Kingdom of Calendale
|Kingdom of Calendale|
The Kingdom of Calendale, a nation of everlasting, significant history. A realm that had laid claims on Enarion since the arrival of man, during the decay of Valrond and through a multitude of wars. Richard II took it upon himself to unite these divided realms of the west - from the maroon pine trees of Reyne to the harsh shores of Ynslee, they now congregate under a single banner. A people of prideful and honorable ways, Calendale shows the beauty of simplicity, fields of grain enveloping the welcoming city without walls - a home for all who share its previous strife. “For King and Country” - frankly a maxim that represents its denizens. Although many call its people humble, they are naught afraid to defend what they stand for, a fact proven by Harold’s Invasion. Now a flourishing realm of man, diverse individuals fight betwixt another in the same chain armor - an army united under the flag of Sun and Snake.
In the last days of Meredith I's rule, in an attempt to quell the rebellion and end Harold's invasion, ruling Queen Meredith I installed a new King of Wiccan descent, Merdarion I, to use as a puppet monarch in an attempt to please the invading Wiccans. However, the Wiccans were suspecting that Meredith was still in power, and simply used Merdarion as a figurehead. The last relentless raid on Avengard from Harold's battle-hardened troops marked the beginning of the end for Rheynland and Meredith I's rule. At midyear in 26 AC, Harold's army marched to Avengard, the Wiccans went immediately on the offensive, breaching the Palace directly from the North-West of Avengard with no losses. The raid was swift but fierce from thereon, and the defender's morale was severed, and the garrison was eventually destroyed. The victorious but modest Wiccans marched home to Ynslee with muted pride. By the end of the year, the Wiccans' suspicions were eventually confirmed by the puppet King Merdarion, openly admitting to the Wiccans that he was under Meredith's control, and he proclaimed his kingly privileges were unlawfully restricted by Meredith. Merdarion wished to be freed of it and thus transferred the right of succession to Richard II of Myrfeld, and launched himself out of the main palace's window, committing suicide.
As the year turned to 27 AC, King Richard II had taken the throne, some of Meredith's most loyal subjects had scrambled to leave the city along with anything of value, taking some of the Royal treasury with them. To organize the nation and to assure the denizens of Calendale, King Richard II held a court session, in which he acknowledged the prior division under Meredith's rule, and how he intended to unify the people under his rule. Meredith I was also formally declared a criminal and a witch, along with her loyal subject Flemius the Tax Wraith. Richard II ensured that the people of Rheynland would maintain their positions in the army, and keep their rights as citizens under his rule. The courtroom floor opened to anyone who wished to voice their grievances, and thus a disguised Harold Eadwineson appeared from the sidelines and presented a sky-blue Mithril sword from his sheath, called Aelfswith, King's Legacy. A legendary artifact from the Westholm era, forged by the old smiths and imbued with Edwyn I of Westholm's grace. The weapon had belonged to Richard de Retford I previously, and Edwyn I of Westholm before him, proclaiming Richard II the rightful heir of the throne. Harold also revealed he was suffering from a fatal illness and was retiring to depart from Enarion forever.
Upon the reemergence of the mortal races in the year 0 A.C., Edwyn Thorpe, one of the refugees that had escaped the Calamity, convinced a split human race to congregate and march to the old settlement of Calendale. As they marched, they examined any remains upon the land and took any salvageable resources. Once arriving in Calendale, a blood-drenched cloth with a serpent nailed to its pole was raised on a grassy hill - becoming the founding stone of the then Kingdom of Westholm. Although the human race seemed on track to thrive, fate was not well to King Edwyn I, stepping down from the throne of Westholm due to illness. The current Lord Marshal, Richard de Retford I was named Regent in his stead. However, King Edwyn would see his end, as despite his illness he traveled to the Gates of Reyn to duel a Dwarf by the name of Rogrim to settle what the Dwarves of the Kingdom of Ordheim had declared to be a grudge against him. King Edwyn I proclaimed as he passed that Richard I and his line would become the new monarchy of the Kingdom of Westholm. At once, Richard de Retford was crowned King of Westholm at the Gates of Reyn, evoking the Right of Will to pass the crown to his house. Later that same year, a coronation was held for Richard I, and the ruling house officially passed from House of Thorpe to House de Retford. King Richard I did not have much time to celebrate his newfound kingship before the kingdom had to be steered through a time of war. Alongside the Kingdom of Tor Ascara’s Order of Lothelia, Richard I leads the Royal Army of Westholm towards the Kingdom of Ordheim to push back against alleged banditry that had been tracked from the northern lands of Enarion. The raid was a bloody mess for both sides, with hordes of Humans and Elves dying trying to push past the near-impenetrable walls of Ordheim, and countless Dwarves dying to the eventual charge that saw the gate of Ordheim breached. Eventually, the raid was declared a stalemate, and the tensions between the Kingdom of Westholm and the Kingdom of Ordheim were settled with an open field skirmish between King Richard I’s fyrd and King Thorsten Bronzebeard’s Bronzeshields, which resulted in the death of the Dwarven king.
During the short time of peace, the Royal Wedding was held within the city of Westholm, joining together King Richard I and Lady Saoirse Winterskorn. The day seemed to be cursed, with a storm blowing through the city, interrupting the wedding. Lady Winterskorn’s ceremonial torch was blown out by this storm, leading to the Cult of The Five Divines' clergy to intervene, pressing Lady Winterskorn on her faith. Through all the chaos, a clergyman by the name of Raymond ‘the radical’ was murdered upon the steps of the temple. Engarant de Corseilles and Gregor 'the filthy', the former being the Grand Augur of the temple and the latter being a clergyman, were then arrested and tortured, before being released sometime after. This event became known throughout Enarion as The Scorched Wedding. Despite the decline of the Kingdom of Ordheim, a splinter kingdom arose in the form of the Kingdom of Helheim. In the year 3 A.C., the Kingdom of Helheim stormed the city of Westholm. To the surprise of many Humans, the Order of Lothelia, the Kingdom of Tor Ascara’s military, backed Helheim’s aggression. The cause for the Elven aggression is believed to be distrust of the House de Retford’s political intentions with the Kingdom of Tor Ascara, as a formal declaration of alliance had taken far too long to sign in the Ascari’s eyes. However, the Royal Army of Westholm was mobilized in the months after the raid against Westholm and marched south to the city of Tor Ascara. Breaching the northeastern wall, the Royal Army blew a devastating blow to the Order of Lothelia through a flank, sacking the city. As a result of the Holmish counterraid, the Ascari pulled their military support away from the Kingdom of Helheim, and eventually, the Dwarven splinter kingdom dissolved, cementing the Kingdom of Westholm as the strongest militaristic force upon Enarion at this time. The Kingdom of Westholm sees significant growth in the period of peace after the years of war. The Shire of Barwic was founded, nestled along the River Aire, by a group of disgruntled peasants who were discontent with life within the city of Westholm. The land outside the former holding of the Kingdom of Helheim was also settled upon by the Holmish people, becoming known as Winterhelm. This time of peace was celebrated in the capital city of Westholm with the Dance of Light held.
With the death of the then Lord Marshal, Eadwulf of Myrfeld, the Ealdorman of Barwic, Oswald Wright, was elevated to the position. Two prominent men of the kingdom, Reynald and Leofric of House Myrfeld, are publicly condemned as traitors as well as revoked of their nobility for the crimes of necromancy and attempt of assassination against Lord Arthur de Blackford. This event marked the beginning of the Blighted War, with the Undead Siege of Westholm occurring in the year 5 A.C. The King of Valrond, who led the undead horde, had possessed the late King Edwyn I’s body to the kingdom’s shock. Valrond was expelled from Edwyn’s body by King Richard I, whereafter Valrond’s Horde retreated to the northern holding of Ordheim, the former halls of the Dwarves. The Kingdom of Westholm had to fight on two fronts for a time, one against what would become The Regiment of Blight, and another against the Principality of Vlachia. After reports of aggression against a reeve of Barwic, along with rumors of slander against the kingdom, the Royal Army stormed the Principality with little resistance. The Knights of the Realm] were founded in the year 6 A.C. by King Richard I. Arthur de Blackford was named as Knight Paramount, and shortly would take over the Kingdom of Westholm as Lord Regent during King Richard I’s religious pilgrimage. The battle against the Undead waged on during King Richard I’s absence, with a large Holmish-Wiccan party sent out to venture into ancient Human ruins. There, the then Chamberlain Romund “the Round de Retford lands the final blow onto King Valrond’s armor, freeing him of the evil spirit that was controlling the King. Following King Richard I’s return to the kingdom, Lord Arthur de Blackford, Knight Paramount of the Knights of the Realm, disappears from the lands and was assumed to be dead. The Lord Marshal of the Kingdom of Westholm, Oswald of Barwic, falls in battle in the year 9 A.C. In his stead, Gared Errmark is named Lord Marshal of the Royal Army. Harald Ragnarsson is also named Knight Paramount in light of Arthur de Blackford’s disappearance. The Raymond Academy is established, with the goal of creating a higher level of education within the Kingdom of Westholm. After a short tenure of two years, Gared Errmark resigns from the position of Lord Marshal, and a man by the name of Alberic Farnham ascends to the position. The Kingdom of Westholm and the Kingdom of Aellen (previously known as the Kingdom of Tor Ascara) both host a carnival within the city of Westholm in the year 12 A.C., where their alliance is formally declared. King Richard I departs for another religious pilgrimage, placing Knight Paramount Harald Ragnarsson as Lord Regent until his return.
After many years of planning and preparation, the Kingdom of Westholm is refounded as the Kingdom of Rheynland, the capital city named Avengard. The city is rebuilt, expanding beyond the Hamlet of Jorrick and opening the city. A masquerade ball celebrating the opening of the new city is held in 15 A.C., hosted by Queen Saoirse. Romund de Retford resigns as Chamberlain, passing it onto Queen Saoirse. In the wake of Arthur de Blackford’s long absence, he is declared dead until proven otherwise, and Lord King Richard I dissolves House de Blackford. The Sanctuary of Scholars is opened, replacing the previous Raymond Academy. The Heir Apparent Prince Roland de Retford is seen in public for the first time. In preparation for the Siege of Ordheim, the first war camps are set up outside the ruins of Barwic. In the next year, Saoirse is murdered by unknown circumstances, her body discovered in the gatehouse by the city guard. Meredith de Retford, cousin to Lord King Richard I, is named Chamberlain until a suitable replacement is found.
In 17 A.C., the first Mayoral campaigns were announced. The Royal Army of Rheynland contributed to the Siege of Ordheim, and would later successfully drive the Regiment of Blight from Enarion. During the battle, Alberic Farnham is revealed to be Leofric of Myrfeld, a wraith, and disappears, and subsequently, Rulgan of Tarragon is named Lord Marshal. On the 21st of the Eclipse, 20 A.C., Lord King Richard I announces his resignation from the throne, with Chamberlain Meredith de Retford falling in the line of succession. The crowning of Meredith de Retford I occurred on the 6th of the First Moon, 21 A.C. The Lady Queen's coronation is followed by a celebration of reign on the 27th of the Eclipse of the same year, concluded with the Festival of Lights. During the Midyear, 23 A.C., the newly crowned Lady Queen of Rheynland addresses the kingdom, and formally declares King Richard I as Eternal King of Rheynland, with any and all former titles of Westholm retiring with him.
Despite the Lady Queen’s best wishes to usher in a golden age for the Kingdom of Rheynland, a man by the name of Harold Eadwineson declared his right to rule, and requested a peaceful talk with the Rheynish people. Richard I met Ælfwine on the Isles of Ynslee to discuss, where Ælfwine was offered the entirety of the Isles of Ynslee, the former city of Westholm, 300 gold, and marrying a woman from the House de Retford. Ælfwine declined Richard I's offer, and instead offered a duel for the throne of Rheynland, and then a battle for the throne, both denied by the Eternal King of Rheynland. In the Midyear of 24 A.C., Ælfwine gave a speech to his men, aimed at the Rheynish people which would be remembered as For King And Country, formally declaring an invasion against the Kingdom of Rheynland. Quickly, the Lady Queen retorted with her own statement to her people, denying the claims of Ælfwine. Word reached the mainland of Ælfwine’s response to the Lady Queen’s claims. The Kingdom of Rheynland was in a collision course with the Wiccan folk of Cyneburh led by Ælfwine. Harold's Invasion had begun with a raid on the capital city of Avengard. 2,300 Wiccans led by Ælfwine surrounded the city, mounting the tall cobblestone walls and searching for any way to storm the Royal Army. Situated within the center of Avengard, the Royal Army who stood 5,300 men strong, held their ground despite volleys of arrows coming from all directions. Fortunately for both sides, casualties were very minimal with the Kingdom of Rheynland losing 300 men and Ælfwine losing 100 men. Ælfwine wished to keep the pressure on, however, returning in a month’s time to Avengard with 1,700 men. The Royal Army of Rheynland assumed a similar strategy as the last encounter, fortifying the center of the city and defending without taking many risks. The Wiccans were withdrawn after many days of the relentless onslaught. Casualties on both sides were 1,200 Royal Army soldiers and 900 Wiccan men.
Something had to change in the invasion strategy, and Ælfwine knew this. The settlement of Divisus entered Ælfwine’s sights, and within the month he sent 3,000 of his men to draw out the Rheynish Royal Army. They were met with a joint opposition from the Royal Army and men from Divisus, totaling 3,400 men together. Unlike the previous encounters, this raid was swift and decisive, seeing Ælfwine order a ladder charge over the front walls of Divisus. There, the Wiccan folk charged their opposition, leaving an estimated 100 men to escape back to Avengard. This victory came with a toll, with 1,700 men lost in the effort.Ælfwine pushed on with his strategy of attacks in quick succession. There was a slight alteration of his raid strategy, however. The leader of the invasion moved 2,800 of his men to quickly sack Divisus, and they were met with little resistance. 800 Divisus men were trapped within their hold, but instead of pushing further into Divisus, Ælfwine turned northwards and brought an army of 3,100 men to Avengard, determined to successfully storm the city. The Royal Army met the Wiccan force, 3,300 men strong, on top of the Avengard rooftops, in what would be the bloodiest clash of the invasion yet. The Wiccan soldiers were able to successfully charge the Royal Army, marking the first major victory for the invasion.
Calendale is a coastal nation, situated beyond the western mountains. The capital city of Westholm is nestled at the base of the mountain range, surrounded by vast farmlands that flourish in the summer temperature. To the south, rivers originating from underground springs flow through valleys of rocky hills and flow down to meet the sea. To the north, a river filled with a variety of fish, adjacent to a jutting peninsula flows. To the east, the looming mountains protect the lands, forming a natural barrier from the rest of Enarion. To the west, the vast sea that borders Calendale, beyond which the humans first originated from, along with the Isles of Ynslee.