Sessauan-Shidran WarCurrent Weather:
Calm, cold ocean, weak southern windsTime:
As the two opposing fleets began to maneuver their vessels into position the roar of an explosion rocked the island and surrounding waters causing many to lose footing. The island’s inactive volcano, or what had thought to be an inactive volcano, had built up pressure and exploded. Both fleets stopped to star in horror. The debris hadn’t been launched with sufficient force to reach the budding village on the shore or the sea but the slow moving lava oozing from the top of the volcano was of great threat.
Admiral Tinian ordered flags to be raised so the forces could negotiate. Although he had little doubt that his force would survive the conflict what ships remained would be far too few in numbers to safely transport the population back home. As Admiral Aqués Rousset of the Thomàs obliged his counter-part the two meet in longboats between the huge Sessau Galley and the medium Trireme of the Halflings admiral.
Admiral Aques Rousset wasn’t a dumb man, he knew that the forces of the Halflings had a better chance of victory then his own forces once those Triremes at the docks joined the fighting. Without them the forces were approximately even in number and overall strength, with them the Halflings had them. As the Halfling Admiral Tinian offered his terms the human knew he’d accept, “As we can both see the battle would be devastating for both sides and whoever remained wouldn’t have sufficient ships to transport the citizens of the Lashid Colony to safety. I purpose that we cease hostilities. The Guild Union of Shidrus will give up their claim on the Hrothgar Colony as long as the Empire of Mille Sessau aids in refitting some of our ships to transports so that we can remove our people safely.”
Without a moment’s hesitation Aques accepted the terms, “I’ll accept those terms as long as my ships get re-supplied for the journey home as well.”
“Bargained well and done,” the short Halfling replied accepting it. There would be a large amount of supplies left over that their ships wouldn’t be able to take on, no sense in them going to waste.Two days later
General Simone Reynault arrived at Lashid Colony to find and unexpected sight. No fighting had occurred yet the ships crew of the Halflings and his own Empire were working together to re-class some military vessels as transports. Finding out from Admiral Aques Rousset what had happened the General was highly pleased and informed the Avians of the termination of their short lived treaty.
As the Humans and Halfling sailors were seen tearing down the wooden fortifications and using it to refit some of the ships to transport the 4,000 Halflings in Lashid the remaining five ships were being admitted to the docks only three at a time as two of the bays were being used to refit the Halflings vessels. The Colossus, Agrina, and the Victory were being resupplied for their journey home. Not a single Elve aboard any of the Empire of Ezria vessels were happy about the recent turn of events. The war had progressed and ended within a week. Not only that but the only casualty was one of their own vessels and they weren’t even given the chance to avenge their comrades because of the Humans and Avian’s lack of back bone.
As the last two Biremes docked for resupply the Empire of Ezria’s vessels went out to sea past their human allies ships. Attempting to rebel the Colossus and Agrina succeed as their Avian task masters fled to the Victory and aided the ships assigned Avians to retain order. The twin of the Shurmanda the crew of the Agrina followed their larger sister the Colossus on a plot home where they would continue to cause trouble for the Empire of Ezria. The Avian’s were at fault for the loss of the Shurmanda, if they had never aided the humans the ship never would have been lost. They’d fight the Avian’s back home and ensure no other elves lost their lives needlessly for the Avian’s like the crew of the Shurmanda.
The Avian crew of the Victory went to the humans and with their help retained control of the Coronne and Matrija as both ships attempted the same tactic but failed because the humans aided in maintaining order out of guilt for the loss of the Shurmanda, the only vessel lost through this whole war.
The three remaining Ezrian vessels left a day after the mutineers heading home in pursuit after bribing the crews with money and alcohol for their continued loyalty. How long that’d last though was anyone’s guess.Important Notes
-- This is Moderation Mark 2
-- The Sessauan-Shidran War/Colonial War has ended with the overall victor being the Empire of Mille Sessau but this battle a draw
-- The Island where Lashid Colony resided is uninhabitable for 3 years game time
-- Empire of Ezria lost the Colossus and the Agrina due to happiness issues after losing a ship and not avenging the Shurmanda which caused the Elves aboard the ships lost whatever little trust/respect they had for the Avians(OOC: Explains the disappearance of the Lashid Colony with that Volcano thing.)