Jerad of Lucerne was born to two unknown commoners within the capital of Lucerne and growing up a commoner he took on the surname of the city.
Jerad of Lucerne was born to two unknown commoners within the capital of Lucerne and growing up a commoner he took on the surname of the city. Jared of Lucerne would join the Order of the Violet Dragon shortly after its creation by Ezio Ederiz, and under the Order of the VIolet he came to be based out of Castle Stragnarax where he worked heavily under Benjamin Bradfoot.
Jerad of Lucerne was born to two unknown commoners within the capital of Lucerne and growing up a commoner he took on the surname of the city.
Invasion of Westbridge
Main Article : Invasion of Westbridge
|Infiltration of Westbridge |
This was a completely different way to fight a war. We had practiced it in Fairmarket, and to a certain extent again in the Riverlands, but it wasn't until Westbridge that I fully understood the scope of what we had learned.
Infiltration of Westbridge
Before the actual invasion could be started, and two weeks before the forces of Lucerne begin marching northwards towards the land of House Malfoy, William Lovie got together with the Order of the Violet Dragon in order to change the way they were going to fight wars. William understood that the high walls, and formidable defenders meant that an attack would be met with heavy casualties and in order to continue expanding there was no way he could afford taking the casualites that would occur in a straight up siege. In order to bybass this he and the Order of the Violet dragon planned to use an incredibly high amount (the entire order) in order to assasinate key defenders that were not wanted after the siege, as well as to sabotage several sections of the defences as well. The plan called for also the infiltration of elements of the Order of the Green Dragon into the city for the purpose of cultivating relationships with those they might want in leadership positions after the battle.
As the armies of Lucerne massed in the valley the Order of the Violet Dragon moved northward in their entire strength and silently over the course of a few days infiltrated the city of Westbridge. The Order already had sympathizers in the city as House Malfoy was extremely unpopular in Westbridge and as such it wasn't hard to find people that were loyal. With roughly a month before the army of Lucerne was to arrive the forces of the Order of the Violet Dragon went about changing schedules for the defenders so as to weaken sections of the wall. Those who it was planned to survive the conflict were basically given vacations on the day of the conflict so that they would not be caught up in the conflict. As well as this they begin setting up a rather sophisticated, and well equipped rebel army north of the city that was to be used by the Order of the Blue Dragon in order to facilitate their distraction north of the city. This force was headed by the realm of Heathfall which was led by the exile of Lucerne in the form of Dran Arryn. This force numbered in its thousands and would basically form the entirety of the northern assault alongside the Order of the Blue Dragon. Working alongside this army though was the army of Dowenshire of whom also was assisting thus bringing their numbers actually quite high. With the plan in place for the invasion of Westbridge, Edward and his wife Emmy were ordered to assail the northern watch and weaken its defences in preparation for what would be the nearly solo assault by the Order of the Blue Dragon. In order to do this they went about finding who was in command there and what the weakeness es of these commanders were. They discovered that Luke Labeouf was one of them and he was on the list of people that needed to be protected from harm. The other two commanders were painful failures which despite the best efforts of Luke he couldn't get rid of. The first man was lured in by Emmy Shephard and she killed him in the street making it look like a robbery. The second man was more difficult as he was constantly accompanied by a group of three hentchmen and they couldn't have anyone alerted to what was happening. With this in mind they began setting Luke up for protection.
Hiding Luke Labeouf
During the lead up to the invasion of Westbridge Luke remained in charge of the northern gate of Westbridge, and it was during this time that he came to meet a man named Edward Shephard who met him over the course of every night at the local tavern. Each time they met this Edward man told Luke about the beauty of his home in Lucerne and the two grew closer as Edward's wife Emmy Shephard grew close to Luke's wife Stacey. This foursome friendship had happened quickly and on the day of the invasion Luke was suprised to find he had the time off for that day and since he was free Emma and Stacey made plans for the four of them. The plan was to take a boat onto the river and fish which all four enjoyed doing.
As the four reached far enough away from Westbridge Emmy, and Edward used potions to stun Stacey, and Luke and this caused Luke and Stacey to be uncontious floating in the boat during the course of the Invasion of Westbridge.
The Third Man
Movements of Morrigan
With only a few months to go before William Lovie III. would lead the army of Lucerne into its massive suprise attaack on the city of Westbridge it would be Flemeth that called upon Morrigan and commanded that she go to Orleans and get orders from Bill Lovie. Flemeth heavily hinted that her belief was that Bill Lovie could be convinced to command Morrigan to travel to Westbridge and warn the defenders and while the Lucernian army was being destroyed at Westbridge Bill Lovie could lead an army of Orcs through the western pass and destroy the Valley of Lucerne. Morrigan instead would arrive at Orleans to find Bill Lovie commanding her to go to Westbridge and kill a group of Magi called the Vipers of whom he explained were a secret group within the Deatheaters of whom remained in Westbridge and would allow for Lord Voldermorte to return to the city. Not believing her ears she would quickly take these commands and after speaking to Bill Lovie about how William was she would make her way to Westbridge using her griffon, of which allowed her to reach Westbridge a few weeks before the Lucernian invasion of the city was to begin.
Morrigan would arrive in Westbridge and immediately go to find the first Deatheater she could in the form of a low level Deatheater of whom had been left behind by the Order of the Violet Dragon due to his drinking problem and lack of any real abilities in Magi. Seducing him at the tavern she took to what she said was her place, but in fact was nothing more then an abandoned house she had placed charms on to make it so no sound got out. Questioning him revealed the location of the first Viper, and despite telling him that she would let him go if he revealed who the Viper was she would kill him leaving his body in the house without a second thought. The Viper was revealed to be taking on the role of a servant in the House Malfoy estate and thus Morrigan would manipulate the head of the servants of House Malfoy into giving her a job with the servants as well and in this role she would discover he slept in the basement. Not waiting for night she would go into the basement finding him praying out loud to Lord Voldermorte and without even a word to him she knocked him on the back of the head putting him unconscious. Waking up twice more and having Morrigan knocking him out each time finally night would come and she dragged him to the shore of the House Malfoy estate where she put him into a small boat and rowed them out into the water. Summoning mist to her side and once again placing noise suppression charms about the boat she would torture him for two days on board the boat until finally he gave up the location of the other Viper still in the city of whom she discovered was playing the part of a guardsmen at the main gatehouse.
Cultivating the Labeoufs
With the infiltration moving forward it was the Order of the Green Dragon moving forward next, and this was to protect and cultivate relationships with those houses they wished to survive after the Battle was done. This firstly meant Ezio Ederiz and Beren Tarbeck would find reasons to constantly meet with Shia Labeouf of whom they found to be the perfect canidate as an heir. Seeing this they moved on to his father of whom they also came to believe was an honorable man, and thus the Laboeufs were shown to be perfectly capable of leading Westbridge once the knives started flying around.
Battle of Saalfeld
Main Article : Battle of Saalfeld
|Battle of Saalfeld |
The tide was turning, and we were willing to move the front.
Draco Malfoy would become one of the commanders of the First Lucerne-Tevinter War, and would fight at the head of the army of Tevinter. His promotion came after he had attempted to the best of his abilities to control the rebels in western Tevinter, and his success there led Lord Voldermorte to reward him with a command, and when he learned it was Saalfeld he was beyond exctatic to be rewarded with such a prestigious position. Draco would at this point still remain somewhat moralistic in his views, and he led his force to link up with the main force at Saalfeld with the simple plan of pacifying the region in the same way he had previously, and that was with less violence, and more outreach to ease the problems of the commoners. His army that he commanded around the province and town of Saalfeld became quickly known for the peaceful manner that it held the town of Saalfeld, and for this he had one of the most peaceful of the holdings of Tevinter north of Noveria. His wife Astaria Malfoy would leave his child in the care of their mother, and arrived at Saalfeld where she would act as a member of his council, and the Castellan of Saalfeld after the previous had deserted for the Lucernians. Her arrival would corespond with the dramatic increase of violence in his province as just weeks after she arrived a Lucernian army led by Robb Starke attacked the outlying region of Saalfeld. Seeing this Draco called for aid from the nearbye Antiva forces, but the commander of the Antiva gate fortress refused to send troops as he was not willing to weaken his own defences. With Antiva not coming to his aid he prepared to send word to the massive army at Dongret, but stopped when a small force arrived from Dongret asking him to send troops to Dongret as they were in need of assistence.
Robb Starke was one of the main commanders of the Noverian Lucernian forces, and his battle group had been fighting against a large Tevinter force holding the large town of Dongret north of Noveria, and having little success other then killing a seemingly limitless number of Tevinter soldiers. With this in mind the Lucernians recieved reinforcements in the form of Westbridge of whom sent some four thousand troops under the command of Luke Labeouf, James Hartrian, and Radford Arnault and with this force Robb Starke split from the main army and moving alongside a force coming from Heathfall led by Lenwood Arryn, Rob Starke would move against the lighter defenses of Saalfeld which if they took control of they would be able to flood the rivers north of Saalfeld destroy the bridges, and thus push the front back further. In order to get to Saalfeld all he had to get through was the minor castles in Castle Shellfor, and Castle Toffindell of which Violet Dragons had heavily infiltrated Castle Toffindell while Castle Shellfor was badly damaged after a force of rebels had besieged it. Robb Starke put the damaged Castle Shellfor under siege, and at the same time was able to quickly capture Castle Toffindell after the Lord of the Castle surrendered before there was even a fight over the castle, and to make matters worse Lord Liam Toffindell added his forces to the Lucernians further giving them reinforcements.
As Robb Starke took Castle Toffindell, and sieged Castle Shellfor the way was open to the Lucenrians to the large town of Saalfeld of which had a castle within it, but there was no curtain wall as the two castles were meant to guard it, and despite the Tevinter efforts to construct one the one present only covered half the town, and was of limited quality. Leaving his lieutenant Fladen Termont, it would be Robb Starke that would move slowly against Sallfeld knowing he had a lot of time with Dongret. and Antiva unlikely to send forces, and while he did this he sent Benjamin Bradfoot and his cloaks into Sallfeld where they met with the local leadership. and worked to foster a rebellious movement. Finding a lot of resistance among the locals Benjamin was advised that several local Tevinter commanders were behind a lot of the fear among the people and if they were eliminated then large numbers would join the Lucerne cause. Benjamin moved against these commanders, and in a join action with Jerad, and Krylla he would arrange an attack on the three main commanders at the same time. Rebels sparked fighting in the town, and this distracted the Tevinter attention and during this spectacle Benjamin and his cloaks would assassinate the three local commanders sewing chaos behind the Tevinter lines, and seeing the Tevinter weakness the locals would organize under Jerad of Lucerne of whom led them into infiltrating the main hold of Saalfeld, where they attacked the garrison based within the castle. Most of the Tevinter army in the form of some three thousand plus troops were camped outside the town in a large camp, but some fifteen hundred were within the main castle and in smaller garrisons in the town, and it was the hold fast, and these smaller camps that the organized rebels were attack. Horribly outnumbered within a now hostile town the hold fast surrendered as the gates were compromised by the rebel commander Calenhad Dendon, and the camps within the town either retreated, were killed, or captured by the vengeful Fereldens.
Following the retreat of the Tevinter army out of Saalfeld, Draco led them westward as the northward region was heavily mudded and was difficult at the moment to traverse, and would have probably led them into an ambush or at the very least unsuitable battle conditions. Moving westward he was hounded by the larger Lucernian army of whom sent mounted troops along the flanks of the Tevinter movement and got troops in front as well, and as the Tevinter army moved the Lucernian cavalry was joined by increasing numbers of troops carrying Ferelden flags showing the turning of the province against Tevinter. Realizing the retreat would not reach the river Draco would stop the army in a massive clearing where he arrayed himself against the Lucernian force, and finally the Battle of Saalfeld was met. Draco was forced to leave a piece of his army facing each flank, and the rear as the numbers of the Lucernian sub forces around them had increased, and while this was happening the two main armies moved at eachother.The Lucernians had balooned to some six thousand troops while the Tevinter army through casualites had dropped to less then four thousand, but they did have what they beleived was an experiance gap by having been fighting for so long. The Lucernians also had some two thousand extra troops surrounding the Tevinter army from basically tthe entire rear, and both flanks, and as the two armies crashed into eachother these two thousand would attack the horribly outnumbered reserves that Draco had left to guard againsts the rear and flank charge. The fighting was intense, but the numbers of Lucerne, and the mounted troops they also had would cause the route of the left flank, and despite the middle holding for a time they too begin to buckle, and it was at this buckle that Robb, and Obella Starke met Draco, and Astoria on the battlefield. The four would fight and after two very one sided fights Draco is badly wounded, and Robb Starke is distracted by several Tevinter men at arms trying to defend their commander and this causes Draco to be carried away, and Robb then goes to the fight between Obella and Astoria to find Obella has fatally slashed her across the arm and then mercy kills her and with it this death that leaves the Tevinter army to retreat through the ambush behind them and after all was said of the original four thousand less then six hundred escaped the Battle of Saalfeld. Following the battle Calenhad Dendon was named High Commander of the planned Castle Saalfeld, while Leonas Bryland was named the Duke of the new province of Lucerne in the form of Saalfeld.