Astaria Robbet would be with her brother Robert when Castle Astaria Robbet would be left in command of the town of Tinterdale when her siblings left for the rescue at Calleville and in command she would be on the walls when her brother appeared with the main force of Tinterdale retreating back to Tinterdale following their failure during the skirmish at Calleville and it was Astaria that made the decision to lower the bridges which let in their forces but also let in the Orcs and led to the Sack of Tinterdale. Astaria took part in the sack of Tinterdale taking command of the defenses following the death of Robert Robbet and she led a group of knights to the bridge house where they were able to raise the bridges and thus stop the flow of Orcs into the town, and then using her magi she was able to create monstrous illusions which destroyed the moral of the Orc army and led to them being massacred. Following the Sack of Tinterdale it was Margot Robbet that became the Lady of House Robbet and took command of the forces of the Dutchy of Tinterdale but horrified by the betrayal of House Girault it was Margot that made the decision to isolate themselves and protect themselves as opposed to her brothers ideas which had led them to try and take control of the whole land.
The Second Tinterdale-Calleville War
Main Article : Second Tinterdale-Calleville War
| The Second Tinterdale-Calleville War|
You ever wonder how Tree Hill fell Franklin. You ever question how so many Orcs could just walk blindly across this kingdom and not a soul saw them. Maybe its time to start asking questions.
Margot Robbet wakes up and heads downstairs of the large tower which is her home and finding her brother Robert Robbet and sister Orella Robbet eating breakfast she sits and eats with them having a long conversation about their days. The discussion between the three goes into the current status of their conflict with the Orcs to their east, and as they discuss things it becomes clear that Robert her elder brother has come to a new idea. It is decided that Margot will be the one that leads the raid against the orc fortress based out of the ruins of the once large town of Calleville east of their home in order to release a large number of human prisoners there including their uncle, and in order to distract the Orcs her brother and sister would lead forces to feign attack on the fortress and bring the Orcs to chase them down.
Main Article : Rescue Attempt at Calleville
When the horns go off from the forces of Robert Robbet it is Margot Robbet who knows that the forces of her brother have instigated their distraction, and with this she makes her move ordering her forces towards the eastern part of Calleville. Approaching the ruins they see the army of the Orcs following the forces of her brother and realizing the plan is working they make their way through the eastern gate and into the ruins where as they move in stealth they are still shocked at the lack of any kind of defense. With most of the Orc forces having left the ruins to chase the forces of Robert Robbet the Knights of the Quill led by Margot are able to kill their way through the few remaining in the garrison but as they reach the slave camp near the center of the ruins a fight breaks out and the Orcs set off an alarm which will within time bring in relief from the Orc forces around the town. Realizing that they are running short on time Margot has her forces form a defensive position around the slaves while she and several others release the slaves, and this allows them to beat back the relief as they come and release the slaves. Margot With the last of the slaves released she has not seen her uncle and despite wanting to search more its Anne Rigal that tells her that a large force of Orcs are making their way from the north towards them, and she gives the order to retreat from the town. As their defenses are slowly overwhelmed they make their way out of the ruins and as they pass the eastern gate its Margot that destroys the lever and then running to the top of the gatehouse she lets the orcs get close before she and Anne use Anne's magi to fly from the gate to their forces who have now gained a breathing distance between them and the relief forces.
Leading them southward they make their way at great speed towards the horses that they had left for themselves and the hundred plus horses allow them to break southward and escape the Orc forces that are following, and with this cheers break out from the force as they realize that they have succeeded. Reaching the riverbank they make numerous trips across using large barge boats allowing them and the horses to get to the western side, and after nearly two hours of this the entire force has made their way from east to west, and Margot decides against camping wanting to get back to Tinterdale and thus marches the force for hours towards Tinterdale.
Main Article : Tinterland Farmland Battle
With the Orcs in the courtyard dead she sees the destruction ot the north-east gate and meeting with First Knight Florentin Vidal she learns the orcs have broken through and will be moving into the unprotected farmlands, and with this she immediately orders Florentin to take command of fully regaining control of the courtyard while she leads the Knights of the Quill against those Orcs who got through. Traveling through the ruined gate they fight through several Orcs but mainly follow a trail of destruction left behind by those Orcs as they made their way through the farmlands. Arriving at a walled farm estate she takes part in a fight there helping the defenders beat back the Orcs and then is forced to split her forces as the Orcs had moved in two groups after failing to quickly take the walled estate, and leaves the other group to the command of Second Knight Sylvaine Tourneur while she leads the other group in the direction of the other Orc force. Moving through more farms they find no bodies anymore and realizing they are catching up they move with all haste towards the next farm of her friends family in House Genin. Arriving at the farm they find the Orc force still fighting and smash into them killing the orcs who are at this point more conserned with gathering slaves then they are of actually killing people meaning most of the farmers still live. With the Orcs dead she sends her Third Knight Charlotte Deslys with thirty of the thirty five fighters in her group to join Sylvaine and make sure she made out alright in fighting the other group, and she remains behind to help those who had been captured. As she is moving from person to person she comes upon her friend Aurelie Genin of whom is dying but reveals to her that she had been fighting with Margot's brother at the bridge when they had been betrayed by House Girault of whom had lowered the bridge allowing the Orcs to follow them back to Tinterland. Horrified that they have been betrayed by there own she tries her best to hide this as her friend dies in front of her, and after saying goodbye she is forced to regain control as the people are beginning to panic, and quickly ordering people to complete tasks and gives them something to keep busy with while she returns to the bridge and makes sure the crisis is over.
Discovering the Damage
Returning to the bridge castle she meets with Florentin, and Florentin's Second Knight Christian Delcroix of whom take her to the bridge where they watch as the Orcs mutilate and string up the Tinterland dead on pikes while the horrified defenders are forced to watch, and a tear falls from Margot as she watches as they put her fallen brother Robert up on Pike, and she realizes that she is now Dutchess of Tinterland.
Following the Sack of Tinterdale it was Margot Robbet that became the Lady of House Robbet and took command of the forces of the Dutchy of Tinterdale but horrified by the betrayal of House Girault it was Margot that made the decision to isolate themselves and protect themselves as opposed to her brothers ideas which had led them to try and take control of the whole land. Changing strategies from her brother she would isolate the people more into the forests, and made little attempts at attacking the Orcs outside of the forest, and this led to many years of peace for their community.
Main Article : Grand State of Tristfall
| The West |
Our future was not simply in Westros. The west needed to be both protected and grown.
The wedding of Hanna Arryn and Harrold Krinner had sparked the beginning of the idea for the conquest of Tristfall to become more then just an idea and with this plan now growing it would be three main elements moving forward in the form of the gathering of more forces for the armies. Sansa Starke and Harrold Hardyng would join William in the trip back to Lucerne where they were to meet with many of the Lucernian state noblemen in order to help gain more people for the colonization. Arriving there Sansa would become a growing influence as her kindness and gentle personality were something many of the nobles gravited towards, and her former family in House Starke supported her heavily. After spending many weeks in Lucerne she and Harrold would travel southward to Forks and rally many of the Lords of that state to their cause, but found less support among that state, although House Swan would send several smaller knightly houses to join with the colonization. Travelling finally southward to Highgarden they would find more support among House Tyrell of whom would send Lyonel Flowers of whom would be forming another cadet branch of House Tyrell in return for her being legitimized by House Arryn, and Lyonel Flowers would bring several hedge knight houses and nearly a thousand troops as well. Following this they would leave for Berne where the colonization efforts would begin. In Tristfall itself during this time Margot Robbet had found herself fighting against an Orcish agression for the first time in many years, and this led to her sending scouts out of the forest for the first time in that same period, and it was at this point that she met with some of the more eastern surviving members of the humans of Tristfall, and they would tell her that the Kingdom of Lucerne was massing for an attack all across Tristfall, and the Elves of Quel'Thalas were looking as if they might join with them. Realizing that this was her chance to make her people stronger she would prepare her Knights of the Quill for battle, and leave her younger sister in command of Robbet Forest, and she prepared to leave for Berne with her forces.
Back in Berne Sansa Starke would join alongside her new husband as he was tasked by House Arryn to colonize and expand into the region west of Berne. Using the influence and power given to him by William Lovie III. they begin forming the army for colonization as the reinforcements from all across Lucerne travelled to the lands of Berne. One of the first tasks that the human forces of Lucerne would have was to make contact with the broken human elements that still remained in the lands of Tristfall of which there were many thousands surrounded by ten times that amount of Orcs. Living in the forests and along rivers these human remnents would be contacted and prepared for the coming crusade against the unaware Orcs. One of the first of these groups was the Knights of the Quill led by Margot Robbet of whom swore themselves to House Hardyng and joined with the growing army of Berne. Sansa Starke would join her husband and Paul Arryn as they met with the Sindar Elves of Quel'Thalas, of whom were going to align with them in order to clean the land of the Orcs.
The Elves of Quel'Thalas
The Elves had been following the situation in Tristfall very closely since the end of the Battle of Berne, and with the tensions very low with Lothlorian at the moment they would meet in oder to decide as a people if they wanted to completely throw their lot in with the Kingdom of Lucerne. Franklin Brent would first notice them when several of his scouts reported signs of Elven ambushes against Orcs near the forest, and he relayed this information to the overall commander in Gunthor Mountain of whom would relay a message to the Quel'Thalasian Elves that they were open to meeting. The leading members of the Senate of Quel'Thalas would request a meeting with King William Lovie III. of which - since William was at this point very far away - they would have via a Magi stone. William Lovie would be able to assist Alleria Windrunner in convinsing Marinda Oakwhisper that the Lucernians meant them only friendship when he revealed how in his dealings with both the High Elves, and the Lothlorian Elves he had made it clear that the Quel'Thalasian Elves were his friend and would not be harmed, and this was the reason that tensions had disapeared with Lothlorian. Seeing truth in his eyes Marinda Oakwhisper would become a direhard loyalist of the Lucernian alliance, and personally commanded some two hundred of her priestesses to the campaign in Tristfall.
Under the command of Thranduil some three hundred Sindar Elves, and another two hundred Priestesses of Elune personally led by Marinda Oakwhisper entered Berne where the talks begin about the terms of the coming crusade. Gunthor Mountain was grateful for their help, and the Elves were heavily placed in a position to assist them all along the forest of Quel'Thalas but especially in the northwest of Tristfall where the Elves would lead the one thousand strong force of Forks led by Ser Donnel Swann of whom would assist them in the northwest while the main force moved in that same direction but from Berne. The Elves would mass in large numbers northward from their forests and would ambush and kill as many Orcs as they possibly could. Special notice was made to make sure the Elves would be able to assist the small villages of humans in the area as every human they saved was one person to add to the army and to add to the possiblity of the future of the land. The Elves described a series of large bridges that allowed crossing over the cliff coasts of the River Berne, and said that in order to hold off the Orcs long term these bridges would need to be destroyed. Thranduil and the Elven forces would at this point recieve reniforcements from there own side in the form of Legolas, and Tauriel of whom both would lead another five hundred Quel'Thalasian Elves into the crusade for Tristfall. By this point they were in full scale fighting with the Bleeding Hollow Clan, but were killing them in their hundreds due to poor leadership on their side, and they had gained nearly a full thousand more troops through the rescueing of stranded humans in the northwest.
Cleaning of Tristfall
When the Elves left Harrold Hardyng massed the vast army of Lucerne and begin preparing for the army and people joining them for the western journey. The area was somewhat deserted but using griphons to map the area for Orcish settlements they were able to ambush and massacre the Orcish encampents during the night with the assistence of the Sindar Elves of nearbye Quel`Thalas. These attackers were devestating to the Orcish population, and over the course of two months nearly half the Orcs of Trisfall were butchered in this way, while many thousands of others retreated westward away from the demons that killed them in the night. While this happened the mass flying might of Lucerne would provide support to the surviving humans of Tristfall of whom were armed and fed, and with these supplies they begin preparing themselves to do any kind of damage they could to the Orcs of Tristfall. By this point the Orcs were being pushed back all across the front, and the Blackrock Orcs begin to hear reports from their loyalists in the area about this, and back in Blackrock Mountain a large Orc force was massed in order to attack whatever force the humans were mustering. Led by Blackhand's twin sons this force would make its way southward, but along the way the Frostfang Orcs were reported to be attacking Bleeding Hollow Orcs and thus the twins would change their father's orders and instead moved towards attacking the hated Frostfang Orcs. The Orcs in Trisftall though still had sizeable numbers and the bridges still were in place so they were of great danger to the colonization of Tristfall due to the enormous numbers of Orcs surrounding Tristfall. The Order of the Blue Dragon would become heavily involved during this stage when Khadgar led a large contingent of the Order into the main camp of the army in order to assist. Flying many behind the main lines they would land a contingent of forces near many of the bridges of which the Order of the Blue Dragon would plan the operation to destroy the bridge and thus cutting off the Orcs from being able to swarm into the area. With the destruction of that last bridge the routes into Tristfall were all but cut outside of the pathway that would be fortified and a castle built onto it.
Khadgar would split his force into dozens of piece with two main fronts being the northern river, and the western river. Leaving the northern river in charge of Irelia Hardyng the sister of Harrold he would take the majority of the Elven forces and prepare to destroy the western bridges, while Irelia was given most of the Swann forces in order to assist her. Across the operation it went mainly according to plan but along the northern river the Orcs had built a town of sorts around one of the bridges, and it was here where Irelia massed most of her forces including herself, and four other Blue Dragons in the form of Brann Roil, Traevin Rivers, Orden Snow, and Larra Marbrand of whom would summon spells for hours before the attack preparing to basically light the side of the town that was on the Tristfall side of the river on fire, and then during the confusion kill those who retreated southward, and at the same time Brann Roil would destroy Larra Marbrand would summon explosives onto the bridge and destroy it. The plan worked extremly well when the town nearly exploded after the fire of the spells struck several explosve piles the Orcs had placed around the town, and as the fire spread it engulphed the bridge and the town killing most of the town and destroying the bridge as well. The hundreds of Orcs that retreated from the inferno found themselves caught in a crossfire as Donnel Swann's forces would massacre them.
As the main army of Lucerne moved westward they worked alongside the Sindar Elves of Quel'Thalas to massacre the Orcs, but the further westward they got they begin to encounter news from the Sindar Elves and the Griffins that boded ill. The Orcs begin massing near the front lines in a huge force of tens of thousands. This large force was targeted from the sides by the Elves of Quel'Thalas of whom picked them off in ambushes, while they moved towards the main force. Gunthor Mountain would move the main Lucerne army towards this force, and met Franklin Brent's force, and Maron Scorpian's recently arrived force near a large lake. The Elves continued to harrass them, and battle was prepared when the suprise arrival of Tytos Blackwood and some eight hundred men with him caused them to wait several more days before fighting the Orcs. When Tytos arrived at the front he told them that he had been sent by his father in order to form his own wing of House Blackwood in the new land and would assist however he could, and his eight hundred men joined Maron Scorpian north of the lake where they would come down against the Orcs once battle was met.
See Also : Greengarden
With the main army still moving westward Harrold Hardyng would in his own mind find a perfect spot by the edge of the lake where they had won their great victory, and Harrold would call in the Order of the Grey Dragon, in order to found the capital of this new land. The Order of the Grey Dragon had been commanded to send a large force to Berne in preperation for both the founding of castles in the area, but also the founding of population centers, and this effort was led by Henry Feleden of whom would following this request move towards the area with some two hundred armed men gaurding him and his nearly one thousand construction workers of whom had been raised from the Order. Founding the town of Greengarden it would be the very important Sansa Starke wife of Harrold Hardyng that would arrive there and she would become the High Lady of the new castle and town, thus rising her to a level she thought wouldn`t have been possible with House Hardyng. The walls, and houses were all that was completed before Henry was forced to move northward hearing word that the opening of Brionne had become a battleground and they would need him there once they took the position. The construction of Greengarden would continue under the command of Orellian of whom was the Maester of House Hardyng and he went about quickening the pace alongside Sansa Starke while Harrold led some three hundred of his personal forces to assist in the northern fight.
The rustic lifestyle of Greengarden would take its tole on her as they were forced to deal with the constant threat of the Orcs that were still present in the area, and there were also significant numbers of Trollocs in the area, but despite all of this they were able to push forward with the construction, and Sansa would discover several days after Harrold had left for the north that she was pregnant with their first child of whom must have been consieved during their wedding night as Orellian discovered she was quite far along. Around the same time as this the forces of House Scorpian would encounter several ruined mines, and deciding this would be a good spot for themselves they withheld knowing about the mines, and begin founding their own town in the form of Skarp of which they brought in many of their peasents from their lands in Lucerne.
With the destruction of the bridges, and the lack of reinforcements from Blackrock the situation had deteriorated completely for the Orcs, and the Bleeding Hollow Clan would gather their remaining forces with the remaining Laughing Skull Clan and made there way towards the land opening of which was the site of the ruins of the town of Brionne. The Elves would see this retreat, and were able to make their way there quickly as well massacring scattered Orc forces as they moved about trying to reach this spot, and once the Elves reached the area they constantly bombarded the Orcish position forcing them to not move within the fortifications the ruins of Brionne provided. Khadgar and the Blue Dragons would move behind their ranks, and create illusions, and elementals which forced the Orcs to further remain in the same spot and by the time the Orcs had rallied enough at Brionne to become a problem the main Lucerne army had arrived to meet with the Elves and the Orcs were now losing incredible numbers to the entrenched forces of the Lucerne army and their allies outside Brionne. Realizing the numbers were going to switch away from them the Orcs would become enraged to the point that they begin splintering but a large force of several thousands charged southward towards the entrentched main Lucerne army. A fierce battle broke out and the Orcs begin to split through the Lucerne lines causing some to retreat, but Donnel Swann would charge into the breach with his Swann Knights and engaged the largest Orc he could find, and after a long battle he killed the Orc causing the rest to pull back where they were shot to pieces by the overwhelming numbers around them.
With the Orcs of Tristfall collapsed, and what few remained in the land itself now heavily outnumbered the Order of the Grey Dragon was brought in nearly their entire number in Tristfall to the ruins of Brionne where they would begin construction of the fortress of New Brionne. Built between the flowing two rivers this would be the site of the major fortress that would defend the region from any attack from the northern lands. House Dumner one of the vassals of House Hardyng was given control of the province of Brionne and the fortress itself, and it would be under their care alongside a large Order of the Red Dragon contingent that the fortress would be maintained. The province of Scolpian was created west of Brionne under the command of House Scorpian of Tristfall, and they would control a large number of mines in their lands making this a powerful position. The Tinterlands were created north of Greengarden, and west of Scolpian and since they contained the forces of the Robbet forest they were given to the newly recreated House Robbet of whom was led by Margot Robbet and well known for the Knights of the Quill. A meeting was decided to be held later to decide on the rest of the southern provinces of the new Grand State of Tristfall of which they knew that they would not control as House Arryn was the Arch Lord of the Grand State, while House Hardyng controlled the State of Tristfall.