Pitax and its armies had been completely vanquished late in the fall of 4713. By October, the city was occupied by a joint force of troops from the Mistmarches and locals who’d sworn fealty to the new banner. Civil order had been reestablished, trade had started up again – albeit haltingly, due to an unusually harsh winter – and a few critical building projects had been initiated, also stymied by the weather.
The outer wall and main gate were repaired, and with the presence of troops the city was deemed secure for the time being. Considering that wars were rarely prosecuted, let along started, in winter, the repairs were adequate for now. Since most of the damage within the city had been to the palace and assets belonging to or directly associated with Irovetti, people were able to get back to their normal lives without too much trouble. Rubble was cleared and plans were made to repairs the palace, main barracks, and some other public buildings, and that was enough for now.
Still, the main square, of which the palace made up one side and the art museum another, looked quite grim throughout the snowy winter.
The members of the Upper Council split up for most of the season, attending to the necessary duties of leadership across an ever-widening kingdom.
Anton stayed on in Pitax into early December, overseeing the reorganization of the government and civil defense forces. It was decided that he, as the most recognizable face of the Mistmarches, should show the banner as much as possible in and around the city in order to demonstrate to the new subjects and surrounding governments that things were well in hand. To this end he and Pik received the kings of both Mivon and Daggermark on official visits to Pitax, signing trade and mutual friendship pacts with both. Emissaries from Numeria and Loric Fells also called on the kings in Pitax to plan for formal meetings some time in the new year. Pik spent these first few months shuttling between the surrounding governments, and in early January headed back to Misthaven.
Tessara served as the eyes and ears of the Upper Council during these first months, traveling across the expanse of the kingdom to check in on all the cities, towns, and other settlements, as well as the wildlands of the Narlmarches, Slough, and Glenebon Uplands.
Zion brought Kincaid back to Misthaven, where it was hoped that the scholars, mages, and healers there could do something to repair his shattered body and mind. Round-the-clock care was provided in a room at the main barracks of the Mistborn Rangers, where it was hoped that familiar surroundings might shake him out of his coma-like state.
Following this, Zion traveled to the eastern cities of Varnhold and Silverstep – the smallest and most remote in the realm – to ensure their development and security.
This covers through the end of 4713. I figure that Anton would return to Misthaven by the end of the year, after having been gone since August, and the kings would be then able to make big decisions for the direction of the kingdom for the next year. Discuss that as comments on this post and I’ll write another post based off those to bring the timeline forward a few months. I’ll also work out the crunchy kingdom-building stuff, too, to reflect actual building projects and revenues and expenditures. And remember, you’re all 12th level now.