Thay has officially moved to annex Mulmaster. Smoke and fire can still be seen billowing from the city. There is a massive wave of displaced citizens evacuating, some injured. The fighting still appears to be going on, with the sounds of steel echoing from districts still on fire. There is the occasional stray magical spell seen flying into the air. A massive amount of devastation has occurred within the city which has been not seen since the elemental cults attacked.
An official from the nation of Thay addressed Faerún yesterday with a public statement made from a diplomatic embassy in Thay. The bald wizard, wearing finely made red robes, proudly read off of a prepared statement. “Mulmaster, the jewel of north, has always been dear to the hearts and minds of Thay. I come to you here to help you understand why the annexation was the correct choice both for Mulmaster, and for Thay. The protection of the people is always foremost on our minds, and from this point forward, our great nation will be taking on the role of guardian for the good people there.”
Continuing on, he denounced the “global persecution” from the factions of Faerún, specifically calling them out for their political tactics. “Again and again the ruling factions of Faerún have stood in the way of progress, cheated us, made decisions behind our backs, and preemptively attacked us. We were always told the same thing after pointing out the increasing number of unlawful raids on our researchers, the hesitancy of the major alliances and factions to devote resources to their protectorates, and how they instead concentrated it on the buildup of military forces on our borders. We were always told: ‘the matters of Faerún do not concern you.’ Now you know that they do.”
The new rulership of Mulmaster is currently not recognized by any of the major powers and has already seen renewed denouncements and sanctions on Thay. It is reported that multiple Thay diplomats have been expelled for security reasons and military buildup has accelerated from its already high rate. Despite these actions, it is likely that the denouncements and buildup will do little to deter similar expansion from Thay – especially with the proof of their speed and efficiency of their military demonstrated in Mulmaster.
A representative of the Order of the Gauntlet was present at the Thay announcement who we contacted for brief statements. Clearly upset, he stated that the situation with Thay had now gone from “…a political skirmish to a military operation,” and “…the situation has no one to blame but the instigator: Szass Tam.” He further stated that he would be calling for the Gauntlet to muster troops and provide humanitarian and military support to “…the rightful rulers of Mulmaster.”
Other forces from Thay – both alive and undead – were seen moving across the countryside before and after the annexation. Although the city already boasted a healthy Red Wizard presence due to its embassy, we currently do not know how many casualties there were in the fighting. With the Red Wizards being known necromancers, it is entirely possible that their ranks have greatly expanded from the conflict.
Despite the takeover of Mulmaster, we still know very little about the end goals of Thay. Is this a lone incident or the start of a larger campaign for a greater Thay? The zulkirs have said very little in public about these things, with the most extensive remarks that we’ve heard in quite some time coming after their Mulmaster takeover. We do know that in the history of Thay, there have been conquests to expand their reach in the name of rightful annexation, although they were larger in scale and with mixed success at best.
Officially, war has not yet been officially declared by any side over this annexation. Thay claims that their move was justified, although time will tell if the other powers of Faerún recognize their claim. The zulkirs of Thay have directly challenged the world with this move and the response from the rest of the world will set the stage for year to come. Recognizing their claim as legitimate or doing nothing will likely see a further expansion of Thay beyond Mulmaster, while military action could mean widespread war.
Once on-site witnesses are interviewed, we will be bringing you more on what exactly happened during the conflict within the city.