Kreskan Archers

The Kreskan Archers are legendary bowmen, who hail from the Orellian Freehold of Kreska and often hire themselves out as mercenaries.

Over the years, the Kreskan Archers have served as mercenary soldiers in the service of Orel and earlier, in the service of Eldara. Their deadly accuracy is well known, as is their reputation for use of their famous Sablewood Bows and their poisoned arrows.

The Archers were first hired by Rygar Alesard in his rebellion against Eldara; the Kreskan mercenaries served him well in 1248/4, at the chaotic Battle of Stonehedge; which ended the Second Eldaran Civil War.

Another famous use of these bowmen was at the Battle of Naskan Bay in 1264/4. During this battle; a force of 1,000 of these mercenaries was crucial to the defeat of the Thûlian invasion force, who suffered over 5,000 casualties from the infamous "rain" of Kreskan arrows. Most of those killed never even saw an Orellian soldier.

The third, and most famous, exploit of the Kreskan Archers was the "Red Rain;" a slaughter of 20,000 Vilzari warriors in a matter of minutes during the Battle of Relanoth in the year 1279/4. It is considered by scholars, the deadliest attack in military history.

It is not as well known that several units of these archers were later hired by the Mad-King of Rhodara in his bloody War of Annexation against Eldara.

Never again have these fine mercenary troops allowed themselves to be hired for an evil cause. However, independent mercenary units of these famous archers are employed throughout Corwyn.

The most famous Kreskan unit is the Iron Eagle Regiment; based in the Orellian capital of Ordana.