Court of Empires

Domain Summary

The Court of Empires is a center of hospitality and diplomacy within Dischordia. The sprawling territory is occupied by a series of Embassies; one for each Kingdom and Dischordian domain. Each Embassy is built to the specifications of the kingdom or domain to whom it belongs, and to the exacting standards of Imperial craftsmen.

Life in the Domain

The Court of Empires is a melting pot. Ambassadors and dignitaries from every domain, along with their staff and attendants, are commonplace. The Imperials have spared no expense in keeping them happy and comfortable. Nowhere else in Dischordia reflects the sheer wealth of Imperial Dischordia. Every luxury is available, even many of the more taboo interests.

Dominant Races

Fae

Umbral Realms

  • Low Umbra - Shroud 8
  • Middle Umbra - Gauntlet 5
  • Dreaming - Mists 0 (Far Dreaming - 2, Deep Dreaming 6) / Banality 3
  • High Umbra - Periphery 5 (Court of Muses - Periphery 3)

Historical Information

Disappearance of Prince Ailil

Near the end of the Surveyor's Era, Prince Ailil sought to visit Lazarus' Kingdom. The Unification, through their contacts within Lazarus' Kingdom, arranged for the Prince's transportation. He departed for a tour of Europe. He did not return.

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Founding of the Court of Empires

The Domain of the Dead remained a primary target for Nul and the Kingdom of Aether. Nul recalled the insult paid to him by their nobles. Nul’s first strike was to seek revenge upon the Ashen Lady and those who supported her. Darkness and silence consumed the Domain of the Dead and Samhain. The Beggar Lord of Samhain became lost in the labyrinth and, without his power, the domain of Samhain fell. Many brave souls fought against the darkness, but the curse of Samhain proved to be their undoing. Survivors fled as refugees to other kingdoms. Many followed Princess Maeve to the safety and security of her late husband's Imperial domain.

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Court of Empires Convenes

High King Balor and Dischordia weathered the War of Aether better than most. In its aftermath, they began the Court of Empires. By opening diplomacy with other kingdoms, Dischordia hoped to completely defeat the Aether

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New Voices Are Heard

Following the death of the Voice of Balor, Balor needed to choose a new Voice. At the start of the Court of Empires, the Imperials chose Doc of Casablanca to serve in this capacity. He continued in this role until his marriage to Calamity the following year. As he left, he passed the reins of court to the Shadowlord twins, Selene and Ravi. Some expressed displeasure at this development. The twins endured constant accusations surrounding treason and genocide committed by their ancestors. A year later, he revealed this to be an elaborate prank, on both them and the courts of Dischordia. As he reclaimed his title, the twins were relieved of their position in every sense of the word.

A Marriage of Two Kingdoms

An imperial wedding solidified an alliance between Dischordia and the Sultanate of Glass. The Sultanate joined Dischordia as a new domain. 

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War of Maelstrom's Rebuke

During the Court of Empires, diplomatic relations between Dischordia and Lazarus' Kingdom failed. Dischordian nobles learned of a dark ritual planned by the Prince Alyosha Buljiev. In response, Dischordia launched a coordinated attack on Buljiev's domain of Carpathia. Their attack, seen by Lazarus' Empire as unprovoked, precipitated the conflict. The hostility between the two kingdoms erupted into the War of Maelstrom's Rebuke.

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The Sublime Cataclysm

The tides of the war began to turn to their enemy’s favor. The Dischordian lords of prepared a spectacular attack to bring a swift end to the conflict. Sultan Suleiman, a master of spirit magic, led the largest ritual the kingdom had ever seen. New Faith ritualists, students of the Arcane Academy, and a million occultists gathered from all domains aided him. The sky itself bled with the power they summoned. Chunks torn from the spirit realms themselves bombarded Lazarus’ Empire. As each realm struck, it laid waste to thousands of miles of Lazarus' territory. Millions perished in an instant, as the realms destroyed immense swaths of land.

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Treaty of Maelstrom's Rebuke

The war ended one year, to the day, after the events which marked its beginning. Delegates from Dischordia and Lazarus met to solidify a treaty and bring the war to a close. Every kingdom sent diplomats to witness the signing, but each had ulterior motives. Each hoped to see their kingdom's goals reflected in the final document. The Treaty detailed terms of ceasefire, such as returning prisoners and withdrawing troops. Yet it also contained several initiatives which advanced specific agendas.

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