Nalbirag Gold War

Period1317 - 1324
TheaterIce Cap
Neeth-Theen VS

The Nalbirag Gold War began when a Neeth-Theen backed mercenary army marched into the Nalbirag mountains. This force was led by a Conclave wizard named Râlê Yanizabâr. This greedy khazarkar instigated the conflict that would unfold, convincing his backers that Rumak's petrified giant, the mighty primordial Hettar, son of Piranoth, was a source of great power. Râlê told them the god-like being had such magical power that it would serve well their goal of becoming a premier power of the region, one respected and feared like the Khazarkar Empire. Râlê on the other hand was only interested in the area's gold, using his benefactor's armies to seize mines controlled by two great merchant houses. One was overseen by a goblin merchant lord of the Ku'tiro family. They were known for efficiency and shrewdness, as well as being of an ancient bloodline with heroic legends dating as far back as the Demon Spawn War and the founding of Nemebhox. The Ku'tiro's were based out of Haag-Bre, laying claim to the area's river-side mines. The upper mines, facing the dreaded Festerdred valley were claimed by the Ilad clan out of Azudushmanam.

In the second year of the war, 1318, Haag-Bre was captured by an army of Mamorians, chaos aberrations, and other natives of Flux. Counter to his agreement with Neeth-Theen, they did not push onward to take control of Rumak. Râlê knew from the start they would not be able to seize control of this lake without a navy. At this stage of the war, Nemebhox controlled the river all the way to the Nautrek sea. They had interests in Haag-Bre, but because of its private ownership by Ku'tiro, they could not interfere in the conflict on grounds of conquest. Nemebhox did though lay claim to the stretch of Jhernarth that passes Haag-Bre, making things difficult for the conquerors.

In 1322, Râlê's gold counting was interrupted by an alarm. Haag-Bre was assailed from beneath by a Uromon army. This was totally unexpected, with the occupiers unaware of secret tunnels masked by magic and skill. The next day, Nemebhox joined the war, shelling Haag-Bre with a naval bombardment.

A month later, nearing fall, Râlê opened a rift to the Abyss. He plan was to summon in an army of dretches. This was foiled when Uromon assassins got into the summoning chamber through a chimney. They interrupted Râlê's spell. Instead of gating in a bunch of petty demons, hundreds of abyssal cows stampeded through the rift. Combat turned to fighting the foul smelling cows as defenders and attackers fought back to back against water buffalo sized beasts. The place was soon abandoned. This was not because of military defeat, but for the putrid smell of the dead cows. Looking to escape the wrath of his secret Neeth-Theen backers, Râlê fled the area, returning to Malardân.

Neeth-Theen continued the war after the departure of Râlê. A month later they came back to Haag-Bre. They followed the secret tunnels into the Underdark, suffering heavy losses when they met up with a newly formed army of dwarves and deep gnomes out of Uromon. Ilad's private army and those of Uromon inflicted heavy losses on the enemy, driving them out in defeat.

In their fighting with Neeth-Theen, Uromons reported all manner of entropic creatures serving in the ranks of Neeth-Theen - rhino-sized quadrupeds with distorted dwarven heads, huge ogres with three or four arms, some ending in club-like arms, and two-headed entropic goblins with arms shaped into sword-like bony appendages. The most populous chaos infused group were the Mamorians; many descendants of places like Haag-Bre and Nemebhox that have been changed from long exposure to Flux.