Edit: Here's Important stuff of the hold.
The hold is sometimes known as Karak Brew Peaks because of the many mountains and stronghold's in the area. There are five great peaks, four ruled by a king and the last peak ruled by the High King of the DragonBack Mountains.
The first peak is Krag Birak of the mighty Mining Guild, it has the richest mines in all the Brew God's Kingdom, almost as good as Ekrund. It is home to the Mining Guild and several renowned ironbreakers. This small hold contributes several mining ores to the other holds.
The second is Kagar Azad, this peak is the hold of the engineers. It shelters the bulk of the warmachines and engineers in all of Brugner's Kingdom. This hold cotributes firepower and inventions to the other holds. This hold has the smallest population.
The third is Birak Azar this is one of the wealthiest holds. It is right beside water so has many crops and breweries below it's main settlement. Birak Azar is known as the farming hold, it shelters many merchants and foriegn dwarfs of Barak Varr and other holds. This hold contributes food to the other holds.
The fourth is Dirog Akadif, the hold of craft. Many great runelords and blacksmiths live here. The small hold makes good use of what ores the recieve. Crafting them into jewelry and weapons. This hold is one of the wealthiest ones as it contributes to most holds with weapons and armour.
The fifth peak is the mighty Grand Mountain of Berek Athar. This is the largest of all the peaks and the most heavily fortified. Home to the high king and most of the dwarf populace it is the pinnacle of breweries. Hundreds of breweries and barracks are in the halls of the mountain. The grand mountain provides the others with beer and protection. Thousands of dwarf warriors march out to defend the other holds.
Neither of these holds could live without each other, the kingdom would quickly collapse without proper support from each other.
Other Important Places Worth Mentioning
Thar Obressi: Thar Obressi is one of the twin citadels guarding against attacks from greenskins and any other dwarf enemies. It has served well through out the many wars in Berek Athar and a strong bastion of warriors and soldiers. It is heavily fortified by gun outposts and dwarf defenses.
HammerFall: HammerFall is also one of the citadels guarding the Brew God's Kingdom. It is positioned next to the Lake of Ale and it is used to bloodshed, being the forefront of most greenskin assaults during the Goblin Wars. The fort is also heavily fortified with most of the same defenses as Thar Obressi.
Axeforge: The lone fort against the wood elves and shadow warriors of White Wood, AxeForge is maintaned with an army of rangers and quarrelers. The fort has seen many sieges through the War of Vengeance and present day as the elves still assault the fort.
Valley of Brews: The Valley of Brews is a large community of dwarfs below the Grand Center Mountain. It is full of breweries and smithies. Several merchants and farms are located here as well.
-4442 This year is the year Brugner, the ancestor god of ale and the sea, founded the hold of Berek Athar along with the other ancestor gods. The hold is prosperous and Brugner and his followers begin to set up a massive fortified brewery hold. The lake next to the hold is turned into ale by Brugner. The hold is known as Berek Athar (beer hold).
The hold prospers and at least seventy thousand dwarfs are sheltered in the hold. Small towns and breweries are set up in the valley along with two massive citadels carved out of stone in the mountains. The valley is known as the Valley of Brews on account of such numbers of breweries.
However, soon chaos comes and the Valley of Brews is deserted and the hold is flooded with refugees. The hold reaches at least a 100,000 strong. Brugner and the other dwarfs of the hold dig deeper and deeper into the ground, fleeing the storms of chaos. The great gates to the mountain are closed with some of the most powerful defense runes the runelords could make.
-4439 The dwarfs hollow out the surrounding mountains from within as chaos still taints the land. The mountains are formed into the Brew Godís Kingdom.
Brugner appoints four kings to watch over the four mountains of his kingdom and one High King to watch over the Grand Mountain of Berek Athar. It is said deep below the Grand Mountain, Brugner has his treasure hold along with thousands of mazes and corridors. Four massive gates are the only entrances to the golden rooms.
The counsel of kings include High King Snorri BrewBeard, Bergeth Brewer, Alf the Alcoholic, Fargoth FarBrew, and Gertrun GoblinBane.
-4436 The Dwarf High King of Berek Athar and his grand throng along with Brugner and the other four kingsí armies emerge from the hold, seeing massive swarms of chaos ogres and other foul chaos daemons swarming all around the outside mountains. The five armies of the Kings smite the foul chaos worshipers. The dwarfs continue to smite all the forces of chaos in the area.
-4430 The dwarfs of Brugner come upon the high elves; the high elves thought themselves under attack and let loose a volley of arrows, killing the high kingís son. Enraged the dwarfs proceed to wipe out the entire high elf army enraged by the death of their prince. Only when an army of daemons attack do the dwarf and elves unite to push them back.
The elves and dwarfs then sign a cease fire agreement after the daemons are completely destroyed.
-4424 The elves begin to set up several sea forts around the black gulf, in case of another chaos attack.
Brugner enraged, but not enflamed let the elves stay for the time being. The golden age begins as the daemons and other chaos worshippers are pushed back by Grimnirís sacrifice.
Brugner the brew god disappears deep into the sea, he says that he will return when the dwarf race is dire in need. It is rumored that he sets up a massive underwater fort that shelters all the dead warriors and pirate dwarfs of Berek Athar.
-4000 The new age begins as the elves and dwarfs of Berek Athar come together and trade. Both races flourish and the dwarfs even start to like the elves.
-3800 Grand High Elf Admiral Marthin DoomSale and the New High King of Berek Athar, Baragor BrightBrewing, and the other kings sign a great oath of friendship with each other.
The elves and dwarfs flourish like never before, these are happy times.
-2182 The Elven Civil War is brought to the shores of Berek Athar. Elves continue to fight amongst each other as the dwarf kings hold counsel on which side to aid.
Finally after three days of bloodshed, the dwarfs decide to aid the true high elves and beat back the agents of Malekith. Hundreds of dwarfs are slain in the fierce combat.
-2177 After several foul years of heavy fighting Malekithís forces are broken and scattered, however small skirmishes continue on the seas between the fleets.
-2172 A massive enemy fleet of elves is caught and destroyed by the combined fleets of Marthin DoomSale and Fleetmaster Umbar StrongSale.
-2025 The skirmishes between the elves have become strangely silent and fewer and fewer dwarf armies march out to confront the dark elves.
-2015 The high elves turn on the dwarfs for unknown reasons and kill two of the kings and burn a dwarf fort to the ground. (they are actually dark elves wanting revenge)
The dwarfs are quick to react and they launch a massive counterstrike worthy of Grimnirís recognition and completely decimate the high elf coastal forts along with Marthinís fleets. It is unknown of Marthin survived, the dwarfs suffered heavy casualties along with the elves.
-2011 The high elves arrive from Ulthuan with a massive fleet of war attacking the dwarfs. The dwarfs and elves battle it out in the sea for several days, both losing several good ships and troops. The dwarfs and elves continue to launch several attacks against each other for several years.
-2009 The Battle of Blood River, an elf army marches up a small river to assault Berek-Athar, however a small dwarf outpost stands in the way with only three hundred dwarfs garrisoning it. After a heroic last stand reinforcements arrive to attack the elves, however sadly all the dwarfs were killed defending the outpost to the last.
Several small attacks continue against the dwarfs.
-2003 A dwarf fleet from Barak Varr arrives cornering the elven fleets. Several ships are destroyed in the battle, however before the fleets can bring a swift end to the elvish fleet a messenger comes from the High King himself ordering the dwarfs of Berek Athar to stop their offensive.
The elves pull out on Caledorís orders shortly after.
-2000 Tensions rise as the elves start to set up several sea forts, however the High King Kazador ElfBane set up their own defenses and starting preparing for war.
-1999 Several elf patrols continue to taunt the dwarf forces stationed in the guard towers, however the High King orders them not to attack.
-1997 Kazador has orders from Gotrek StarBreaker himself to crush all elven forces in the area.
Elf patrols are destroyed on the spot and any stragglers are wiped out. The elf fleets muster under the sail of a new leader, Elvar DwarfHater. The elves launch a massive offensive against the dwarfen defenses.
The elves and dwarfs are at war again. Hundreds are slain in combat. Constant attacks are common once more.
-1811 The elves fight their way through the dwarf defenses and land on the coast. However, the dwarfs make sure the elves suffer enough, at least fifteen thousand elves are slain in the invasion.
The dwarfs create massive killing zones as Gun Outposts bombard them with their hundreds of bolt throwers, crossbow dwarfs, and stone throwers. The elves are hard pressed to clear the coast of its defenders.
-1800 Prince Tyroth and his rider hosts from Ulthuan arrive, assaulting the dwarf outposts with several mounted armies.
The dwarfs fight the elves to the very last, however after several bloody months of combat they are overwhelmed. The elves continue onto the Valley of Brews and the main hold. The dwarfs assault them every step of the way.
-1799 The elves assault the Citadel of HammerFall and the Citadel of Thar Obressi (The Watcher). The citadels are well garrisoned however and the elves are not able to take them, the siege begins.
-1782 The siege ends after several years of combat and the elves are defeated. However, the elves continue to assault the dwarfs.
-1777 The dwarfs finally beat the elves off the shores, however thousands of elves are still stationed on the seas.
Kazador ElfBane sets out with his grand fleet, attempting to clear the elves out once and for all. Their first stop is the sea fort of Tion Tharath. After a long week of battling, the fort falls to the dwarf onslaught.
-1734 The dwarfs move through the elven sea forts, shattering one after another. The elves flee to their main fortress of Tiar Fiona as the dwarfs conquer the fleet yard of Char Ion.
The elves await utter doom as the massive dwarf fleets approach. Prince Tyroth and the other elven commanders are relieved as elven reinforcements arrive from the Knight of Caledor, Caliph, warrior of Khaine. Three massive elven fleets are sent out to stall the dwarfs.
-1733 The dwarf fleet shatters three mighty elven fleets and the High King of Berek Athar himself slays the mighty fleet master Elvar DwarfHater in combat and sends the elf admirals flagship to the bottom of the sea. The dwarfs continue to the elf fortress of Tiar Fiona
-1732 The dwarfs arrive at the fortress of Tiar Fiona and besiege it immediately. Caliph and his mighty warriors fight back with such ferocity that they defeat a massive boarding party twice their size. Kazadorís son Kungrid was sadly on the boarding party. Caliph takes Kungrid hostage and sends him to the bottom of the sea in front of all the dwarfs to see. Kungrid is drowned as the rune armour was too heavy.
Caliph thinks he has broken the dwarfs, however he has done the exact opposite. The dwarfs are enraged at the loss of their prince and assault the fort uncaring of their safety.
-1727 After several years of slaughter the fortress is breached. Caliph and Prince Tyroth both with their armies rush out to stop the dwarfs from taking the fort. However, Kazador ElfBane slays them both in a monumental battle that results in a dwarf victory.
The dwarfs are the masters of the Black Gulf now, Kazador and his fleets return to see that the city of Berek Athar has been undersiege for nineteen years by elves trickery. Hundreds of dwarf citizens are victims of the war. It is said the elves came out of a secret fort.
Kazador launches a massive counterattack against the elven besiegers.
-1726 After several years of heavy fighting the elves are defeated and beat back to their secret fort.
Kazador scours the lands for the secret fort, clashing with several elven forces on the way there.
-1720 Kazador halts his search after defeating the backbone of the elf forces in the forest, he does however set up a fort in the forest to keep an eye on elf activity. The fort is named AxeForge.
The elves slowly launch raids on the dwarf forts and breweries.
-1685 The elves return for another suicidal attack on Berek Athar, this time by the sea and land.
The dwarf forces are surrounded and assaulted from all sides and both sides lose heavy casualties.
-1682 Kazador is slain in a last stand as the elves pour through the western wall. Kazadorís clan, the GreenskinKiller Clan, charge out with their own army led by the thane Garthen GoblinSlayer before the other kings or thanes can even react.
The elves are quickly beat back as the other armies of dwarfs arrive. However, the hold is now without a high king. After a meeting of the thanes and kings, Garthen GoblinSlayer is made the new high king.
-1681 Garthen rallies the armies and the full support of the thanes. And with a massive host he sets out to defeat the elves.
After heavy fighting, he breaks through the circle of surrounding elf armies. He then proceeds to assault another elf army from behind, breaking the circle in two places.
-1680 Garthen and his armies continue to assault the elves, the siege is slowly letting up as the elves are slowly beaten back.
-1678 Lord of the Secret Fort and Elf General in the DragonBack Front General Elroth DoomDiamonds sets out to defeat Garthen and his armies. Dargoth DoomSound arrives from the sea with his elite army of Nagarythe shadow warriors to aid Elroth.
The two generals meet and both take oaths to take Berek Athar. The elf armies muster under the banners of the two-elven generals as Garthen musters his forces along with new reinforcements from Barak Varr. Thane Fargoth WaterFire of Barak Varr and High King Garthen GoblinSlayer of Berek Athar both attack together along with the four kings of Berek Athar and King Snorrith JeweledBeard of Barak Varr.
The armies of the dwarfs and elves clash in the Battle of Bloody Falls over a waterfall. Hundreds are slain on both sides in the first hours of combat. Soon the death toll reaches thousands. However, the dwarfs slowly push the elves off the waterfall into the cold waters.
Until finally the whole elven army is routing in confusion. In the bloody retreat Elroth and his commanders are all shattered and destroyed. Only Dargoth and some of his best warriors escape back to Nagarythe. However the dwarfs suffered great losses as well, Fargoth and several of his clansmen were defeated by the trickery of the elves and Kings Borri and Kili were both slain in the heavy combat.
King Godrik was never found, alas only Garthen and Baragor were left to rule the remainder of the dwarfs of Berek Athar. They refused to reinstate new kings, until someone was deemed worthy. (Fili and Borri had no children) Therefore, rule was spilt between the runelords and the remaining kings, however Garthen remains in command.
Dargoth vows he will return someday.
-1622 Garthen and his soldiers scour the forest once more after a small elf raiding party assaults the fort of AxeForge.
The dwarfs confront stranger elves, these elves are faster and they are masters with bows and ambush tactics. Garthen deems them wood elves after several clashes with the strange elves.
The dwarfs stay out of the forest after several losses and defeats.
-1621 Garthen returns to the forest to rescue a small dwarf child captured by the wood elves because he wondered to far into the forest.
Garthen and his soldiers fight their way through several wood elf patrols to find that the child has been slain mercilessly by the wood elves. Garthen enraged, proceeds to cut down every tree and elven soldier in sight. He personally slays the leader of the wood elves and even kills the queen. Garthen spares none. We expect no more provocation from the wood elves.
-1608 Small convoys of shadow warriors are seen on the shores. These elves have somehow got past our defenses.
Garthen assembles a small army and sends them forth to defeat the shadow warriors, however the elite elves slay all the dwarf attackers in a swift battle.
Garthen himself goes forth to face the elves, however when he arrives they are gone, Berek Athar may be in jeopardy once more.
-1603 Both wood elves and high elves unite to attack Berek Athar once again, however the attacks are more like raids and a type of Guerilla Warfare.
Both the wood elves and shadow warriors continue to assault the hold with little casualties. Garthen fears that the dreaded Dargoth is behind these attacks.
-1600 Baragor is assassinated by a shadow warrior. Garthen rushes to confront the assassin along with his warriors, the assassin turns out to be the dreaded Dargoth. After a small battle, Dargoth is slain. However, both Garthen and several guards are slain by the assassin before the sheer number of dwarfs pulls him down.
The shadow warriors and wood elves continue to assault the hold, however they are under leadership of Dargothís son, Feleir who swears he or one of his heirs shall bring down Berek Athar.
The thanes hold council and they finally elect a new king of Berek Athar, however they have yet to choose a high king. The new leader is Garine GoblinSlayer, Garthenís son.
-1575 Garine slays wood elf chief Toran FellBlade in single combat after a failed raid by the elves. The king goes after Feleir, however the elf escapes along with his small retinue.
-1562 The dwarfs of Berek Athar are called upon by High King StarBreaker to aid him in the siege of Tor Alessi.
Garine arrives with an army of his best warriors to besiege Tor Alessi.
-1560 Garine and his army break through the vanguard of a reinforcement army of elves, thus ensuring victory for the high king.
-1558 Garine returns to the hold to see that the wood elves have been defeated along with the shadow warriors. The hold prospers like never before.
-1502 Earthquakes shatter the hold and the rune gates below are sealed with defensive runes as lava and skaven pour into the hold. However, the golden rooms below are never breached. The dwarfs go to the above levels to escape deaths after thousands are killed below. They come above ground to see a heavily armed elf army prepared for a long lasting siege. Garine attacks the elves with all his might, however it is not enough and the dwarfs are defeated and Garine slain.
The oath may be fulfilled after all. The elves lay siege to the hold immediately. The thanes rally for war as hundreds of elves pour into the hold along with several thousand skaven and night goblins. The dwarf forces are caught between three attacking enemies.
Thousands of dwarfs are slain on the three fronts of combat. However, Gartrinn OrcSlayer, the new thane of the GreenskinKiller Clan launches a counterattack with his small army of clansmen, he proceeds to take the western section of the hold and hold it against four mighty elf assaults.
Reinforcements slowly arrive at the newly set up western district along with thousands of refugees. The dwarfs in the main hold are completely trapped as the elves attack from above and the skaven and their allies from below.
Gartrinn rallies his armies and readies for another assault.
-1501 Gartrinn launches a counterattack against the foes of Berek Athar, slaying thousands and taking back several corridors and rooms.
The dwarfs of the citadels HammerFall and BrewFort, surround the elf forces and slay them all, however several elves are still in the hold fighting deeper and deeper into dwarf territory.
Gartrinn and his fellows fight their way to the fourth deeping hall, however they are forced to retreat when an army of night goblins arrive.
-1499 Dwarf relief forces slowly arrive from Barak Varr and Ekrund. The dwarfs fight for the hold, refusing to give up the Brew Godís domain.
Hundreds of dwarfs and night goblins feud in the lower levels, vying for control.
-1498 Ekrund falls and thousands of greenskins assault Berek Athar. The dwarfs are besieged from all sides. Several dwarf armies are relieved, however as the elves flee back to their forests to confront the greenskins who may discover a secret fort.
The dwarf armies muster as more and more reinforcements come from Barak Varr. However the dwarfs are heavily outnumbered and the battle comes swiftly.
The dwarfs crush their mightiest hosts and the lake of ale is turned black by the black blood of the greenskins. And the ground is littered with corpses.
No one wins here as both sides are forced to flee on account of such heavy casualties. Shockingly the elves came in handy as they held off half of the greenskin host as the dwarfs battled the other half. Both wouldíve fallen without each other. The greenskins and skaven make constant attacks against the dwarfs.
Gartrinn is made king of Berek Athar and the hold grows greatly as DragonBack refugees from several mining outposts and forts.
-1472 After, several years of fighting and taking back a little of what was lost to the greenskins and skaven Gartrinn orders the runelords to seal the remaining gates that lead into enemy territory.
Several dwarf expeditions continue into the lower halls to take back valuables and attempt to find the Golden Rooms of Brugner.
-1470 Gartrinn and his warriors set up a small string of outposts to hold back orc attacks.
-1463 Runesmith Scoddi RedBrow leads an expedition deep below, recovering the Scepter of Garthen and the Crown of Kings.
-1460 Scoddi returns to the lower levels to attempt to discover the Golden Rooms, however he only discovers a new mine after battling through several skaven hard points.
The mine is home to several veins of gromril and Scoddi later returns with an army of slayers and miners who settle the mine.
-1453 Skaven finally get the dwarfs out of the mine, however the gromril is all gone anyway. Scoddi is slain defending the mine with remainder of his slayers and guards.
-1444 General Drong the Defender holds off a massive orc host in the small line of outposts.
Gartrinn arrives shortly with a massive throng and soon the orc army is routing.
-1400 Skaven return to the hold. Thousands are killed on both sides. Gartrinn counterattacks with a massive army of elite ironbreakers. The massively outnumbered dwarf forces crush the skaven.
-1393 A massive greenskin fleet passes by several hidden dwarf sea forts, on their way to Barak Varr. Gartrinn is alerted immediately and he sails out to confront the greenskins with his mightiest fleet.
The battle is massive as both sides lob rocks and other dangerous ammo at each other for hours. However, in the end the dwarfs proved to be the masters of the sea as the greenskins sink to the bottom of the sea.
-1390 The shadow warriors assault Berek Athar once more. A couple dozen dwarfs are slain before Gartrinn and the city guard can react. Although the elves are defeated, it cost Gartrinn his life.
The runelords and thanes hold council for the next king. In the end, the new king is Master Engineer Mergith Mechbeard, the reign of the GoblinSlayers end for now. The Engineering Guild rules greatly here.
Mergith and his fellow guild members start experimenting with flight technology and a strange explosive powder.
-1384 A massive Waaagh! Hits Berek Athar, thousands of orcs, trolls, and goblins assault the hold. Mergith sends out his best warriors to fight the greenskins, however he himself does not come out of the hold for several weeks.
However, when he does emerge from the safety of the hold he brings an army composed of engineers from the guild armed with strange weapons called rifles and heavy artillery. The Waaagh force of greenskins is disbanded after several dozen barrages by the new weapons.
Mergith begins to lead several campaigns into the greenskin lands, winning several victories.
-1380 Mergith and his gunmen annihilate a larger orc force at the Battle of Bergot Mountain. The vile Warlord Grashaaak BigAxe is slain in the massive gunfire; several grudges are scratched out of the Book of Grudges.
-1372 Mergith fights his way all the way to Ekrund on his fourth DragonBack campaign. His army fights all the way into the mine, however they are forced to flee when a night goblin army arrives from below.
-1369 Skaven return once more, almost breaking through the defenses of the dwarfs. Mergith locks himself away in his lab, testing for new effective weapons to use against the invading rat-men.
After several months Mergith emerges from his quarters with several bizarre machines and weapons. He marches down to the Skaven tunnels with an engineering army and proceeds to wipe out the skaven attackers. Mergith then launches a full campaign against the skaven, he says he shall genocide them out of the hold once and for all.
So what do you think of the new Berek Athar so far...
Edited by Thane Godri GoblinSlayer, 27 May 2008 - 03:13 PM.