Roderick Wesler was just one of many people who were tired of being pushed around all of his life, and because of that, a whole war started just because so many people like him wanted to be treated with dignity - Sir Dayne of Wayne
Roderick Wesler and famer turned fugitive gathered an army to rebel against the tyranny of the crown of the Kingdom of Ardania. With many more following his example to take up arms to fight King Joseph IV.
Rebellion Against TyrannyThe rebellion did not happen overnight, but for several years, King Joseph the Tyrant abused his powers as a king as his people suffered, gave them high taxes, and let the nobility run rampant to do as they pleased. Centuries of rights and laws for the commoners to be thrown out as if they were trash. Leads one man named Roderick Wesler to take arms against the crown after enduring years of abuse from it and demand justice for all the wrongs done to him and so many others. Led hundreds of militias across the kingdom to rise and answer his call to arms. At first, this rebellion was seen as nothing more than a minor threat as they were nothing more than farmers with pitchforks. However, they would sing a different tune when the farmers with pitchforks began slaughtering them and their soldiers, as many militias had been training themselves to defend their homes for years. This led to a much longer conflict and bloodier than anticipated, leading to the deaths of tens of thousands after it was all said and done. It all started with a raid on a royal garrison in the town of Sanswich, by Roderick Wesler and his band of outlaws known as the Freemen that wanted to equip themselves with better weapons and armor to defend themselves against the agents of the crown that had been on their trail for some time know as they traveled from place to place committing banditry and seeking refuge where ever they could find it. Though what they didn't expect was that it was a trap that they were running into as the garrison was empty and there were no weapons to be found as the outside of the building was swarmed with guards and royal soldiers that had trapped them Inside of the garrison as they had to be spotted only a few hours earlier by one of the guards and knew they were going to attack the garrison as it was the only interest that the town had. It was here that Roderick and his men barricaded themselves in to avoid the better-equipped royal forces from storming in. This led to a stand-off between both sides as neither side wanted to attack not knowing what the other was capable of. Roderick was asked to surrender several times peacefully along with his men, and they would be spared. But surrender would only mean death for them as they were branded traitors to the kingdom and would end up with a rope around their neck as a result. During this time the captain of the garrison, Louis Thean, and Roderick began debating over who the real criminals were and what makes a good ruler, along with how he was wronged by the crown among many others that were with him. This would gather a crowd that grew larger and larger as this went on until the garrison was surrounded by an angry mob that empathized with Roderick as many of them have suffered in the years of Joseph IV was in power and often had to deal with abuse from the nobility because of it. It was here that the mob attacked the soldiers and quickly overran them and many of them were killed before they could fight back. Those that remained were spared due to Roderick's interference as they were not at fault either as they were only following orders. They were instead locked in the prison cells, along with the sheriff and the mayor to stop anyone from reporting what had happened to the crown. The mob began praising Roderick as a hero for his defiance against the tyranny of the nobility and only humbly replied that he was just a farmer. It was here that they were brought to the town's church where they met with a priest that would give them refuge. The embers of rebellion would turn into flames after many days as the townsfolk wanted to join Roderick in his fight against those who had wronged them. It was that day that the Freedmen's Rebellion would be born as Roderick began secretly training an army for a few months, spreading the word to militias across the land to take up arms with him and many did just that. It wasn't until Louis Thean finally escaped his imprisonment along with several others by breaking the bars of their cells that anyone first heard of the news of rebellion as it's secretly being committed at this point.
Year OneAs the war began with the mobilization of every noble in the region near Sanswich to put down the rebellion before it would escape. But by the time they arrived the rebels were already gone with only those they imprisoned remaining. It was from here that they sent scouts to look for them and they eventually found them taking refuge on Stone Hill several miles away from town. It was from here that a large force composed of several noble houses, most notably House Legan, House Julmer, and House Stone were leading the charge. It was first believed that the rebels were only a few hundred people and could easily be crushed. Though it quickly changed as they made their advance up the hill that comprised several thousand that hid behind the rocky terrain of the hill. Resulting in the noble forces being caught off guard and forced to retreat with many of them killed and several of their lords with them. It was from that another battle would take place a week later at Hesten as nobles of the area heard what happened and rallied their forces to fight the rebels. But shortly after they would be confronted by a second rebel army that had been secretly gathering and wiped them out while they were marching towards Stone Hill. One of the rebel leaders, Orion Madok, made his debut as his large size intimidated many of the soldiers calling him a "Giant" and that name would stick. By this time Roderick's rebels had fortified themselves on Stone Hill for the time being until they could properly organize and have a plan of attack. All the while preparing for another attack from the royal forces, but that would never come as the nobility was reassessing the situation as reports of rebel forces across the kingdom shocked them as they never thought it would be this large and had to deal with these other threats before they could become too strong. Sir Dayne of Wayne a Knight that was unconventional and believed in achieving victory at any cost. Along with a rebel fighter known as Gerard Lumer, who lead his group known as the Knives in the Back he often took the ears of those they killed as trophies.
Year TwoIt wasn't until late spring the first battle of the year would start as intense rain in early spring had caused roads to bog down leading many armies unable to move their forces until the ground dried. During that time Roderick's army had finally left Stone Hill after training his troops more and conducting raids in nearby lands for weapons and supplies. Along with gathering intelligence on the enemy and joining up with other rebel forces. It was during this time he would move his army through the countryside and away from the roads to meet up with Orion Madok's forces to create a larger force. With the remains of several other rebel forces joining them as they headed there. As for the Royal forces they were currently in complete disarray as their leadership was scattered and were often unable to deliver messages to one another due to the constant rebel activity. But during the time the royal forces were able to completely form up with winter, along with several noble houses finally managing to gather together to make a larger host. It was one of these hosts that would start the Battle of Crooked Knee which was a river in the south that resulted in another defeat for the crown as the rebels caught them as they were crossing the river leaving the forces of the crown divided and may who were still waist-deep in the water struggling to make it ashore with many of them would drown once they were routed as they were trampled on by their comrades. When early summer arrived, the crown's forces would be sent out to eradicate its forces. Though made no contact with any large armies at this point they would clear out smaller rebel forces before they could gather to form a larger host. It was from here that many settlements would be destroyed being suspected of rebel activity despite many of the rebels leaving these settlements they were destroyed anyway. These massacres would enrage Roderick's army would and make them march off to the forested region of Evergreen Forest in the attempt to outflank the royal army that remained near the capital of Asron and lay siege to the city as the rebels would not last in the long term conflict as they were under-equipped and outnumbered. This did not go as planned however as their army was spotted by royal scouts and news was given to the army to meet them in battle. Knowing that battle was imminent, the rebels would take up a position in Evergreen Forest to force the army to fight on their terms in the Battle of Evergreen forest. After two years of fighting the conflict showed signs of dying down as both sides suffered great losses and sought more manpower to increase their numbers. King Joseph himself even ordered the Banors of the borderlands to take up arms in the name of the crown. But they refused as it was against the law for Banors to take up arms in the cases of internal conflicts as they were meant to protect the borders from external threats. So where forces from all the Border Guard Forces despite receiving threats from the king as being traitors remained neutral in the conflict as the rebels never attracted their holdings as they knew of their importance. Very few soldiers could be mustered as many people would be conscripted but were often read to violence as the people who stayed out for the war were tired of the fighting and wanted to stay out of the conflict entirely, often chasing out both sides to avoid further destruction. From here, the crown had to plan thoroughly to ensure that they would achieve overall victory or they could lose the war. The same went with the rebels as well as their numbers were quickly dwindling in open battle against the better equipped royal forces. But it wasn't till one of the last remaining rebel armies began to march to join Roderick's forces that the royal army finally made its move splitting its forces in half to allow one group to intercept the rebel while the other headed towards Luge. It was here that the royal force intercepting the rebel forces would meet the village of Everly and begin the Battle of Everly which led to the royal army defeating and scattering the rebels to ensure that they did not regroup to fight another day. Roderick Wesler. With his capture soon came the complete end of the rebellion as rebel forces gave up without his leadership.
The ConclusionAfter Roderick’s capture, he and many of the rebels were brought back to the capital to face trial for treason as they were brought through the city streets no one cheered as it seemed that too much death had taken its toll as the capital itself had faced a famine that claimed thousands during the rebellion. It was from here that they would be placed in dungeons of the palace with Roderick being tortured to sign a confession to his treason to avoid a trial by the king himself. But it never came and he would stand in front of a court battered and bruised. It was from here that the court began to question his actions and the chaos he caused by starting the rebellion. With him only laughing at them saying that all of this was meaningless as he told them that even if didn’t start the rebellion someone else would have taken his place. Along with him pointing out that many people only rebelled due to their government's conditions and treatment of them. Knowing he was going to die anyway he was going to say that the only crime that he ever committed was actually believing those lies for so and not rebelling sooner to rid the land of the filth that believed that they had the right to rule because they were born into it. It was from here that the court found him guilty and as they dragged them out he cursed the king for having his line severed and never rise again. It was from that he would be dragged to his execution and be hanged publicly to all who were attending. His final words were, "I die a free man. Can you say the same for yourselves? After his death, a riot took place as many in the crowd supported Wesler and his cause, while those who were loyal to the crown fought them. In the chaos, some of his supporters stormed the executioner's stand and took away his body before vanishing into the chaos around them. Though no one ever knew what became of them nor did they know where Roderick was buried or if he even was at all. It would take several days before the riots were finally put down, but significant damage was done to the part of the city. Banors refused to fight for him, which would have led to more fighting and the kingdom's border's exposure to danger. From here, many of the nobles tried to reason with him, saying that the war was over and those that remained were broken, not willing to fight again with no need to go after them. Along with the Banors, their role in the kingdom was to protect their lands from those who see them plundered and in ruins. It was from here King Joseph's behavior was finally causing many people to despise him as he believed that all of them should die for opposing his rightful rule. It was clear to the nobles that he was unfit to rule the kingdom as his laws were what caused the rebellion to happen in the first place and with many of his allies either dead or turning on him, especially with their militaries in tatters it was no better time to get rid of him. Moments later the king would be arrested by his brother Peter and confined to his chambers until the nobility knew what to do to him. A few days later the king would be found dead in his chambers from poisoned wine, which everyone wished to rule a suicide as his death was the only appropriate measure to bring peace. After his death, his brother would be named king and Peter II. From here, the remaining rebels were released from their imprisonment and allowed to go home. From here, the new king wished to rebuild the kingdom from the rebellion and undo the damage that the former king had caused. Hoping to rebuild the land to what it once was, and after half a decade, it did and peace would finally cover the land and the abuse that the people had gone through would no longer happen as the nobles were now put on a short leash to ensure that the peace would last. But remains of the rebellion would remain for years to come as it was something that no one would easily forget.
- Battle of Stone Hill
- Battle of Evergreen Forest
- Battle of the Three Hills
- Battle of Lansburg
- Battle of Hesten
- Battle of Everly
- Battle of the Crooke Knee