Alykinder: A Retrospective
Written by Gyr Maelr Ostorch, Historian, University of Bul Maren
Translated by Pete Murray
Despite having completed this work and reflecting upon the events of recent history, I still find the rise of Alykinder a singular event, beyond comprehension and unlike anything in the annals of our race. I have necessarily omitted a number of events, which while fascinating would require excessive digression beyond the main purpose of this work—namely to recount the rise of Alykinder and the military-political movement known as the Crusade.
The Crusade can be summarized simply: The Long War of our race is the result of the rule of the First Families. Only by eliminating the First Families and the political structures that keep them in power will the Long War end and a lasting peace be earned. The present war is nothing but the last phase of the Long War, a short shock which is to be endured as to be overcome.
And yet, this movement is paradoxical. It swears unconditional loyalty to one quar, rather than one clan or sept. It engages in unlimited warfare of new and deadly variety in order to end war forever. The old sanctions and laws of combat seem to be fading in their authority, even as the Crusaders loudly insist on law governing all Quar. And finally, the Crusaders negotiate no truce in their search for peace.
At the time of this publication, in Year 10 of the Crusade, only the nations of Coftyr and Fidwog may fairly be said to have retained their independence, all others having capitulated to the growing Crusader Army. But growing disaffection with the Crusade and its leader, even in his home nation of Tok, have led to popular unrest and rebellion. Rumor and tale speak of furious, secret efforts to keep the people bent to the will of their leader, who paradoxically claims to speak on their behalf.
At this time, Chancellor Alykinder is sixty years of age—elderly, but clearly still energetic. His command airship, the Goana Creek, regularly tours the headquarters of his fronts, and Alykinder is known to take command of her from time to time, pacing his bridge with his cane in hand, his eyes missing nothing and his mind able to negotiate the perilous winds of the sky and politics.
The Croesgadwr Fyrch —the Crusaders’ War—will not end by negotiation. The Crusaders will accept no compromise. As it is unlikely that they will be defeated on the battlefield, it remains to be seen if a smooth succession of power is possible when their commander and spiritual leader dies.
One final confession must be made: I am as loyal a son of Coftyr as any, and yet after completing this work I cannot deny that the Crusader cause has great merit in its complaint about the old order. Our rulers, in whose hands we place great power, in whose words we obey without complaint, and whose causes we have made our own have not always acted in the best interest of their people. Ancestors permitting, we will triumph over the radicalism of the Crusaders, but then we must turn to our leaders and demand that they never again allow the plight of their people to be forged into a weapon.
Gyr Maelr Ostorch, Historian