Elliot Bardwyn is the son of Horas, and Loran Bardwyn making him a member of House Bardwyn.
Elliot Bardwyn would join the Bardwyn forces which were marshaled to join the forces of William Lovie III. when he launched the Journey and during the conflicts of the Journey he would take part in the fighting at Minus Ithil and following the battle he remained behind in Gondor where he was tasked with assisting Nicoli Machiavelli in getting an embassy set up in the Gondorian capital. Elliot Bardwyn would be sent by the Order of the Green Dragon to the Island of Radin where he would take part in the negotiations that led to the Treaty of Radin, and then following the treaty he remained behind in Radin where he would be commanded to set up an embassy in the Kingdom of Arran.
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| Third Battle of Minus Tirith |
Tomorrow is the moment we stand as free men of Europe and say in one loud voice the truth that we have always known. We will scream out our truth, and when were done the Dark Lord himself will know that the men of Europe will not stand for evil anymore. Tomorrow we strike. Tomorrow he will know pain.
The Third Battle of Minus Ithil
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With Aragorn`s success in gathering the forces of the Sindar Elves of High Forest he would send word to William Lovie III. of whom had succeed in gaining his father`s permission to lead the forces of Lucerne into Gondor and drive away the Mordor Orcs so that they could then relieve Tree Hill. In terms of the Sindar Elves of High Forest they would travel by boat from High Forest to Osgiliath where they would land north of the port city and meet with the overall forces in the area just north of the Battle site itself. The Orcs for there part had recently sent a smaller force through through the Morgul Pass of which had been moving southward towards the fortress of Narvine of which they would as usual most likely raid the already barren farmland north of Narvine and then retreat when they were opposed. William Lovie III. would lead the Lucernian army alongside his main commanders in Lucerne in the form of Charlie Swan, Renault Scarlet, Jack Shepard alongside many others of whom the main ones they would be meeting east of Stormwind in the Rhunian province.
Eddard Starke led the eastern forces alongside the Lannisters of whom were behind the attack surprisingly even before the acceptance of Bill Lovie and these two massive forces would send most of their forces to Lamedon but the leadership remained at Stormwind where it would meet the main army as it came through. The western forces of Lucerne led by the Greymane would lead their forces as well eastward with their army being the furthest behind but using ships from Highgarden, and Fogtown the armies were moved eastward towards Lamedon. The Gondor forces would begin to marshal under the command of Aragorn Elessar III. and while the vast majority traveled to Osgiliath to prepare a smaller force traveled to Lamedon where they would meet William Lovie III. once his army had gathered and was preparing to cross into Gondor.
Aragorn Elessar II. would watch with silent fright as the nearly sixty thousand Lucernian troops would mass themselves on the west side of Lamdeon, and it was only upon the arrival of the flags of House Lovie signalling the arrival of William Lovie III. that Aragorn crossed the bridges of Lamedon and met with the Lucernian leadership. William Lovie III. would be awaiting him alongside nearly his entire leadership of whom had arrayed themselves as much as possible inside a massive tent that had been brought for this very occasion, but knowing the importance of this conversation noone outside of William was to speak and it was in this way that Aragorn entered the tent of the Lucernian King and the two would speak one last time before going to war.
After speaking together it was Aragorn that would lead the Lucernian army across the bridges of Lamedon and the Lucernian marched eastward towards Osgiliath and the eventual battle that everyone had been waiting for. The now combining forces of Gondor, and Lucerne would meet at Osgiliath with their two forces gaining immense numbers after aligning together, and this led to a serious escalation in belief on specifically the side of the Gondorians of whom had been spending years watching the Orcs overwhelm them. With both forces combining plus the eventual assistance of the Sindar Elves they had almost ninety thousand human troops and nearly ten thousand Elven troops of which would be opposed on the other side by the main orcish army of more then one hundred thousand.
The two armies crossed the river and made their way to the hills west of the location of the Orcish Army, and from there pieces of the army begin to separate and move to their positions with heavy cavalry moving into the south, and north while the forces of Cair Andros, and Dal Imnil met them south east of Pelagir in the forests that the Sindar Elves had hidden themselves in adding another five thousand troops to the alliance. With one night before the assault the Shadow Council would meet and spent time together, and throughout the night they were joined by other young nobles that William had befriended, and this was the way they spent the day before the assault. During the night the armies would move into a closer position to the Orcs with the Gondor Army arraying itself directly before the Mordor Orcs in an attempt to get their full attention while the Lucernians and Sindar Elves would hide themselves as close as possible and once battle was met they would charge. At this point the besieged forces of Gondor inside Minas Ithil still had no idea that relief was coming and it had been decided that they would not make any attempts to alert the defenders as it was possible the Orcs might intercept the attempt and then everything would change dramatically for the plans of the attack. By this point the Magi Commander of the Lucernian forces in the form of Edward Cullen would group together with the Gondorian Istari and would discover to their great happiness that Ren the Unclean the Nazgul commander of the Orcish armies was not present on the battlefield. Despite the the fact that Ren the Unclean was not present the Kingdom of Orthanac was present with a force some five thousand troops and led by the Magi Sa-Uluos Thelvhian of whom also had some five other Magi with him and thus realizing they would be facing a significant Magi threat Edward Cullen would gather the Magi in the Lucernian army and alongside the Gondorian Istari would prepare a plan to attack the Orthanac forces and crush the Orthanac Magi swiftly.With the forces in place the armies of Gondor, Lucerne, and High Forest moved into their positions in their corresponding areas, and prepared for light to signal what they hoped was a blind charge by the forces of Mordor into the Gondor army. The day would break and at this point as the Gondorians had moved into the open of the field west of the Orcs they were noticed quickly, and it didn`t take more then a few minutes before the Orcs did exactly what was believed they would do. The Orc commander Urgreek Madd ordered his forces to charge the Gondor soldiers and in this way the entire Mordor army except the few thousand archers that moved in behind the charging Orcs. The Orcs that were sieging the city itself would remain mostly still there but there was a sizable amount that broke from the siege upon seeing the larger army fighting and were now moving away from their position outside Minus Ithil, and towards the Gondorians, which meant the plan was going perfectly. The Gondor archers opened up on the orcs but the numbers were immense, and the Orcs kept coming and coming. When the orcs finally reached the lines, the Gondor soldiers used delaying tactics and simply held the Orcs in place. Aragorn and his leadership would fight like men possessed in the center and Aragorn himself during the early moments of the Battle would kill two of Urgreek`s sons of whom had both wanted to sway their father by killing the King of Gondor but found him out of their league. Also during the initial assault Ildarion would be struck by an arrow, and despite this fact he would remain in the battle and for the rest of the battle had an arrow sticking out of his right shoulder. While the moment the Orcs had moved against Gondor the Lucernians, and Sindar armies had begun slowly moving it was the moment the orcs engaged with the army of Gondor the Lucernians and Sindar launched their full out attacks.
With the Orcs embroiled in combat with the Gondorians they were completely focused in front of them and missed the Lucerne army, and they definitely missed the High Forest trees as they charged out as well. The first signs the Orcs had that things were changing was when the cries of battle appeared behind their lines, and the Lucernian cavalry along with the Ents of High Forest slammed into their rear, while accurate archery fell into the core of the Orcs. During this initial assault Jamie Lannister and the Lannister cavalry would overrun the center of the Pitghost Tribe and during this overrunning of the Pitghost Tribe their overlord Ghorgauth, and all his warchiefs would be killed leading to a complete route of the Pitghost tribe who fled eastward. Moving past the Pitghost tribe the camped army was cut down in their hundreds during the initial assault the forces of Gondor as well would switch themselves and become more aggressive as they realized the trap was on thus the Orcs felt pressure from all sides which only increased the desperation of the Battle. William Lovie III. alongside his Shadow Council and many other noble young men were in the thick of the main cavalry charge and William himself got into a fight with a large Troll of whom had killed several others around him including Lord Osgood Elbertson, and Davin Percy II. and fighting against the Troll he was pushed back and nearly killed by the Troll before his personal guards would mass around him and murder the giant Troll.As the Orcs realized they had become caught in a trap Ugreek Madd would meet with overlord Ugled of whom with his warchief Ghaddish rallied their elite troops and followed Ugreek Madd as he looked along the battle line for the commander of the opposing force hoping to end his enemy and route the army in one fell swoop. Ugreek would become distacted by the arrival of several Sindari Elven wareagles and thus Ugled led his Nightshred elite guard alone towards the Sindari lines abandoning Ugreek. Fighting his way through the Sindari lines Ugled would come to face to face with Taflarion Stormrage of whom accompanied by the Treekin Ashthorn would resist this charge and after a brief duel between the group Ashthorn would crush Ugled and with Ugled dead Ghaddish would retreat from the field of battle alongside the remainder of his forces. Located near the front lines Ugreek would see Aragorn Elessar the king of Gondor slashing and killing all along the line, and would smile before making his way towards the King. Ugreek had been alive for many many years and as an Orc this meant that he had grown to impressive size and his power was something beyond which most had ever faced. The two would come face to face, and despite Aragorn's superior skill he was pushed back and fell to the ground seemingly defeated. As the men around him watched their King seemingly defeated the entire battle line just stopped, as the men and Orcs watched the titanic fight between these two amazing fighters.
But as Ugreek reached him and raised his mace, Aragorn suddenly lunged up and stabbed the Orc through the chest before swiping across and nearly cleaving him in two. Ugreek coughed out blood before falling backwards dead. Aragorn looked around at his men who seemed to be still shaken, and without another second thought he screamed out a battle cry and flew back into the Orc lines followed by the rest of his force behind him. The Orcs for their part were now broken as a force, and all along the line begin to realize they were defeated. A renewed cavalry charge led by Jamie Lannister alongside the Reynes would finally smash the only surviving leader in the fourth and only surviving child of Ugreek leaving the army completely leaderless.
With the Orcs realizing they were surrounded and Aragorn having killed the Orcs leader the nature of Orcs led them to a full scale retreat. The defeat was hopeless as they were utterly surrounded, and as they ran they were cut down in their thousands by the vengeful attackers, and those that managed to break the line were taken down by the accurate fire of the Sindar Elven archers. The few hundreds of Orcs that managed to escape the main battle found themselves cut down by the Lucernian and Gondorian cavalry of whom had attacked the besieging Orcish army and had been preparing to assault the remaining Orcs.
Nearly fifty thousand Orcs were destroyed in the battle with the loss of just under fifteen hundred in the Gondor Army, and less then five hundred in the Lucernian Army meaning the battle was far more then just a victory. The Battle cemented the alliance between the three nations and in this way led to the continuation of the Journey which would not lead the alliance towards the Lucernian city of Tree Hill where they would lead their army in the liberating battle of the Second Battle of Tree Hill.
Commemorating the Losses
Embassy in Gondor
Nicoli Machiavelli would be sent alongside the army of William Lovie III. during the events of the Journey by James Lovie II. of whom wanted Nicoli to make sure that his son was not tricked by anyone and as Nicoli's involvement was a contingency of William being allowed to leave Nicoli was given a long leash during the events of the Journey including following the events at Minus Ithil he was tasked by William to organize the construction of an embassy in the Gondorian capital and then to meet him at Tree Hill.
The Invasion of Radin
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| The Invasion of Radin|
This was a mistake from the first moment we set foot on this island.
Port of Stormwind it was the decision of the Freys that neutral parties needed to be removed near them or else the Lucernians were going to take them over and give them more of a power base near them. The largest of the neutrals near the Empire of Frey was the Kingdom of Aran that was based north of them on the island of Radin. Jared Frey would lead a group to Radin where he attempted to create a union between Aran, and Frey and he was met with great kindness by the members of House Osnard of whom wanted peace with the Freys. As the meetings though continued Jared's drunkenness came through and he was increasingly rude towards the leadership of House Osnard, and this created arguments during the meetings which drastically undermined the conversation. Olyvar Frey would go out into the gardens of the Twinvale palace disgusted over what Jared was doing, and while in the gardens he would be met by Meera Osnard of whom he would talk to for some time before Athos Osnard came into the gardens telling her they had ended the meeting as Jared had passed out from drunkenness and while Olyvar would apologize and Athos would accept this and say goodnight taking Meera with him. Tytos Frey and several others had left looking for the room of Meera and had very dark plans. Olyvar would secretly go to Athos Osnard of whom was at his post at the gatehouse and warned him of what was happening and it was while warning him that screams rang out and running together the two would make there way to Meera's room where they found her naked on the floor of her room bruised and bloody, and before they could do anything Olyvar watched as Athos was knocked and and then turning to the attacker he found Tytos of whom wouldn't say a word instead just struck Olyvar in the head knocking him out as well. The Freys would be forced to flee and during this flight several guardsmen and civilians in Twinvale were killed, but as the Frey's were looking for this anyway this was exactly the outcome that they wanted, and fled on their boats back to the Trident. In the morning discovering the true extent of the damage the Osnard's would demand retribution for this act, but instead they were sent insults and also forced to deal with the fact that they discovered that the Freys had taken several prisoners with them during the fighting of their escape and Jared had instead of bartering for their lives instead had them executed and there heads sent back to Twinvale.
When William Lovie III. became the king of Lucerne and following the diplomatic fallout of the meeting in the |
Following the rape of Meera Osnard, and the retreat of the Freys from the island the Freys would nearly immediatly begin massing forces to invade the Island of Radin where they would take by force the Kingdom of Aran. Jared Frey demanded the command, and would be given it as Walder Frey barely thought anything of Aran and was far more focused on the Lucernians travelling into the Divine Lands where he would send several of his more capable children and relatives. At the same time as Jared was planning the invasion of the mainland of the Kingdom of Aran it would Walder Frey that also would command the invasion of the Dutchy of Grey Brann within Aran, and in this regard he would send Jared Frey would amass an army of some seven thousand men, and was carried by the Frey Fleet to Radin where the Aran fleet would not engage them due to the vastly superior numbers, and quality of the Frey fleet in comparison to their own. The one exception to this was a brief naval battle between three ships commanded by Rovin Tikkanen on the side of the Kingdom of Aran, and six ships commanded between Patrek Frey, and Halden Anister but shortly into the battle Halden Anister would cause the sinking of one of the Frey ships and then fired on the two remaining frey ships. This entire action was watched by Rovin Tikkanen and his son Risto with great excitement and following Halden Anister sinking the last of the Frey ships they would approach Rovin Tikkanen's boat and he told Rovin that some of the Frey's coming ashore mainly those close to Olyvar Frey were not bad people. Following this Rovin would return to the port of Gwendale where he would send a raven to Twinvale telling them of the Frey infighting. Landing on the island Jared spit their force into two with two thousand men going west and landing further down under the command of Olyvar Frey while the five thousand remaining would travel directly for the main city of Aran in the form of Twinvale where they would lay siege to the city.
Olyvar Frey would capture a castle that stood separating the western half of the island from the eastern half and he garrisoned it with some eight hundred men, and then left it under the command of the capable John Urdentrot while he took the remaining 1200 men and made his way towards Twinvale. In the east Jared Frey led his five thousand men westward in a direct line against the city of Twinvale, but as he moved he would lose some 1500 men after he would insult the Lady of House Acorn and then executed Travis Acorn of which led to the House Acorn forces pulling back only a few days into the attack. Moving on despite this they would be stopped when they met the forces of the Kingdom of Arran of whom arrayed against them with some four thousand men, thus slightly outnumbering the now depleted Frey army. Jared was advised by his council to pull back and call for more men from the boats as the Freys could call on thousands more easily, but instead Jared refused this and called for battle to be made immediately. The battle would be a complete route as Jared Frey launched the attack, and the forces of House Frey were gaining victory after a brilliant victory on the left flank by Olyn of the Trident, but Jared would launch himself into battle attempting to gain the honor of winning the battle, and was struck down by an arrow to the head and died on the spot. His son Tytos Frey attempted to rally the troops but, his death would signal a full scale retreat as the center collapsed. The Frey army under Olyn of the Trident would retreat in as good an order as could be expected but still only half the original army was able to make it back to the boats.By this point Olyvar Frey had laid siege to Twinvale, and he surrounded the city as best his army was capable but he was forced to constantly deal with a small force of three hundred men led by Athos Osnard, and Eddard Meedgard of whom were doing hit and run attacks on his forces. Continuing the siege while he waited for reinforcements he would be surprised when he gained some six hundred additional men when House Yille led by Hanzal Yille would arrive at his camp. Hanzal and his sister Samantha Yille would tell Olyvar about how poorly they had been treated by House Osnard and why they knew this was the perfect moment to switch sides and while Olyvar felt they were up to something he had no choice and thus House Yille would join the Frey side and reinforce the siege at the southern part of the city. Days passed, and despite attempts to communicate with Twinvale his calls for meetings met with nothing, and his scouts reported to him that a large force was heading towards them from the south. Olyvar attempted to get House Yille to join with them for the battle, but learned that House Yille was only making sure Olyvar didn't retreat before the main army of Arran arrived. Olyvar would be seen as an honorable man by the Yille commander Hanzal Yille and thus when the main army of Arran arrived they offered him surrender unlike the other Frey's who they had butchered without quarter, and he was given two days to think about the offer. Osric Osnard, and Meera Osnard the raped member of their family to speak to him, and she would talk to him with complete honesty. Telling him that the castle was already under siege and was nearing surrender, he knew his other option then was to simply fight and die here. Voicing this option Meera would convince him otherwise, and he would surrender to the forces of House Osnard thus ending the Invasion of Radin in utter defeat to the Frey's.
Treaty of Radin
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