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The Civil War (346 AC rebellion)
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Beginning

April 29th, 346 AC

End

November 1st, 348 AC
2 years, 6 months, 3 days long

Place:

All of Andoras, mostly in the mid-eastern region of the Kingsland

Outcome:

Rebel victory


Independence of all Lord Paramounties and free counts;
Death of Aegor IV Dragomyr;
Death or exile of the Dragomyr family;
Tensions formed between loyalist and rebel paramouncies;
The War of Embers between two former allies over the land that the Kingdom once held;
Paramouncies, like Thyllanor, able to claim themselves a titular kingdom with no liege to object

Combatants

Andorasi Rebels


House Karthmere/Lord Paramouncy of Thyllanor
House Grimolt/Lord Paramouncy of Thunder's Shore
House Stone/Lord Paramouncy of the Moonlyt Peaks
House Dermond/Lord Paramouncy of Gardoria

Kingdom of Andoras


House Dragomyr/Kingdom of Andoras
House Brackwater/Lord Paramouncy of The Wetlands
Hired Thysian mercenaries
House Stenwulf/Lord Paramouncy of Frostfall
House Tyseth/Princedom of Edrane


Leaders

Thyllanor


Dalan II Karthmere
Adrian Karthmere
Allistair Karthmere
Gothaen Synthor
Albrod Calnus


Thunder's Shore


Byron Grimolt
Balthasar Grimolt


Moonlyt Peaks


Helman Stone II
Borus Haren


Gardoria


Marcus Dermond III
Yulian Genorde


Kingdom of Andoras


Aeganar IV Dragomárus
Taeronys Dragomárus (MIA)
Daemalor Celtheon (MIA, presumed dead)
Ser Larys Carston
Vhalax


The Wetlands


Rolland Brackwater


Frostfall


Edward III Stenwulf


Edrane


Diras Tyseth


Battles

(in chronological order):
Dragonspire City Riots - April 29th - May 12th, 346 AC
Battle of the Pantau Bay - May 9th, 346 AC
Sacking of Abbeysroad - July 12th, 346 AC
Battle of Morano - August 3rd, 346 AC
The Pallid Day - August 23rd, 346 AC
Siege of Dekland Keep - November 346 - January 347 AC
Battle of Corcivaetas - January 4th - 17th, 347 AC
The Battle of Mountain's Tongue - June 5th, 347 AC
First Siege of Dragonspire - January 20th, 347 AC - March 11th, 348 AC
Destruction of Corcivaetas - March 11th - March 14th, 348 AC
Battle of Stebal - July 6th - July 11th, 348 AC
Second Siege of Dragonspire - April 12th - November 1st, 348 AC

The 346 AC rebellion, also known as The Civil War and The Deposition War, was a conflict from 346 to 348 AC that led to the deposition of House Dragomárus off the throne of the Kingdom of Andoras, abolished the Kingdom's title as a de jure kingdom, and made all former Realms independent.

The Civil War is one of the largest and most impacting conflicts in modern history. Featuring an Andoras at its peak, the rebel side, primarily led by the realms of Thyllanor, Thunder's Shore, and the Moonlyt Peaks with some end-war assistance from Gardoria, went to war against the loyalists, or the Crown, which included the Kingdom of Andoras itself, followed by its vassals the realms of The Wetlands, Edrane, and Frostfall. What ensued was a bloody conflict that lasted two and a half years, and was eventually won due to a series of victories in the Kingsland, particularly around the cities of Corcivaetas and Dragonspire, leading to a demoralized and eventually decimated Kingdom which fell apart at the seams in the final year of combat.

The war made many heroes out of both sides, some of which still serve today in their respective locations. Residual effects of the war ending are still prevalent as well, with the most notable being the War of Embers between Thyllanor and Thunder's Shore. Once former allies, conflicting claims and a long-standing blood feud between House Karthmere and House Grimolt led to war over the land that was once directly held by the Dragomári themselves -- and before them, the Daytons. It also set to make different factions within the continent itself, and to this day, the loyalist paramouncies still have tensions with those who won the war and dissolved the kingdom. The Wetlands and Edrane still recognize the Kingdom of Andoras as a sovereign nation, and await its return, while Frostfall renounced its loyalist ties not long after the war ended, thinking it folly to support a dead kingdom.

Origin of the war

A rebellion twenty years prior, the 326 AC rebellion (Farmers' Revolution) was fueled by and created hate for Aeganar IV Dragomárus. This is not to say that he was not already loathed by many of his subjects; his tyrannic actions prior to war breaking out had already influenced many of his once-close compatriots and vassals. It is said to have originally stemmed from the loss of his father, Aeramor I Dragomárus, who died in a conflict between a Thysian fleet and his own, which sparked the Thysian Conflict -- a short, two-battle war that ended as soon as it began. A few Andorasi ships survived the onslaught; the Drowned Duchess being one of them, one commandeered by House Dayton. Aeganar had returned to the general location of the fleet a few weeks later and torched the entire fleet to cinders and ashes. While some spoke out against this (namely a young diplomat named Veddel Markwell, who would later be the main force behind the Farmers' Revolution), many claimed that it was justified and that the Thysians firing on the fleet were biased and had little compassion for who might have been sailing in their waters. The Thysians claimed that the war had been forced upon them because the Andorasi were attempting to pirate their goods and extort them of their spices, which fetched enormous prices in Andoras. The general public thought of this as propaganda at first, unable to comprehend that King Aeramor, who had been known for his generally nice demeanor, would go to such lengths to abhorrently steal from another nation. Aeganar knew that this was not true, and that the underlying cause of the Thysian Conflict was the corruption in the market that had led to Thysia pointing fingers at the source of the problem, rather than consulting Aeramor directly. A fatal flaw of this, however, is that Aeganar never directly said this to anyone, and his father's name remained under scrutiny and depised tones. Already, the rule of the young king had seemed to go wrong in its ways, and the bar was set higher than necessary for Aeganar to succeed as a king, as eager not to repeat the 'mistakes' that his father made. This mindset worked, for some time, and Aeganar's First Five began.

'Aeganar's First Five'

Aeganar's First Five was a term given to the first five years that Aeganar IV Dragomárus ruled as a monarch in Andoras. They were marked by an unprecedented rate of growth and what seemed like a temporary golden age for the Andorasi. House Stenwulf set its differences aside, and finally publicly acknowledged the rule of the Dragomári; something they hadn't done since the Dragomárus invasion nearly three centuries prior. House Karthmere, already substantially rich, discovered more gold mines embedded in the hills of Thyllanor, leading to the creation of a new project a few miles north of Faercrest -- Vicarshall, a Karthmere family villa and holiday residence. It would be quite expensive, with the total cost being around 200,000 lions, and would not be finished until 333 AC. The Highlord of Thyllanor, Dalan I Karthmere, had expanded the borders of Thyllanor to north of the Wetlands and placed them farther south into Ember's End (before the war known as the Kingsland). This would be the start of a rising incline of Karthmere influence in the region. In June 321 AC, Aeganar held a grand tournament of Dragonspire, and nearly every lord in Andoras was invited to attend. Aeganar himself participated in the tournament, and won second place in the joust to be bested only by a young Larys Carston, who would later be knighted and become one of his main generals. Some nobles spoke out on this, particularly those who were knights themselves. They claimed that a man's prowess in battle does not determine if he is worthy to be a knight; rather that he be the best kind of man to represent the kingdom internally and through outside affairs. This was true to some extent, as Larys lived a slob's life outside of his public one. He'd often find himself waking up with his head pounding and his mouth dry, with a terrible hangover and often late into the day. One could not take away from his military and martial abilities, not to mention that they far outweighed his public life, and so he remained a knight, and later named Grand General of Andoras a month later. Many overlooked this, but those who had earned their knighthood and still felt they lacked proper attention didn't like this state of affairs.

Life for the peasants

Even life for the peasants had improved in this time. Less farmers were needed to work the fields, and a very smooth process of producing food and selling it had created itself during this time. A peasant could expect to have lived longer (if the golden age had lasted, that is), and didn't have to work as hard as they did before. For the first time, peasants could seek out leisure and entertainment; they weren't very accepted, but opportunities were present for them.

Towards the end of the golden years

Life went on as it had for these years until 325 AC, when a strange madness overcame Aeganar and he began to act out against anyone who angered him; several noticed, however, that he still treated his children and family with compassion, being incredibly hostile to anyone who tried to talk to them directly. It started with slight outbursts, typical of a king under stress, to loudly proclaiming the death of anyone who had so much as looked at him on a particular day. The reaction to this was sudden surprise, and later, anger. A young king who had maintained his temperance and public image for five years so well suddenly turned to madness and hate for his answers. Many courtiers who were with Aeganar tried to seek help for him, and many were in turn executed for what Aeganar said himself, "incredibly un-clandestine arrogance". The rampant death that Aeganar had caused within his own populace was felt throughout the entire kingdom. Already, arms were being prepared against him; but, in a stroke of luck, Aeganar had managed to convince the population to trust in his command, with a speech that he delivered in June of 325 AC. In the speech, he claimed:
(excerpt) Many of you see what you want to see behind this veil of secrecy and scandalization. You want to see a tyrant, so you yourselves can advance in society. As a rock at the top of a pile falls off, other rocks then gain the status of 'highest rock'. And just as one falling rock can create an avalanche, so too can my abdication cause this. You have put your trust in me for this long. [The courtiers'] deaths were warranted, for they betrayed my trust that I give back to you. I have spent five long years maintaining my kingdom so that it prospers. Despite what you may believe, diplomacy can not be perfectly maintained; not in any world, nor any fantasy. There will always be complications, and we should all acknowledge that. I have come to terms with this, and perhaps you all should realize why I have not done what they, the nobility who mock me and envy my power, claim I have done. Simply give me the trust that I give to you back so that Andoras can reach even greater heights.
- Aegor IV Dragomyr, Dragonspire City, 325 AC
Despite this, two men in particular still despised Aeganar; Veddel Markwell and Michael Avleston. Dalan I Karthmere was also quick to point out that the quality of life throughout the entire kingdom was fading away. Protests had already began, but were at first peaceful; people almost gave pity to Aeganar, simply asking him to return to the good-hearted, good-natured man he was just years prior. Soon enough, the jails in Dragonspire and other locales were filling far beyond maximum capacity, some full of just protesters. Tyranny was certainly becoming a key argument, regardless of who cared to listen.

But even with this speech, Aeganar was on borrowed time. He knew that war was imminent, but he didn't know that he'd be the one declaring it.

The Farmers' Revolution

Main article: 326 AC rebellion

Beginning in mid-late 325 AC, Aeganar created a plan in which he would travel to several locations around the kingdom, particularly those known for the recently-revived philosophy of con-crownism and those who were threatening to wage war against the Kingdom in revolt. To that end, Aeganar traveled with a heavily-guarded carriage caravan and several royal guardsmen at all times, to avoid any conflict if they could by intimidation and, if necessary, fend off any foes, who would be mostly peasantry; untrained and often armed with little more than their farming tools.

Aeganar's travels around the kingdom

Aeganar's plan devised a route to follow which would encircle and later bring him back to Dragonspire. The full journey, not counting the time it would take to stop in each city and give a demonstration, would take nearly a year. His first travel was to the nearby city of Corcivaetas, which was a quickly burgeoning city after the reputed discovery of silver in a large vein deep below the mountains nearby. Most citizens and peasants in the Kingsland tolerated Aeganar enough to listen to him, and there was a good chance that if war broke out, they wouldn't also secede with the others. Most of these travels had little to no violence, and Aeganar had escaped each town with his self intact - regardless if they heeded his message or not.

Travel to Farrowhalt and Faercrest

The 'no violence' experience would not last long, however. Thyllanor was a hotbed for con-crownism and secession from the kingdom, especially since all three who would later become commanders of the Farrowhalt Freehold; Veddel Markwell, Michael Avleston, and Dalan I Karthmere; lived here and held power as well. Aeganar reached the border of Thyllanor by September, and was en route to Farrowhalt by November. A militia which had been formed a few months prior was preparing for this opportunity, having read the letter that Veddel Markwell penned that was directly addressed to all able men and women in the town. An ambush was prepared, and for the first time, Aeganar saw the beginnings of a war under his reign. He was able to fend them off, but lost many of his men in the process. This made Aeganar even more mad than he previously was.

Faercrest was an unscheduled visit on the travel, but Aeganar decided to travel there anyway, keen to prove his innocence to the Thyllanorians. Aeganar was met with harsh reception in Faercrest, and an even larger assassination attempt occurred there in the town square. Dalan I Karthmere was nowhere to be seen, and the guards seemed to have taken longer than normal to break up the battle than they were known for. Aeganar did not fare well in this battle. He retreated back to Dragonspire, demanding that no one would stop until he reached the Dragonspire itself. Aeganar's two remaining carriages were badly battered, with cracked windows and cinder marks from where they were burnt. Three of the horses died, being forced to move until they collapsed from exhaustion. Once Aeganar learned he had to walk back to Dragonspire, he killed everyone in his entourage, and rode the last horse until it, too, died from exhaustion, with the gates in sight. He later ordered the death of everyone who had seen him in such a state, and sprinted at a brisk pace until he reached the Dragonspire. The tyranny of this single action was enough for the Farrowhalt Freehold to declare its independence, led by Markwell, Avleston, and several days later, Lord Karthmere.

During the war

Aeganar did many tyrannical things during the war that led to only more hate for him. At the conclusion of the war, his main general, Daemalor Celtheon, slew Dalan I Karthmere at the Six-Day-Siege. Aeganar also brought his dragon, Vhalax, to torch the city of Faercrest which concluded the siege quite abruptly, killing most of the peasantry, who lived in wooden structures and either suffocated or burnt to death. After Veddel Markwell and Michael Avleston were captured in 331 AC, they were executed and the war ended exactly 5 years after it's beginning; many claimed this was a bad omen, as five years of excellence turned to five years of war, but in reality Aeganar meant exactly for this to occur, considering it a milestone of a sort.

After the Farmers' Revolution

While hate for Aeganar IV still existed (perhaps even more) after the Farmers' Revolution, no one dared to wage war against him, lest they too be killed and annihilated. This was exactly what Aeganar looked to do; rule with the power of fear. He did so successfully for two decades, until the Civil War broke out and he lost his life alongside his kingdom and power.

The 330s AC

The decade of 330 AC was a period of cooling off for Andoras. Faercrest, particularly the poor district, was in shambles, and the Karthmeres had to dedicate most of their funds to rebuilding the city. For a time, House Grimolt was the richest house in Andoras. The Brackwaters, regardless of their personal opinion of the king, had always remained loyal vassals, and so the Highlord Rolland Brackwater maintained peace and love for the king in his domain, The Wetlands. Aeganar gave many public audiences and interviews during this time, and had a penchant for discussing the war at large with diplomats and emissaries from Doras Edrossi, who were unaffected by his tyranny and still enjoyed his company. Aeganar, however, was still known for his outbursts, and even maimed a Meyronite diplomat while he was in a debate with Aeganar. The Tentative Years, named such because of its period of inactivity, was Aeganar's attempt at centralizing the Kingdom and placing all power in him. Not even a month after the Farmers' Revolution ended, the mandates ranged from trade tariffs, to punishing Thyllanor as a 'foreign occupied nation' and more.

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