Aldiger Anister would be present at the Frey-Starke meetings in Koenisburg alongside his son, daughter, and wife and he would show himself as someone who did not like the Frey's.
The Divine Lands
Main Article : The Divine Lands
Following the meeting of the Kingdom of Lucerne, and Lorderon it became clear through those talks, and the talks with the Riverlands, Seagard and others that the Kingdom of Bolten was an extremely menecing actor in the field of Westros. Along the westernside of Westros sat the independant land called the Divine Lands. The Divine Lands had an alliance amongst eachother to defend eachother if things ever came to fighting, and this had allowed them to escape the clutches of larger Kingdoms like Bolten, and the Freys. Communication begin with the Divine Lands after Nicoli Machiavelli would communicate with the leadership of the three city states and from insiders he had planted in the area learned the ways he believed he could get them to the Lucerne side of things.
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Firstly he sent promices of large arms trade agreements with the largest of the towns in the form of Grandlen of which created a strong bond between the two. On top of this he would offer hands in marriage to his eldest daughter in Allenia Grandlen of whom was approaching twenty three but the prospects in Grandlen were not what he was looking for. Lord Grandlen was very much interested in having a large meeting of the Divine Lands, and said that if the Lucernians could put it together he would be a staunch supporter of theirs during the meeting.
Jeutenburg and Ventin
Jeutenburg would be substancially easier to placate as they mainly just wanted protection, and this was dealt with when William Lovie sent a letter to House Banner telling them that the Kingdom of Lucerne would intervene on any conflict which involved Jeutenburg. Nikolas Banner would arrive at Koenisburg after the third letter between he and Lucerne and would be prepared to be very positive towards the Lucernians during the meeting. Alongside Jeutenburg the mercentile city state of Ventin would be contacted as well, and they basically only wanted assurances of assistence in the case that the Frey's attempted to block their trade routes. If the Frey's could not be reasoned with then increased southern trade was their main option thus making them send five members of the Trade Union Guilds to Koenisburg for the meeting.
Last to get within the fold was Koenisburg of whom was perhaps the most important of the city states as the long term goal of Koenisburg was to act a major port nearbye The Trident which would alert Lucerne to any problems. Koenisburg was led not by a house as the other states were and instead was a hyper theocracy led by the Voices of the Dragon of whom are led theoretically by the Voice of the Dragon. Communicating with this voice they discovered the voice was Britt Lancave of whom had won prestige in Lucerne during the Nortburg Tournament of 5120. After determing from the council that they would like to be aligned with Lucerne if for no other reason then to make the Frey's less willing to threaten them she would go about making the best deal possible. After negotiations of shipping lanes, and trade was over she knew the deal was signed and simply wanted one more thing. Britt Lancave wanted only one thing in order to pull her to their side and that was for them to send a Martell that she could swear an oath before. This was an easy task and they sent Obella Martell of whom wanted any excuse to travel eastward and see her fiance Robb Starke.
The meeting would finally take place following the return of William Lovie III. and his family from their time in Lorderon the second time. Nicholi, and Hedrik Clegane would not return to Lucerne with the rest of the group and instead would meet Obella and Robb Starke in Koenisburg for the meeting. All the parties would arrive for the meeting except Teonisburg of whom obeyed the command of Koenisburg and saw no reason to send more representatives. The meeting would become somewhat interesting when several Frey's made dock in Koenisburg and attempted to join the meeting. Finding Robb Starke inside there was nearly a fight inside the hallway and Robb Starke would leave the hall in order to not make more of an issue then there already was. The meeting would continue and Obella Martell took the oaths of Koenisburg while the others signed papers of alliance with Lucerne thus sealing the Divine Lands as a Lucernian alligned area. The night came and as the Frey's prepared to leave Robb Starke once more attempted to make things better but instead of this he ended up insulting them more when Obella came out, and seeing she was his fiance by the way she clung to him the Freys were further insulted and left more angry and with more ammunition.
I saw the destruction of the world, and knew I had to stop it. There was nothing left to do but become bigger then everyone else. The Empire was never going to be the beacon the world needed it to be. Westros was on fire. The Bretonians had reached for the stars and been burned. And the old shadow of Numeron was fading far too quickly. It was left to us in Lucerne to change the fate of all those who wished to reject darkness. We were the last hope for a world who had long since given up on believing.
"Trouble amongst the children of Glaurung on the streets of his city is city isn't something I can ignore. I shall accompany you." Lady Lancave followed closely behind me as we exited the room.
"Alright my Lady but we must hurry." We made our way down the steps and into the street to find the Frey man with a sword pointed at the direction of Obella Martell of whom was being shielded by Robb who had his hand on his own sword. Three of the Frey's men stood behind him hands on their swords, while more then ten Martell, and Starke men stood around behind Robb. Reaching them I finally could hear their words.
"At some point this must end Frey." Robb held his hands out peacefully and you hoped the Frey would accept this, but he spit at Robbs hands before speaking. It was dark but I knew this Frey to be Hosteen Frey one of the endless sons of Walder Frey. Hosteen is a husky man with a square face, and despite his size he wasn't fate just very large. When we were told of the Freys that had arrived they had made a special point to say that he is very much comparable to a bull, slow to anger but implacable when aroused.
"This could have been so much different wolf, but you chose that whore over a true lady." He looked at Obella with such discust that her cousin Obara nearly charged forward until I saw Britt move infront of her stopping her dead in her tracks. Alongside his anger it was apparent that Hosteen is either dim and stupid, or arrogant and foolish.
"And I am sorry that this has offended your family but you can either accept my apology or you won't." The slight was so small that it seemed almost insane that someone would still be angry over it. These Frey's held a grudge over what I had heard was the fact that a few men laughed at them.
"We will not."
"I am sorry Ser Hosteen but you are causing undue problems for the City of the Dragon, and I must ask that you leave." She stood strong, and I gained even more respect for Britt then I already had as she stood in the middle of two very angry groups barely looking like she was afraid at all.
"The rivers will run red with your blood wolf." He turned and walked back before turning one last time and looking at Robb. "Trust me when I say that. You'll one day be surrounded by death and wonder how it could have all gone so wrong." With that he left and Robb turned towards Obella of whom held onto him tighter then her strength should have allowed her to.
The Invasion of Radin
Main Article : Invasion of Radin
| The Invasion of Radin|
This was a mistake from the first moment we set foot on this island.
When William Lovie III. became the king of Lucerne and following the diplomatic fallout of the meeting in the Port of Stormwind it was the decision of the Freys that neutral parties needed to be removed near them or else the Lucernians were going to take them over and give them more of a power base near them. The largest of the neutrals near the Empire of Frey was the Kingdom of Aran that was based north of them on the island of Radin. Jared Frey would lead a group to Radin where he attempted to create a union between Aran, and Frey and he was met with great kindness by the members of House Osnard of whom wanted peace with the Freys. As the meetings though continued Jared's drunkenness came through and he was increasingly rude towards the leadership of House Osnard, and this created arguments during the meetings which drastically undermined the conversation. As the situation deteriorated completely the Freys were forced to retreat off the island when Jared's son Tytos raped Meera Osnard and was nearly killed, but was able to escape. The Osnard's would demand retribution for this act, but instead they were sent insults and also forced to deal with the fact that Meera was now pregnant from the rape she had gone through, and her beliefs led her to go through with the pregnancy.
Following the rape of Meera Osnard, and the retreat of the Freys from the island the Freys would nearly immediatly begin massing forces to invade the Island of Radin where they would take by force the Kingdom of Aran. Jared Frey demanded the command, and would be given it as Walder Frey barely thought anything of Aran and was far more focused on the Lucernians travelling into the Divine Lands where he would send several of his more capable children and relatives. Jared Frey would amass an army of some seven thousand men, and was carried by the Frey Fleet to Radin where the Aran fleet would not engage them due to the vastly superior numbers, and quality of the Frey fleet in comparison to their own. The one exception to this was a brief naval battle between three ships commanded by Rovin Tikkanen on the side of the Kingdom of Aran, and six ships commanded between Patrek Frey, and Halden Anister but shortly into the battle Halden Anister would cause the sinking of one of the Frey ships and then fired on the two remaining frey ships. This entire action was watched by Rovin Tikkanen and his son Risto with great excitement and following Halden Anister sinking the last of the Frey ships they would approach Rovin Tikkanen's boat and he told Rovin that some of the Frey's coming ashore mainly those close to Olyvar Frey were not bad people. Following this Rovin would return to the port of Gwendale where he would send a raven to Twinvale telling them of the Frey infighting. Landing on the island Jared spit their force into two with two thousand men going west and landing further down under the command of Olyvar Frey while the five thousand remaining would travel directly for the main city of Aran in the form of Twinvale where they would lay siege to the city.
Olyvar Frey would capture a castle that stood separating the western half of the island from the eastern half and he garrisoned it with some eight hundred men, and then left it under the command of the capable John Urdentrot while he took the remaining 1200 men and made his way towards Twinvale. In the east Jared Frey led his five thousand men westward in a direct line against the city of Twinvale, but as he moved he would lose some 1500 men after he would insult the Lady of House Acorn and then executed Travis Acorn of which led to the House Acorn forces pulling back only a few days into the attack. Moving on despite this they would be stopped when they met the forces of the Kingdom of Arran of whom arrayed against them with some four thousand men, thus slightly outnumbering the now depleted Frey army. Jared was advised by his council to pull back and call for more men from the boats as the Freys could call on thousands more easily, but instead Jared refused this and called for battle to be made immediately. The battle would be a complete route as Jared Frey launched the attack, and the forces of House Frey were gaining victory after a brilliant victory on the left flank by Olyn of the Trident, but Jared would launch himself into battle attempting to gain the honor of winning the battle, and was struck down by an arrow to the head and died on the spot. His son Tytos Frey attempted to rally the troops but, his death would signal a full scale retreat as the center collapsed. The Frey army under Olyn of the Trident would retreat in as good an order as could be expected but still only half the original army was able to make it back to the boats.By this point Olyvar Frey had laid siege to Twinvale, and he surrounded the city as best his army was capable but he was forced to constantly deal with a small force of three hundred men led by Athos Osnard, and Eddard Meedgard of whom were doing hit and run attacks on his forces. Continuing the siege while he waited for reinforcements he would be surprised when he gained some six hundred additional men when House Yille led by Hanzal Yille would arrive at his camp. Hanzal and his sister Samantha Yille would tell Olyvar about how poorly they had been treated by House Osnard and why they knew this was the perfect moment to switch sides and while Olyvar felt they were up to something he had no choice and thus House Yille would join the Frey side and reinforce the siege at the southern part of the city. Days passed, and despite attempts to communicate with Twinvale his calls for meetings met with nothing, and his scouts reported to him that a large force was heading towards them from the south. Olyvar attempted to get House Yille to join with them for the battle, but learned that House Yille was only making sure Olyvar didn't retreat before the main army of Arran arrived. Olyvar would be seen as an honorable man by the Yille commander Hanzal Yille and thus when the main army of Arran arrived they offered him surrender unlike the other Frey's who they had butchered without quarter, and he was given two days to think about the offer.