The Great Orc War
As Kynos continued on its meteoric rise in power, some of its citizens, particularly those who had a strong warrior tradition, something out of place in Kynos’s erudite society, sought to expand the country’s empire. A charismatic noble named Jaren Jevarrson, whose family heralded from the skaldic tribes of Jodran, rallied many such lords to him. With their bannermen and armies, he proposed to reclaim the lands around Ugruum Bay from the orcish warlords. The Kynosian aristocracy, seeing a chance to both appease the hawkish members of its people as well as, at least temporarily, be rid of much of what they felt were violent, aggressive, and uncouth nobles, acquiesced and funded a fleet. With Jaren in command, the force quickly went from green soldiers, eager but from a country who had not known war for a century and a half, to a battle-hardened army of veterans. Losses were heavy at first, but in just over half a year most battles were becoming routs. The orcish chieftains, facing defeat after defeat, put aside ancient blood feuds, united under a single banner, and Jaren’s forces’ advances ground to a halt once again. Bloodied but far from broken, Jaren set about fortifying his gains and getting a lay of the land. He sent envoys to Vonbolrak, and with their pledge to hold the eastern front, he was soon on the march again. In under half a decade, his forces had driven all orcs off the mainland and onto the islands dotting the bay.