Yurgen Kaneko, the Bull of the North, has made many enemies in his rise to power. His forces annihilated the vaunted Tepet Legions of the Realm, sacked the cities of Rokan-Jin, and raided the Linowan nation. Though he has made no open moves of conquest in the North itself, his neighbors in the Haslanti League, Whitewall, and the Realm satrapies along the Inner Sea all look upon him with mounting fear and suspicion. It is only a matter of time, they tell themselves, before he comes for them as well.
In the wake of his victories in the North-East, the Bull has brought most of his Icewalker troops back to his home territories, and is busy rooting out the Fair Folk that have long plagued his people. Capitalizing on this distraction, several Exalts are gathering together with the intention of forming a united front, and stopping the Bull’s inexorable conquests, one way or another.
People and Places of Note
The Bull of the North was an old Icewalker chieftain named Yurgen Kaneko. Rumor has it that he walked out alone to die with dignity in the snow, but came back glowing with the light of the sun. In the following years, he built up a mighty army, gathered other Exalts to his banner, defeated the Realm’s best legions, and launched a successful surprise invasion on a target over 2000 miles away.
The Icewalkers were tribal nomads, following the migration of their totem animals, and occasionally raiding the soft men of the cities when they needed metal or more food. After the Bull of the North, however, the tribes have been all but united into a war machine. Young Icewalkers are taught that honor and glory come from conquest, not from the hunt or venerating the gods. Their entire way of life has changed in a single decade, and while many are mistrustful of it, they cannot deny that Yurgen Kaneko is truly favored by the gods.
The nation of Halta lies deep in the North-East, quite close to the Wyld. Here, the people must live in the trees, for an ancient treaty gives the ground to the Fair Folk in return for peace. With all these chimerical energies flowing about, Halta has a large population of beastmen and intelligent animals, all of whom are considered citizens. The Haltans hate the Linowan tribes, and have allied with the Bull of the North in order to strike at their mutual foe.
The tribes of Linowan live along the many rivers of the North-East. These warlike hunter-gatherers are loose allies of the Realm, though that did not stop the Bull from attacking. Their centuries-long feud with the Haltans also worked against them, as they found their traditional foes providing the anvil for the Bull’s hammer. Now trapped in an uneasy stalemate, they wait to take revenge upon the Haltans and the Icewalkers.
Rokan-Jin was the Bull’s primary target in the invasion, as it was rich in minerals and metal-working expertise. Having been a neutral party in the Haltan-Linowan conflict, the Rokan-Jin people had only a small army, which fought a valiant yet futile attempt to stop the Icewalker and Haltan invaders. Now a conquered nation, its queen a hostage of the occupation forces, the last remnants of the Rokan-Jin resistance are preparing a last desperate bid for freedom.