The Dark Battle
"I didn't think I would ever see so much death. Everything smelled like blood, rain, and piss. I slipped in the mud once and found myself surrounded by the dead. I think I recognised one. Then again, I knew a lot of soldiers. I guess I don't know as many now."A battle that lasted from mid morning to just before dawn, the Dark Battle didn't have a glorious ending with a champion standing on a mound of bodies. It ended before the sun had risen, blood drenching the fields. There was no silence before the shouts of victory. There was a brief moment where the battle silenced itself, where the unnatural darkness faded and the lower demons fled back to wherever they had crawled from, but the cries of the wounded and dying still went on, ceaseless and unrelenting. The champion, the one who was meant to stand over the body of the defeated enemy, was not strong enough to stand for much longer. She died fighting, like the rest of her friends, but she still died. Most people did, in the end. Death gleaned everyone equally and without remorse. The cries of the dying stifled the cheers of the living for years. Instead of celebration, there was weeping and tearing of clothes. The battle had such heavy losses that no one was saved from the pain of it. Even the soldiers who fought in the battle didn't know what had really happened. To them it was simple. One day there was a blackening of the sky and a demon coming from nowhere. The next, thousands of people had died and nothing big had changed. There was anger and grief and pain, but no celebrations came from it. Maybe it was better that such a terrible day was only remembered as terrible, not as great.-- A soldier, the day after the battle.
The demon Zatak* threatened the enslavement of the world, unsatisfied with his already absolute rule over the demon realm. Most of the conflict happened away from the all seeing eyes of the kingdoms. This meant that most of the people fighting this battle didn't actually really know why they were fighting the battle. This created a lot of confusion and quite a bit of general hatred toward the group of people who "started the fight."
All four Great Kingdoms had troops there. M'Gomotai had the most, quickly followed by the Walled Kingdom (name at the time TBD). Dalaiksha and Yorosato fell behind, but only by a few thousand soldiers.
The one of the larger cities of the Walled Kingdom, near their southern border. Consider the actual city vaguely large. The city was surrounded by evergreen forests, but the first mile around it was cleared for lumber over the years, with only stumps remaining. As the battle progressed the city quickly fell into ruin, especially since the demons on the other side of the battle were usually as tall as two men, and definitely possessed at least that much strength.
A cloudy day quickly devolved into a freezing cold and rainy evening, then a slightly less cloudy sky during the last few hours of the night.
Huge population loss for all four major kingdoms. Weeks of mourning, even months in some areas.
A brief period of careful (or easy, depending on the countries) alliance erupted between the four Great Kingdoms.
The Kingdom Becomes WalledThe Walled Kingdom (as it is later referred to) was the most distant and unfriendly during the period of alliance, although relations were still better than before, when they had been more vaguely unfriendly than the other Great Kingdoms. Within a few years, however, they shifted to become incredibly secluded, shoring up their borders with walls and ceasing almost all contact with the outside. Being a large and powerful kingdom, they were able to be self sufficient with minimal repercussions. However, without contact with the other Great Kingdoms, their prejudices and problematic ideals had no way be cut down. So, over hundreds of years, the Walled Kingdom (a new popular name for it) became hateful, extremely prejudiced, and generally too terrible to be anyone's problematic fave.
Known as the largest and bloodiest battle in history. The fallen leaders of the human side became renown in all four Great Kingdoms. Their achievements were heightened and slowly their memory became larger than it had truly been.
There are entire books about the Dark Battle, most of them following the woman who finally killed Zatak, the effects of the battle on the four Great Kingdoms, or the military strategy used (by the end, there was none). One controversial book calls the battle fake and the martyrs weak and cowardly, saying they never really died in the battle and instead fled before the fighting had barely begun. This book was written hundreds of years after the Dark Battle took place.
- Conflict Result
- Humans won, but with devastating losses. It almost couldn't be called a victory.
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