A report from the Royal Garrison at Northern Light House Fort.


Tavish Chronicler's note: this old Vohdish text gives a very clear account of the first Tavish settlement on the mainland, just before Tavish clerics had begun chronicling. The author's bias in favor of his Royal Vohdish benefactor is apparent in places, as is the awkward old-syle wording referring to the Tavish travelers as "Northmen," but the facts largely remain in this chronicle of how the Tavi came to be in possession of the formerly Vohdish Northlands. The chronicle is an important source in the history of Jarl Thorgil Beard-Axe, who guided the Tavish ancestors to the mainland, and shows him to have been a shrewd negotiator as well as a brave warrior and a brilliant tactician. Also of note is the chronicler's observation that the Jarl was referred to casually, with first name only, by his men. This must have seemed very unusual to a High-Vohdish chronicler at the time.

In the 10th year of the reign of Our Royal Vohdish Benefactor, King Vohd-Aurel, in the time of the Great Peace in the Vohdish lands, a battalion of Northmen, children of Tavi, arrived in longboats, landing at the northern tip of the lands of Lord Barron Gaul. They were spotted by Vohdish Scouts at the Northern Light House Fort and a welcoming party was sent. The party informed them that the lands were overseen by the Royal Vohdish Guard and were under the protection of the Lord Barron. The Northman leaders, knowing some of the common high Vohdish tongue, insisted they were settling all of the Northern lands that were covered by snow, as was the command of their ancestor-god, Tavi, who, to the soul and blood of the Northman, eclipses Vohd in importance. The Northmen were informed that settling in the province without registering and paying tribute to the Lord Barron, or the King directly, was an unlawful act, and that doing so with an army was considered an act of war against the children of our ancestor-god, Vohd. The Northmen's chief leader and general, Thorgil, who was also their Sergeant in battle (who was addressed by his men directly and with his given name rather than his title or rank), noted that there were women and children among them, and that they intended to settle only in the frozen lands of the far north, which were of no use to our Lords for farming.

The Northmen had begun to build shelters and assemble a small village for their wives and families, and also fortifications, as one might see at a fort or military base. The local garrison sent a message to the office of the Lord Barron, asking that he advise their actions. The garrison commander indicated that the Northmen were clearly a capable fighting force, but didn't seem intent on harm or invasion, only the illegal occupation of sovereign Vohdish lands. The commander noted that the Northmen were among their wives and families, and as such must be treated as a civilian group.

The Lord Barron, unsure of the proper response to such a well armed and fortified civilian settlement, deferred to the King's judgement on the matter.

The King's response was not quickly forthcoming. Having just entered his 25th year of life, and also the 10th year of his reign, his Royal Highness was in the midst of a great celebration. He did not receive the garrison's messenger in his audience chamber for nearly a full month. By the time a full royal garrison was assembled and sent, the Northmen's settlement had become a fully entrenched fortification surrounding a well-built and self-sustaining settlement. Unsure of their ability to compete with the Northmen's entrenched force tactically, and unwilling to endanger the lives of civilians morally, the twin Vohdish garrisons simply stood down.

The crown does not feel it necessary to waste resources on such a precarious situation, and for land of such low value.


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