The Fall of Avalon
The History of War
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History (10): The war started when a small platoon of the Royal Army was sent to deal with the constant attacks on outlying villages by monstrous creatures, and noted the strategy behind their attacks. As the army counteracted and predicted their attacks, soon messengers sent off to ask for aid from old allies returned with news of their allies suffering the same intrusions. The attacks escalated each week at such a rate that soon the Army had no choice but to hire mercenaries and put forth a “voluntary” draft to all the major satrapies. Old allies joined forces, and soon it was all they could do to keep civilian losses to a minimum. As the attacks continued, it was slowly becoming apparent that the near endless monstrous horde had someone behind the curtain pulling strings. A small expeditionary force of 5 platoons (including the PCs) was spared to check up on rumours and clues to find these masterminds and put a stop to them. 6 months of searching later, the decimated force emerged from the ruins of the Monstrous armies HQ, the remains of their army returned to their seclusion, and the war ended. It has been a year since the last soldier returned home, and the trade routes seem all the safer for it.
History (15): There were three distinct groups during the war: The Urbanites (as the Scholars coined them), the Monsters, and the Neutrals. While most of the civilised peoples were on the side of the victims of the attacks, many cultures lent their aid to the Monsters, such as Bugbears, Goblins, Yuan-ti, and Orcs. Other monstrous (and not so monstrous) civilisations keep apart from the fighting, such as the Dryads and the bullywugs. Most half-orcs stayed neutral, while others seeking to prove themselves took part in the draft and fought their half-cousins.
History (20): The masterminds behind the wars were from the civilised races (See Urbanites) who had grown dissatisfied with the current regime and seeked to use the war as a distraction so they could position themselves to change politics at the upper levels. It almost worked, had the Captain of the Royal Guard, Matthias Ems, not cottoned on to the corruption spreading through the courts and sent the disturbing information to the army. This was the final lynchpin in the irregulars search and ultimately lead them to their final confrontation.
History (25): The numbers of Monsters that fell in the war numbered in the millions, and still it barely stemmed the tides. The number of civilians lost could have been worse without the brave actions of the few villagers that stood and bought time for escape. But of the army soldiers, very few fell at all. At the beginning, a couple of squads never returned from scouting or defense missions. Nearer the end, however, a squad would end up wounded, but suffer no losses thanks to magic and training. It was a stalemate, and what the Monsters lacked in training they made up for with numbers and ferocity. In the end, it was a massacre that left the civilised lands as much as it was, with a few villages missing. By now, those villages have been rebuilt and the scars of war are all but gone. Many good people lost their lives, but they were repaid a thousand fold by the Monsters that stole them.