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Rebellion has swept the Territory in the south as Glacia dominates the north. Landen and Blood join forces to spread a message of equality with any method possible while Glacia works to infuse the land with power and the people with their Dark Beliefs. The Rebellion, led by a Council of Eight, is not always in agreement but none can resist the power, and the danger, the movement has generated.
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Author Topic: The Landen Rebellion  (Read 1455 times)

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Offline Maarika Sydan-Harmaa

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The Landen Rebellion
« on: Dec 14, 18, 07:55:42 PM »
Unbeknownst to most, the Ladakh Mountains in southern Nharkava are host to a complex series of tunnels and caves not easily found by those unaware of them. It was here that the Landen Rebellion hid itself away while the Council of Eight worked to manage the existing rebels and attempted to recruit new ones. Rebels were divided into Divisions, each one focused on a different aspect of the fight and overseen by a particular Seat on the Council of Eight.

In the Fall of 192 AP, Glacia's Coven launched a surprise attack on the Rebellion's base, slaying many of the rebels there outright and collapsing a large portion of the tunnel system to trap or crush much of the remainder. It was a devastating loss of life, and though much confusion remains even now about who died and who is simply convalescing while in hiding, it is clear that much of the leadership of the Rebellion is now gone. Of the Council of Eight, the only known survivors thus far are the Seats of Maninder and Vishal, who were not at the base on that fateful night. The other Seats sit vacant, including that of Devika Ranjana, the precious Voice of the Mother and the Rebellion's de facto leader. What follows is a summary of each Division, how they initially functioned and how they have functioned in the wake of the attack.

Before: These were those who were willing to engage in physical confrontation with the enemy. Recruits were subjected to intense bouts of training deep in the jungles, where training camps could be established away from prying eyes. The The few Blood who joined the Rebellion ready to fight were trained separately from the Landen, for fear of accidents causing costly injuries or worse. Trainees graduated into battle-ready status one by one when their trainer deemed it appropriate.

Now: Carna's devotees are angry. The rage of their goddess burns in their hearts at the recent sins committed against the Nharkavan people. The monks who have until now only descended a few at a time to serve as trainers on the ground have now decreed that training must take place high in the northern ranges, near Carna's remote temple. Here, in the harsher climate, they have begun revealing ancient rites and forms meant to help the mortal master their bodies. Trainees return with a sharpened sense of purpose in their hearts, and bodies that are lean and strong and utterly at their command. Blood supplicants are trained along-side the Landen there, the better to help blend the efforts of both to create impressive feats of coordination and savvy. Training takes longer than it used to and it is more demanding by far, but these are prices Carna's monks are willing to pay.

Before: Nila's travelers were accustomed to roving far and wide already; those that came to work for the Rebellion simply put their existing habits to work, in a way. Wherever they went, they gathered information in a wide net and funneled it back to the Seat, where it was processed and used to create plans of action. These devotees benefited often from how much the Blood tend to underestimate the Landen who surround them. Many Blood never thought twice about speaking of sensitive topics while a Landen maid or butler was in the next room, listening. Some Blood joined this division as well, and were extremely useful in sneaking around unnoticed, or learning how to eavesdrop on even the psychic threads of others.

Now: This division has seen an influx of Black Widows in particular, since the attack. They have begun working with some of the more reliable scouts to outfit them for more invasive sorts of espionage. In addition, other Widows have begun experimenting with new types of poisons based off of obscure plants and animals found only in the deepest parts of Nharkava's jungles. The scouts are still deft and seldom seen, but their aim now is to be felt.

Before: Since the last reformation of the Rebellion began, trainers have been working with a range of animals, trying to mold them into usefulness for the war. The most promising of these animals are the elephants, giant beasts who would serve as natural siege engines. Those skilled in training these animals were rare finds, however, so training progressed too slowly for the so-called "hellephants" to be of use.

Now: Training has been ongoing for years now, and the trainers and animals both have learned a great deal. Practice has enabled the training of new elephants and riders to move more quickly of late, and the division finally has a few squadrons' worth of trained animals. Where possible, Blood recruits have been added to these squadrons and trained to shield the animals to protect them and improve their bulldozing power. These elephants are kept in hidden ranches deep in the jungles, where their trainers and riders live and work with them daily.

Before: The unpleasant reality of the Rebellion is that there’s no money in it. Those Nharkavans with real power and resources are often the ones who have a vested interest in maintaining the status quo. The passion of those who are moved to act does little to put food on the table in itself, and though many give generously of what resources they have, the Rebellion is large and hungry. The Resource Division works to cover the basic needs for the Rebellion’s soldiers who can’t support themselves, either because they are known as outlaws or because their Rebellion duties keep them too occupied for them to manage a mundane vocation.

Now: As the only Division whose command structure was not obliterated, this Division has remained largely unchanged. Rebels still work the farmland in the southern ranges and quietly donate their crops towards the cause, and others still manage trade routes that have covert stops built for ferrying Rebellion supplies around. Sympathetic merchants work under the umbrella of this division, quietly surrendering part of their stock to help keep rebels fed and clothed.

Before: The Health Division was comprised of midwives, healers, and herbalists who lived in the hidden caves of the Ladakh Mountains and tended to the bodies and hearts of the rebels. The rare Blood Healers who accompanied the Armed Division on their missions were part of this Division as well. The Support Division also lived primarily in the mountains, supplying the rebels with the trades, skills, and vocations necessary to keep the wheels turning. Educators, smiths, seamstresses, cooks, sex workers, counselors, and crafters were all part of this Division.

Now: The Divisions of Health and Support suffered the highest number of losses in the attack from Glacia’s Coven, as these rebels lived and worked in the cave complex that was invaded and largely collapsed. The survivors of these Divisions are in hiding, scattered to live with rebels from the other Divisions and in camps deep in the jungles where they hope to escape the reach of Glacia’s spies. With both the Seat of Kamini and the Seat of Gautama missing and presumed dead, reorganizing these Divisions into any sort of useful force will be a monumental task.