– A legendary battle that took place over 700,000 years ago, the “Song of the Axes” served as the tipping point that helped the Chromian empire gain true prominence in the Seven Spaceways
In the months before the battle, the Chromians had intercepted a Capellan battlecruiser and proceeded to destroy and loot it, but allowed the crew to escape. As expected, the Capellans saw this as an act of war and immediately retaliated by attacked a worldship carrying several Chromian lords and their families (one of these lords would turn the tide of the eventual battle tremendously). After several more of these attacks, the two races had had enough and decided to end it once and for all; they agreed to send armies to a neutral planet/moon and whichever army was victorious would not only end the conflict, but would hold sway over a good portion of the Seven Spaceways.
They settle on Crejirat, a planet near the pillars of creation that was known for the “Eight Ruby Gates,” a group of tremendous structures that resemble cross-barred gates seemingly hewn from hill-sized rubies. Many great battles had been fought at the “Gates” and the one yet to come would be among its greatest. Over the next few days, the armies of both races made their way to Crejirat, armed with the weapons of true warriors (longswords, greatswords, short swords, spiked chains, heavy maces, and battleaxes), and the stage was set for a clash that would shake the universe.
On the day of the battle, the high commanders of both armies met and agreed on terms: If there was no clear winner in the upcoming battle, they would send forth an appointed champion, and whomever’s champion is victorious would would wing the conflict for their people. As for whom the champions would be, there was no question; Jahazi’al and Andeus, two of the greatest warriors the Seven Spaceways had yet seen. That night, the armies sent messages to their wives, readied their weapons, and sung songs of the deeds of the ancestors, knowing the next day they would have to do them proud.
Soon, dawn broke, and the two armies assembled.
The high commanders stood before their men, raised their swords, and the two armies rushed towards each other, chanting the anthems of their homeworlds. In the next few minutes, the field would be filled with the cacophony of clashing steel, explosions, and screams, but neither army would yield nor give ground. After nearly 30 minutes, the high commanders ceased the battle and called forth their champions, whom had been waiting anxiously for their chance. The remnants of the two armies formed a gigantic circle as Andeus and Jahazi’al made their way towards the center, their weapons drawn and their intentions palpable. The two warriors stared each other down for several long seconds until, in an explosion of speed, they flew at each other, the resulting impact shaking the earth and forcing those forming the circle to take several steps back. As they battled, the clash of their weapons could be heard for miles, and the two of them proceeded to dart around the planet at near hypersonic speeds, dispersing clouds and driving groves into mountains. The two armies watched in awe as the mighty warriors maneuvered across the sky, but the high commanders knew it be over in just a few moments as warriors of this caliber made every strike count. They were correct: both Andeus and Jahazi’al had already been wounding despite only fighting for six minutes and, eventually, the death blow would be struck.
Several more minutes went by with no victor, which worried the high commanders. If there was no victor, the war would have to continue…then an answer came. In the distance, a shape emerged…it was Jahazi’al, with the body of Andeus on his shoulder. Jahazi’al’s armor had been slashed open four time, cutting him deeply, and proved just how powerful his opponent was. The conflict was over and the Chromians now held the power.
After honoring the dead, the two armies parted ways with Andeus’ body placed in a special coffin to be sent directly to his family (with Jahazi’al placing one of his prized swords in said coffin to acknowledge Andeus’ skill). The attacks between the two races ceased and the Chromians went on to become a galactic superpower, but the rivalry between the two never stopped with their two great martial schools constantly competing against one another, and their best scientists tirelessly trying to best their last breakthrough.
Upon returning home, Jahazi’al was a given a hero’s welcome and finally settle down but, in his soul, he still longed for the battlefield. He’d soon get his wish….