Up From the Mud
Flight of Brightside
In the closing days of the Crofters’ War, the poorly-provisioned army of Chritain made its way toward the city of Bluff Harbor, seizing every jug of wine and sack of grain they could carry, burning the rest, conscripting those who would fight and taking all others into the supply train. Untold hamlets and villages were crushed beneath them, and from the straggling refugees who had already come this way, it was clear that death was coming; Brightside was the last outpost before the city walls. Quickly, the village went into action, forging an escape plan, means to take every supply that could be had on hoof and foot and covering a massive retreat while an ersatz militia held off the vanguard of the encroaching force.
Little did the escaping villagers or the newly-minted heroes who made their flight possible know, but one of the wretched refugees who made it into the city that day was Saul Mason, who, since the death of King Bartabas and his two eldest sons, legally held the position of Lord Regent over the infant King Phineas. While the siege pressed on outside the gates, the rebel spy network secured a document from the castle of Balstead and ferried it up the coast, allowing Mason to claim the regency from Bartabas’ brother and bring an end to the war.