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.

Many expected the Iron Lotus and the Jade Empire to become involved. Each was a close ally to one of the warring parties, and enemies to the other and to each other. Dischordia did petition their Jade allies for military aid against their mutual enemies. Yet their longtime enemies in the Iron Lotus presented an offer, and an ultimatum. The Lotus would remain uninvolved in the war, as long as the Jade Empire did the same. But, if the Jade assisted Dischordia, the Iron Lotus threatened total war. The Jade Emperor was unwilling to risk weakening the world against the threat of Aether. He agreed. Though their respective allies requested their aid, the Jade and the Lotus maintained neutrality.