In the months following events at Neraka, it was clear that the Dragonarmies were all-but defeated.
Once-emperor Ariakus miraculously escaped the destruction on the wings of his favoured dragon-mount Kabrathorn. He spent weeks in the Taman Basuk, risking capture in a doomed attempt to muster the scattered Dragonarmy remnant under a new banner.
But Evil must turn upon itself. Without the guiding promise of their Queen’s return, the disparate forces fell upon each-other in a violent squabble for land and power. Even the Highlord’s considerable presence wasn’t enough to stop this, and he disappeared soon after ragged contingents of the Red Wing stumbled into Whitestone forces moving south from Kalaman and were obliterated.
Ariakus remains public enemy number one.
Meanwhile the remaining forces of evil pushed out from Neraka. Some headed north, and ran into the renewed vigour of the Whitestone forces pushing south on news of victory in the Taman Basuk. They were quickly wiped out, laying the ground for a lasting peace in the north. Thus purged, Nordmaar and The Northern Wastes became the prosperous foundation on which the new Whitestone Accord could be built.
Hearing of Gunthar’s successes, garrisons stationed at the High Clerist’s Tower and other fortresses in Solamnia attempted similar feats, but their numbers were much smaller and they couldn’t prevent a surge of scattered evil finding a foot-hold in Estwilde, Lemish, and Nightlund. Solamnia itself, defended by a re-energised Solamnic Order, emerged from the ashes of the war with new hope and renewed support amongst the common people. As the military backbone of the Whitestone Accord, one of its primary mandates is now the purging of evil in the west.
To the south, the Dragonarmy remnant found more of a foothold. Silvanesti, having defeated the evil of the Dragonorb with the help of the Heroes of the Lance and its Qualinesti cousins, was starting the long process of rebuilding when the dragon-forces which had once occupied the forest turned south from the Taman Basuk and took up many of their old positions. Over time, with the forces of the Whitestone Accord stretched thin and unable to help, the elves were pushed back to just a few thousand square miles around their capital Silvanost. The Silvanesti elders viewed this abandonment as a huge betrayal, and withdrew all support from the Accord, focusing only on the rebuilding of their homeland and the defence of its borders.
Elsewhere, the Plains of Dust acted as a natural fortification against evil migration to the south-west. Abanasinia and Qualinesti, the very birthplace of resistance during the War of the Lance, were left relatively free to rebuild.
To the east, things are grim. Massive Dragonarmy migration into Khur overwhelmed what little defence the likes of Flotsam and Goodlund could muster, and the entire region of Balifor from Flotsam all the way to the southern coast, was quickly occupied. Only Kendermore, where the redoubtable population put up enough of a fight to persuade the invaders to halt their advance, saved Goodlund and the Dairly Plains from being assimilated.
The kender maintain their defence to this day, harassing encroaching forces and making them regret even coming into sight of the hills and forests of the kender homeland.
The nation formed by this mass-migration is now known as Krelland. Led by “Emperor” Quam Ak-Ruaal, a Khurish mercenary who peddled vast sums of money for influence during the wartime occupation of his homeland, Krelland exerted a string pull on the disenfranchised Dragonarmy forces embittered at total defeat on the very eve of ultimate victory.
In the short time since it was established, Krelland has shown surprising durability, while its population demonstrate an unnerving commitment to their own greater good. This is a matter for some concern, as it appears Quam has achieved what Ariakus could not.
Krelland is a hot-bed of heathen religions and burgeoning cults. Quam publically swears fealty to a spirit called the Sundered Wyrm, assumed at first to be a representation of Takhisis, but upon further investigation by agents of Whitestone publically declared to be an invention of the self-styled-Emperor himself, intended as a common divinity under which the more spiritual of Krelland’s citizens could be united. Despite the Accord’s assurances, devout followers of this new religion have been springing up in locations surprisingly distant from Krelland, lending credence to the idea that the Sundered Wyrm is a legitimate representation of something, even if the nature of that something remains a mystery for now.
Meanwhile Krelland’s borders have expanded north along the eastern slopes of the mountains into Kern, and the Bay of Balifor is now completely under Quam’s control. A line of fortifications stretching west from Flotsam all the way to the opposite coast at Alan Ak-Khan makes invasion of Krelland from the mainland a difficult proposition at best, especially as the general populations’s appetite for war has already been strained beyond breaking point.
Meanwhile, news coming out of Krelland suggests that its Emperor is making preparations for expansion on two different fronts: east, with a concerted push into Kendermore, and west, where he hopes to expand his influence into the Taman Basuk and assimilate the powerful Dragonarmy remnants still hiding in the foothills and mountains around Neraka.
Krelland is considered a serious threat to peace on Ansalon. Its representatives, upon arriving at Kalaman and demanding a seat on the Whitestone Accord, were summarily ejected from the city and told to expect a less forgiving welcome should they ever return. It’s high on the Whitestone Accord’s list of problems, but it will be some time before the manpower – let alone the will — can be mustered to address it.