Sunken God's Reign of Terror
With the death of its longtime Emperor Polonius Avon III in the spring of 896, the Elflands Empire was vulnerable to internal division and collapse as Empress Ophelia prepared to take the throne. The Characters Revolution, a freedom-fighting movement composed of the Empire's minority races, waged a months-long civil war against the Empire fighting for independence from elven oppression. The Revolution culminated in a surprise attack on the Elflands capital of Kassædeia on New Year's Day 897, but other forces appeared to have plans that night. The Sunken God, a monstrous deity defeated by The Ageless One centuries ago, was gathering power in the world's oceans after the death of The Kraken in 875. The Sunken God quickly amassed an army of sahuagin under its control, and he used double agents like The Mariner to infiltrate the Characters Revolution and use the group as a means of destabilizing the world's largest government. The Sunken God's strategy proved a success, flooding the sewers of Kassædeia with a horde of sahuagin that slaughtered every elf in sight. The New Year's Massacre would lead to the deaths of hundreds of thousands of elves, a merciless beginning to the Sunken God's yearlong reign of terror.
- New Year's Massacre (Month 1, 897): Sahuagin forces under the command of the Sunken God rose up from the sewers of Kassædeia and laid waste to every living creature in sight. By the end of the week, over 200,000 elves would be slaughtered by the sahuagin horde.
- The Fall of Hedgpeth (Spring 897): With the Sunken God on the warpath, the monstrous deity's sahuagin marched west towards Hedgpeth and overwhelmed the city in a matter of hours. Recent floods gave the sahuagin the upper hand in a vicious siege, leading to the deaths of prominent Characters Revolution leaders like Father Goodberry.
- The Fall of Oridelfa (Spring 897): Full of bloodlust after the fall of Hegpeth, the Sunken God split his sahuagin forces in two directions to seize former Elflands territory near the Bahamut Mtns and the Karaga Sea. The sahuagin marching towards the sea found Oridelfa an easy target, weakened by heavy fighting during the Characters Revolution and composed of islands easily accessible by sahuagin forces.
- Thork's Survival (Summer 897): The monstrous deity's sahuagin were repelled outside the gates of Thork, forced to retreat and assist with the sieges of Galway and Silvio. Brogg the Accuser, one of the leaders of the Characters Revolution to survive the New Year's Massacre, formed an alliance between orcish forces and dragonborn armies from Bahamut to fight back against the Sunken God's invaders for several weeks of brutal fighting. A small garrison of elven soldiers, after initial conflict with Brogg's forces, agreed to assist in the fighting and would later become advocates for an independent orcish kingdom with its capital in Thork.
- The Miracle of Silvio (Summer 897): For centuries a merchant town owned by the human kingdom of Sardivelia, the city of Silvio managed to survive weeks of siege and attacks from the Sunken God's sahuagin forces. 'The Ageless One smiled on us that summer' Sardivelia's leader Paoli Piedmonte said at a speech commemorating the 10-year anniversary of the siege, but conspiracy theories have proposed that Paoli had access to a powerful magic item that shifted the tide of battle at the last minute. Frustrated and disorganized, the sahuagin horde advanced towards Galway seeking vengeance for its humiliating defeat.
- The Fireheart Fleet Takes Shape (Fall 897): With the Sunken God threatening the global order and international trade, nations all over Southern Pescat and Liat banded together to defeat the monstrous deity. The movement was spearheaded by the human kingdom of Gameth, whose adventuring team the Royal Knights Brigade had already assisted with a coup in Myltev to make the pirate kingdom more willing to assist in the fight against the monstrous deity. Other nations like Avicenna and Sardivelia quickly joined, but it wasn't until the port city of Poroshenko in Glace was invaded by sahuagin forces that nations in Southern Pescat joined the coalition. By the start of winter a fleet numbering in the hundreds with ships from more than half a dozen nations would be setting sail for the Elflands.
- The Annihilation of Galway (Fall 897): A monthslong siege of the gnomish city of Galway ended when a powerful aberration under the control of the Sunken God broke through its fortifications and laid waste to the cities. Elves and gnomes were massacred en masse, and only a few dozen escaped to cities such as Silvio or Noggin. A large band of elven refugees had settled in the city, adding to the elven genocide since the start of the Sunken God's reign of terror.
- Victory at Noggin (Fall 897): With assistance from the Royal Knights Brigade, the halfling city of Noggin was secured against further attacks from the sahuagin horde and became a vital hub for ships in the Fireheart Fleet to resupply and prepare for the final battles of the campaign.
- The Battle of Elwood (Winter 897): After small skirmishes with Sunken God forces, the Fireheart Fleet committed to a land invasion of the Elflands just days before the Royal Knights Brigade fought the Sunken God head-on in Kassædeia. The battle left tens of thousands dead on both sides, but Roland's plan proved a success and secured the coalition with a direct line of attack towards the former Elflands capital.
- The Battle of Kassadeia (Winter 897): With less than a dozen adventurers in tow, the heroes of the Royal Knights Brigade marched into the center of the ruined metropolis and fought the Sunken God's eldritch form head-on in an epic battle for the ages. Assisted with supernatural powers from deities like Erivo and Yo-Na, the Royal Knights Brigade contained the monstrous deity inside a magic Iron Flask and saved the world for generations to come.
- Chronicles of the Continent: The Drowning World by Tarpin was published in 906 to mixed reviews
The Sunken God
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