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The Death of Hurin Cŗma

In 2796 a force of Bugbears attacked southwards out of the mountains to where present day Vemon borders Diaton. At this time the area north of here, although dense Jungle, was supposed to be a part of the Kingdom of Candau[1] (the name given to the realm of Cŗma). This was supposedly under the protection of Hurinís sibling, Turgon.

The land due west of Londost[2] was populated largely by scattered mixed communities of Gwaithor, materially supported (dependant on) by Galadhrim. However, to enable them to use the resources of their new and unfamiliar jungle environment, they were very widely scattered. This dispersed configuration allowed the Bugbear raiders to cross Turgonís fief virtually unopposed to strike at the infant agriculture south of the mountains.

Hurin immediately set out from Londost, intercepting the raiders in the jungle before they could escape. His force of Gwaithor spearmen[3] were at a disadvantage in the close terrain but outnumbered the bugbears and were supported by handful of blackrobes. The raiders were virtually wiped out. However, either some escaped, by means magical or mundane, or Bugbear necromancers spoke with the dead raiders. Either way, a revenge raid was organised against the stronghold of Hurin.

Sandestines were conjured (Devils were summoned) and set to fly against Londost. Here Hurinís forces, organised along Celenic lines, were much better deposed to deal with their attackers, despite their supernatural origin. Hurin called on his vassals across Candau to aid him. The Dre, Isenwarian, Wigfruma and Lomin rode straight to his aid in the west.

The Gwathlo and GŻl led the Nhi, Yla, Bešn and Ckeao from the east to invade the Bugbearís lands. They set off into the jungle and failed to find the lands of the Bugbears. However they did become a little more familiar with the plateau. The almost season-less Teddin climate had ceased to flummox the Elves and men of Candau as had when they first arrived.

By 2797 the Bugbears had regrouped. They attacked in force, but this time Hurin was prepared. The Bugbears were allowed to advance through Turgonís jungle highlands with token resistance melting away before their onslaught. They once more reached Diaton and this time were allowed in. Hurin had already called his allies to his Dragon Banner[4] . Now once more able to practice mounted warfare on the cleared lands of Diaton, Hurins forces were able to deliver a series of crushing blows to the Bugbear army. Broken and tattered, it fled northwards as the year turned.

Hurin was not of a mind to allow the remains of the Bugbear army to escape. They had troubled Candau once too often. Sending word to his army in the east, he dismounted[5] and set off, into the jungle in pursuit.

For reasons unknown to scholars and historians, the Bugbears were also divided. Their second army was at the same time readying itself along their southern borders and set off within days of Hurinís army beginning its march. Hunting for fleeing defeated enemies, they were rudely shocked to find another Bugbear army coming towards them.

In the initial engagements, the Dre fared badly, two of the three sons of their Chieftain, Aellal, were slain[6] . The sons of the emperor BenŤs[7] , led by Rakh, secured passage to and outcrop from which the battle could be ordered.

Hurin could now see down a wide valley that was already the field of battle. But was frustrated as all he could see were treetops and he was reliant on information brought to him by his ilin and Galadhrim auxiliaries[8] . The first news was encouraging as the Galadhrim who secured his flanks were being reinforced by warriors from more than one Mura tribe of the Plateau[9] . Then came the terrible news that the slain were raising and taking up arms against him. He managed to array the Gwaithor heart of his army on the slope before him and sent word to the Army of the East. They were making for the mouth of the valley at best speed.

Hurin now had to keep the Bugbears engaged within the valley. Occasionally a huge Sandestine would appear, normally a devil summoned by the Bugbears. These were then banished by the blackrobes but not before an area of the jungle had been laid waste. Trees were felled all about as knots of Candauís army threw up rough barricades about their positions. Other trees were uprooted by the supernatural allies of the Bugbears and flung as missiles, along with boulders and dead bodies, at the positions occupied by Elves and men. One of these huge missiles slew Baadank Alíket, one of Hurinís magi[10] .

These cleared areas were treacherous to enter as they were watched from all sides. Eventually the Bugbears began to cross them using their animated minions as cover. It became apparent that his army was slowly loosing ground and that, as a continuing war of attrition, he would eventually loose. Brunna Wigfruma, Prince of West Rythym, Agonur, the senior Red Preist and Llaawl, leader of Hurinís Flanne subjects all lost their lives between noon and dusk. However the army of the east was now only an hour or so away, help was at hand.

In order to distract the Bugbears form the threat at their rear and to try and preserve the remnants of his force, he led them in a headlong rush down the valley, carrying the fight to the Bugbears. Devils were summoned in his path but Hurin clove his way through them. The last of the sons of Aellal Dre perished in this charge, as did a great number of the Lomin and other Gwaithor.

The army of the east fell upon the Bugbear rear. Their equally ferocious assault clove a path to Hurin, bifurcating the Bugbear army, driving its two halves up the side of the valley. Mages from both sides used fire and incredible forces to smash trees and foes asunder. Yet more of the valley was laid waste in the course of the battle. Elrohir Bešn, veteran of Nyrond and the Dagor Tarsil, led the assault and perished within sight of his king. There was a lull and both sides paused as darkness fell. The armies of Candau had surrounded the Bugbears. Now the bugbears surrounded the armies of Candau. In the darkness, Hurin led his newly reinforced army back up to his former command position at the head of the Valley. Vendrik Vossdottr[11] , another of Hurinís dwindling number of magi was killed. Simma Ap Celadon, the senior hierarch with the Flanne contingent, was also killed.

During this move, the Gwathlo and Nhi provided the rearguard. The heirs of the House of Rusco were slain in the darkness, leaving only Petros, son of Alu Canath to lead the remaining Nhi ilin. Sandestines were again summoned to block their path. Olorin Ithin, Candauís strongest magi, strode out to meet the fiend and was consumed in his victory even as his fellows dealt with the increasing numbers of animations[12] .

Ricas Yla, son of Heru, led his men with the Galadhrim and Mura scouts on a nightmare chase through the jungle to locate the Bugbear summoners. They did not find the bugbears who commanded the Sandestines but did find the necromancers, whom they slew, although only at the cost of their own lives.

All the animations fell to the ground as dawn broke and the Bugbears began what might, but the valour of the Yla, been their final assault on Hurinís position. They faltered and Hurin boldly seized his chance; Once more his army surged down from the head of the valley into the Bugbear army. During this attack, Emeras Ap Londost, the last of the Hierarchs, lost his life, most the Galadhirm and nearly all of their Mura allies were dead. Now the Gwathlo had located the summoners. On four of the iron horses of the Assembly they[13] rode out and slew them, although all were hurt and Grynwyn, son of FinwŽ, lost his life.

Hurin now so weakened by his wounds, lie in the centre of the field of battle. He breathed his last, bequeathing his kingdom to the last male line heir of the Gwaithor, his brother Turgon. At this time, whether by natural means or through the great draw of earth power that there had been, the jungle came alive and the survivors of both armies were forced to flee immediately. The devastated valley must today still be littered with bones and broken swords, although the jungle has reclaimed it all.

Over half of the Gwaithor who set out on this campaign perished with their King. By 2902, half of the total number of Gwaithor who had followed Hurin to Candau had perished through accident, combat, disease or malnutrition. The death of Hurin was the beginning of the death of Candau itself.

Material looses.

The Valley of Desolation

The Valley floor has been reclaimed by the jungle. It is liberally littered with the remains of the Elves, men and Bugbears that struggled here three hundred and fifty four years ago. As already mentioned, the excess use of the flows here caused the jungle to come alive and repel the antagonists. Since that time the vast number of scrolls that Hurinís army possessed have decomposed, leaching their arcane power in to the environment. Similarly, any number of potions may have leaked out past aging corks and into the soil. The Valley is likely to be a little strange, even today.

Devils were summoned and animated undead were created. Additionally some of the combatants on both sides died particularly traumatically deaths, which in this environment are likely to produce some untoward effect, this could be see as being exacerbated by the complete lack of Jukpudhar (and whatever the Bugbear equivalent is). Certainly, no one has ever publicly set out to find the place, much less come back to return a relic to any of the clans.

Very many of the items listed are famous within their clans. Also note that very many of the current rulers of the nations of Teddin were actually there and are related in some way to the deceased whose last resting places might be violated by any treasure seekers. Some are just incredibly famous from Alvorn to Eagleís Reach (ie the armour of the Hd of the Yla; who would surely want it, should it ever be found).

[1] Gal. Dia. approx ďNew forestĒ. Possibly due to the brightness of the greens of the rain forest.
[2] Hurinís capital. A magnificent city port, later captured by the enemy and never named again, lest its curse follow the speaker of the name.
[3] The core of Hurinís army is based on the Celenic ĎDagrim Araní model. Indeed, a lot of the personnel and equipment came therefrom, preferring to follow Hurin rather remain in Celene. His personal company are equipped as the Royal Guard. However their tactics and disposition are based on the Flanaess. In the jungle they could not deploy their cavalry nor form up in close order.
[4] The ancient symbol of the Cŗma is a small red dragon, curled up as if swallowing its own tail or sleeping. Hurin chose to alter his device to be a rampant Red Dragon on a field of green.
[5] ie the mounted part of his army, a sizeable majority of which were ilin, dismounted to enter the jungle. Pervious attempts to deploy horses in the rain forest were short lived and remarkably unsuccessful.
[6] Aellal is the head of the Dre in Candau. At their height there were over 200 Dre ilin in Candau. After this battle their numbers were down to half of that.
[7] BenŤs was not longer emperor at this time. Rakh survived this battle only to perish with Turgon Cŗma [and Siegfied Wigfruma] in 2945. Nítra and Malvor survive even that and retire to Uleck.
[8] This becomes frustratingly patchy as the battle progresses and the Bugbears pick off the messengers.
[9] The free Mura tribesmen and the Bugbears are implacable enemies.
[10] Baadank AlíKet was a powerful mentalist who had been locating leaders and spell casters amongst the Bugbears for Hurinís forces. It seems likely that he was deliberately targeted.
[11] Vendrik was a seer.
[12] Olorin, being SindaliŽ, was an accomplished mage.
[13] Grynwyn, Glordin, Tylain and Asion.

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