Archive:Wars of the Three Armies
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The Wars of the Three Armies were a collection of millitary campaigns in the Xong Region (modern Yaina), from 1374 until 1398 which involved the major powers of Western Kwedryl (South Baredina) and was the turning point in the history of the region, with many of the ramifications of the wars still being felt to the present day. It was the biggest conflict in the history of South Baredina and its vast scale led to mass destruction and bloodshed as well as permanently altering the history of South Baredina.
The War of the Three Armies takes its names from the roughly three different groups, which consisted of:
- The Mahirazan Empire, the empire that had been built up by Mahiraz since he became High Chief of Norjihan in 1354
- Yaina and Xhodiar; both entered Xong after the Norjihani Conquests of Northeastern Xong, taking the opportunity to take new territories, and to protect Szezkia
- Xong, a region that was ethnically and culturally Xhovian and had been the target of numerous wars in the past
The War began as a reaction to the Norjihani conquest of Northern Xong between 1371 and 1374, which weakened an already struggling Xong Kingdom and destoryed the majority of its army, with a vast section of the north west being seceeded to Norjihan. However, it was also a response to the conquest of Szezkia in 1374, which meant the Xhovians were forced to honour the Szezko-Xhovian Marriage. After Yaina and Xhodiar took the opportunity to invade Mahiraz saw an opportunity to defeat both the Yai-Xhodiar Coalition and Xong. The following 24 years of conflict (hence why the war is sometimes called the 24 Years War) led to the collapse of the Maharizan Empire following the death of Mahiraz the Conqueror at the Battle of Dzalúnaucalap, the formation of Yaina and contributed to the rise of Xhodiar. The conquest was marked by the guerilla fighting techniques of the Xong, enabling them to hold off much stronger armies for months or even years at a time, and also for the brutality of the Norjihani forces, similar to the conquests of Isugza and Withei, as well as its influence on the history of the region.
The main roots of the conquest lie in the Great Coup of 1305 by Govegz Rona, in which he killed the majority of the Szezk court including the High Chief Djerev Szezky. After the Battle of Avdjereg, which asserted Szezk independence, Govegz had himself crowned 'High King of All Norjihanis, Protector of Szezkia', a title that remains today. The defeat haunted Govegz for the rest of his life, and when the Szezko-Xhovian marriage took place, all hopes of reclaiming Szezkia were presumably gone.