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ARAKIS – Arakis is our other translator, who handles translations of most of the cards and skills. His favored Sphere of Influence is Gowen.

DWILDSTAR – Makes Alteil’s fancier trailers when he has time and mods the forum. He’s in charge of fixing most of the other GMs’ spelling mistakes. His favored Sphere of influence is Refess.

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05: Gun Princess Yuni

Despite our shining civilizations, Lavato is still a world of mysteries.

The greatest mysteries of all undeniably revolve around the matter of “Alteil”. I am penning this history to give the strategists of Alteil, the Iczers, a chance to better comprehend these mysteries. In this chapter I will discuss the young girl who established the Mercenary Kingdom, Gun Princess Yuni.

 

Yuni’s Early Life

Gun Princess Yuni was born in a small town near the Grand Surface, an area on the outskirts of Lavato’s great empires. It was so named because it looks more like the barren surface of the moon through a spyglass than anything that belongs on Lavato. It is also referred to as the Great Wastelands or the Great Wastes.

During her early childhood, a violent gang attacked her town and murdered her parents. With no one to care for her, she was abandoned at the age of six on the Grand Surface. There, she saw a world where the only justice was power.

For a girl at the age of 6, the Grand Surface was most likely an extremely inhospitable place.

However, history tells us that in this cruel land, Yuni learned the art of survival.

She soon became an expert handler of firearms, and thus was able to protect herself against a variety of threats. At the time, pistols and rifles where springing up all across Lavato and were becoming a common sight.

young yuniThe reason Yuni was able to become an expert with firearms was because of her encounter with Legendary Drifter Ben MacLachlan. It’s become something of a campfire story, but there are many records that indicate he gave Yuni her signature twin pistols.

Ben MacLachlan himself was a fixture of children’s stories even then. He was known as Fast Draw Ben, Silver Bullet Ben, or Hurricane Ben depending on the region. No one is sure exactly why Yuni caught his eye at that time.

Whatever the reason, he had excellent judgment, as Yuni became one of the greatest gunslingers on the Grand Surface. She became a bounty hunter, and the malicious and wanted criminals of the area all feared her.

Once her fame begin to grow, individuals started popping up claiming that they were Yuni’s companions. The record of this is extensive, and includes diaries, newspaper clippings and correspondence. The reasons behind this phenomenon are also unclear.

One possible explanation lies in the fact that Yuni was known for her friendly disposition. Even if she was just meeting someone for the first time, she would treat them as if they were long-time friends.

It wasn’t her intention, but over time more and more bounty hunters gathered around Yuni, and they eventually became a mercenary band.

In fact, this is the origin of the Mercenary Nation, Heierrat.

 

Yuni’s Sworn Friends

We can’t discuss Gun Princess Yuni without mentioning her two life-long companions, known as the Gun Princess’ Shield and the Gun Princess’ Sword.

But how did she originally meet these two?

I’d like to take a brief moment to give some details on them here.fierte

The girl who is known as the Gun Princess’ Shield was Shield Coat Fierte. She never left Yuni’s side, and lived to protect her. Their first meeting was when they were both very young.

Fierte was an orphan who was raised by Ben MacLachlan. Local stories say she was the last survivor of a royal family, but there has never been any documents or records that support this.

It’s generally accepted among historians that Fierte and Yuni met while Ben was passing his gun techniques down to Yuni. That was when they first became friends.

Fierte’s personality was the total opposite of Yuni’s. She was the silent sarcastic type, and never spoke more than a word or two to anyone she did not know well. It was said that she was a girl who wore a steel mask.

A few years after Yuni left Ben’s care to live as a bounty hunter, the two were reunited as competitors. They were both after the same wanted criminal.

Whatever happened during that encounter, it is documented that Fierte arrived with Ben, and left with Yuni. From then on, Fierte would not leave her side until the end of her life.

The one called the Gun Princess’ Sword was a boy named Mizalio. When they first met they were on opposite sides of the law, Yuni being the bounty hunter and Mizalio being the criminal.

At the time, Mizalio was the leader of a gang of thieves that called themselves The Wasteland Wolves. It was made up entirely by orphan boys who had been disturbing the peace.

The adults of their town were having such a hard time trying to control them, that they soon put a bounty on their heads. That was when Yuni showed up, offering to capture them.

It was a big gang, but after all they were only a group of amateur boys.

At this point Yuni was already a master bounty hunter who had caught several hardened criminals. The Wasteland Wolves were no match for her.

MizalioBut when Yuni found out they were just a group of boys, she decided not to turn them in as wanted criminals. Instead, she let all of them go free.

Mizalio was so astonished by her strength that he ended up following her around to figure out why she was so strong.

Local stories say that Fierte and Mizalio got along like a dog and a monkey. They were always arguing, but Fierte’s sharp tongue and icy stare always left Mizalio speechless at the end.

Despite following Yuni around, Mizalio had no skills whatsoever. However, through force of his own will he eventually learned to generate magic swords from spirit energy, and become a famous swordsman.

 

The Purpose of Heierrat’s Establishment

A question of much debate among scholars is: Why did Yuni think of establishing the country of Heierrat?I believe it’s related to her personal history.

From when the establishment of Heierrat first appeared in newspapers, correspondence and other documentation, the news always was accompanied by quotes from Yuni herself, saying she wished for a place where those without homes could live in peace or a peaceful country for anyone, despite race or creed.

Then why would such a place be known as the Home of Mercenaries?

Her Mercenary soldiers thought the true purpose of their occupation was to keep peace and fight for the peace of other nations. They were wanderers, because they didn’t have the power to fight for themselves. It was impossible to establish a town, only to have it destroyed by evil forces while all the fighting men were off handling someone else’s war.

The people of the wastelands also valued independent thought, and felt that all the problems happening in Lavato’s great kingdoms were caused by leaders abusing their power.

This is what the people believed, and what Yuni believed herself.

So Heierrat was the dream of a girl without a homeland, a hope of a peaceful place for mercenaries to live and come home to.

So exactly what events transpired that led to Heierrat’s establishment? In my next essay, I will directly address establishment of Mercenary Kingdom Heierrat.

 

Secretary of the Solar Kingdom, Lazard Bauses.

04: Lion Baron Zagar and Abyss Centaur Dical

Despite our shining civilizations, Lavato is still a world of mysteries.

The greatest mysteries of all undeniably revolve around the matter of “Alteil.” I am penning this history to give the strategists of Alteil, the Iczers, a chance to better comprehend these mysteries. In this chapter I will discuss the leader of the Solar Kingdom’s military forces, Lion Baron Zagar, and the leader of the Duchy of Crest’s military forces, Abyss Centaur Dical.


Where They Began

As is widely known, these two were generals of opposing nations during the War of the Sun and Moon. So how was it that they called each other “friend”?

Let’s start by talking about each of their origins.

The highest ranked General of the Solar Kingdom, Zagar, was the oldest son of the Pride family. The Pride family was at the time a famous bloodline of soldiers, although now it has been eclipsed by the personal legend of Zagar himself.

Within the family, he was thought to be a genius because he achieved the rank of general at such a young age.

Both his strategies on the battlefield and his prowess in personal physical combat were born from the tremendous amount of historical knowledge that he had learned in his youth.

Whichever feature of a soldier, knight or general you find important, Zagar excelled at it. He was a first class general, and is widely known as one of the greatest commanders at any level in the entire history of the Solar Kingdom.

But even a living legend like him began as a military academy student in his youth.

The other students in the academy were no match for him, and even the teachers had to stay alert or he would defeat them also.

But even for someone like young Zagar, there was an instructor that he could not compete with.

This was the high commander of the Crest army, Dical.

Zagar was not an arrogant youth, but he was shocked when Dical used his superior ability to defeat him. It had simply never occurred to Zagar that someone so much stronger than him could exist.

From that day forward, Zagar looked up to Dical as a teacher and mentor. It is said that during his years as a student, Zagar would attend at least one of Dical’s lectures every day, trying to absorb as much knowledge and skill from him as possible.

Dical was from a race long forgotten in Lavato, and had already served as a general in the Duchy of Crest for several hundred years before Zagar was born. He was quite literally a living legend, and if his presence was confirmed on the battlefield, the enemy would often retreat immediately.

It may be hard to imagine from his frightful appearance, but he was kind and had a good-natured personality. He loved talking to children and teaching them when his duties allowed it.

During a time of peace between Crest and the Solar Kingdom, he was asked to become an instructor at a military school, a facility designated to raise the next generation of generals. For him this was an opportunity that could not be missed, and he ended up taking the position after only two letters passed between him and the headmaster.

Zagar vanillaHowever, because his teachings were so strict, most of the military school’s students considered him to be an evil ogre.

There was only one student who was able to keep up with his lessons and excel.

Of course, this student was Zagar.

Dical was surprised by Zagar’s ability, and wanted to teach him every bit of history, strategy and skill he could. In no time, Zagar was assigned all manner of extra classwork and assignments from Dical.

Just a few years after Zagar graduated from the academy, he worked himself up to the rank of general in the Solar Kingdom’s armed forces.

Even after graduation, he kept in contact with Dical by letters. Their relationship changed from teacher and student to that of friends and equals.

 

In the War of the Sun and Moon…These were peaceful times, but unfortunately they did not last. Due to a variety of circumstances, tensions began to form between their two countries, the Solar Kingdom of Folrart and the Duchy of Crest.

Before the dispute between these two countries escalated, Zagar advised Prince Verlaat against entering into conflict with the Duchy of Crest.

Records state this advice was given on purely political grounds, but many historians believe it was a request from Zagar’s sworn friend, Dical.

My personal opinion is that such a thing is impossible.

This is because, while we know that Zagar tried to prevent disputes dicalwith the Duchy of Crest many times at court, Dical was completely divorced from politics. There is no record or indication of Dical contributing to politics anywhere in history.

Dical stated his advice simply, and only on direct military matters in times of war. He always followed his master’s direction without hesitation, and did so effectively.

However, this does not mean that Dical had no feelings concerning the possibility that he would have to fight with Zagar.

Out of all the great events in history he has been involved in directly, there was only one time when he let his humanity show. This was the first time he and Zagar, now high commander of all the Solar Kingdom’s forces, met each other face to face on the battlefield for the first time at “The Battle of the Borderlands.”
The Battle of the Borderlands

AnnaroseThe only bloodless battle of the War of the Sun and Moon was The Battle of the Borderlands. Prince Verlaat, escorted by Zagar, was on his way to confer with the Ruler of Crest, Eskatia. Unfortunately, due to a ploy by Annarose, Verlaat and his men were surrounded completely by the armies of Crest with no way to retreat. This trap is considered to be one of the great predicaments that stood against Verlaat during the War of the Sun and Moon.

However, Dical did not press forward with his solders, and eventually let Verlaat and the others retreat without any bloodshed.

There are so many unanswered questions and loose ends regarding this event that it’s difficult to know exactly what happened. Many historians say there may have been some kind of negotiation beforehand, for example.

We do know that the Crest army had Verlaat completely surrounded. The men looked to Dical for the final order to charge, but Dical did not give any command, nor did he move the slightest muscle for two straight days.

One of Dical’s aids who was keeping records during this event described the scene as follows: “At that time, Lord Dical was silent and did not say the slightest word. However, his overwhelming presence gripped everyone, and it seemed to me as if he was trying to determine something that meant the very future to him and our great Duchy.”

It’s still a mystery why Dical did not take any military action, but it gave Verlaat and the others the opportunity they needed to retreat.

Despite the histories and supporting documents that have survived from that day, it is still unknown why Dical didn’t make a move, but one thing is certain. From this point on, Dical begins to obstruct the actions of Annarose whenever possible.

After much research, I have developed the theory that on this day Dical was considering all the events that had occurred in the war so far, and finally realized Annarose’s true identity.

Fortunately, Zagar’s notes and letters from this time have survived. Perhaps by studying them carefully we might find the clues we need to be sure of the reasons behind Dical’s mysterious actions.

For my next essay I will address one of the youngest nations on Lavato, Mercenary Nation Heierrat, and the founder of this nation, Gun Princess Yuni.

 

Secretary of the Solar Kingdom, Lazard Bauses

03: Ruler of Crest Eskatia

Despite our shining civilizations, Lavato is still a world of mysteries.

The greatest mysteries of all undeniably revolve around the matter of “Alteil.” I am penning this history to give This chapter will cover the wife of Solar Prince Verlaat, who has been known to history as both a devil and a saint. My subject is the Ruler of Crest, named Eskatia.

 

Ruler of Crest Eskatia

Esaktia is famous for two things. She took the role of the invader in the War of the Sun and Moon, and she was also the wife of Solar Prince Verlaat. Very little is known about the details of her life outside these two events.

I’ll begin with what is known about her personal life.

Ruler of Crest Eskatia was the only child of her Father, Hydenyubel, and her Mother, Diara.

Hydenyubel and Diara were well known for having an age difference of 30 years between them. When their marriage was announced, it was something of a scandal and the royal family was against it. But Hydenyubel was a such a sincere individual that he spent months traveling personally to every one of his relatives and feudal lords, convincing them one at a time.

Eskatia was the daughter born from this couple and their infamous age gap. She was raised with tender love from the both of them and grew up happily.

Even though she was a woman, she was an enthusiastic and energetic fencer with a talent for strategizing. She devoted herself to defending her people from a young age. In countless surviving texts and letters she is described as a wonderful woman by local and traveler alike.

eskatiaMost likely, The Messenger of Chaos, Elgandi, was able to take advantage of her because of her naive heart, set on defending the people.

It is hard to believe that the woman who is considered to be one of the wisest monarchs in history, was the direct cause of the War of the Sun and Moon when she was younger.

But even during the darkest times of war, Eskatia did not plunder or exploit the lands she occupied. She ruled them and their people as equals to the subjects of Crest.

Even after Eskatia married Verlaat and began living in the Solar Kingdom, she heavily influenced the politics of both kingdoms. It has been widely documented that Eskatia was always the power behind Verlaat’s throne.

 

The Warriors that Protect Eskatia

Among Eskatia’s ranks were a number of legendary warriors that had served the Duchy since the time of her father, Hydenyubel.

Of all these warriors, the most renowned is undoubtedly Abyss Centaur Dical.

Dical is the descendent of an ancient Centaur clan that has been serving the Duchy of Crest for hundreds of years. In the time of Eskatia, he held the rank of general.

The secret of Dical’s longevity is a mystery but local stories say it is related to intervention by an unknown figure known as “the Lord of the Dead” or sometimes, “Zugateroza.”

It is said that Dical could race through the enemy army as if they weren’t even there, and defeat several hundred soldiers alone if he wished. His exploits earned him the names “the Black Hurricane” and “the Demon of the Battlefield.” His fame spread far beyond Crest, and warriors from all the nearby countries feared his name.

Strangely, Dical was best friends with the commander of all the military forces of the Solar Kingdom, Zagar.dical

After the great war started, they preferred not to fight each other. Many times when their troops were likely to clash directly during the war, it was prevented by a convenient accident. For example, one of their armies would be inexplicably delayed while marching, or the other would be caught up fighting another troop. Because of this, it was rumored they had a secret agreement.

Near the end of the war, the Abyssal Forces surfaced as the true enemies. After that, it was said that Zagar and Dical fought each other in earnest.

But once the fighting drew to a close and the War of the Sun and Moon War ended, Dical disappeared and he never appears on the pages of history again.

Eskatia later described Dical as a “clumsy warrior whose path was the protection of Lavato, and the only thing he knew how to do was charge down that path.”

 

The Reasons Behind the War of the Sun and Moon

Although she would become a wise monarch, Eskatia is the one who triggered what is arguably one of the worst wars in Lavato’s history, the War of the Sun and Moon. Abyssal Messenger Annarose was orchestrating the scheme behind the scenes, but let’s focus on why Eskatia started the war for now.

As has been discussed at length, the War of the Sun and Moon began when the famous Knights of Crest were sent by the Duchy into the neighboring Kingdom of Baltemet. There is plenty of documentation that confirms the one who ordered this was Eskatia herself.

The official story is that the Cult of Argulus, an order responsible for heinous crimes in the Duchy of Crest, crossed the border and fled to the Kingdom of Baltemet. In actuality, the existence of this cult has never been confirmed. As a cult, it is likely they kept no records or other evidence of their existence. Because of this, modern historians assume that this was a fictitious group invented by Annarose, or possibly controlled by her.

However, if one analyzes the politics of Eskatia before and after the war, it is hard to believe that she would invade a neighboring country over the actions of a simple cult. Most scholars agree that there must have been a deeper reason behind it, perhaps a personal one.

One theory is that Eskatia’s handmaids, many who had been with her for her entire life, were massacred by a person or persons from the Order of Argulus. As much as this sounds more like fiction than history, the source is reliable.

When knights from the Duchy of Crest crossed over into Baltemet, Baltemet’s soldiers retaliated in full force.

But that decisive action of Baltemet Kingdom only triggered the mobilization of Crest’s main military force.

When the Knights of Crest were attacked, the Duchy’s armies poured over the border and occupied two thirds of Baltemet Kingdom in just a few days.

Baltemet Kingdom, having almost instantly lost much of its lands, looked to its allied powers for relief.

Many nations answered, most notably the small but powerful Kingdom of Beltorat, ruled by the steady hand of its king, Dragoneye Ainhazard.

At this, the Duchy of Crest had no option but to prepare for all-out war.

With their overwhelming military forces and the special Augmented Soldiers created and personally led by Annarose, the Duchy of crest gained a distinct advantage.

When the Battle of Baltemet signaled the fall of the smaller nation’s last stronghold, the Solar Kingdom decided to become directly involved. At that moment, the war become one of the two biggest wars in Lavato’s history.

However, before the Solar Kingdom officially declared war, Eskatia and Verlaat had a secret meeting in Regus, the Wizard Kingdom.

Apparently, this was because Eskatia wanted to make a formal request that the Solar Kingdom stay out of the war effort.

verlaatAs history tells us, the conference was a failure and the Solar Kingdom did indeed become involved.

Still, it is important to note that some sources maintain the conference was a success and Verlaat promised not to get involved in the war. But within days, a troop from the Duchy of Crest’s main army invaded a town that fell within the Solar Kingdom’s territory, possibly by mistake. After that, Verlaat had no choice.

It is also widely known that Verlaat made several efforts to confer with Eskatia during the war, attempting to convince her to withdraw and bring an end to the fighting.

As for Eskatia, she made an effort to listen what he had to say, and apparently there were many occasions where the two discussed each other’s countries.

These meetings are compelling, but there is no evidence that they were the impetus for their eventual marriage. It is generally accepted that something else must have happened beyond the ears of history that led these two to trust one another.

It is likely that in the royal archives of the Solar Kingdom there are records on this, but unfortunately it is forbidden to read the personal documents of the royal family.

Ruler of Crest Eskatia was thought to be an excellent politician who always had the best interest of her people in mind, but because of her country’s position and the evils hidden in her own castle, she was forced to walk the path of an invader.

Similarly, despite Solar Prince Verlaat’s good intentions, he was pulled in entrenched in this bloody war.

Thankfully, these two were able to join their forces and fight side by side against the true evil, the Envoy of Chaos. This was because of their advisers, the noble minded warriors who served each nation.

The contents of my next essay will cover the greatest of these warriors, Lion Baron Zagar and Abyss Centaur Dical.

 

Secretary of the Solar Kingdom, Lazard Bauses
The next installment of the Lavato Biographies will cover Lion Baron Zagar and Abyss Centaur Dical.

Guild_Management

Guilds are controlled buy the founder or “Guild Master”. The Guild Master can set officers, add users, a coat of arms , set passwords and control over all guild functions.

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1. Once you have logged in, go to the GUILD tab at the top of your screen and Click on the “Form a new guild” button on the top of the guild list.

2. Enter the name and information of your new guild on the “Form a guild” page.

3. When you click “Yes”, you will have completed creating your guild, and the “Finished creating a guild” page will be displayed.

After forming a guild:

Your guild will be registered as an unofficial guild at first. When you meet any of the conditions below, your guild will be registered as an official guild during weekly maintenance.

  • When you have 6 members in your guild
  • When two weeks pass after forming your guild
  • If the monthly and weekly ranking points from all your guild members combined exceed 1000.

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Forming a guild is easy, just follow these steps! Remember Your Iczer level has to be 3 or higher in order to form a guild.
The Details screen can be used to view information about your guild or any other.