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Plague of Nightmares

During the first year of Balor's Court, Dischordia caught a glimpse of the chthonic, primordial horror of the Nightmare Lands. Aitu, the Crimson Weaver, spread a plague of nightmares throughout Dischordia, infecting gentry and nobles alike. As the plague progressed, the infected turned into tentacled horrors and raced towards the waters of the icy north. Spreading originally from the Wolves of the North, many blamed Solomon Greyheart of House Scathach for sending couriers infected with the plague to the other domains, though some believe the responsibility lay with Floki of House Aesin. It threatened to devastate the populations of Dischordia, until the New Faith, whose priests had been placed into many domains in Dischordia and were keenly aware of the spreading nightmares, came to court prepared with a solution: the hope that faith provides. The ritual the New Faith devised, combined with a tangible symbol of hope in the form of Appalachian gems, proved to be a panacea against the fear spread by the Nightmare Plague. The two domains formed a partnership to craft dreamcatchers designed to protect Dischordia from the nightmares which spread the plague. Though they prevented Dischordia from being overrun by horrors from the darkest dreams, the dreamcatchers were little better than bandaids empowered by raw belief in their effectiveness. With the plague under control, Dischordia mounted a full-scale war against the Crimson Weaver's stronghold in Greenland to destroy Aitu and his generals. Though victorious in that war, the nightmares were never truly defeated. In a world that inspires such terror, ruled by monsters and death, the Nightmare Lands proved far more resilient.

Court of Nightmares

Shokar, the Immolator of Pompeii, remained bound and imprisoned for centuries after he was captured during the War of Nightmares, until the War of Aether. The Aether's attacks over two decades of war weakened the wards which held him prisoner, until they finally failed as the war came to an end. No longer magically bound, he escaped his prison and made his way home, leaving a trail of fire and destruction in his wake. His return marked a resurgence of the Nightmare Plague but, to the chagrin of those who remembered the first outbreak, the dreamcatchers failed to contain it. Many domains resorted to purging the infected, but a few held hope that a new cure could be found.

Appalachia tried an unorthodox gambit, when they invited the Nightmare Lands to send an ambassador to one of their courts. Many of the other domains questioned the wisdom of inviting one of their greatest enemies to court, and their fears were validated when the Nightmare ambassador claimed thousands more would be infected with the nightmare plague and be lost. However, very soon after that threat was made, Nightmare Lands became a domain of Dischordia. On the highest Unseelie holiday of Samhain, Aitu, lord of the Nightmare Lands, swore fealty to High King Balor.

War of Maelstrom's Rebuke

During the Court of Empires, diplomatic relations between Dischordia and Lazarus' Kingdom failed, and the longstanding hostility between those two kingdoms erupted into war. A coordinated attack by Dischordian nobles on the European domain of Carpathia and its lord, Alyosha Buljiev, precipitated the conflict, which would come to be called the War of Maelstrom's Rebuke.

The first sign of the Cataclysm was the haze on the horizon, blood-red and fire-orange, visible even in kingdoms across oceans and hemispheres. Storms of fire raged across the European continent. Those outside the destroyed cities saw clouds of dust and fire, and felt the ground shake violently from the impact. The reverberation of the catastrophy was felt all around the world. Tsunamis, floods, and hail storms devastated the Jade and Iron Lotus. Earthquakes rumbled and volcanoes erupted in Ukhu Amarumaya and Aztlan. Sinkholes opened in Jukurrpa swallowing stretches of land. Heat waves ravaged the Diamond Congo, withering the jungles and summoning great sandstorms across the African deserts. The Antarctic Aether grew even colder as it’s blizzards raged. Across the globe, maelstroms tore their way through the kingdoms of the world.

Treaty of Maelstrom's Rebuke

In the aftermath of the cataclysm which ended the war, exactly one year after the events which marked its beginning, representatives from Dischordia and Lazarus met in Vancouver to solidify a treaty to bring an end to the hostilities and negotiate terms for a lasting peace. Diplomats from every kingdom were sent to witness the treaty, but each hoped to see their own agenda reflected in the final document. The Treaty detailed the terms of the ceasefire, returning of prisoners of war and withdrawal of troops from occupied territories, but also contained several initiatives designed to further specific agenda.

The Sublime Cataclysm

As two of the most powerful kingdoms in the world waged their war, the other kingdoms watched and waited to see who would emerge victorious, and how their victory would alter the political landscape. Few could have suspected the true cost of the end of the war, or the impact it would have on their own kingdoms. In the final months of the war, as Lazarus' Grim Legion marched on Dischordian soil and laid waste to their domains, the Dischordian lords enacted a plan of unsuprassed devastation. Though none outside of Dischordia witnessed the ritual, its impact was felt the world over.