The Armies of Arc
The Protectorate of Arc has not been to war in thirty years and the last time Droskun Arrand sent his generals into the field the result was ignominious defeat. In the winter of 264, the forces of Arc, determined to control the routes to the east through the Arching Mountains took pre-emptive action against the Iron Army, laying siege to its fortresses during the deadly cold of the mountain winter and withdrew in the spring, diseased, frozen and starving. It was a dreadful humiliation for Arc and one that delighted the rulers of Dran, who covertly helped the Iron Army. The siege, known in Arc as the ‘Black Winter’ resulted in the permanent loss of status for the protector, who was forever more blamed for the loss of thousands of soldiers and the shaming of the Protectorate. It did not help that so few of Arc’s friends and allies across the Arclands viewed the siege as justified or even rational. This article is an introduction to the three armies of the Protectorate, known as the Three Banners. The Three Banners Arc’s forces are divided into three main armies:
- The Banner of the West, or the Army of Dancare.
- The Banner of the East, or the Defender of the Arclands.
- The Banner of the South, or the Army of the Southern Covenant.