Battle of the Red Diamond
The last stand of the Steel Wardens against the Artalgnian Empire
"Glorious? Heroic? No, that battle was a disaster. Nothing good came out of it. What Achard and we did may have been impressive, but we didn't save the Kingdom. We didn't."
One of the most famous battles to ever be fought in the Kingdom of Archana, the Battle of the Red Diamond marked the end of the Steel Wardens and the war against Artalgne. Only a few survivors left the battle, but they were received as heroes.
Artalgne and Archana have a long history of conflict, with the former once being able to conquer and hold control of the later for 170 years. After Archana regained its independence, Artalgne would often come back and try to retake its former colony, but thanks to the new defenders of the border, the Steel Wardens, they failed every time. The Battle of the Red Diamond was intended to be Artalgne's largest clash against Archana so far, trying to overwhelm the Wardens with sheer numbers.
By the 8th day, the Artalgnian army nearly decimated the Wardens. Only Achard Lionhart and a few other members of the Council remained, almost defeated and ready to give up. But a timely arrival of King Abraham II reignited their hope for a last stand, and Achard led his few fellow Wardens into the battlefield for an impressive face off against the enemy.
These heroes seemed invincible, the fire from their souls burned every single enemy soldier that crossed into The Tip of the Fort until the Artalgnian army finally retreated and left the battlefield.
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Ending the WarThe real reason why Artalgne retreated was that the King had a meeting with the enemy commander and made a deal with them. Archana was discovering the secrets of Rune Magic through the ADP, and that information would greatly benefit the Empire. Abraham would provide such information to them in exchange for Archana's liberty, the end of the war. While this deal did end the war, this act was treason, and so it was kept a secret.
Historical SignificanceThe Battle of the Red Diamond marked a great change of direction in Archana's history. The King became harsher in his decisions, and those did show his growing concern about the Kingdom's safety. The people were also left the scarred, with so many deaths weighing down on them. The death count was such that the moats of the Diamond Walls turned red with the blood of both sides, which is why it was named the Battle of the Red Diamond.
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