Banecroft Barony

History :: 972








972:The Fall of Banecroft 991:Refounding 992:The Road to Independance
993:Lean Year 994:Baronial Golden Age 995:Growth in Influence
996:Upping the Ante 997:A Gathering Storm 998:Taking the Field
999:Laurels 1000:Renaissance 1001:Learning
1002:A Brighter Future 1003:Allies 1004:Many Voices
1005:Old Threats 1006:Coming of Age 1007:Return to Roots
1008:Portents 1009:Change of Focus 1010:Steady On

The origins of Banecroft Barony are lost to history. No one knows much about it prior to '72 except that it was a small isolationist land which prospered on the Great East-West road. Trade flowed through it and travelers thought it a convenient if rustic place to pause from the rigors of travel. Indeed, almost all that is known of the Banecroft of that era comes to us from a passerby, the only one- well, one of two to survive the Fall of Banecroft



A force of goblins, human mercenaries and other monsters attacked Banecroft without provocation. It is a mystery how this force overcame their differences and banded together. And why, after the Barony fell, this formidable force was not seen again. Anyway, the Baron at that time, Rhothgar Bancroft, sent the civilians to safety. The Baron's wife and newborn son went with them, as did most of the Baron's regular army, led by his brother. Only a picked guard stayed behind to hold Banecroft tower. But confidence was high - the tower was a strong enough fort that even a small force could hold it until re-enforcements arrived.

But their confidence was misplaced. The civilian convoy was attacked by goblins and winged monsters. There are only two documented survivors. One was a baronial archer who made it back to the tower to warn the Baron. The other was the Baron's baby son. A baronial swordsman broke free of the fighting with him and ran until he met Francois and Charlotte Millhaven, merchants passing through the area. He thrust the child into their arms, told them to run, then turned back to the battle to aid his fellows.

Next the tower was attacked. Rhothgar met the leader of the attackers, a monstrously deformed fleshy humanoid in single combat, but was slain. The tower's gate did not stand and the defenders were overrun, each falling defending their homeland. Only the traveler, Henery Tatsel, used trickery to escape and tell the tale.

For twenty years Bancroft tower stood alone, deserted by civilization and haunted by the most violent sorts of haunts and humanoids. In this time, the pronunciation of the land's name changed, the poor luck of those who ventured near causing those to refer it as 'Bane-croft'. Meanwhile, the wheel of history turned. The great East-West road no longer formed the backbone of known civilization and became overgrown with trees.