|Fox RP Season 6| Medieval| Sparks of the past |


For hundreds of years, the Kingdom of Windmere flourished as the only prominent monarchy in the lands.  It united several smaller kingdoms under its banner in the mid 10th century and has stood as a beacon of commerce and prosperity, security, and tradition ever since.


Throughout history,  smaller vassal-states were formed under its protective arm; none however, were as large, or long-lived as the Kingdom of Ebonshield.  Together the two nations defended their island from invasion and from uprising. They joined together in exploration and in conquest of lands thousands of miles away, sharing equally in victory, and mourning together in defeat.


Although titled a kingdom, with its own monarchy established, Ebonshield remained in fealty to Windmere for nearly 300 years.  There were those of the ruling class of Ebonshield who took affront to that fact, and gathered together allies who were willing to fight for autonomy from Windmere.  By the turn of the 14th century, war was inevitable. For 25 years, the Wars for Independence raged, and many lives on both sides were lost. Ebonshield emerged victorious, and declared itself free from the rule of Windmere.  


With its newly-won freedom, Ebonshield began to thrive, gaining great wealth for itself in the trade of agriculture and textiles.  Trade agreements were tentatively negotiated with Windmere, though hotly contested by the nobles of each kingdom. Many in Windmere wanted to reclaim Ebonshield for its wealth, and many in Ebonshield had little or no desire to trade with the nation that kept them under its thumb for centuries.  The whispers of war were once again in the winds.


Any hope of peaceable negotiations were put on hold, for as summer dawned in the year 1345 both kingdoms were struck with an outbreak of the Black Plague.  The cities and villages were shut down, and residents fled to the countryside to avoid exposure. For the better part of a year, the populace hid in their hovels and cottages, fearful of diseased travellers and neighbors.  Now as the spring flowers fade and summer once again dawns, the cities have been declared free to reinhabit.


Will the sparks of past tensions be allowed to cool, or will warm summer winds reignite the flames?