The War of Many Banners
Beginning: Year 676
End: Year 696
Place: Pre-Vornair Kingdom lands ("The Scattered Lands")
Outcome: Allied Clan victory
Combatants: Allied Clans / The Empire of Xeilias
Commanders: Jordyn & Beinir Rhyne / The Deranged King, Unknown Commander
Battles: Clash of Clogaust Pass, The Siege of Archeon
The War of Many Banners was a 20 year war lasting from year 676 to year 696 of the Fourth Age. The war was the result of the expansion of the Empire of Xeilias into lands inhabited by various Clans ("The Scattered Lands") that would later band together to expel the invading armies and become the Kingdom of Vornair. During the war the Empire was frequently identified by its armies' banner, that of a black snake in a circle on a white field, or commonly referred to as "The Black Snake Army" or many other terms.
The Xeilian armies struck hard against the border Clans in the early Summer of 676. This was a foreign force the Scattered Clans had never seen or anticipated. They struck hard against the border Clans and even though there was hard resistance, lands fell under the invader's heel one after another. The Clans and their vassals that had been infighting amongst themselves for centuries without a common ruler or interest for the outside world had few allies to turn to and were picked off one by one by the Xeilian legions.
In the early years of the war Clan Rhyne began a unification of the Clans, Tribes, and Houses that were being conquered. This unification would later be known as "Rhyne's Call". Though some of the Clans were able to hold their ground, many were beaten or displaced from their homelands. It was not until after Clan Rhyne unified the clans that the Empire found themselves being pushed back into its regions of origin.
The war culminated in the final battle of The Siege of Archeon. During this battle, it became clear to the Empire that the Clans were forming into a force to be reckoned with and that Conquest, at least at this time, would be impossible. Following this battle the Empire of Xeilias withdrew from the lands and extended a truce to Clan Rhyne, the apparent leaders of the Allied Clans. Though they did in fact retain some of its conquered land, that of the clans that did not answer Rhyne's Call, the expansion was not as successful for the Empire as they had previously expected.
Following the war, the Allied Clans praised Clan Rhyne for it's leadership and steadfast determination. Two years after The Siege of Archeon, the clans would raise Clan Rhyne to the position of King and the Kingdom of Vornair was born.