Characters of Cimmeria: Aeëtes

Aeëtes as pictured in the 1963 film, Jason and the Argonauts

King Aeëtes was the son of the sun Titan, Helios, and the Oceanid, Perseis. Aeëtes founded his city, Colchis, during the Golden Age of Man before the Titans fell. King Aeëtes lived a long time due to his godly blood and due to the magic spells of his daughter, Medea. When she abandoned him, Aeëtes turned to dark magic himself to extend his life. He became an undead monster, hunted by Hades. Throughout history Aeëtes seemed to be on the wrong side of every war. This eventually resulted in his death during the First Alliance War.

During the Heroic Age, King Aeëtes was gifted the Golden Fleece. He displayed it on a tree in his castle grove, guarded by a fierce dragon. Travelers came from across the world to see and to attempt to steal the Golden Fleece. Eventually Jason and the Argonauts succeeded with the help of Aeëtes’s daughter, Medea. She prevented Aeëtes from pursuing the Argonauts by cutting her brother, Absyrtus, into pieces and discarding them as they failed away. King Aeëtes stopped to gather his son’s corpse, allowing the thieves to escape.

After his son’s murder and the theft of his city’s prized possession Aeëtes panicked and immediately sought out a way to extend his natural life. He found his answer in undeath. Aeëtes forced the city magician to transform him into a Curst. With eternity on his side, Aeëtes studied as many magical tomes as he could get his hands on in order to increase his inhumane might. He later had his eternal power increased by having himself spellstitched.

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Cimmerian Timeline Part 54

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King Aeëtes leads Colchis eternally, but he comes under attack by the armies of Hades every solar eclipse. I detailed some of the earlier eclipse attacks, but I’ve been leaving them behind for a while. Here’s the rest of them!

978BCE: A solar eclipse allowed Hades to attack Colchis, but he was rebuffed by King Aeëtes’s newly created stone golems. The magical protectors tore through the undead hordes.

923BCE: A solar eclipse opened the gates to Erebos and Hades sent an army for King Aeëtes’s soul. This time the army was composed of devils and demons. They tore through the golems of the city, but Aeëtes used his magic to enhance the weapons of of the common people of Colchis. Their buffed armaments were able to defeat the hellish army of Hades.

885BCE: A solar eclipse darkened the sky over Colchis and Hades sent an army of devils and undead. King Aeëtes had trained his soldiers further on how to defeat devils using blessed weapons and holy water. Luckily the sanctified weapons were effective against both devils and undead.

857BCE: Hades attacked Colchis under the shadow of a solar eclipse. He brought an unholy combination of devils and machinery to bear on the city. King Aeëtes unleashed the dragon of Colchis to destroy the machines while the trained army dealt with the devils.

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Cimmerian Timeline Part 51

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A little more mixing of history and fantasy. The Persians invaded Scythia in 513BCE to scare off the Scythians before the Persian invasion of Greece. In the real world the Scythians/Amazons just ran away and came back after the Persians left. In my version they ran away to their colony in Cimmeria. Also the founding of Tectoctar.

513BCE: The Persian Shah Darius declared war on the Amazons and other tribes north of the Black Sea to pre-emptively protect his borders during his future campaign in Greece.

512BCE: Facing overwhelming odds against the massive Persian army, the Amazons abandoned their homeland north of the Black Sea. Queen Idanthyrsia relocated the entire kingdom to Dradelden in Cimmeria.

509BCE: With the additional force at Dradelden the Amazons sought not just to extract tribute from Western Cimmeria, but to rule it outright. Queen Idanthyrsia personally led the strike against Cecilia and Makotako. Cecilia capitulated quickly. Makotako resisted and Idanthyrsia besieged the city.

508BCE: Aid for Makotako arrived from Gazeara. King Shardamar came to relieve his cousin with the army of Gazeara. Queen Idanthyrsia led the Amazons to engage both armies in battle and soundly defeated both. She personally slew King Cordant of Makotako. Idanthyrsia forced Shardamar to swear fealty to the Amazons and placed a subordinate as military governor of Makotako.

507BCE: Queen Idanthyrsia turned the Amazon war horde against the Xorian Kingdom. King Gigontaya of Xoria had made an alliance with King Aeetes of Colchis. The two armies stood together against the Amazons. The two sides maneuvered around each other, neither wishing to risk everything in a single engagement.

506BCE: General Tectoctar grew frustrated with King Gigontaya’s refusal to engage the enemy. He seceded from the Xorian Kingdom and took his army north.
Fearing that other generals might follow Tectoctar’s example, Gigontaya finally fought the Amazons in battle.Once again, Idanthyrsia slew a king in combat. She cut down Gigontaya, but Aeetes returned the favor and killed Idanthyrsia with magical blasts. With no other to match his power, Aeetes laid waste to the Amazon army. They retreated and peace terms were agreed upon.
Young Prince Demotinira succeeded his father to the crown of Xoria.

505BCE: Tectoctar settled his troops in Danar’s Swamp upon receiving a sign from Zeus. Tectoctar had his lieutenant general give him mind-reading powers to keep the troops in line as they founded their new city named after him, Tectoctar.

504BCE: The city of Tectoctar was well established within the marshes, but the strain of hearing everyone’s thoughts took its toll on General Tectoctar. He went insane and fled into the swamp, never to be seen again.

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Cimmerian Timeline Part 28

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1091BCE: Hephaestus presented Karnafaust with a gift, the Fierce Axe of Dwavish Lords. With the Axe came a promise, that the dwarves were Hephaestus’s favorite people, even beyond death. King Karnafaust adopted the Axe as a symbol of his right to rule.

1045BCE: With Karnafaust’s death the Fierce Axe of Dwarvish Lords passed to Cogard. The Dwarven Regency Council held the Axe to Cogard came of age, just as they held his governmental powers.

996BCE: King Cogard turned 50 and came of age. He was coronated, but the Dwarven Regency Council did not relinquish governmental control to their designated sovereign. Cogard received the Fierce Axe of Dwarvish Lords at his coronation.

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Mortals and Dragons

There was no isolated incident that instigated the Dragon War. Toffoun and Amalgami killed Blackheart. Tentineh revealed his army in Greshendale. Lord Shaelin killed Kenderax. Gorwinua’s army was earliest of all, waging a guerrilla war against Bavastatner for six years before the Dragon War officially began. The combination of these events led to the meeting of the ten Heroes of the Dragon War.

While the ten Heroes of the Dragon War were united in their efforts, the same could not be said for all the leaders of Cimmeria. The Heroes asked for help from the mortal leaders of Cimmeria and most came to their aid. King Cogard of the Dwarves wished to remain out of the war, but Shaelin’s attack on Fangaroot made neutrality impossible. He joined the fight against the dragons. The Elves of Valor and Hardtop fought for the mortal armies. Tracy brought Crafterton and Nomingburg into the fight. The human settlements of Nox and Phoenix joined the mortals as well.

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Cimmerian Timeline Part 8

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1042BCE: Numerous clerics and magicians studied the intricacies of Hades’s Resurrection Pact with the mortals of Cimmeria. These necromantic scholars formed an enclave for research beneath the Terror Mountains in the north between the Jenarild River and the Curving Stream. This settlement came to be known as Crux.

1035BCE: Seeking to gain more power to assault Colchis with, Hades sent an emissary to Crux. His messenger took the form of a three-headed bodak called the Antenator. The creature gave the people of Crux a set of standard practices for bringing the dead back to life and controlling them, either with their souls or as soulless husks to do the bidding of their necromancer master.

1034BCE: The Antenator created the Silver Tower at the center of Crux and took up residence there. His persisting influence emanated from the Tower keeping the numerous undead of the city easily controlled by the city’s living residents. While the Antenator occasionally addressed the people of Crux, approaching him was now impossible. Entrance into the Tower required passing a series of insurmountable trials.
At the same time that the Silver Tower rose, Vecna, the powerful lich, arrived in Crux. She set up her alchemy and spell shop at the Tower’s base and began her own research on death magic.

1030BCE: The Conclave setup a trading post with the Elves of Valor Forest. The post grew to become the town of Shalemstead.

1011BCE: A prominent human leader of the Conclave, Tisaphernes, was murdered by an orc slave of his. Anti-orc sentiment increased among the humans in the Conclave.
A solar eclipse occurred and Hades attacked Colchis once again. Aeëtes inscribed explosive glyphs throughout the city that would only activate when one of Hades’s creatures passed by. These glyphs, along with a well-trained corps of archers, ended the threat during the solar eclipse.

1000BCE: After multiple raids into the orkish settlements, the humans of the Conclave organized a large scale expedition. The halflings refused to participate. The split thwarted the expedition before it could reach the orkish lands in the east due to a poorly maintained supply chain. The humans returned in humiliation.

976BCE: Sadroston died at an advanced age. Thousands mourned the great hero’s passing. Sadroston’s descendants would carry on their forebear’s legacy. Others rejoiced in silence and began to plot.

975BCE: The dragons of Cimmeria attended the Draconic Convocation. The direct descendants of Echidna and Typhon were present. The red dragon couple, Invernix and Sartoria. The blue dragon couple, Bavastatner and Renvesharhialisv. The black dragon brothers, Kovan’rorshac and Pithwatolzar. The green dragon sisters, Cordax and Hashterainon. The white dragon couple, Shivara and Tikanile. The gold dragon siblings, Agohimano and Hontalawi. The silver dragon twins, Jimarohzaj and Falron. The bronze dragon twins, Rilopenaril and Langudina. The brass dragons, Hazorshrakan and her father Forsoman. The copper dragons, Thaitonzao and his mother Blathorwa. All were present.
The dragons agreed to conquer all of Cimmeria and split the provinces of the realm among themselves. They were the strongest beings in the Olympians’ new creation. Why not take control? Each pair of dragons would rule a region of Cimmeria and could do what they saw fit with the land and people of that region. The dragons took wing and set about subjugating the different people of Cimmeria.

973BCE: Within two years the dragons subjugated all mortals of Cimmeria.  Red Invernix and Sartoria took the Northern Terror Mountains around Horror Peak. Blue Bavastatner and Renvesharhialisv took the Shacklack Desert. Black Kovan’rorshac and Pithwatolzar took the land that would eventually be called Danar’s Swamp. Green Cordax and Hashterainon took the Dry Woods that would eventually be called Bigby’s Forest. White Shivara and Tikanile took the Western Terror Mountains around Doom Peak. Gold Agohimano and Hontalawi took the Caspian Coast. Silver Jimarohzaj and Falron took the Eastern Terror Mountains around Fear Peak. Bronze Rilopenaril and Langudina took Apollo’s Plains. Brass Hazorshrakan and Forsoman took the Orc Lands in the east. Copper Thaitonzao and Blathorwa took all the lands between the Black River and the Great Divide.
The Olympians sat and did nothing to help their mortal subjects. The new turn of events amused them. They watched, curious what would happen next to this new world of dragons and mortals.

970BCE: The dragons declared a new set of laws in effect throughout Cimmeria. These laws set up dragons and their progeny as the aristocracy of the land with all others being second-class citizens. Additionally, the new laws forbade mortals from forming large armed groups without approval from their dragon lord. During their initial conquest the dragons had learned to respect the threat an army posed. They sought to prevent any such danger from arising ever again.

-GoCorral

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Cimmerian Timeline: Taking a Breather

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Taking a breather you say?

I’m a little scatter-brained and need a post to outline what I’ll be doing next in the continued detailing of Cimmeria’s fictional history.

I’ve got about 100 years of history that needs additional description between 1040BCE and 940BCE.

Here are the events that I need to hit:

  1. Whatever I decide Shratalanda was doing before she started meddling in the lives of the heroes of the Dragon War.
  2. Additional details of the Resurrection Pact with Hades. Formation of Crux. Antenator and Vecna coming to Cimmeria. Founding of the Iron Bank of Lamentation. Vecna begins designing the Devastation Spell.
  3. More details on halflings leaving the Conclave
  4. Elves leaving the Conclave. Foundation of Shalemstead. Events of Restnor’s life.
  5. Dragons ruling over Cimmeria and giving everyone a bad time.
  6. Boring timeline entries about all the times Hades attacked Colchis and inserting Shratalanda into previous timeline entries.

A simple enough list with some things that probably aren’t even worth including in a post, looking at you #6.

But it’s a bit more than I want to do at the moment. I’ll get started on this and have something more concrete to post next week!

-GoCorral

Characters of Cimmeria: King Jevaninada the First

Today we take a short departure for the heroes of the Dragon War and focus on Jevaninada the First, the villain of a previous campaign I ran in Cimmeria. King Jev was a bit of wish fulfillment on my part for where I wanted my first D&D character, Anxe, to end up if I played him all the way to level 20. I gave Jev a whole kingdom, sweet loot, and an angel for a wife. Might not have been the most mature thing, but I was in high school when I created this character…

Jevaninada I

King Jevaninada the First set Xoria on a path of rapid expansion that has continued to this day. His personal magnetism and cunning manipulation of the Xorian nobles allowed him to discredit his sister’s claim to the throne. With her out of way Jevaninada built an unshakable power base for his invasions into the surrounding lands of Xoria. A well-timed marriage to Anajakaze, Queen of the Amazons and daughter of Zeus, ended the war between Xoria and Amazonia. As if the combined might of the two militaristic cultures wasn’t enough, Jev also commanded a mysterious group of powerful warriors known as the Seven Rages. Jev planned to conquer Cimmeria in its entirety, but his plans were cut short by the mercenaries his sister hired to oppose him. Jevaninada the First was slain at the Battle of Danar’s River. Queen Anajakaze carried on his dream of conquering Cimmeria and after her, his son, Jevaninada the Second.

Jevaninada was born the first prince of Xoria in 478 BCE to his father, King Demotinira, and his mother, Queen Biiratofara. The Queen died in child birth, leaving Demotinira with Jev and his older sister, Tarigananata, as the only surviving members of the royal family. Jev was raised by his Greek wetnurse, Andreiya, while his father attended matters of state such as warring with the Amazons and supplying the new Xorian colony of Petar. Andreiya was an Ionian Greek priestess of Artemis at Ephesus before she was enslaved and sold to the Xorian royal family. She tended the library at Ephesus and had read and copied many books prior to her captivity. She passed this knowledge onto the young prince as he was brought up. There was nary a topic that Jevaninada did not know something about.

When Jevaninada was not studying with Andreiya he learned martial arts with his instructor, General Antapike. The general used a spear when teaching, augmenting his already superior reach. Jev learned to close the gap with speed and trickery. Additionally he learned warcraft from Antapike and his father while observing their war councils before their numerous battles with the Amazons.

Jev’s final teacher was brought about by his father’s neglect. Demotinira believed a Spartan lifestyle bereft of comforts would develop sympathetic feeling in his children for their subjects. this worked for Tarigananata. She developed a natural love for the people of Xoria. Jevaninada reacted… differently. Lacking the luxuries he felt he deserved, Jev turned to theft. He stole jewelery, fine weapons, and elaborate toys from visitors to the castle. When Jev was taken on trips outside the castle he always managed to sneak something back in with him, be it a gold necklace or only a sweet bun. His father ordered Jev’s bodyguards to put a stop to it. The prince only learned which guards could be bribed and which he could hide from.

As Demotinira grew old he made it clear that Princess Tarigananata was his heir. She was the first born and she was a kinder, more generous person. Demotinira wanted a virtuous kingdom to follow his death. Jev’s father died when the prince was 20 years old. At that point Jev had already set his plans in motion to disinherit his sister.

Jevaninada had many friends at court. He convinced the nobles to forestall Princess Tari’s coronation until after consulting the Oracle at Delphi, the Oracle which he had already bribed to reveal a prophecy to his liking. The Oracle returned a prediction that Tarigananata would loose a terrible demon into Xoria twenty years after her father’s death. Jevaninada had her arrested and supposedly executed. In fact, she was saved by General Antapike who had realized Jevaninada’s trickery even if he could not prove it. The General and the Princess fled Xoria while Jevaninada was crowned King Jevaninada the First.

After stealing the throne, Jev was quick to restart war with the nearby Amazons of Dradelden. Half a decade of war proved indecisive until Jev disguised his army as slaves and snuck into Dradelden along with them. A chaotic melee broke out between the Xorian and Amazon troops while Jev sought out the Amazon Queen. After a day and a night of fighting King Jevaninada and Queen Anajakaze emerged together and declared an end to hostilities. From that moment on Xorian and Amazon would work together. Combat stopped and a magical spell initiated an orgy between the previously adversarial parties. King and Queen were soon married with seven strange warriors in attendance. These warriors would come to be known as the Seven Rages.

King Jevaninada used the combined strength of the Xorian army, the Amazon warriors, and the Seven Rages to conquer Makotako, Semanarie, and Colchis. King Aeetes of Colchis was cast into magical servitude, forced to serve Jevaninada as a lord against his will. Meanwhile, Princess Tarigananata had gathered allies of her own.

Nineteen years after King Demotinira’s death, his daughter struck against Jevaninada in a three pronged assault. She led an attack from the east along with Leopold Anigama, Atreides, Salzar, King Archidamus II of Sparta, King Willard of Aractrash, and Amalgami of Phoenix. In the south, Duke Prusu’s city of Jeutontic revolted and the Persian Satrap Orontes invaded. In the west, Tari had freed Aeetes from his the King’s binding magicks. Aeetes led a revolt as well.

King Jevaninada met the eastern attack himself at Danar’s River. Tari’s forces used magic to halt the river’s flow while they crossed and collided with the King’s waiting army. Jevaninada may have prevailed, but the war mage, Salzar, used forbidden destructive magic to kill the king and decimate his army. The Xorian loyalists lost the battle and Jevaninada’s body was taken by the rebels.

Queen Anajakaze ruled on in King Jevaninada’s stead, only recently pregnant with their first child after over a decade of marriage. Jevaninada’s spirit slept fitfully, but when resurrection was attempted upon his ransomed body he chose to remain in the afterlife rather than return to lead his country through the war. Queen Anajakaze’s regency for her unborn son would continue until her death twenty years later.

-GoCorral

Cimmerian Timeline Part 4

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1070BCE: Human raids into Eastern Cimmeria discovered that the orcs now staunchly defended the goblins.

1068BCE: The Conclave declared war against the orcs and their new goblin allies. Halfling slingers and humans riding chariots brought the Conclave victory in set-piece battles. The Conclave sold prisoners of war into slavery, both goblin and orc alike.

Hades marched upon Colchis once more. Aeëtes fought the undead off with a combined army of trained soldiers and goblin slaves used as shock troops.

1065BCE: The human attacks pushed the orcs and goblins further east. Meanwhile, the goblins integrated into the orc tribes and switched from their old pantheon to worshiping the Olympians alongside the orcs.

1050BCE: Time passed and the borders between the Conclave, the orcs, and the independent goblins stabilized. One hundred years of war resulted in the defeat of the Goblin gods and their absorption through syncretism into the Hellenic pantheon. The Olympians began to entertain themselves with their new sandbox full of people.

1049BCE: The Olympians longed for the exciting times prior to the Trojan war. What was so great about the Heroic Age? Monsters! The Olympians dredged up all sorts of monsters from Tartarus. Trolls, sea serpents, krakens, giants, chimeras, basilisks, beholders, lycanthropes, dinosaurs, and even dragons! All of these beasts and more were set upon the mortals of Cimmeria.

1047BCE: The new dragons of Cimmeria found the spartoi soldiers that sprouted from their planted teeth severely weakened in form but extremely loyal to the dragons themselves. These new soldiers were dubbed kobolds.

1046BCE: A red dragon named Kenderax attacked Fangaroot along with thousands of kobold soldiers. Kenderax incinerated Karnafaust in the initial attack, preventing any organized defense against the draconic invasion. Without leadership the dwarven citizens fled south.

1045BCE: The new sea monsters in the Caspian all but ended the fishing industry. Certain death awaited any ship that goes more than a few dozen feet from shore.

1044BCE: Orc culture always promoted physical combat as a rite of passage for the young. After the end of the Goblin War young orcs had started fighting each other to prove their worth. The elders of the tribes saw the self-destructive path this would lead the orc race down. They directed the violent energy of the orc youth outwards instead of inwards, specifically towards the Shacklack Desert. Many orcs traveled into the Shacklack to slay the myriad of monsters there.

-GoCorral

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Cimmerian Timeline Part 3

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The first timeline entry where I have to include some stuff that should’ve been in previous timelines! This has to do with Aeetes in Colchis. Originally I had him being attacked by Hades every blood moon; that was until I realized that blood moons happen at least once a year. I was imagining this as an every few dozen years thing. I changed it to every full solar eclipse and I specified to myself, “Only the ones over Colchis!” I then had some fun looking up past eclipses over Colchis and adding them to the timeline. All the eclipses I’ll mention are actual events that occurred over Colchis sometime in history.

1131BC: During a complete solar eclipse, Hades’s army emerged from the depths to attack Colchis. Aeëtes fought them off with his magical power, slaying every undead being that showed its face.

1124BCE: Another solar eclipse allowed Hades to attack Colchis once more. Aeëtes predicted the eclipse and ensured that one of Sadroston’s children was in Colchis at the time. Sadroston rushed to the child’s aid and helped defend the city from Hades. This blatant manipulation infuriated Sadroston. The old hero vowed to never help Aeëtes or allow a member of his family to go to Colchis again.

1099BCE: The elven leaders became jealous of the dwarves independence. Constant complaints by the humans about the dwarven traitors further frustrated the elves. The sylvan people left the Conclave and setup new societies in the forests of Cimmeria.

1098BCE: A series of cold winters caused by the Goblin gods strained the resources of the Conclave and the dwarves. They began fighting over sheep herds in the region between Phoenix and Fangaroot.

1097BCE: War broke out between the dwarves and the Conclave. In response the goblins reclaimed territory around the northern Caspian.

1092BCE: The Elves negotiated a truce between the humans and the dwarves. Karnafaust insisted on honorable single combat with Drolofo to settle their personal issues. The duel commenced and Drolofo emerged victorious. Karnafaust’s subjects accepted the peace terms, but were unable to accept the death of their leader. Numerous sacrifices were offered to Hades in the hopes that he would return their king to them.

1091BCE: Hades set down the rules of the Resurrection Pact, allowing beings to return to life if the proper rituals were performed and the ritualist returned a portion Hades’s diamond wealth to the shadowy Olympian. High King Karnafaust was the first to come back to life.

1087BCE: Setting their animosity aside, the dwarves and elves united once more with the humans, halflings, and orcs of the Conclave to attack the goblins. They cleared the region around the Caspian and forays were made east across the Black River into the goblin heartlands.

1084BCE: The Conclave and its allies successfully contained the goblins in Eastern Cimmeria. Attacks into the east no longer focused on taking and securing territory. Raids became commonplace. Groups of soldiers would head east and return with booty and a train of manacled goblin slaves.

A solar eclipse over Colchis allowed Hades to attack the city once more. Aeëtes had prepared by keeping a standing army to fight the undead hordes. These well-trained soldiers along with the king’s own magical prowess won the day for the Colchians.

1083BCE: Expeditions to the south discovered a separate community of savage godless humans living in the Aractrashan Jungle. The Conclave deemed these people primitives and elected to ignore them.

1075BCE: Hades sent a larger force against Colchis as a solar eclipse occurred once more. Aeëtes had not prepared for the magnitude of this new challenge. The Colchians repelled the attack, but thousands of soldiers died in the battle.

1073BCE: Raids into Eastern Cimmeria continued. The orc faction of the Conclave demanded that more serious action be taken to permanently defeat the goblins, but their protests were blocked by the human leaders who profited from the goblin slave trade.

1072BCE: The orcs took matters into their own hands. They left the Conclave and carved out a region of Eastern Cimmeria for themselves. The orcs integrated the goblins of that region into their new society instead of enslaving them.

-GoCorral

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