Chainmail- The Sundered Empire
THALOS Queen Almira I founded the island nation of Thalos to unify human tribes fleeing from the advance of Ravilla’s armies.When Almira I was an old woman, the elven empire sent a fleet to take back the slaves that had sought to escape its control. In five days of combat, the Thalish defenders took a heavy toll on the superior elven navy, then repulsed the invasion, fighting hand to hand and spell to spell on the beaches. Thalos has never forgotten the Battle of the Bloody Tide, the moment of their ultimate liberation from elven domination. An elf slew Stratis, who was the son of Stern Alia the Shield Mother, the goddess whose countenance peers out from every Thalos shield and ornament. Now Queen Almira XXI has chosen to meet violence with violence. Popular mythology in Thalos has built up a cult of heroism, starting with Almira I. Thalish soldiers think of themselves as bands of heroes fighting the good fight. The presence of aasimars and even celestials amid their ranks reinforces this idea, as does the organization of their warbands. Thalos does not favor homogeneous assemblies of troops, but rather groups of specialists. Joining Almira XXI and her paladins’ crusade are gnome engineers, the automatons they create, and an established school of sorcery whose power rivals the wizardry of Ravilla. Each member in a warband has a role, and by combining their specialized abilities they become stronger. Though most Thalish warriors would not appreciate the comparison, the composition of their warbands recalls the party of mortal heroes who slew Stratis and touched off the Godwar in the first place. Thalos could try to stay out of the Godwar. It might be able to remain isolated, hoping that the eventual victor would have other islands to fry. But Queen Almira XXI is a paladin of action as well as a woman of ideals. Since she and her subjects are all the Shield Mother’s children, Almira XXI knows that one day, the people of Thalos will replace the child that the Shield Mother lost with another she can recognize as her own.
Homebrew Options for Chainmail: A Decade Into The War
The betrayal at Ironfist and birth of New Govis opens the eyes of Thalos to the horrors of a multi-faceted war. Fearing that she can no longer trust her own people, humans, the Queen loses herself in religion, reviving the sterner aspects of an already stern goddess. It is a trend that many of her people follow, and Thalos as a whole shifts from a LG faction to a LN one, an act that paradoxically gives more power to the clergy while regulating “unstable” paladins to the rear lines of combat. The shift in stance pleases the dwarves of Mordengard, who begin a profitable trade relationship with Thalos. The Cult of the Red Scythe also succeeds in seducing more than a few disgruntled elements into their ranks, however, with more paladins active on the mainland than ever before, they must choose their targets with exceeding care.