Hope you enjoy the story and as always Comments and Critics are welcome.
The History of the Battle of Red Ford, as told by Darno, bar keep at the Stag’s Head Inn in the Hamlet of Circardia to a pair of travelers.
Aye, Lord Arlindus is a great Lord. Smart he is, and knows the woods too. He lived with the elves for a couple years, you know. Brought stability to Circarda, too. Before his father came it was just a trees and grasses. His father, Orthus came with a few friends and set up here. They were just looking live life, but the wild ones were causing trouble all around. Orthus and his mates quickly put a stop to that and word got out about life here along the Isca River. Wasn’t long that people recognized Orthus as the Captain of his group and began to see him as the leader of the lands.
More settlers came, some with checkered backgrounds but that didn’t matter to Orthus. He always thought people deserved a second chance and if you worked hard and were honest, you were excepted in Circardia.
The House of Baine was trouble though. This is all before Avalonia was united by Atrorious Rex. Those loyal to Baine were a corrupt bunch. They would lie and cheat their mothers for a bit of gold.
Those Baine types seemed intent on burning the Enchanted Forest down, wrecking havoc where ever they went. Arlindus was in charge of Circardia by then and did a good job of keeping the House of Baine out of Circardia. But Rex put out a call to join him to fight the evil of this land. And before long Rex and the Flight of Dragons was bringing warring and Lord Arlindus answered the call to join under Rex banner.
One of Rex Lords, Lord Trian Burress of Mesodraconem was intent on bring down the House of Baine. He was hunting them down on the Enchanted Island. The House of Baine had promised the Wild Ones and outlaws of the area gold and riches if they would fight for him. Lord Arlindus knew the key to victory on the Enchanted Island was keeping the trade routes open. One route was Red Ford. It cut a days journey off trips to the north of the Enchanted Island.
The Wild Ones and some of the Baine folk were already massing at the Ford when Arlindus took his Phoenix Guard and some a few knights from the Flight of Dragons there. Arlindus quickly created a plan to crush them. He sent his archers up a ridge overlooking the ford and they began harassing the Baine encampment. The Wild Ones being an aggressive type were quick to try and take out the archers but Lord Arlindus had laid a trap. He held his horsemen in reserve and as the Wild Ones began to cross the narrows at Red Ford, he lead a charge of the Phoenix Guard into the enemy as they were crossing. They were no match for the swords and pikes of the Phoenix!
The Wild Ones were crushed that day and it wasn’t long after the House of Baine went into exile and hiding. Artroious Rex heard of Arlindus’ bravery and gave him Lordship over all of Circardia.
Life has been good here since then although I hear those Drow are starting to kick up a fuss over in Nocturnus and Lord Arlindus is going to take a unit of the Phoenix Guard to the border to help Artroious Rex once again.
More image can be found here
Special thanks to ZCerberus for allowing me to cross over into the House of Baine storyline and Rougeang for the name Battel of Red Ford (even if I can't find where you introduced it Im sure it was you!)
Edited by MikeyB, 28 May 2012 - 06:27 PM.