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Memoirs of the Twin Rose Wars


They stood on the crest of the rise, three men deep. Their banners, Golden Lions Rampant on a split field of red and blue, fluttering on long poles in the wind. They were silent. By some signal, they all began to rush forward screaming their battle roar. Halberd and blade coming open on the move. The enemy line broke under the power of the Lion’s signature charge.
Major Advarete, Memoirs of the Twin Rose Wars  1320 Greenfield Presses

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Memoirs of the Twin Rose Wars
Major Advarete, p498, 22 ill.  1320 Greenfield Presses

The book itself is hefty, nearly 500 pages. The cover has no wording advertising itself, but the embossed leather has three roses, painted blue, yellow, and magenta. This symbol of the yellow and blue roses, entwined and surrounding the magenta, was originally considered heretical and seditious. Over the years since, it has become the emblem of the war.

Major Advarete, originally Ser Adverete, was in a unique position to record this period history, he was there in the beginning. While he dedicates three chapters to explaining the situation at court, these are listed as preambles to the book proper. The history begins with a single act, the same act that scholars define as the first act of the war, The Theft of the Magenta Rose. Ser Adverete was a member of The Order of the Magenta Rose. He was in charge of the castle forces during those first few days of the war. He traces the adventure of its recovery and the out of control spiral that led into the two revolts.

His attachment to the King’s forces as an aide de camp allowed him intimate knowledge of the first campaign. He actually talked with survivors of the opposition and with actual members of the Elven army, to make sure his work was accurate. It details all the forces and the maneuvering of the campaign, ending with the death of the Great King.

His eulogy of the Great King is quite touching. Upon his death, the rebellion actually began.  Advarete, like many in his rank, were caught as leafs in the wind during the hurricane of events that followed the Great King’s death. His following the Queen lead first to the Blues, then to the Yellows, then back to the Blues. He followed the military campaign, like the soldier he was. He was there at the first surrender and escorted the Duke to his cell. His details on the historical figures of the day can be illuminating, as Advarete is quite fair in his appraisals.

Maintaining a post in the castle, dedicating himself to the protection of The Magenta Rose, he was again in the unique position to watch events unfold. Upon the death of the Viceroy King (as he is now known), the Thorn uprising began…. first with assassination of character, then blood, in the castle… then on the field of the land. Upon the freeing of the Duke, the second war of the Twin Roses began.  Feeling the Duke was in the right (actually that was always his position, but his duty prevented him from supporting him), he joined the Yellows.

This change cost him his rank and position, but his position on this is almost archetypal of the middle nobles of his day.

His recounting of the Final Battle of the Blue, is accurate to the point of pain.  However, his account of Releger’s Ride, the scout’s wild ride to stop the invading Elven Army because peace had been won, is somewhat embellished by all other historical accounts. It is perhaps the only artistic or embellished section in this otherwise fair and neutral recounting of the events.

The last few chapters cover the time of peace after the wars, the rebuilding, the call to parliament, and the New Order.

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For this to make the most sense, one should click upon the free-text link of magenta rose and check all the impacting events. This is the future history for those societies. There will be more NPCs for this set of posts.

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Voted Cheka Man
January 22, 2006, 21:43
Now this I like.I want to read it,lol.
Voted Scrasamax
January 23, 2006, 8:31
I can see the book being heavy, and lavishly illuminated, as much a piece of art as a piece of history. I can also imagine the narrative to be exhaustive in it's completeness, and quite dry to read. As a post this is superb.
March 4, 2006, 14:12
That is a great view of the work. It groks perfectly with my view of the tome.
July 15, 2006, 13:44
Updated: Updated for small spelling error
Voted necromancer
November 10, 2006, 15:44
not bad for an item but hardly provides enough detail about the war
November 11, 2006, 12:28
Necromancer, it is hard to provide more than vague details about a war that your PCs many influence the results of. The books listing is a summary and an item listing, NOT A PLOT FOR THE WAR!
Voted valadaar
November 4, 2014, 15:19
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       By: Almar

While setting up camp for the night, the PC's are aproached by another group of adventurers who seem nice enough. The road is somewhat dangerous and the other group suggests camping together. The two bands split watches, one adventurer from each group watching at once. The night goes by without incident, the next day the PC's travel with the other group as they are going the same way.

The group consists of Hordel the ranger, who is skilled with the bow. Hordel is a quiet man who speaks little but appears quite skilled. Dremar is a barbarian who is a little excentric, he seems to be an excasive drinker and thiunk that battle is the solution to everything. He appears to be a stout and powerful fighter with his greataxe. Ferrin is the leader of the group, a rouge by trade. He is daft and witty, speaking with the PCs often and asking many questions. He fights with finesse with his rapier. Preminitat as a cleric but he will not say which god he worships. He uses his spells to empower and heal his party and fights with a club. He sticks close to Ferrin. Ferrin is a great talker and tells much of himself and his party, but asks even more about the history and capabilities of the PCs. He tells of some adventures his party has had, and they seem like an interesting group of mercenaries. Hordel is quite and has little interest in speaking with the PCs, he ignores most questions. He spends a lot of time with Dremar and sometimes Ferrin. Dremar seems to not care about any questions ansked to him, nor does he seem to know the answers. He seems battle hardened and is a simple man. Preminitat rarely starts conversations but will speak with the PCs. However, some of his accounts of the party's history seem to condradict those of Ferrin.

The Party spends another night and day with Ferrin's group. One of four things can happen on the third night.
1: While eating dinner around the fire, Ferrin gets into an argument with one of the PCs when he/she mentions the discepincies between Ferrin's stories and Preminitat's.
2: Hordel gets mad after repeated questioning about his life from the PCs.
3. Preminitat gets mad after repeated questioning from the PCs about what god he worships.
4: One of the PCs rejects the offer of a drink from Dremar and he takes it as an insult.
All of these scenarios result in a battle between the parties. If Ferrin's party is defeated and still lives he swears vengance. His party may then cross paths with the adventurers again.

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