|Appears In||End of Darkness|
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|Allegiance|| Family Loyalties
|Siblings|| Full Siblings
Jacob Swan is the son of Charles, and Renee Swan making him a member of House Swan through his father, and a member of House Yernese through his mother. Jacob Swan is also the brother of Isabella Swan, which since she married the king of Lucerne in William Lovie he is now a member of the royal family House Lovie. Jacob Swan has become involved with the second daughter of a high ranking noble of Erengrad in the form of Kira Tornov of House Tornov, and she has followed alongside him in his quest to save the land of Kizlev, and .
Following his being sold into slavery and then refusal to return home he was named by William Lovie III. Lord of House Swan of Kizlev and as this deal was worked out with the leadership of Kizlev in return for supplies he is no longer a slave but a noble of Kizlev. This agreement became null though when Jacob Swan accepted the offer from the Queen to become the heir of House Belesku as he knew that his basically adopted father had nothing else but him.
The first and eventually only son of Charles and Renee Swan, he was born only a short time before he was joined by his sister Bella Swan and during their youth the two were very close. At the age of seven he travelled to Lole where he squired alongside the family for several years becoming close to Hedrik Clegane III. of whom was the same age as his younger sister. At twelve he returned to Forks where he would squire under his own father, and this was the time of his life as together he learned how to eventually rule over the largest city in the Kingdom of Lucerne in terms of population. At the age of thirteen he took part in the Tournament of Roses at Forks where he entered the youth joust and would take home victory during the joust and as his reward he asked to be knighted and he was knighted by his own father. At sixteen it was Jacob Swan that would become betrothed to the twelve year old Floria Tanica the younger sister of one of his best friends Tiberius Tanica and following this betrothal he came to stay with House Tanica acting as a sworn sword for Lord Decius Tanica while he got to know his future wife better. All of his life though took a complete destructive turn whene the city of Forks and Tree Hill came under massive assault from a large force of Orcs, and he led a section of the defences of Forks which destroyed the force attacking Forks. Following this he went against his fathers command and joined Earl Scott and a sizeable force moving towards Tree HIll, but they were ambushed and the army wiped out with many seeing this from behind and he was believed dead. He was in fact now actually killed, but captured by orcs and sold into slavery in a massive train of Orcs which travelled west days after the Fall of Tree HIll. Coming to arriving in France he and the rest of the survivors found their way into what they discovered was a massive slave city in the ruins of Paris, and he would put to work as a slave of the city working the mines west of the city alongside the other Lucernians captured that survived the trip to Paris. Jacob Swan would spend the next nearly two years a slave in Paris but came to find new purpose through the discovery of Lesiana Frolois of whom he fell in love with as a young sister and this would change his excistence when she was purchased by Jutes and sent east to Kizlev. Unable to exist in a world without her he would conspire to have himself and his friends purchased by the same group but this failed for his friends leaving them behind but he was purchased by these Jutes where he would eventually find his way into the far east with the Human nation of Kizlev, and once there he realized how different the world in the north truly was. Upon arriving in Kizlev his natural abilities were quickly noticed and he has rose very quickly in the Kizlev military, and on top of this his influence increased dramatically as he became involved in a serious emotional relationship with Kira Tornov of whom was the daughter of the powerful Igor Tornov. His love for Kira Tornov, discovery of the deep threats of Chaos, and belief he would never make it home led him to not attempt to return to Lucerne despite the strong desire to go home. During this time he begin sending letters home where the world discoered his survival because of this and despite pleading with him to return none of the letters could convinse him to abadon what he came to believe was the true battle. His frist great conflict was when he repelled one of the vangaurd forces of Morgagian the Dark and his army of Rus that were attempting to rampage throughout Western Kislev.
Jacob Swan is the main POV character for the story called Homeland of which chronicles firstly his defeat during the Battle of Tree Hill, and then his eventual selling to Kizlev where he becomes a powerful military leader and fighting in the next Black Crusade. During the story he becomes a moral center in a land that is torn to shreds by the things being done to it from basically all angles, and he manages to find love as well while he is there.
Main Article : Timeline of Jacob Swan
- "I can hardly remember my home in Forks but what I remember of it is all positive. I know that I was loved, and I know that the world was a happy one that I excisted in. I miss many things in this world, and my family in Forks will forever be top of that list."
- -Jacob Swan
Jacob Swan was born the oldest child of Renee, and Charlie Swan making him the future heir to House Swan. As Jacob grew up he became incredibly close with both his sister, and his father of whome he was devoted to without question. Jacob's relationship with his mother was always a frosty one as Renee had come to be jelous of Jacob and the affection that he recieved from Charlie, where as Renee was often ignored. This didn't change the fact that he was very close with his family, and he took on a very important role for Bella his sister. Bella was a shy girl and as she was only eight but was becoming more and more reliant upon her older brother to make up for the fact that she had no friends.
- "I won seemingly everything I ever tried to do, and it was in those moments that I wanted to become obsessed with myself in a way. Each time I wanted to be vain, my father would walk up to me and take me for a walk into the vastness of the poor parts of Forks, and that made me perfectly aware of what I was fighting for."
- -Jacob Swan
At the age of thirteen he took part in the Tournament of Roses at Forks where he entered the youth joust and would take home victory during the joust and as his reward he asked to be knighted and he was knighted by his own father.
Fall of Tree Hill
Main Article : First Battle of Tree Hill
| Fall of Tree Hill |
We were trained to fight. We built walls, and we made plans for our defences. All of this training and planning was for naught when we were ambushed by an enemy that knew everything we were.
Getting the element of surprise wasn't the last move that Bill Lovie would do in order to make sure his plan of destroying Tree Hill would succeed though as on top of destroying the Eyes, and luring the Orcs he also lured away most of the Tree Hill army in the moment they were most necessary. In order to do this Bill created a Kings letter in which he ordered Earl Scott to accompany the Tree Hill trade mission to Forks with as many troops as he could possibly spare as Bill believed that an insidious force was preparing to destroy Forks from within. While Earl Scott didn't believe or even understand where this came from he was honor bound to follow the words of his king so he took nearly fifty percent of the Tree Hill army and accompanied the Tree Hill trade mission on its mission to Forks.
With the command of the city falling out of the hands of Earl Scott the vacuum of power fell to the hands of Sayden Nighting of whom was told by Bill Lovie that the Orcs were incoming and was promised the Lordship of Tree Hill for his assistance in destroying Tree Hill. As fate would have it, not only was most of the Tree Hill army not at their post because of the trade meeting in Forks. But the leader of the Army, and Lord of Tree Hill Earl Scott was also not in Tree Hill when the attack was underway. This meant that the city which would have already been in serious trouble due to the surprise attack which was incoming were nearly completely at the mercy of the orcs without the majority of their army in the actual city. While significant number of nobles were in the town as Bill had not made the trip something anyone outside of Earl Scott was even allowed to go the devastation was surely planned to be incredible in the early moments.House Baker had through the Magi power and general lack of morality of Hanne Baker joined the Circle of Magi leaving them very much aware of the coming Orcish assault on the city of Tree Hill. Hanne Baker would return from her time in the west where she had been assisting Bill Lovie with his Orcish menipulation and fresh from her time there she would summon her entire family including her husband Haden Baker, son Julian Baker, and two daughters Lindsay Baker, and Margerette Baker and proceeded to tell them about what was about to happen in Tree Hill. The family sat with the increasingly cowardly Haden Baker wanting to immediately retreat to the inner keep with the family, and despite Hanna stating that the entire city would fall to the attack it was Haden that overruled her sending Julian and their servants first to prepare their lodgings at the keep. Following the departure of Julian two things happened with the first being Margerette attempted to run away from her family confronting her sister Lindsay, while Lindsay finally realized she had the moment she had been waiting for to finally kill her mother and father. When Margerette took Lindsay into the other room while her parents loaded up the carriage outside with their two remaining servants she would tell Lindsay that she was going to reveal what was happening to Lord Typhon of whom she knew was an honorable man, and Lindsay not wanting her chance of killing her parents to be thwarted would stab her sister through the neck killing Margerette, and dragging her body into a closet. Returning to the living room she would hide her mothers wand before tricking her mother into joining her in the bedroom where she would hit her mother with a mace knocking her out. With her mother unconscious she would bring her father and the two servants in where she locked the door behind them to their confusion before she would stab the two servants before knocking out her father. With everyone either dead or unconscious she would tie her father and mother to a chair before she would walk out of the house, driving the now loaded cart to the keep to find her sister. When Hanna, and Haden woke up they attempted to get out of their bindings but Haden was too weak, and Hanna without her wand could do little, and thus they were unable to escape and were eventually killed during the sacking of Tree Hill by the Orcs.
The Orcs moved across the plains in as perfect a following of the directions they had been given by the Circle of Magi as the Orcs were probably capable of. Destroying two villages as they moved they overran the out keep that guarded the initial approach to the city. While the out keeps were meant to have been occupied by nearly fifty men each the deployment schedules had been purposely screwed up by Sayden Nighting. With the out keeps not alerting to an attack the Orcs were on the doorstep before anyone knew what had happened, and it was in that moment that the fate of the city was sealed. The Orc army was within 100 feet of the gates when the first guard saw there arrival, and scanning across the field it was a blanket of green as the Orcs were seemingly endless in number. The guard ran the alarm bell, and then the men manning the gate attempted to close it. All the Tree Hill guards that were present in the area swarmed the gate in the hopes they could hold the gate until it could be closed. Traven Goodsbrow, and the Oakheart twins Frasier, and Thomas Oakheart were in the vicinity and would also move in the direction of the fighting at the gate. Traven and the Oakheart twins would be overwhelmed alongside the rest of the guards at the gatehouse and the Orcs swelled into the city from the main gate shattering the cork that held the Orcs at bay. Once they had control of the gate the Orcs quickly destroyed any resistance that managed to form in the outer city, while they began destroying and setting buildings ablaze. The rampaging force of Orcs massacred there way through the packed market which was located near the main gatehouse, and since Tree Hill was so far inside the borders of Lucerne no one was really threatened and thus hadn't fled as the bells had tolled. The massacre continued unabated until southward of the main gatehouse the Orcs would come to the castle of the Typhon's in the form of Typhon's Keep.
Located in the northern section of Tree Hill the estate of House Typhon was a small but secure keep that had long controlled the northern section of the city. A vassal of House Scott they would be within their estate as the city burned and the northern half was completely wiped out. House Typhon would hold off till the very last minute trying to allow more people to flee inside the keep including Lord Robett Highport and three of his men at arms, and it was only when the Orcs begin to reach the gatehouse that Lord Typhon finally commanded it shut. Blocking their gates the Orcs arrived on the scene the males took to the walls and fired upon the Orcs drawing major attention to themselves and slowing the advance as the Orcs attempted to take the Keep. As the Orcs poured all along the walls Lord Typhon would attempt to get people out through the rear of the keep but they discovered that the gatehouse has been sabotaged and couldn't be opened. The front gate was finally bashed down as the defenders on the wall begin to run out of arrows, but the defenders had created enough time that they had been able to place a barricade behind this forcing most of the Orcs to use makeshift ladders, and ropes to climb onto the walls. Getting onto the walls the Orcs would take horrible casualties but there number were unending and they were able to wipe out the defenders including Lord Typhon and two of his sons, and would thus gain entrance into the courtyard within. Lord Robett Highport led a brief counter assault at the main gatehouse attempting to bar the entrance but was killed alongside his men after the walls had been completely overrun. The final son of House Typhon would defend the inner hold nearly alone trying to protect his mother, cousins, and sisters but watched as the Orcs killed the remaining gaurds and the rest of House Typhon were massacred in the inner hallway. Jaime Typhon would survive the destruction of Typhon Keep after he was covered by the body of his slain brother and knocked unconscious. Waking up hours after the massacre of his family he would attempt with failed results to find anyone else alive and realizing he was alone he would hide himself in the Typhon cellar where he would attempt to plan his escape. With the massacre the Orcs would move forward towards the Scott Keep of which was only real place that any sort of defence could be mounted.
Last stand at the Gryphon Gate
Lucas Scott was in the House Scott Keep when the first Orcs begin piling into the city itself, and when he learned of this he became overcome with fear that Haley, Brooke, or Peyton were stuck out there so he ran throughout the inner keep in an attempt to find them. As he ran out of his room he saw his father sitting at his desk not looking like he was very stressed, and he was surrounded by several men including two from House Nighting. Dan Scott was by this point making sure that all their preperations to abandon the city were in place, but had discovered that the tunnel exits that they had put in place had been sabotaged and thus there was no escape for them. Not realizing who was the cause of this they immediately assumed the cause was Bill Lovie, but in fact the tunnels had been sabatoged by Morrigan of whom hadn't be capable of allowing the tratiors to get away with what they had done. Leaving the inner keep he found Haley and Brooke early on but couldn't manage to find Peyton Sawyer inside the inner courtyard. He went to the personal Scott armory and donned his armor alongside his brother Nathan and prepared to enter the city in search of her, but as he reached the inner gatehouse he saw Peyton screaming his name. Peyton had been able to return to the keep before the massacre and now she was crying so much that Lucas had to hold her up, and he would hand her over sadly to Brooke and Haley of whom he forced to return inside the inner Hold.Massacring the population of the city the Orcs swarmed towards the next and last point of resistance in the form of the Gryphon Gate which led into the large Scott Keep. It was at this point that the first Orcs began reaching the Inner gates, and it was here that Lucas Scott would make him self famous. By this point the defenses of Gryphon Gate were being stiffened by the dozens of noble born that arrived at the gate in order to defend the last bastion in the city. By this point those who still lived outside the inner keep were flooding through Gryphon Gate, and despite being less known the defense of the outer courtyard by Loras Tyrell was also horribly tense and only Loras's command strength held the defenses from falling. Loras led a force of House Tyrell and others into the courtyard outside the eastern gatehouse and cleared the streets of Orcs and kept fighting until they were forced to retreat when Loras was struck on the head by an Orc Mace. As the hundreds of soldiers and fleeing citizens ran through the inner gate to the relative safety of the inner city, the commander in charge of the gate in the form of Devon Davion ordered that it be shut out of fear the Orcs would get in. This act would have doomed hundreds of people who were still racing trying to get inside but the risk grew increasingly real as the Orcs begin overrunning the courtyard despite the archer fire from the walls. Lucas by this point entered the fray alongside Perwyn Guntbold, and Kurt and Isidor Elric, Deert Dravion, Hank James II., and Hansal Oakheart and the group would move to Devon Davion who they pushed to keep the gate open, but he was reluctant fearing the fall of the entire remaining population if he did this. The commander held off after Lucas convinced him to hold the gate open as long as he held the bridge, but regretted his decision when his son Deert Davion prepared to follow Lucas onto the bridge.
With his plan in place he scanned around for Peyton of whom he knew deserved a goodbye with the plan he had in mind. It didn't take long for him to find her in the crowd and when he did he ran to her side leaving time for the other men of his party to also say brief goodbyes if they had ones. By this point the defenses of the eastern bridge were becoming increasingly dire until the distraught Franklin Lee II. arrived from the destroyed part of town with nearly fifty men from House Lee and managed to reinforce the bridge house long enough for them to close the bridge. As they crossed the bridge Frank Lee is said to have in his despair over the death of his wife that he had sat down and allowed himself to be killed by the Orcs.
And with that Lucas kissed her, and the kiss was so intense for her that she couldn't manage the strength to hold onto him as he pulled away and then ran to the bridge. As she attempted to chase after him, she was grabbed by Karen Scott of whom knew that her son was going to do exactly what he was going to do, and she didn't want to lose Peyton as well. Peyton tried desperately to pull away, but Karen held a death grip on her, and it took a minute before she was able to get away and when she did Lucas was already on the bridge, and the guards wouldn't allow her through. Peyton attempted to get onto the wall to see him but the guards forced her back farther into the keep where she eventually met up with Brooke, and Haley who watched with her from the Dragon Tower what they believed was going to be the death of Lucas Scott on the bridge. By this point the other houses of the south west Keep were finding themselves becoming under attack as the Orcs were spreading throughout the city, and the defenses of the southwestern keep were in disrepair and Jimmy James planned to attempt to defend them anyway but the arrival of Hank James changed the plans of Jimmy James and Anakin Oakheart. Hank James would explain to the two lords that the defenses had completely collapsed and that only the defenses of the water could save them alongside telling Anakin about the death of his twin sons and his grandson while telling Jimmy about his wife and child's death. Hank James decided to stay in the James Keep and die defending it while the remainder of the Oakheart, and James households would pull all of their men and women and forces and pull them to the western gate.
As Lucas continued to fight on the bridge, Peyton went to find Nathan and found him ordering around men, and making seemingly no effort to save his brother from the situation he was in. She grabbed Nathan by the collar and punched him in the face for the person he had become, and she kept hitting him until he pushed her off him, and ordered one of his men to escort her back to the tower, and to lock her, Haley, Brooke and his mother on the balcony. By this point Leah, and Lauren Oakheart arrived and told them that they had arrive with their family and people alongside House James and all of their people and they had just barely managed to get through the western gatehouse before the Orcs had overrun the entire route. Han, and Lucas Oakheart they would say were leading the defense of the western gatehouse alongside Jake James.
The Defence of the Bridge
Lucas and his party alongside five men at arms of various houses proceeded to hold the bridge for almost an hour under extremely difficult circumstances. At first he moved far past the bridge as he shouted for people to hurry up and get inside, but after fifteen minutes he started to see the first trickle of Orcs moving forward and it was in this moment that he held the road for a time stopping Orcs with carefully aimed bow shots. Perwyn Guntbold, and Hansal Oakheart were also firing arrows near him, while Deert, and Hank were directing people towards the bridge and making them hurry. He and the rest of the party were slowly pushed back by their numbers as he didn't want to be cornered in the street, so he pushed himself to the first tier of the bridge and thus allowed the people to continue getting inside the Keep. While they were pulling back two of the other men at arms fell to Orcs, and Deert took a horrifying blow to his arm of which when Lucas moved to him they were both very aware that the wound might be fatal, but he refused to retreat and they covered it as best they could. His desperate fight continued as the Orcs begin swarming at him in increasing numbers, and during this time he held the front of the bridge standing side by side with Perwyn Guntbold while the other men at arms, and the party joined the archer fire from the walls as they devastated the incoming Orcs. At times they would be assisted by some of the fleeing soldiers, but they basically held it alone against hundreds of marauding Orcs for nearly a half an hour. Wave after wave failed to get by him and Perwyn Guntbold, and as his success seemed more and more likely guards from the wall joined his defense of the bridge. They continued to hold until finally they were confronted by the largest Orc any of them had ever seen, alongside nearly half a dozen other massive Orcs and hundreds of others that also tried to get by.
The Orc was Lugdush and was the second highest commander behind Jurden Hardaxe himself, and was perhaps the strongest of the lot and for this reason Jurden had sent him at the vanguard and when watching Lucas murder Orc after Orc he saw his chance to rid himself of Lugdush. The Orc moved up to the lines surviving archer fire from the walls without any pause, and raised his sword before killing the man next to Lucas and sending Lucas, and Perwyn flying to the ground and knocking Perwyn unconscious against the ground. Lucas called out for the other men to retreat, but they refused to leave him and his party stood side by side with him as Lugdush attacked again. Deert would be the first to fall as Lugdush ignored a slash across his chest from Lucas and cleaved Deert Davion nearly in two, and followed by this Lucas ducked underneath another slash from Lugdush and slid behind him engaging two of the other massive Orcs. While Lucas fought them Hansal was slashed across the face by Lugdush and killed, while the three men at arms were killed by the other Orcs with Lugdush with the last Orc dying as it killed the last man at arms leaving Lucas killing the remaining Orcs while Lugdush and Hank James II. battled.
Dodging blow after blow Hank was joined by Oliver Slinde of whom would slash Lugdush badly on the leg knocking him to the ground, but when Hank went for the killing blow Lugdush would grab him and break his neck before throwing him into the moat. Lucas by this point had killed three of the large Orcs, and one of the final was able to overwhelm him and push him to the side, and as it raised its axe to kill him an arrow struck it in the head. Looking to the source of the arrow he saw his brother Nathan on the wall, and the two shared a quick look before Nathan aimed his bow and fired once again into the mass crowd behind them. As Lugdush cornered Oliver against the side of the bridge and prepared to kill him Lucas jumped on his back and was able to stab him through the less armored back part of his neck killing the massive Orc. Now exhausted from that fight and standing alone on the bridge he was finally forced to pull back when nearly 50 Orcs almost surrounded him, causing him to jump into the moat. Oliver was able to get inside the gate but those on the wall believed he had been struck down and killed. The Gryphon gate was then shut but Lucas was stuck on the outside of the wall.
Closing the front door
But Lucas was not dead. He managed to sneak his way around the city, and it was during this time that he would further his fame. He managed to sneak back to the outer city gate, by moving silently through the sewers that ran from the Scott Keep all the way to the front entrance of the market which was just a short run to the gatehouse. Finding none of the Orcs had worked on clearing the sewers he was shocked to find dozens of people hiding themselves in the sewers, and warning them they needed to quickly make their way to the keep he kept moving arriving at the market entrance, and leaving the sewer he looked out and saw the gatehouse. Flowing through the gatehouse were the Orcs, and he knew that unless he stemmed the tide the Gryphon gate would be overwhelmed with little difficulty, and thus he snuck his way along the side of the road and made his way into the tower where he killed the three Orcs guarding the main floor of the gatehouse before making his way upwards into the actual door mechanism room. Once there he wiped out the Orcs who were now holding the gate house. There were dozens of Orcs spread throughout the gatehouse tower but they were in a rampaging mood and thus he was able to ambush them room after room until he had cleared his way to the actual mechanism that would control the portcullis. Once he had control of the gate house he closed the outer gate. By shutting this gate he had managed to stem the flow of Orcs entering the city, and through this act most likely saved the inner city who was having great difficulties holding. Quickly making his way onto the ramparts he was forced to briefly fight his way along the wall before he jumped off the wall onto the roof of a house below. As he jumped off the roof he took an arrow to the shoulder, and then as he was continuing to run away he took a shot to the back which took the air out of him as it struck his lung. Making his way from roof to roof he would get himself all the way back to the keep and seeing the keep wall, he was able to fashion a rope that he used to climb back over the inner wall, where he was found by his brother Nathan passed out on the wall.
Morrigan Enters the City
As the Orcish army swarmed into Tree Hill Morrigan would make her way to a local farm where she had ordered her men for months to burrow a tunnel beneath Tree Hill that would connect directly beneath Gryphon's Gate. Moving her way through the tunnels she would eventually arrive at the entrance which was inside her home in the keep where she was living under the guise of Lady Morrigan Sylne of House Slyne. Leaving her house she heard the screams and could smell all the death around her but her soul brought her to the wall where she found a mortally wounded Lucas Scott. Lucas had two arrows in him of which one had pierced his lung and was too much for him to handle and survive. Holding his head up she would use her Magi to heal him, and as he was healed and she removed the arrows she rested him along the wall and used her Magi to enchant Nathan into sensing where his brother was and coming to find him.
Back in the City
The moment Lucas was pulled back into the keep was the moment that most point to as the moment that the Battle ended for the city itself, and following this the situation was one of a siege except for the incoming relief force. Nathan called out for men to come help him carry Lucas inside, and they carried him into the locked tower overlooking the city, and then called for a doctor. Miraculously Lucas was unhurt, and only had cuts, and bruises to show for the act that saved the city from immediate death. It was in this moment that the first stems of jealously begin from Lucas's brother Nathan. While Nathan had led the defenders in their retreat back to the keep and had maintained order during the battle, all of this was forgotten as the people lot their minds over the return of a living god to them in Lucas Scott.
Nathan Scott would storm out of the room as in his eyes everyone was ignoring him, and as he did he silently walked over to the wall and watched the people stem from the keep, and make their way to see Lucas Scott. As he watched this he saw for the first time that day Haley, and she was running around with a desperate look in her eyes. When he saw this he thought for a moment that she was coming for him and he felt hope, but as he walked towards her, she saw him and for the briefest moment she looked as if she would go to him, but instead she kept moving and pushed her way through the crowds and into the tower where Lucas was.
Massacre at Hyphon's farm
With the city on the verge of utter destruction, and the Orcs massacring the few survivors within the walls and outside the Keep the forces of Lucerne were preparing to gather in Forks for what they assumed would be a massive reinforcement effort. At this time Bill Lovie, and House Lovie's forces would be only a day away from Forks, and he was trying to find a way to make the forces of Lucerne stand down and not assist the city he had planned to destroy. His oppurtunity would come when the main army of Tree Hill which had been ordered by him to Forks on the day of the attack massed alongside hundreds of volunteers and prepared to move inside the city from the eastern gate so to give the defenders more time for the relieving force to arrive. At this point Earl Scott asked for permission for the forces of House Swan, and House Arryn to join with them, and when the raven arrived with Bill Lovie he knew he had his chance.
He sent four ravens in responce to Earl's letter. The first was to Earl Scott himself of whom he told he was going to send the full wieght of House Arryn, and House Swan to the western side of Tree Hill so that the route into Tree Hill would be opened to them. He sent two more ravens to House Swan, and House Arryn which told them that they were to move to the northern end of Tree Hill, and they they were to wait in the forests there for the full force of Lucerne to arrive. With this in mind Earl Scott would assemble his forces, and without checking in with Charlie Swan who was the only one who knew nearbye that he was walking into a trap he moved his forces towards Tree Hill. As his forces were leaving out the gate, it would be Jacob Swan who would follow with Earl Scott alongside several of his bodygaurd, and they would join what would be a doomed effort. The final raven would be the most deadly and had been sent to Alex Kirsh who was located in a small mountain cave north of Tree Hill more then a day ahead of Earl Scott. He would order Alex Kirsh to infiltrate the northern gatehouse and wait there until the arrival of Earl Scott, where upon his arrival he would trap his forces by closing the gate.
Earl's forces would arrive at Tree Hill nearly a day and a half later and were exhausted due to the speed at which they had been marching to Tree Hill. Upon their arrival they saw that the gate was open, and few Orcs were defending the area so they moved quickly into the area believing that the forces of House Swan, and House Arryn had blocked the main army from being able to ambush them. At the same time as they were moving it was the movement of Alex Kirsh in the northern gatehouse that would seal the fate of the army of Earl Scott. Alex Kirsh had waited for Earl's forces to arrive, and once they neared the gatehouse he begin to lower the gate so that they couldn't get inside. Earl's forces now stuck on the outside saw a large force of Worg riders moving towards them from the east, and thus they moved northward, and when the Worgs hit them they were trapped in Hyphon's farm. The Worgs overran their positions all across their lines, and despite attempts by Earl to get the troops under control they were cut down in their hundreds by the rampaging forces of the Orc Worg Riders. As they attempted to shift westward they saw the main Orc force moving towards them and realized they were trapped and doomed. The Worg Riders and the main Orc force would together over the course of several hours massacre the entire force and capture several of the soldiers for slavery.
Relief of Tree Hill
Main Article : Failed Relief of Tree Hill
Harbert Darkmore would lead the forces of Darkmore alongside the forces of House Greymane and was thus present at the Attempted Relief of Tree Hill which ended with the arrival of James Lovie II. who forced the armies to return to their states and then passed the Edict of Tree Hill which banned anyone from entering the area.
The Orcs sent their slaves back to their main settlements in the Marseilles region, and once they arrived there the eighty four men now enslaved prepared themselves for the death they saw coming. Jacob had spent the last few years hearing the dark and violent stories of what happened to those who were captured by the Orcs, and because of this those men were withdrawn and utterly accepting of their fate. They were mistaken in what happened to those captured in that they were often sold to nefarious humans in the secretive slave market in Paris.
So the captured men of Forks were packed into wagons with the hundreds of other humans captured and begin the long journey towards the Paris slave market. It took nearly a month and half and nearly half of the slaves died due to the utter lack of support they recieved from their orcish captors but those who survived entered the slave market of Paris.
See Also : Paris
- "Everything was wrong about what I found in Paris. The land wasn't supposed to be used in this manner, it was supposed to be in ruins not being used for slavery."
- -Jacob Swan
Once a magnificant and massive city of the Bretonian Kingdom the city of Paris was now nothing more then a cruel joke of a city. Transformed now into one of the largest slave markets in Europe the city itself was teeming with thousands of every manner of species, and it was here that Jacob would be sold. It was luckily for him that he was purchased by a rich merchant from Kizlev who was in the market for warriors to replace his personal army. He was an incredibly patriotic individual and the main reason he went to Paris to recruit was he wanted to free as many slaves as he could and this was the easiest way to do it. Jacob Swan would travel with the slave convoy all the way back east towards Kislev, and during this trip he had a lot of time to lement the loss of his homeland and the simple fact that his family would think him dead. During the trip he would also grow close to Nikita Vlasiv of whom was one of the gaurds for the convoy, and he attempted to learn more about the language of the people of Kizlev since he would need to know it. Nikita also told him of the lands of Kizlev since he barely knew of them, and had only heard them mentioned as a eastern ally of The Empire. When they arrived in Kizlev City on the western border of the land of Kizlev he found himself meeting a girl that would come to define him in later days.
The Journey East
| The Journey East|
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.
The convoy would stop outside of Kizlev and while there many nobles of the city came to see the specimens, and more then a few inquired about Jacob, but the gaurds made sure they understood that Jacob was going back to Boras and was not for sale. During the inspections of him, a girl walked up to the side of the cage, and begin to inspect him. Running her hands along the bars of the cage she walked throughout without a word to Jacob, and despite how entranced he was by the beauty of this women he remained silent as well listening to the words of the slave master who told him so. She would put her hands in the air as if to describe that she meant him no harm, and then she stuck her hand into the bars and grabbed ahold of his face and ran her hand across his cheek briefly before checking his teeth, and the strength of his jaw. She finally spoke to him, in the harsh language of the Kizlevian, and when he didn't respond she spoke a different language, until finally she changed again and spoke to him in a broken German. Hearing her for the first time, he tried his best to concetrate on what his master had said.
And with her hello she walked away clearly not knowing that hello was what you said at the beggining of the conversation and not the end. Watching her walk away she was joined by several heavily armed men who surrounded her as she walked back towards her horse, and before she departed he watched her give him one last look before galloping away. With Kira out of sight he was approached by Nikita Vlasiv one of the gaurds who asked him what she had said to him. He told Nikita and when he asked who the women was, he was told that it was Kira Tornov the daughter of one of the most powerful men in the Kingdom of Kizlev in the form of Igor Tornov the leader of Erengrad.
See Also : Kizlev
- "He became the son none of my wives had ever been able to give me. One swing of his sword told me everything I ever needed to know about the German."
- -Boras Belesku
When he was finnally delivered to his new master in Kizlev the man in Boras Belesku took one look at him and decided that Jacob was going to be a true warrior. Boras used his wealth built up as a long time trader to turn the broken Jacob Swan into his personal champion. He spent months bringing in a master trainer, and armorer to his estate where he fashioned armor and weapons that Jacob would use. All of this was happening as he was talking up his newest warrior to his people, and he spent a lot of energy making the young Jacob Swan the source of so much hope. While this was going on he was being trained further in the eastern style of fighting, which differed greatly from the very ordered style used in central Europe, and was regaining much of the strength that he had lost after so long as a slave.
Battle of the River Venigors
Main Article : Battle of the River Venigors
| The Battle of the River Venigors|
I don't ever want to be that scared again Kira. Promise me something. Promise me, that whatever comes our way. Whoever we end up fighting against. No matter how things turn out. We don't do it alone. We do it together.
Everything had been relatively quiet in the Oblast of Oplane and this had led to Jacob and Boras to have more and more time to train the unkept peasents they continued to bring into Castle Bajna. Boras and Jacob Swan would have their quiet growth ended when they were alerted to the arrival of a large force of Chaos attacking the eastern steppes. This force was a vangaurd of the much larger force of Mogragian, and thus its purpose was mainly to test the resistence against the main force, and to sow destruction in the land. The size of the army was too large for just the forces of Boyar Boras Belesku and thus he went to Boyar Novokov Pentov with the hopes of uniting their forces alongside the forces of the Atarnan Alexi Rumin. Novokov had by the time they arrived already marshaled his forces alongside the two thousand gathered by Alexi Rumin's regent in Nastya Vasa, and was more then willing to join with their forces in order to save his land from the destruction about to happen to them. The three forces thus combined and waited in the forests near the large village of Khanrov where they would plan to come out of hiding from three sides once the forces of Chaos had gone past them and from there would ambush them.
The Chaos force some fourteen thousand strong would come to the spot the allied forces were waiting and stopped briefly before they were engaged by small forces of Chaos spreading outwards from the main Chaos force. Under the advise of Jacob Swan these vanguard forces were not fought against and instead allowed to penetrate their defenses and this caused them to continue moving forward but they did report back to the main force that the Kizlev defenses were no where to be found and this caused arrogance among the main force. At this point Jacob Swan once again made advise that was heeded when he advised Ser Fedor of Volksgrad that he should send a force westward to make sure the outliers didn't cause to much damage behind their lines, and he did so sending two hundred riders west to hunt the outliers they had let by. Funneling the Chaos forces towards Khanrov they would finally make their move during the early morning just before the sun was setting and the Chaos force still in the process of sleep and completely unaware of the location of the Kizlev forces would be caught in the open as the Kizlev force came at them from three sides. True to their legend the chaos force would react violently and what forces that could begin to put up resistance, but by twenty minutes into the battle nearly half the Chaos force led dead and relatively light Kizlev casualties were causing mass panic among the lower ranks of the Chaos force. Beginning to splinter and retreat northward between the two northern forces the Chaos central leadership made one last attempt to stop the retreat when Lord Grugion of Rus roused his elite guard and went after Jacob Swan. Slavnov Ursenic led House Belesku's personal guard into the maelstorm allowing Jacob to deal with the Chaos Lord who had already butchered several Kizlev villages and was monstrous to behold. A fight between Grugion and Jacob Swan ended the battle with Grugion proving no match for Jacob and his death would cause the complete route of the remaining Chaos forces northward.
Caught at the River
As the Chaos forces retreated northward after their devastating defeat it was Kira Tornov that awoke thinking of the German Jacob Swan that continued to haunt her dreams. The meeting of the two had been brief but she would think of him for some time afterwards and it would be almost six months before she would meet him again. She discovered from a member of her battalion that the slaves at Kizlev City were being sent eastward for the army of Boras Belesku. While those six months were on she found herself constantly wanting to ask Boras who she knew somewhat where Jacob was now. She never did because she feared being scorned by those around her for looking into a slave, but as the days went by she found herself consumed by thoughts of him. She was shaken from these fears when she was alerted to the fact that a large Chaos force had been defeated by Boras and his forces in the east and was now moving rapidly north attempting to flee. Ravens sent to the north had warned her of their arrival, and she decided to ambush them as they attempted to cross the river Venigors. Commanding her Kreml Guard to mobilize she alongside her commanders Hetman Ursenic, and Graldamir Weisenov planned for the assault and sent word northward to Fork Orlosk where she wanted them to make sure noone got through on that side of the defences. She was moving her forces while Jacob Swan was now leading alongside Boras the large Kizlev force as they chased the forces of Chaos northward towards the trap waiting for them.
As Jacob's force pushed them towards the river the larger force of Kira Tornov would sit in front of them and cut them down by the hundreds as they attempted to blindly escape the forces of Jacob, and didn't even attempt to resist the forces of Kira. As they were stalled in their retreat north they attempted to move eastward but couldn't shift quickly enough before they were smashed from behind by the forces of Jacob and Boras and thus the entire Chaos force was massacred before it could escape. As the two Kizlev forces met in the center it would be Jacob, and Kira meeting again this time she saw him in full armor, and he saw her covered in the blood of the enemy holding onto her two swords. The two would basically make a bee line for each other and when they met without a single word to each other he placed his hand on her cheek and she melted into his hand before he pulled her into a hug. Seeing their usually unemotional leader hugging into this unknown man, many in her force were confused, and it wasn't until she pulled away and he led her by the hand away from the battle that the whistles and hooting begin.
Over the years following this he found himself in the Kizlev army and taking part in quite large battles. These battles were led by Boras and his army which grew large as the people of eastern Kizlev attempted to band together to hold themselves against the encroaching horde. Each year Jacob was in Kizlev he remarked that there forces grew weaker but the enemy forces were larger every year. Boras said that such is the way in the east, and that no hope would come until the enemy started moving towards Kizlev and then the civilized west would come to their aid.
"The Battle of Tree Hill was a complete joke compared to the endless hordes that poured into Kizlev almost every year. It took my first battle up here on the stepps for me to understand that."
Understanding that this was a growingly hopeless fight Jacob went to Boras and asked whether he could go west and attempt to warn the westerners of the dangers poised out in the wastes. Botas laughed at him and his blind faith but agreed that he could leave but he needed to be back by summer as the armies of Chaos would begin attacking again.
Looking for Help
Jacob travelled west all alone in an attempt to meet with the leadership of Kizlev in the capital of Praag. As he arrived at Praag he entered the city and saw the distant look in the peoples eyes as they too understood that things were moving towards another Black Crusade by the forces of Chaos. He had been given the seal of Boras and such was able to meet with the Queen of Kizlev.
See Also : Morgagian
When Jacob finally arrived back in Kizlev he found his masters fort nearly empty and the remaining soilders said he had headed east to resist the massive army of Morgagian. Jacob quickly got on his horse and left to meet with Boras at the town of Histen. When he arrived at Histen it was only two days before the coming of Morgagian, but his arrival was greeted with much excitement. Near the end of the book Rise of Lucerne Morgagian rises his hand in command of his force to move forward, and as of the end of the book it is unclear how the battle will progress.