I've watched the situation long enough to know both sides need this peace. But I also know that every treaty is a power play. You exert the right power at the right time, you get to call the play.
The Ebonhawke Treaty, also known as the Treaty of Ebonhawke, is a treaty between Queen Jennah of Kryta and Duke Wade Samuelsson of Ebonhawke, and Imperators Bangar Ruinbringer, Malice Swordshadow, and Smodur the Unflinching of the High Legions to end hostilities between humans and charr in Ascalon. Since the beginning of the indefinite ceasefire from 1324 AE onward, diplomats from both sides negotiated terms that would benefit both races without undermining the other at Summit Peak in the Fields of Ruin before finally signing and ratifying the treaty sometime after 1325 AE. The treaty is named after the Stronghold of Ebonhawke.
The human-charr conflict had been going on for centuries with charr armies attempting to take over Ebonhawke, the last bastion of humanity in Ascalon after the Foefire, in a lengthy siege. The descendants of Ascalon, exiled to the nation of Kryta, were besieged on all sides by hostile forces such as the bandits and the centaur alliance while the charr High Legions were facing Ascalonian ghosts and the Flame Legion.
To save humankind, Queen Jennah sought to negotiate a treaty with the charr to end hostilities and allow both sides to focus on threats on their respective fronts, especially after the awakening and flight of the Elder Dragon Kralkatorrik had scarred Ascalon with the Dragonbrand in 1320 AE and introduced the new threat posed by the Branded.
Although Imperators Malice Swordshadow of the Ash Legion and Smodur the Unflinching of the Iron Legion were willing to consider the queen's proposal given their own troubles at home, Imperator Bangar Ruinbringer of the Blood Legion was not fond of any peace talks and only considered the other imperators' stance in order to not turn the other two Legions into his enemies. The High Legions would not sign any truce, however, until their most prized possession, the Claw of the Khan-Ur, was returned from the ruins of fallen Ascalon City.
With Imperator Malice's subtle guidance and General Almorra Soulkeeper's efforts, the charr discreetly contacted the queen's representatives for an offer to consider a ceasefire in exchange for the Claw. A band representing both nations' interests was formed, including Dougal Keane, Ember Doomforge, Gullik Oddsson, Killeen, Kranxx, and Riona Grady. They eventually managed to retrieve the Claw from the haunted ruins despite losing some members and facing an act of betrayal from one of their own during the mission.
The Claw was handed over to Smodur, who was the representing charr imperator in Ascalon, with the blessing of both Queen Jennah and Duke Wade Samuelsson of Ebonhawke in 1324 AE. The Ebonhawke Cease-Fire Agreement and the Charr Legions Cease-Fire Agreement were signed not long after, allowing both humans and charr to pull back forces in order to assist their respective nations on other fronts that desperately needed reinforcements and supplies, particularly against the encroaching threat of the Elder Dragons.
However, some humans and charr refused to give up the fight begun by their ancestors. They formed the Separatists and the Renegades, respectively, defied the orders of their superiors and began terrorizing both sides to hamper the peace talks. Many citizens in Ebonhawke also felt betrayed by the treaty and being forced to watch charr live in Ascalon, and they allowed Separatists to keep spreading propaganda within the city's walls although not everyone who criticized the treaty was sympathetic towards the Separatists. Renegades incited loyal charr soldiers, who were not sure what to make of the imperators' decision, to brawl with their fellow charr soldiers as well as new human allies.
Representatives of Divinity's Reach, Ebonhawke, and the High Legions gathered at Summit Peak in 1325 AE to begin lengthy negotiations for the terms of the treaty while the indefinite ceasefire was ongoing. Although Separatist representation was initially considered for the summit, they were ultimately rejected when it became clear that the Separatists were too warmongering to be negotiated with. The ceasefire allowed the charr to withdraw most of their forces to combat the Flame Legion on other fronts while humans focused on rebuilding Ebonhawke and the countryside without having to worry about another siege.
The negotiations ended and the treaty was officially signed and ratified sometime between 1325 and 1331 AE.
- Charr Legions Cease-Fire Agreement
- Ebonhawke Cease-Fire Agreement
- Ghosts of Ascalon
- Human-charr conflict
- ^ A Fragile Peace
- Ambassador Versa Elidor: The Ebonhawke treaty is Kryta's only hope for peace with the charr. We cannot withdraw our negotiators, no matter the risk.
- ^ Dragon Response Mission: Fields of Ruin
- Crecia Stoneglow: You helped. But the Treaty of Ebonhawke's ten years old. It's time we moved past it.
- ^ a b Xeniph
- ^ Chapter 17, Ghosts of Ascalon by Jeff Grubb and Matt Forbeck:
- "I have no 'master,'" Ember growled. "Yes, the asura is correct: I am part of the Ash Legion. Doom Warband. My imperator is Malice Swordshadow. She personally sent me to serve with the Vigil. She knew that I would prove valuable there."
- "To who?" asked Riona.
- Ember shifted uncomfortably. "To Soulkeeper, of course, and—and to the Ash Legion as well."
- "So you've been spying on the Vigil for the Ash Legion?" Dougal asked.
- Ember paused for a moment, then nodded. "General Soulkeeper knew this from the moment I reported to her. She is no fool."
- "And she let you go on with your charade despite this?" Riona's tone betrayed her disbelief.
- Ember nodded. "She got what she wanted: an effective soldier ready to do her bidding. And she gave Imperator Swordshadow what she wanted: a direct report on the Vigil's activities from someone she could trust. Their interests do not conflict. No harm is done." [...]
- There was a long moment of silence then. Dougal broke it. "Swordshadow is part of the truce faction. That's it, isn't it? That's why there is no conflict."
- "I could not say," said Ember. "We did not discuss the matter."
- "Because if it were known that Swordshadow supported it, there would be direct opposition from the other legions," continued Dougal.
- ^ Angry Farmer
- ^ Disgruntled Soldier
- ^ Minister Duran
- ^ Representative Markel
- ^ Vanguard Morrison