Could there be a better proof of the natural
perversity of Bretons than their conduct before, during, and
after what history will remember as the War of Betony? By
the most depraved of motivations, the most despicable of tactics,
and the most ungentlemanly of triumphs, the kingdom of Daggerfall
changed the nature of warfare in the Iliac Bay and perhaps
over all of Tamriel. In Sentinel, we call the recent carnage
the Siege of Betony, but as the book of history is writ by
the victors, let us speak instead of the War of Betony.
Redguards by their nature are a modest and
practical people. We are not phlegmatic like the High Elves,
nor cowardly like the Wood Elves and Khajiiti. But what would
infuriate and enrage the swaggering, vainglorious Nords and
Bretons would not merit a shrug from a Redguard. Had any Breton
kingdom possessed the little island of Betony, it would have
been covetously guarded. Betony's trade would have been seriously
restricted; its religion subjugated; its people bound by active
and constant pledges and duties of vassalage. But Betony was
not a Breton dominion. Betony was part of the Kingdom of Sentinel.
King Lysandus -- may the Old Ones continue
to torment his soul for his wickedness! -- saw the prosperous
island which is closer to his land than to Sentinel, and his
black heart turned to avarice. Through threats, lies, acts
of piracy and, finally, invasion, Daggerfall illegally took
possession of the Island of Betony. His court sorceress, the
Lady Medora, his enchantress mother, and other experienced
counselors were horrified by the brutality of his campaign
and begged him to abandon his tyrannical act of war. Gradually,
all dissentors were removed from court. None but the ignorant
and the warmongers remained.
Our late king Camaron tried to employ civil
diplomacy with Daggerfall, but in the end, he made the former
declaration of war. Daggerfall and Sentinel have fought many
times in their two thousand years of coexistance, and Camaron
knew the black magic and espionage the Bretons considered
honest warfare. Never debasing the Sentinel character by duplicating
the Breton villainy, Camaron knew best how to combat Lysandus.
King Lysandus' knavish battle tactics were even more perfidious
than his ancestors', and the war continue to rage until it
began to involve more than Sentinel and Daggerfall.
Lord Graddock, ruler of Reich Gradkeep, acted
as concilator between Sentinel and Daggerfall, and eventually
convinced both monarchs to meet and make peace. The ill-fated
Treaty of Gradkeep began civilly; the terms of peace were
discussed, agreed on, and set to paper. The terms were excessively
generous. Camaron had agreed to give up some of his rights
to Betony in order to placate the madness of Lysandus and
bring peace back to the Iliac Bay. It was not until King Camaron
read the Treaty he was about to sign that he realized the
outrageous perfidy of the Bretons: the Treaty had actually
been purposefully miswritten by the Daggerfall scribe in a
desparate and ignominious attempt to trick Camaron into signing
a contract different from the one to which he had agreed.
The castle of Reich Gradkeep erupted into bloodbath, and the
The Battle of Cryngaine Field was the tragic
ending of the senseless war of attrition. The Cryngaine Field
is located in between the Yeorth Burrowland and the Ravennian
Forest where the armies of Sentinel and Daggerfall respectively
made camp after the massacre at Reich Gradkeep. As the battle
began, Daggerfall proved that she had some foul daedric magical
tricks left by blinding the Redguard army with a wall of mist.
Lysandus did not have the opportunity to gloat over his cozenage
for long, for the sure arm of a Sentinel archer struck him
in the throat even through the thick, swirling fog. Lysandus'
son, Gothryd, who had spent the battle in lugubrious relaxation,
was crowned without ceremony, and thereupon demanded a duel
with King Camaron. Camaron was many years Gothryd's senior,
and though a superior warrior, was exhausted from the endless
warfare the boy king had been spared. Nevertheless, as a point
of honor, our king agreed to the duel. The new king of Daggerfall,
by dirty trick and black magic, managed to backstab our king
before the duel ever began. Thus, the victor of Cryngaine
Field, and the War of Betony, was Daggerfall.
Daggerfall's wickedness continued even after
her inglorious victory. While the widow queen of Sentinel,
Her Majesty Akorithi, mourned and tried to mend her shattered
lands, Gothryd demanded the Princess of Sentinel as a hostage
of war. To save her homeland, the Princess Aubk-i agreed to
leave Sentinel and even marry the murderer of her father.
But we true Redguards of Sentinel know where her love and
honor lies. The Queen of Daggerfall is the Princess of Sentinel
first and foremost.
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