The Battle of Kin Beach
The Third Word War was particularly difficult for the Royal Families of Houses Meles, Lapin, and Ailurus. Lord Galakrond, Crown Prince of House Meles and son of Sable Aradia, sparked the Word War by stealing The Iron Tome from his mother. When he and ICC DeadPeople both ended up as Night Monarchs, each in control of a separate Undead Horde, Galakrond, now known as Lord GalaWight, took the assault to his family. Queen Sable believed that gathering the members of his family into his thrall would increase his literomantic power through the The Law of Similarity.
It can't have escaped your notice that GalaWight is collecting us like trading cards, right?House Meles was the first to succumb to the Horde. Survivors fled to The Warren to seek refuge with House Lapin. Purpleheart, one of the Brocktrees — the elite guard of House Meles — fell to the Undead Horde trying to protect Prince Xantos Meles when he became separated from the rest of the family and confronted his older brother, Lord GalaWight. He, too, fell to the Horde. Sable Aradia was forced to give the order to open fire and close the magical portal that joined the Warren to Windy Willows when the Undead began to break through, knowing full well her 13-year-old son remained on the other side. The Horde came for House Chiroptera next. GalaWight's sisters, the Archon and the Heir of House Ailurus, were sworn to Chiroptera's banner, and his brother, Prince Jean of House Lapin, was staying at The Cavern. GalaWight successfully acquired Prince Jean, but the Ailurus Heir, Senna Nightshade, made a magically-sealed pact with ICC DeadPeople — she would join his side of the Horde willingly, as long as the system of storehouses maintained by House Ailurus remained untouched by the Horde. This act of supreme self-sacrifice removed her from GalaWight's influence, protected the lifesaving supplies that the living needed to survive the assault of the Undead, and bought her sister, Archon Mykola Void, time to escape. She later received the Lapin Star of Valour for this action. The three House Leaders formed the Woodland Family Alliance and combined their forces and decision-making from this point. They began referring to themselves as "the Woodland Royal Family" and their mutual subjects as "Woodlanders." The Horde now turned their attentions on House Lapin. Suitably bolstered both in numbers and literomantic power, they divided their forces. ICC DeadPeople led an attack on an important power generator and portal relay station in Aldergrove, allowing The Missing House and House Lapin to portal all the way across the continent to the Sauropoda Protectorate if necessary. Meanwhile, Lord GalaWight led the assault on the Okanagan Valley and the Warren.
Filk me — now they've got armoured vehicles too.The Woodlanders tracked the approach of this massive force via satellite. They called back a battalion of the Rocky Mountain Rangers, irregular infantry typically stationed out of Kamloops, who had been reassigned to the Warren to comb the local woodlands and nearby mountain terrain for hidden zombies. As additional reinforcements, they ordered a company of Dragoons stationed at the Vernon military base to set up a defensive perimeter at Vernon's north end. The Woodlanders were forced to deploy their Tome Knights sparingly and defensively. Roughly a third were dispatched to the perimeter to provide magical support. The remaining two thirds were either members of the royal family and their elite bodyguards, or held in reserve to create a stronger literomantic defense at the Warren.
Falling Back to the BeachLord GalaWight's forces quickly overran the northern perimeter, with the aid of his summoned conjurations and the two battalions worth of zombies reinforced directly by Undead literomancers. The surviving Dragoons fell back, and the Rangers were ordered to provide support to the retreating Dragoons. Overwhelmed by the sheer numbers of the wave, and the unexpected armour, Sable Aradia ordered the evacuation of the Warren and a retreat of the literomancers to join King Bob in the Sauropoda Protectorate. While the Warren would have withstood the siege, the Woodlander Tome Knights would have been pinned down and unable to aid in the fight for the remainder of the war. In the march on the Warren, the Undead shot down a helicopter that was evacuating Realm of Music, Royal Consort of House Meles, and the surviving Forgelings, back to the Warren from a school field trip. They crashed in Okanagan Lake, near the shore of Kin Beach in the Okanagan Landing area, less than 3 km from the Warren. The pilot was killed in the crash, but the Forgelings suffered only a few cuts and bruises, and the King Consort's leg was broken. Military satellites tracked the crash site, and a rescue attempt was organized under Queen Sable's command.
Damn, that's the northern flank! Tell them to stay in the water! The Horde doesn't have any Molluscans.In the meantime, the Rocky Mountain Rangers, and a handful of surviving Dragoons, had also tracked the crash, and fell back to Kin Beach to protect the royal family until they could be rescued. The Rangers were pinned down on the crescent strip of the beach, and while it was poor terrain for their enemy to maneuver armoured vehicles in, they were quickly outnumbered, and fully expected to be slain to a man on the lakeshore. Deploying M72 light anti-tank weaponry bought them a little time, however; as did deploying 60mm mortars against the teeming zombie mass. But attrition was high, and they were repeatedly forced to fall back.
Goddamn it! Just aim for the middle of 'em!
FlankedForced to fall back into a defensive perimeter around the royal family in the water, the Woodlanders were flanked when the Horde gained access to the lake. To the south, the Undead removed the metal barricade from the smaller park further along Lakeshore Rd., and wound their way around the length of the beach. To the north, they slipped down the slopes, around the houses, and into the shallow water. No vehicles were able to advance from the north, but a section of 10 Tome Zombies accompanied them as fire support.
The RescueQueen Sable, in command by mutual agreement of the Woodlanders, assigned Erin Righ to leading the evacuation and Archon Mykola to organizing the Woodlander defense of Aldergrove to facilitate the evacuation. She then asked for volunteers to assist her in a rescue mission of King Consort Realm and the Forgelings. This was neither sentimentality nor bravado on her part. Prinx Tempest had a unique ability to create a fiery portal through realities, something they called a "Tang Portal" because its interior was bright orange and looked like a swirling tunnel of Tang artificial beverage. However, their portal was as hot as a sun and radioactive to boot. Sable, being immune to Tempest's powers, could use her abilities to create a force field within the portal that allowed others to make use of it without being harmed — something they had discovered when they came to Archon Mykola's aid in Ailurus' flight from the Cavern. Most of the Woodland Royal Family, as well as the Owsla and surviving Brocktrees, joined the rescue effort. A Tang portal was opened to the site of the helicopter crash, in the shallow waters near the end of the beach, at the edge of Kin Beach Park. They arrived just as the zombies had begun to break through the defensive line of the Rangers and make their way into the water. The Brocktrees and the Owsla led the charge, making use of Owsla Commander Kitoypoy's elite armed squad to protect Queen Sable and the rescuers. They were quickly followed by King Darth Nikolas who deployed earth-magic to create a barricade, cutting off two angles of approach, and Princess Sunny, who wielded tentacles and skillet to devastating effect. Most of the Forgelings made their way through the water and into the Tang portal, but Princess Monkey was too frightened to run. Then the corpse of Prince Xantos appeared behind the wave of zombies that was assaulting them, and it was he who killed his little sister.
Was that Turn Undead?! Did we just see Turn Undead? That's some D&D shit goin' on! Did you know she could Turn Undead?The Mother of Bunnies, unable to go to her daughter's aid while she held open the portal, let out a scream that witnesses later described as "primal" and "bloodcurdling." A massive explosion radiated out from her body in a flash of literomantic white light. All non-literomancer zombies in a 200m radius were instantly vapourized. Tome Zombies in a 500m radius were actively repelled and forced to flee the area. Lord GalaWight's Void conjurations were also banished back to The Void. This "white light explosion" also managed to instantly heal all the living wounded within a 1 km radius, including everything from hypothermia, to Realm of Music's broken leg, even to soldiers dying of zombie-cursed wounds. Lost limbs were not regenerated, but the wounds were sealed as if they had been surgically tended and in recovery for weeks. There was no sign of infection in any of the healed wounds after the fact. After this massive expenditure of magical energy, the Bunny Queen collapsed and fell unconscious. The Tang portal was severed. About half of the rescue mission was still in the lake, and the other half, including the surviving Forgelings, Prinx Tempest, and King Nik, were stuck back at the Warren.
IS SABLE OKAY? Shit shit shit, I'm out of juice. I'm coming as fast as I can! Someone prep a chopper, now!
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