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Varonian Civil War

The Varonian Civil War was a civil war in the tribe of Varonith that lasted from 24538-24533 AYM. It was fought between 8 various political factions within the tribe, including the Ardunioz and the Tiamthur, who both eventually conquered the other 6.
This Civil War was caused by growing tensions within Varonith, which was a mere collection of cities with no overarching government. Instead, each city had their own government with their own rules, which led to multiple cities merging under one government. This chain of events created the 8 territories that divided Varonith by 24538 AYM.
Starting in 24539 AYM, the 8 tribes fought each other, via organized militias, which grew to full-scale armies of 2-4,000 in 24537 AYM. The Ardunioz, due to a recently reformed government and society, was largely able to defend their territory from others, while the Tiamthur, with their monopoly over silicon rock, primarily formed wartime alliances with others, eventually incorporating these groups after the war.
This war is primarily known for its effects on the participants involved; the conflict gave rise to improved combat size and strategy as well as the emergence of empires, becoming the staple of the Nota-Alsewarzar. This also cemented the cataclysmic rise of Ardunioz, who would later conquer Larangthaal, Moriares, and the northern half of Kairn.


By 24539 AYM, Varonith was split into 8 large groups. Ardunioz was created in 24540 AYM, and controlled a large swath of territory in the northeast, consisting of 5 cities (Eurruch, Inruuixos, Aworrak, Renaine, and Garust). The Tiamthur occupied the southwestern portion of the remaining territory, consisting of 3 cities (Yudghewit, Taihind, and Monmot). The six others were Erkanal, Lienorad, Sachelu, Sangus, Rottol, and Viderent.
1. Erkanal
2. Ardunioz
3. Sangus
4. Rottol
5. Lienorak
6. Sachelu
7. Tiamthur
8. Viderent
These 8 territories emerged as small collections of cities who supported the same goal and/or produced the same things.



Varonith as a whole had seen many attempts at creating a unified nation, but due to the Matousai-controlled south, none of these saw fruition. However, on the eve of the Civil War, many citizens still were optimistic about such a possibility, and Sangus and Erkanal were founded on that optimism.
Ardunioz instead opted to create a new nation entirely, having lost faith in the prospect of a unified Varonith. However, ever since their initial founding in 24540 AYM, the cities could not agree on how this nation should function. However, following the Kaultedtian Wars, many of the surviving Ardunir population (those of the Family that had campaigned for the reinstatement of a Head-like figure) had emigrated to the newfound organization in Heta-Eimarae and Nota-Eimarae, 24538 AYM, around 1-2 months before the fighting started. One of these was Enchaor, the son of the general Hauseld, and he used his witnessing of the Kaultedtian Wars to create a sizeable army. Another, Seldrost, partnered with Enchaor to rule over the Ardunioz nation (a name directly taken from the Ardunir), and he put together a series of laws called the First Ardunian Constitution.
Others, like Viderent, Sachelu, and Rottol, were content with being seperate, having left Tiamthur in 24811 AYM due to the discovery of the Silicon deposit and the subsequent shedding of their raider profile. Tiamthur itself became a trader guild in 24811 AYM, and they were happy to trade with their newfound neighbors regardless of their status.

Part 1: The Sangus Plan

Sangus and their king Fathwar in particular began planning for a reunification process as early as 4 Heta-Eimarae. In the early days of the war, the tribe of Sangus attempted to carry out this plan, which called for their army to split up and subsequently take Rottol and Sachelu before advancing upon Erkanal and Viderent. However, early failures jeopardized the operation, and Sangus was conquered in return.

The Hivoer-Imohaus Invasion

Fathwar, king of Sangus, and his general Errhosat, conducted a dual invasion of the two cities of Hivoer and Imohaus on 8 Yota-Eimarae, 24538 AYM. Fathwar began his assault in Vairdim with 2,500 troops, while Errhosat started in Laumohud with 2,000. By 15 Yota-Eimarae, both cities were captured, and both Fathwar and Errhosat suffered around 500 casualties each. Upon hearing of this, both Rottol and Sachelu mobilized, which led to Viderent, Lienorak, and Erkanal mobilizing too.

Battle of Ojjeirin

Following the success of the invasion, Fathwar moved on to the most populous of Rottol's cities, that being Ojjeirin. Lysath, the king of Rottol, had gathered a crowd of 900 volunteers in Ojjeirin, and several other groups, totaling around 500 and led by Crossurn, were still on their way from Erimskel. In 20 Yota-Eimarae, Lysath and Fathwar fought inside the city; the narrow gates restricted access to only a few hundred at a time, and so many of Fathwar's troops were stuck outside. When Crossurn arrived the next day, his men routed Fathwar's troops, causing a frenzy of chaos. Eventually, Fathwar managed to overpower Crossurn, who became gravely wounded, losing an eye and 3 legs. Yet because of the cramped space inside the city walls, Fathwar returned with only 500 surviving, while Lysath lost 800 men. Following this, Fathwar and Errhosat combined their forces in Hivoer.

Taking of Erimskel

The Taking of Erimskel happened only 3 hours after the Battle of Ojjeirin, and marked Erkanal's entry into the war. The king, Yotheret, led 3,000 troops to the Rottolian city of Erimskel, which was mostly deserted because of the volunteer army. The Erkanians therefore killed the remaining civilians (numbering 100-150) and plundered the town. Around 1,500 troops occupied the city, and Yotheret himself led the rest of the army back to Erkanal.

First Pact of Artalion

The Pact of Artalion was an agreement between Rottol and Sachelu in 22 Yota-Eimarae where they agreed to share both of their armies throughout both territories. With Lysath's remaining 100, and Sachelu's 6,000, half of the total (3,050) was sent to each territory in 23 Yota-Eimarae.

First Battle of Ferant

Following the disastrous Battle of Ojjeirin, Fathwar and Errhosat opted to invade Sachelu as a combined force before swinging back west to take Rottol from the east. Thusly, the Battle of Ferant occurred on 27 Yota-Eimarae, where the combined Sangian forces in Hivoer marched southwards to capture the capital of Ferant, where the 3,050 from the pact were stationed. The two sides fought just north of the city, and the outnumbered 2,500 Sangians were cut down. Fathwar and Errhosat were both killed, leaving Sangus without any leader. The 3,050 of the Sachelians suffered 1,400 men.

Battle of Erimskel

With his newfound strength, Lysath recaptured the deserted Imohaus in 3 Anta-Eimarae, and on the 5th, advanced to Erimskel. There, they clashed heavily with the 1,500 in the city, eventually overrunning them and securing the city. About 1,450 Erkanians died in the fighting, while 850 Rottolians died.

Battle of Ivonaus

After the retaking of Erimskel, Lysath proceeded northward further into Erkanian territory, towards the capital of Erkanal, Ivonaus. There, Yotheret had gathered up 2,500 troops, and in 10 Anta-Eimarae, the two sides met just southwest of the city. In the heavy fighting that ensued, Yotheret was pushed back into the city, and both sides suffered considerate casualties in the narrow streets. Eventually, Lysath was forced to retreat, and only 500 of his men survived. Yotheret himself was killed, and his army was reduced to 200.

Second Pact of Artalion

The Second Pact of Artalion, also known as the Artalion Pact of Unification, was signed between Rottol and Sachelu in 17 Anta-Eimarae. This formally united the two tribes under one banner, including their armies and their territory. The new capital was placed in Artalion, allowing for easy access to the rest of their territory as well as access to the tribe of Sangus, who, being without a sizeable army after the Battle of Ferant, was very vulnerable. Therefore, this new tribe was named Artal after this city.

Retaking of Hivoer

The city of Hivoer was retaken in 24 Anta-Eimarae, having been deserted by Sangian forces after the Battle of Ferant. The 2,150-sized Artalian army then gathered there, planning for a large-scale invasion of Sangus.

Battle of Vairdim

The Battle of Vairdim, in 1 Ulta-Eimarae, marked the last stages of the first part of the Varonian Civil War. The last remnants of the Sangus army, numbering 1,250, gathered in Vairdim, while a volunteer army of 500 was located in Laumohud. The Artalian army, led by Lysath, marched to Vairdim, who, being a major northern trading hub, had little defenses, and much of the city was pillaged by the Artalians before the fight started. Much of the outnumbered and weakened Sangian army retreated to the northern end of the city. At this time, when the Artalians had fully inhabited Vairdim, the army in Laumohud charged towards them, causing the Sangians already in the city to also charge. However, neither side was able to break through or inflict heavy casualties, and all were cut down by Lysath's army. This solidified Artalian control over Sangus, who became the first tribe to fall.  

Armistice of Vairdim

The Armistice of Vairdim was a pact between Artal, Ardunioz, Timathur, Viderent, and Lienorak that established a temporary peace between all tribes. Ardunioz and Tiamthur in particular were perilously underprepared, having little to no army yet, while Lienorak and Viderent had such small populations that they could never defend themselves. Artal, on the other hand, needed time to recuperate after conquering Sangus.
This peace was signed on 4 Ulta-Eimarae, 24538 AYM and lasted until 19 Geta-Eimarae, 24537 AYM.  

Part 2: Rise of Ardunioz and Tiamthur

The proximity of Sangus to Ardunioz worried many people, especially those in Eurruch, the closest Ardunian town to Vairdim. The newly-formed Ardunioz had just created a dual-government system, where one king, called the Hyvamto-Re-Omovat, would lead armies in battle while the other, called the Hyvamto-Re-Toumo, would manage the tribe's civil duties. Enchaor was instated as the first Hyvamto-Re-Omovat around 2 Anta-Eimarae, 24537 AYM, and Kalnalir was instated as the first Hyvamto-Re-Tuomo. In response to the growing threat of war they introduced the Unity Pact, where each of the 5 cities would contribute a set number of citizens for the war. Together they raised an army of 22,500, but due to logistical difficulties, was split into 4 groups and each stationed in a different city.
Artal, seeing itself surrounded by potential threats, almost quadrupled its army size, reaching a total of 16,500. Lysath split this into 2,000-strong armies, scattered all across the territory.

Battle of Auffaren

With his strengthened army, Lysath marched to Calladou and, on 19 Geta-Eimarae, he invaded Erkanal, which was still in strife after Yotheret's death. His army rushed towards Auffaren, pillaging and burning everything in his path, before swinging around to envelop Ivonaus as well. Overall, more than 1,500 Erkanians died, while Lysath suffered 170 casualties. Thus, Erkanal fell under Artalion control. Lysath then returned back to Artalion.

Trifold Pact

The Trifold Pact was a pact signed in 26 Geta-Eimarae between Tiamthur, Viderent, and Lienorak that ensured Tiamthian protection over all three territories as well as retribution if any were attacked. This was mainly to protect against the growing threat of Artal.

Invasion of Lienorak and First Battle of Gaudumn

Enchaor launched an attack on Lienorak in 2 Wota-Eimarae with his 4,500 strong army and conquered about half of their territory before being stopped by a 1,500 strong army in Gaudumn. Confident of his victory, he sent 1,500 troops to Aworrak, the northmost city, in case Artal attacked there. However, Tiamthur sent an additional 3,000 to Gaudumn in accordance with the Trifold Pact, and together they drove the Ardunians out of Gaudumn.

Pact of Gaudumn and Second Battle of Gaudumn

However, before they advanced any further, Lysath launched a surprise attack on 5 Wota-Eimarae from the territory's northwest border, forcing Ardunioz, Lienorak and Tiamthur to sign a hasty Pact and turn their attention to the Artalians. Their weakened and tired forces, although combined, could not stop Lysath's invasion, and they evacuated Gaudumn just as Lysath entered the city. Lienorak therefore fell to Artalian hands. From then on, therefore, Tiamthur and Ardunioz launched two separate campaigns to conquer Artal.

Ardunian Front

The Ardunian Front occurred on the border between Ardunioz and Artal, and included the conquered states of Erkanal and Lienorak.
Retaking of Erkanal
In 12 Wota-Eimarae, to prevent an Artalian counterattack, Enchaor sent his general Atinera with a 2,000 strong army to secure Erkanal under Ardunian control. With the help of the locals, the Artalian troops in Erkanal were driven out. Erkanal was therefore incorporated into Ardunioz. In response to this Lysath went to defend the city of Calladou with the bulk of his army, while a reserve army of 1,500 waited in Laumohud.
First Battle of Calladou
In 21 Wota-Eimarae, Enchaor approached Calladou from both the North (led by Enchaor himself) and West (led by Atinera). There was brutal fighting, with both sides losing about 4,000-5,000 each, as Lysath had anticipated this attack, and after several days Enchaor ordered a retreat. His army went back to Auffaren, while Atinera went back to Ivonaus.
Massacre at Ivonaus
Following Enchaor's retreat, and with Enchaor's army divided, Lysath sensed an opportunity to strike, and on 25 Wota-Eimarae he marched half his army west from Calladou and north to Ivonaus, to avoid being seen by Enchaor's army. There, he launched a surprise attack against Atinera, killing him as well as the vast majority of his army (about 2,500). This sank Ardunian morale greatly.
Second Battle of Calladou
The Second Battle of Calladou occurred on 3 Heta-Eimarae, 24536 AYM, and was Enchaor's second attempt to take Calladou. He reasoned that since Lysath was away at Ivonaus, Calladou would be left mostly unguarded. Thus, he sent his army there, but was ambushed by the troops that Lysath had left. Taken by surprise, he ordered a hasty retreat.
Abdication of Enchaor and Coronation of Atormadra
Demoralized and humiliated by a string of defeats, Enchaor abdicated as the war-king of Ardunioz on 4 Heta-Eimarae. Atormadra, one of Enchaor's best generals, was swiftly coronated on 7 Heta-Eimarae.
Battle of Nuybur
Instead of continuing his predecessor's strategy of attacking Calladou, Atormadra opted to conduct a swinging move and envelop Vairdim from the east. He captured Nuybur, a small town northeast of Gaudumn, on 9 Heta-Eimarae. Knowing that Lysath would be alerted to this, he allowed no rest in the city and swiftly abandoned it in the same day.
Battle of Laomohud and Third Battle of Gaudumn
Lysath was in fact alerted to this, and in 11 Heta-Eimarae he sent an army eastward to Gaudumn to stop the advance, and another from the south was to approach the area between Laomohud and Gaudumn, in order to provide support. Atormadra, meanwhile, had split his army in two and captured Laumohud and Gaudumn simultaneously, and Lysath's troops were stopped just outside Laumohud. Atormadra's men in Laumohud were driven out of the city, and Atormadra went with his army to meet Lysath's troops halfway between the two cities. At this point the second Artalian army came, and Atormadra was pushed back with heavy casualties towards the Ardunian border.

Tiamthur-Viderent Front

Tiamthur Crisis
The Tiamthur Crisis occurred from 5 Wota-Eimarae to 22 Wota-Eimarae, 24537 AYM, and was spurred by the victories of the Artal and the unreadiness of the Tiamthurian army. 
Iraksburian Revolt
The Iraksburian Revolt emerged in 18 Heta-Eimarae, and was led by Iraksbur, a member of the armies stationed along the southern border of Artal. Angered by food shortages and widespread exhaustion, and catalyzed in part but Tiamthurian coercion and espionage, the revolt quickly grew, leading to Iraksbur's regiment and those of 5 others defecting to the Tiamthurian side. 

The Conflict


Included Conflicts
Conflict Type
Start Date
24539 AYM
Ending Date
24533 AYM
Conflict Result
Tiamthur and Ardunioz emerge as victors


Rottol-Sachelu Alliance

Led by


5,000 (1st Stage)
16,500 (2nd Stage)


Around 20,000


Ardunioz and Tiamthur

Led by


22,500 (Ardunioz, 2nd Stage)
10,000 (Tiamthur, 2nd Stage)


around 16,000 (Ardunioz) 8,000 (Tiamthur)



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