War of the Cross

The thirty year war that devastated the entire nation of Eisen—and profoundly affected the rest of Theah— was the culmination of over a century of troubles.

The Objectionist Movement (1517 AV – present)

For centuries, the Vaticine Church held steady control of Théah’s destiny. Like its secular counterparts, it slowly began to decay from within. Church officials took advantage of the power they held, condemning those who objected to their credo. That continued until 1517 when the actions of Mattias Lieber, an Eisen monk, created what has become known as “the Objectionist Movement.” He denounced Church authority and declared that only Theus Himself could intercede on behalf of a human soul. Those who had grown disenchanted with the Church’s excesses were quick to join the movement, and within the span of a decade the Vaticine Church lost almost a third of its flock.

It responded with fire.

For decades, Objectionists were burned all across Théah until the early 1600s, when Eisen declared that its borders were safe for “Liebers.” Tolerance grew, but tensions between Vaticines and Objectionists remain high to this day.

The War of the Cross (1636 AV – 1666 AV)

Eisen’s acceptance of Objectionism would ultimately cost it dearly. Eisen’s Imperator was an open-minded and tolerant man, but when he died in 1636, he was replaced by a fanatical Vaticine. Tension between the two faiths would soon explode into war. The new Imperator demanded all Objectionists renounce their faith and affirm their belief in the Credo of the Vaticine Church.

It didn’t happen.

Soon, Eisen Vaticines were fighting Eisen Objectionists in the street, priests called for a holy war against the “infidels,” and devout believers on both sides were forming military units to destroy their enemies. Civil war ensued. Nearly every nation in Théah contributed forces to one side or the other, but Eisen bore the brunt of the fighting. The surrounding nations grew rich selling arms and supplies, while suffering none of the devastating damage the battles inflicted. The War of the Cross lasted thirty years and ended more through sheer exhaustion than anything else. Eisen was left bloody and broken, with nearly a third of its population dead and nothing to show for it. The surrounding nations swooped in to divide the spoils.

The war also stole power away from the Vaticine Church, severely damaging its influence. Thirty years of bloodshed was enough to turn the Théans away from proselytizing. More nations declared independence from the Church of the Prophets, and even faithful Vaticines took a tolerant view of Objectionism. For all the damage it caused, the War’s lessons were not lost on Théah — cold comfort to the surviving Eisen, however.

War of the Cross

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