Battle of Blackfields
The Battle of Blackfields in 709 SKR was a turning point in the Second Witching War. Summerling regulars, led by their king, the young Caudus Tarmoore, were escorting a group of Gristameri soldiers to aid Eladrin warriors who were holding the Tavanion front against the Witch-Queen’s forces. The battle seemed like it would be a quick and easy rout of the Witch-Queen’s armies.
Unbeknownst to the humans and halflings, however, the Gristameri had been contacted by the Witch-Queen and had decided not to aid the other kingdoms against her. At the last minute, the goblins struck. They launched arrows against their human allies, sending them into disarray. Indeed, part of the bugbear shock troops is believed to have attacked and mauled Caudus Tarmoore, and the young king died of his injuries on the battle field. Without the support they were expecting, the eladrin were butchered by the Witch-Queen’s dark armies. From that day forward, Gristamere was considered an enemy of the other kingdoms, and the Conclave of the Seven Kingdoms has never recovered.