Gallery of carnage
The War of a Thousand Mages
It was a time of peace and truce between all the Grand Houses of Thraton when magics and the casters that used it were held in high esteem. Many of the most powerful casters were wise Masters of their houses and in other positions of power. The continent prospered, until one day all the arcane masters were suddenly driven insane from a powerful voice in their heads. All at once in a sudden and coordinated attack they started to burn and loot their own houses. They caused destruction to the cities and houses they once belonged to and they headed south with a large amount of the wealth of the Houses with them. They weren’t seen again until 5 years later when an army of Mages and warrior slaves with them. They destroyed village after village taking prisoners and slaves along the way. They have no tactics, they only kill and take what they want.
However when the first Grand House Bounty in the south fell then the Four Winds. Each time the Army of Mages massed underneath a large flying circular structure the size of a small city. The full army of slaves and mages stretched onto the horizon, the overall attack was much more coordinated, They used volley after volley of spells to wear down the walls of the Houses strongholds then charged in with a wave of cavalry then foot soldiers. the last thing the survivors saw was the ring floating over the city raining fireballs down blowing apart their Grand Towers.
Currently the Ring holds position over whats left of House bounty no one can come within a mile of it without being vaporized by spells from the ring. Even the greatest shadow dancers of the House of shadows cant penetrate the barriers around the Ring. Its perimeter is patrolled by both Mages and their thralls sometimes even constructs they’ve made. The Mages have been mostly inactive for the past two years sometimes sending raiding parties into the surrounding area. There are a few so insane they wander outside of their defenses alone to cause destruction on their own. It’s been 2 years since they assault on the houses and many people are starving even with the help from the survivors of house bounty doing their best. They houses have been building up their war machine waiting to push back when the mages make their move.