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The first great war was so called as it involved nearly all the nations of Eris to some degree at some point. Most of the fighting occurred in the riverlands and the Vale. It has it's background in the collapse of the Second Wellsian Empire. As the empire fell, both the karstians, valians, oakans and marchers seized upon the opportunity to grab vast swathes of land. This invariably brought them into conflict, though it was small scale at first. Meanwhile, in the south, Hilte had just taken over the Bzylaq Kingdom and now thought about marching on the Dale, possibly with the help of the city-state of Oakyield. Hilte had just experienced a population boom and had taken the Bzylaq's with relatively few casualties and so had a massive army already in the field. It recruited and made it even larger before marching on the Dale while issuing invites to Oakyield to help it.  Meanwhile, in the east, Summerwood had just accepted the Peace of Tirnavigae and hence the submission of the Thinlands yet again. There was much ill feeling between it and the Round Kingdom and Querl who supplied the rebels with weapons and supplies. The Lordship of Summer, as usual, was at war with Karst, though it had not escalated for a long time. So most of Eris was at war or poised on the brink of war... it only had to escalate. The Elmstir Treaty, signed by Oakyield, the Marcher High Kingdom and Karstia stopped the war between those three powers and began an invasion of the unsuspecting Valian Empire. Under relentless onslaught, the vale was entered from the east by Oakyield and from the north by an allied army of Marchers and Karstians(though the marchers were only really interested in the riverlands of the Vale).

Into this picture stepped Hilte as it attacked the Dale and a small Oakyieldian army, mostly cavalry, came mainly to observe. It soon realised the size of Hilte's attack on the Dale and that the Dale would surely fall. The western vale had easily fallen to Oakyield as most of the forces were in the north fighting of the allied army perceived to be the biggest threat. Oakyield's council made a decision that would ultimately lead to their own survival as a state- they helped the Dale. Even together, beating Hilte was incredibly difficult. The surprise of the Oakyieldian army showing up helped though. The army ran but Hiltian cavalry performed an effective rearguard action and most of them lived to make it back to Sandstone House. The Dale was eternally grateful for Oakyieldian support and this ended the first period of constant wars between them. Oakyield realised that if the Dale was taken over by any but them, they would soon be destroyed by the power of whoever had taken it. 

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