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  1. THE MOUNTAIN ALLIANCE Since the founding of Kal’Urguan the mountain dwed have been the foundation of the dwarves, from their many feats to their esteemed Paragons, the sons of Urguan have relied on the skill and determination of the mountain dwed. Back in the days of old, in the city of Kal'Karaad, Bastion Ireheart, Fili Grandaxe and Verthaik Frostbeard signed a bloodpact, bringing the mountain clans into an alliance, forging an unbreakable bond between Urguans kin. Decades later, the pact was renewed between Kerwyr Frostbeard, Fimlin Grandaxe and Gror Ireheart, once again bringing the clans close, and in return, making the Grand Kingdom much stronger than it was before. So history shall repeat itself once again, the mountain clans of Ireheart, Grandaxe, Frostbeard and Stormheart shall sign a bloodpact in accordance with the following terms. 1. Signatories agree to support each other militarily if aggressed upon 2. Clans of the alliance formally agree to never employ hostility to each other, in the case of an act that cannot be ignored, the signatories shall meet to discuss a means of action. 3. Signatories shall not pledge allegiance to any sort of conflict without discussion. 4. Clans of the Mountain Alliance agree to support each other politically. 5. The Signatories of the alliance agree to meet every stone month. Signed, Lord of the Ireheart, Jarl of Dol’Gorix, and Bane of the Orcs Clan Father of the Stormhearts, Grand Marshal of Dungrimm's Legion, and Grand Champion of Urguan Clan Father of the Frostbeards, Son of Hamnil Frostbeard, and Lord of Tal’Rhewenholm Clan Father of Grandaxes, Brewmaster, and Lord of Kal’Bogrin
  2. The Abdication of a Brewer [!] Within the Grand King’s Palace of Urguan’s capital city, Kal’Darakaan, whose stone hewn walls are carved into the mountain itself, Levian’Tol sits at an oaken table before a hearth. Like many of his brethren, a pipe rests between his lips while his dark gaze traverses the paper before him. Each word is inked carefully, each sentence finished without flourish. It was not every day that a King informs his kin of a voluntary change in regime. Denizens of Urguan and my kin, Though I was elected Grand King nae even an age ago, I am content with what I have done. I now realize I face a path that every monarch before I has had to tread - that of forcing one’s reign to continue or stepping down and allowing another to serve our Nation. Our past kings have chosen the former. They have refused to reject power that is not their own and our people have suffered for it. Yet, I seek to chase a different future. In my time, I have served Urguan with faith and loyalty from atop the Obsidian Throne. I have led the legion, brought renewed wealth and prosperity not just to the halls of Kal’Darakaan, but to all the lands of the Grand Kingdom. Urguan has grown strong with my incorporation of The Unified Domain of Vortice and the collapse of Krugmar into the Iron’Uzg fueled by dwedmar blades. The vast auxiliaries of our borders now stand to supplement the dwedmar legion each time we go into battle. The Crimson Edict, with their age-old grudge against slavery defeated for the foreseeable future, assist the Lord Justicar in discovering and stemming any outbreak of corruption against our nation. The Order of the Golden Lion stands ready in their Keep of Sunbreak to lash out against any incursion, be it from the void or otherwise. South Sedan, Vasoyevi, Stygian Hollow, Lubba’s Keep, and Myrine all stand proudly with the Grand Kingdom. Our enemies are theirs, and theirs ours. The Mages Guild has returned once more and the Remembrancer Library stands finally completed with scholars from all the lands of Almaris eager to study inside its tall walls. In the days of old, eons ago, we Dwedmar once had an Empire. I return to you now, my people, the closest we have come to that legacy in many stone years. I hope only that my successor has the intelligence to build on what I have done, rather than letting it regress to isolationism. Let Urguan swell with the riches I have gathered and flourish with the denizens I have brought in. To my kin, my dwedmar, the future of Urguan rests now in your hands. May the Brathmordakin guide your paths as they have guided mine. ~ Grand King, Levian’Tol Grandaxe [!] The Grand King would deliver a short hand version of this letter before his council before removing the Crown of Urguan, given to him from hands of Grand Emperor Rhewen Frostbeard himself, from his head and placing it infront of his Lord Justicar, Ulfric Frostbeard, as he left the Obsidian Throne for the last time to the sounds of his kins cheers. OOC:
  3. ♫♫♫ Sat beneath an aging tree, shrouded in shade, a beardling emitted a long-winded sigh. It dispersed into the pollenated air with little response. A few crickets chirped at the presence of the dwed however little more was produced. The perfect setting for his words to be put to parchment. So with his intentions clear, piece of charcoal in hand, and parchment set out in his lap, the dwed began to write. Dear not smelly friends, I, Porkpie Grandaxe, god of crums, grand king of bread, Sylvain of the Harmony, ajent of super secret group, belly bard and slayer of trols, am taking a breac from sity lyfe. I want to go on my own jurney like ma, and the singur lady is teaching me how to help protect the forests! So I’m going on an adventure! When I get back I’ll be ready to elp my favourite peeps of Hefrumn be safe and sound! I also want to learn how to cooc because I’m fed up with slop. Ma's stew was much nicer. So I’ll be learnin about that when I’m gone too. Then I’ll feed all my frends! Like: singa lady, blu i's, king man, chief peep, auntie yaz, banjo man, snake elf, fat peep and all the rest! But for now I’ll say goodbye! Sincerely, Porkpie Grandaxe, god of crums, grand king of bread, Sylvain of the Harmony, ajent of super secret group, belly bard and slayer of trols. (Soon to be chief of Hefrumn and Grand king of all of Urguan!) PS: I’ve begun leaving a crumb trail but I also think the trail tastes nice so it might be gone. :) And with a small smiley face to end the piece, the beardling sat down his quill. Sitting up and proudly dancing at his writing achievement. Finally handing the duped letters over to a falcon once his dance session had winded him. Though instead of the common sleek and elegant posture, this falcon was round and tubby, perhaps a reminder of a certain someone. Despite the resemblance however, the falcon would in fact not be mistaken to be Porkpie as it delivered the letter to be pinned at the notice board of Hefrumn, and a copy to Urguan. One clearly more swiftly copied over. Perhaps a tell tale of the dweds priorities and preferences. ooc:
  4. A Celebration of Anbella: The Wedding of Officer Grudgebeard and Brynaelda Grandaxe Saturday 3/6, at 7:00pm EST. Ceremony held in the Temple of Kal'Darakaan [Urguan]. Party after in the Queen's Bounty [Urguan's Tavern]. Invitations would be sent to: The entirety of Urguan. The Duchy of Elysium & The Kingdom of Norland. The Nation of Krugmar. The Kingdom of Haense. Friends of Elvenesse. The Village of Bramblebury. Friends of the Druids' Grove. Friends of Kaz'Ulrah. Pizza Place of Oren [please bring pizza]. The Free State of Sutica. Hogarth Irongut's Ghost.
  5. Ajax and Bojakk Frostbeard, whilst working on various projects, receives a commission by officer grudgebeard, to make and submit a song for his lady, Brynaelda Grandaxe. Taking special care to ensure the song is up to snuff before releasing it Grandaxe Girl Grandaxe Girl She's been living that Grandaxe World I bet she's never had cavern guy I bet clan father's never her told her why I'm gonna try for a Grandaxe Girl She's been living in her highland world As long as anyone with red hair can And now she's looking for a cavern dwed man That's what I am And when she knows what she wants in her life And when she sees me I know she's gonna be my wife she'll see I'm not so rough Just because I'm in love with a Grandaxe Girl You know I've seen her in her Grandaxe World She's getting tired of her grandaxe boys and all the stress from her little bundles of joy She's got her choice Grandaxe girl You know I'm not the richest in the world But maybe when my minecart comes in She'll understand the kind of dwed i've been Her heart I'll win And when she's walking, her hips swingin', so fine And when we're talkin, beard swayin', all mine She knows I'm not so rough Just because I'm in love with a Grandaxe Girl She's been living in her highland world As long as anyone with red hair can And now she's looking for a cavern dwed man That's what I am Grandaxe Girl, She's My grandaxe girl You know I'm in love with a Grandaxe girl, my Grandaxe girl You know I'm in love with a Grandaxe girl, my Grandaxe girl You know I'm in love with a Grandaxe girl, my Grandaxe girl You know I'm in love with a Grandaxe girl
  6. Bojakk Frostbeard, doing his daily rounds of publishing, posts this song upon the tavern door, a copy is given to the remembrancers, and a copy is given to the Grandaxes for their own personal use. Grandaxe Hero Standing the hold, with hung head to cry Couldn't join the legion, was just a year shy Heard the roar of the dwed, he could picture the scene Through a crack in the wall,he saw metal flash and gleam! He saw one grandaxe! he just blew him away! The highlander style, and the very next day He bought a beat up greataxe, in a guild run store Didn't know how to use it, but he knew for sure! That one greataxe, felt good in his hands, Didn't take long, to understand just one greataxe, with his grip held low Was a one way ticket, only one way to go Now he started trainin', ain't never gonna stop Gotta keep on trainin', one day he's going to make it to the top And be a Grandaxe Hero, got fire in his eyes He's A grandaxe hero He took one hand axe [Grandaxe Hero, fire in his eyes] GrandAxe Hero, [Fire in his eyes] he'll come alive tonight Deep in the mine, during a silverfish fight With a hefty crashing blow, he bore forth his might! Like a trip through the past, to that fateful day And that one grandaxe, made his whole life change now he's got to keep a' trainin', he just can't stop Gotta keep on trainin', that boy has got to stay on top And be a Grandaxe Hero, got fire in his eyes He's A grandaxe hero got fire in his eyes Yeah, grandaxe hero, fire in his eyes He took one hand axe [fire in his eyes] GrandAxe Hero,he'll come alive, come alive tonight, yeah! Yeah he's gotta keep a trainin, he just can't stop Gotta keep on trainin', That dwarf has got to stay on top! And be a grandaxe hero, got fire in his eyes he's a grand axe hero, got fire in his eyes [One Great Axe] Grandaxe hero, got fire in his eyes How he's just a grandaxe hero, aaah aah aaah Grandaxe Hero [Fire] her, [fire,fire] grandaxe hero [fire, fire] He's got fire in his eyes, fire in his eyes
  7. Bojakk Frostbeard, Song of Ajax. At request of Dhaen Grandaxe, has composed and wrote a song to show the good in her as well as give mention to her help to the hold. Being new to Urguan, this is what he cobbles together. That Merchant Life Stretching in bed then I wander into my kitchen Get myself a tankard of ambition I yawn and give Jorin a good morning embrace Hop in the warm bath Trying to get my blood goin' Out to the Hall crafts-dwed all glowin' helping the hold with that Merchant life Workin' that Merchant life Gotta keep the hold a livin' And you know I try Taxes taken To guilds givin' The accounting work and they never give me credit But those great projects wouldn't be if you didn't That Merchant life, For my clan and Mountain You would think that I, Would earn a plaque on a Fountain Want to move a head With projects but the king won't let me I swear sometimes the men are out to get me.. Mmmmmm. They try to tear you down with a song bout your takin' They think that these building's magically be makin' but you know to make em we gotta pay.. You're in the same boat with all of your dwedmar Workin' for the day That you unveil the Grand Bar And it'll wash all the hate away. Workin' that Merchant life Gotta keep the hold a livin' And you know I try Taxes taken To guilds givin' The accounting work and they never give me credit But those great projects wouldn't be if you didn't Merchant life, They prod and they taunt you But you just walk on by Because you know it's not about you In the Khazad's game With the mina that you hall it You'll spend your life Padding Urguans's Wallet!
  8. ~ Where The Forest Reaches The Mountain ~ [!] An invitation would hang on the Notice Board of Urguan and Tree Trunks of Hefrumm. A detailed drawing of the Dwarven Mountainside covered by a forest. The first decade of Almaris has proven abundant for the prodigious mountain ranges and vast forests of the Grand Kingdom of Urguan. Hefrumm, the village of the forest dwarves, now being closer than ever to the capital city, Kal’Darakaan, has brought a great merge of culture between all of Yemekar’s children. A testament to the fruitful future of all Kazad’mar, Belka has now brought forth a union of Agnarumm and Hefrumm through marriage. Rarely is there time for revelry and joy in the world of politics, more often than not when one takes on a role to serve their people, their life is dedicated to duty and compromise. The High Chief of Hefrumm proves that this though, is not always the case. With Anbella’s guidance, she has found immense joy in caring for her people, guiding lost forest dwed home, and leading Hefrumm into an age of prosperity. With her duties firmly devoted to the future of all Hefrumm, the High Chief’s prospects of a family life have led her to a lengthy courtship with a charming Agnarumm. Most days spent welcoming guests from behind the bar or knees deep in fermented ale, the Iron Baron of Urguan has dedicated his life to serving the patrons of the Queen’s Bounty and crafting the unique brews he devises deep within the Grandaxe Clan Hall Brewery. He helps guide the nation towards prosperity through The Brewers’ Guild of Urguan, training the next group of Kazad’mar in the art of brew making. When The Iron Baron was blindsided by Belka’s blessing he quickly found himself elated at the prospect leading him into a lengthy courtship with an alluring Hefrumm. After many years, the two have decided to join together in marriage under the eyes of the Brathmordakin. The Marriage between The High Chief of Hefrumm, Chief of the Blackroot Clan, and Seer of the Brathmordakin, Yazmorra Blackroot, and The Iron Baron and Grand Brewmaster of Urguan, Levian’Tol Grandaxe will take place within the halls of Kal’Darakaan with the ceremony being held inside The Temple of The Worldmaker. The revelry is not limited to just the Kazad’mar of Urguan, but the invitation extends to all those across Almaris who wish for good food, great drinks, and better company. To begin the celebration, prior to the ceremony, the couple will participate in a Lover’s Brawl in the Grand Arena of Kal’Darakaan. A tradition of Da Seers Eron Hefruth, the brawl will symbolize Belka’s blessing of strength in love. Following the duel, the pair will freshen up and make their way to Temple for the wedding ceremony. With an addition of Seer customs to a traditional Da Kirkja Dverga ceremony, the pair will declare a blood oath followed by an exchanging of silver rings atop their wedding bands in Anbella’s honor. The celebration will then conclude with a feast in the Queen’s Bounty. Anbella’s warmest blessings to those who attend. Signed by, Iron Baron and Grand Brewmaster of Urguan Levian'Tol Grandaxe High Chief of Hefrumm, Seer of the Brathmordakin, and Chief of The Blackroot Clan Yazmorra Blackroot [!] Several small Wood Sparrows would deliver special invitations to the hands or mailboxes of multiple individuals outside of Urguan’s borders. Special Invitations are extended to: The citizens of The Kingdom of Norland and in particular, High Keeper Alisa Camian, Terra, Barrel Prince Tavish Faretto, Marshal Donovan Freysson, Vane, Count Eugeo de Astrea, Former King of Norland Caedric Edvardsson, Ludvina Lunner The citizens of Talon’s Part and in particular, The Minister of Defense Athri Onfroi Belrose The citizens of The Free Trade State of Sutica and in particular, Trade Monarch Mika Uialben, Minister of Defense Dominic Elmoran The citizens of The Kingdom of Oren and in particular, Former Mayor of Helena Alpha Carrington The citizens of The Crown of Elvenesse and in particular, The High Priestess of Elvenesse Sonna Vuln’miruel (In the famous words of Jorvin Starbreaker, “Remember, gift giving is a Dwarven tradition.”) OOC: Feb 6th (Saturday), 4pm EST. For those who wish to attend, Lover’s Brawl @ 3pm EST
  9. Ajax Frostbeard quietly posts a new song, after getting a request from Micah Grandaxe to a melody she's known. The pages sit nailed to the door of the tavern, a copy submitted to the remembrancers, and a copy directly being handed to Micah. She as far as AJax sees, is the owner of the song. Mother's Grandaaxe Daughter I am my mother's Grandaxe Daughter One who runs barefoot through Mountain Holme I am my Mother's Grandaxe Daughter I bear wild hair, You will hear my unhampered voice! My Father's child is a warrior She strikes down drakes and bears upon stone For the sake of her hearth, her kingdom and clan She hunts boars and strips meat to the bone! I am my mother's Grandaxe Daughter One who runs barefoot through Mountain Holme I am my Mother's Grandaxe Daughter I bear wild hair, You will hear my unhampered voice! My Grandaxe child dances with iron She sings battle songs in the light of the moon And under the stars stakes her claim in white granite and dreams of the glory she will bring home soon. I am my mother's Grandaxe Daughter One who runs barefoot through Mountain Holme I am my Mother's Grandaxe Daughter I bear wild hair, You will hear my unhampered voice! Urguan brought us all forth out of darkness Into this world of Metal and of stone And deep in our hearts is a fire is waking So sing a thunderous song from our mountain throne We are our Mother's Grandaxe Daughters The ones whom run barefoot through mountain holme We are our mother's Grandaxe daughters We bear wild hair, You will hear our unhampered voice! We are our Mother's Grandaxe Daughters The ones whom run barefoot through mountain holme We are our mother's Grandaxe daughters We bear wild hair, You will hear our unhampered voice! We are our Mother's Grandaxe Daughters The ones whom run barefoot through mountain holme We are our mother's Grandaxe daughters We bear wild hair, You will hear our unhampered voice!
  10. Saturday, January 16th at 8:00pm EST. The Grand Kingdom of Kal'Darakaan, Urguan, The Queen's Bounty. Pajamas encouraged, but optional. The Bard-Off is open to all bards, be somewhat respectful. Activities include: bard-off, drinking contest, cake-eating, story-telling, dancing, and games. The following invitations would be posted at the following locations, and spread to all by word of mouth or via gifted invitations. The Kingdom of Norland The Kingdom of Haense The Realm of Elvenesse Brandybrook, the Halflings The Free Trade State of Sutica The Druid Grove Talon's Port Vaeyla Krugmar The Ferrymen, Brick The Wick Family & Company The Bardic Spirits Lady Lenniel Crineas [Those not on this list may still attend due to the open nature of the event.]
  11. -={Origin & History}=- The Grandaxe clan was founded by one of the sons of Urguan, Bogrin Grandaxe who gathered his family and his followers to the northern ranges of Aegis. The clan participated in the politics of Khaz’Urguan from a distance, and when Velkan Ironborn rose to power and formed the Empire of Khorvad, the Grandaxes joined in Simppa’s rebellion against the Ironborn rule. When Simppa marched on the Ironborn, the Grandaxes followed suit alongside the Frostbeards and Ironguts and vanquished the Ironborn. Thus the Kingdom of Urguan was restored and the Grandaxes stood by it. A tragedy would soon befall the clan however, as the new King Grimlie declares war on the human Kingdom of Oren, the clan descends into disagreement. The Clan Father, Thrain Grandaxe wanted the clan to support the Kingdom in its war effort however his brother; Decks Grandaxe opposed the war and was banished from the Kingdom. Decks now disgraced took his brothers Gulik and Grady and their children and moved into Kal’Domhain, one of the old Grandaxe holds. With the clan split in two, Thrain Grandaxe and his brothers Rhakun and Gilneas named themselves the “Braveaxe Clan” to show their loyalty to the Kingdom while Decks and his followers became the “Blackaxe Clan” a name meant to bring disgrace but was accepted by them. Many years had passed, eventually Decks passed away and his son Bazian Blackaxe became the leader of his clan. Bazian, tired of the grudges between their kin brought the Blackaxes back to Kal’Urguan to live with the rest of their kin. At this time the King was Gotrek Firemane, known to frequently travel and be absent of his people. Thorik Braveaxe, son of Thrain was disgusted by the status of the Kingdom and couped Gotrek from power, taking up the mantle of King himself with support from both the Braveaxes and the Blackaxes. Thorik formed the Grand council out of his supporters Chaecus Braveaxe, Stronghold Braveaxe, Broski Braveaxe, and Valen Blackaxe. The Grandaxe councilors do much for the Kingdom, protecting Urguan in the Great War of Aegis and defeating the Elven-Orcish alliance and later conquering Alras in the Dwarf-Alras war. The Undead of Aegis had begun to further their foothold, forcing the people of Aegis to convene against them. Champions were sent by the four descendants into the Nether to try and destroy it, from the dwarves was Kjell Ireheart, Urir Ireheart, and Valen Blackaxe. At the cost of Urir’s life the attempt was a success, however it was short lived when the Undead overran Kal’Urguan and the other nations, forcing them to flee to the land of Asuloun. In Asuloun Thorik continues to rule the Kingdom until he is supposedly assassinated, the title of King falling to Broski Braveaxe, then Stronghold Braveaxe before finally falling to Kjell Ireheart. With Thorik’s kingdom in shambles and the dwarves in a state of decline Bazian Blackaxe calls the Blackaxes and the Braveaxes together to unite back into the Grandaxe Clan. Both clans agree and the Grandaxes are made whole once more. With Kjell’s new Kingdom, the Grandaxe clan founded Kal’Anart on the northern border of the Dwarven lands, defending them against the Orcs not far from their hold. The Kingdom had now been made up of a great expanse of land, including the Irongut hold of Kal’Dwain, the Grandaxes in Kal’Anart, the Goldhands in Kal’Alras and the Irehearts in Mount Ire and Kal’Mugdor. Under this system the Empire of Urguan was founded, the lords of each hold becoming the council below Emperor Kjell to assist him in managing the Empire. The Orcs attack the Kingdom, and enjoy initial success but are pushed back into the north by the dwarven armies before they are able to conquer any major dwarven holds. The clan continued to live in Kal’Anart through the end of Kjell’s and into Hiebe Irongut’s reign and until the destruction of Asuloun, where they fled to Elysium. As the opportunity to avenge the death of their former King, Thorik Braveaxe arose Valen Grandaxe marched the Grandaxe Clan in full force into the hold of his killers, but found something they did not expect. Under the possession of an ancient evil, Thorik still lived and with the Hammer of Urguan, was freed from the prison of his own mind from Ondnarch, the bringer of the silent cold. The return of the old Grand King had dwarves of all clans and creed rally beneath him as he claimed his right to the throne. With the backing of the Grandaxe Clan, Thorik Grandaxe was once again crowned Grand King of the newly formed Grand Kingdom of Urguan. Thorik started restoring the Grand Kingdom with the Treaty of Aturial, forging an alliance with Emperor Godfrey and the Holy Oren Empire, it was his hope that peace would soon ensue. Thorik also wrote the Articles of Urguan, a constitution to govern the Grand Kingdom with Valen Grandaxe, Bazian Grandaxe. After the articles were finished Thorik stepped down and Omithiel Strongbrow took to the throne. After discovering the path to Anthos, the clan set sail with the dwarves and lived within Kal’Azgoth, the new dwarven city. In Kal’Azgoth Omithiel ruled until he decided to step down, allowing Thorin Grandaxe, a skillful Legion Commander, to become Grand King. When a dwarven lord was killed by the White Rose on the way to Kal’Azgoth, Thorin grew furious and broke the pact with Oren and declared war. The dwarven Legion marched north and met the Orenian army on the battlefield at the Nation’s Crossing, but was pushed back after a flank from the west. Despite the victory, many Orenians decided to leave Anthos for another land, allowing Thorin to pressure many of the human lords into submission and conquering the rest. With the Orenian lands beneath Thorin he divided up the former Empire into individual kingdoms and named himself the Emperor of Urguan, forming the second empire in dwarven history. The clan had little time to enjoy the victory however, as the deaths of Valen Grandaxe and later Thorik Grandaxe left the clan with little leadership outside of Thorin himself. But even then the clan did not have time between its grief, as Thorin Grandaxe himself is slain by Ondnarch, releasing the conquered kingdoms. The clan fell through the leadership of several dwarves with little time in between until falling to Fimlin Grandaxe. Fimlin obtained the position in the midst of the Orenian invasion of Urguan, and urgently called for his clanmates to return and fight against the invaders. Fimlin was largely successful, reviving the clan and bringing it back into an integral part of dwarven politics after both he and his brother Fili Grandaxe earned spots on the King’s council. After the war had ended with the Grand Kingdom successfully repelling the invaders in The Battle of Indagolaf the clan began to further come back to life, and was able to see Wulfgar Grandaxe onto the throne after the death of Indago Stormhammer who had ruled during the war. Wulfgar not only began to rebuild the Grand Kingdom post-war he also helped the clan further gain back its power by promoting Fimlin Grandaxe to the Lord’s Council. The clan continued to grow in numbers and when Anthos fell it followed the Grand Kingdom into Kal’Arkon until eventually moving on to Athera. In Athera, Midgor Ireheart the son of Kjell Ireheart was Grand King, ruling from the mountain city of Kal’Agnar. Early on, the Grandaxes and the Ironguts moved into the north of Athera, founding Hiebenhall and Kal’Akyth respectively. Midgor was not pleased at the leaving dwarves and threatened action, thus when the time arose the council removed Midgor from Kingship. In his place Fimlin Grandaxe was elected and the Grandaxes returned to Kal’Agnar with Fili Grandaxe as the Clan Father. Fimlin ruled the Grand Kingdom when Khaz’Urguan was rediscovered, and the Undead released back into the world. With the return of the Undead, a remnant of the ancient Ironborn clan waited for an opportunity to invade Kal’Agnar, and found that opportunity when the Starbreaker clan rebelled from the “Underkingdom.” The Ironborn with the backing of the Starbreakers and the Undead launched an invasion on Kal’Agnar and overran the dwarven Legion, forcing the remaining dwarves to retreat to Hiebenhall. The clan took many losses in the invasion but continued to persevere with the rest of the dwarves in Hiebenhall until the dwarven armies rallied up to retake the Grand Kingdom and were able to successfully do so despite the fortifications in their way. Fimlin then tried to rebuild the Grand Kingdom after the war, commissioning the construction of Kal’Karaad but was removed by the council before it was finished. The clan then held an ongoing distrust for the council and its deeds, believing it to be corrupt and against the dwarven interests. The Grandaxes, disheartened with the politics of the Kingdom founded Kal’Bogrin north of Hiebenhall for the clan to reside in. Zahrer Irongrinder was elected Grand King and tried to re-establish the Lord’s Council of Anthos but the motion was rejected by the Grandaxe and Frostbeard clans. Furious the Grand King removed the Frostbeards from their power and replaced them with the Doomforged who voted in favor of the council. The new Lord’s Council was made up of its supporters which further angered the Grandaxes, who were then the largest clan in the Kingdom. After an incident with Zahrer’s elven concubine, the Lord’s Council wished to banish the Grandaxes from the Kingdom. When Zahrer refused, the council removed him from Kingship but the Grandaxes had already abandoned Kal’Karaad and moved into Kal’Bogrin. The Grandaxes declared their independence but soon came under immediate threat from the Kingdom of Oren, which marched on Hiebenhall. The Grandaxes vowed to defend Hiebenhall despite the council, and eventually with a majority of dwarves dissenting against the council the Lords were expelled from the Grand Kingdom and the land given over to the Grandaxes. The Grandaxes then without hesitation gave the lands to the elected Grand King Hodir Doomforged and marched south to defend Hiebenhall. The Orenian army, surprised to find a united dwarven army was repelled. The initial victory was soon lost as the dwarven Siege of Drakenburgh failed and the Orenian army given time to recooperate. With a renewed offensive, the Orenian army attacked Kal’Bogrin and captured the hold, which had luckily been evacuated after being warned. Hiebenhall too was captured, at night by a squadron of Orenians while the Legion was fighting in an ancient hall. With the war lost, the Grandaxes moved south of Kal’Karaad in the foothills where Kal’Eknar was founded. Peace would not last long however, as Vrograk’Gorkil became the new Orcish Rex he warred on the dwarves and besieged Kal’Eknar. Although the Orcish horde initially dominated the dwarves, the garrison at Kal’Eknar was able to charge out and cut down the Orcs while they were unexpecting. The Grandaxes, hoping to protect their kin from further tragedy helped form a Mountain Blood-Pact between the Grandaxe, Frostbeard, and Ireheart clans. They continued living in Kal’Eknar until Athera fell and the dwarves forced to move on to Vailor. In Vailor, the Grandaxes established a hold on the Isle of Avar, named Kal’Valen after their renowned ancestor. The Grandaxes formed a vanguard against a potential invasion from Orenian forces, as Avar was a large island between the sea separating the two Kingdoms. Fili Grandaxe went missing and Fimlin Grandaxe became the Clan Father. This issue was used as an excuse for the Frostbeard clan to break the pact, dishonoring the clan greatly and setting a grudge on the Frostbeards. When Skippy Irongut was elected Grand King against his opposition; Verthaik Frostbeard, the Frostbeard clan rebelled and tried to forcefully take the throne. The Grandaxes stood by the Grand King, still angered by the broken pact and the rebellion was defeated. The Grandaxe clan continued living in Kal’Valen when the Eighteen Year’s War broke out between the Dwarves and Oren. The Grandaxes rallied to defend their kin, losing the Battle of Rhewengrad but repelling the armies in the subsequent Battle of Khro’Nagaak. The Rurics, a house of northern humans living on Avar rebelled against the Grandaxes and vassalized under Oren. Launching a new offensive the Orenian army sailed to Avar and broke the Dwarven naval blockade of Seahelm, home of the Rurics. The Orenians then moved on to besiege the fort of Jarnstrand before moving onto Kal’Valen itself. The defence of Kal’Valen was valiant and nearly broke the Orenians however after a lengthy siege the Grandaxes had lost their hold. The clan had suffered great losses, of land and of kin but continued to fight in the Battle of Kal’Ordholm where the war finally ended with a successful dwarven defence. Today the Grandaxes reside in Kal’Omith in northern Axios alongside the rest of the dwarves. -=- -={Notable Clansdwarves}=- Thorik Grandaxe “King of Kings” Grand King of Urguan in Aegis and Asulon where he established dwarven military dominance, leading the dwarves through the Great War of Aegis. He later founded the first of the modern Grand Kingdoms of Urguan in Elysium & Kalos becoming the First Grand King of Urguan, earning himself the title “King of Kings” for which he became the Paragon of Kings. Valen Grandaxe “The Wordsmith” Revered lord of the Grandaxes that helped found the Legion in Aegis and assisted the Grand Kingdom of Urguan in matters of politics and diplomacy for nearly his entire life and helping write the first Articles of Urguan. Valen was also one of the three champions of the dwarves to venture into the Nether when Aegis fell. His death in Anthos prompted him to become a Paragon after his lifelong service to the dwarves had ended. Bazian Grandaxe A long-time Clan Lord of the Grandaxes since their re-joining in Asuloun and Clan Lord of the Blackaxes beforehand. Bazian was the face of the Grandaxe clan during Asulon in Kal’Anart and until in Anthos where he retired; he is still alive today, being one of the oldest dwarves alive. Bazian’s longtime service to the Grandaxes and dwarves earns himself respect and reverence within the clan and all dwarves. Thorin Grandaxe “The Great” Renowned Grand King of the Dwarves in Anthos where in the first Dwarf-Oren war he conquered the human lands and made them his vassals. Thorin was known for being a very skillful leader in battle and in politics which allowed him to conquer Oren despite the initial loss in the war that was named after him; “Thorin’s War.” Fimlin Grandaxe “The Just” The face of the Grandaxes from Anthos to present day Fimlin revived the Grandaxe clan during its decline in Anthos and brought it back to the forefront of dwarven politics. Fimlin also served as Grand King during Athera, leading the dwarves through the release of the Undead back into the world and the Ironborn Invasion. Fimlin Grandaxe is mostly known for his longevity in working with the Grand Kingdom and ruling the Grandaxe Clan; he is still alive to this day. Fili Grandaxe A Notable dwarven figure from the Grandaxes since Anthos, Fili’s longtime service in the Legion and in dwarven government earned him his respect. During the Exodus to Kal’Bogrin in Athera Fili guided the clan into retaking the Grand Kingdom of Urguan for the greater population and expelling the Lord’s Council. Jorik Grandaxe Grand Marshal of the Grand Kingdom in the Frostbeard Rebellion, the 18 Years War and the war that ended Oren. His ability to amass numbers for the dwarven Legion and lead them into battle gave the Grand Kingdom back its military dominance. -=- -={Traditions & Values}=- Honor A Grandaxe will defend his honor with his life, and will demand the same of other dwarves. Grandaxes do not steal or harm other dwarves as it is considered highly dishonorable and nearly unforgivable. They also hold to their word and hold blood pacts in high regard, and will never break them. The Dishonored Grandaxes believe in honor being above all except the Brathmordakin, so when a clanmate becomes dishonorable it is a grievance to the clan. However Grandaxes believe that the Dishonored must redeem themselves so that they can be let into society once more. Yemekar's Balance The Grandaxes are staunch believers in Yemekar's Balance, meaning to maintain a world where the four races are independent and no nation is too overreaching and too imperialist to break this balance. Should one nation attempt to exterminate one of the races from the realm then that is a clear breach of Yemekar's Balance. Such a situation upsets Grandaxes, who take pride in the world as a place where there is great diversity and an endless amount of discovery. Dwarven Unity Grandaxes have strived to maintain dwarven unity, but also have oftentimes attempted to move further away. Grandaxes had historically established their separate holds many times throughout the ages, however after the Fall of Avar, the enthusiasm and drive over making holds collapsed. Afterwards Grandaxes understood the need for unity far better and no longer desired to separate as much as they had before. Additionally Grandaxes believe actions such as rebellion are dishonorable and thus take them very seriously. The last Grandaxe rebellion in Kal'Bogrin was bloodless and the clan promised to help the Grand Kingdom against Oren. Though the favor wasn't expected to be returned. Patron Brathmordakin Dungrimm Dungrimm, the Brathmordakin of war and death is the primary patron of the Grandaxes due to his affinity for valour and glory in war. Young Grandaxes especially choose Dungrimm as their patron, and hope for greatness in battle. Ogradhad Ogradhad, the Brathmordakin of knowledge is the second patron of the Grandaxes, and is usually worshiped more fervently by the politicians and the diplomats of the clan. Nobles of the clan frequently go to Ogradhad for guidance in matters involving politics, and thus is more popular among the older members of the clan. -=- -={Bloodlines}=- The Braveaxe Line Dwarves of the Braveaxe line are characterised by their red hair and blue eyes, with rare cases of green. Their personalities tend to be more peaceful and diplomatic than kin outside their bloodline. Most notably, Thorik Grandaxe belonged to this bloodline. The Blackaxe Line Dwarves of the Blackaxe line are characterized by their red hair and their distinct brown eyes that have come as a result of breeding with other mountain dwarf families. In the old days, these dwarves became infamous for their raids upon settlements who were deemed to have broken their strict code of honour. Mostly notably, the brothers Bazian Grandaxe and Valen Grandaxe belonged to this bloodline. The Grimaxe Line Dwarves of the Grimaxe line are unique amongst the Grandaxes in that they tend to have brown hair and brown eyes. Many are also shorter in stature than most mountain dwarves, due to breeding with other dwarven families. They are the youngest branch of the clan and have much to prove to the rest of their kin. Most notably, Thorin Grandaxe belonged to this bloodline. -=- -={Occupation}=- Most Grandaxes join the dwarven Legion at a young age, and are often taught diplomacy and politics as well, usually becoming key politicians in the Dwarven Kingdom. Grandaxes are known to be the woodworkers and lumberjacks of the dwarves, as most clans typically are miners and blacksmiths. Additionally many Grandaxes chose to be Leatherworkers and Breeders, and are known to produce well-made furs. Grandaxes in Blacksmithing are different than most clans, they favor lighter weights and axes over hammers and swords. Grandaxes usually are focused on chainmail armor and fur for most situations, but during battles and sieges Grandaxes usually wear their notorious Black Plate armor (Khoroklad). -=- -={Clothing and Appearance}=- Most Grandaxes wear chainmail and fur on a casual basis, and wear heavier armor such as the Khoroklad during lengthy battles. Grandaxes usually have a light skin tone, contrary to most cave dwarven clans. Members of the Grandaxe bloodline, specifically the Braveaxe and Blackaxe lines have fiery hair with various hues of red and orange. This comes with one exception called the Grimaxe bloodline, of which they have darker brown hair. Most clansdwarves have brown or blue eyes although some Grimaxes are known to have had grey or green eyes as well. Grandaxes just like all Mountain dwarves are slightly taller than their cave dwarf kin, making it easier to hike up mountains. Many Grandaxes keep more ragged beards, although some keep it trimmed Grandaxes do not put excessive decoration in gold and gems in their beard unlike their cave dwarven kin. -=- -={Weapons, Armor, and Mounts}=- The War-axe Grandaxes use all forms of dwarven weaponry however all Grandaxes are trained with use of the war-axe. Waraxes are the typical weapon of choice for Grandaxes and they are often heavily decorated in runes and various inscriptions. The Ordaz (Hammaxe) The Ordaz or the Hammaxe is a dwarven war-axe with a flat hammerhead on the opposite side of the axe-head. The Ordaz is typically used in engagements that are close-quarters. The Ordaz are also moderately heavier than a war-axe because of the need to balance out the weight of the hammerhead on the other side. Khorok-Klad (Darkclad) Originally forged by a Grandaxe of the Blackaxe line Khoroklad armor is thick plate armor forged from black ferrum alloy and often underlaid with chainmail and leather undercoats. Khoroklad armor is noticeable by its dark complexion and sometimes has the symbol of a double-headed axe on the chest. Azlann (High Ram) Grandaxes unlike other dwarves have a tradition of taming and riding goats as opposed to boars and direwolves. The breed of “Azlann” or High Ram is a species of rams that live in the mountains of the dwarven lands that have distinctly long horns that curve steadily towards the back of their head. The Azlann typically dwell at the highest inhabitable points in mountains and are skilled climbers, making transportation across mountain ranges easier with this breed. Although useful Azlann have never been used in battle, and are very unbeknownst to most dwarves as it is discussed mostly within the clan. Rune Cannon (Rhun-Ithring) Although attempted and within the capacity for many dwarves to invent it was Fili Grandaxe who finally put together the various components to create the first modern Rune-Cannon. The Rune cannon is hardly just for the Grandaxes, as they are a great source of pride and a symbol of power in dwarven society. Grandaxes are no exception to this and are far from shy of incorporating them into their halls. -=- -={Food and Drink}=- The Grandaxe diet consists mostly of meat and fish, with the latter being the centerpiece of a typical meal. Grandaxes are known to hunt more than their cave dwarven brethren, who typically provide grain and mushrooms to the dwarven populace. An ideal Grandaxe meal has meat, bread and some form of cave vegetable. Families with beardlings occasionally provide candies, mostly made from the plant sugars grown by cave dwarves. Once a beardlings reaches adulthood however candies and other sweets are only found at feasts. Most clansdwarves eat four meals on a regular day, morning, midday, afterday, and night meals. The morning meal is had before work, while the midday meal is during the workday but can sometimes be avoided if the job is demanding. The afterday meal is usually eaten right after work or on the way home. The night meal is often eaten at the family home alongside the family. When it comes to drinking, Grandaxes do not fall short of their fellow dwarves, ale is the primary choice of alcohol and is enjoyed by all Grandaxes. -=- -={Architecture}=- Like most dwarves Grandaxes express creativity and art through their architecture. There are few paintings within the Grandaxes and dwarves as a whole, thus nearly all art from dwarves is seen in architecture. The Grandaxes have adhered to age old architectural doctrine, being the first clan to use wood in its architecture; mostly in the roofs and walls of a hall. Grandaxes also abstain from using gems and ores in decorating their halls, instead choosing tapestries and various designs in the wood and stone. -=- -={Rites of Passage}=- Trial of Courage In order for a beardling of the Grandaxe clan to become a full member, the dwarf will first be tasked by the clan father with bringing back the pelt of a direwolf that he has tracked down. After the pelt has been retrieved, it will be nailed to the beardling's wall, as a show of strength and pride. Trial of Honour The trial of honour, acts a test of the beardling's dedication to the ways of honour and bravery. The beardling is given a blessing by the clan father, before being tasked with bringing back the tusks of an orc slain in battle. This will then be carved into an orc tusk dagger and will be carried by the dwarf for use as a side weapon. Trial of Faith Once this has been completed, the clan father will have the dwarf obtain the blessing of the dwarf's patron god, by taking the pilgrimage to their shrine. The shrines are located across the Dwarven mountains. When there, the beardling will be required to make an offering of his choice. Providing he survives the journey, he must return to the clan father and inform him that the task has been completed. If you want to join the Grandaxe clan you may make an application on this thread
  12. Wulfric Comhan Grandaxe Etymology: Wulfric:‘wolf-leader’ Comhan: ‘co-birth’ or ‘twin’ Nicknames: ‘Azurebeard’ ‘Wulf’ ‘Wul-fry’ Age: 322 Gender: Male Race: Dwarf Status: Alive Description Height: 4,5 ft Weight: 90kg Body Type: Muscular Eyes: Light brown Hair: Dark brown Skin: Light Markings/Tattoos: Two axes crossed on his back Health: Healthy Personality: Wulfric is brave, concerns for his and his family’s honor. He likes to joke around with his mates. He is intelligent, being the High Remembrancer. He is straight-forward, he lets people know what is needed of them quite quickly. He’s a bit sensitive, takes things harshly- mainly because he thinks too much about what is said and what is done. He’s also quite sarcastic because he’s a funny guy, but, behind all the laughter and peace, stands a ruthless, impatient, murderer. Inventory: An Orc tusk from his Grandaxe trials. Sharp and poisonous pincers from a scadernack from his elder trials. A Claymore-like blade. A small handmade bow and a quiver. His pink purse with torture tools. A notebook Further Details: His pink purse with torture tools includes: a flaying knife that he looted from a Flay’s body in The Battle of Snow (eventhough he doesn’t use it very well), Little ‘pin’ knifes that can be used for multiple painful stabs in sensitive spots and a dull dagger for pain. Life Style Alignment*: Lawful Neutral Deity*: Yemekar, Dungrimm, Ogradhad Religion: Brathmorkin Alliance/Nation/Home The Grand Kingdom of Urguan Job/Class: A Legionnaire, A High Remebrancer. Title(s): Legion Lieutenant, High Remembrancer, Clan Father of the Grandaxe, Lord Wulfric Grandaxe Profession(s): Legionnaire, Scribe Special Skill(s): Wielding a blade, Writing (It’s considered special amongst the dwarves) and drinking Flaw(s): Useless with women, a bad climber, thinks too much. Weaponry Fighting Style: Two-handed fencing Trained Weapon: Sword, battle-axe, small bow and a crossbow Favored Weapon: A Claymore Archery: A crossbow Biography Parents: Elie Grandaxe, Unknown father Siblings: Delric Grandaxe Children: Thrain, Terris, Barfek Grandaxe Extended Family: Uncle Grand King Thorin, Grandfather Chaecus Grandaxe Pet(s): A pony named Beffy History Artwork
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