Prince Halix Enrolls at Rekkenmark Academy
REKKENMARK, KARRNATH — Prince Halix ir'Wynarn, youngest of King Borumel's sons, enrolled on Wir at Karrnath's prestigious Rekkenmark Military Academy. Halix, who has resided in the Karrnath capital of Korth since 997, will take a historical course on the military campaigns of Karrn the Conqueror (-2049 to -1992). The reason for the prince's choice is clear — Rekkenmark possesses one of only four surviving originals of Karrn's Analects of War, considered by most military commanders to be the seminal text on military strategy.
By virtue of his noble title, Halix also holds the rank of colonel in the Army of Breland. He is thus the highest ranking Brelish officer to attend Rekkenmark since the start of the Last War.
The prince's course of study was announced on Sul by Syra ir'Tarrn, Karrnath's ambassador in Sharn. "We're delighted to have someone so capable at Rekkenmark," ir'Tarrn said. "But beyond that, Prince Halix's decision to study at the academy shows how far we've come since the Treaty of Thronehold. Just a few years ago, a Brelish prince studying war at a Karrnathi academy would have been unthinkable."
Breland military commanders, speaking on condition of anonymity, had mixed views on the prince's decision. "Make no mistake, I'd lay down my life for the crown," said one high-ranking general. "But it's a shame that our prince can't learn Brelish tactics from Brelish veterans, rather than seeking some kind of Karrnathi pedigree. Those Rekkenmark blades killed a lot of fine Brelish soldiers."
Another army general, however, was more sanguine about the situation. "As long as he brings back some understanding of Karrnathi integrated polearm tactics, I'm in favor of his decision. That sort of knowledge might become quite useful someday, if you take my meaning," she said.
Lhazaar Investment Pacts Announced
“Tharashk’s knack for dragonshard extraction is known across Khorvaire,” said triumvir Khundar’aashta from the House compound in the Shadow Marches. “And we have every confidence that, in conjunction with our local partners in Regalport and beyond, our efforts in the Principalities will be just as profitable.”
Members of the Finder’s Guild from the House Tharashk’s Aashta family will direct the new ventures, Khundar’aashta said. House prospectors are already working with Prince Ryger ir’Wynarn’s Seadragons for transport to several remote islands in the Lhazaar archipelago. Other sea barons are being offered similar transport deals in exchange for a percentage of profits from dragonshard prospecting.
House Tharashk’s announcement caught many house watchers by surprise, because the Lhazaar Principalities have never been considered a lucrative source for dragonshards. But some Lhazaar princes said they’d seen evidence of dragonshard wealth with their own eyes.
“The Tharashk prospector came back with a chest full of dragonshards the size of my fingers—after only two weeks searching an island in my realm,” said Prince Kaelisk, commander of a Lhazaar fleet anchored at Stonespur Island. “The terms could be better, of course, but anyone in the merchant business says that. Suffice it to say that our agreement should be lucrative for both House Tharashk and for all under the protection of my Coldtide Fleet,” he said.