The Pirates Of Atlantis
The First Lemurian War
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With Atlantis still (comparatively) weak, the Empire of Lemuria increased the pressure on the Dominion, hoping to regain not only the lands it had lost in recent centuries, but the prestige and fear it had once enjoyed in the world. It started skirmishes it would never have dared essay before, spread foul rumours about citizens of the Dominion, waylaid Atlanteans, and prepared for war.
It got its wish. In 32500 BC, Atlantis felt it had regained enough of its strength and power to strike back. Atlanteans would later call this struggle the First Lemurian War, and it lasted a hundred years. During most of that time the conflict was confined to economic warfare and minor battles in the Tellaric Sea and the land surrounding it, but a few major campaigns and battles did occur. The Lemurians pitted their pisciremes, ornithopters, ophidothopters, hepatizon giants, crystallocolossi, and other mighty magiconstructs of war against the Atlanteans’ sky-ships and spells. At times the battles rocked the very ground they were fought upon and set the sky itself on fire with power.
The most devastating engagement of the war was fought on the southern tip of Sangobar and pitted nearly half of the Lemurian forces against an equivalent Atlantean force. By the time the three-day battle was done, the delta of the Ractoris River had been obliterated; even today the river flows over what amounts to a small cliff directly into a bay. The Lemurians won that fight, but barely, and in nigh-Pyrrhic fashion. After the Battle of Ractoris, they slowly but steadily lost influence and had to give ground on the seas and in the skies. Atlantean forces even raided into key areas of the Lemurian Empire on Saravon and Deoghar on several occasions.
The climactic confrontation of the war, in 32398 BC, was the Battle of Mt. Akontios on Tel’Ramas. The Lemurians had allied with the Empire of Tellat, which was willing to make common cause with the Lemurians in the hope of taking RasShamra or even Karshemish for itself. Fought near, on, under, and around Mt. Akontios, the second-highest peak in the world, it was a titanic clash that at one point literally cracked the mountain; even today the faultline created by a particularly powerful Atlantean spell can still be seen. After nearly twelve hours of furious fighting that saw tens of thousands warriors die, Atlantean magical might won the day, destroying so many Lemurian magiconstructs that the Lemurians had no choice but to withdraw or suffer annihilation. Still, it was a near thing, and but for several acts of heroism by brave Atlantean warriors and wizards, the Lemurians and Tellats might have swept the lifesblood of the Dominion from the field.
After Mt. Akontios, both sides were all too willing to have peace. After several weeks of negotiation, the Lemurians agreed to give up their lands in western Tel’Ramas; the Tellat Empire, as punishment for its involvement, also ceded some land. The Dominion created the principality of Chagaria out of these two pieces, and both sides retired to lick their wounds… and plan for another day.
The Prophecy Of The Thrones
From an Atlantean perspective, one of the most remarkable things about the First Lemurian War is that it was the first conflict where none of the Ten Brothers directly participated as a commander or warrior. As Atlantis prepared for war, the Ten Brothers planned to join them and wield their awesome magics and enchanted weapons against the enemy. But before the Atlantean forces could leave the island, a group of three priests from the Temple of the Ten Flames approached them. “Woe unto you, sons of Cleito,” the priests intoned. “We bring words from the gods themselves, who descended from Mt. Oeranos to appear in the eternal flames of our temple. Nevermore, they say, may the Ten Brothers go adventuring or to war. If ever you leave your thrones, weakness shall befall you, and never again shall your powers return. Listen, and obey.” Then they departed without saying another word or taking so much as a morsel of food.
Ever since that day, Vondarien and his brothers have remained on Atlantis. Some of them believe the Prophecy of the Thrones is further punishment from the gods, while others wonder if perhaps the gods fear that they will become too powerful… but none of them have dared try the truth of the priests’ pronouncement.
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