War of Frost
While the accounts of the War of Frost, vary wildly among the races of the High Marches, this tale is the one most commonly accepted as true according to the bardic college.
The War of Frost was fought between the Frost Lord of the Shivering Peaks against the Men of Caern, the Elves of the Windlands, the Dwarves of The East Daels, the Gnomes of Stormfell and the Merfolk of The Rising Sea.
Prior to the great battle, Caeradan, a town of the Men of the Caern, was attacked by Belfordiir, a general of the Frost Army who had discovered a secret expedition being led by the Dwarves, and had found out who had aided them — the Men of the Caern. Bardock, the heir of the Lords of Dale and Grender Caeral, the High King of Men, killed the general. Although town was nearly destroyed in the process.
Hearing of the Men’s trouble, the Elves changed course and left supplies at the ruined city. The Men of the Caern who were still unharmed marched with the Elves to the Shivering Peaks. With the great armies passing through their lands, the Gnomes decided the seize the opportunity to free themselves of the Dwarves enslavement and offered their services as siege engineers, which was quickly accepted by the Men and Elves. The Dwarves, spiteful due to the turn of events called upon the feared Merfolk with the promise of the human lands of The Isle of Llane if they aided them in battle against the Frost Lord. The humans, while upset by the Dwarves offer of their lands, accepted it as a means to ending the Frost Lord’s tyranny.
The now five commanders agreed that the Frost Lord was the enemy of all, and previous grievances between them were to be put on hold in face of the greater threat. The Dwarves and Men formed their armies on one side of the mountains and the Elves and Gnomes on the other, while the Merfolk lined across the coast of the valley to lure the Goblins between the two, and thus destroy them.
Soon the mercenary Goblins arrived, and at first the plan worked: they were lured into the choke point by the Merfolk and took heavy losses. However, due to their inferior numbers, the Merfolk did not hold the advantage long. The second wave of Goblins was even worse than the first, and now many Goblins scaled the mountain from the opposite side, attacking the arrayed forces from above and behind as the main wave pressed forward. The battle raged across the mountain. Then a great noise was heard: the Gnomish siege array had launched its Wraith-Fire, killing many Goblins and sealing the path between them and the Goblin armies with a wave of green and black fire.
As the battle raged on against the Frost Lord’s armies, it was evident that it was turning fully against the allied armies. In the third month of battle, the humans army was over half dead, and similar head counts were coming from most of the other allied forces. The thought of retreating home was looking to be the idea in most soldiers minds. However, on the morning of the first of the fourth month, a great white light arose in the mountains, many soldiers feared it was the Frost Lord’s vanguard, an icy army of the dead, marching over the mountains, but their fears soon vanished when the outline of the great dragons appeared. A shout of victory was then started among the other troops of the allied armies. With the support of the Dragons, who cast down the Frost Lord’s armies from the mountain itself, the allied armies were freed to fight on just one front in the valley rather than have to divide themselves. The Goblins then panicked and scattered, to be picked off by hunting forces from the soon-to-be victors. As the allied armies marched into Dreadkeep, the home of the Frost Lord, the great dragons flew with them, aiding them in the utter destruction of their frozen tyrants home. When the battle was finally over, the allied armies held a feast in the center of the realm at Ascalan, which would become the trade city of the many empires of the land.