Sharn Inquisitive03/21/2005

Prince Halix Enrolls at Rekkenmark Academy
News for Sul, Therendor 1st, 998

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.

About the Author

David Noonan is a designer/developer for Wizards of the Coast. Before coming to Wizards, he was a daily newspaper reporter in Washington state. Apparently the city hall beat is good practice for an Eberron campaign.

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