Coruption of House Imrahil
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| Coruption of House Imrahil |
You know that your father was a good man once. You must remember him that way because if you do not then you will be forced to remember him as he is now. Evil works itself into the hearts of even the most brave of us. Hate not the corrupted. Hate not the man who carries the banner of evil. Pity him, but hate the one who whispered to him.
It was during Peter Imrahil's fourteenth birthday that Sauron launched his campaign to turn the leadership of Dol Amroth towards his sphere of influence as he wanted to eliminate one of the true military threats outside of Gondor itself that might assist during the invasion. Sauron had already silently pushed Umbar over to his sphere of influence and all he needed was for the vast armies of Dol Amroth to sit idle, as well as to make sure that the huge trading missions that Dol Amroth constantly sent into Gondor were stopped dead in their tracts less the Gondorians be reinforced. While this was happening Sauron had completed his corruption of Sauruman the Istari Magi of Gondor and while this was a massive coup for Mordor the main problem for Gondor was that this remained a secret and noone knew that Sauruman was now a servent of Mordor.
He sent servants into the cities where he would have them make promises to the highest echelons of nobility of Dol Amroth that if they served him they would get unending wealth if they would simply declare independence and then not assist Gondor during the coming conflict. Most of the nobles of Dol Amroth continued to follow the Gondorian royalty and rejected these offers but a small minority of the nobles would listen to this offer and accepted the chance of becoming independent. So while a small minority of the nobles had accepted the vast majority of the population, and nobles remained extremely loyal to Gondor so this idea wasn't very popular and to push their agenda they begin spreading lies among the nobles about Gondor's betrayal of them. They did not attempt to turn the opinion of the public, as the public was so against independence that it was a hopeless fight, but the nobles were a different matter and many begin to turn towards this new independent faction within Dol Amroth. As the nobles turned against Gondor in increasing number the independence faction begin its next step when it moved against Gondor's influence in the region and begin targeting Gondor loyalist houses, and this begin to further turn the sway away from Gondor in the region. As this continued though the Gondorian loyalists became unified under House Elena of whom attempted to get word to Gondor about what was happening but it was at this time that the believed loyalist Istari in Sauruman would arrive in Dol Amroth and change everything.
Betrayal of Sauruman
Sauruman was a member of the Istari, and thus he would travel from the lands of Gondor south to Dol Amroth many times in the name of his order. Thus because of this his arrival was not seen as unusual by even the paranoid elements of the Gondorian loyalists of Dol Amroth. He would be sent by Sauron south into Dol Amroth in order to end the resistance of Dol Amroth through the absolute corruption of House Imrahil the royal family of Dol Amroth. While the forces of Castamir in Umbar held the borders thereby not allowing any messengers to reach Gondor about Dol Amroth the Istari Sauruman was greeted as a savior due to saying he had been sent by the very popular Gandalf in order to protect them from any perceived threat against them. Using this popular message he infiltrated the leadership of House Elena the main loyalist faction in Dol Amroth and became extremely close to its leader in Aradur Elena of whom took control of the Anroth city of Linhir and begin to gather support for his counter revolution. Sauruman pretended to be a Gondorian loyalist and pushed Aradur to rebel against what he tricked him into believing was a corrupted Imrahil family who had turned against Gondor. As Aradur listened to this the forces of House Imrahil could not allow rebellion and despite many attempts by Varian Imrahil to stop the rebellion and convince them that he was not a traitor Aradur would not listen to reason and thus House Imrahil moved their forces to besiege Linhir. Besieging Linhir while not their fault would be a horribly unpopular move as the Sauron aligned Dol Amroth nobles pushed a message that said House Imrahil was doing this out of love for Sauron and this caused huge problems as House Imrahil begin to lose control of the lands because the population was so against working with Sauron. It would be Aradur's son Wur-Oropher Elena who would tell him that they were going to win the land and they didn't need Saramaun and his trickery to win this. His speech has become now legendary among the halls of House Elena.
Despite his words to turn against Sauruman, Aradur could not be convinced and realizing sadly what was to happen next, and unwilling to watch his entire family annihilated due to his fathers failure Oropher would gather his personal family, as well as steal away his sister Seri-Pellia Elena in the night and fled Linhir with many loyalists southward towards the port of Rinlis. Aradur though now completely ensnared by the Grey Istari and would mass a large force and prepare to battle the forces of House Imrahil outside of Linhir. The two forces would meet outside Linhir which was still under siege, but it was here where just as Oropher had advised the trickery of Saramaun would come full circle and during the night Sauron aligned nobles would enter the command tent and would assassinate Aradur, and three of his sons along with much of the leadership of the rebellion. With the leadership in tatters the rebels surrendered, and while scattered resistance continued, the destruction of much of House Elena was the basic end of the resistance of Dol Amroth. With the end of the resistance the forces of House Imrahil suffered a huge loss when Balian Imrahil the at the time heir to the throne gathered his siblings and fled the capital of Belfalas.
Failure of House Imrahil
As Balian led his family out of the capital Susan became irate as she realized that they didn't mean to stop and get their mother during their escape. Balian begged her to understand that she wouldn't follow them as her loyalty was with their father, but she wouldn't listen to him, and begin heading to their palace where she planned to convince her mother to come with them. Balian was able to sneak the group through loyalist houses as they were not yet believed to be fleeing the city. When they got inside the Palace they found their mother sitting at her spinning wheel making some kind of sweater, and it was Susan that was the first to speak explaining to her mother that she needed to come with them because Varian had lost his mind. Valihimde sat motionless for a time not saying a word as each of her children begged her to come with them. When finally she sat up from the table she moved toward the alarm horn that was located in her room and prepared to blow the horn. Susan ran to her and questioned what she was doing, and her response was the moment they all knew where her loyalties lie.
With this knowledge the siblings who were now horrified were moved out by Balian of whom led them quickly out of the capital and southward towards Rinlis. For Susan this departure was far more difficult and her last sight of her mother was her mother returning silently to her spinning wheel and not even watching her children leaving her for they all knew in that moment was for good.
Following his understanding that his father had lost himself it was Oropher that moved quickly in response to the understanding that the situation had changed, and thus he gathered as many of his family, and loyalists that he could and silently made his way to the southern port of Rinlis. His plan was simple in that he planned to take a boat and silently sail to the port of Venetia in the Roman Empire and then north towards Ravenna where he would then travel into Lucerne where he would take the safer route back way into Gondor. As Balian arrived in the town of Linhir he and his siblings were able to find there way to Aretarr Inlihir of whom Balian knew from his youth and his father had always called him the most loyal man he had ever met. Meeting with Aretarr they were told that Oropher had escaped southward with most of the Gondorian loyalists before his father had fallen and that they needed to follow him quickly so that they didn't become found by the Sauron aligned traitors in the city of whom had already murdered the Elena's. Trusting this advise they went south and he made the hopeful guess that Oropher would travel the southern road and not go west. While travelling on the road south he and his force would be stopped by Balian Imrahil of whom would beg him to take his family with him or else he would be forced to take part in this heinous act.
Oropher would take Balian and his siblings and they would arrive safely in Rinlis where the population snuck them inside and they boarded boats. Weeks later they would arrive in Stormwind where they would rest before they made the final journey to Minas Tirith and it was while staying there that they heard that Gondor had been betrayed from within and was fighting for its life. The group would then leave nearly immediately and make the three day treck on horseback to Minus Tirith of which they found the city nearly drained as the majority of the town had gone east to defend from the onslaught.
His departure caused a massive manhunt for him and his siblings but they were protected by the people of Dol Amroth who were violently opposed to his father and his desires. This whole was filled by the rise of Lucas Imrahil of whom brought to his brother his highly skilled son Franco and made the idea that his son should become the new heir of House Imrahil lest the House fall apart and everything he had built would fall apart. After much internalized anger Varian realized he had no choice and went down this path with his brother. He planned though to marry again due to the fact that his wife who was Atlantian was barren. With this new wife he planned to have more children to replace the loss of his beloved Balian, and reject the growth of his brother Lucas.