Nothing happened for a few months game time but King Baranik II had Tieden installed on his throne. He also produced it at a public gathering showing all that he was Arn’s heir. Trouble was brewing, some of the Counts had not yet paid their taxes to the Kings purse. Most of these were in Abbanol using up the Kings coppers long after the state funeral of King Baranik I. Count Eccles was the ringleader of this trouble and was trying to get himself ingratiated with the young King. Meanwhile a rich merchant called Brooks was at the Kings shoulder and was paying for mercenaries to replace expensive items such as the Goldcloak guards and offering to broker a deal to get some Torvaldsmen in to show these Counts that the King meant business. Then out of the blue a Chenq Princess arrives with a fantastic dowry. The King jumped at the chance. He was married in a huge Royal wedding. The Goldcloaks were paid and everything was looking up. Then a new drug entered the scene. Tera. Cheap and easily available it was quickly adopted by many in the lowerclasses. The drugs affteraffects gave the user a major downer and there were a number of suicides and murder suicides. The people began to complain to the Goldcloaks that something needed to be done. Brooks recommended keeping his mercenaries around in case this brewing of discontent turned into some sort of rebellion. Against the Goldcloak Captains advice the King agreed. The Goldcloaks clamped down on Tera users and pushers. Smugglers were hunted down by naval patrols. The price of Tera went up, more users suffered the terrible depressions and turned to crime to get more money to pay for the drug. The King declared martial law and used the mercenaries to form patrols in the city.
Brother Cardwell, the librarian in the castle, was found murdered and all his translations of ancient texts had been taken. Sylvester Mallic who was the Hawkmaster and close boyhood friend of the young King was also missing. In this trying time the new queen was sent to the winter palace. Rumours abounded that the Kings broken arm was her responsibility. Over the coming months the King grew closer to Merchant Brooks and his daughter in particular. She was nearer his own age and it was not long before a declaration was announced that the queen had gone and that he was to be married to the daughter of Merchant Brooks, who was looking a little more glowing of late, if you get my meaning, Within a few weeks the Queens guard had fallen upon Merchant Brooks home and firebombed it to ashes killing a number of the residents but not Brooks himself. The King was furious and declared all of them traitors along with his former queen. The Kingsguard set off to hunt down the renegades. None were seen again. Near Dainfa a force of Chenqs arrived, the Kings triad of mages could feel the power of the gates opening. The army was mustered. An envoy from the High King arrived with a mage trained to deal with demons. They went north to see Dainfa. Only the Mage returned and quickly boarded the bireme that brought him and set off in dreadful weather. An albino son was born to Brooks daughter and the King declared him his heir.
Count Eccles saw the the King was effectively under house arrest arranged a coup and was able to take control of the kingdom with the aid of the Queens triad who had now thrown in with the Count. Shortly afterwards the Count went missing and his son Robert Eccles took over. Later many farmers appeared and created a small town on the outskirts of Abbanol. They had been driven in front of a Chenq army led by our ex-queen. Without warning in the city a number of first born sons of noble houses were found dead. The creature killing them was killed itself after killing one of the Queens Triad, Marcus. A number of Mothers of Mercy and soldiers of the Brotherhood arrived in Abbanol to protect the King. For no reason we can tell the Chenq army withdrew to Dainfa. The remaining Queen’s triad arrived back with a Chenq magistrate who had been recently blinded.