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The Aegis Alliance

"Be grateful that we accept you into our ranks, Sable. I'd toss you into the seas or to the mounts of Daruta for the Nameas to devour you into ashes."  
- Empress Kaela Ryzu, to King Damien Sable
  There wasn't any intention in establishing an alliance with other kingdoms, especially after the scourge of the Strigea Monarchs towards the Council of Guardians. The Council became wary of their presence, despite their attempts to ask for forgiveness. The guardians cut ties with the Monarchs and focused on restoring their council to its former glories.   It was only when the Delegation of Qadena, followed by the Tribal Lyasakku, and Council of Floreale approached them in forming an alliance. This sudden interest is after the Monarchs being kicked out by the guardians, and they openly expressed their disdain towards them.   Initially, the alliance was named Four Corners as there were only four including the guardians. Soon, the Monarchs returned with a proposal of acquiring aid from the Andilon Family and the Board of Bloodfangs. The guardians were hesitant but accepted it nonetheless with the condition of life termination if there is foul play.  
 

Predecessors and Successors

ERA 1
EMPRESS KAELA RYZU The leader of the Guardians, and Memoria itself. Everyone of the alliance are compulsory to attend meetings or report any use of finance or assets of the alliance to her. She also make regular rounds herself to other kingdoms, including the Andilons. Unbeknownst to them, she is able to erase anyone's existence with a snap of her fingers.   KING DAMIEN SABLE The initial ally of the Guardians. He was in good terms with the guardians, becoming the main financial support. After his scourge towards the council, he was cast out immediately.
ERA 2
EMPRESS MALIKA HUNTERS Second in command for the Council of Guardians. Unlike Kaela, she emphasizes on religion and humanity. She was zealous but opens enough to tolerate other religions as long as they are the Lauras.   CHIEFTAIN KUR KARAK Approached the Guardians after Damien was cast out. Openly expressed his hatred towards the Monarchs due to their racism against the Orcs. Have good relationship with the Guardians. Provided raw materials for construction from Lyasakku.   WILDERKING ASHSHADE Joined as soon as Queen Amelia approached the guardians. Hailed from Floreale, where the grass is greener or so he quoted. Provides medicinal herbs to the council to craft potions. Though dislike the Monarchs due to their destructive behavior, they do not express these feelings as open as Kur Karak.   QUEEN AMELIA NIGHTINGALE Hailed from the Holy City of Qadena, she serves as a Queen and the Priest of the city. Contrary to popular belief, she is the master of Guerrilla Tactics and passed this knowledge to her allies, excluding the Andilon. She was often seen with her bodyguard and some rumored she has a secret relationship with her bodyguard.
ERA 3
EMPRESS AYRAN AU VIN Slightly radical and extremely wary. Empress Ayran will always address a crime with the harshest punishment ever. She was adamant in getting rid of Damien and Andera and managed to do so in the end by erasing them from existence.   WILDERKING ASHNEEDLE Second in line of Ashshade, Ashneedle was brash but extremely friendly. He had hoped to forge new bonds with the other members of the alliance, including the Andilon. However, he was struck by Andera's stinger and the poison soon led him to his death.   CHIEFTAIN BORKUL Son of the Chieftain Kur Karak, he was raised to hate the Monarchs and it was later justified when they began to deliver racist remarks towards his kind. Despite this, he is a great strategist and loves to read and write.   QUEEN ELARA NIGHTINGALE Daughter of Queen Amelia, she led the Qadani and became a preacher at an age of sixteen. She was calm like her mother, but vocal when it comes to discrimination and able to wield a halberd. Her fighting skills was unmatched and she was unbeatable in sparring.   KING DAMIEN THE FIFTH The Great-Grandson of King Damien Sable. King Damien the Fifth, proposed an alliance with them along with their newfound allies. It is unknown why would he simply let the guardians have control over his allies, nonetheless, he was accepted back.   LAD BLOODFANGS Successful businessman and board leader. They have no problem in joining forces since more people means more blood to be shared. Aware of the hostility the guardians have towards them, but did not bat an eye since their good ally; Wilderking Ashshade, was there. They provide Eldsneyti in exchange of bloodpacks.   ANDERA ANDILON Reluctant at first but was persuaded by Damien the Fifth to join the alliance. The family teaches martial arts to their members, however, they did not pass this knowledge to the guardians due to their strong dislike towards them. Things turn to worse when they almost kill the Wilderking due to their carelessness with their stinger.
ERA 4
EMPRESS CARMEN FLERIE The news of Andera and Damien being erased has yet to be released as was heavily preserved within the alliance. They were impersonated by a Guardian of Flames and a Guardian of Terra. Carmen was a secretive woman and she intends to keep it that way for as long as she could.   QUEEN LUCIA THEBES The granddaughter of Queen Amelia. She was unaware of the treachery the Monarchs and Andilon had caused but knew that the Andilon Family is falling apart due to the poor leadership skills of the Flame Guardian. She quietly follows what Empress Carmen had lay down.     CHIEFTAIN MAZHUG Aware of the punishment and praises the guardians for their swift action. The Mazhug deeply cares for the guardians and respects every word and actions they had done. He also does not question anything from them.   WILDERQUEEN ULMETH Turns the blind eye as long as Floreale is safe from any Strigeans and Daruga. Ulmeth was vengeful and grateful for the guardians that they decided to erase Andera and Damien.   LAD BLOODFANGS The Bloodfangs cut ties with the Andilon due to Andera injuring the previous Wilderking which later on causes his death. The board was deeply upset but keeps in contact with the Monarchs while also omits any indication that King Damien the Fifth is no longer exist.
ERA 5
The records of Era 5 could not be found. Any members were ruled as deceased or missing. No known guardians were found in the site but a world wide search has been deployed.

Public Agenda

When the Strigean Monarchs first allied with the guardians, it was out of having a powerful ally among their ranks. Since the guardians are able to connect with nature and Yggdrassil, the Monarchs aimed to exploit their magic and become the ruler of Memoria. They failed this, and bide their time to forge alliance once more.   When Aegis was formed, the Alliance was meant to keep each kingdom safe from the threats of the Ashseeker ever since its first emergence right after the Five Decade Darkness Calamity. The guardians were more than capable to stop them, and knows a method to defeat them. Only the Monarch was the one that still insist on reaching the power of Yggdrassil within the Guardians' council.

Assets

The Monarchs was the main financial support for the guardians, and in return, they were given insights on how to govern their kingdom and enemy strategies. After their assault, the guardians relied on their savings entirely. When Lyasakku, Floreale and Qadena joined, they managed to secure a trading route for raw materials and medicine.   In Era 3, the Monarchs rejoined along with two of their allies. Despite their hostility with one another and guardians' disdain towards Strigea, King Damien the Fifth provided armies and continuous financial support for the guardians as well as other members of the alliance. The Andilon and Qadani teaches martial arts and Guerrilla Tactics to the troops.   Meanwhile, the guardians provide insights to the members, be it for future consequences or possible methods on doing something. They also become advisors for their members, although the Andilon Family does not favor this.

History

Before Aegis, there was only the Council of Guardians and the Strigea Monarchs. Both parties forged a strong alliance, with the former promised protection and financial support in any way possible while the latter assists them in finding stray guardians. This was back in Era 1, where other kingdoms and civilizations have yet risen to power.   However, in Era 2 Year 53, after the Five Decade Darkness calamity, the Strigea Monarchs blamed the guardians for their incompetency and for initiating the calamity. The monarchs sent their elite soldiers to eliminate them, but when the Empress of the time; Kaela Ryzu, not only dispatched them but also shown the truth, the Monarchs begged for forgiveness. The damage had been done and the guardians cut any ties to the monarchs. Their alliance officially ended on Bludwick of Galantor Year 63 Era 2 (1.10.63 ANC).   In Year 75 of the same Era, the Delegations of Qadena approached the guardians and proposed an alliance with them. The Council was extremely wary after the backstabbing of the monarchs, declined at first, but the Delegations insisted, though they were careful with their request. As both parties conducted meetings with one another, they found a shared interest in religion and their alliance began on 25th of Niv'e, Year 78 Era 2 (25.3.78 ANC).   In the coming years, the Tribal Lyasakku and the Council of Floreale approached the Council with the same intention but this time, they were welcomed with open arms. The alliance was known as the Four Corners, and after several meetings, the guardians realized these organizations have strong disdain towards the Monarchs as each of them was constantly scrutinized by them. They lack faith (Qadena), extremely racist towards orcs (Lyasakku), and destructive towards nature (Floreale).   Beginning of Era 3 in Year 12, Strigea Monarchs returned with the same request but offered to acquire help from the Board of Bloodfangs and the Andilon Family. This is due to the guardians' find the Bloodfang's method in organizing distasteful and avoids them while the Andilons were frank with their hatred towards the guardians and refused to help no matter what.   This was brought up in the next meeting among the Four Corners, while each of them expressed their hatred towards the Monarchs, they are unable to refuse the extra help since they don't have any problems with the Bloodfangs. The Monarchs were pardoned and they, along with their allies, joined the alliance. Four Corners were then changed to Aegis, and the organizations had a stable relationship with each other.   ...or so they thought.   You see, the Andilons are not fond of the guardians, regardless of what reasons or help they give to please the Skurja. Neither the Florelan nor the Qadani are equally pleased towards the family as they are destructive and worships the God of Death. The Lyasakku only knows about the Andilon when they first joined their meetings so they could not provide any opinion for each other. But that wasn't the worse one.   The three organizations; Floreale, Lyasakku, and Qadena, began to openly express their hatred towards the Monarchs especially on how suspicious they have become after they joined the Alliance. This matter went out of control when the Tribe Leader assaulted the Monarchs after a racist comment was made towards the Orcs, and the Andilon almost killed the Council Leader of Floreale due to the carelessness of their stinger. This also caused a rift between the Andilons and the Bloodfangs since the latter has a good relationship with the Florelans.

Disbandment

Tensions were high in the council. The Monarchs were assaulted, the Wilderking was injured and the Guardians soon found out Damien, and Andera Andilon has been stealing sacred texts from the archives to be used to raise an army of magic users. They faced trials; Damien and Andera were erased from existence and any Sable or Andilon are no longer accepted into the alliance.   Many members thought the guardians too harsh in their judgement- in their eyes, the punishment did not fit the crime committed. They were only stealing, they didn't do harm, but this only incite fear in other members. When the news got out, Strigea and the Andilon went to assault the guardians. The army that was provided by the king, betrayed them and the Skurjas poisoned every guardian they could get their stinger on, torturing them with their poison until death.   The Queen of Qadena and Wilderking retreated, but the Chieftain stayed until his last breath to protect his allies. Only a small number of guardians escaped, and the council falls on 13th of Treded, Year 130 Era 5 (13.5.130 TDM). The guardians, though scattered, could not be found.
DISBANDED/DISSOLVED

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13th of Ta'qura, Year 72 Era 1 (13.2.72 MNC) - 13th of Treded, Year 130 Era 5 (13.5.130 TDM)

Type
Political, Alliance
Alternative Names
Aegis
Leader
Leader Title
Parent Organization
Location
Notable Members
Related Ethnicities
Former Member(s) of Aegis
Council of Guardians

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The progenitor of the alliance
 
Delegation of Qadena

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Head of Religion & Culture
 
Council of Floreale

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Head of Environment & Human Rights
 
Tribal Lyasakku

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Provider of Raw Materials
 
Board of Bloodfangs

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Business Advisor
Strigea Monarchs

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Head of Military & Finance
Andilon Family

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Masters of Martial Arts

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  • Year 6 Era 1 (MNC)

    The Beginning of an Alliance
    Founding

    The Council of Guardians and Strigea Monarchs formed an alliance.

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  • Year 53 Era 2 (ANC)

    Assault on the Council of Guardians
    Disaster / Destruction

    Strigea Monarchs launched an attack onto the guardians, blaming them for a calamity they could not have predicted.

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  • 1st of Galantor Year 63 Era 2 (1.10.63 ANC)

    Casting out the Monarchs
    Disbandment

    Council of Guardians ends their alliance with the Strigea Monarchs due to their baseless assault.

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  • 25th of Niv'e, Year 78 Era 2 (25.3.78 ANC)

    Alliance with Qadena
    Diplomatic action

    Delegation of Qadena approached the guardians with an intent of alliance. They were soon accepted due to their shared interest.

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  • Year 84 Era 2

    Lyasakku and Floreale Enters
    Diplomatic action

    Chieftain Kur Karak and Wilderking Ashshade approached with the intents of an alliance.

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  • Year 12 Era 3 (GRT)

    Pardoning of the Monarchs
    Gathering / Conference

    The Four organizations conferred and the council decided to pardon the monarchs along with accepting two additional allies.

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  • Year 112 Era 3

    Assault on the Monarch and Wilderking
    Disaster / Destruction

    Chieftain Borkul assaulted King Damien the Fifth after a racist remark towards the Orcs. Wilderking Ashneedle was poisoned by Andera Andilon and Lad Bloodfangs stepped in.

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  • Year 115 Era 3

    Cease of Existence
    Life, Death

    King Damien the Fifth and Andera Andilon were erased from existence.

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  • Year 115 Era 3

    Treachery
    Criminal Activity

    King Damien the Fifth and Andera Andilon was found guilty of stealing the sacred texts of the guardians for their selfish gain.

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  • Year 16 Era 4

    Aegis Crumbling
    Life, Relationship change

    Each members of Aegis were wary of each other and especially towards the guardians. A huge rift formed among them but quietly heeds the Empress' orders to avoid being erased.

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  • Year 103 Era 5

    Secrets Leaked and Skirmish
    Disaster / Destruction

    King Damien and Andera's death was found out. Strigea and Andilon launched full blown assault to the guardians.

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  • 13th of Treded, Year 130 Era 5 (13.5.130 TDM)

    The Fall of Aegis
    Disaster / Destruction

    Aegis Alliance disbanded due to the fall of the guardians. Allies flee from the skirmish, although the Chieftain stayed to fight.

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13 Sep, 2020 14:38

Overall, I like the story that you're telling here: alliance, betrayal, getting over it, more betrayal. I'm here for all of that. Right now, there are a lot of moving pieces, but not a lot of explanation. You could maybe offload some of your exposition to the sidebar: who are the members, where are the places, what were the events.   Right now, that's all in the text and feels confusing and is difficult to get through. Also, you may want to run it through grammarly.com or have someone proofread the grammar.   This is a good beginning and I look forward to seeing where you wind up.

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Elias Redclaw
18 Sep, 2020 15:45

Well I have to say, this article is clocking in with political and general intrigue and I love it so much! I’ve always been a fan of political intrigue and in fantasy, it just makes it so much better!   I really enjoyed the numerous twists and turns you took with the story. Even without knowing much about the various organisations involved, I did feel the impact of the alliances actions. I mean I already hate the Strigean monarchs since they sound snooty so there’s that. I have a lot of sympathy for the guardians, since it seems that they are getting the blame wrongly ( you can ignore this since it’s just the ramblings inside my head lol)   In terms of feedback, I think you can begin by explaining some of the terms here. The tooltips feature is a great way to do that, and adding short descriptions of the geopolitical players involved in this alliance would clear a lot of things up   My main question in this article other than that is, why was the alliance formed? Was it formed to combat a greater threat or for something else?   I have to say, I’m really really invested in this world. I really look forward to what you create!

22 Sep, 2020 13:11

Overall seems interesting ,I'd love to see where it all goes.

12 Oct, 2020 12:21

There are so many things going on, and in a good way! You seem to have put a lot of time and effort into weaving a complicated political alliance, to create an overall very interesting article!   I think it would help to article to have a quick blurb description of each member of the alliance in the sidebar, bellow their blazons. The article is complex enough that it would help anchor the reader without them having to open a bunch of tabs.   Another thing I might change is in the Disbandment section, where you say "It would've been fine if the punishment wasn't so harsh.". I found it odd to be confronted to an opinion like that, as the article had a very neutral tone. Maybe you could rephrase it so that it is more passive, something along the lines of "Many members thought the guardians too harsh in their judgement- in their eyes, the punishment did not fit the crime committed." and keep the rest as is. This is 100% a matter of preference though, so feel free to take this last bit as you wish!

sending good vibes <3 - Author of Interarcanum and Shakiraverse