Battle of the Black Sepulchre
Sometime in the late 550s, the village of Stillwater began to fester with all manner of evil folk, culminating with the founding of the soon infamous Black Sepulcher. Before long, local caravans, gnome clans and the neighboring village of Highriver became easy targets for bandits from that region. Following many years of these simple raids and complacency among the rural folk, matters grew steadily worse by 568 CY. First was the construction of a moathouse outpost North of Stillwater meant for further raids, then the discovery that not only was the Black Sepulcher mustering a small army, but that the cult was actually under the direction of a powerful spirit bent on bringing a new era of Titans.
News of this quickly spread from Western Ketheria to the ears of Lady Ysabelle, Marshall of the combined armies of East and West Ketheria, and also a renowned paladin. Compelled into a quest, the Lady left behind her concerns to the east, and promptly called upon her most pious knights, clerics and her own guards to help bring down this profane temple. Shortly after crossing the Aravandul River in the spring of 569 CY, the host of Lady Ysabelle joined with waiting contingents summoned from Glimmer Bay and Shadow Harbor. Not long after the allied column began their slow march to the northwest they were met by a welcome council from the dwarven citadel of Zerhun, and even the xenophobic wild elves, who had similarly decided to deal with the growing presence of evil at their borders.
When the allied forces closed to within a day of the Sepulcher they first encountered the enemy on the open fields many leagues south of Glimmer Bay and northwest of Highriver called Morningsky Meadow. The bulk of the Sepulcher’s human forces, comprised of mostly mounted bandits, brigands and mercenaries had moved to stall Ysabelle’s advance. Wild elf scouts reported that a much larger than expected army of creatures was approaching from the east. Knowing the Sepulcher might empty its entire horde early, Ysabelle went with a contingency plan drawn up in council. In an attempt to draw these Titanspawn away from any population centers, she ordered the withdrawal of the entire allied column west, to a strategic position near the north bank of the Aravandul River. Despite some later historical accounts there was no significant fighting at Morningsky Meadow, for the only action that day was light cavalry skirmishes screening the withdrawal to a more favorable battlefield. Outnumbering their foes by more than three to one and eager for their first combat victory in the region, the titanspawn horde predictably pursued Ysabelle’s forces west.