To the Frontier
History of the Illanti Empire
The lord of a small independent county is ambushed by a competing count and his knights. Losing his weapon and seeing his party killed, the besieged lord flees with his shield to a nearby pond. As he steps in the pond, his attackers pause due to myths of a being which attacks travelers who get near the lake. A falchion made of glassteel with a true crystalline edge seemed to wash up to his legs. Noticing his opponents' hesitation, he dropped his shield and grabbed it and slew the first man who dared attack him. The rest dropped to their knees in fealty, including the rival count. They bestowed the title "Lord of the Lake" upon him, and he would lead them and others to victory.
Most nearby barons and counts immediately swore fealty to him, including some who had formerly sworn to a local duke. This duke rounded up his army of a few knights and impressed yeomen and peasants and led they towards the Lord's castle. As word came of the army marching, the Lord called in his loyal knights and told them to take refuge in the local forest, while he had the townsfolk moved into the castle. When the army arrived, the duke demanded fealty or death, and the Lord said "The people, the divine, the very nature of the world say nay!" at which point his people started pelting the duke with garbage and waste from the ramparts.
The duke sent his people to cut down some trees to make siege weapons, at which point the edge of the forest seemed to collapse on the workmen. The parts of the town they camped in caught fire. By the morning many had fled. With the sunrise, the castle unleashed every arrow they could on the enemy camp, and as it devolved into chaos the knights and some people from the nearby lands attacked from the forests. They hit hard and fast and when it looked like the besiegers were getting ready to form up finally, the castle let loose another volley before opening the gates and sallying forth into their rear. When it was all over, the people and few nobles left swore fealty to Al-Sako I, Lord of the Lake. The offending duke was later found run through in an alleyway.