The Reign of Dregoth
It has been a year since the undead sorcerer-king Dregoth of Giustenal conquered the city-state of Raam sending its indolent “Grand Vizier” fleeing. His armies of undead backed by the sorcerous power of the strange, draconic “Dray” seized the chronically anarchic city-state and imposed harsh and absolute order. Shocked into action, the armies of five sorcerer-monarchs mobilized to confront Dregoth before the gates of Raam. King Hamanu of Urik led his forces himself, the only monarch to do so. The Oba of Gulg sent her forces, wary and paranoid at the temporary cease-fire and grant of passage given them by the Shadow King of Nibenay, who sent his own First Consort into the field at the head of his own armies. King Tectuktitlay of Draj sent his forces under the command of his son, Atzetuk. Finally, the armies of Tyr marched at the mad demands of King Kalak.
Only once before had the ire of so many sorcerer-monarchs been focused, united, upon one goal and that was during the original destruction of Giustenal and the original slaying of Dregoth. It looked very much like events were rising to a repeat. But the politics of the Sorcerer-Monarchs are subtle and hard to fathom. Upon the field of battle, the call to resolution-by-champion was issued. To the surprise of all, Inanna, First Wife of the Shadow King, defeated the champions of the other besiegers for the right to face Dregoth’s champion, and issued quite unusual terms. Should Inanna win, Dregoth would forego any attempts to reclaim an unspecified artifact that the Shadow King had stolen from him and that Dregoth would furthermore swear to forego any and all acts of aggression against the other sorcerer-monarchs for ten thousand years. These terms seemed… unusually generous, as they permitted Dregoth to keep Raam even should he be defeated. Inanna then proceeded to slay in single combat Dregoth’s high priest, a Dray named Absalom. Bound by ancient codes intended to prevent mutually assured destruction, the various besieging armies left the field and left Dregoth to his city and his fate.