History of the Angbards

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History of the Angbards

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122 - The first records of a Kingdom of the Angbards by the Falian Bay appears. They speak of tall, pale men who were amazing blacksmiths, and sold their steel to the Nargauths and the easterners.

178 - The Guild Master of Herfhaven hires an "eastern mercenary company" to help in their war against the Frisians. The mercenaries identify as Angbards, and wield "swords made of steel pale as the shining moon".

237 - Avulstein I, King of the Angbards begins his conquest. He defeats the Ingvanians, seizes the lands of Lussenborg and builds the eponymous castle and establishes the duchies of Luthen and Bathen. After this he returns to Havel in order to subdue Rottingen and Bastarn before winter.

240 - Avulstein rules his expanded kingdom, regathering his armies and civilizing the new duchies. When spring comes he marches to Holswig and defeats their united tribes. During the wars of Holswig, King Geirmund of Aubfeld suggests a marriage between the princess Gisella and King Avulstein. Believing that their son would become heir to Aubfeld, and therefore make the kingdom a part of the greater Angbardian kingdom, Avulstein agrees. The King of Aubfeld, however, only sought peace and a chance to find allies in case of an Angbardian invasion. Avulstein travels to Aubfeld to propose to Gisella, then goes to establish duchies in Eisehalt and Swerin.

245 - The Council of Cardinals hears of Avulstein and the Angbardian conquests, and they offer him legitimacy in exchange that he converts to the faith and that the faith is allowed to create bishoprics and churches across the country. All pagan religions and practices are to be outlawed. Avulstein agrees, hoping that he can conquer even more land without upsetting his religious neighbors. He goes to the Council to be crowned as Avulstein I van Havel, the Conqueror, King of Angbardia and Archduke of Liesen, Vyrzborg and Bamborg, and the Iron Crown is forged for him to wear.

273 - Avulstein dies of natural causes at the early moons of autumn. The son he had with Queen Gisella, Aethelstein, claims dukedom over Aubfeld, which is still ruled by Gisella's father. When King Geirmund of Aubfeld refuses to give his throne to the young king, Aethelstein declares war on Aubfeld. Little does he know, that Geirmund made a pact with Ambronia and the Kingdom of Frisia, and by declaring war, Aethelstein has gone to war with all of his foes at the same time. He begins a lengthy siege of Aubenborg, while he marches a larger host to take the city of Aubfeld. So begins the First Ango-Frisian War.

274 - The Frisians go to a winter war with the Angbards, aiming to capture their eastern duchies. When Aethelstein realizes that he is at war with Frisia, he names Auduin van Gausen, duke of Lussenborg, the marshal of the south. Duke Auduin gathers the nobility of Rottingen, Eisehalt and Swerin, and reinforces at Wallerfangen. He manages to meet the Frisian host on battlefield, shatter it, and then hunt down their divided battalions one by one. After doing this, van Gausen sieges the cities of Hofen and Mebren, sending troops to the shores of the river Tanneben to repulse any Frisian forces that might try to cross it. After a year of sieging, King Aethelstein breaches the gates of Aubenborg. After he takes the castle he goes to the city of Aubfeld, where King Geirmund surrenders after seeing that his opponent is well and healthy, while he himself is weak and starving. For laying down his arms, King Aethelstein gives the dukedom of Aubfeld to Geirmund's third son.

275 - Mebren and Hofen fall after a huge drop in morale following the surrender of King Geirmund. While Duke Auduin keeps a majority of his troops at the river Tanneben, he sends reinforcements to Aubfeld in order for his king to fight the Ambronians, who had remained neutral during the course of the war. Aethelstein crosses the Tanneben to Ambronia and meets the enemy host, led by Viscount Clemens Berre, in the Battle of the Sapphire Rush. The Ambronians suffer a major defeat, being massively outnumbered, and the city of Bremerhaven surrenders after a month's siege. The Kingdom of Frisia attempts to cross the Tanneben, only for the majority of their troops to be shot by Duke Auduin van Gausen's archers, then the rest impaled by pikemen when they got ashore. The King of the Frisians proposes a truce, thus ending the First Anglo-Frisian War.

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