24.13 The Siege of Parrius.
Only once in the first nine centuries of Avalon's modern times has Parrius been the subject of an invasion. Thakria, under its Prince, Shaitan, and patron, The Diabolus, bought the services of the Artisan Cardodius. Cardodius wormed his way into the Parrian leadership, until such a time as Orthwein, god of fate and patron of Parrius appointed him Chancellor of all Parrius' wealth. Though the Prince at this time, Anikan the Warrior, warned against Cardodius' introduction, the god of fate's will was felt. No sooner had Cardodius entered into the chambers, than his hands were filled with Parrian gold. He fled Parrius with the support of many Thakrians, bearing away Parrius' wealth to the Thakrian coffers. Though Cardodius' will was subsequently crushed by the wrath of Orthwein, the gold remained with Thakria.
In response to Parrius' weakness, it was decided that Thakria must take the opportunity to invade. Marie of Kristanisti had returned to her birth-place with Krisnatisti's not inconsiderable wealth, and the Animists under Conteck had given money to aid the rebuilding of Parrius. Mercinae also lent a hundred thousand pieces of gold to their Parrian allies. The Thakrian invasion of Parrius began but a few days after Cardodius' robbery, battlements were erected and the Thakrian military readied. However, the invasion was unsuccessful. Mercinae, sensing its own impending doom gave orders to her citizens to aid Parrius fully, while Parrius itself mustered some two dozen eager captains from its own ranks to lead its small, but effective army. The Thakrians, on the other hand, were slow to show support and in the end, Shaitan stood alone, unable to lead his armies, and unable to defeat the defenders. Parrius was saved.
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