|Period||1824 - 1829|
|Theater||Land of Purity, Northern Hordelands|
... steering their voidships through the black shroud of space and treating the humanoids of Bal-Kriav like cattle.
- from the front page of the Paradomea Gazette, "11 Saunas 1824"
Taking advantage of the confusion wrought by the numerous surprise attacks of the Drachdekai Pact, the former city-state of Rumakarrûs is set-upon by a large horde of Theegans. Just a month before, Helmstar had fallen to one of the Witch Horde of Arhibess. The Divine Wreaths and House Gudyazas formed an army numbering 80,000 soldiers to drive the barbarians back into the Northern Hordelands.
The interior lines of these armies allowed them to crush each of the rabble hordes that came against them. Those enemy forces that had their route of retreat blocked, fled into the lands of Malacost, where they were easy prey to the battle-hardened troops of this holy empire.
The armies liberated Helmstar, but what they found was a travesty, the formerly grand and independent city was best classified as a ruin. The place had been nearly turned upside down from looting, rapine, conflagrations, and the entire population that had survived the Witch Horde attacks was gone, carried north as slaves, deep into the expanse of the Northern Hordelands. In the Year 1825, the armies and soldiers of Helmstar formed the Luran Alliance.
The Luran Alliance vowed to recover all slaves or perish in the barbarian's lands of the north. Saint Cathandril, leader of the Luran Alliance, ordered the annexation of the city of Helmstar and proclaimed a new name for all the holdings and territories of Rumakarrûs. The Divine Empire was established (in name only, it was not recognized as a nation until the Year 1829).
In the Black Tide War, the people of the area west of Luran were holy fighters, some might call them zealots. They greatly aided in the fight against the evil of Thasmudyan, their valor and heroics were subject of many tales, and envy by some. Their crusader methods are something that doesn't sit well with some sects of Athena.
- Natti-Zîn, Malacost senator, "on the announcement of the Divine Empire's formation"
The Luran Alliance drove north into the Northern Hordelands, crushing the Witch Horde in many battles.
The heavily armored knights and footmen of the alliance, with traditions dating back to the time of Black Tide War and the Athenian Crusade, were well-led, bolstered by divine crusaders, battle priests, war mages, unicorns, gold and silver dragons, constructs leased from the Magis Institute, and a squad of storm giants.
The barbarian fortifications of the Northern Hordelands, poorly constructed and using outdated designs were quickly surrounded and blockaded from succor. The enemy walls blown into rubble by anywhere from 10-20 batteries of Athena Hammers and Bearded Belly mortars.
In 1829, after penetrating far into the Northern Hordelands, the advance stopped at Cibothrâr. Along the way, the alliance had freed over 10,000 slaves, citizens of Helmstar, the Orchish Empire, and others. Many of these freed slaves were offered titles of land and voting rights, joining the soon to be recognized Divine Empire.
- Battle of Cactii
- Battle of the Immaculate Sigil
- Siege of Kugirmuk