Battle of Preacher's Bay
"When I arrived upon Preacher's Bay -- I was astounded. I saw nothing but men, wearing the chalice of Aine and bringing nothing but unjust slaughter. I saw nothing but malice. Spite. Cruelty. Luckily, there is one thing that my father, and his father before him, recited, learned, and understood...time and time again."The Battle of Preacher's Bay; also sometimes called the Butcher of the Bay, was a brief skirmish between Verres Belrose's Vank army and The Faith Keepers. Some call the battle divine judgement wrought upon an organization mad with power, hiding beneath divine providence. Others called it a simple slaughter.
"Evil. Speaks only the language of cruelty."
It first began when the The Faith Keepers captured Morrigan Belrose; The current Queen of the Vanks. Shortly after Morrigan's capture, the crusaders persecuted her and the Devilbindersunder her service, along with several Elves that were rallied into Hunter's Reef. The Vanks were always somewhat sympathetic towards the Elves during the Crusades, finding the Church's unfair persecution unjust and unfair. Such things lead to the Faith Keeper's legitimacy being denounced on multiple occasions, which caused inner turmoil rolling throughout the three kingdoms of Tregaron. In hopes of offering Elves safe passage and freedom from persecution, the Vanks guided the Elven people westward and helped safeguard their passage to Hunter's Reef, where they were to be safely taken overseas. Morrigan was entrusted with helping in lead the Elves to freedom, unfortunately, her unit was ambushed and routed upon arrival to Hunter's reef, leading to a swift slaughter. Believing the Vanks to be willing in rallying behind them if they ousted their King and Queen as traitors, they were sorely mistaken when, not too long after, Verres and his army marched on Hunter's Reef.
I lined every last crusader I could find. My men aimed to cripple, not kill, for that would be far too merciful for the sins they've committed. When I captured them, I took them to the public masses to look upon the liberated Elves, Vanks, and most importantly, my beloved's scarred face. I started with the fleshy parts first. Soft rolls of fat, carved and shorn from their bodies. The joints were only dealt with after I sliced off what I could from them. They begged to lose a limb, for they knew that the second they did, their suffering would end. I didn't cut to kill a single man there. I left them languishing in the wounds until they bled.Among the most infamous scenes within history was the butchering of the crusaders. Shortly after the Faith Keepers were defeated, all the survivors were rounded up and captured, lead towards a public stage for a brutal execution orchestrated by Verres himself. He was meticulous in his cuts, systematically dismembering every piece he could before they inevitably succumbed to their wounds.
Like the pigs they were.
I'm still getting around to leaving a comment on the Vanks, but I remember digging the article. It is interesting to see them get to work here and it isn't often you get to see 'devilbinders' with a vampiric overlord essentially by the good guys... Ish, considering what happened after the battle. Well written, easy to follow, really good stuff :D
Creator of Araea, Megacorpolis, and many others.
Thanks for reading! I always appreciate hearing other's words on my work! Yea, they definitely have a bad rap for a reason, I plan on getting more details on vampirism and devilbinding in the future but I like to make sure everything within my setting has a means you can justify.