Freeterrors

Introduction


The Freeterrors, later recognized as the Freeterror Council or the Sarzola Council, were an organized task force of the highest caliber by Serkos, in order to serve the interests of the Freedomwrath Empire?. They would remain in action until the fall of the empire, and spearhead the reunification of the empire and all the Crown? territories afterward.

Members


For the entire lifespan of the organization, the Freeterrors were composed of only seven members at any time, having eight members in total. The original members included Sarzaroth?, Tartaroth?, Ogda?, Khavros?, Alawros?, Userymos?, and Tyrus?. The only member to ever be replaced was Userymos, replaced by Leitem? due to his death in Evensor's Strike? at the hands of Videlta?. Although there was no office for a leader in the organization, Sarzaroth was most commonly seen as the figurehead due to his unmatched record and power, and often commanded the majority of Freeterror affairs. The members were handpicked by Serkos following the Battle of Hyravatara? and the subsequent end to the Ouroboros-Osporos War?. With the Viterra Regime? barely holding together, and other factions setting into the power vacuum created by the fall of the primordials?, Serkos felt his operation should expand to a level comparable to the surrounding entities, and as such, his first act was to create a small circle of reliable fighters. Serkos picked the strongest out of the fighters in Ouroboros Game? and the surrounding factions to operate under in the Freeterrors, despite the knowledge that some did not completely align with his ideology. This was most true of Sarzaroth, who wanted to unify all the Crown? groups in the region, creating a unified culture under one regime. Sarzaroth's goal was not realized until Freedomwrath fell, as Serkos prevented a large amount of Sarzaroth's goals. Sarzaroth made a point of limiting the Freeterrors to their initial members as well, knowing that if more members of similar quality were to join, swaying them from Serkos' favor to his would become harder. Thus, when Freedomwrath was threatened by the Nicovian Pact?, the Freeterrors unanimously pretended to have no knowledge on the situation until it was far to late for Serkos to recover.

As for the other members, Userymos was often called "the Tyrant" due to his political aims within the Freeterror Client Territory?. Userymos attemped to consolidate state power, and rule as the Patron Freeterror? of the client territory itself. These efforts were often impeded by duties outside the state, and by Sarzaroth directly who was not fond of the consolidation of power. Tartaroth was known for being the most vicious of the members, and was often at the head of the most aggressive and bloody battles of the wars the Freeterrors participated in. Tyrus was likely the third or fourth most powerful Crown in the entire empire, and was left in charge of affairs whenever Sarzaroth could not be present. Ogda and Khavros were rarely found apart, and Khavros' eventual death in the Battle of Nicoroth? would unimaginably impact Ogda's ability to manage their duties. Leitem was the replacement for Userymos and was initially at odds with the other Freeterrors, but would become highly respected for their contributions in the later stages of the Principle Wars and beyond. After Leitem's death in the Battle of Targa?, the Freeterrors never took up a replacement member ever again. Alawros was the most secretive and closed member of the Freeterrors and outside of their patron duties, no one, not even the Freeterrors knew how they spent their time. Alawros would rarely appear in battles, but the battles they did appear in were more like instant graveyards, leaving some to speculate whether or not Alawros was more powerful than Sarzaroth, or if they simply got lucky, so to speak.

Political Administration


Client Territory

Despite possessing an extremely small circle of members, the Freeterrors were allotted a huge sum of territory for their own person affairs, designated as the Freeterror Client Territory. This territory was structured very similarly to Freedomwrath internally, and had larger autonomy than any other territory under Freedomwrath control. Despite possessing autonomy, it still answered to Serkos when necessary, and this was evident particularly in times of war when the Freeterrors were called upon. The client territory largely functioned without the intervention of the Freedomwrath Primary Society?, with the exception of the attempted reformation of the territory under Userymos, who implemented multiple changes to aggrandize his own influence, before quickly revoking them at the request of a very unpleased Sarzaroth. Userymos' attempt at ruling is often called the "Userymos Days?".

Military Influence

The Freeterrors also led a set of special military divisions, called the Freeterror Military Divisions? or FTDs. These divisions would become the main fighting force used by the Freeterrors at the start of the Reunification Subwar?. They served the Freeterrors directly, and similar to the client territory affairs were only overridden by orders directly from Serkos.

Patron Duties

Patron duties were a key part of the Freeterrors' roles in Freedomwrath outside of war. Each Freeterror was assigned a set of territories to maintain at those territories' request. If a territory called upon its Patron Freeterror, the Freeterror assumed control of the entire state's resources and had no overhead authority except for Serkos. The Freeterror would attempt to solve the state's problems at their request, and an overstep of power in a territory was accordingly checked by Serkos or the other Freeterrors.

History


The Freeterrors are an integral part of Freedomwrath history, and are key in the evolution of Crown politics following the empire's fall. Their history largely occurred in two phases, one in which they were a mobile military faction at the disposal of Serkos, and the other as a council at the head of the Sarzola Regime.

Formation

The formation of the Freeterrors was unofficially started after the Battle of Hyravatara, when Serkos began to seek out the strongest among the various factions that were still unaligned with his cause. As he went one by one, each faction fell or aligned rather quickly. Ultimately, only three members came from external factions, Userymos, Tyrus, and Ogda, whereas the other four members came directly from Ouroboros Game. The official declaration of the institution came with the formation of the empire on the Day of Bleeding Revolution? during the Serkosian Banquet?. The Freeterrors would operate completely within Freedomwrath until after the Principle Wars, when they were granted their own autonomous territory to administer under indirect rule of Serkos. The creation of the Freeterrors is the fourth stipulation of the Blood Accord?.

Principle Wars

The Freeterrors were first active as an official group during the Principle Wars?, during which they systematically rampaged across the empire of Principia?. Though war was initially waged within the rough boundaries of the Pryos disperse?, Serkos would eventually pass the Mandate of Liberation? and the Mandate of Protection? which instigated the escalation of warfare from a regional phenomenon to a fully imperial conflict. The first few stages of war, before these mandates were passed, were largely lacking in Freeterror leadership, and although they did participate in some very minor incidents, most Freeterror operations were directed towards logistics and internal governance. Right at the onset of the Principle Wars' escalation, the Freeterrors were deployed and immediately the war saw a turn from fierce but balanced to a one-sided massacre of Principians.

During the Low Principle Wars, as mentioned before, the Freeterrors were more concerned with the organization and preparation of Freedomwrath for statehood. After the Battle of Angako-Teryomon?, the first Crown Superstruct?, Vicoto? was built. Vicoto would soon be followed by Targa?, Majora?, Byglota?, and Algora?. Despite their minimal participation in this phase of the war, they did have occasional appearances, such as in the Battle of Uocsymohon Hearth?, Evensor's Strike?, and Garamandor's War? (Although their participation in this battle did not occur until after the escalation of the war). Userymos would die in Evensor's Strike, and was shortly replaced with Leitem, who made their first appearance in the latter half of the Forest War?, which was similarly after the escalation of the war.

The first wave of Freeterror operations after the escalation would be the most intense, with the closure of the Forest War under Tyrus and Leitem, the Battle of Csylomsot? under Sarzaroth, which would be one of the longest single battles of the war and start the Dusk Campaign? which would rage until the end of the war, as well as the Cleaner Campaign? which was an offensive into the remainder of Kohon-Principia? and Surysekomon-Principia?, partially directed by Tartaroth. Following this, the Freeterrors' attention was split between the Odean Empire? and Principia with the expansion of the war into Claegon-Principia?. Sarzaroth, and later Tyrus, would move the Dusk Campaign into the Odean Empire after the Battle of Arneo-Claegon?, resulting in the Dius Subwar?. During this time, the second wave of Freeterror operations against the Principians was undertaken, and was initially much less intense than the first wave of offensives, until the end of the Dius Subwar. During the second wave the Freeterrors participated in the major battles of Killian-Claegon?, Claman-Claegon?, and the Battle of the Heavenly Construct?. The capitulation of Dyumon? at the Battle of the Heavenly Construct led to the split of the Dusk Campaign into two subcampaigns, the Cymon Campaign?, in which Alawros made their only appearance at the Battle of Daoceo-Cymon?, and the Hearth Campaign?, which picked up Sarzaroth's operations after the closure of the Dius Subwar. The Hearth Campaign would lead to the conclusion of the war after the capitulation of Uon-Principia and the surrender at the Battle of Principia Hearth?. The split from the Dusk Campaign occurred with the split of Tyrus' forces, who would regroup with Leitem and Alawros to take on Cymon-Principia, and Sarzaroth's forces, who were preoccupied with the Dius Subwar.

Dius Subwar

During the Dius Subwar, the Freeterrors only utilized a handful of Pryosvitracti, and mostly fought the battles themselves. It is largely believed that the Odean Empire did not grasp the strength of Freedomwrath until they were already fighting it, because the sheer power imbalance in the fight led to a rather quick end. Nearly every critical battle? was fought solely by the Freeterrors, including the Battle of Audiras?, the Battle of Colaspro?, the Battle of Dius Hearth?, and the Second Battle of Dius Hearth?. Most of the time between each critical battle was spent quelling terrowars? and lesser skirmishes which were not a part of the larger progression of the war, largely due to the fact that the ongoing Principle Wars, shifting Crown settlements, and now the uprising of the Odeans thrust the region into chaos. Following the Second Battle of Dius Hearth, the Freeterrors that took part resumed their participation in the Hearth Campaign, and left the Subjugation of Dius Ares Carth? to Serkos.

Ambrosian War

Rife War

Fall of Freedomwrath

Following the course of events leading to the public formation of the Nicovian Pact, which had been building since the Ambrosian War, Serkos would be challenged by the group and defeated due to intervention by Norn?, who was just making its presence in the region known. The Freeterrors, as mentioned before, were well aware of the sequence of events planned out by the Pact before it transpired, but made no effort to stop the events that ensued, although it is largely debated whether they did so fearing their own demise, or if they did it on the off chance they could usurp Serkos' empire and achieve their own goals. The most generally accepted theory is that it was a mix of both, varying from Freeterror to Freeterror. Whatever the case, it is often remarked how silent and non-interventionalist the Freeterrors would become leading up to the fall of Freedomwrath.

During the state's fall, the only region the Freeterrors attempted to preserve was their own holdings in the client territory, and to do so they would also reinstate various laws previously put into place by Userymos which were quickly revoked. They made an effort to consolidate power and control over all FTDs, calling them all back from the frontlines of all active conflicts. The last notable state change is their breaching of multiple documents, such as duty-binding stipulations from the Blood Accord and all the client edicts, effectively ending Freeterror patronage.

This is the point at which Freeterror intentions to unify all Crowns begin to spread, albeit slowly, but it can be found in remarks from works such as Dead and Gone?, where multiple witnesses to the events of the time would clarify that the intention of the Freeterrors to become the successor state was alive and growing. This is also reflected in attempts to expand relations with former Serkosian Auctorates, in an attempt to persuade some of them into changing patronage to the Freeterrors in lieu of Serkos' disappearance. This helped to further problems between certain auctoral factions which had been drifting due to ideological and physical separation, eventually leading to the Auctorate War? in 16743, only occurring so late due to the chaos of the First Corpse War.

Nine Clan War & Reach War

Following the Fall of Freedomwrath, a large series of wars would occur shortly after, beginning with the Nine Clan War. This and all conflicts up until the First Corpse War are notable for the absence of the Freeterrors, as they would spend most of their time reorganizing into what would be known as the "Freeterror Council" to act as the state entity for the eventual Sarzola Regime. The Freeterrors would also spend most of these wars waiting out the larger factions, predicting an eventual power vacuum in which they could takeover uncontested.

Evolution into the Council

First Corpse War

Second Corpse War

Kaiser-Scalar Wars

Legacy


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