A Fight for Rights
At least we here did all we could to break the chains of oppression. Those cowardly hogs from the other counties and duchies got all they ever could have wanted since we did the heavy lifting and brought fear into the hearts of the blue-blooded bastards!
PreludeSerfs in Rueken had for centuries suffered under the tyranny of the upper classes. Some, like those men and women who had declared their independence and established the nation of Aussel, had managed to do what many considered the impossible and created a peasants’ republic. Yet despite that success, the conditions only worsened for those in the heart of Rueken.
The Sarzin ConflictIn the year 1540, around 23 years after the peasants of Aussel had secured their independence, a new conflict between the Ruekish and Ausselians had begun. Kilas ven Leiberge-Kattel, the Duke of Nordhei and Chancellor of Rueken, launched an amphibious invasion to capture the islands of Sarzin and Farten. This unprovoked act of aggression led the way to the Sarzin Conflict, a struggle which the Ruekish viewed as a chance to wash away the taint of previous military failures. For the people of Aussel it was something far greater. They saw it as a threat to their freedom and a trial to test their might and determination to stand up for their values.
Home and AwaySeeing the armies of their duke sailing to war against free peasants had infuriated many of the serfs in Nordhei. They were envious of the freedom that their northeastern brothers had gained and thoughts of rebellion spread rapidly across the countryside. With the duchy’s finest heavily armoured units away from home, the serfs saw their opportunity. Many of the organisers of the uprising hoped that by defeating the nobles in their home duchy, the flames of revolution would spread to the rest of the country. Their most optimistic dreams envisioned a new free peasants’ republic of their own and a potential union with the peasants of Aussel, while the realists only hoped for reforms.
An end to the arbitrary beatings, uncompensated work, and heavy taxation is at hand brothers! No one will free the people of this land, but the people themselves. Our future is our own to forge and we’ll forge it with blood and steel!The rebellious serfs had assembled with whatever arms and armour they could find on the 10th of Kateaqteril near an old burnt alehouse that was located between a few villages. Under the leadership of Heins of Gilbrenen, the group figured out a plan of attack. Their first objective had to be something that would provide them with supplies, but in addition to that, it had to incentivise more uprisings.
Pillaging of the EstatesTwo targets were set after their first meeting at the alehouse. One group of insurgents had been tasked with securing a nearby harbour while the rest were to ransack the local estates. With overwhelming numbers, the rebels made swift work of the few men who stood on guard. The manor lords and their families were dragged outside, where they were subjected to similar physical punishment that the serfs had to endure for years.
Ausselian AssistanceDuring the planning phases of the uprising, the leaders of the rebel forces had managed to make contact with the Ausselian government. Eager to help sow the seeds of chaos in the enemy’s homeland, the armed forces of the peasants’ republic sent out supplies and weapons in secret. The port was essential for recieving the goods.
Long have we awaited the chance to rip them apart. All our years of pain and anguish and the rage of our forefathers who endured the same has built up within each of us. The time to unleash that fury has come. Leave none alive!
Battle of GettehavAfter ransacking several estates and slaughtering the inhabitants, the serfs regrouped at the harbour, where they received supplies and weapons. While they rested there and planned their next attack, a group of armed assailants launched an assault on their campsites. Lord and ladies from other nearby lands had sent forth their retinues to eliminate the threat, but the rebels were ready for them.
The Situation AbroadAround the time of their first proper victory against the forces of the aristocracy, the rebel’s allies over across the sea had suffered a major defeat. The combined forces of the chancellor, along with his ally Czylle ven Mierholz, had managed to defeat the Ausselian forces at the Battle of Neittinge. After the battle, the Ruekish forces decided to pull back their army and to return home. They feared that they lacked the manpower to successfully achieve their goals and hoped to bring in reinforcements for a renewed invasion. At the time the decision to return home was made, the Ruekish forces in Aussel were unaware of the uprising that had started back in Nordhei.
Tomorrow we face our greatest foe, the eternal enemy that has kept us in chain expecting us to stay obedient for generations. Even if we perish in the fight ahead, know that you’ll die as free men and god will award you for such bravery in this quest for a better tomorrow!
Slaughter of the SerfsChancellor Kilas III and his ally, the Duchess of Valleren, learned of the rebellion upon their arrival. Outraged by the incompetence of the local nobility and their inability to deal with the threat themselves, he summoned them all to Eekberge. After mocking and berating them for an hour and a half, he demanded control of whatever was left of their soldiers so that he could finish off the insurgents that were ravaging the countryside.
End of an UprisingFollowing their crushing defeat against the chancellor’s forces, the serfs had no hope of recovery and success. Most of those who had taken part in the uprising either returned to their homes or went into hiding. Those whose hope had remained undying continued raiding the countryside and fighting the aristocracy, but they were all eventually hunted down. The last rebel was captured and brought to the capital on the 17th of Bricteril 17, 1541 AA, where he, along with a few other prisoners, was publically executed. His death marked the official end of the Nordhei uprising.
- Nordhei Army
- Vallerenian Army
- Leiberge-Kattel Retinue
- Wudiger's Band
- Heins' Band
- Ausselian Volunteer Troop
Battle of Teuholz
The Battle of Teuholz of was a small conflict waged between the forces of Rueken and the local Ausselian militia on the island of Sarzin. It kicked off the Sarzin Conflict.
Battle of the Lipsig Hills
The Battle of the Lipsig Hills was the second major fight in the Sarzin Conflict. It involved the allied forces of Aussel and Pessen who defended against a horde of Ualish mercenaries.
Battle of Neittinge
The Battle of Neittinge was a decisive engagement and the third major battle between the forces of Aussel and Rueken during the Sarzin Conflict in 1540 AA
AftermathThe uprising had failed to bring about a new peasants’ republic, but despite their lack of success on the battlefield, the uprising had pressured the counts and dukes in other parts of the country to implement reforms that would protect the rights of serfs. Nordhei had continued to resist the reforms that had swept across the rest of the country, fearing that by accepting such demands they’d be conceding defeat. Eventually, the threat of new uprisings forced the duchy to comply with the serfs’ wishes. Aussel had hoped for more success in their attempt to sow chaos in the heartland of their enemy, but they were at least pleased that the uprising forced the Ruekish forces to remain distracted for several months, giving the peasants’ republic the time they needed to prepare for the second Ruekish invasion. Roughly half of the volunteers that had gone to assist the serfs managed to make it back home alive. Along with them came a few dozen rebels who wished to flee their home country. Heins, the last leader of the uprising, was among them. He was awarded for his dedication to Ausselian values and granted a home in Lipsig.
Peasants' Republic of Aussel
Aussel is a small nation with an unique form of government, surrounded by religious enemies and allied to their ideological rivals.
Aristocratic Republic of Rueken
The Aristocratic Republic of Rueken is an aristocratic republic with a powerful fleet and excellent natural defenses.