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Event:Ultimate Provocation

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Fairhaven is attacked from the water.
The battle for Zora.

Ultimate Provocation was an event during September 2011 that directly followed from the Event:Dark Preparations. In that event, the Marauders had supplied caravans of weapons to 4 rebel factions in the New Lands, who planned to use them to attack the 4 nations.

In this event, those attacks finally took place. Each nation was attacked in turn by it's own local rebels armed with Marauder weapons. Each invading army was co-led by Akilia Ash Storm and each had a special trick or tactic prepared.

First Attack

Saturday, 10 September, 2011.
Attacker: Coalition of Flames[1]
Target: Imperial Dunes
Tactic: Storm the gates while invulnerable.

The first attack was on the city of Pyr. Pyr is built like a fortress and it's gates have withstood many invasions already. The Coalition of Flames invaders thus had a trick to get past the gates: Some unknown magic that rendered them all invulnerable while still allowing them to attack. This allowed them to easily breach the gates and storm into the city, as the defenders could do nothing but run before their onslaught. But then, just like any invulnerability or protection aura, their power wore off after some time, allowing a small group of defenders to push through the army and overwhelm it's commanders. With their commander dead, the invaders retreated.

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Second Attack

Sunday, 11 September, 2011.
Attacker: Syndicate of Despair[2]
Target: Cities of Intuition
Tactic: Split the opposing army in half.

The second attack was on the city of Zora. Zora being a much more open city, the Syndicate of Despair invaders didn't need to re-use the Pyr trick to get in, as they swarmed into the city just as easily without invulnerability. Their strategy was to position their army between the Kami and Karavan altars, so as to split the arriving defenders into two and preventing them from combining into a single army. Meanwhile they kept their leaders in the back this time, so they couldn't be taken out easily like in Pyr. The defenders only managed to beat the invasion back by slowly and painstakingly whittling the invaders down until both forces of defenders managed to combine. After that it was over quickly.

Screenshots

The Syndicate of Despair storms into Zora. And quickly lays waste to the homins at the Kami altar. But as more homins arrive, they fight back. Against wave after wave of Zoraï rebels.

Meanwhile, where those spells are flying off to the left... Another force of homins attempts to fight into the besieged city. Finally both armies unite. And quickly advance into the center of the swarmed city.

Third Attack

Saturday, 17 September, 2011.
Attacker: Council of Dissent[3]
Target: Majestic Garden
Tactic: Surprise attack on a town while the defenders wait at the capital.

The third attack was on the city of Yrkanis. At least, that's what everybody expected. Yrkanis was also a very open city and easy enough to storm, and in fact open enough that the strategy used in Zora would not work here as there were no corridors to blockade. So as the army of defenders was already waiting in Yrkanis, the Council of Dissent army moved around and instead attacked Avalae, the Matis town furthest from Yrkanis, by surprise. By the time word of the attack had reached the defenders in Yrkanis and they had run all the way to Avalae, the invaders had already killed every last inhabitant. The defenders managed to destroy the invading army in Avalae before they could do any more damage, but it was too late for the town.

Screenshots

The town of Avalae after the battle. Civilians were not spared. Nor were guards or mektoubs. Not a soul is left alive.

Fourth Attack

Sunday, 18 September, 2011.
Attacker: Cynics of Liberty[4]
Target: Liberty Lake
Tactic: Amphibious assault... on all towns at once.

The final attack was on every city in Liberty Lake. The Tryker cities are floating platforms with few land bridges, and so perhaps even more difficult to invade than Pyr. But the Cynics of Liberty invaders shocked the Tryker defenders by showing that they had perfected the art of sea battle and amphibious assault. They attacked all 3 outlying villages at once, and with their advantages nullified the defenders could only defend one town at a time. Crystabell was immediately secured, but half of Avendale had been slaughtered before the invaders there could be repelled, and Windermeer's population was completely killed before the defenders even arrived. The invaders' plan to attack Fairhaven while the defenders were swimming between towns failed, however, as their force was spotted in time for the defenders to return to Fairhaven and repel the attack before any invaders could enter the city.

The battle for Avendale. Windermeer is completely conquered and has to be retaken. Platform by platform. Defenders watch from Fairhaven as the invaders clash with some scouts.

Defenders at Fairhaven await as the invaders prepare to attack. The invaders bombard Fairhaven with spells from the water. Meanwhile melee fighters supported by pistoleers storm the Fairhaven beach. They make it to the gates of the city, but no further.

Outcome

Packers killed in Avendale.
The Syndicate of Despair commander falls.

Coalition of Flames attack on Pyr

Repelled with minimum casualties.

Syndicate of Despair attack on Zora

Repelled at the cost of many city guards.

Council of Dissent attack on Avalae

Invaders successful in taking the town and killing all it's inhabitants, but fail to hold onto it.

Cynics of Liberty attack on Avendale

Repelled at the cost of half the town's inhabitants.

Cynics of Liberty attack on Windermeer

Invaders successful in taking the town and killing all it's inhabitants, but fail to hold onto it.

Cynics of Liberty attack on Fairhaven

Repelled with minimum casualties.

Each invading army was completely destroyed, except the Coalition of Flames army which retreated when it's commander was killed. Each invading army's commander was killed. Akilia Ash Storm was found fighting along and co-leading each attack, but in all cases teleported out before she could be killed.

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