Saturday, July 23, 2016

The Akamar Herald Year Four The Conflict Continues

Once again there is a gap in the records.  Unfortunately this gap included the great story that Mike wrote describing how he imagined the battle between The Wizard and the Sorcerer Silidon  transpired when he used The Wizard card to overthrow Silidon.   Since the Sorcerer's card ended up in the discard pile there was also an article on the Sorcerer's body being thrown out on the barren wind swept slopes of the Grus mountains..   This issue covers the events of Ray's turn and his decision to recover the Sorcerer's card from the discard pile. 

There are three different pirate factions in the Pirate Isles.   If one player controls all three then they count as four for capturing gold from trade fleets passing through the area.   The first fleet put in play was Wu controlled by Ron.  The second fleet to be put in play was controlled by a Ray.  The third fleet would be put in play later in the game

The different caravans and fleets were worth varying amounts of gold talents.  Each player with a pirate fleet, pirate/trade fee country (Monokeros, Kaelum, Perseus, Syrma, and Saiph), and/or a card with a trade income symbol would receive an equal amount of gold talents based on the value of the caravan/fleet for each of the items listed.   Thus if a person controlled a pirate fleet, one of the countries on the trade route and a card with a trade income symbol, they would receive three times the amount the trade mission was worth.   For a mission worth two talents they would receive a total of six talents.   As the campaign progressed Mike would be the biggest beneficiary of this due to the countries he controlled and the number of cards he had melded with a trade symbol.

THE AKAMAR HERALD

SILIDON’S BODY DISAPPEARS.

FOLLOWING HIS DEFEAT BY THE WIZARD, SILIDON’S BODY WAS DISCARDED OUTSIDE THE WALLS OF WEZEN.   SHORTLY AFTER THIS IT WAS GONE.    THE NOTED, HUMANITARIAN C. (CALLIOPE) LARA BARTON, WHO WAS SEEN IN THE AREA, WAS QUESTIONED ABOUT THIS.   HER REPLY WAS THAT SHE HAD ONLY SOUGHT TO GIVE THE BODY A PROPER BURIAL.   HOWEVER, FURTHER QUESTIONING ABOUT WHERE THE REMAINS HAD BEEN BURIED YIELDED NO RESULTS, NOR COULD HIS GRAVE BE LOCATED.

CARAVAN FROM NESDE ARRIVES IN KAELUM


A CARAVAN BEARING VALUABLE GOODS PASSED THROUGH MONOKEROS ON ITS WAY TO THE GREAT CITY OF AKAMAR.   THE INFLUX OF TRADE GOODS HAS BROUGHT GREAT WEALTH TO MONOKEROS, KAELUM, AND PISCIS.

PIRATE ACTIVITY IN THE GULF OF MIRFAK INCREASES

IN ADDITION TO THE FLEET OF WU, ANOTHER FLEET SAILING UNDER THE BANNER OF CHI HAS BEEN SPOTTED IN THE GULF OF MIRFAK.   MERCHANTS IN THE AREA HAVE EXPRESSED ALARM AT THE INCREASE IN PIRATE ACTIVITY AND ARE DEMANDING THAT ACTION BE TAKEN TO SECURE THE SAFETY OF COMMERCIAL SHIPS IN THE AREA.   IT HAS BEEN REPORTED THAT SAIPH AND SYRMA HAVE BEEN PROVIDING SAFE HARBORS FOR THE PIRATES.  HOWEVER, THE DELPHINIAN LEAGUE DENIES THAT IT IS PROVIDING ANY SUPPORT FOR ILLEGAL PRIVATEERS.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

The Akamar Herald Year Four - The Grand Confederation Attacks

Year Four started with The Grand Confederation flexing its military might taking control of Aquila and the Misty Isles.   More conflicts would occur during the year as relations between the factions deteriorated.

THE AKAMAR HERALD

GREAT DRAGON SEEN IN THE SKIES OF VELA

A GREAT DRAGON, KNOWN AS CRAWFORD, HAS MADE HIS HOME IN THE MOUNTAIN VILLAGE OF GROTBUSS IN HOROLOGIUM.   SOME SAY THAT A MYSTERIOUS SORCEROR HAS SUMMONED HIM.  OTHERS SAY THAT IT WAS THE MONEY FROM BROWN DORT‘S TREASURY THAT WAS USED TO ENTICE HIM FROM HIS MOUNTAIN LAIR..  SHORTLY AFTER CRAWFORD ARRIVED IN HOROLOGIUM HE WAS SENT FLYING OFF TO THE MISTY ISLES.  UPON THE DRAGON’S ARRIVAL, THE SORCEROR SILIDON SWIFTLY CHANGED HIS ALLEGIENCE FROM THE ALLIANCE TO THE GRAND CONFEDERATION WHICH MADE THE FOLLOWING ANNOUNCEMENT:

The Ancient Rune known as KEN has been restored to its rightful place in the Misty Isles. 

Glistening in the morning sun, the crystal-white wings of a Dragon brought the Rune to the Isles and consummated a peaceful transition of power. The Dragon even presented The Sorcerer Silidon a gift: a crystal ball with which Silidon may further enhance the power of the Rune.

The Rune KEN means the fire or passion of creativity. It is light out of confusion and darkness. It is inspiration, creativity, and enlightenment.
 

 
This is a Rune of good luck and fortune. It imbibes energy, strength, power, and positivity. It shines for vitality, health, and stamina. It indicates recovery from illnesses or negative situations. With KEN in the Misty Isles, all may look forward to new times of peace and prosperity.

STATEMENT FROM THE ALLIANCE

A battered ketch limped into Nekkar with the news of Silidon’s betrayal.  The crew reported that at first sight of the Codragon, Silidon disposed of his Argonian advisors and had Count Ategic, the Argonian chief minister, beheaded.  While Silidon was busy welcoming the Grand Confederation and offering his allegiance, the remainder of the Argonian staff retrieved the Argonian banner from the capitol’s main spire, and made their escape from the Misty Isles.

King Faelrud passed the news on to the rest of the Alliance with mixed emotions.  The conquest of the Misty Isles had not been a priority, but the loss of Count Ategic was disturbing.  He had been a good and able minister.  His abilities would be missed.

The Alliance cast a watchful eye upon the Grand Confederation.  King Faelrud, Rolf the Rough, Emperor InwharIII and Anndoquat the Sadar issued a joint statement:

“The Sorcerer known as Silidon is nothing more than a common criminal and an enemy to peaceful nations.  The Alliance granted him quarter once, but it will not happen again.  We are saddened by his treachery and the loss of the good Count Ategic.   As for the Grand Confederation, let it be known that our loss of the Misty Isles is your gain, but beware for Silidon is not your ally.  We bear you no grudge, but we humbly request you to discard the murdering scum Silidon so that we may deal with him.  Do not let a false allegiance place your future between Silidon and the Alliance.”   

AGUILA OCCUPIED BY MERCENARY ARMY

IN AN ACT OF NAKED AGGRESSION THE SNISS MERCENARIES HAVE OCCUPIED AQUILA.   THEY WERE RECENTLY HIRED BY THE MYSTERIOUS RULER OF HOROLOGIUM AND IMMEDIATELY ORDERED TO MARCH INTO AQUIILA AND SIEZE CONTROL OF THE GOVERNMENT.  .   CZAR FERDINAND II REMAINS AS RULER OF AQUILA, BUT IS NOW A PUPPET OF THE HOROLOGIUM GOVERNMENT.  

AS TO WHO THE MYSTERIOUS RULER OF HOROLOGIUM IS – NO ONE KNOWS.   ALL ORDERS ARE ISSUED FROM SECURELY GUARDED TOWER IN YILDUN, BUT NO OUTSIDERS HAVE BEEN ALLOWED IN.  IT IS KNOWN THAT THE TREASURY OF PERSEUS ENDED UP THERE FOLLOWING THE OVERTHROW OF BROWN DORT.  THERE ARE RUMORS OF A POWERFUL CROWN CONTAINING THE DISEMBODIED SPIRIT OFANANCIENT RULER THAT EXCERSIZES HYPNOTIC CONTROL OVER THE LOCAL CITIZENS.

AQUILA WAS UNABLE TO DEFEND ITSELF AGAINST THE INVASION DUE TO ITS LACK OF A STANDING ARMY.   IT WOULD APPEAR THAT WHILE HE WAS IN CHARGE, PRINCE NICHOLAS ONLY SPENT THE GOVERNMENT’S MONEY ON PLEASURE PALACES INSTEAD OF SOLDIERS.

THE FOLLOWING STATEMENT WAS ISSUED BY THE GOVERNMENT OF HOROLOGIUM:

My apologies to Czar Ferdinand II, but it seemed like the best way to protect the kind peoples of Aquila was to put them under my umbrella and help them raise their own army by sending the Sniss Mercenaries to train the Gruusboatmen to fight and defend their land against the perils posed by the armies stationed in Picis and Kaelum.  The transfer of allegiance to the Grand Confederation was peaceful. No sword was raised, and the Lesath City Troops are well on their way to becoming a respectable and respected fighting force, worthy of the great peoples of Aquila.


KEN
RON
MIKE
RAY
GARY
HAL
DISCARD
5 talents
7 talents
14 talents
8 talents
18 talents
6 talents
SYRMA 1
HOROLO. 8, crown
SAIPH 1
HYDROS 1,6
 
PISCIS 3,4,7
PERSEUS 1,3
AQUILA 8
SAD AL BARI
SYRMA 3
MUSCA 5,4
 
ERIDAN. 1,8
MONOK 1,4,6
VANDMEER FLEET
M.I. 2,7,11,dragon
WU
KAELUM 1,5, S.A.
 
 
 
KETOS 4
AQUILA1,2,3,4,SNIS
 
KETOS 1,5
 
 
 
Kaelum 4
 
 
ARGOS 1,6
 
 
 
ZORMESE
 
 
 
 
 
 
F.M. Max v. Bumb.
4 cards
10 cards
6 cards
12 cards
10 cards
12 cards
SHIFT IN LOYATIES

 

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Akamar Herald End of Year Three

Following the issue for Ray's turn which appears below, there is a gap in THE sequence of issues of the Akamar Herald.   This was due to a hard drive crash causing the loss of all the issues.   Fortunately Ray had kept copies of most of them.  Based on a later issue which also appears below, Ray, Gary, and John and Hal did not engage in any actions during the third year of the campaign.  More battles were fought during the fourth year and the accounts of those will be covered.

THE AKAMAR HERALD

STATEMENT FROM AQUILA

MY LORDS OF VELA,

I have been directed by His Imperial Majesty, Tsar (not Czar) Ferdinand II, to inform you that Aquila intends to abide by The Truce and all commitments made by Prince Nicholas. Furthermore, both the government and the people of Aquila strongly condemn the recent, unprovoked, use of a Weapon of Mass Destruction (especially one involving Chemical Warfare) against the innocent people of Ketos. Nevertheless, it should be noted that neither the Pirate Rulers of Saiph and Syrma nor the Sorcerer of the Misty Isles ever indicated that they would abide by The Truce.

As such, the gravity of recent events has necessitated the early return of Tsar Ferdinand II from a much-needed sabbatical. Upon his return to actual power, and In the Interest of Peace, one of the Tsar's first acts was to order Dandarnab the Trader of Ketos to be expelled from Aquila. (He is suspected of plotting against the government of Ketos.)

Trusting that Peace will Prevail, I Remain YOUR LORDSHIPS Obedient Servant,
(signed)

M. Etternich
Foreign Minister for Aquila

THE ISLAND OF DELPHINOS


DELPHINOS IS DIVIDED BETWEEN TWO COUNTRIES – SAIPH AND SYRMA.   BOTH ARE KNOWN MORE FOR THEIR COMMERCE RAIDING AND SMUGGLING THAN FOR ANYTHING ELSE.   THEY ARE JUST AS LIKELY TO BE AT EACH OTHER’s THROATS OR WORKING TOGETHER TO DOMINATE THE SEAS ALONG THE SOUTHERN COAST.   THE MAIN ITEMS EXPORTED FROM DELPHINOS ARE OLIVE OIL AND WINE.

THE GULF OF MIRFAK


THE GULF OF MIRFAK IS A HAVEN FOR PIRATES.  THERE ARE NUMEROUS ISLANDS IN THE GULF AND OFF THE SOUTHERN COAST OF DELPHINOS THAT THEY USE AS BASES.   MOST OF THEIR ILL-GOTTEN GAINS ARE SAID TO BE SOLD IN THE PORTS OF SAIPH OR SYRMA.

ARGOS


THE NAVY OF ARGOS IS PROBABLY THE BEST TRAINED AND EQUIPPED OF ALL THE COUNTRIES IN VELA.   THE ARGONAUT MARINES ARE EXPERIENCED IN AMPHIBIOUS OPERATIONS AND PIRATE SUPPRESSION.  ARGOS IS UNIGUE IN HAVING SUCH A MARINE FORCE.  

KEN
RON
MIKE
RAY
GARY
HAL
DISCARD
3 talents
7 talents
6 talents
8 talents
12 talents
0 talents
KETOS 4
HOROLO. 8
SAIPH 1
HYDROS 1,6
AQUILA1,2, 4
PISCIS 3,4,7
PESUS 1,3
Kaelum 4
SAD AL BARI
SYRMA 3
MUSCA 5,4
 
ERIDAN. 1,8
MONOK. 1,6
ZORMESE
 
WU
KAELUM 1,5, S.A.
 
 
 
F.M. Max v. Bumb.
 
 
KETOS 1
 
 
 
SHIFT IN LOYATIES
 
 
ARGOS 1,6
 
 
 
MONOKEROS 5
 
 
M.I. 2,7
 
 
 
MISTY ISLES 8
6 cards
10 cards
6 cards
11 cards
7 cards
13 cards
PLAGUE

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
THE AKAMAR HERALD
PISCIS
IT IS SAID THAT THE STUDY OF PISCAN POLATICS WOULD TAKE MORE THAN ONE LIFETIME.  PISCIS IS COMPOSED OF SEVERAL CITY STATES, EACH WITH THEIR OWN KING.   IN ADDITION TO EACH CITY’S KING, THERE ARE SEVERAL POWERFULL NOBLE HOUSES.  POLITICAL ALLEGIANCES CAN CHANGE AT THE DROP OF A HAT AND NOBLES WHO SUPPORT ONE KING HAVE BEEN KNOWN TO SWITCH TO ANOTHER AND THEN BACK TO THE FIRST WITHIN THE SPACE OF A MONTH.
KAELUM
THE CAPITAL CITY OF AKAMAR IS LOCATED AT THE CONFLUENCE OF THE DSHUBBA AND RUKBAT RIVERS.   IT IS ONE OF THE LARGEST CITIES IN VELA.   KAELUM CONTROLS A MAJOR SHARE OF THE TRADE BETWEEN THE WESTERN AND THE EASTERN PARTS OF VELA DUE TO THE FAIRLY FLAT NATURE OF ITS LAND.   THE ONLY OTHER EASY PASSAGE BETWEEN THE EAST AND THE WEST IS ALONG THE SOUTH COAST.    AKAMAR IS KNOWN FOR ITS GREAT WEALTH AND IS ALSO KNOWN AS THE WALLED CITY.   ITS TEMPLES ARE CROWNED IN GOLD AND THE MID-DAY SUN’S REFLECTION CAN BE SEEN FOR MILES.   THE CITY HAS FEW RIVALS FOR ITS BEAUTY AND WEALTH.  TO THE NORTH AND SOUTH OF KAELUM RISE GREAT MOUNTAIN RANGES.   RUMORS OF LOST CIIES AND HIDDEN VALLEYS ABOUND IN THE MARKET PLACES AND OFTEN MAPS OF DUBIOUS VALUE CAN BE OBTAINED THERE.   APPARENTLY SOME OF THEM MAY BE REAL AS ALI ABUBU, A FORMER BEGGAR, WHO DISSAPPEARED FROM AKAMAR FOR A WHILE HAS RETURNED WITH ENOUGH WEALTH TO BUILD A SMALL PALACE IN THE HEART OF THE CITY.
The campaign map at the end of year three.
 


Monday, July 18, 2016

The Akamar Herald The Alliance Retaliates

Following Ron's attack on one of his countries, Mike gathered his armies and fleets together for an attack on the Misty Isles.   He also added a special card that aided in sieges to his force.   In order for an army card to invade a country by sea it must be transported by a navy card.   Mike's invasion force had to conduct a siege against the defenses of the Misty Isles as the Misty Isles only had Silidon and a fortification card.   Sieges can last any where from 2 to 12 turns depending on the score of two dice.   Mike scored a seven for the siege/   Using the siege rules Mike's attacks failed for the first six turns, but finally succeeded in destroying the fortification on the seventh and final turn of the siege.   Mike provided accounts of the events in The Alliance before and after the siege for this newsletter.  Although the Wearwall had been destroyed on Ron's turn and placed in the discard pile, Mike had enough funds to get the two cards he normally would from the deck and purchase others from the discard pile and the deck including the Wearwall.  Mikes invasion and conquest of the Misty Isles now brought the number of countries he controlled to six of the twelve.   Since he did not have a better political control card to replace Silidon he kept Silidon as the leader of the Misty Isles along with the other political control card that Ron had melded.

THE AKAMAR HERALD

EVENTS IN KETOS

The great room borne the lingering stench of death.  Smoke from the wall torches drifted slowly and swirled along the grey stones.  The smell mixed with the lingering sweetness of the foul poison that had devastated the Capitol.  Rolf the Rough glared at his chief advisor. 

“And what is this rubbish you tell me?  Without a word from me this Kingdom is on the move.  The Generals, the guards and the peasants are gathering in the streets.  This Poison has wrecked havoc upon the country, but it has also boiled the blood of all Ketons.  The entire country will soon be on the march to Aquila.”

            “But your highness, we know Prince Nicholas was not behind this cowardly act of terror!”

            “We do, but the people don’t.  They want action now”

            “But the truce!  We cannot attack Nicholas….”

            “And what would you have me do?  Wave this treaty in front of them and say ‘go home.?  They would soon have both of our heads on a pike.  No, this act of terror cannot go unpunished.” 

            “Your Highness, if we attack Nicholas we will have the other nations upon us.  Our Wearwall is gone and we would be defenseless.”

            There was the sudden call of bugles from the courtyard.  A crier announced the arrival of a King Faelrud from Argos.  It was only a matter of minutes before the clatter of boots on the stone floor brought King Faelrud into the Great Hall.  Rolf rose and embraced his ally.  Rolf requested his chief advisor to bring wine and then dismissed him. 

            “So, Faelrud, what do you make of this?”

            “It went badly?”

            “Not so bad as it could have been.  Next time could be worse.”

            “Aye, and it may not be just you.  My Nobles bring word from the Gulf.  They tell me this is the work of Silidon.”

            “But why, we were under a truce.”

            “Truces mean nothing to such murderers, but if we are to survive we must not break our word to the others.  You must stop your army from attacking Aquila.”

            “Not so easy friend.  The army is demanding action.  They want to strike the nearest opponent.”

            “Tell them we will!”  He tuned to the table upon which lay the Treaty of Truce.  He drew his sword and in an instant sunk the point into the oak table pinning the parchment map through the outline of the Misty Isles.  “Tell your army to rebuild their wall Rolf.  My Nobles will deal with Silidon.”

FLEET SAILS FROM ARGOS


THE ALKES NOBLES LAUNCHED THEIR FLEET OF WARSHIPS FROM THE PORT OF NEKKAR THIS MORNING.    PRIOR TO THEIR DEPARTURE, THE CARGO HANDLERS WERE SEEN LOADING HUGE ENGINES OF WAR ONTO TRANSPORT VESSELS.    THE GREAT INVENTOR LEONARDOS OF MIRACH DESIGNED THESE MIGHTY SIEGE ENGINES.   IT IS SAID THAT NO CITY WALL CAN WITHSTAND THEM    THE RUMORS ARE THAT THE EXPEDITION IS BEING MOUNTED TO BRING JUSTICE TO THOSE WHO CAUSED THE DESTRUCTION OF THE WEARWALL IN KETOS.  

MISTY ISLES INVADED


WARSHIPS FROM ARGOS WERE SIGHTED OFF THE NORTHEAST COAST OF GRUS.   WITH NO FLEET TO OPPOSE THEM THE ALKES NOBLES WERE ABLE TO SAIL INTO WEZEN HARBOR AND PROCEEDED TO UNLOAD THEIR TROOPS AND WAR MACHINES.   SILIDON AND HIS FOLLOWERS RUSHED TO THE FORTRESS CITIDAL KNOWN AS THE CRATER AND WERE SOON BESIEGED BY THE INVADERS.   FOR SEVEN MONTHS THE SORCERER SILIDON HELD OUT AGAINST THE BESIEGERS.   USING ALL THE POWERS AT HIS COMMAND, SILIDON HURLED GREAT BALLS OF FIRE AND LIGHTNING AT THE WAR MACHINES OF THE INVADERS AND WAS ANWERED IN TURN BY THE BOULDERS AND FLAMING MISSILES FROM THEIR CATAPULTS.   AS THE WALLS OF THE CRATER WERE BATTERED TO RUBBLE SIIIDON WOULD WEAVE HIS SPELLS TO REPAIR THEM.  FINALLY A GREAT RAM WAS BROUGHT UP TO THE WALLS.   IN DESPERATION THE SORCERER SILIDON ATTEMPTED TO DESTROY THE RAM, BUT EACH TIME ONE OF HIS FIREBALLS STRUCK THE RAM THE INVADERS WERE ABLE TO EXTINGUISH THEM.  THE INVADERS HAD JUST REACHED THE LIMITS OF THEIR FOOD SUPPLIES WHEN THE RAM BROUGHT DOWN THE WALLS OF THE CRATER.  BEFORE SILIDON COULD REPAIR THE DAMAGE HE WAS KNOCKED UNCONSIOUS BY FALLING DEBRIS.   SEEING THE WALLS OF THE CRATER COLLAPSE THE ARGONAUTS RUSHED IN AND QUICKLY CAPTURED SILIDON AND HIS FOLLOWERS. A SPELL WAS PLACED UPON HIM BINDING HIM IN SERVICE OF THE ALLIANCE.

WEARWALL REBUILT

RECOVERING FROM THE SHOCK OF SEEING THE WEARWALL DESTROYED, THE PEOPLE OF KETOS HAVE CHANNELED THEIR ANGER INTO QUICKLY REBUILDING IT.   SURPRISINGLY IT WAS FOUND THAT MIXING THE DUST OF THE DESTROYED FORTRESS WITH WATER AND GLUE THAT A HARD AND STURDY MATERIAL COULD BE MADE.   FOR SEVERAL MONTHS A STEADY STREAM OF BLOCKS CAME FROM THE MOLDS AND WERE ASSEMBLED INTO THE NEW WEARWALL.  A GREAT FEAST WITH MUCH FOOD AND SPIRITS WAS HELD TO CELEBRATE THE COMPLETION OF THE NEW WEARWALL.

VICTORIOUS WARRIORS RETURN FROM MISTY ISLES


There was a great celebration as the Noble fleet returned to Argos.  They told of how they had battered the Crater and then humbled the Sorcerer Silidon by poisoning his favorite rat with the same poison that had been unleashed upon Ketos.  They raised the Argonian banner above the spires of the Isles and after obtaining a signed oath of allegiance from Silidon; they left him with his shattered throne. 

The next day King Faelrud and Rolf the Rough were seen in Ketos raising goblets in toast atop the gates of a new Wearwall.  In an address to the Ketonians Rolf acknowledged the bravery and honor of the Alkes Nobles, the friendship of Argos and the strength of the Alliance.  A joint statement signed by Anndoquat, Inwhar III, Faelrud and Rolf noted that their Alliance has stood by the Treaty of Truce, but let it be known that justice will prevail to those who dishonor their word.  Beware those who would do harm to the Alliance.

KEN
RON
MIKE
RAY
GARY
HAL
DISCARD
3 talents
7 talents
6 talents
6 talents
12 talents
0 talents
Kaelum 4
HOROLO. 8
SAIPH 1
HYDROS 1,6
AQUILA 4
PISCIS 3,4,7
PESUS 1,3
ZORMESE
SAD AL BARI
SYRMA 3
MUSCA 5,4
 
ERIDAN. 1,8
MONOK. 1,6
F.M. Max v. Bumb.
 
WU
KAELUM 1,5, S.A.
 
 
 
SHIFT IN LOYATIES
 
 
KETOS 1
 
 
 
MONOKEROS 5
 
 
ARGOS 1,6
 
 
 
MISTY ISLES 8
 
 
M.I. 2,7
 
 
 
PLAGUE
6 cards
10 cards
6 cards
11 cards
7 cards
13 cards
ERIDANUS 2