Battle for the Ring VIII: Civil War

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Following the Battle of Mount Doom and the defeat of the great Warlords

of Middle Earth—Torn, Durzo, Acorn, Melee Moses, and Taco—General Shatosen and his Norcalian army returned to their lands victorious. They had successfully retrieved the Ring of Power and vowed to keep it safeguarded. Locked away from those who would seek to abuse its power and bring chaos back to Middle Earth. For his deeds of courage, strength, and cunning, General Shatosen was knighted by the great Sir Par Mertyns, Lord of Mistwood, to become the Third Knight of the Western Flame. The Norcalian Army had demonstrated great skill and loyalty, and all swore an oath to be the protectors of the realm and safeguard the Ring of Power, so that it may never fall into the wrong hands again.

It would seem as though Middle Earth was, for the first time in many years, going through a period of peace and prosperity. All was well. Kingdoms were thriving. Wars were not fought. Shatosen had even developed a civil, if not friendly, relationship with the large population of Monsters throughout Middle Earth. Shatosen, willing to go to any length to maintain the peace in his lands, even appointed a Goblin Shaman by the name of Kord, to be one of his trusted advisors in the governance of Norcalia and all of Middle Earth.

Shatosen, eager to foster acceptance and peaceful coexistence of the Monster community, devised a plan to naturalize the Monsters of Middle earth as citizens. He envisioned that someday, despite their different colored skin, odd mannerisms, furry and slimy bodies, sharp teeth, that the Monsters could be fully assimilated into Middle Earth as equal citizens. Some of Shatosen’s advisors did not share his optimism for Monster assimilation. Even Kord, who had grown to be his friend and most trusted advisor, was wary to try and erase the differences between humans and Monsterdom. Kord, although loyal to Shatosen and Norcalia, was above all a proud Monster with a vast appreciation for all of Monster culture. It was also rumored that Shatosen, in an extreme slight to Kord, stole his marshmallows following a heated debate about the Monster Registration and Assimilation Act of Norcalia. Thus began their conflict.

With Kord no longer working alongside Shatosen, advocating for Monsterdom, Shatosen gave way to one of his less-than-friendly-towards-Monsters advisors, Squire Torix, and issued the decree that all Monsters must register with the Norcalian government, renounce their Monster names and religions, and accept a new, Tolkien name and live by the strict rules and standards of humanity. Kord and the monsters, infuriated by the attempt of the Norcalian regime to oppress them and their culture, declared war against Norcalia. And thus began the Monster Uprising…

...Kord and the Monster Horde suffered a crushing defeat at the hands of Squire Torix at Harvest Massacre…but the battle proved to be nothing more than an elaborate ruse planned by Kord and his closest advisors. While Torix launched a full assault upon the Monsters, an elite task force led by a mysterious, dark warlord was dispatched to infiltrate behind enemy lines, where General Shatosen was accompanied by only a small guard. Though they fought courageously, the guards were neither able to fend off the ambush, nor swift enough to send word back to the front lines. General Shatosen, the protector of Middle Earth, leader of Norcalia, and bearer of the One Ring was captured by Kord’s henchmen and taken prisoner. Returning in triumph, Torix and his followers were horrified upon the discovery that their fearless leader had been kidnapped right beneath their noses…no songs were sung that day. Enraged by the cowardly tactics of Kord and the Monster Horde, Squire Torix began plotting a campaign to bring General Shatosen back to the safety of Norcalia and bring the One Ring back under the protection of men. He summoned his finest Warlords to launch an assault on the Monster’s stronghold…the abandoned Castle Anduril. Little did Torix know that Kord, now controlling the One Ring, had begun to make some powerful allies of his own, and from within the ranks of Norcalia…

Unfortunately for both leaders, lost in their thoughts of destroying the other, they forgot that the pull of the One Ring was strong, that all creatures—man or monster, elf or dwarf—lust after its power and are seduced by the false promises believed time and time again throughout the history of Middle Earth. And while these leaders and their selected Warlords would appear to be united…each had their own vision for the fate of Middle Earth…beneath their own rule.

It was Civil War on all fronts.

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