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Hi guys, this weekend I will be playing a VC vs High Elf mini campaign so I thought I would share the fluff with you. More to come depending on how the campaign goes.
Being an Introduction to the Account of the
Expedition of Eluchil Ranith to the Lost Citadel of Tor Yalazon
By Heimlich Ackelburg
About the Author: Heimlich Ackelburg was the son of Bartholomew Ackelburg a wealthy merchant from Nuln and Katrina Vienhammer, a daughter of minor noble birth hailing from the Tilean City State of Remas. Katrina had, unusually given her being of noble birth and being of the fairer sex, been trained at the College of Celestial Magic in Altdorf. Her skill in the mystic arts and Bartholomews talent in all mercantile matters made the Ackelburg family exceedingly wealthy.
Wealthy enough that as a young boy Heimlich was tutored by a high elf, whose name is recorded simply as Isandel. It was under Isandel that Heimlich developed his passion both for history, particularly ancient civilisations, and also a keen desire to travel. By the time Heimlich was 20 he had travelled with Isandel to nearly all the human kingdoms of the Old World save Cathay, and the strange realms of the Far East.
In 2506 (Imperial Calendar) Heimlich, now an old man, with the patronage and guidance of his old tutor travelled to Ulthuan itself. It was here that he learnt of the exploits of Eluchil Ranith a high elf explorer and merchant and the High Elf expedition to Lustria and the Vampire Coast.
Scholars Note: All dates are given for the convenience of the casual Imperial reader with reference to the standard Imperial calendar.
In 2429, the same date that the Burgomeisters of Marienburg declared themselves independent and seceded from the rule of the Empire, Eluchil Ranith set off for the New World of Lustria in the hope of finding the ancient fortress citadel of Tor Yalazon.
Eluchil Ranith, although a mere 107 years of age, was already a renowned explorer amongst his elven brethren. He had mapped portions of the Southland previously uncharted and had brought back treasures and merchandise from as far a field as Cathay. Such exploits were not surprising given his families history. He came from a long line of merchant explorers. Elves that Men called Seas Elves. It was his wish however to re-discover the citadel of Tor Yalazon. This fortress not built by High elves and of uncertain origin had however been the seat of Prince Caranthir Calaquendi a Prince of Northern Ulthuan who had travelled to Lustria nearly eight centuries previously but had fallen to some unknown agent. The exact site of the Citadel had been lost also.
Eluchil had spent nearly three decades following several tantalising clues as to its location and was confident he had finally discovered the Fortresses location, it was he claimed located in a mountain range some miles inland of the Vampire Coast.
With a host reportedly numbering over 3000 Eluchil set off to Lustria, and the ominous Vampire Coast.
2430: Eluchil Ranith landed on Lustria. Storms had delayed the journey but thankfully no losses had occurred. Eluchil sent a kinsman of his, Avari Fingil a mage of some respect, with a small scouting force to explore the surrounding area. Avari returned two days later with surprising news. Apparently a human settlement already existed on the coast. A colony run by Marienburg and Estalian merchants. Eluchil received the news with mixed feelings. A colony of men was better than a reception by the savage lizard men or even the namesakes of the Vampire Coast but the race of men were in his view temperamental. Eager to avoid confrontation Eluchil sent a second group to meet with the leaders of this colony to discuss whether trade would be possible and perhaps aid in discovering the location of Tor Yalazon.
The end result of these negotiations was extremely favourable for both the Humans and Elves. The humans of Madrabrug (the name the colonists had given their town) were eager to accept protection from the High Elves from the occasional Norsacan pirate raid and in case of a lizard man attack. The native inhabitants of Lustria had so far been fairly unwilling to trade or even contact the colonists. In return the citizens of Madraburg would direct the Elves towards the smaller human settlement of Fiendorf, provide food, water and refuge as well as any assistance they could in locating Tor Yalazon.
2433: After several years of searching the mountains north of Fiendorf the ancient keep of Tor Yalazon is finally located and Eluchil and about half his followers set up permanent residence here. Elves unlike their rivals the dwarfs are not great miners however the iron ore and silver in Tor Yalazon was in such great supply that Eluchil many times said one had but to bend down if one wanted the material to make a good sword.
From this time onwards Eluchil began a series of correspondence back to his family in Ulthuan. These reports received every few years detailed Eluchils position in terms of food and other supplies, any interesting artefacts he discovered followed by a copy of his personal journal.
2440: The relations between the humans and elves continued to improve, though there was still no sign of any lizardmen. Avari discovers a number of standing stones and great monoliths, which he notes, were charged with magical energy.
2452: Avari Fingil theorises that the original builders of Tor Yalazon erected the monoliths. He believes the first inhabitants came further North still, beyond the mountains. He departs with several hundred followers to see what he can discover.
2453: Avari founds the Elven town of Tol Galen. It is built on the site of the largest and last Monolith Avari has found. The mage believed that he could learn much from it.
2458: Eluchil notes with some amusement that the Men of Maradburg came to him a seeking aid. They claimed that strange shadows and weird lights had been seen just beyond the town boundries. Eluchil had no doubt that the humans were being, typically in his opinion, superstitious. None the less he promised to double the guard assigned to Madraburg and also, in the future, send out a number of parties into the Lustrian jungle to discover the source of these ‘strange happenings’.
2460: Although the humans fears subsided after a time, Eluchil does note with no small measure of grief that one of the four parties he sent out comprising no less than forty Elves did not return. Eluchil believes the party stumbled across an unmarked boundary into lizard man territory and were probably ambushed. Eluchil though young, is not rash and decides a ‘war of vengeance’ is best left to dwarfs and lesser races and lets the matter rest.
2470: Eluchil notes with concern that a malignant fever has taken hold in the human settlements. The Elves seem to be immune but Eluchil is still worried. The victims seem to grow restless and increasingly angry before finally breaking out in violent tendencies attacking and even attempting to eat, those around them before finally after several months succumbing to the disease.
2474: Eluchil is forced to completely quarantine both human settlements for fear that the sick humans will spread throughout the jungle making travel and trade impossible.
Avari comes south to try and find a cure.
2480: Despite Eluchils best efforts the humans broke out and now inhabit the jungles attacking Elves and each other. Some of the infected Men have survived the later stages of the fever and even seem capable of breeding.
2488: Eluchil seriously considers returning to Ulthuan. The territory that was prosperous with trade is now a dangerous battleground between Men and Elves. Only the continued wealth that Tor Yalazon generates and Avari’s hopes to develop a cure to the fever keeps Eluchil in Lustria.
2489: Eluchil Ranith talks of strange creatures ‘siding’ with the humans and of a number of his captains disappearing only to be found days later drained of blood. The Elven colonists are to all intents and purposes at war.
2496 : Eluchils message to his family consists of a long inventory of weapons, food supplies and strategies to patrol and sweep the jungle and mountains around Tor Yalazon. The ‘ghost town’ of Madraburg has been re-settled to provide a Southern garrison for the elves and a quick route to the sea if necessary.
Eluchils personal log is brief and disquieting,”The dead here are restless.”
This was the last message received in a long while by Eluchils family until 2505. Eluchil finally got a message through. He spoke of a great hoard of undead sweeping from the jungle. Of Tor Yalazon being under siege and several battles being fought near Madraburg. Black ships crewed by the living dead had prevented any messages getting through. Most of all Eluchil spoke of needing aid if the few Elves remaining would last much longer. So it was that in 2506 Eluchils brother Atanamir Ranith set out with an army of Elves to drive back the undead hoard.
Yes unfortunatly British weather put paid to the campaign itself, as I was caught in floods over the weekend I intended to play.