Artery War

Period1546 - 1554
TheaterHells Womb
Council of Bile VS Black Tide
After the Black Tide War (1465 - 1504), the victors, undead legions under the Dead Council, controlled territory stretching from the harbors of Ugidreth all the way to the most distant city of the Lands of Purity, former capital of the Farinteen Empire, Vraga Moltus. They fortified this strip of land with forts, encampments, and tireless, roving undead legions.

Bathor has been reduced to a fortification, gone its enterprise and halfling laughter. The Black Tide has keeps in Cormindar and a ring of them around the descent into Moregar. The area around the Fodder Mine is thick with undead, yet of poor security. Their supply line continues north into Sorrow Pass, the valley that none can secure. Black Forge and Galstyxe make sure of that.

- Sgt Ralucin, of the Wardens of Aspungad, command staff recorder, from a burned journal

It was a long route to protect through lands overall hostile to the Black Tide and their undead legions. Long a crux in a waging war in the region, the most vulnerable area was Sorrow Pass. Flanked by the haunted fortresses of Black Forge and Galstyxe, like many others, the Black Tide failed to secure this area; add to this it was always threatened by raiding parties supported by the Surticon and the Orchish Empire.

On 6 Saunas 1546, the armies of Surticon attacked the forts and strong points of the Black Tide. Surticon troops debauched from the valleys and passes of the western walls of Trudnar. The fire giant empire put 20,000 troops in the field. They quickly cut the lines of communication between the Lands of Purity and Hells Womb. So began, the Artery War. The Black Tide of Thasmudyan mobilized their forces from their garrison at Ebonstar and the scattered forts and outposts near Sorrow Pass. The undead hordes and mercenary forces of Dax Jagg moved from their keep with their leader at the head. After passing into Moregar, the army was struck in the rear by a large force from Gwaeldior. It would later be learned that Celebriän had granted the Council of Bile a route into the forests for a surprise cavalry attack against Dax's army.


Meanwhile in the Lands of Purity, disaster fell upon the Black Tide of Thasmudyan, the defeat at the Severed Neck Battle (1539) led to a civil war in the subjugated cities of the former Farinteen Alliance. No force of any importance would reach the Sorrow Pass from the direction of the Lands of Purity. Those forces were needed to quell rebellion and battle the holy armies of the western holy war, the Athenian Crusade (1539 - 1551).

Returning to Moregar, Dax kept a heavy rear-guard. This was unnecessary, since the knights of the Council of Bile would not move into the blackness of the Underdark without their heavily armored mounts. The horde of undead moved toward the Sorrow Pass. Dax soon learned of the situation in the Lands of Purity, and sensed the danger, but Black Forge Keep lay ahead, and he had vowed to someday return to the place. (c.f. Vow to Return)

Opportunity Knocks

In 1552, far south, along the coasts of the Sea of Mourning, the greatest city of the realm was stirring with activity, Paradomea, girded for war. The Council of Nine gathered reports of the Black Tide's defeats and assembled their armies for an attack on the tail of the Black Tide of Thasmudyan, the eastern capital of Ugidreth. The siege lasted months, with Dax returning to join in the defense of his capital, a simple word to recall and he was again with his minions at the birthplace of the Black Tide of Thasmudyan. Dax summoned the energies of the Pyramid of Power and rained fire and lightning on the besiegers. The full might of the Council of Nine was called upon to put an end to Dax and his minions holding out in the ancient pyramid. The lich lords of Paradomea destroyed all in their path, raining every spell imaginable on the defenders, such was the power of the attack, and magic released, that a cascade deadening effect was created in the heart of Ugidreth. The dreaded wardens of the Web of Magic soon arrived to halt its weakening. A weave spider attacked the lich Kloidan, Syndic of the Council of Nine, drawing him into the Web where he was obliterated. Dax fled the area of conflict, traveling to the lands of Necrocrypt aboard the flagship of his former adventuring comrade, Jariall Bloodtusk.

Fall of the Black Capital

Paradomea's forces took control of the Pyramid and turned its might on the defenders of Ugidreth. With a dead-magic zone covering part of Ugidreth, the place succumbed by force and overwhelming numbers, with the Githlarâk, blasting their way into the citadel with energy weapons. Nothing survived the battle lust of the attackers; everything that moved was put to the sword and torch.

These many conflicts across two regions led to the end of the Black Tide on Brucrumus. Over the years that followed, all of the former holdings of this evil empire would be conquered. The remaining villains of this organization fled the continent, traveling to Necrocrypt and other islands to lick their wounds and prepare for a reckoning.

Sailing away from Brucrumus, it is said that the Black Tide general Dax commented to a Tragaran pirate who asked what they would do now after the defeat:

Defeated you say, we are just getting started, your mortal life can only conceive short-range objectives, but when we get back to Gathrot I will enlighten you on Thasmudyan's Dark Gift, and then you will see that we have eternity to bring this world under the heel of the Black Tide.

- Dax, "Soon to be Living Dead Sailor"

Notable Battles
  • Battle of the Pyramid
  • Siege of Ugidreth