The Halberon Uprising
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The Halberon Uprising of 404/6 was a successful rebellion by Duke Heremmer Halberon against the corrupt Orsini Dynasty of Erindar. Heremmer was eventually victorious, defeating the loyalist forces at the Battle of Cordova in 423/6. The uprising led to the overthrow of the kingdom of Erindar, and the installation of the Halberon Dynasty under King Heremmer in 423/6.

ORIGINS


For years, the Orsini Dynasty of Erindar had been corrupt, with rampant political favoritism. It became a tradition that nobles who ingratiated themselves to the monarchy were richly rewarded, while those who did not were heavily taxed and had their lands seized by royal decree. In the year 392/6, King Eduard came to power after the sudden death of his father, King Eradan II. Eduard was brash, spoiled, and petulant. As king, he simply took whatever he wanted, without any regard for justice. By the year 404/6, King Eduard had consolidated his power and surrounded himself with greedy, self-serving nobles. One of these nobles in the king's inner circle was Duke Avery Trask of the Duchy of Daggerford. Avery desired the rich lands of the Duchy of Herrondale, and with his close relationship with the new King, he saw his chance.

SEIZURE OF HERRONDALE


The Duchies of Daggerford and Herrondale were long-time rivals. Duke Avery now made his move. He made a bogus claim of land-rights before King Eduard and demanded seizure of the Herrondale lands over a false story of disloyalty on the part of the Halberon family. At this time, Herrondale was ruled by Duke Harkon Halberon and had been in his family's control for generations. Because of corrupt politics, King Eduard ruled in favor of Avery and against the Halberons. Duke Harkon rode to the royal court and openly appealed to the king. In full view of the royal court, Duke Harkon accused King Eduard of favoritism and corruption. King Eduard flew into a rage and ordered Duke Harkon arrested and charged with sedition.

The Halberon family appealed for leniency and the release of Harkon, but Harkon refused to apologize publicly and beg forgiveness from King Eduard. Soon after, Harkon was executed for his 'crimes' against Erindar. The King also ordered the arrest of Heremmer; Harkon's sixteen-year old son, and decreed all the Halberon lands seized and granted to Duke Avery of Daggerford.

OPEN REBELLION


King Eduard's soldiers soon rode into Herrondale, along with the forces of Duke Avery. The Halberon castle was burnt and young Heremmer forced to go into hiding. Many locals were murdered and the lands of Herrondale occupied. But fiercely loyal peasants kept the young duke safely hidden. Even as a boy, Heremmer inspired others with his courage and leadership. He soon began a rebellion, when he and a group of rebels killed a dozen of the King's soldiers who were raiding a local village where he had been hiding. From there, it became open war, with a growing rebel army fighting against the occupying forces of Duke Avery. In 411/6, Duke Avery was killed by Heremmer in the battle of Cosgrove, and the forces of Daggerford were defeated.

THE WAR WIDENS


After the Battle of Cosgrove, several noble families openly declared allegiance to Heremmer and sought to overthrow the Monarchy. The first was the Duke of Haranshire, who had no love for King Eduard and was appalled by the tyranny of his court. King Eduard mobilized his armies and moved to crush the rebellion. Over the next four years, a series of a dozen battles were fought between the rebels and loyalists, culminating in 415/6 at the Battle of Demerest; where King Eduard himself was killed (legends say by his own men!).

But the war wasn't over, Eduard's son Estris II then took the throne and continued the war. Estris was very young, and not a capable military commander. Over the next year, Estris ordered his vassal ot attack enemy held territory. There were severla major engagements; called the Battles of Taybridge, Baywater, Marsden, and Greenhollow. three of these battles resulted in a loyalist defeat. Soon the rebel army began to advance on the capitol city of Chelstad. As the loyalist army encamped on the fields of Cordova, the rebel army attacked them; gaining complete surprise. The loyalists were soundly defeated and King Estris was killed. Shortly thereafter, the remaining loyalists surrendered.

AFTERMATH


With the overthrow of the Orsini Dynasty, the Halberon Dynasty came to power. The Cordova Palace was renamed Castle Halberon, for the old one had been burnt by the loyalists early in the rebellion. King Heremmer was crowned and sat on the Ivory Throne until the year 460/6.