Whey War 2 Military Conflict in Culinarypunk | World Anvil
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Duration: 6 years (1492-1498 CA)
Kingdoms Involved: Chaff, Herbacium, Lactasia, Pollenesia, Simmeroon, Silpharium, Sushimia
Casualties: Estimated 120,000  
TW: Discussion of war and death.
The Second Whey War erupted across Culinaria as kingdoms clashed in a bitter struggle for control over the whey points. Instigated by aggressors like militant Silpharium and chaotic-neutral hive Pollenesia, years of grinding conflict saw noble defenders Simmeroon, Lactasia and others withstand relentless sieges.   The war culminated with Silpharium’s destruction, the surprising emergence of deep fried Frizzle from its ashes, and the unclaimed Burger Plains becoming neutral territory.
Was it not by sacred vision the late King Sagewort sought to unite our broken land - to spread stability where once chaos choked out hope? Shared strength and steady growth - this is the garden we shall cultivate, beckoning all kingdoms to set aside ancient grudges and revel in the shade of our seeds now sown.
General Tussilago, Commander of the Bramblethorn Clan

Set Up to the War

In the years before the Second Whey War, Culinaria stood on a knife's edge of stability between powerful factions vying for control of valuable resources and territories.   The ambitious botanical kingdom of Silpharium increasingly sought to expand its influence at the expense of neighboring realms. Historical rivals Lactasia and Herbacium harbored tensions over contested whey points. Seeing an ally in an old enemy, Silpharium secretly formed the Silpharium Dominion with Herbacium. They began to plot against Chaff, making under the table deals with Pollenesia for quick access to the quiet grain kingdom.
The Whey Lines in Culinaria serve as conduits for magical energy that flow through the land. These creamy streams are sought after for their ability to infuse food with sentience, enhancing flavors, and imbuing culinary creations with magical properties.
  As Silpharium's aggression mounted and the demand for whey resources reached a boiling point, the stage was set for what would become a devastating multi-year conflict - the Second Whey War - that would reshape Culinaria's landscape both physically and politically. Old scores would be settled while new factions emerged from the greedy leftovers of war.  

The Players


Silpharium Dominion

Once a powerhouse with ambitions of whey point dominance, Silpharium's military strength crumbled after a series of betrayals, ultimately leading to its demise.
Magically adept, but vulnerable to internal strife.

Known for its fickle allegiances, Herbacium played a pivotal role in shifting the balance of power, betraying its allies and reshaping the course of the war.
Skilled diplomats but susceptible to accusations of treachery.

Enticed by promises of magical resources, Pollenesia joined Silpharium and Herbacium, only to face isolation and reevaluation as Silpharium fell.
Military dominance but politically isolated.

Culinary Concord

Initially facing the onslaught of Silpharium, Chaff found an unexpected ally in Simmeroon and navigated the intricate alliances of the war to secure a favorable outcome.
Large numbers, but geographically isolated.

With its fiery BBQ-infused tactics, Simmeroon entered the war on the side of Chaff and Lactasia, adding a fiery element to the conflict.
Hit hard and fast, but less tactical.

A bastion of dairy magic, Lactasia stood resilient against aggression, defending its whey points and contributing to the downfall of Silpharium.
Strong defensive capabilities, but weak offensive strategies.
Like many other island nations, Sugarcanaan became a safe haven for those fleeing.
Minor Settlements
Most smaller settlements stayed out of the conflict until war came to their doorsteps.
Originally hesitant to join the battle, Sushimia's powerful navy turned the tides of battle.

Important Events

  • Declaration of War (1492 CA)
    Silpharium boils over, launching a dastardly sneak attack on the honest grain growers of Chaff. Their forces greedily gobble up Whey Point-rich territories as Pollenesia and Herbacium join the assault. Now erupted in full force, the devastating Second Whey War consumes the land.
  • Lactasia's Defensive Stand (1493-1494 CA)
    While others fall to the ruthless alliance, noble Lactasia braces itself against the coming storm. Despite wave after wave crashing against their lands, the stalwart forces miraculously prevail at the crucial Battle of Butterfield, keeping the rich, creamy whey out of villainous hands.
  • Simmeroon Joins the Fray (1494 CA)
    Aghast at the brutality committed against Chaff, Simmeroon brings the heat. Their incendiary magics and righteous fervor helps turn the flames toward the herbal menace.
  • Sushimia Changes Stance (1494-1495 CA)
    Cautious Sushimia remains non-committed, focusing inward as the conflict boils. Desperate diplomats from Chaff and Lactasia beseech the oceanic realm for aid. Eventually, they are swayed by obligations to old alliances and the common threat. Their formidable fleets blockade trade routes, leaving Silpharium and allies floundering for vital supplies.
  • Herbacium's Betrayal (1496 CA)
    The first alliance fractures! Self-preservation overwhelming loyalty, Herbacium switches sides and independently treats with Chaff and friends, abandoning deceitful former “allies.” Now severely outfoxed and outnumbered, defeat creeps closer for wretched Silpharium.
  • Fall of Silpharium (1498 CA)
    The climatic Battle of the Whey Pools finally extinguishes Silpharium. Their last whey pits are now free for dividing. Culinaria’s future glows brighter with hope.

The War

The Arsenal

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The Pasta-Fling Trebuchets
A collaboration between Chaff's culinary engineers, Simmeroon's magical expertise, and Lactasia's resourceful pasta-makers, these trebuchets hurl pasta-filled projectiles across the battlefield, coating adversaries in a savory blend of alfredo and marinara.

Spice Mines
Triggered by pressure, these mines erupt and envelop the unfortunate victim in a cloud of burning spices. The blinding and choking effect leaves invaders disoriented.

Battering Rams
The Battering Rams of the Whey War take the concept of "battering" quite literally. Crafted from stale, hardened, fried bread, these formidable siege engines fill the air with the aroma of deep-fried deliciousness as they advance.

Major Battles

Battle of Butterfield

(1493 CA)
In the early stages of the war, Lactasia faced the full force of Silpharium's aggression. The Battle of Butterfield unfolded as a pivotal moment, where Lactasia defended its whey points against the Silpharium Dominion. Lactasia, against the odds, held its ground, turning back Silpharium's advances.

The Great Saltwater Conflict

(1495-1496 CA)
Recognizing the importance of sea routes, Sushimia asserted naval dominance in the Great Saltwater Conflict. This maritime clash saw the strategic control of key whey points in the ocean. Sushimia's naval dominance influenced the broader conflict, securing crucial sea routes and reshaping the balance of power among the kingdoms.

Battle of the Whey Pools

(1498 CA)
The climactic Battle of the Whey Pools marked the final confrontation between Silpharium and the united front of the Culinary Concord. Trebuchets launched boiling hot pasta and cannons unleashed projectiles imbued with volatile spells in a colorful and aromatic assault on Silpharium's forces. The Whey Pools, once a tranquil haven of magical essence, now reflected the tragic theater of war, its waters tainted by the clash of energies and the pungent aftermath of warfare.   Silpharium crumbled beneath the weight of its own insatiable appetite for power. Amidst the ashes, the Culinary Concord stood triumphant, their victory marked not just by the defeat of Silpharium's forces but by the transformation of the once-thriving kingdom into a haunting landscape of ruin.  
The Whey Pools pre-destruction.
Revel in your hollow victory! The Whey Pools weep for what you've cost the world.
Your voracious appetite for destruction will leave a bitter aftertaste when you realize the feast of knowledge you devoured in your ignorance.
General Tussilago's last words, Commander of the Bramblethorn Clan

Events Post War

One Year Post War

The Treaty of Nourishment was a landmark agreement signed following Whey War 2. The war had left Culinaria in a state of near-famine with farmlands ravaged and trade routes disrupted. The treaty negotiations, held in the Sushimian city of Shellbourne, were a tense affair. Representatives from five weary kingdoms, each bearing the scars of the conflict, came together with a singular purpose: to carve a path towards food security and lasting peace.

Sowing the Seeds of Concord
Grand Pâtissier-General Oatricia Millton, the formidable political leader of Chaff, championed a strategic redistribution of resources. Clad in a crisp white toque and wielding a golden rolling pin like a marshal's baton, Millton argued for a calculated allocation of fertile lands to ensure a steady supply of grains – the foundation of any hearty meal.
Spreading Harmony
Sir Spreadwick the Smooth, a legendary Butter Knight of Lactasia, brought a different perspective to the table. Famed for his unwavering loyalty during the Margarine Wars and his fierce leadership in the Whey War 2, Sir Spreadwick advocated for the equitable distribution of dairy products. Milk, cheese, and butter, he argued, were not mere luxuries, but vital components of a healthy and balanced diet.
Fanning the Flames of Recovery
Having led Simmeroon's forces on the front lines, emerging with only a few well-earned scars, Pit Master Grillbert Brando possessed a personality as bold as his signature sauce. Wielding a pair of tongs like ceremonial scepters, he insisted on the inclusion of spices and herbs in the redistribution plans. These flavorful ingredients, he argued, were essential for boosting morale and fostering a sense of community.
Planting New Friends
Sir Zestopher Lemonseed, the Green Knight of Herbacium, served as a representative for the various, often fractured, courts that governed Herbacium. Sir Zestopher, his armor adorned with citrus emblems, offered a more nuanced perspective. He argued for the importance of a varied and colorful diet, rich in fruits and vegetables, to ensure not only physical well-being but also vibrant culinary experiences.
A Queen with a Honeyed Tongue
Queen Marigold Honeybloom, the fiercely militant ruler of Pollenesia, arrived late but with a significant presence. Though Pollenesia remained largely unscathed by the war, Queen Honeybloom understood the importance of regional stability. Adorned in golden jewelry that resembled beehives, she pressed that Pollensia's expertise in honey production and apiculture could be a valuable asset in the collective recovery effort.

After weeks of intense negotiations, the Treaty of Nourishment was signed. The treaty not only redistributed war-torn territories, but also established trade agreements, implemented knowledge-sharing programs, and secured funding for agricultural revitalization efforts. The Treaty of Nourishment marked a turning point in Culinaria's history. The once-warring kingdoms, united by their shared love for food, began a slow but steady recovery.   Farmlands bloomed anew, trade routes hummed with activity, and a spirit of culinary innovation blossomed across the land. While the scars of the Whey War 2 remained, the Treaty of Nourishment paved the way for a future where food was not a weapon, but a bridge to peace and prosperity.

Three Years Post War

The war had left Culinaria's infrastructure in a state of disrepair, with granaries reduced to rubble, irrigation systems clogged with debris, and roads leading to fertile farmlands rendered impassable. Groups from around Culinaria stepped in to restore order from chaos.   Utilizing innovative techniques that combined traditional construction methods with magical enchantments for added durability, they set about rebuilding villages, granaries, mills, and irrigation systems. The granaries were fortified with spells that protected the grains from pests and spoilage, ensuring a steady supply of staple crops. The irrigation systems were imbued with enchantments that regulated water flow, preventing droughts and floods alike, while the roads were reinforced with magical wards that kept them clear of obstructions and erosion.

From Scorched Earth to Simmering Stew

The war had displaced countless citizens, leaving once-thriving villages deserted and the land eerily silent. To foster a sense of community and hope, a new initiative called "Village Revival" was launched. Diplomats, acting as the social chefs of this culinary renaissance, worked tirelessly to encourage the displaced populations to return to their ancestral lands. They provided not just resources for rebuilding, but also a sense of shared purpose.   Entire caravans laden with heirloom seeds, prized for their unique flavors and hardiness, were dispatched to the returning villagers, ensuring that the culinary traditions of old could take root once more. Herds of livestock were distributed among the communities, providing a source of sustenance and a means of income. This initiative saw the rise of new villages where diplomats facilitated the exchange of recipes and techniques, fostering a cross-pollination of culinary knowledge that enriched the entire realm.   One of the most dramatic displacements involved the people of Silpharium. Magical aftershocks rendered large swathes of farmland unusable, and the once-abundant supply of medicinal herbs dwindled. As a result, a significant portion of the Silpharian population was forced to leave their ancestral home, seeking solace and new beginnings elsewhere.  
Frizzle: A Deep-Fried Haven
Many Silpharians found a new home in the newly established kingdom of Frizzle. This kingdom, born from the ashes of Silpharium's capital city, specialized in the art of deep-frying. While some Silpharians were initially hesitant to embrace this unfamiliar culinary style, they soon discovered the versatility of deep-frying and its ability to create delicious and hearty meals. Over time, Silpharian herbal knowledge began to influence Frizzle's cuisine, leading to the creation of unique deep-fried dishes infused with aromatic herbs and spices.
The Burger Plains: A Neutral Melting Pot
Another significant number of displaced citizens settled in the newly formed Burger Plains, a vast and fertile territory declared neutral ground. This region, rich in arable land and lacking a single dominant culinary tradition, became a melting pot for refugees from various kingdoms. Silpharian herbalists, Chaffish bakers, and Lactasian cheesemakers all found themselves sharing kitchens and exchanging recipes. The Burger Plains, as a result, developed a diverse and ever-evolving cuisine.

This newfound cooperation spread beyond the halls of power, with chefs from different kingdoms exchanging recipes and techniques, creating a more diverse and exciting culinary landscape across Culinaria. Culinary festivals and competitions became common occurrences, celebrating the community that had emerged from the ashes of war.

Five Years Post War

The Whey War 2 may have ended, but its impact continues to echo through Culinaria, shaping the social, economic, and even psychological landscape long after the Treaty of Nourishment was signed.

A Generation Haunted

Children who witnessed the destruction of farms and the rationing of basic ingredients grew up with a heightened awareness of food insecurity. This anxiety manifests in various ways – from a preference for hearty, long-lasting meals to a heightened appreciation for local and sustainable food sources. Communities worked hard to address these anxieties, promoting healthy relationships with food and fostering a sense of security in the younger generation.

Shifting Culinary Identities

The war fractured traditional identities, particularly in regions that experienced significant displacement. As Silpharians integrated into other kingdoms, their herbal expertise melded with existing traditions. This cross-pollination continues to reshape culinary identities, leading to the emergence of regional specialties that blend elements from various kingdoms. While some traditional dishes are cherished as reminders of the past, a sense of innovation thrives in the post-war era.

The Scars on the Land

Battlefields lie barren and the overuse of magical weaponry has left pockets of land infertile. Extensive efforts are underway to restore these damaged ecosystems, with chefs and agriculturalists working together to develop sustainable farming practices. This "regenerative cuisine" movement emphasizes soil health, biodiversity, and the use of heirloom seeds to ensure a bountiful harvest for future generations.

Despite the hardship, the war also spurred significant culinary innovation. The need to create nutritious meals with limited resources led to the invention of new preservation techniques and resourceful cooking methods. Chefs across Culinaria continue to experiment with new ingredients and techniques, drawing inspiration from the wartime spirit of improvisation. This focus on resourcefulness and adaptability has become a defining characteristic of Culinarian cuisine in the post-war era.


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Dec 29, 2023 01:35 by K.S. Bishoff

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Dec 29, 2023 02:42 by Emily Armstrong

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Dec 29, 2023 14:38 by Dr Emily Vair-Turnbull

This is a great conflict article. Sad how devastating the war was but I am glad things mostly turned out all right in the end.

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Dec 30, 2023 18:28 by Emily Armstrong

Thank you! It's definitely still a work in progress, but I've been wanting to introduce Silpharium and this was their big downfall. I hope to showcase some of their ancient tech and medicine early in the new year, which were unfortunately lost due to this conflict. I try to keep things peachy in Culinaria, but occasionally a cookie has to crumble.

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Jan 11, 2024 14:58 by Ben Kmeczik

I know that its supposed to be a devastating war, but I got cozy vibes from all the food-related names :)

Jan 11, 2024 16:56 by Emily Armstrong

Hahahah Culinarypunk is a pretty cozy setting for the most part, a lot of the conflicts are older history like this one :D Thank you for checkin' out Whey War 2, I hope you enjoy Culinaria!

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Jan 12, 2024 14:38 by E. Christopher Clark

Oh wow, the way you've laid this out is fantastic. Will definitely be looking to this for inspiration the next time I write a Military Conflict article.

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Jan 13, 2024 06:42 by Emily Armstrong

Thank you! This layout was one that I was least confident about so it's a huge relief that people are liking it :D

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