The Great Hunt of Fairhawk
Great Moor War
After years of ineffective policies hurting several of the large economies of the Moorlands, Ridley Moor, Kern’s Moor, and Crowning Moor, three of the largest and most influential Moors, wanted to enforce a large, centralized government across all of the Moorlands in order to rule as a whole union. Many Moors simply fell in line so as not to “rock the boat.” This was mostly felt because of the vast economic powers involved by this point.
However, some Moors wanted to remain independent. Led first by the Dwarven states of Underfoot Moor and Burrow’s Moor, the Independence crowd wanted to remain free to make their own decisions; Dwarven culture was proud in these Moors, and they did not want outsiders infringing on their way of life.
When the three unified Major Moors tried to enforce a blockade around Burrow’s Moor, Underfoot Moor’s dwarven armies marched to their rescue. A tense stand-off formed, and finally bubbled over when a barge of dwarven workers was sunken as it approached the blockade. Being a passenger vehicle, this outraged both Underfoot Moor and Burrow’s Moor.
After this event, war was official. Many growing moors joined the dwarves because they had burgeoning economies and societies that they wished to maintain without the influence of the stagnating major moors. Depeuter Moor, already an incredibly wealthy Moor, joined the Independent forces because they did not like the idea of any Moor-wide economic changes impacting their personal fortunes. They were not an active military force, but helped bankroll the armies on the back end.
While their cause was true, the dwarven states found themselves constantly outnumbered and outclasses in battle.
After seemingly on the edge of defeat, the very isolated Elven state of Baelin Moor came out of a seclusion in support of the Independents; Baelin Moor is very isolated and independent culturally and, though slow to act, became fervent allies of the independents in their fight against unification. This alliance between Elves and Dwarfs was tense, to say the least, but it gave every Independent hope.
As the war raged on over a decade and a half, many Moors faced dying lands, broken economies, and drained resources. Euron Moor, responsible for much of the food production for the entirety of the Moorlands, saw their lands being ravaged and joined the Unified Force.
The Fall of Independents
This destruction led to the Major Moors recruiting Whitetop Moor, the mountain military specialists, to their side to help end the war quickly. Siege weapons made of Glinish wood wrecked the fortified Dwarven fortresses in Underfoot Moor and called for the end of the conflict .
As the pieces fell, the Unification Forces finally were able to implement a strong, centralized government. Many of the rebellious Moors faced stiff penalties, including puppet governments, increased taxes, and lands taken and distributed to loyal Moors.