One of my most intense experiences in CE was a war back on my first EA-server in 2017, where I lead a clan named ‘Amazons’ under the name Skara. As it befits the nature of an RP server, I give you:
The Battle of Dark Mountain
From the books of Atemides, Royal Librarian, “Chronicles the Lands of the Exiles”
In the first year of Queen Skara’s reign of the Amazonian lands the sisterhood was beset by challenges. The casting down of the Setite Priestlord who claimed sovereignty of the lands, when the Amazons first arrived, the cunning machinations of the Twelve Leagues and the impending threat of the rise of the Shadow.
But none other brought about as much bloodshed as that of the Thousand Maws, a group of slavers who through terror dominated the eastern part of the Exiled Territories.
The Thousand Maws was led by two soldiers, Kargorath and Frejya, who had left the service of the Western Sorceress, Nepthys, to carve out their own piece of land.
Initially Queen Skara aided the two renegades with donations as they pledged their aid in securing her borders.
But when the renegades established themselves as the Thousand Maws they started a rule of terror where they enslaved and killed with impunity, openly insulting and defying the Amazons and their goddess, The Morrigan. When the Maws killed the wife and unborn child of an Amazon ally, Skara knew, she would have to deal with the Maws.
But the task was not an easy one. The Maws had great number through both slavers and slaves and their fortress was a maze to which they could easily retreat. A siege upon the Maws would likely carry a price of blood that Skara was unwilling to let her sisterhood pay.
So Queen Skara planned a ruse and in a very public argument she called off her alliance with Cromheim, a clan of northerners, who also had a feud with the Thousand Maws.
Present at the argument was also Marcus Silanus, a mercenary ally of Cromheim whose loyalty was questionable at best. Queen Skara counted on Marcus Silanus, acting out of self-preservation, would approach the Thousand Maws and reveal the news of the broken alliance to her enemies.
Her song and dance done, she secretly approached Cromheim a few days later to reaffirm their alliance, explaining her actions to Rhonan, the King of Cromheim
It was not long before Queen Skara received confirmation that Marcus Silanus indeed had tried to gain favour with the Maws by revealing the broken alliance and the Maws prepared to leave the safety of their walls to besiege Cromheim, who they now thought vulnerable.
The days up to the battle that later became known as The Battle of Dark Mountain was a flurry of diplomacy as Queen Skara visited Exiles across the lands, entreating many to join her fight, threatening others not to side with the Thousand Maws and instead pointing them towards what seemed an easier target, the Fortress of the Maws which would stand empty during battle, ready for plunder.
Constant vigilance was kept by the Amazon scouts, Naria and Ryelsha, upon the lands of Cromheim and this was how Queen Skara was alerted to an increased activity in the Dark Temple, a mountain fortress belonging to a mysterious clan, that had kept themselves to the shadows. A mountain fortress that Cromheim had been erected in the shadow of. War machines were constructed in great numbers and pointed towards Cromheim and the intent seemed clear; to rain death and destruction down upon Cromheim from a superior elevated position before engaging in battle.
Skara ordered attention shifted to the Dark Temple Mountain and through meticulous scouting, the Amazons discovered a northern gate into the fortress, well hidden away from public paths.
When her scouts reported that the Thousand Maws had entered the Dark Temple fortress in numbers, she summoned her allies to meet at the Dark Hand and march to war. Through a huge stockpiling of explosives and and war gear, made by her Master Builder and Champion, Lucan, the plan was to penetrate the Dark Temple Fortress and take the artillery support by surprise before engaging the Maws’ melee force.
The force that marched upon the Thousand Maws and the Dark Temple was vastly superior in numbers, but the lack of military dicipline that the Amazons had practiced almost spelled disaster for the Alliance as half the force broke off to charge forward to where Cromheim was being bombarded, rather than towards the source of the bombardment.
Rather than spending precious time in trying to regroup, Queen Skara led the remaining force to the North gates of the Dark Mountain, which they found open and unguarded. This allowed them to fall both Maws and Dark Templars in the back as they were raining artillery fire down upon Cromheim.
To Queen Skara’s surprise she did not face just an artillery crew, however, but what seemed to be the combined forces of the Maws and the Templars. With her own forces divided, it was anyones guess, what the outcome would be.
One can only imagine the chaos that ensued as night fell upon the battlefield and foes were hard to distinguish from friends. Who fell to enemy blades and who fell to friendly fire can only be surmised, but when the day broke Amazons and their allies stood victorious.
Frejya was slain in battle, the death stroke delivered by Queen Skara herself
Kargorath was slain after the trial where he was sentenced to hang; a mercy killing delivered by Nero, advisor to Queen Skara
Skara herself suffered severe injuries in the battle, her left eye torn from its socket and the left side of her face disfigured by scar tissue.
Peace laid a fragile hand upon the lands of the Exiles
(A picture from the aftermath and trial, where most participants were present (except the clans that were busy looting ). A shout-out of respect and gratitude goes out to all who had a part and made such an awesome story! While the server is long gone, I remember it most fondly)