open up the Ben Ness Port for trade between Weswick and Casana 1LT.
Chief Eilsafar, Sandalwood Tribe ~150BP-742LT
Wood Elf horselord from the forests of Penton led the elves during the War of the Three. He helped hold Viktor’s forces at the forest edge in Penton. Led raids on supply ships going up the channel between Sutland and Norholm, on their way to the armies’ camps on the shore of Norholm. They took many hostage from those ships, among them was a general, Viktor’s son, they held him ransom asking for peace and freedom from the terror of the High Lord. When Viktor’s forces did not stop Chief Eilsafar made the decision to put his son to death 51BP. This brought on the full wrath of Viktor’s armies.
At one point Eilsafar took his forces to the hidden monastery of the eights. There he learned that they were traitor to the High Lord Viktor and revered Thesla as their Lord. Most refused to fight, saying it was against their beliefs, but some took up arms and used their divine powers to aid the elves, seeing justice in their plight.
Chief Eilsafar continued to hold the forests of Penton, until the Great Burning of 33BP. The armies of Viktor slowly burned the Penton forest forcing the elves and the fauna further and further north. Eilsafar had the elves construct longships, travel to the southern end of Norholm, and flank Viktor’s men against the flames they’d created. His decision won back their land but the fires were out of control and the forests were consumed. Only the monastery upon a hill and a few other fortunate buildings were spared. But for the most part the elves had lost their homes.
When Elric took power and asked for a parley Chief Eilsafar went as representative for the tribes of Norholm. He helped bring peace to the three factions and dedicated his life to rebuilding the Penton Forests, planting the new trees that would later grow new tribes and relations with the men and dwarves 1LT.
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King Elric Whitehammer, The Silver Tongue 47BP-38LT
Refer to Order of Thesla document
Era of Peace
Chief Eilsafar, Sandalwood Tribe ~150BP-742LT continued
During the beginnings of the Orcish Wars the dwarves sent a message to the elves of Norholm pleading for their aid against the orcs 742LT. Most tribes such as Oak, Aldar, Aspen, and Balsam refused to join the fight. The Sandalwood Chief, still Eilsafar, claimed their tribes were too young to know the comradery of war, and that they were blinded by their prejudice against the dwarves. He rallied the willing tribes, Yew and Spruce, and together they convinced the undecided tribes, Willow and Birch to aid the dwarves. Their forces, comprised of horselords, archers, and shield warriors were held up by the high tides of the Sutland Channel. Once the tides receded they crossed and came to Auchtercrag were they received word that the armies of men and dwarves were stationed amongst the plains. When they arrived at the camps the Battle of Mawfield was well underway and the men and dwarves were near defeat. Their sheer numbers were overwhelming.
The elves joined the battle and turned the tide. Before the orcs could retreat back into the mountain range forests Chief Eilsafar faced the orcs’ oversized leader Crok Silvervein. Eilsafar was ripped from his horse and they fought, Crok barehanded and Eilsafar armed with two shortswords. Eilsafar sunk one of his blades into the thigh of Crok and when the orc was crippled the Chief went in for a killing blow. Unfortunately Crok took Eilsafar by the throat and squeezed until he broke his neck, killing him. Silvervein escaped limping with the silver sword still in his leg and rejoined his armies, but the bravery of Chief Eilsafar spanned two wars and countless generations.
Sir Rorick Popkin, First Knight of the Stag’s Order 712LT-749LT
A celebrated knight who faced Crok Silvervein one of the two leaders of orcish armies. Crok had returned with a regrouped army that pushed back the elves, dwarves and humans to the fortress of Auchtercrag. Sir Rorick defeated him in single combat to drive away the armies from the Auchtercrag Siege 749LT. Although he died from wounds weeks after the battle his actions helped scatter the orcish armies and made way for the reclaiming of Ben Ness and eventually the return of the dwarves from exile.
Ivon Barleybarrel, the Battle-Bard 709LT-791LT
Ivon Barleybarrel was a young dwarf who began his life in the caves of Ben Ness as a brewer. When the Orcish Wars of 742 started he made one last delivery of ale to the small Ben Ness Port, because once he arrived he stowed away inside one of his, you guessed it, barley barrels on a barge of soldiers headed to Auchtercrag. They were to join the troops located on the fields outside of Auchtercrag. Once he got there he acted as bartender for the troops and was always a bright spirit. The generals knew that he had gotten to the camp by unconventional means but did not ask him to leave because of the moral he gave the troops. His deeds of the battle of Mawfield are recounted in the following poem sang in classic Auchtercrag 3/6 time -
The battle-bard of beer,
Did brew his strongest ale
To relieve the soldiers’ fear
At the camp of Mawfield
The orcs attacked at dawn
He stood upon his bar
And sang this telling song:
Diddly-dum, diddly dee
Do not flee,
Take a swig, take a shot,
And your arrows release
Grab a sword, grab a spear
Take up your shield
To defend this old land
Do not flee,
Take a swig, take a shot
Bring the orcs to their knees.
Think of land, think of riches
And the children ye save
Think of glorious tales
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When his song had ended
The troops were looking frail
So the young dwarf shut up
And put down his ale,
He grabbed up a sword
And took up a shield
As he marched bravely forward
Onto bloody Mawfield
His song is remembered
In times of peace or war
As an honor to all bards
And the legend that he bore.
The Expansive Era
New Lands Discovered
Captain Abram MacDonnelly, leader of the 21st Expedition (1237LT-Present)
At the age of 37 this young man captained the 21st Expedition on his ship, Theslaned Thesla’s Grace, to find the New Lands. After a naval trip to Bardha, isle of the elves, Abram learned, by unconventional means, the myths of a land to the West that the ancient elves once sought out and that a group of elves may still dwell there. He then spent the rest of his career finding these new lands.
Rocco Alvondo, First Mate of the 21st Expedition (1242LT-Present)
Famed Casanan explorer made first mate to Captain Abram, most noted for shouting “Nuvestres!” over and over when he saw land on the 21st Expedition. Nuvestres has since then been the official name of the lake at the port of Dunaber and a common term used to refer to the New Lands.
Duke Eirwyn, explorer, diplomat, advisor to Kings Athelstan and Aston (~750LT-Present)
Bardhan High Elf, acted as overseer on the King’s behalf on the 21st Expedition. Reestablished the connection with the elves at Bardha to help King Athelstan recover the information about the New Lands. Once he landed on the New Lands he then made peace with the elves at Alfrheim helping the first settlers gain resources and protection.
King Athelstan’s Resistance
Lady Brittany Thatcher, Leader of King Athelstan’s Resistance 1250-1281LT*
Resistance leader after King Athelstan’s death 1279LT. She and her resister’s did not agree with the High Council’s decision to elect King Aston to the throne. King Athelstan died at a young age with no heirs and no queen. Although Lady Brittany claimed that she and him were lovers and that she should take the throne, it was made clear that a relationship outside of wedlock would not be legitimized by the High Council.
After a year of hiding and using guerilla tactics to interrupt the new ruler, Lady Brit (as she was referred to by friends) was hunted down by Sir Quincy a knight of the Viper’s Order and nephew to King Aston. She was captured in the hinterlands of Denshire and put to death in Weswick for treason against the throne. Controversy surrounds her name but some choose to honor her bravery against the current monarchy. Many women harken to the strength and romance of her story, “She died defending her love for King Athelstan.”
*Only listed in the Annals at the bardic college at Auchtercrag, not accepted, nor a popular view, in Weswick.