Ruhgaia - The Valredis BallPrince Leron Valredis realized he'd made a colossal mistake. The ambassadors had advised against it, but, in his arrogance, he'd gone ahead with his whims. He was regretting it now.You never invite Scathens to a ball.He didn't invite them all. Indeed, most of the army was making a ruckus outside with the common folk. The commanders, and some of their 'propagandists,' an odd form of minstrel, had been allowed to the main event.After a round of the usual dancing, the commanding officer of the force called out to liven things up. The propagandists, as if they'd been expecting this all along, had immediately pulled out their instruments and overpowered the current music with something very lively. Several nobles, unable to keep up, left the floor, allowing a gaping hole to form in the center. The foreign officers took to it and began their own dance.It was scandalous, in Leron's opinion. Women danced with other women, men with other men. Partners changed quickly, and both move
Ruhgaia - The Cross Pass MassacreElswyr had entered the pass, a place known as the slaughterfields, and immediately saw how it'd earned the name.It was a mass grave. Heir and Guild bodies, strewn about, rotting. She gulped and gripped the handle of her runeblade nervously. Their force had moved into the pass as part of a new offensive, specialty soldiers for dealing with the footmen of the heretical heirs and anti-dragon magicians. It was all done swiftly and discreetly, so the forces at Baygate couldn't adjust their tactics beforehand.She still felt something was wrong when the southern wall on the enemy side was the only one that opened. Cavalry poured through, mounted on their striders, leading a veritable mob of soldiers. The unfortunate souls still under the yoke of royal oppression, she quietly noted to herself.It was her first battle. She prayed it wasn't her last. The Heirs hit the Guild lines in force, pounding the shield-bearers with aggressive force.