The Burning

The Burning

Location: Marigund
Sides Involved: Follower, Rebuilder, Lightbringer.
Time Frame: April 603 to August 609:

This period of civil war is called the Burning or often 'The Troubles'. The name stems from the wide scale killing and burning of half the city of Marigund. Tensions had been rising in the country for several years between Rebuilders, Followers and Lightbringers. The country had been divided between Follower and Lightbringer for a long time when King Eldrid's policy of tolerance attracted large numbers of Rebuilders who were being attacked and harassed elsewhere. The specific incident that is considered the Keystone event occurred when a Follower religious procession and a Rebuilder procession came into contact. Shouting and punching quickly escalated into full blown fighting which left 5 people dead.

Factions of all types quickly formed their own small armies splitting the city and countryside into separate zones of control. The fighting ranged from rock throwing and name calling to small skirmishes to full blown riots. Mostly it was small scale with the larger violence being rare. The best real world similarity is the bloody fighting that went on in Kansas before the U.S. Civil war. (That earned the area the name Bloody Kansas.) The violence went on and off this way for years with the King unable to stop or even slow things down. The death of the King and the entire royal family in 606 led to the complete breakdown in central authority and an escalation in the violence. Intervention by the duke of the Outer Midlands only seemed to make things worse since the troops he sent usually wound up favoring one side over the others.

In 609 the duke in a moment of brilliance hired a mercenary named Aelrig and sent his mercenary band to Marigund being sure that none of the soldiers were Rebuilder, Follower or Lightbringer (A large number of them were Predecessor).

On August 5 609 yet another round of fighting between the groups resulted in the Grand square being the battlefield of a 3 way fight said to have involved over a thousand people. In the fighting both cathedrals and the Lightbringer temple were burned and the flames spread to the rest of the city. At this point Aelrig restored order by simply killing everyone who was fighting regardless of their rank or religion. Thus taking no side in the religious bickering. By August 12th the fires had burnt out and order restored. A third of the city had been destroyed and an estimated 3,000 lay dead or wounded. That day Aelrig announced his famous Declaration of Silence' outlawing all forms of public display of religion. That declaration backed by the force needed to enforce it soon brought an end to the violence. Duke Richard of Salinon confirmed Alerig's control of the country a week later by sending 4,000 mercenaries. A year after that Aelrig was crowned king.

After effects: The most immediate results was the loss of life and destruction of private property. It took over a decade to rebuild the city. The legacy of bitterness and distrust lingers on even now. But it has also has deeply affected the people in a good way. The memories of the death and destruction has burned into the peoples minds. No one wants that to ever happen again so in spite of the anger, hatred and bitterness the violence remains very low level and all sides strive to keep the peace. One other unusual side effect is religious processions. By law all Follower processions must be between dawn and end one hour before noon. All Rebuilder between one hour after noon and sunset. And the actual routes must be approved by the City Watch at least 6 months ahead of time. This has led to most churches preregistering funeral processions even if no one is ill or has died. If no funeral procession is needed on that day they simply cancel it. Lightbringer and Predecessor are not required to register processions but most groups do anyway 'Just in case'.

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