Empire of Sonnstahl

For Sunna and the Emperor

The armies of Sonnstahl march to the beat of drums and the thunder of cannons. Led by zealous priests and bold knights, these soldiers’ discipline and vigour is famed around the world. Inspired by the example of Sunna, Goddess of Humanity, there may be no limit to the ambition of the Empire of Sonnstahl!

To overcome internal divisions and unite the nation against its enemies is the task of the Emperor. He or she cannot merely be a conqueror on the battlefield. They must also compete in the political arena, navigating the treacherous currents of rival families and religious factions. Thanks to esteemed universities, where magic and technology are refined into effective weapons, Sonnstahl has become a master of many trades, and now seeks to extend its grasp to foreign lands.

Playstyle

The different ways to play The Empire of Sonnstahl army are either based on big slow units which are supported by smaller nearby using shooting power or faster units which pick their fights. The best way to remember when fighting with the Empire of Sonnstahl is that the sum is more than the single parts. The Empire of Sonnstahl can bring heavy knights, powerful mages, mighty artillery, and masses of trained infantry, all with their different strengths an capabilities. When you field the army of Sonnstahl, you should always remember the army works best when its different units are used together.

Lore of Empire of Sonnstahl

The Legend of Avras

To all that are in Avras, beloved of Sunna: May the dawn forever shine upon you. First, I thank my saviour for you all, that your faith is proclaimed throughout the whole world. In these dark times I counsel you to give thanks in turn for your holy life in the city of Sunna herself. The Goddess blessed the site of its foundation at the moment of mankind’s awakening, and from it arose the first great civilisation of humanity, a fearsome empire that held up the light of our species like a dazzling torch, surpassing even the brilliance of the elder races.

What a city was Avras of ancient times, that magnificent crossroads of East and West! The citizens strode gleaming streets; streets teeming with every goodly thing. Libraries overflowed and the great forums thronged with insight and sophistication. The mighty government marshalled the full resources of the vastness of the Empire. And at its centre stood the Holy Sepulchre itself, dedicated to the Goddess of the Sun and her pantheon.

But like all lights, Avras attracted the vilest of insects and parasites. Its noble leaders fell to the influence of such unspeakable abominations, coming to value power for themselves over the good of human civilisation. The conquering hero, Gaius Dexion, with his ageless, southern Queen by his side, came to blows with the Senate and its champion, the merciless Tiberian, and the Empire sank into civil war. Sunna abandoned those who bowed to the sinful impulses of our species, and at the height of the conflict there emerged a monstrosity greater than any before imagined: the vile rat Kings and their unending tide of vermin.

The pestilence devoured Avras with ungodly speed, and soon the rats had spread to every corner of the Empire, consuming all in their path and returning humankind to its primordial state of squalor and servitude. Heaping humiliation upon humiliation, the rodents proclaimed themselves the heirs of the Empire, preening and cavorting in their warped perversion of the customs and stylings of the Avrasi people and their rulers. Long centuries did we suffer under the vermin yoke, and long were the great shrines of Avras left defiled, before Sunna finally returned to rekindle the flame of human strength.

Coming as the mightiest of warriors, one whom kings and rulers followed naturally as disciples, Sunna lead our great crusade against the many enemies we so recently confronted. Always remember the great peril of our species, and the danger of annihilation we faced, before the Goddess drove our armies through their defences and finally reclaimed Avras as our own. The Adversary was slain by her hand. Friends, never forget the joy of these tidings! Sunna has liberated the holy city of Men and Women, and humans once more dwell among the mighty avenues, and once more pray in the Holy Sepulchre, where lies her sword Sonnstahl! Our task now is that of preaching the blessed truth of the Goddess to those who were not there to bear witness.

From Drusus' letter to the Avrasi, Sunna Cycle, estimated date 59 AS

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