Etienne in 4E 223
|Titles||Breton Army Commander (Formally), Breton Army General (Formally), 3rd Legion's General|
|Factions||High Rock (Formally), Stormcrown Alliance (Formally), Empire, Imperial Legion, Cyrodiil|
|Birthplace||Wayrest, High Rock|
|Family|| Unnamed Father (Deceased)|
Moria Geles (Wife)
Gergio Urtius (Brother-in-law - Deceased)
|“||They say the past leaves scars, but it also leaves gifts.||”|
— Etienne to Caesar, in Dragonstar
Etienne Geles is a Breton spellsword and general of the 3rd Legion, which is stationed in Cyrodiil. He fought alongside the Blade Caesar Autrus during Daric's Rebellion. He initially served as a commander of Daric's forces, but was later promoted to general after he successfully lead the Breton army to Hammerfell and aided King Bodean in defeating the Crowns and taking control of the province.
Etienne was born in Wayrest, however parental problems caused him to move out to Daggerfall with his father. From a young age, his father trained him with wooden swords and shields, stating that Etienne would one day grow into a great warrior. It was because of this that Etienne was entrusted with their family's ceremonial Ebony Armor, which unlike regular ebony armor was engraved with gold. Not much else is known of his childhood. Years later Etienne became one of the first to join King Daric's cause, fighting with him in Northpoint as well as Daggerfall.
- Class: Spellsword
- Skills: Master Heavy Armor, Expert Two-Handed/Speech, Adept Block/Alteration/Destruction.
- Spells: Ironflesh, Flame Rune, Flame Cloak, Firebolt.
- Powers: Dragonskin, Magic Resistance
- Equipment: Elven Greatsword, Ceremonial Ebony Armor (During RotSD). General Plate Armor (After RotSD)
Etienne was with High King Daric in Shornhelm's War room. The high king had received word from the Forebears that Stros M'Kai had been captured by them, his allies. Daric told Etienne that he might need to go with the rest of the army to Hammerfell. Even with the help of the Bretons the Forebears were still outnumbered by the Crowns and their Imperial allies. Daric suggested that he should take the rest of the army and go through the Reach and Dragontail Mountains and attack Dragonstar. The commander acknowledged the order and left the war room to coordinate and plan for the attack. Etienne entered his command tent. He took a sip of wine and called his most trusted lieutenant to him. He ordered him to rally the soldiers, since they'd be marching on Dragonstar. The lieutenant hurried away and Etienne started planning the attack. He contemplated splitting the army and attacking from two sides as it would let them split their defenses, quickening the siege. The western side of the city had the weaker military, so attacking there would be easier. Daric entered the commander's tent, it seemed that he decided to check up on him. The High King told him to be careful near the Reach, as that was were Orsinium was located. Etienne said he had a feeling the Orcs would stay put, then he offered some wine to Daric. The king accepted and had a drink with the commander. He told the king that he didn't like the sound of King Bodean, the leader of the Forebears, as the commander thought he only joined up with Daric for personal gain. Daric agreed that it was a likely possibility as one of the terms of their alliance was that Daric help Bodean become High King of Hammerfell. However the king said that as long as they help Bodean the Redguard would help them. Etienne started to discuss strategy with Daric, asking where they should try to get one side of Dragonstar to attack the other. Dragonstar was a city that was split into East and West, and each part had its own government. Daric told the commander that both sides were vassals of the High King of Hammerfell, Ennah, but they still despised each other thanks to their governmental differences, as the West was a monarchy while the East was a oligarchy. Etienne said that he would try diplomacy, but that he would fight both sides if it came down to it. He said farewell to the king and asked that Daric not get shot or invaded while he was away. Daric laughed and told him he would try not to, as the Blades had been doing a good job so far and Ortius was a good Grandmaster. He then suggested that Etienne should take Caesar Autrus with him if he planed on using subterfuge. The King them took another sip of wine then returned to the castle, saying farewell to the commander.
After finishing up in his tent and putting on his armor Etienne called one of his lieutenants and asked if the men were ready to march. The officer replied that they were and Etienne was pleased, he then ordered the soldier to go look for the Blade that Daric had mentioned, Caesar. He walked out of the command tent to observe the army and gave a speech. After it, he summoned the best scouts and told them to eliminate any hostiles along the roads. After the briefing, the march began. A Blade soon walked up to the commander and asked if he was Etienne. The Breton, assuming that the Blade was Caesar asked what it was he wanted. He introduced himself as Knight-Brother Caesar of the Blades and former Penitus Oculatus member, like all the new Blades were. Etienne told him that the Blade would only take orders from him. He then told him about his plan to get one side of Dragonstar to aid them in attacking the other. The commander also shared his B-plan, having Caesar assassinate the monarch of West Dragonstar and have them accuse East Dragonstar for the murder, causing a Civil War. Caesar commended the plan, saying that it was brilliant. Etienne said that this was why he was a commander. He then said that if they were lucky and the scouts cleared the road for them that they'd be able to reach Dragonstar within three weeks, maybe two, as they had just recently exited Shornhelm. The Blade warned that they should be careful when crossing the Western Reach as hostile Reachmen inhabited the area, as well as Orcs that lived in the mountains in between Skyrim and Hammerfell. Etienne agreed, but mentioned that perhaps they could bring up the old Daggerfall Covenant if they got the Orcs to join them. Caesar told him that the Orcs were too fond of Emperor Augustus, as he was the one that reinstated New Orsinium as an Imperial Province to get their support during the Second Great War. He also reminded the commander that it was the Bretons and Redguards that destroyed Nova Orsinium in the beginning of the 4th Era, so he doubted that the Orcs would betray the Empire to join them. Etienne realized that Caesar was right and then asked him if he knew of any passages that they could use to avoid conflict. The Blade suggested that they go straight south from Evermore, as that was a pretty direct path to Dragonstar. However he mentioned that the path would most likely be patrolled by Crown soldiers. He also mentioned that they could go through the mountians and try their luck with the Reachmen and Orcs. The commander said that that they'd need to be effective if they went through Evermore, because if one Crown soldier sees them and makes it to Dragonstar then the city would have its defenses up before they got within miles of it. But they would have to take the risk, as it was the best of the solutions. Caesar agreed and said that all the Breton must do is lead and he would follow. Etienne called his lieutenant and told him to have the army change its course towards Evermore. He also ordered him to send some of their best troops forward, to deal with the Crown patrols that might be ahead of them in the border to Hammerfell.
Etienne and his men arrived in Evermore a week or so later. They headed for the southern passage into Hammerfell. Their plan had worked an their best soldiers took care of the patrols, not letting them warn the city of the incoming army. Before long, after another week, they could see Dragonstar in the distance. Etienne managed to catch a glimpse of Dragonstar. He asked one of his scouts, whom had just returned from scouting the city, how far was it. The scout reported that it was still a good 2 days walk away. He also said that they needed to be careful as he had seen some Crown patrols along the way. He suggested that the elite soldiers continue to lead the way to deal with them. The commander ordered his men to have the fastest horsemen, armed with their best bows and arrows, to head off to deal with the patrols. Caesar went up to Etienne and asked if he had decided with side of Dragonstar were they going to try to reach out to first. He replied saying that they'd reach out to the east side, the Oligarchy. Since they'd likely vote on it, instead of simply deciding like the monarchist west side would. He said that it'll buy them time and increase their chances of a possible alliance. The commander also mentioned that he hoped they could take the city with as little bloodshed as possible, as not only would they win favor with the locals, but their army would be at full strength. The Blade agreed that the eastern oligarchy would be more reasonable, but mentioned that he had heard stories of their corrupt nature. Etienne said that before the voting starts, he wanted Caesar to infiltrate the city and bribe some of the council members. As it was better to be safe than sorry. He nodded, saying that the noble families of eastern Dragonstar that run the council sure do love gold. A day and a half later the Breton Army reached the outskirts of Dragonstar. They dealt with the Crown patrols and set up camp a few miles from the city. Etienne was in his tent when Caesar walked in. The Blade suggested that only the two of them go into Eastern Dragonstar, as a large group would only attract attention. The commander agreed and said that they shouldn't spoil appearances by bringing visible weapons. He said that if something went wrong they could always just bring a dagger or two each. Etienne then put on his helmet and a cloak, with a dagger hidden underneath it. Caesar also put on a cloak on top of his armor. He left his sword and shield and went to grab a dagger from the quartermaster. When he returned he said for them to go. He told the commander that the Council was said to meet in the big building in the center of town. He suggested that they remain undercover so the guards didn't catch them before they made it to the council building. Etienne hoped that the gods would be on their side, for that at least. He exited the command tent and viewed the city. It looked relatively peaceful. He said that they could wait until they started getting at each other's throats before they went in. As that'd distract the guards. Caesar said that that would be at night, as he heard that the city was at constant unrest because of revolutionary groups present in both sides of the city. But he said he didn't think the council was present at the Council Building at night. The Commander mentioned that they didn't have to go to the building at night. As he suspected that there'd be a few good places we could stay unnoticed until the next day. The Blade nodded and said that he would follow his lead, saying that they can leave when he deemed it time. The Breton said that they may as well set off now. Since by the time they get to the part of the city they're going to it would be dusk. And he hoped that'll be good enough. Caesar and Etienne left for Dragonstar.
The commander asked the Imperial what he planned on doing after the war's over. Before Caesar could reply the commander mentioned that honest if he didn't know that Caesar was a Blade he would've thought him to be a trader. The Imperial was a bit surprised, asking if he really looked like a trader. He then replied to the commander's question, saying that he was not much more than a soldier. He told the Breton that he was in the Penitus Oculatus before defecting and before that he was in the Legion. He said that after Daric takes the throne from Augustus he would likely still be a Blade. Etienne confirmed that he did have the look of a trader. He then told the Imperial that before joining Daric he was a mercenary, with a simple life...that he didn't miss. Caesar laughed and said that now he knew that if being a Blade didn't work out for him he could always become a trader. The Breton laughed as well saying that there are traders that are richer than kings and that if he knew what to do he could buy a palace. The Blade said that he'd keep that in mind. He looked ahead to the city gates saying that they arrived. Etienne said to let him handle the guards. He walked up to the guards and said that they were weary travelers and came to seek refuge in the city. The guards asked where do they hailed from. The commander said that they hailed from the Reach and they were travelling toward Stros M'Kai. The guard continued to question the two men, asking what side of the Reach they were from. Skyrim's, Hammerfell's, New Orsinium's or High Rock's. He was suspicious and so he gripped his scimitar. Caesar replied before Etienne could, saying New Orsinium. The guard seemed more suspicious, as they didn't look like Orcs. The Blade said that other races lived in Orsinium, just like the other provinces. The other guard asked what was the capital of New Orsinium. The Imperial replied that it was Trinimac's Fall. The first guard asked the second guard if that was correct. He replied that it was, and said to let them through. The duo walk through the gates. Etienne commended the Blade for his quick thinking, saying that it was a good trait, and it was something most of my subordinates lacked. Caesar thanked him, saying that when he was a part of the Penitus Oculatus he used to work as a spy. As they were walking through the city the commander said that they were being followed. He nodded towards a shadow on the ground and told the Blade to take a quick left, head straight down the road until the third junction then turn right to the first building on his left. It was an inn. Etienne told him to rent a room and said that he'd meet him there tomorrow. The Imperial acknowledged the order and left to follow the instructions. The commander, attempting to lose his follower, quickly found himself in what seemed to be the city slums. Seeing a guard ahead, he slipped into an open house. He could hear muttering, and he waited for the door to open, but it didn't happen. He hoped he was the only one following them. The Breton opened the door and looked outside. Nobody suspicious there. Quietly, he retraced his steps until he ended up at the place he and Caesar had split up. Remembering his directions, he started making his way toward the inn.
Instead of entering the inn, Etienne headed past it and found himself in a town square of sorts. He assumed that it must be a market. He decided to stay the night in a tavern. He woke up in a chair, donned his cloak and headed out to the point where he and Caesar had split up. The commander appeared out of a corner and saw that the Blade was already at the meeting point. Caesar approached him and bid him good morning asking if they should head to the Council Building. Etienne said yes. He then said that if they denied them to just run. Not even to look around for him as the word around town was that the council may corrupt, but they were swift in eliminating those they hated. The two made their way to the Council Building. The building was of course guarded so Caesar turned to Etienne and said that he'd handle it as he was an Imperial. He went to the guards. Etienne stayed back and let the Blade take care of the situation. He saw Caesar pointing to him a few times while he was taking to the guards. When the Blade was done talking with the guards he called the commander over and the duo walked into the building. Etienne asked the Imperial if he still had his Penitus Oculatus badge. He replied that there was no reason to throw it out, and even mentioned that he still had his old Penitus armor back in Wind Talon Temple in High Rock. They start climbing the steps to the second floor. The Breton said that it'll come in handy some day, like the badge did that day. He then said that the past leaves scars, but it also leaves gifts. The Blade said that they were wise words. They made it to the council chamber, Caesar told Etienne for him to go first. He opened the doors and walked in, greeting the council then asking if they had interrupted anything. The room was large and open, it had arches on the walls and windows that showed the city bellow. In the center was a crescent moon shaped table and three Redguards sat at it. The eldest one, the one in the middle, looked up at the arrivals. He said that they had interrupted their argument, but that that wasn't bad thing. He said that the other two just loved to argue, saying that he swore they had a thing for each other. The woman, who was on the right, said that that was an outrageous accusation as she wouldn't be caught dead with that pig. The man, who was on the left, laughed and said that he was surprised that now he was a pig, as previously he thought he was an ass. He joked asking if he shape shifted or something. The woman didn't appreciate his joke and told him to drop dead, as the city would surely benefit from it. The eldest man told them to please stop arguing, as they had guests. He then told Etienne and Caesar to sit for them to talk, as he said he was sick of the other two councilors and wanted to hear a fresh voice.
Etienne spoke, saying that they came on behalf of High King Daric Lariat. He said that they wished for East Dragonstar to join their cause, as not only would they gain prosperous trade routes and still have full control of the city once it is fully taken. The elder looked at the other two councilors. The woman said that High King Ennah would have their heads if they betrayed him. The man said that if they sided with them then they could claim western Dragonstar. He said that that benefit alone was worth the risk. The elder stroked his beard and said that the Forebears were losing the war and thus siding with them would be stupid. Caesar said that they were losing because they didn't have a large enough army, but now they do. He said that High King Daric had sent the full Breton Army to assist his allies, the Forebears, in their war. The man mentioned that the Breton army did win in High Rock. The woman retorted, saying that they weren't familiar with the terrain and climate of Hammerfell. He said that they should side with the Bretons and the Forebears. She said that they shouldn't. Everybody turned to the elder, he was still stroking his beard. He said that for trade and all of Western Dragonstar's territories, he thought it may be worth it. However he said that before they accepted the alliance that Etienne and Caesar would have to do something for them. The elder man told them that there was a rebel group in the city, they were called the Setting Suns and they terrorized Eastern Dragonstar at night. He said that they've dealt with groups like that one before but another just seemed to pop up after they ended one. He said that if the Bretons could deal with those rebels then the Council would accept. Caesar whispered to the commander saying that he thought they should agree to help. Etienne said that they would help, he then asked where they should start. The elder said that the Setting Suns were reported to have a base in the lower market, close to the bazaar. The problem was that every time they sent guards there the place was empty. He said that he thinks they have someone on the inside. The man told Frink, the elder, that surely he wouldn't bother their new allies with such a menial task. He said to let the city guard deal with the Suns. Frink said that that was the problem, the city guard couldn't handle them. The old man said someone in the guard must be helping the Suns. The woman agreed, telling Gor, the man, that Frink was right. She said the guards wouldn't be able to solve the problem and maybe Daric's men could. She said that if they did this then they would have her support. The elder said that it was settled, he told Etienne and Caesar go to the lower market and end the Setting Suns. The commander said that it would be done. The duo then walked out of the room. He then told the Imperial for them to deal with these Setting Suns. The Blade asked if he knew the way to the bazaar. The Breton replied that he'd seen a market the other day, he then explained the events of the last night. Caesar understood, then asked if he thought whomever was following them would follow them again. Etienne replied saying that if they could find them, then yes, and he didn't think they're trying to offer them discounted sweetrolls. The Imperial agreed that that was doubtfully why they were being followed.
They turned around the corner and saw a busy market with a bunch of people buying and selling things. Merchants were yelling discounts and how their merchandise was the best on that side of Hammerfell. Caesar pointed out that this was most likely the bazaar. The commander said to look for any sewer grates or trapdoors, he then started to looking around. The Blade began doing the same. Etienne saw a trapdoor under a food stand, he called the Imperial over. Caesar went over to the commander and upon seeing the trapdoor said that he would go first. He jumped down the trapdoor. Etienne could see that he casted some kind of spell as a blue light began to glow below. He asked the Blade if he could see anyone. Caesar replied that he couldn't see anyone, but that down there it looked like a passage to somewhere. He then said that he thought that it may be part of the sewers. He then helped Etienne down the trapdoor and asked if they should follow it. The commander said for them to follow it, but for the Imperial to remain on his guard. Etienne then drew his concealed dagger. The two continue down the hallway. The only light source was the blue lightning in Caesar's hand. They made a turn and ended up in the sewers. The Blade remarked that he was right, the passage did connect to the sewer. They heard some splashes a few feet in front of them but it was too dark to see what made them. Caesar decided to follow it and they end up in a large underground complex. The Breton whispered to him, telling him to look for any type of doorway or opening, and to look down every grate he saw. The Blade began searching the complex, he heard some noises and saw movement in his surrounding. He pointed out that they were being surrounded. Etienne remarked that this was awkward and activated his Flame Cloak. The Imperial asked why it was awkward. He then looked around following the sounds and the movements trying to locate those surrounding them. Etienne said that he knew what he meant and then pressed himself against a wall, hoping that it was a wall. An arrow goes flying past Caesar, only missing by millimeters. He saw a shadow a distance away and casted lightning bolt at it. The blue light from the bolt momentarily illuminated the room showing half a dozen men around Caesar and the Commander. The Blade cursed the fact that they were outnumbered. The bolt missed. The man Caesar almost hit lit a torch and the room partly illuminated. A gruff looking Redguard said that the spell was close. He suggested to the duo that they don't move, as half a dozen arrows were pointed at them right now. He asked them why they were there and if they were working for the guards or the council. He also pointed out that they didn't look like locals as he examined them.
The Imperial turned to Etienne, as if to wait for him to say something. The commander said that they used to be sweetroll merchants, but now they're treasure hunters of a sort. The Redguard laughed, saying that it was rich that he tried to pass himself off as a sweetroll merchant. He then looked at the Breton and asked if he took him for a fool, saying that it was obvious that they were sent to find them. With the group of mostly Redguards there was an Argonian, who held a steady hand on his sword, ready to draw it. The Redguard looked over to the Argonian then back to the strangers. He assume that the duo's silence meant that he was right, and that they were sent to find them. He pointed out that as they could see it wasn't a good choice. The Setting Sun leader then turned to his men and ordered them to subdue them and take them to the hideout, and said to make sure to put a bag over their heads first so they didn't find out the location of their base. Five Suns started to walk towards Caesar and Etienne with their weapons drawn. Caesar charged a chain lightning spell and said that it looked like they'd have to fight them all. He looked at the dagger he held in his hand and the commander could tell he wished that he had kept his katana. The Argonian was with the 5 Suns, he started slowly walking towards the Imperial and the Breton. Then suddenly, he stabbed two of the Setting Suns in front of him and shouted For Daric!. He ran over to where the duo were standing and briefly said that he would explain later. Caesar looked at the Argonian and asked which side he was on. He then cast the chain lightning hitting the two remaining Suns. The Argonian revealed that he was sent by one of Daric's generals to infiltrate the Setting Suns and gather intel in Hammerfell as a whole but that was a while back, before Daric had taken all of High Rock. He said that his name was Skaal-ti and that he was supposed to keep an eye out in Hammerfell so the Stormcrown Alliance would know if the Legion decided to march north from there. Caesar introduced the duo to the Argonian, mentioning their names and respective ranks. He told Skaal-ti that they were trying to end the Suns so the local government allied with them. He mentioned that the Suns apparently had an inside man on the guards or something like that, so that was why the Council sent them. He looked around to the four dead Suns and then asked the Argonian if he knew where their base was. Skaal-ti said that he had only been with the Setting Suns and as they were wary of strangers they didn't trust him with the location. But he thought their best hope was to follow any leads they find. The Blade said for them to search around, as they obviously had some sort of base around there somewhere. They split up and started searching. A while later the Argonian called them over. He told them that there was a lever there. When he pulled the lever a small ladder came down from the ceiling. He said he would go check it out. Skaal-ti walked up the ladder and left the duo down there. He then told them that he thought it was up there.
Caesar and Etienne followed Skaal-ti up the ladder. They made it to the base. There was a big cistern and in the center stood the gruff Redguard. He spoke, saying that Skaal-ti really disappointed him because of the betrayal. But he said that it was too bad for them as he knew the Argonian was not one of them from the beginning. Five archers stood behind him and pointed their arrows at the three intruders. The Setting Sun leader said that no one crosses the Suns and lives. Etienne muttered to Caesar that his Chain Lightning would be useful right about now. The Imperial charged the Chain lightning, he said that he wouldn't be able to hit them all, just two. He told the commander and Skaal-ti to get ready. Caesar cast the Chain Lightning spell and it hit two of the archers. The three remaining archers fired onto the three intruders, one of the arrows hit Caesar on his left shoulder. Etienne charged ahead and attacked one of the archers, only after stabbing him did the Breton notice the arrow in his thigh. Caesar cast another Chain Lightning spell at the remaining archers. With his magicka now empty he couldn't heal his shoulder, but he did pull out the arrow. Speaking to the Redguard leader of the Suns he said it's over and to surrender now. The leader replied that they would never surrender, they would be victorious. He said that the west would conquer the east. He then drew his scimitar and yelled. A dozen other Suns appeared from the sides of the cistern and charged at the intruders. Caesar looked around for a better weapon than the dagger he was using, he picked up a scimitar from one of the archers and charged at the Suns. Etienne plunged his dagger into a Setting Sun and took his weapon, decapitating another soon after. He asked the leader if he was sure he didn't want to surrender. The Leader slashed at the Breton, asking if that answered his question. Caesar sliced a Sun. Then three suns ganged up on him so Caesar was forced to stay on the defensive while his magicka recharged. Skaal-ti backed away from the fight and casted his 'The Shadow Stone' power and became invisible. Etienne blocked most of the attack but receives a cut down his forearm. He thought it could've been worse. The leader continued slashing at the commander, he activated his Adrenaline Rush ability and was able to use many power attacks at the Breton. Caesar held his own against the three Suns that surrounded him. His magicka had partly refilled so he cast lightning bolt at one of the suns. Etienne held up his sword to block the attacks from the Redguard. After withstanding many hits, the sword shatters in two. He then charged a Firebolt spell. The Leader kept on fighting the commander.
Caesar switched to the offensive now that he killed one of the three Suns attacking him. He slashed at one of the two and stabbed the other. There were six Suns remaining, two went to help out their boss while the other four charged at the Blade. Caesar blocked the attacks with his sword but he was getting ganged up on an some blows hit him, slicing at his armor. The robe he had been wearing over his armor was now completely ripped and fell off him. The leader was pulled back, and as Skaal-ti appeared behind him the Argonian's blade slid across his throat. Right after he slashed the other two suns helping their boss from behind. He then quickly switched his view to the Suns attacking Caesar. Skaal-ti switched to his bow and shot one arrow after another, killing two of the four, and the third arrow was blocked by a shield. The Sun came charging at him. Caesar stabbed the sun that was still fighting him and then sliced him in the chest. Afterwards he went after the Sun that was charging at Skaal-ti. The Argonian rolled over and let Caesar kill the charging sun. He thanked the Blade afterwards and asked if they should get going. Caesar knelled down next to the dead sun. He pointed out that they had high quality equipment for rebels, so someone had to be financing them. He then got up and said that they should get out of there, saying that they needed to see the Council to tell them they dealt with the Setting Suns. Caesar, Etienne and Skaal-ti made it to the Council Chamber.
When they entered the eldest councilor greeted them and asked if they were successful in completing the task. Etienne said that they did and told the councilors that now they had more reason to attack the monarchy on the west side of Dragonstar. He told them that the Setting Suns were the best financed rebel group he'd ever seen. But not only that, he told them how their leader said "the west will conquer the east". The commander came to the conclusion that the Council's rival had been plotting against them for months, if not years. The elder said that he feared as much. He said that the Suns were too well organized to be just an ordinary rebel group, he figured the King of the West was financing them. The old Redguard then said that now that they were taken care of the Council and East Dragonstar would side with him. He told the commander to expect their guards to aid them in taking the city in their name. Caesar then asked Etienne when should they strike.
Skaal-ti Tailshadow suggested that he observe them while hidden. He said it might give them a strategic advantage to have eyes on the enemy. Caesar Autrus agreed with the plan, telling the Commander that the Argonian could infiltrate West Dragonstar and help them from the inside. Etienne told him to go, but not to get killed. He then turned to the Blade and asked how he thought their Redguard friends were doing. The Imperial said he wasn't sure, since last time they heard from them they had lost Taneth and King Cluson had taken over command from his missing cousin. He asked if they should head back to the army camp outside the city. Etienne agreed and the two of them departed from the city. The two made it back to camp. Caesar immediately went to get his katana and his shield. He told the commander that he missed his weapons, the dagger he was using when they were in the sewers was not as reliable as his Blades Katana and Shield, which were high quality equipment. Etienne said he preferred his greatsword. He picked up his Ebony Greatsword with a golden engraved hilt. Caesar looked at the blade, noting that it was an impressive weapon. He asked his commander if he could retire to his tent, but to send for him if they were going to attack. He left and went to his tent when he was dismissed. Sometime later Etienne summoned his lieutenant to his tent. He ordered him to mobilize the men and get the Blade, they were to march on West Dragonstar. The Commander overlooked the city. Thinking to himself, he still saw no visible defenses on the battlements. He also figured that they better not destroy the wall. They'd use ladders first, then somebody would open the gates.
Caesar arrived at the hill that Etienne was on. The Commander ordered Caesar to lead the first attack. To bring up ladders to scale the walls. If Skaal-ti didn't open the gate, he'd have to do it. The Commander said he would lead the second attack and told Caesar that no matter what he should not damage the walls. That would leave them open. Caesar nodded, said they would attack on Etienne's command. He told the Breton to give them the signal when it was time. He would organize the men in the meantime. The Blade left the Commander and headed to where the soldiers he was assigned to where camped. Etienne called his lieutenant back and told him that when dusk fell, to give the signal to Caesar. As dusk fell, the Commander knew that his lieutenant went to carry out the order. The platoon under the Blade's command soon left the camp and headed to attack West Dragonstar. Etienne and the rest of the army got into position to wait until the gates were opened so they could reinforce. Sometime later, the Breton spotted the gate opening in the distance. He turned to face the rest of the army which he had gathered. He called them forth, to fear no darkness. He told them to arise, men of the High King. He told them spears would be shaken, shields would be splintered. It was a sword day, a red day and as the sun rose in the morning they would have victory. He ordered them to charge. The rest of the army charged into the city. With the gates open and the defenses focused on Caesar's force, the army sustained little losses. The soldiers, from Caesar's platoon, on the battlements finished off the last of the enemy archers. While the guards were busy fighting Etienne's forces, Caesar's forces flanked them. The guards were surrounded, Caesar's men attacking from the back and Etienne's men from the front. The West Dragonstar defenders were at a major disadvantage and were being slaughtered by the Bretons. Etienne spotted Caesar in the midst of the battle. He decapitated one of the guards. His sword was covered in blood. He told Caesar that they needed to find the monarch. After stabbing a guard then kicked him off his sword, the Blade pointed to the large palace in the middle of the city and told him he must be in the palace. The Commander and two of his soldiers broke off from the battle and started heading towards the palace. Caesar followed him, motioning for Skaal-ti and the Orc to come as well. They went with him.
The group headed to the Palace. There the Elite guard still protected the King. The Blade asked Etienne what he planned to do to the king. The commander said it depended on what he planned to do to them. The group climbed the stairs up to the entrance of the Palace. The Elite Guards pointed their lances at the intruders. Seeing that they were part of the invading forces they blocked the doors. The captain of the king's guards ordered his men to protect the king. Etienne attempted to persuade the guards to stand down, telling them that their lives were worth more than their duty. He said their king would rather kill his opponents from the shadows than face them honorably. The guard captain asked for the Breton to elaborate on his comment. Caesar kept his katana ready. Etienne told the guards that their king was funding the group of rebels in East Dragonstar to usurp the council, rather than attack them head on. He said the king did not care how the public thought of him, he only wanted power. He asked if he would you serve a false king who worked from the shadows. The commander told them he wouldn't. The Captain and his men lowered their weapons, for Redguards valued honor just as much as the Nords and the Orcs. He asked for evidence of their king's involvement, or if they were just supposed to believe him. The commander told them that sadly they didn't, but they could just watch their king confess when they confronted him. The captain raised his spear again, saying he could not let them do that. By his honor and his oaths to the king, he was sworn to protect his life no matter what. As where his men. The other guards raised their weapons. Caesar said that they had no other choice, they had to fight. He lifted his Shield and crouched, pointing his sword forward and covering his body with his shield. Etienne drew his greatsword. He tried to expose the weak point of the spears. The head of the spear could be easily removed from the shaft, if the fighter was skilled enough, with a quick and firm sword swing. The Elite Guards kept their spears and Halberds pointed at the Bretons. Caesar approached slowly with his shield covering his body. The commander approached slowly. As he got closer, he swung upwards with his sword, attempting to break the spear. He managed to break that guard's spear. The guard moved back and drew his scimitar. Caesar lunged at a guard. He used his shield to push his spear up and then broke it with his katana. Before the guard could back away the Blade kicked him down and then stabbed him in the chest.
Etienne ordered his other troops to replicate his attack. Breaking the spears would give them a huge advantage. Skaal-ti and an Orc switched to their melee weapons, following the commander's example. In close quarters combat Caesar was excellent, he bashed the Redguards and slashed at them. After a while the elite guards were defeated. Etienne and his men went inside the Palace. There was a long hallway with a large set of doors at the end. Caesar deduced that is must be the throne room. The commander ordered the Blade and Skaal-ti to watch their backs. He slowly made his way towards the large set of doors and opened them. Caesar followed the order and turned around. He watched their six as they approached the doors. Etienne held his greatsword in one hand and pushed the door open with the other. The King was sitting on his throne. His guards move in front of him to protect him from the Bretons. The Blade turned forwards, facing the King and his guards. He asked if they were going to kill him. Etienne asked his opinion, but Caesar said that it didn't matter because he was not in charge. The Breton thought it best to take him alive, since the council would want him. Caesar nodded and approached the guards, holding up his shield. Etienne with Caesar on one side and Skaal-ti on the other approached the king. He ordered the monarch to surrender and they would bring him no harm. He gave his word. The King said he would not surrender his city, or his throne. He stood up and drew his scimitar. He said that if they wanted it, they needed to come and take it. Caesar bashed one of the guard's spears and broke it then he cast lightning bolt at the guard. Etienne slashed at one of the guards. Skaal-ti shot at another. The King lunged at the Breton Commander. He swung his scimitar at him. The Blade sliced at a guard and stabbed another, while the Argonian killed the first of them with an arrow to the chest. Etienne blocked the attack with his greatsword and took a defensive stance. The King activated his Adrenaline Rush ability and began to power attack the Commander. Caesar slashed another guard in the chest, saving Skaal-ti from his blow. Etienne raises his sword to block the attacks. He received a few cuts, nothing serious except for one across the chest.
The Imperial left the guards for the other soldiers. He went over to help his commander. He bashed at the King, staggering him while Etienne slashed at the king's legs. The King fell over due to the wound. Caesar went over to his commander and asked him if he was alright. The Breton replied that no, since it was a pretty deep cut. He complimented the king's sword, then warned the Blade of an attack from behind him. His voice was shaky as he spoke. The Orc and Skaal-ti continued to fight alongside the soldiers against the remaining guards. Caesar turned around just in time to raise his shield, protecting himself and Etienne. The commander unsheathed his dagger and threw it at a guard. The Imperial got up, thanking the commander for the warning. The Bretons had killed the last of the Redguard guards. He looked at the king who was on the floor in pain, then asked if they should drag the overthrown king to East Dragonstar. The commander nodded and said he would survey what happened outside the palace. Caesar motioned for his men to grab the King. He then followed Etienne outside, the Breton soldiers dragged the King. He saw that the Breton Army had defeated the West guards. He told Etienne that they should head over to the Eastern Council to inform them of their success. The Redguard King called the Council fools for siding with Daric Lariat, saying that the High King and the Emperor would have their heads. Etienne shrugged off the king's comment. The Bretons took the King to the east side of Dragonstar. As they were leaving Eastern guards were already arriving in the West to garrison the city now that it had been taken over. The group soon arrived at the council chamber. The commander told the councilors that they had brought their rival to them. The Breton soldiers threw the King in front of the Council's table. The Eldest councilor opened a vote on what to do with the king after he acknowledged the Redguard monarch. The male councilor voted on killing the king, right then and there. The female councilor voted to imprison the King for his crimes against Dragonstar, like funding the Setting Suns. The two turned to the elder. He agreed with the woman, saying that killing him would be premature. He said that the King could still be useful to them when they formally took control of West Dragonstar.
Etienne told the council that for their cooperation they would enjoy prosperous trade with High Rock. He asked for their troops to be allowed to rest there before they continued. The eldest councilor said that their doors were always opened to friends. He ordered the guards to take the King to his new room. Caesar bowed to the Councilors and then walked out of the room with the other Bretons. Once he was back to camp Etienne looked at his lieutenant. He told him to get the men to the barracks in the city. They needed their rest. He said he would send a letter to High King Daric soon to report their success and ask for their next set of orders. The next day Etienne, refreshed from his sleep, told his lieutenant to send the message to the High King. They had to wait a few days for the reply, but in it Daric told the Commander himself to decide the best course of action that would aid their Redguard allies in their war. The High King also promoted Etienne to General for his success. The Breton was most pleased at the promotion. He thought of the best thing to do and came to the conclusion that since the city of Skaven was the closest, as because it was under Crown control, it would be the perfect target. If they could somehow take it they'd have a good grip on Northern Hammerfell. From there Sentinel could be taken, if King Bodean were to help them out. Etienne called a meeting of his most trusted lieutenants and Caesar in the command tent. When the Blade arrived, he asked the commander why he was called. Etienne informed him that he was now promoted to General, by Daric. He handed Caesar the letter he had received from the High King. He then told the Blade that they were going to Skaven and that he was called to the tent in order to discuss the coming siege. The Imperial congratulated him and then handed him the letter from King Bodean. He told the general that the Redguard king was also marching on Skaven. If they took the city then Sentinel would be cut off from the Empire and would be easy pickings for them. Etienne said that it was good news. A join attack would be far better than a lone assault. Caesar asked if they would be leaving soon. The general said that once the soldiers were ready they'd be heading out. The Imperial nodded and asked the general if he would like to have a drink with him and the men at the Orc's, who's name Etienne discovered was Gorum gro-Balg, tavern over in West Dragonstar. He agreed. Caesar entered the tavern and sat at a table. He ordered a round of drinks for the soldiers, saying it was on the general. They all started to laugh and cheer. Etienne told them to drink up, they deserved it. Caesar drank like the others and celebrated the victory.
The tavern cleared out as the drunken soldiers tried to make it back to camp. Caesar was in the Command Tent with Etienne. He had a hangover. They discussed strategy for the rest of the day. The Bretons, after getting over their hangovers, left Dragonstar behind. They started their journey to Skaven where they would meet with King Bodean and his men. As they left the city, Etienne made a mental note never to get the drinks for every soldier. He had barely enough to pay the barkeep. Some days later one of Etienne's forward scouts returned. The general asked him how far Skaven was. He was told it was a day's ride away still. He was glad they's soon arrive, as he was getting tired of marching. They arrived in the outskirts of Skaven and made camp east of the city. The Forebears had also arrived and King Bodean sent a messenger hawk to Etienne telling him of this. The general wrote back, suggesting that the two armies attack at dawn. Sometime later Caesar went to their general and told him that the sun would dawn in an hour, he suggested that they get ready. Etienne agreed and ordered the army to get ready for the siege. Caesar relayed the order. As the sun came up the Forebears began their attack, the Breton general ordered his army to do so as well. The two armies attacked the city, the Forebears from the southwest and the Bretons from the east. They surrounded the city of Skaven. With their combined numbers the Skaven soldiers were outmatched 2 to 1. The Forebears brought a few catapults along and they were firing onto the city's walls. Etienne ordered the support troops to bring up ladders to climb on the walls. King Bodean had brought a few catapults along and they were firing onto the city's walls from the west. Forebear catapults broke through the wall on the west side of the city and the Redguards charged inside. Etienne ordered a small group of cavalry to follow the Forebears through the hole while he himself proceeded to climb a ladder. Caesar, whom was now atop the battlements, saw the General climbing the ladder so he stood by it and killed any enemy soldier that tried to come near it.
Etienne reached the top of the ladder and drew his greatsword, slashing and stabbing any Crowns who were close enough. Caesar pointed at a tower nearby and said that it was through there that they would get down onto the streets. Then suddenly an arrow pierced his left shoulder. He yelled and dropped his shield. Etienne ordered everyone to get down, telling Caesar to stay there. The Imperial broke the shaft of the arrow off, saying he could handle it. His arm hurt so bad that he didn't pick up his shield. Etienne believed Caesar. He started making his way to the tower, being careful not to be shot. Gorum handed a healing potion to Caesar. Skaal-ti kept his head down, while Gorum kept his shield up, preparing for possible incoming projectiles. Caesar drank the potion and thanked the Orc, the bleeding seemed to stop. He grabbed his katana with both hands and followed Etienne to the tower, with the others close behind. The Breton opened the door of the tower and entered. Caesar and the others followed him. He said to head down the stairs to reach the street. From behind the door to the tower appeared a Redguard soldier and he lunged at the General with his Scimitar. He said the Breton wouldn't make it out of there alive. The scimitar hit Etienne's back armor plate, knocking the general over but not doing much else. Caesar stood in between the General and the Redguard as the General got back up. He, however, had a handicap, his hurt shoulder and the fact he usually used a shield. He distracted the Redguard but was unable to injure him. Etienne, slowly and carefully, got up and slashed at the Redguard. He ordered everyone else to push ahead, he'd take care of the Redguard soldier. The Blade called over the group of soldiers that was atop the wall and went down the stairs with them, which included Skaal-ti and Gorum. The Redguard grinned saying it was just the two of them, calling Etienne a Breton scum. The General shrugged off the Redguard's comment and insulted his insult. The Redguard revealed that he was the Captain of the Guard and demanded respect from the Breton. He called Etienne a whoreson. The Redguard charged at him, he obviously had anger issues. The General raised his sword to block any attacks the Redguard would throw. He told his enemy that he didn't respect people like him. The Captain said he would make him. He continued to attack Etienne. He was angry and as such was careless. In his blind rage he left his left side open. Etienne blocked an attack and tried to counter-attack the Captain. The blow landed and the Redguard was staggered. He cursed the Breton. He put his hand on the wound to stop try to stop the bleeding. The General asked him to surrender, but knew that the Redguard was too prideful for that. The Redguard spat at Etienne and told him to rot in Oblivion.
Etienne decided not to kill the Guard Captain, instead he tried to trip him. The Captain almost lost his footing but was not tripped. He said he expected a Breton to play dirty. The general muttered how the Crows loved their insults. The Redguard lunged forward and attempts to punch Etienne. The Breton was surprised by the sudden attack and was hit, making him stumble back. The Redguard smiled. He asked Etienne where his sassy-ness was now. He firmly held his scimitar. Etienne lunged straight for the Captain's chest, missing his heart but still killing the man. The Redguard took one last breath. He grabbed his chest then fell over dead. The general exited the tower and looked around at the city. The battle was ending and he could see the King of Skaven leaving his castle, with the Forebears waiting for him. He headed there to meet up with King Bodean and the others. When he arrived the King of Skaven had surrendered, throwing his sword to the ground. Etienne smiled under his helmet. He suggested to the Redguard King that he choose a better guard captain the next time. The King of Skaven looked over at Etienne. He seemed a little angry that his guard captain was dead but there was nothing he could do about it. Two Forebears soldiers restrained the former king and took him into custody. Bodean then turned to the General and introduced himself to General Etienne. It was the first time to two were face-to-face. He told the King that he used to be a Commander, and was just recently made a general by Daric after he took Dragonstar. Bodean shook his hand. He asked if he and his army would be accompanying the Forebears to Sentinel for the final battle of the civil war. Etienne assured the Redguard that they would as soon as the Bretons were rested, as they had fought the last two battles with little rest in between. Bodean laughed, saying he was getting ahead of himself. The general was right, their men needed some rest. He invited the Breton to join him in the palace, since Hasell, the King of Skaven, wouldn't need it anymore.
Etienne asked whom Bodean would put in charge of the city. He said he was still deciding, but it would be one of the local noble or one from Taneth. They walked into the palace. The general told him to make sure he trusted them, which was the most important thing. Bodean told him not to worry, he said he knew what he was doing. Etienne reminded the Redguard that he will have all of Hammerfell under his control, and should he lose it Daric's wrath would fall upon his shoulders. Bodean called Daric their great leader in a mocking tone. He told the general that he didn't doubt that Daric was capable enough to run the Empire, but that he didn't follow him because he truly believed in him. It was just a mutually beneficial alliance. Etienne told him to mock all he wanted, as it wouldn't change anything. Bodean agreed that that was true, for with time more would join Daric. Emperor Augustus was very hated and the dark rumors that were spreading about what was going on in the Imperial City were only fueling the fire. They sat by a fireplace as they talked. Etienne hoped they were not caught in the flames. He called over one of his lieutenants and told him to send a message to Daric, asking him for boats. He said they'd be useful in taking Sentinel. The Lieutenant saluted the general then went to send the letter.
The combined army of the Forebears and the Bretons left Skaven after resting and restoring order to the city. They had travelled east to the city of Sentinel where Bodean hoped to face the High King and end the Civil War once and for all. When they arrived they surrounded the city, blockading it. Etienne was surveying the city from a distance. He expressed his concerns about them not having enough men, even with their navy. Sentinel is a fortress of a city, heavily guarded. Bodean agreed, saying the bulk of the 6th Legion was still stationed there. He had hoped they had lost most their forces in Taneth but it seemed he was wrong. The Redguard said they would need a good plan to take Sentinel, for it won't be an easy fight. The general said that if they sieged the city it could take weeks to starve them out. Bodean said that it was the best they could come up with for now. The city's defenses were too much for a frontal assault. The Breton asked Bodean where Sentinel's sewer system came out of. He said it came out north of the city, into the say. Then he asked why the general wanted to know, asking if he had a plan to infiltrate the city from there. Etienne revealed that an Argonian had recently joined his army. He said he could easily swim into the city from the sewers. Bodean scratched his chin thinking about the plan, and said that with a small group the Argonian could enter the city unseen. The Breton said the group should be inconspicuous. The king agreed, and asked if he could count on the general to pick out a group for the mission. Etienne mentioned a couple men, experience, like the Blade he had in his army. King Bodean said that he would trust his judgement. His meeting with General Etienne was interrupted by one of Bodean's lieutenants whom said a small army of Dunmer had arrived near their camp, and that their leader wished to meet with them. He told the young lieutenant to let the Dunmer leader pass and soon the Dunmer entered the king's tent. The Dunmer introduced himself as Joran Nerevar of House Indoril, and said that he came to help. The King greeted Joran, and introduced himself as King Bodean of Taneth.
He asked what brought him to Hammerfell. He thought the elves were too busy with Morrowind to join the Forebears and the Bretons in Hammerfell. The Dunmer told him that he recently broke the siege of Mournhold and wanted to help the Stormcrown Alliance and to seek help from High King Daric. He asked if Daric was in the camp. Bodean told Joran that High King Daric was in High Rock and said it was General Etienne that was in charge of the Breton forces in Hammerfell. He told the Dunmer to speak to him if he had business with Daric. Joran said he would do that later. He then asked what they were talking about, then asked if he was overstepping his place there. Bodean said that it depended, on whether his forces helped in the siege of Sentinel or not. Joran said that of course he would help, as he needed to gain Daric's trust in order to get his help. The Redguard mentioned that the High King already was dealing with House Redoran, and asked if Joran planned on having House Indoril replace House Redoran as Daric's main ally. The elf said he would do the best for his province. If he could do that better than House Redoran, he would, and claimed that he was the true leader of Morrowind, not Houses Redoran lor Hlaalu. He wanted to do what was best for Morrowind, no matter what, and believed he was the best ruler. Bodean shrugged off his comment, saying he had no interest in Dunmeri politics. As long as someone that hated Augustus was on the throne of Morrowind then he'd be fine with it.
Etienne wondered how much trade had suffered in Sentinel since they blockaded it, thinking that it must be going bankrupt. Bodean told him that it was likely that the city had suffered since the begining of the Civil War, as Daric took over as High King of High Rock. Sentinel was a major trading partner of the Bretons. Though High King Ennah was probably still living at the lap of luxury. The general joked about hoping Ennah was not too lat to lift his sword. Bodean agreed, since he wanted to fight the High King personally. He wanted to see if he had any ounce of the warrior he once was left in him. Etienne said he was all his. The King sarcastically thanked the Breton, whom replied equally sarcastically. Bodean grinned, saying he was starting to like Etienne and was sure they would grow to be good friends after this. The Breton general said the feeling was mutual, but said for the king to make sure not to get fat. He said not to worry, he would stay fit. Bodean said a king should be able to defend himself if he planned on defending his country. After the meeting with Bodean, Etienne wrote a letter to Caesar informing him of their plan and ordering him to form a small team consisting of himself, Skaal-ti and others to infiltrate the city. He then gave the letter to one of his lieutenants to send to the Blade. The general milled in his tent, reviewing his lieutenant's report of the Battle of Skaven. He was impressed at the results they of that battle.
In Sentinel, it was about 5 in the morning and the streets on the city were still quiet. That is until there was a huge explosion in the western side of the city. The city fell into chaos. The Dunmer were the first to attack, after the explosion. Most of their forces were mages, whom summoned Clannfears to aid in destroyed the wall. Forebear catapults fired on the wall, Dunmer mages cast spells on the same point and the summoned Daedra charged at it. Dunmer soldiers atop of Silt Striders were trying to climp over the wall, while Crown soldiers fired down on them. It took almost half an hour to break the wall, during that time the Stormcrown forces suffered many casualties. When they finally rushed into the city they lost their surprise advantage, but the Crown forces were disorganized because of local revolts. The Breton soldiers under the command of Etienne followed the Forebears' lead in the battle. Soldiers began to rush towards the break in the wall to fight the intruders. They quickly took down the Clannfears. Dunmer Nightblades attacked the soldiers, but they were outnumbered. They began to flee back to the camp. Silt Striders with mages in them started to attack the enemy soldiers from above. There were two mages on top of each one, firing destruction spells down on the enemy. The Crown soldiers faltered in their chase of the Nightblades. They then began to run back to the city, losing great numbers of Redguards. Joran shouted and the Dunmer rushed into the city. Bodean ordered his men to follow the Dunmer. Joran fought through a line of Imperials, slicing with his sword. He and his men fought their way to an empty street, seperating from the Forebear forces. Bodean and all the forces under his command were in the city. It was utter chaos. The civilians were fighting the Crown forces along with the Forebears, Indoril and Breton soldiers. On the coast the Breton ships were providing supporting fire, bombarding the Crown capital.
The situation in the city was still in utter chaos, it wasn't like any of the other battles in the Civil War. There were a bunch of skirmishes between soldiers and angry civilians. Etienne was fighting in skirmish. He led the Breton soldiers towards the market while Bodean and Joran were heading towards the castle. He intended to rally the citizens to their side and wrestle control of the city from the Crowns. He was partially successful as all over the city the rebellious citizens ran to the streets and began attacking the Crown soldiers. Stormcrown soldiers destroyed a good portion of the Crown defenses and the full might of the invading armies was able to attack the city. On the coast the Breton ships provided supporting fire, bombarding the Crown capital. It wasn't until King Bodean announced the death of High King Ennah that the Crown soldiers put down their weapons and surrendered. With Sentinel in Forebear control, and the High King dead, the Civil War in Hammerfell came to a close. Etienne was recalled to High Rock to serve High King Daric as one of his generals.
Etienne was at the main street of Shornhelm. He hoped that the war would be over soon, they had lost enough men as it was. The general soon received a letter from Daric Lariat informing him that the High King's guest, Jina Nerevar, was almost assassinated while staying in the castle. Daric wanted the general to head to Morrowind to investigate the assassination as House Redoran was likely involved or at least implicated, be it falsely or not. To carry out this investigation, Etienne sent a letter to Caesar Autrus. He ordered the Blade to head to Morrowind and investigate House Redoran, giving him the pin found on the assassins.
- His original name was Ethan, but it was changed to something more lore-friendly after the user that RPed him quit.
- Both Etienne and Roderic Acques wore Ebony Armor while serving during the Stormcrown Rebellion, then switched to Legion General Armor after Daric took the Ruby Throne.