Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Codex of Aihrde

In those days, the Aenochians laid the foundations of the first of their cities upon the confluence of the rivers Udinilay and Uphrates, in the land of Al Liosh. There they thrived and grew, though they did suffer under the yoke of Imbrisius. When at last they overthrew her, the people of Aenoch began to spread out from those lands, pushing down the banks of the mighty river Udinilay to the sea. They spread north as well, to the Red River and the Flintlock. Many moved into the distant east and had traffic with other men that settled there in years past. In tribes and bands the Aenochians spread out and settled the lands. They worked in stone and bronze and worshipped gods of many stripes.

The Aenochians grew in number and power. But to their kindred the Ethrum and Engale, they remained a backward people. For Aenoch's brief concourse with the dwarves of Grundliche Hohle, paled in comparison to the Ethrum; and the Engale were a great people for it.

During the Fourth Goblin Dwarf war the Aenochian joined the goblins and their arms were seen at the footsteps of Grundliche Hohle. But it availed them little for, when the world was sundered by the sorcery of Ondluche and the All Father driven whither he would, they fell back from the wars in dismay. For in those days strange creatures came to Aihrde, creatures not of the natural order, not of the Language of Creation. They were beastly things, creatures with the heads of lions and bodies of dragons, flying horses, all manner of combinations that more resembled a mad sorcerer’s nightmares than the All Father’s creations. Some were mistaken for gods, and the Aenochians fled from them or worshiped them as their need dictated.

Here the Aenochians took a wholly different course than all the others peoples of the world. Their worship of gods extended only to their use of them. Idolatry became the order of the day, as men worshipped creatures of all shapes and sizes and tribes came to call on beasts at their patrons. They adorned their houses, armor, tools, and weapons with the emblems of their patrons. The first chariots came to the world, made by Aenochian smiths, and these bore their princes and lords in battle against all foes. Though in truth, they mostly contested with each other, over domains great and small.

During the Stone Wars, the people of Al Liosh began to triumph over their neighbors and their domains spread down the long reaches of the river Udinilay. Towns fell to them, and the men of Al Liosh forced tribute from the conquered. Over many years and the rule of many kings, the whole of the country, from the fertile lands bordering the river, to the sea, lay under their standards. Men called them the Chariot Kings, and none could stop them.

The Codex of Aihrde, The Andanuth

The above chariot is not associated with the Kickstarter, its just bad ass and reps the Chariot Kings perfectly. You can check it out here at Sergeant Blackart.

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