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1214 RE-- Ghul Siege of Khaldun

Date: August, 1214
Outcome: Victory for the Caliphate/Marrashi forces; Ghuls pushed out of the city, tense truce with Marrashi
Belligerents: Ghuls vs. Demeyen Bishak, Caliphate military, and Colonists of Marath Suvla
Caliphate & Marrashi Commanders: Rahala Sevast, Izu Al-Suzri, Captain of the Khaldun Guard(PC1)
Strength: Caliphate & Marrashi: 500 Sandspire and other Khaldun Guard forces (including Demeyen Bishak); 400 Marrashi Warriors and Mages
      Ghuls: around 1000 Ghuls, mostly feral; some fed Ghuls commanding.
Casualties: Caliphate & Marrashi: (all numbers estimates) 100 permanently dead, 150 dead but resurrected, 350 wounded/consumed
     Ghuls: Around 500 dead; many more wounded

In August of 1214, the largest Ghul army ever seen amassed on the borders of the Caliphate of Dusk and Marrash-el-Dahaka (formerly the Emirate of Rahaal). Over a thousand of them came pouring along the border between the two nations, an area which the Demeyen Bishak had been instructed, by order of the Caliph (see the Tajuz-Qalbas incident) to avoid. Meeting only a modicum of resistance in the refugee-heavy border between the former Emirate and the Caliphate, the Ghuls proceeded West, zig-zagging between Marrash-el-Dahaka and the provinces all the way to the City of Khaldun. There, the Ghuls laid in a siege with all of their arrayed forces, including some hastily constructed ballistas. Being largely a city of Scholars and Emirate refugees, the Guards of Khaldun were outnumbered by more than two to one, but contained a large number of Sandspire, including their brave captain of the guard(PC1), who set about mounting a defense of the city, as best as possible. Still, several ghuls managed to get past the walls, preferentially seeking out scholars of various types to devour. Few of these got back out, but they caused a large amount of damage while present.

By the second day of the siege, however, Commander Rahala Sevast of the Demeyen Bishak appeared, with a large army of Marrashi, led by their Commander, Izu Al-Suzri Invoking a pact apparently brokered between the two of them, without the consent of their respective governments, Sevast and Al-Suzri combined their forces to deal with the menace threatening their respective nations. and his warriors to help with Now caught between the Will Wall defending Khaldun and the Captain of the Guard and forces on the one hand, and the amassed Bishak and Marrashi on the other, the Ghuls fell over the course of the next day to the same hammer-and-anvil tactics that decimated them at Tajuz-Qalbas. At least half of the Ghuls were slaughtered, those with bloody mouths being targeted above others-- while several others retreated just beyond the border of Marash el-Dahaka. The Captain of the Guard survived, but with a consumed limb; it is unknown whether the ghul who took it escaped. The Guard Captain who suffered the ghul attack has been put on leave for the time being, as is the custom in the face of such injuries. Several other members of the guard too acquitted themselves well(PC 2+), and made a name for themselves in this battle.

This left Khaldun full of a still pretty large Marrashi army, nominally aiding in its defense, but which the population worried would quickly become an occupying force: the very thing that the Will Wall was constructed to avoid. Those living in Khaldun who were originally from the Emirate, while grudgingly forced to admit that they owed their lives to the Marrashi warriors, nonetheless wanted them gone as quickly as possible, if not slaughtered out of hand. The tense situation was only made more tense by the arrival of the Komutan at the head of some 50 Sandspire and Desert Screamers, however, Izu Al-Suzri insisted that they had no desire to occupy Khaldun; rather, he wished for an audience with the Caliph, to discuss a proper reward for the defense of the city. This arrogance infuriated the Komutan, but Rahala Sevast spoke up for the Marrashi warriors, and accepted full responsibility for any mishaps or harm come to the Caliphate as a result of her bargain. Al-Suzri stressed too that he was acting on his own, and not with the knowledge or consent of Khada Mor, the Prince of the Marrashi in the former Emirate. After messages were sent, the Caliph agreed to speak to Al-Suzri, and brokered an agreement with him: safe passage for him and his men to the borders of Tarsikka, an appeal to the Council of Silver for the same through their lands, and on to Marath Suvla, where they wished to search for artifacts belonging to their ancient hero, Fathi Al-Haytham. This has led to a very awkward truce between the Marrashi forces, which remain in defense of the city, and the people, who hate and despise the monsters who drove many of them from their homes. Fortunately, violence has not escalated between them yet.

In the meantime, colonists from Marath Suvla arrived, just as ghul reinforcements began a renewed assault on the city. With their assistance, the Ghuls were kept beyond the Will Wall for the immediate future, keeping the city and library safe and open for researchers and scholars. However, with other incursions happening along the border with the waste keeping the attention of the military, it is unknown how long the resistance can last, even with-- or perhaps because of-- the Marrashi presence. Either way, between captain Sevast and the efforts of Captain Kara Ihtiras, recruitment for the Demeyen Bishak is up-- except among former Emirate refugees, who have lost some trust for the group.