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Battle of Olba
A battle fought in the south of Volska in the late summer of 1010, between a united Volskans-Teutsche front and a massive war party of the nomadic tribe, the Jaszi.
The Jaszi were an eastern tribe who had been raiding and pillaging across the more western states, with increased activity in the last 10 years making deeper and deeper raids into Volska and Teutsche states who were only finally quelled, if only catastrophically, by a united force of Volskan and Eluvian cavalry at the battle of Olba.
Among the notable fallen were King Vladislav V of Volska, as well as his eldest sons Vlad and Demetri, the foerst of Eluviel, Vasily Ringelnetz and his eldest son Ivan, as well as the Furst and Markgrav of the eastern most state in the H.T.R., Kussel- Oswald von Sayn.
Of the nearly 5,000 men on the unified Volskan-Teutsche front 2,500 survived, while of the nearly 4,000 mounted Jaszi only 300 survived. The battle itself lasted a day and half. When it was ultimately won, the surviving generals slaughtered the fleeing Jaszi, executing those that could be caught and cornering many in the Olba floodplain. They had willing and eager assistants from the farmers and peasants in the region, who although not conscripted had suffered dearly over the years of harassment from Jaszi war raids.
The battle not only devastated and destabilized the eastern Teutsche and Volskan lands but had a rippling effect in Jaszivi, and whose shocks could be felt all the way in Baselea. In the following winter the peasants in the Olba flood plain revolted- perhaps emboldened by the taste of blood experienced the summer before. The young Volskan king, the so-called Vasily the knee high with his young mother regent were ill equipped to put down the revolt and so a heretic, Jan the tall, was able to seize control of the castle at Olba, the so-called Thorn. The heretic and his cult pay the taxes required by the state and share everything else nearly equally among themselves. Under Jan’s administration none go hungry and no woman goes unbedded. Securing this position required the brutal murder of the Count Vistavi and his family- if rumors are to be believed the count was roasted on a spit and his lady wife became chief concubine of Jan. Tensions as a result of this disgrace are threatening to blow in the capitol of Volska, Kravo, as threats of another peasant revolt ripple from the east and the lower noblesse grow uneasy at the young Vasily’s inability to control his state.
In Eluviel the death of the foerst and his eldest son left a power vacuum in the drenatsig. Although Vasily had one more son of age to take the position, the Aleski, he was never expected to hold such a role nor is he popular with the council. In addition, the death of the foerst came at an ill time indeed for he had been in the midst of building alliances towards solidifying the state of Eluviel in the H.T.R. as well strengthening the position of the foerst and a few of the ruling families. His death as well as his son has jeopardized that and the marriage of his daughter Anna Maria to the young, then prince, Vasily of Volska threatens the power of the Ringelnetz family further. Already there are at least two on record poisonings as a result of the fall out in Eluviel.
In Kussel the Furst and Markgrav, Oswald von Sayn’s death led to power falling to a lesser branch of the family- the von Sayn-Wittelsbachs taking control of the state. This branch is closer to the Volskan ruling family than to the Kaiser, and so it is a very real danger that either through marriage or through annexation the small, eastern state of Kussel will be lost to Volska.
After word of the crushing defeat reached Jaszivi, the warlord’s young brother Fayzhe was publicly executed and a new king appointed from the head family of the king’s guard appointed most esteemed ruler- Tajone.