The First battle of Tree Hill was a profound moment in the History of the Kingdom of Lucerne, and those who lived in the city of Tree Hill especially. The battle was fought between the military forces of Lucerne, and Marauding Orcs coming in from France. The Battle itself would be a complete disaster for Tree Hill, and in that way for the Kingdom as a whole. The faith that existed in the Royal Family was damaged because of the events of this battle.
In the end the First Battle of Tree Hill is so monumentous that outside of those living in Lucerne, there is not a single person in the Kingdom of Lucerne that didn't lose someone, or know someone who was present during the events. During the initial attack the second largest city in the Valley of Lucerne lost nearly 60 percent of its entire population thus making this the most dramatic loss of life for the Kingdom of Lucerne in its history. This Battle also marked one of the first times in the history of the Kingdom of Lucerne that a Lord had been killed by an attacking force. This has led to the battle having an almost engrained memory on the people of Lucerne, and has led to a drastically rebuilt and reinforced version of Tree Hill in the reign of Andrew Lovie.
The First Battle of Tree Hill or the Fall of Tree Hill begin when Bill Lovie begin to believe that the only way to save the Kingdom of Lucerne was for him to betray it from within and destroy the cities in the central valley of Lucenre so that the Orcs could attack Rome for a time. This effort led to Bill Lovie destroying the Eyes in the west which were meant to give warning about attack, and with their destruction the Orcish horde moved without warning throughout Lucerne arriving at Tree Hill without any kind of preparation. On the day of the attack the Tree Hill forces had been evactuated from the city, and the remainder were on leave leaving only a few troops on defence. All of this was more of the effort of Bill Lovie, and the situation was hopless for the defenders of Tree Hill. The Orcs would bash their way through the northern gate, and then in several hours destroy the main part, of the city before a heroic defence by Lucas Scott would stem the tide of attackers, and lead to the Orcs having to remain in a siege of the city. At this point a relief force from Forks consisting of the Lord of Tree Hill Earl Scott, and Jacob Swan leading the entire Tree Hill army moved towards the north eastern gate, where they were ambushed and wiped out with very few survivors.
See Also : Bill Lovie
When the Alliance of man failed to win at the Battle of Lyons , Bill Lovie appears to have lost faith that victory in the convential way could be won. With his faith lost he began formulating a strategy where in the Kingdom would hide itself in the mountains of Lucerne , and wait out the storm as it were. In order to make the people understand that only the mountains were safe, he came under the belief that he should expediate the Orcs progress. In order to do this he planned to instigate a war between the Orcs, and the Roman Empire. The only problem he had was that Tree Hill, and Forks both sat in the pathway of any Orc force that might go to Ravenna. In his madness he came to the conclusion that he should just simply have the Orcs destroy the two cities and this would lead them to continue on and attack Ravenna.
See Also : Tree Hill
Of all the parties involved the city of Tree Hill was the one with the most positive thinking throughout its city. The city itself has just gotten itself out of the violent moments of the Fall of House Targaryan, and through this now had a new Lord HOuse in House Scott who was a more milataristic household under its patriarch Earl Scott. Earl had spent his time building the forces of Tree Hill into something quite large, and he had moved away from relying on the military of the houses of the city which often meant that the houses themselves controlled the situation and thus weakened the legitamacy of the Lord House. This was especially true during the Fall of the Targaryans when the military of House Scott, and House Tyrell were able to take control and thus in the case of House Tyrell massacre their political oponents.
See Also : Orcs
The Orcs that were paid by Bill Lovie to destroy Tree Hill were led by the suprisingly intelligent but even more power hungry Jurden Hardaxe. Jurden had used his martial power, and increased intelligence to build himself a power base in the region north of Marseilles, and through this power base he maintained himself by having any who rose in power, or intelligence - to such a point that they might threaten him - killed. The Orcs would have one severe weakeness and that was the fact that their intelligent leader Jurden Hardaxe had been brought into the web of Morrigan of whom was feeding him terrible information that was eventually going to doom him, and his army.
With his strategy in place Bill Lovie had to go about actually acting it out. His main problem was how to go about getting the Orcs to attack a specific spot. He first attempted to incite the Orcs to attack Forks, and Tree Hill by using his Circle of Magi to massacre several Orc encampments and leave behind the armor and weapons of Forks, and Tree Hill men. After destroying 4 villages and seeing no Orcs cross the border, he turned to more drastic measures. First Bill approached Sean and told him that his chance to gain his respect was at hand. Sean, who was desperate at this point for any kind of positive reinforcement in his life jumped at the oppurtunity. Bill told him that all he had to do was bribe the Orc Clan of Bad Ruppa into attacking the two cities.
Buying the Orcs
In order to accomplish this Bill sent Sean along with the Circle of Magi to Marseilles, where they made the trek north to the Orc town. Once there Sean was sent dragging a chest of gold to the gates of the Orc town. After much difficulty in language barrier the Orc Warboss agreed to the deal. It was that exact moment that Tree Hill's fate was sealed. Bill made sure that the Orcs knew the attack must take place two weeks from then as to make sure the least amount of troops would be in Tree Hill at the time of the attack.
Destroying the Eyes
See Also : The Eyes
Two weeks following this, the Orc army crossed the Lucerne border. In order to make sure the two cities were unprepared, Bill had his circle of Magi kill the men gaurding the western scout towers. This proved to work perfectly for Bill as Tree Hill was caught completely unaware.
Tricking Jurden Hardaxe
See Also : Jurden Hardaxe
- "I never understood why she wanted me to save them. For years I had begged her without any sign of anything from her that she cared about my feelings. Then one day Flemeth appeared to me in Tree Hill and told me to do anything I could to make sure that Jurden Hardaxe didn't completely destroy the city. It was too late for most of Tree Hill but I would do my best to give them a fighting chance at living."
Following the bribing of Jurden Hardaxe and the Bonechewer Clan by Bill Lovie it was the direction of Odin that the destruction of Tree Hill would allow the further destruction of Lucerne and thus he couldn't allow the complete destruction of the city. Odin would travel to Lucerne under a secret guise and would put Morrigan into a trance, and while under this trance he was able to reverse a large amount of coruption that was in her, and then convinse her that Flemeth had commanded her to make Jurden Hardaxe believe a lie. She would travel west of the Eyes and once there she joined the army of Jurden Hardaxe, and gained his respect after she killed several of his rivals (and by doing this gave him the later idea of killing his rivals as easily), and then would tell him about the offer of Sauron. Using a Magi menipulation she made him believe he was talking to Sauron and from this Jurden would attack the city of Tree Hill with the belief that he wasn't to completely destroy the city. Following with Jurden's army Morrigan was believed by many in the Circle of Magi to have been still following their directive, and thus it wasn't until much later they understood.
Luring away the Defenders
Getting the element of suprise wasn't the last move that Bill Lovie would do in order to make sure his plan of destroying Tree Hill would sucede though as on top of destroying the Eyes, and luring the Orcs he also lured away most of the Tree Hill army in the moment they were most neccessary.
In order to do this Bill created a Kings letter in which he ordered Earl Scott to accompany the Tree Hill trade mission to Forks with as many troops as he could possibly spare as Bill believed that an insidious force was preparing to destoy Forks from within. While Earl Scott didn't believe or even understand where this came from he was honor bound to follow the words of his king so he took nearly fifty percent of the Tree Hill army and accompanied the Tree Hill trade mission on its mission to Forks.
Initial Attack on the City
Main Article : First Battle of Tree Hill
- "The insanity that leads a man to turn on his people. The madness filled him to the brim until the point came that he snapped. There was no stopping it. It was all blood and death."
- -Earl Scott
With the command of the city falling out of the hands of Earl Scott the vacum of power fell to the hands of Sayden Nighting of whom was told by Bill Lovie that the Orcs were incoming and was promised the Lordship of Tree Hill for his assistence in destroying Tree Hill. As fate would have it, not only was most of the Tree Hill army not at their post because of the trade meeting in Forks. But the leader of the Army, and Lord of Tree Hill Earl Scott was also not in Tree Hill when the attack was underway. This meant that the city which would have already been in serious trouble due to the suprise attack which was incoming were nearly completely at the mercy of the orcs without the majority of their army in the actual city. While significant number of nobles were in the town as Bill hade not made the trip something anyone outside of Earl Scott was even allowed to go the devestation was incredible in the early moments.
- "I was walking around the edges of the garden when I heard the noise. It was a sound I had never heard before in my life but it was defenaing in its scope, and horrifying in its pitch. It was the sound of a city dying I just didn't know it at the time."
- -Margaery Tyrell
The Orcs moved across the plains in as perfect a following of the directions they had been given by the Circle of Magi as the Orcs were probably capable of. Destroying two villages as they moved they overran the outkeep that gaurded the inital approach to the city. While the outkeeps were meant to have been occupied by nearly fifty men each the deployment scheduales had been purposly screwed up by Sayden Nighting. With the outkeeps not alerting to an attack the Orcs were on the doorstep before anyone knew what had happened, and it was in that moment that the fate of the city was sealed. The Orc army was within 100 feet of the gates when the first gaurd saw there arrival, and scanning across the field it was a blanket of green as the Orcs were seemingly endless in number. The gaurd ran the alarm bell, and then the men manning the gate attempted to close it. All the Tree Hill gaurds that were present in the area swarmed the gate in the hopes they could hold the gate until it could be closed. Traven Goodsbrow, and the Oakheart twins Frasier, and Thomas Oakheart were in the vicinity and would also move in the direction of the fighting at the gate. Traven and the Oakheart twins would be overwhelmed alongside the rest of the gaurds at the gatehouse and the Orcs swelled into the city from the main gate shattering the cork that held the Orcs at bay. Once they had control of the gate the Orcs quickly destroyed any resistence that managed to form in the outer city, while they began destroying and setting buildings ablaze.
Fall of Typhon's Keep
- "Typhon's Gate was the personal keep of House Typhon, and the fact that they held to the last man bought time for the rest of the city to atleast get a chance to survive at the main keep."
- -Lucas Scott
Located in the northern section of Tree Hill the estate of House Typhon was a small but secure keep that had long controlled the northern section of the city. A vassal of House Scott they would be within their estate as the city burned and the northern half was completely wiped out. Blocking their gates when the Orcs arrived on the scene the males took to the walls and fired upon the Orcs drawing major attention to themselves and slowing the advance as the Orcs attempted to take the Keep. The Gate was bashed down, but the defenders had placed a barricade behind this forcing most of the Orcs to use makeshift ladders, and ropes to climb onto the walls. Getting onto the walls the Orcs would wipe out the defenders including Lord Typhon and his two sons, and would thus gain entrance into the courtyard within. The final son of House Typhon would defend the inner hold nearly alone trying to protect his mother, cousins, and sisters but watched as the Orcs killed the remaining gaurds and the rest of House Typhon were massacred in the inner hallway.
Last stand at the Gryphon Gate
See Also : Lucas Scott
- "You heard the screaming and the fire started to go into the air, and you just knew there was something beyond the usual kind of bad happening."
- -Loras Tyrell
who were still racing trying to get inside but the risk grew increasingly real as the Orcs begin overruning the courtyard despite the archer fire from the walls. Lucas by this point entered the frey alongside Garlan, and Paul Tyrell, Deert Dravion, Hank James II., and Hansal Oakheart and the group would move to Devon Davion who they pushed to keep the gate open, but he was reluctant fearing the fall of the entire remaining population if he did this. The commander held off after Lucas convinsed him to hold the gate open as long as he held the bridge, but regretted his decision when his son Deert Davion followed Lucas onto the bridge.
- "I watched him tell that man that he was going to go over the wall and everything inside of me desperatly needed to stop him from killing himself. His heart was not completely in surviving and the moment you went into something like a battle you needed to be completely driven to live. If there was even a sliver of doubt then you shouldn't be doing it. But how do you tell someone you love to betray what they believe to be right? How could I make him understand that nothing was as important as him surviving. How did I let him know how truly important he was."
- -Peyton Sawyer
Overcome with relief that she was alright he ran to her, not caring what had transpired between the two. Peyton was hysterically crying and Lucas held her until he overheard the gatemaster saying he was going to shut the gate, thereby dooming hundreds perhaps thousands. Before Peyton could stop Lucas he had rushed over to the gatemaster and volunteered to hold the bridge. The gatemaster was beyond skeptical, and he also knew that Lucas was the prince of House Scott, and because of this Dan would have his head if he let him do something so stupid but in the end Lucas convinsed him to give him the time he could. With his plan in place he scanned around for Peyton and when he saw her he quickly returned and said goodbye.
- "If this is the end Peyton I want you to know that I loved you. I may not always show how much I love you but just know that in my heart you were always what kept me going...Just know that I loved you."
- -Lucas Scott
And with that Lucas kissed her and then ran to the bridge alongside the other members of his party leaving a destroyed Peyton to watch him leave. Peyton attempted to get onto the wall to see him but the gaurds forced her back farther into the keep where she eventually met up with Brooke, and Haley who watched with her from the Dragon Tower what they believed was the death of Lucas Scott on the bridge. By this point Nathan had organized the defenders to mobilize against the bridge and he commanded nearly two hundred hardy archers who provided a heavy stream of arrows onto the incoming Orcs thinning their numbers greatly for Lucas and his party. As the Battle of the Gate was moving forward Lord Dan Scott would become infamous silently when he murdered Hank James of House James after the man had stumbled into his room and found a letter detailing his knowledge of the Fall of Tree Hill being a planned event.
The Defence of the Bridge
- "Was jumping onto that bridge a smart move? Probably not, but the alternative was locking that drawbidge and watching as hundreds if not thousands of people that might have lived died. I couldn't just sit there and watch the city I loved fall in such a way."
- -Lucas Scott
Lucas and his party alongside five men at arms of various houses proceeded to hold the bridge for almost an hour under extremely difficult cercumstances. At first he moved far past the bridge as he shouted for people to hurry up and get inside, but after fifteen minutes he started to see the first trickle of Orcs moving forward and it was in this moment that he held the road for a time stopping Orcs with carefully aimed bow shots. Garlan, and Hansal Oakheart were also firing arrows near him, while Deert, and Hank were directing people towards the bridge and making them hurry. He and the rest of the party were slowly pushed back by their numbers as he didn't want to be cornered in the street, so he pushed himself to the first tier of the bridge and thus allowed the people to continue getting inside the Keep. While they were pulling back two of the other men at arms fell to Orcs, and Deert took a horrifying blow to his arm of which when Lucas moved to him they were both very aware that the wound might be fatal, but he refused to retreat and they covered it as best they could. His desperate fight continued as the Orcs begin swarming at him in increasing numbers, and during this time he held the front of the bridge standing side by side with Garlan Tyrell while the other men at arms, and the party joined the archer fire from the walls as they devestated the incoming Orcs. At times they would be assisted by some of the fleeing soilders, but they basically held it alone against hundreds of marauding Orcs for nearly a half an hour. Wave after wave failed to get by him and Garlan, and as his success seemed more and more likely gaurds from the wall joined his defence of the bridge. They continued to hold until finnally they were confronted by the largest Orc any of them had ever seen, alongside nearly half a dozen other massive Orcs and hundreds of others that also tried to get by.
- "His skin was bright red, and he was so large that he seemed to obscure everything around him. He pushed two of his own men off the bridge in his desperation to get at us, and I raised my shield knowing this wasn't going to be an easy fight."
- -Lucas Scott
The Orc was Lugdush and was the second highest commander behind Jurden Hardaxe himself, and was perhaps the strongest of the lot and for this reason Jurden had sent him at the vangaurd and when watching Lucas murder Orc after Orc he saw his chance to rid himself of Lugdush. The Orc moved up to the lines surviving archer fire from the walls without any pause, and raised his sword before killing the man next to Lucas and sending Lucas, and Garlan flying to the ground and knocking Garlan uncounsious against the ground. Lucas called out for the other men to retreat, but they refused to leave him and his party stood side by side with him as Lugdush attacked again. Deert would be the first ot fall as Lugdush ignored a slash across his chest from Lucas and cleaved Davion nearly in two, and followed by this Lucas ducked underneath another slash from Lugdush and slid behind him engaging two of the other massive Orcs. While Lucas fought them Hansal was slashed across the face by Lugdush and killed, while the three men at arms were killed by the other Orcs with Lugdush with the last Orc dying as it killed the last man at arms leaving Lucas killing the remaining Orcs while Lugdush and Hank James II. battled.
- "The thing stood as high as a building it seemed. It was a monster of the demons themselves, and it made you understand clearly what was happening. Watching Deet, and Hansal, and James and then all those poor men I just hated the thing. I let that hate overcome me, and I'm glad I did."
- -Lucas Scott
Dodging blow after blow Hank was joined by Paul of whom would slash Lugdush badly on the leg knocking him to the ground, but when Hank went for the killing blow Lugdush would grab him and break his neck before throwing him into the moat. Lucas by this point had killed three of the large Orcs, and one of the final was able to overwhelm him and push him to the side, and as it raised its axe to kill him an arrow struck it in the head. Looking to the source of the arrow he saw his brother Nathan on the wall, and the two shared a quick look before Nathan reaimed his bow and fired once again into the mass crowd behind them. As Lugdush cornered Paul against the side of the bridge and prepared to kill him Lucas jumped on his back and was able to stab him through the less armored back part of his neck killing the massive Orc. Now exhausted from that fight and standing alone on the bridge he was finnally forced to pull back when nearly 50 Orcs almost surrounded him, causing him to jump into the moat. Those on the wall believed he had been struck down and killed. The Gryphon gate was then shut but Lucas was stuck on the outside of the wall.
Closing the front door
- "I woke up in a ditch on the outskirts of the wall. My survival rested upon the simple fact that the Orcs had killed everyone and thus they didn't believe it was possible for anyone to be alive outside of the wall. A more determined force might have checked my body, but I lay there awake in the water for nearly two hours before I finally was alone enough to make a dash for the keep."
- -Lucas Scott
But Lucas was not dead. He managed to sneak his way around the city, and it was during this time that he would further his fame. He managed to sneak back to the outer city gate, by moving silently through the sewers that ran from the Scott Keep all the way to the front entrance of the market which was just a short run to the gatehouse. Finding none of the Orcs had worked on clearing the sewers he was shocked to find dozens of people hiding themselves in the sewers, and warning them they needed to quickly make their way to the keep he kept moving arriving at the market entrance, and leaving the sewer he looked out and saw the gatehouse. Flowing through the gatehouse were the Orcs, and he knew that unless he stemmed the tide the Gryphon gate would be overwhelmed with little difficulty, and thus he snuck his way along the side of the road and made his way into the tower where he killed the three Orcs gaurding the main floor of the gatehouse before making his way upwards into the actual door mechanism room. Once there he wiped out the Orcs who were now holding the gate house. There were dozens of Orcs spread throughout the gatehouse tower but they were in a rampaging mood and thus he was able to ambush them room after room until he had cleared his way to the actual mechanism that would control the porticuls. Once he had control of the gate house he closed the outer gate. By shutting this gate he had managed to stem the flow of Orcs entering the city, and through this act most likely saved the inner city who was having great difficulties holding. Quickly making his way onto the ramparts he was forced to briefly fight his way along the wall before he jumped off the wall onto the roof of a house below. Making his way from roof to roof he would get himself all the way back to the keep and seeing the keep wall, he was able to fashion a rope that he used to climb back over the inner wall, where he was found by his brother Nathan passed out on the wall.
Morrigan Enters the City
- "The Orcs flooded the city, and I made my way into the tunnels where I used Magi to litterly burrow a hole through the tunnels and into the inner sanctum of Tree Hill. Entering in such a way had its dangers but at that point noone feared other humans very much."
As the Orcish army swarmed into Tree Hill Morrigan would make her way to a local farm where she had ordered her men for months to burrow a tunnel beneath Tree Hill that would connect directly beneath Gryphon's Gate. Moving her way through the tunnels she would eventually arrive at the entrance which was inside her home in the keep where she was living under the guise of Lady Morrigan Sylne of House Slyne. Leaving her house she heard the screams and could smell all the death around her but her soul brought her to the wall where she found a mortally wounded Lucas Scott. Lucas had two arrows in him of which one had pierced his lung and was too much for him to handle and survive. Holding his head up she would use her Magi to heal him, and as he was healed and she removed the arrows she rested him along the wall and used her Magi to enchant Nathan into sensing where his brother was and coming to find him.
Siege of Forks
See Also : Siege Of Forks
- "Forks was the center of the Kingdom of Lucerne, and in a lot of ways the only city that even approached Lucerne in terms of importance. To see its walls assailed by Greenskins was a horrifying sight that I hope I never see again."
- -Charlie Swan
While 80% of the Orc army attacked Tree Hill, the other 20% split off and attempted to stage the same sort of ambush on Forks. The only difference was Tree Hill relied on the Western Scout towers because its western side was a mountainy area where it was difficult to see movement, while Forks had a near 360 degree view of attackers. Gaurds on the wall noticed the attacking Orcs long before they closed in, and thus managed to sound the alarm and shut the gate. Witht the gates shut and the forces of Forks arranging on the walls, the Orcs found themselves in a killing zone outside the walls, and what few did manage to place ladders against the walls were repulsed with heavy casualties on both sides, but the defences held without much problem. As the Orcs massed for another assault on the walls with ladders, a large cavalry force would arrive from House Clegane from the north, and alongside a sortie from House Swan's forces the Orcs were massacred as they attemtped to flee from these two forces.
- "The City was near destruction, and it seemed only fitting that the entire Kingdom of Lucerne would mass to take it back. If we chose to allow Tree Hill to die, then what did that say of us. What did that say to every city, town, and village that was near Tree Hill. Should they run. Should they hide amongst the trees so that the Orcs didn't kill them too."
- -Earl Scott
With the city on the verge of utter destruction, and the Orcs massacring the few survivors within the walls and outside the Keep the forces of Lucerne were preparing to gather in Forks for what they assumed would be a massive reinforcement effort. At this time Bill Lovie, and House Lovie's forces would be only a day away from Forks, and he was trying to find a way to make the forces of Lucerne stand down and not assist the city he had planned to destroy. His oppurtunity would come when the main army of Tree Hill which had been ordered by him to Forks on the day of the attack massed alongside hundreds of volunteers and prepared to move inside the city from the eastern gate so to give the defenders more time for the relieving force to arrive. At this point Earl Scott asked for permission for the forces of House Swan, and House Arryn to join with them, and when the raven arrived with Bill Lovie he knew he had his chance.
- "Earl Scott in his foolishness had sacrifised himself unknowingly. He had given me the perfect reason why we should not relieve Tree Hill, and allow me to remove yet another loose end in my plans.
- -Bill Lovie
He sent four ravens in responce to Earl's letter. The first was to Earl Scott himself of whom he told he was going to send the full wieght of House Arryn, and House Swan to the western side of Tree Hill so that the route into Tree Hill would be opened to them. He sent two more ravens to House Swan, and House Arryn which told them that they were to move to the northern end of Tree Hill, and they they were to wait in the forests there for the full force of Lucerne to arrive. With this in mind Earl Scott would assemble his forces, and without checking in with Charlie Swan who was the only one who knew nearbye that he was walking into a trap he moved his forces towards Tree Hill. As his forces were leaving out the gate, it would be Jacob Swan who would follow with Earl Scott alongside several of his bodygaurd, and they would join what would be a doomed effort. The final raven would be the most deadly and had been sent to Alex Kirsh who was located in a small mountain cave north of Tree Hill more then a day ahead of Earl Scott. He would order Alex Kirsh to infiltrate the northern gatehouse and wait there until the arrival of Earl Scott, where upon his arrival he would trap his forces by closing the gate.
Massacre at Hyphon's farm
- "It was a horrible realization when I understood what had happened. I knew in the moment before the Orc's blade struck me across the chest that he had betrayed me. I knew that there was never any true relief and all he wanted was to see my force dead. I had walked right into his trap, and in the end I had noone to blame but myself."
- -Earl Scott
Earl's forces would arrive at Tree Hill nearly a day and a half later and were exhausted due to the speed at which they had been marching to Tree Hill. Upon their arrival they saw that the gate was open, and few Orcs were defending the area so they moved quickly into the area believing that the forces of House Swan, and House Arryn had blocked the main army from being able to ambush them. At the same time as they were moving it was the movement of Alex Kirsh in the northern gatehouse that would seal the fate of the army of Earl Scott. Alex Kirsh had waited for Earl's forces to arrive, and once they neared the gatehouse he begin to lower the gate so that they couldn't get inside. Earl's forces now stuck on the outside saw a large force of Worg riders moving towards them from the east, and thus they moved northward, and when the Worgs hit them they were trapped in Hyphon's farm. The Worgs overran their positions all across their lines, and despite attempts by Earl to get the troops under control they were cut down in their hundreds by the rampaging forces of the Orc Worg Riders. As they attempted to shift westward they saw the main Orc force moving towards them and realized they were trapped and doomed. The Worg Riders and the main Orc force would together over the course of several hours massacre the entire force and capture several of the soldiers for slavery.