Codex Entry: The 1455 Kings’ Summit Massacre

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The 1455 Kings’ Summit held at the Imperial City of Peythralm (Old Aldorel) ended up in a mass murder remembered in recent memory as the Slaying of Kings, also including the consequences fuelled assassination of Thorgrim the Uneasy, at the hands of Ser Richard Frates, ever since branded Kingslayer, Angel of Night and Assassin of Kings.


Origins

The archives of the time recall a feud between Thorgrim the Uneasy and the Brotherhood of Silence, with the former vowing to bring an end to the Eleventh Order’s existence because of a contract between the Emperor and the Prime Order. Conspiracy theories blame the Grandmaster of the time, the de facto leader of Novingard, to have put the hit on Thorgrim.

Another archive believe the Kingslayer wasn’t motivated by the Silencers, but by his own personal vendetta, with records of the University describing an natural inimity between Richard Frates and a younger Thorgrim, a rivalry started over a punishment inflicted by Archmage Metatron.

Some skepticals, mainly the Agryn, blame Saint Rohan to have orchestrated the massacre, for he was notoriously opposed to Thorgrim’s upcoming plan of invasion of the South Pole.


The battle

The Summit was supposed to name the high command of the military expedition towards the Lost Lands of Kalishores in the South Pole. After merely a few hours of deliberations, the gates opened, and a red-caped man appeared, armed with double swords.

The Kingsguards of the attending kings drew their swords but were decimated within ten minutes. The real battle was between the Kingslayer and the Imperial Guards and a few warrior-kings loyalists to Thorgrim. Many greatlords and kings attempted to flee or negotiate their lives with the Kingslayer, but were slain in their attempts.

Being cornered back to the Frozen Throne, the fight lasted three hours. Saint Rhodes recalls the battle as the greatest demonstration of swordplay she ever witnessed in her long prolific career, while Rohan described it as ‘not a confrontation of swordsmen but rather a clash of monsters’. The Kingslayer killed two of the Imperial Guard, and badly wounded Rohan and the knight he once squired for, the God of the Sword Ithildir, only sparing Rhodes for he admired her spirit.

The red cloaked assassin revealed himself as Richard Frates, to which Emperor Thorgrim is said to have commented: ‘Of all of them, why did it have to be you?’.

Their duel took a nearly legendary status, and ended in the death of Emperor Thorgrim. Even if his reign was punctuated with military failures and political assassinations, Thorgrim’s death made him reach a martyr status and his reputation as a fierce fighter posthumously bettered his prestige.

Fallen Saint Ithildir Merethil had later commented that the fallen Emperor never actually died on the Frozen Throne holding his warhammer, but instead was killed in a single stroke after foolishly believing he stood a chance against the best swordsman alive.

The ridiculous amount of time that went by during the skirmish made many inquisitors speculate that the Kingslayer had received either financial or political support to hold the entire city hostage, the first to receive direct advantage being the Fulgams and the Stormfyldds (both competing houses had previously refused to attend the Summit).


Aftermath

Only survivors of the battle are the Kinglayer himself (even if his wherabouts are unknown), and Saint Rohan, Saint Ithildir Merethil and Saint Rhodes from the Imperial Guard. The two former survived because of their own abilities, while Rhodes was spared for the Kingslayer held her in great esteem, according to her own account.

Following the battle, Ithildir resigned from the Imperial Guard and became a forsworn, while Saint Rohan continued to serve, but operating in the shadows as spymaster. Because of Rohan’s refusal to take the title, Alexia Rhodes ascended as the first Lady Commander of the Imperial Guard, her skill unmatched after Rohan himself.

Emperor Thorgrim’s death was originally seen as a blessing, however it led to a unprecedenced chaos called the Great Interregnum, which ended with High Constable Arius Strygiae to take the Holy City with a thousand men while it was hosting a Kings Summit, forcing the sovereigns to proclaim him Emperor of Temeros by right of conquest.

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