Welcome to another worldbuilding post!
The battles that are described in this post takes place before the first book in the series of The Ruon Chronicles starts. They’re written much like I usually write my worldbuilding notes for myself; that is to say more like a vignette or sketch than just bullet points. I also tend to get quite formal or use archaic words for some reason without even trying.
It’s like my brain goes into “history writing mode” and then tries to mimic the style of the King James Bible… Anyway, here’s “The Battle of Redfield”, “The Battle of Achtarion”, and a look at the ash-creature-dragon-like-things that were used during the battle at Achtarion .
If you missed last week’s worldbuilding post, you can read it by clicking on this link: The Good, the Bad, the Diminishing.
The Battle of Redfield
Hogtan, after being given sanctuary with the Airus, marched into the Battle of Redfield at Airus Eamund’s side. The fighting was fell that day, but the Khaldun retreated after Eamund slew their captain.
To keep the Airus from following them, the Khaldun set fire to the dry grass of the plain and it burned so fast and hot, driven by dry wind, that the Airus narrowly escaped with their lives. This is why both sides claim to have won this battle.
Anger now burned within the Airus, as their dead and wounded were burned on the plain and could not be recovered.
And it was said that their spirits were unable to cross through the Veil into the immortal world for many years and that they were doomed to fight the same battle over and over again. For many years none dared to walk upon Redfield for fear of the ahyané-lifa, the ‘living ghosts’ and Redfield became known as Ahyané-argan — the ‘Plain of Ghosts’.
In the end it was Hogtan who begged Agrai to give the slain rest, saying that he would give his own life in return. Agrai did not take his life, but showed him the beauty of the immortal world beyond the Veil and the once-dead Airus who were now alive again.
Battle of Achtarion & the Ash Creatures
The last battle before the First Sundering — during which the Airus’ lands sank below the ocean — was the Battle of Achtarion. The day of the battle was ever after remembered as the Day of Blood.
One of the main cities of the Airus (and by far the most beautiful) was given the name Achtarion. Built from white marble, grey stone and carven wood the colour of gold, it stood next to the Eljana River atop a hill. To the west of the city were hills and caves where the survivors of the battle hid from the Lewjan and Khaldun.
During that time, Lewjan sent his forces across the Rhager Mountains and laid to waste many towns and villages. Then they marched on Achtarion, the jewel of the Airus, breaking and burning as they went, with their ash creatures burning even the stone of the city as well.
Many Airus were slain in a last stand when they tried to give part of the city that had not yet been overrun time to flee into the surrounding hills and caves.
Hogtan again fought at Eamund’s side and, when Eamund was wounded, carried him from the fray. He begged Eamund to follow what was left of his family into the hills. Then he bound Eamund’s wound and, after he watched Eamund lead the last of those fleeing into the hills, he did not follow, but returned to the fight. There he was cut down by one of Lewjan’s captains.
When the people learned of Hogtan’s death, a great elegy was made and sung for he had been greatly loved even though he had once been Khaldun. It was after this fell battle that the Airus begged of Agrai to cast Lewjan and the Khaldun into the ocean. This was to be the First Sundering.
Lewjan’s Ash Creatures
Lewjan’s first creations were the ash creatures which fought at the Battle of Achtarion. They were created from a mixture of the blood of deserters and the ashes of the towns they had burned. They were, however, dumb, fumbling creatures although they were very destructive and could turn wood and even people to ash immediately.
The creatures were each blood-tied to one of the Lewjan, but would die if they either moved too far away from their master of if their master died.
They are called “lifahtso” or the “living ash” by those who survive the Battle of Achtarion.
As usual, very happy and uplifting stuff…
Next week I’ll hopefully have the map for this post ready to post!