The Æcyr Gréne Campaign 

A Brief History of Coryn

The Succession War

Less than three years after the conclusion of the Provincáre War, on the 1st of February 495, Pæccel died of consumption. As was remarked by many observers – peace did not suit him. Pæccel’s son Egfrid was only 13 at the time, so Eadbald (Duke of Iscebeðel, and husband to Pæccel’s sister Ælbfled) assumed the mantle of Steward. Archambaud contested this succession, but his claim to the throne was dismissed by the Gemotæðele (Noble moot). Archambaud spent the next year and a half gathering an army of mercenaries and Provincaré nobles, before marching on Bearne and laying siege to it on the 27th May 496. After a siege of less that two months, the former Duke of Bearne fled to Coryn and the city’s leadership welcomed Archambaud as the “Lord of the Free Æðeleode” on the 12th July 496.

Over the subsequent three months, Eadbald begins to muster a large force, planning to launch a counterstrike against the “Coryndan Pretender” when the sea lanes become passable again in March, but before his forces are ready, Archambaud launches his next move, laying siege to the southern port of Brimburga on the 9th of October in a surprise move. Oswyn, Earl of Iscebeðelaxe marches the mustered forces available south to break the siege, and the to armies meet on the 17th of October. In the initial engagement, Orwyn’s heavy cavalry dominate the field, but as the day wears on the inspired manoeuvring of Archambaud’s forces succeeds in turning the tide of battle, and many of the loyal Æðeleode nobles are slain in this confrontation, including Oswyn. The city of Brimsburg surrenders within the week, and Archambaud proceeds to use this deep-water port to swiftly move much of his army of mercenaries (hannish, corydan, frakish and others), Corydan Templars, Provincáare allies and Æðeleode knights into the city and it’s surroundings.

Eadbald withdraws most of his forces to the northern Duchies of Northumbeðel and Cumbeðel, where he continues to muster a force that he hopes will overthrow the Corydan forces, while Archambaud consolidates his hold on the southern duchies. In March 497, Eadbald leads his force of Æðeleode knights and fyrdsmen with a large contingent of Dynndh mercenaries south. Archambaud responded by moving his forces north to meet the loyalists. Eadbald settled on a site some three miles south of the great city of Pæcelburga, the seat of the Kingdom, and waited for Archambaud’s forces to arrive. Archambaud’s general Wictred, earl of Estebearne, led the Coryndan’s forces onto the field on the 21st of March. Eadbald had some 82110 heavy cavalry, 4000 light cavalry and nearly 12000 foot. Wictred led an army of 2000 heavy cavalry, 5000 light cavalry and more than 26000 foot. In wave after wave of assaults, from dawn’s first light until dusk’s shadows stretched across the field of battle, Wictred ordered his forces to assault the entrenched loyalist positions. By the end of the day, losses on both sides had been high, but the losses for Wictred had been horrendous. However, the following day Archambaud arrived with his core brigade of 500 Corydan Templars, and took personal direction of events. Following a series of brilliant tactical manoeuvres on his part, the Provincaré heavy cavalry, reinforced with the Corydan Templars break through the loyalist lines on the right flank, and the loyalists are unable to rally the defenses. By the end of the day, the loyalist resistance has been smashed, and Eadbald has been captured.

Within a month of the defeat at Pæccelburga, the Gemotæðele had ratified Archembaud’s accession to the throne. Those nobles that failed to cooperate were stripped of their lands and titles, and the victorious Archembaud awarded his most faithful followers with titles, lands and positions of authority throughout the realm. He also ceded the Æðeleode holdings on the continent to his brother, who had been crowned king of Provincaré a number of months previously when their father abdicated his throne and travelled to the winter palace in the south.

Since the succession war, Archembaud has overseen the complete suppression of the Glew Boceré, and promoted the Corydan faith throughout the land. Part of Archambaud’s campaign is to vilify the Glew Boceré – the order of Mages and scolars that have acted as Advisors and Counsellors to the Æðelberend line since it first established the kingdom of Coryn. The Glew Boceré are described as being tainted, evil sorcerers corrupting the very fabric of Coryn, and the fact that some of the Glew Boceré are Dynndh and many have elven blood is often called upon to show this corruption. In its place, Archambaud champions the faith of the Coryndan, whose precepts forbid the use of magic by anyone, and whose military orders provide much of the Heavy Cavalry and templars (Warrior Mages) for his forces. Nobles, guildsmen, merchants or anyone wishing to advance in society is required to adopt the tenets of the Corydan faith, turning their backs on the traditional faith of the Æðeleode. With the loss of the influence of both the Glew Boceré and the Æðeleode priesthood, the Corydan-backed nobility have become the antecedent force in the kingdom, their religion spreading (at least among the upper classes), and the traditional class mediators – the Glew Boceré – being hunted down or expelled from the kingdom.

Several times, local nobles have been “persuaded” by Corydan templars to pursue prominent members of the Glew Boceré across the long-inviolate borders with the Dynndh, and especially as they also serve as an integral part of the Dynndh culture as well, there is a growing incidence of conflict with the Dynndh clans.

For detailed information on the History of Coryn, from the foundation of the Realm, to the conquest to the province of Bearne, please proceed to Chapter Two.
For details on the migration of the Æðeleode to the lands of Coryn, and the foundation of the realm of Coryn, please proceed to Chapter One.

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