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A History of Thorne


A history of Thorne… and the retelling of the “Tragedy on the plains of Sterling”
 
Thorne is an absolute monarchy. The Emperor King or Empress Queen leads the kingdom with an iron fist. The country is divided into districts, each district is monitored by a Marshal, depending on the district the duties of a Marshal vary greatly, but in general the duties rarely extend beyond purely military duties.
 
Originally the First Marshal was responsible for the area around the Capital, protecting the vassals surrounding the capital city, and maintaining order both within and outside the city gates. The Second and Third Marshals were assigned various territories depending on the need at the time. After the War of the Five Kingdoms (Warstormary, Barmere, Fera, Nusayr and Thorne)the First Marshal became a permanent position inside the Capital City of Cloudspire. He now had the distinct position of being the Champion to the Monarch. The Second and Third Marshals were renamed Marshal of the North and Marshal of the South respectively, having authority over those lands permanently. This allowed for a more unified and structured front against the aggressive nations surrounding Thorne. And forever divided the kingdom into three distinct regions – Northern, Central and Southern Thorne.
 
The Southern plains of Thorne, often called the plains of Sterling, are breezy and bustling with activity. One of the main trade routes of Canaur, the Southern plains were often teeming with merchants … and unfortunately, several opportunistic vandals and Plains Pirates (Vrokels, by local dialect), who’s only goal in life circles around looting and pillaging the stout coffers of the accessible traders. To deal with this ever increasing problem, the Marshal of the South opened up his elite warriors to act as escorts for paying Baron Merchants. They were the realm's Horse Warriors; The Riders of Thorne.

The Riders of Thorne were founded during the War of the Five Kingdoms; formed from the most adept and accomplished horsemen. They were formed as a crack military shock troop and have ever since been the elite soldiers of the Thorne military. Their love and connection to the beasts in which they ride into battle borders on a religious connection. They believe strongly in the connection of rider to horse and even carry the emblem of The Great Stallion on their shields and tabards as a constant reminder of this. Due to this strong connection between horse and rider, the breeding of these horses is held in high regard. They are not average horses gathered from the plains, but fine steeds whose breeding can be traced back dozens of generations. Due to their selective breeding program, the horses of Thorne are highly revered throughout all the kingdoms; known for their perfection of form, speed, endurance and agility. In order to ensure the bloodline of the Riders horses remain pure, the founding members of the Riders created a position known as the Royal Breeder. The sole duty of the Royal Breeder is to continue breeding perfection in horse form.

The current ruler of Thorne, the Empress Queen Arteenix, takes great pride in the horses of her riders. Since the beginning of her rule, she has aided the Royal Breeder in selecting new horses for breeding, producing even finer horses over the years. The pinnacle of her success is a fine silver mare, Darsanus, known throughout all the lands for her superior form and intelligence. Though all the horses of Thorne are excellent horses, an equal match has yet to be found to breed with Darsanus.

Of late, travelers through the realm pass along tales of the famed wild horses of the Isle of Dinby, located in the southeast between Mobius and Thorne . The island is surrounded by reefs, making the rough waters nearly impossible to navigate. Due to the difficulty in reaching the island, and the richness of the nearby mainland, none have ever felt the need to tame the Isle of Dinby. It remains a wild, uncharted land, untouched by man, and the wild horses there have not had their blood tainted by impure, lesser horses. Recently, sailors share tales of a beautiful dark stallion, glimpsed racing along the beaches, or standing guard over his herd as his young foals cavort around their mothers. He is said to be a stallion so elegant and powerful that surely he must be a match for Darsanus.
 
Upon the urging of the First Marshal, the Empress Queen decides to take a contingent of riders to Dinby, in order to see if this famed stallion is indeed a match for the finest horse in all the realms. The caravan sets off to the Southeast, and the first few days of travel are uneventful, with the Empress Queen's large guard intimidating any would be Vrokels. As they near Eagle's Pass, a mountain pass favored by treacherous Vrokels, the riders express concern for the Empress Queen's safety. One of the riders, Smitty Longsword, suggests the Empress Queen's hand maiden be used as a double and that The Empress Queen be disguised as a Shield Maiden (female Rider of Thorne). As soon as the contingent of Riders approached the pass, an explosive volley of arrows and javelins ripped into the lines of Riders, taking the life of half of them and taking out the Empress Queen’s hand maiden. At the sight of the attack, and knowing the sheer devastation caused in those first few moments, Smitty steered the Empress Queen Arteenix and Darsanus off the path and into a nearby cave. Unbearably they had to watch as their countrymen, friends and companions were cut down by this very organized band of attackers. Days rolled into weeks… hiding in the mountains and hillsides became almost comfortable... almost. As the Smitty and Arteenix made their way back to the Cloudspire they couldn’t help but discuss how exact and precise the attack on their group was. It must have been someone very close to the Empress.

Arriving back in the Capital was a shock for Smitty and Arteenix, the city was bustling with activity. After stopping to talk with some traders the gravity of the situation took root. In their absence, the First Marshal had seized on the vacuum of authority. He had announced the untimely death of the Empress Queen, blamed the Riders of Thorne as the attackers and seized control of the throne for himself. Furthermore he declared the Riders of Thorne disbanded, and any Rider that didn’t pledge allegiance to him, executed! Knowing that this was not the day to take back the crown the adventurer’s left the capitol with a single drive, find enough daring and brave warriors to take up their banner… and retake the crown for the Empress Queen!



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If Smitty and the empress queen can make it to Mobius they will have the full support of the Hemophite Church and each of it's 3 orders. emoticon



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Careful offering the support of the Hemophites, Shogun. The Church has a very strong interest in public appearance. The First Marshall has formally announced the death of the Empress Queen and has assumed the throne (ostensibly quite legally!). Without proof of wrongdoing, the Church can only assume that this was a peaceful transfer of power and must support it, if they are to keep a reputation of neutrality in foreign affairs.

The "body" of the Empress Queen would have been recovered (likely partially decomposed by the time the First Marshall's Riders arrived), and a proper ceremony would have been held. The only argument against this would be a single Rider, who was branded a traitor, and a strange shield-maiden, who might not even be Thornean.


Also, Smitty, don't head north. Thomoria is a mess. No one can help you there. You'd likely freeze, starve, or both. That is, until I can rally my band and return home.
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Cordane, you have truly grasped the painful and ftrustrating situation that we have fallen into. I will keep my eye's peeled for a good direction to travel. You have my sword and shield if ever you need it!
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1. An Empress would likely have a signet ring or some form of identification that would not be handed over in the switch.

2. We worship the Blood God, Killing is a holy thing. If there were a legitimate dispute over the throne it's likely at at least 1 hemophite faction would get involved (this often causes splits between the Order of the Red Sash and the Order of the Crimson cross much like the one that sent Shogun into exile)

3a. The church (both medieval christian and Fictitious Hemophite) would support a claim to the throne, legitimate or not, if it would give them an opportunity to spread their influence into another land (see Joan D'ark)

3b. In this situation Smitty would need an Army, That would mean if they proved victorious they would have complete control of Thorne. Naturally they would put the "queen" back on her throne, but also make sure she never forgot how she got there.

4. As of right now there are no large Hemaphite holdings in the mainland, the idea of having a stronghold in Thorne would be extremely attractive to the Hemagog and having a political and military alliance with the "new queen" of Thorne would be attractive to the King of Mobius.


In summation if this were risk Mobius would be Australia. Great I have the continent bonus, but if I can't get a foot hold in asia i'm boned


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1. An Empress would likely have a signet ring or some form of identification that would not be handed over in the switch.



The "queen" was killed. The signet ring was "stolen" by her assailants. If the ring shows up again attached to a shield-maiden who is associated with the accused, the bearer would be arrested, if not killed outright.

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2. We worship the Blood God, Killing is a holy thing. If there were a legitimate dispute over the throne it's likely at at least 1 hemophite faction would get involved



That's the issue there. A nation concerned about striking the balance between national security and mission work might be hesitant to jump headlong into a conspiracy theory, supporting the legally guilty, no less.

Legitimacy is a strong problem with this situation.

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In this situation Smitty would need an Army, That would mean if they proved victorious they would have complete control of Thorne. Naturally they would put the "queen" back on her throne, but also make sure she never forgot how she got there.



True, but lending an entire army to an accused murderer and his "imposter" usurper? Following up on this behavior would lead to outright war with Thorne and its allies. Being the First Marshall for so long would have the benefit of acquiring regional allies.



My point would be that without significant proof, the conspiracy theory is flimsy. A mere ring and a grand claim might be a lot about which to thrust an entire nation into war with the mainland.
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Cordane has the bigger picture. The problem lies in the fact that the nation as a whole, thinks that a tragedy has befallen their beloved Empress and the First Marshal, now new Emporer, is an accepted and welcomed replacement that is loved by the common people for the way he "helped" the nation recover.
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I just want to let you guys know that when the time comes for me to again rule my kingdom, a signet won't be necessary. Everyone will know who I am based upon my devastatingly beautiful looks, unforgettable charm, my faithful steed Darsanus, and the herd of unicorns that will be escorting us into the city. Shablam!
All I need is that army right behind us...
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