Dunstrand Rising – A New Beginning

Still the old heartlands of the realms are in turmoil. After a generation of stability, powers are moving again which threaten to destroy the entire peace and security of the western heartlands. The crown of the high king turns east and north as even greater calamities threaten the lands of the civilized races. The Duke of Dusntrand has to defend the east and north against the Merchant Cities. Civil war stirs in county of Bar-Innis which could trigger a political shift that would affects tens of thousands. Evil, terror, and fear stalk across the land… the people wait for the worst yet to come…

It is 9163, Month 10 now; The campaign started in 9160, Month 5 – and is broken by 2 years of military service ending in 9162, Month 7, Day 1; 15 days later the group took their first job and became part of Dierdre’s bid to challenge her brother Berithor Aelishan for the title of Earl of Bar-Innis.

The Fate of Bar-Innis and the Brave Companions

What the Characters Know: Earl Danver Aelishan dies suddenly in common year 9145. The Brave Companions fade into obscurity; their mundane lives and politics take the place of high adventure. All of them struggle to retain their honor amidst a heartland that is tearing itself apart again. Sandovhal, Hap, Kaleb, Porthias, and Farold all die in the years of decline. All are buried as heroes and remembered well. The stage becomes set once again for a new generation of companions… but the people grow weary and their belief in their rulers and a better life is failing…

War of Sister’s Ascention 9142-9152, civil war between High King’s regents…

The War of Northern Succession 9144-9150, Gwinn invades…

The Fate of Bar-Innis

Danver’s son Ardus takes the title of his father. His father built many political allies and was made well off by the Duke, much with the help of Band of Crows/Brave Companions. Ardus, in his arrogance and youth, turned away his father’s loyal servant Djuril and opened the court to sycophants and dandies. His mother, Talleri, was basically driven to exile with her new born son – Berithor – because she feared for his life. Ardus managed to last 12 years before he died in 9157 from choking. There were rumors of assassination and dark plots, but nothing was ever proven. His brother was too young to take the title, and his mother had passed away. His regency was handled by Horbau – his father’s chief counselor. For a few more years, the court sunk into depravity and Bar-Innis became once again a backwater in the minds of the folk of Dunstrand.

The Situation in Bar-Innis – Prelude to Civil War

[Dierdre]

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[Berithor]

In Bar-Innis/Dunstrand: In 9159 Berithor Aelishan took the title of his father after the death Horbau. It is thought that he and his friends may have had some hand in the death, for less than a year later both Tamurlaine and Cratigen familes – both tiny land holders from the western border with county Faer, are given the titles of Baron and lands are ceded to them. Berithor announces he has plans to make Bar-Innis a powerful player – rumors fly about alliance with Umbak, or even stranger powers. The Church of Light has new rights granted, taking land that borders the Beastwood of Mev – and an increased presence. There is talk of petty harassment of Green Church followers and increased Lightbringer preaching. Little comes out of court… it is the end of common year 9160. The decade council of the Riverdans comes and goes without Bar-Innis sending a representative – there are whispers that old alliances are about to be broken.

Gatesmount is still a protectorate of Bar-Innis…

Gwinn is rising as an imperial power again…

This campaign is managed as part of the PnPG Steel Realms Destiny group.