Grand Campaign

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The Grand Campaign was a conflict between Taldor and the Qadira that lasted 524 years, from the Qadiran invasion in 4079 AR to the settlement of an uneasy peace in 4603 AR.1234567

History

In the mid 4000s AR, Taldor suffered from internal rebellion and upheaval in the distant province of Cheliax and Andoran. So much of the Taldan Horse and Phalanx were deployed to pacify those regions that the Taldan heartland was left unprotected.1

In Qadira, the succession to the Kelesh throne of the Padishah Emperor turned contentious and violent in 4067 AR. The imperial vizier overseeing the satrap of Qadira left to participate in the political scrum of 40 princes contesting their claims to rulership, and without the empire's oversight, Qadiran Satrap Gheber III was quick to exploit the chance to strike weakened Taldor.18

Ghevran victories

In 4079 AR, Gheber III marched Qadiran armies of more than 40,000 soldiers across Taldor's southern border,918 captured the city of Zimar and enslaved its population, and burned towns across the Zimar Scrublands virtually unopposed. Within a very short period of time, Qadiran forces claimed most of southern Taldor and were stopped only by the natural barrier of the River Porthmos in 4083 AR, within spitting distance of the capital of Oppara, in a series of victories recorded in Qadiran history as the Ghevran Victories9 and in Taldor as the Ghevran Massacres.10 This rapid progress terrified Taldor's ruling elite, who withdrew all but a token force from the frontier provinces to defend Oppara and Taldor.1

A year later (in 4080 AR), Qadiran forces set fire to the settlements surrounding Zimar in an event known as Ember Night. This massacre is still used by Taldans today to justify their hatred of their southern neighbor.10

Heaven's Step Offensive

After 250 years of war, Taldor launched an invasion of Qadiran territories known as the Heaven's Step Offensive, initiated by Grand Prince Gennaris III in 4324 AR. After defeating six Qadiran generals on the Plains of Paresh, Taldor took control of much of northern Qadira for a time. The Taldan emperor refused to slay fleeing foes which it is believed ultimately led to his death at the hands of a Qadiran ambush. Qadira was then reinforced by the Empire of Kelesh, itself joining the war and soon threw back the Taldan armies.1011

Centuries of war

The 524 years of the war saw near-constant conflict between Taldor and Qadira, as Taldor sought to reclaim what it had lost. Each side of the war struck deep into the other's territory, including a Taldan raid on Qadira's Resolute Citadel12 and sieges of the Qadiran city of Koor that led to its abandonment.13

Grand Prince Stavian I instituted the Great Purge of Sarenites in 4528 AR to counter their perceived aid to the Qadiran military.114

Resolution

The Grand Campaign finally ceased in 4603 AR, with Taldor having pushed its border with Qadira back to where it was for thousands of years.18

Ongoing impact

In 4081 AR, a mere two years after the initial Qadiran invasion, Chelish King Aspex the Even-Tongued of the Taldan province of Cheliax claimed Andoran, Galt, and Isger. Over the course of a decade, the Even-Tongued Conquest took advantage of Taldor's redirected military to fracture the empire's western front and politically reshape western Avistan over the following centuries.615

While open warfare between Taldor and Qadira has ceased, the nations maintain chilly relations. The Zimar Corsairs, a group of privateers sponsored by Taldor, harass Qadiran shipping. Both nations raid across a tense border at the joining of the Jalrune River and River of Qadira.16 In the Qadiran capital of Katheer, the remains of Taldans slain in the Campaign are displayed alongside the sarcophagi of Qadiran heroes, much to Taldor's ongoing dismay.17 Qadiran agents also attempted—and largely failed—to infiltrate Grand Prince Stavian III's Ulfen Guard in hopes of assassinating him.18

The lingering social effects of Qadira's invasion and the Great Purge make both Keleshites and Sarenites feel unwelcome in much of Taldor—or outright hated in its southern regions, particularly Zimar.1419

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 Joshua J. Frost. Taldor, Empire in Decline” in Taldor, Echoes of Glory, 3. Paizo Inc., 2009
  2. James Jacobs, et al. The Inner Sea World Guide, 36. Paizo Inc., 2011
  3. James Jacobs, et al. The Inner Sea World Guide, 37. Paizo Inc., 2011
  4. Erik Mona, et al. “Chapter 2: The Inner Sea” in Campaign Setting, 120. Paizo Inc., 2008
  5. Erik Mona, et al. “Chapter 2: The Inner Sea” in Campaign Setting, 136. Paizo Inc., 2008
  6. 6.0 6.1 Erik Mona, et al. “Chapter 5: The World” in Campaign Setting, 202. Paizo Inc., 2008
  7. Erik Mona, et al. “Chapter 5: The World” in Campaign Setting, 203. Paizo Inc., 2008
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 Brian Cortijo. Qadira” in Qadira, Gateway to the East, 4. Paizo Inc., 2009
  9. 9.0 9.1 James Jacobs, et al. The Inner Sea World Guide, 151. Paizo Inc., 2011
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 Mark Moreland, et al. “Life in Taldor” in Taldor, the First Empire, 11. Paizo Inc., 2017
  11. Greg A. Vaughan, et al. “Bestiary” in The Reaper's Right Hand, 99. Paizo Inc., 2018
  12. James MacKenzie. The Jester's Fraud, 19. Paizo Inc., 2010
  13. Larry Wilhelm. The Forbidden Furnace of Forgotten Koor, 5. Paizo Inc., 2011
  14. 14.0 14.1 Joshua J. Frost. “Faith: Sarenrae Under Siege” in Taldor, Echoes of Glory, 24. Paizo Inc., 2009
  15. Erik Mona, et al. “Chapter 1: Characters” in Campaign Setting, 30. Paizo Inc., 2008
  16. Joshua J. Frost. Taldor, Empire in Decline” in Taldor, Echoes of Glory, 11. Paizo Inc., 2009
  17. James MacKenzie. Our Lady of Silver, 13. Paizo Inc., 2009
  18. Brian Cortijo. Qadira” in Qadira, Gateway to the East, 6. Paizo Inc., 2009
  19. Joshua J. Frost. Taldor, Empire in Decline” in Taldor, Echoes of Glory, 14. Paizo Inc., 2009