|Numbers||Small number of Vampires, but large population of human retainers|
The Blood Dragons are a bloodline of Vampires that are only interested in increasing their skills in combat. They can be extremely honorable, but are also the most dangerous Vampires in combat. The Blood Dragons are led by Abhorash the ancient Lahmian Vampire that was turned by the first Vampire in Angelica Neferata, and has reluctantly fought the Vampire's wars since the fall of Lahmia. The Blood Dragons are centered out of the massive castle of the Blood Keep where they constantly train amongst themselves, and also invite challengers from outside of whom if they survive the fight are turned into Vampires.
The Blood Dragons grew into their own under the guidence of their leader Abhorash who was perhaps the most powerful, and skilled fighter in the entire world before his death, but with his fall to vampirism he has become unstoppable. Abhorash rules over the Blood Dragons from the Blood Keep, but underneath him stands his council of three others, while beneath them are the battle commanders and training knights.
The Blood Dragons pride themselves on their martial skill and their end quest in life is to do two things. The first is to become the greatest and most unbeatable fighter that they can possibly become. Secondly they long to follow their leader in his succesful defeat of the blood curse through his drinking of the blood of a dragon. A Blood Dragon is a truly horrifying sight on the battlefield and it is lucky for those surrounding the Kingdom of Weerhousen that the Blood Dragons have become comfortable fighting amongst eachother as apposed to running around in the surrounding Kingdoms. The Blood Dragons are the least numerous of any of the Vampire Bloodlines as they only accept the most capable of fighters into their ranks, and as they do not see Vampirism as a reward it is not something that Abhorash has ever pushed to expand on. There small numbers are supplemented by their very large human military forces that they train and equip while also silently protecting many of them from the dangers that might befall them if they were not men fighting for the Blood Dragons. This was secured when Aborash was able to pass a law amongst hte Vampires that made the killing of servents of another Bloodline illegal, and thus he secured his people's protection.
Defence of Lahmia
The Leader of the Lahmia army was Abhorash, and he worked tirelessly to push back the opposing armies. He slew hundreds in battle, and was unbeatable by anyone who opposed him. This all was for nothing as the people of Lahmia began turning on the corrupt Queen Neferata. At this point the great warrior Abhorash was offered amnosty in return for joining the Tomb Kings, but he declined out of honor to his Queen.
The Founding of Weerhousen
Main Article : Weerhousen
| The Founding of Weerhousen|
We are the true gods of this world. We need to show the world what the gods of this world are capable of. Today we stop. Today we take ourselves a new home.
With their new home chosen the Lahmians begin to look at expanding outside their own fortress of Lahmia City where they had made their home base and out into the regions around the city. This expansion was ordered by Queen Neferata of whome while being the figure head of the expansion was delegating the tasks of the actual operation to her Dukes of which Abhorash, and Ushoran would take the lead in this way. The two devised a plan where in Ushoran would use diplomacy and skilled civil management in order to annex different areas that were in the area, and while this was going on Abhorash was preparing the military of the Lahmians in order to militarily defeat the humans if they resisted. In the area there were only two major forces of resistence in the form of the Dutchy of Krieger, and the Confederacy of Gregior of which the Dutchy of Krieger was rumored to be quite powerful and led by an effective leader in House Krieger. While Ushoran moved towards the Confederacy of Gregior he sent Vashenesh and Hercuso to the Dutchy of Krieger where he hoped they could get them to submit easily and avoid any bloodshed. He would also send Fadil Heratee to the realm of Ravensburg where he would be ordered to meet with the leadership of that region in House Constein.
Confederacy of Gregior
Main Article : House Gregior
The Confederacy of Gregior was built around its powerful House Gregior of whome controlled a large tract of a region east of Lahmian City, and they also had a vassal Kingdom in the city state of Crailsheim which provided them with economic, and manpower to fuel their growing realm. When Ushoran arrived in the Kingdom he was quick to buy off sell swords, and other people with swaying loyalty and from these people he learned of whom the power brokers were in the realm of which every person seemed to direct him towards House Gregior and its charismatic heir Breven Gregior. Ushoran was very impressed when he met Breven and he realized very quickly that he could save thousands of lives if he were to convince Breven to simply take his people and join with the growing Kingdom of Weerhousen. Ushoran used the only tool he had at his disposal after his bribary was rejected when he threatened to kill the entirety of House Gregior if he was not listened to. Breven called his bluff and Ushoran reluctantly heeded the words of W'Soran who told him he would make Breven understand that they meant business when they were discussing matter. W'Soran would absolutely annihilate nearly half of House Gregior after he and several of his Nechrarch Vampires used Magi to warp in demons to attack and kill members of House Gregior. Following this event the two would meet again and Breven realized what he was dealing with and he allowed the annexation of the Confederacy into the Kingdom of Weerhousen.
Ravensburg was the area that Fadil Heretee was sent to in order to pacify and bring the city state of Ravensburg into the fold. He discovered upon arriving in the region that it was very poor, but its most pressing issue was dealing with the constant raids and invasions from the Trolloc dominated forests to the south. Fadil spent nearly two months building up support amongst the populated southern towns, and villages and his growing army prepared itself to invade the Trollocs. The next time the Trollocs invaded into Ravensburg land the army of Fadil was prepared and waiting for them, and the Trollocs were massacred on such a level that the people of Ravensburg begin to clamor for him to enter a control position within the council of Ravensburg. As he and his army made their way north towards Ravensburg they were opposed by a large force led by the towns leaders who feared his influence. The two armies would maneuver themselves for some time while Fadil waited for his reinforcements to arrive in the form of Soren from the Blood Dragons of whom arrived a week later and made his way to the city of Ravensburg which was now undefended and took control of the town under the banner of Fadil's army. With their city in their enemies hand and the people now obsessively in love with Fadil the army of the town begin to desert in massive numbers until three days after the fall of Ravensburg the army was a skeleton force and Fadil would surround the remainder with his force. No quarter would be offered these men and the remainder were massacred and their holdings and wealth distributed to those houses, and individuals that had not joined them and left Ravensburg.
Dutchy of Krieger
Main Article : House Krieger
House Krieger was always going to be the section of Weerhousen that gave them the most trouble as it had a solid, and powerful army that was led by the effective and honorable House Krieger. The conversion of this land would begin when Vashenesh, and Hercuso crossed the border with many of their Vampire Bloodline and made their way to the capital of Krieger. When they arrived on the outskirts they were way lade by the town guard of whom said they could not enter and that a series of tents would be set up so that the council of Krieger could meet with them. Vashenesh accepted this and prepared to lead his men to the area they were told to wait, when all of a sudden Hercuso became agitated about this supposed insult and raised his weapon at the guard commander.
| The Trolloc War|
These beasts are the only things standing between us and our destiny. I will not allow some creatures barely above cattle to slow the progress my people have made, and because of that I want them ruined. Leave no trace of them. Destroy their homes. Destroy their people. Destroy the very memory of them.
War with the Trolloc
See Also : Krax
With the Vampires staking claim to regions in Weerhousen it was only a matter of time until they upset the massive Trolloc population of the area. As the vampires extended their influence, the Duke W'soran begin massacuring villages and settlements of Trolloc in his constant search for subjects. This got to such a point that the Trolloc of the region begin marshalling under a particularly powerful Trolloc named Krax. Krax beggining raiding local human villages and towns of W'soran, but this was the wrong area to try and insite retribution from since W'soran cared little if anything for the region. As the attacks continued the Trolloc begin spreading to other regions, and attacked a village controlled by the Duke Abhorash. This would be the moment where the attacks of Krax would finally meet resistence as the forces of Abhorash marsheled themselves to destroy the attacking Trollocs.
Battle of Hornish Village
Seeing his servants under attack and a chance for war, the brilliant Abhorash marshaled his army and moved to the village. When he arrived at the village, he found only a small attack force, and was at first disappointed by the little force arrayed against him. As he approached closer though his force was quickly surrounded by the total Trolloc force. Abhorash's army was surrounded by a Trolloc force that outnumbered his by 4-1, but this only egged him on and he pulled his forces in and prepared to withstand the coming attack.
Abhorash was correct and the Trolloc did simply charge the Blood Dragon force.
Main Article : The Battle of Gurt
The war with the Trolloc of Weerhousen appeared to be going without a hitch, and it wasn't until a massive army of Trollocs ambushed Queen Neferata that they realized they were in a very hostile land. While travelling from Lahmia City to Krieger the convoy was ambushed by a large force of Trolloc. The convoy was moving with Queen Neferata, Vashenesh, Hurcuso, and a number of Vash Consteins vampires, so they were almost cocky in their arrogance. The vampires had traveled throughout Europe in the shadows and had been doing whatever they wanted, and this had blinded them to fact that they could be killed. Ushoran said it best later on.
"The Queen had taken us throughout Europe, and in those hundreds of years we had killed mountains of people, and stolen an endless amount of things. All this had been done in the shadows. In the secretive way of our lives, the Queen and the rest of them forgot that we could be killed."
Vashenesh fought by the side of the Queen, and he held the carriage for more then twenty minutes against nearly two hundred Trolloc, as the convoy was slowly wiped out he became more and more surrounded until finally during the end the Trollocs were slashing him on the back as he couldn't get around to fight all of them. Finally a large Trolloc came in and was able to defeat the severely weakened Vashenesh and kill him with a brutal slash across the neck which left him nearly decapitated. The Battle itself would end with the deaths of every vampire and human gaurd in the convoy except for the Queen and Hurcuso. When the Queen saw her beloved Vashenesh lying dead in front of her surrounded by dozens of Trolloc that were trying to kill her, she wept tears of blood. It is a very notable thing that in a battle that involved her husband, and much of her retinue she spent the entire post battle holding the body of Vashenesh and didn't even go looking for her husband Hercuso who had somewhat fled the battle in order to survive.
It was only out of luck that W'Soran arrived and was able to resurect Vashenesh that saved him from death, and Queen Neferata from madness.
Rise of the Kingdom of Bretonia
Main Article : Frankish Crusade
| The Rise of France|
France was a battleground between more then just the Franks and Trolloc. The Dwarves instigated the whole thing wanting to help the humans. The Elves sent forces into the fray to support the humans. Even the Vampires of Weerhousen joined the fray on the side of the humans. Then there was the gods. Chaos sent forces under Flemeth's dark men to stop the humans. When that turned out to be not enough Chaos sent the Vampires leading to Vampire on Vampire fighting. As it spread out of control the only Noble Titan willing to do anything in Odin sent his daughters to help. It was called the Frankish Crusade, but in truth it was a world war.
The region of France had been the site of the major racial conflict in the form of the War of Vengeance and following this conflict the entire region of France had become dominated by the Trolloc and isolated elements of other order but the Trollocs were basically the dominant power. This changed when the Empire of Matron begin to attempt to uplift the Frankish of the region in an attempt to create a buffer between themselves and the ravaging tribes of Trolloc infesting the land. This experiment begin with the simple goal of expanding the human presence by giving equipment and in the proper places financing to Frankish tribes so that they would expand into regions dominated by the Trollocs. In this way the Dwarves sent caravans throughout the human controlled parts of France and found tribal leaders that they believed had competent leadership and a foundation of popularity that would allow them to expand quickly. The Dwarves would come to empower many houses but the following were the most important and in the end the only houses to matter much during the rise of the Frankish in France.
The Dwarves would send out dozens of scouting parties into France which they had been isolated with for many years, and these groups looked for different powers among the Franks, and it would be House Eisenburg that would be one of the first of a series of tribes that was met by the Dwarves. In this case the Dwarves arrived at Paris with a force of some fifty Dwarves led by Johanan Craghand of whom was a relatively young Dwarf but believed in the Dwarven cause with everything he had and was also notably an extremely devout Christian joining the increasingly numerous Dwarven-Christian naming system. Arriving at Paris his lieutenants would believe that there was little chances of success as their proximity to the vast Orleans region which was a stronghold of the Trollocs and was causing serious problems for House Naeniss who was far larger. House Eisenburg though was controlled and led by a brilliant leader named Charlemagne of whom was perhaps the most intelligent of the leaders rising at this point, and it was this leadership that would be the one thing that gave the Dwarven commander hope for their victory. Johanan Craghand would knight many warriors of the Eisenburg region, and also the Dwarven Christian Priest Zachary of Mathias would preach the word of Jesus, and his words struck a cord with Charlemagne of whom would command his men to listen to these words and convert to Christianity. Alongside these knighting ceremonies and the mass conversion of the region to Christianity they would also would give them promises of resources and it was in this giving of resources that the brilliant Charlemagne would find his true hope equiping his most loyal soldiers in armor, and equipping them with the best weapons he could get Johanan to get for him. During the start of his rise Charlemagne would come to rely on his children to a great extent with all of his children taking heavy roles in the movement of House Eisenburg including most prominently Lisiana Eisenburg, and Pepin Eisenburg.
In this search the first and most prominent house was House Liolen of whom was located north of Karak Matron, and south of Corone Hold. Led by Jamten Liolen the house was already quite powerful in the region and they had a large force with which to expand themselves outwards. House Liolen expanded well in their region and they in turn begin asking for more and more equipment for their expansion to the point that they had to go to the Dwarf Hold of Corone which they were told about through a series of Dwarven scouts. This would be the site of the first betrayal the Dwarves of Karak Ankor would suffer when the Humans of Liolen decided that the power of Corone was too much for them to ignore and they decided to sack the Hold and take the land for themselves. They talked to the Dwarves of Corone and got them to agree to a massive supply run and said that they themselves would pick up the goods and when the Dwarves went out to meet with them the Dwarves were ambushed and killed to the last. With the Dwarves dead the humans put on their clothing and equipment and used these disguises to get inside the Dwarven defenses and as part of the humans infiltrated in this way the other part moved aggressively against the Dwarves who were shocked by this attack and put up little resistance. As the Dwarves begin to mount a defense they found their Thane slain and most of their commands killed as the infiltrating humans burned them from the inside. What few Dwarves managed to escape fled north to the small Dwarven port of Hekbrund where they boarded ships and fled westward towards Best where they would be safer.
House Aslan controlled one of the few major towns of the human controlled region in Reims of which had nearly a fifty thousand people of which were all dominated by House Aslan. This alone meant that House Aslan was someone who was in great demand by the Dwarves and they were provided heavily with supplies and weapons which the Dwarves hoped would allow them to expand southward into the heart of the Trolloc controlled provinces. House Aslan would be noticed by Charlagamne when his scouts begin to expand into villages north of his territories and so he sent his oldest son on a dangerous mission to visit Reims in the hopes that his son could barter an agreement between the two growing nations. This trip would become famous as his son Pepin travelled with a few of his closest men through hundreds of miles of Trolloc dominated landscape and by the time they reached Reims there were only a handful of the numerous force that had left but he arrived to see the splender of Reims and knew that his father was right in sending him. He and his force were greeted on the doorsteps of the city by Marian Aslan the heir to House Aslan and a wise young man for his age. The two would discuss things and over the course of several weeks of talking became shockingly close to the point that Marian begin to listen to the words of Pepin when it came to the alliance he wanted between the two forces.
House Naeniss was much in the same as House Aslan in that they too were a house that once the Dwarven scouts approached the region and asked for leaders they were all pushed towards the village controlled by House Naeniss. When they got close the forces of House Naeniss nearly attacked the Dwarves as they were extremely barbaric in comparison to much of the other tribes of the Franks that were nearby and the Dwarves quickly learned that House Naeniss was in fact Burgundian and the major Burgundian House in the region. House Naeniss attempted to expand but found their movement and attacks thwarted by a massive number of Trollocs in the region and thus they stalemated in their advance into the lands of the Trolloc. House Naeniss in this stalemate would be greeted by the second of Charlamagne's children in the form of Charlamagne III. or as he was called Charles the lesser as he was deemed by many to be the weakest of Charle's children, but during his time in the realm of Naeniss he would change this image completely. He would first arrive in Naeniss on the invite of Petter Naeniss the Lord of Naeniss and this had been after a series of offers has finally been accepted in order to facilitate the meeting. When he arrived he was laughed at by many in the higher rankings but his tenacity soon grew on Petter who took him with him when he led his force against a massive horde of Trollocs. During the battle Petter would lose two sons and his daughter would nearly die but she would be saved by the intervention of Chalie of whome after the battle was given to Petter's daughter as a reward and because she had fallen for him during this act. His marriage to Petria made him the heir to House Naeitriss a fact that didn't sit well with many in Naetriss but was perfect for House Eisenburg.
"It would be folly, I think, to write a word concerning Charles' birth and infancy, or even his boyhood, for nothing has ever been written on the subject, and there is no one alive now who can give information on it. Accordingly, I determined to pass that by as unknown, and to proceed at once to treat of his character, his deed, and such other facts of his life as are worth telling and setting forth, and shall first give an account of his deed at home and abroad, then of his character and pursuits, and lastly of his administration and death, omitting nothing worth knowing or necessary to know."
-Tanlian EisenburgCharlamagne would take the supplies and finances that had been given to him and use them to massively expand his personal army which he would then use to take control over the region around him to the point that he controlled a land and population similar to the other four houses. On top of this he would use his children to attempt to broker arrangements with the other leaders, of which was a plan that brought great rewards to his relationships in all regards except for with House Liolen of whome refused to even respond to his ravens. This became an even greater concern when news filtered to the humans through the Dwarves that the Kingdom of Liolen had sacked Corone and was brutally massacring entire villaged of humans as it expanded westward, and to make matters even worse they had ambushed and killed a force of the Kingdom of Aslan which was on gaurd in the rear of the lines. All of this was a huge distraction that could have been avoided as the Trollocs of the Orleans regions were attacking all along the human borders in an increasingly coordinated fashion that wasn't something anyone had seen them capable of before.
Vampires near Paris
It would be at this time as the Dwarves were sending out their forces that the Vampires of Weerhousen would become intertwined in the Frankish Crusade as the Dwarven involvmenet became discovered by elements of Chaos. These Chaos elements in the form of Flemeth, and Velevia Silivia would command their servents to move into the region of France in order to work against the forces of
Corruption of Lisiana EisenburgThe Frankish Crusade was expanding and with the Trollocs continuing to lose ground Flemeth would intervene even further then just sending her daughters as foot soldiers, and in this increased role she sent the Dark Men to corupt the family that everyone believed would be responsible for the most damage against the Trollocs in the form of House Eisenburg. The major problem became that Odin had anticipated this and sent his daughters Helgi, and Durova Kirur in order to support Roswita of whom had been doing her best but would not be able to defend the inner family of House Eisenburg.Fuh-Theirin, and Elessar that she was in fact a witch who was using her powers to control the minds of the people in the region, and that this was the reason her House was gaining so much power. This sent shockwaves through the tribes of the region, and forced the House to go on the defensive against such attacks. But no matter what they did the rumors just got worse and worse until eventually their were people openely gossiping about her in her home town. There was now beggining to be talk about removing House Eisenburg and this was the final straw for Lisiana.
|Abhorash||Vampire Lord||Lahmia||Lawful Evil|
|Sonja Dammak||Third||Ukraine||Chaotic Good|
|Viktor Dammak||Second||Ukraine||Lawful Evil|
|Torren Eisenburg||Third||France||Neutral Good|
|Ludgar of Weerhousen||Third||Weerhousen||Lawful Evil|
|Armel Darche||Fourth||France||Lawful Good|