Maziggandîm Conflict

Nemexus - Narbuzad

Period348 LE - 355 LE
Sâlo Tânê 12 VS Tarband-Khâl

In 348 LE, a Lith-Crillion expeditionary force left Aggda for the shores of Maziggandîm. In this western coastal region, they began searching for relics and structures left over from the Creation War and the Demon Spawn War. These explorers, still following the modus operandi of the Crillion Comet, collect, catalog, and secure, were militarists that had strayed from the path. They were seeking advanced technology, and unlike the other Lith-Crillion based on Arcana Isle, tended to violence after failed diplomacy.

For the Lith-Crillion expeditionary force, the Sâlo Tânê 12 out of Aggda, the area of most interest to them was Nemexus. In the Creation War (1486 DE - 8777 DE), Nemexus was the home, and research center for a disembodied thinker named Ingu'lumin.

Seeing the wondrous architecture of the place, knowing it had to be hiding dangerous relics, the Lith-Crillion went on the path to secure it. The current owners of the place, the Tarband-Khâl refused all requests to explore it. Even when told of the potential dangers of the place, stories of the weapons and destruction of the Creation War and the not too long ago Demon Spawn War, they remained firm.

You say you come in peace and searching for relics that will progress civilization for all friends of the Lith-Crillion, yet you come here armed to the teeth and with units spread out in the distance in military camps. So, if we don't let you into Nemexus, you take it by force?

- Khîmin-Nalud, to the Lith-Crillion emissary - "Hidden Blades"

Diplomacy broke down after a few days, leading to war. The army of Tarband-Khâl was hard-pressed; one Lith-Crillion of Sâlo Tânê 12 said to be a match for ten of their own. The Lith-Crillion employed magic and other technological wonders that made Tarband-Khâl seem primitive. The most dangerous of these were squat golems, 20' tall, that hurled discus-shaped rocks at the towers, walls, and even troop concentrations; just one of these dropping a dozen defenders. Tarband-Khâl held out as long as it did by sheer numbers, a population of 30,000, a hundred times larger than the force that came against them.

Sâlo Tânê 12 changed their strategy in the third year of the war, shifted their attack against Nemexus. They secured this place three months later and began a defense of it. It was inside this place, that they found ancient primordial relics and troves of literature that gave them an insight into the Web of Magic, a revival of the lost art of the Webweaving.

The Andam Gathal, the archives of Munarkûn, has a full account of the Maziggandîm Conflict. One rune tablet says the Lith-Crillion came out of Nemexus hurling bolts and balls of energy that grew in strength in months rather than the decades required for Web Weaver mastery. If this is true, they either picked it up faster than today's practitioners, or they learned Ingu'lumin's secrets of manipulating the Web.

- Hlothram Pûta , Weave History professor of the Tangled Weave - "Lecture 4A-2K"

Near the end of 352 LE, the Tarband-Khâl were near collapse. In a time of defeatism, cultists of Baalzebul insinuated themselves into Tarband-Khâl society. These agents promised aid and even a place of refuge against their merciless attackers. The most dangerous and convincing of these cultists were the Disciples of Baalzebul. They proved their meddle by assassinating one of the top intelligence personnel of the Lith-Crillion inside Nemexus. Over the next year, Baalzebul's cultists were in every unit fighting for the defense of Tarband-Khâl. Their intelligence gathering proved so good that they replaced Tarband-Khâl's army intelligence. Even with these advantages, the Lith-Crillion assault slowly gained momentum. During this time, most of the non-combatants were holed up in mining camps or in the tunnels of Zurukthûr. Some even went deeper to an area of Unaraggumak that served as the training and learning area for the cultists of Baalzebul.

On 19 Witchrite 355 LE, Tarband-Khâl fell to the aggressors. They gave free passage to the defeated, to join their people in Zurukthûr. They also stated that because of their dirty fighting, conspiring with devils, they were never to re-inhabit Tarband-Khâl.

Tarband-Khâl's top brass wanted to continue the fight after a regroup and refit. They were swayed from this thinking, their minds changed by the Inner Circle, the leading Disciples of Baalzebul. As a partying gift, the Lith-Crillion gave them several trunks worth of scrolls and books looted from Nemexus. One of these books was on experimental use of steam pressure to pump water.

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