Malcolm Lair / Mar 31, 2015
After four separate campaigns in Northrend, Vanitas has claimed a large swath of what lies east of the frozen continent. Given over entirely to House Tho'lain from his magnificent capital lying deep in Zul'drak, a land of death, decay and rot. However, the cost to this Empire was heavy upon House Tho'lain, as they had lost many men at the Battle of Gjalerbron, fighting off against the Vrykul forces which held it so defiantly. In return to this large swath of land delivered to House Tho'lain, House Lair in fact has a restored house at long last.
Lord-General Gavius Lair has finally returned from the North. The Great Northern Bear that he is. The tale tellers state that the older brother of our Lord Malus was one of the most diligent heroes in the Fourth Northrend Campaigns. Choosing to fight the War without so much as a shred of armor, and the man lacked a weapon until later in the campaign. Upon being stabbed in his kidney, a blessing from our Lord Malus, Lord-General Gavius Lair even managed to combat our enemies more effectively than before! Glory to House Lair, the Great Northern Bear has returned home!
Whilst Vanitas was off rescuing Lord-General Gavius Lair, trouble had begun to stir in the Eastern Kingdoms. With the cutoff of communication between the Union and Vanitas, Lord Malus had begun to fear the worst. More over, the lines had become so blurred, it has become easy to question whose loyalties lie where? Choosing to observe and not partake in the struggles of Stormwind City as of yet, Vanitas now focuses its attentions onto the Plaguelands.
Food caravans, supplies, and communication has been cut off from Caer Darrow and Baron Reilan Dethold. No answers to the questions the High Command has in regards to this phenomenon. Has Baron Reilan Dethold betrayed Vanitas, or perhaps, more terrifying. Has our enemy attacked our weakened Plaguelands, which have suffered such devastation in the wake of the Vanitas Civil War.
Many solutions have come forward to Lord Malus. Thus far, the most popular would be to merely burn the forest, and cook everything from the gates of the Tirisfal Glades to the Eastern Plaguelands.
...The High Command is still coming up with solutions.
In regards to the Vanitas Civil War, a controlled Darek Storm has led to much more stable grounds to reconsider the reformation of the feared M.I.A. Division. A force of entirely devoted elite soldiers which did the bidding of Lords Malus, Tho'lain, and the Field Marshal without a single question of authority, without a single word back. The M.I.A. keeps tabs on, and watches those inside, and outside Vanitas to find those who would pose the slightest threat to the High Command, and effectively finds a method to eliminate the threat.
The M.I.A. has a long history, dating back to the People's Watch in Darkshire. The People's Watch was meant for commoners in Darkshire, under the reign of Lord Malus several years ago, to report incidents and crimes back to the Lord himself in a completely anonymous fashion. When the state of matters in Darkshire got so horrid, Field Marshal Ihcapnek Njhrosen gathered the most loyal of his forces, to conduct the Grand Inquisition.
The Grand Inquisition lasted for an entire week. Nearly the entire population of Darkshire was tortured and beaten into giving up information about the Rebellion led by Vox, the Voice of Malus. Eventually a name was produced, but it was too late. Vox had joined Galvynn Thulmane III in taking down Lord Malus and his reign in Darkshire.
A year later, the People's Watch was renamed to the Malus Intelligence Agency, and was a force which conducted guerrilla hit-and-run tactics against the armies of Galvynn Thulmane III. The attacks got so fierce that the Thane's armies had started to go insane from the mere sight of such atrocities. This finally culminated into the assassination of Galvynn Thulmane III, and the end of the Vanitas-Confederacy War.
Months later, Colonel Darek Storm and Sir Raymond Dinath Tho'lain deposed the leadership of the M.I.A. and instituted their own martial law to carve the path to their own dictatorship rule over Vanitas. This eventually led to the death of Lord Malus the First.
The Dictatorship of Grand General Darek Storm was fierce. Those who stood in his path were excommunicated, or merely never heard from again. Though, no one would dare touch the man who held the Lady of Vanitas, Atris Lair, by her figurative throat as he used her as a figure-head to gain more power. His soldiers were zealous, fearsome, and vicious as they moved mountains to get what the Grand General wanted. However, through it all, his reign still came to an end.
The M.I.A. was disbanded when the young Lord Malus the Second came to power late last year. Though, the M.I.A. refused to back down. In a desperate attempt to reclaim power, the M.I.A. attacked Caer Darrow, and sought to use it as a base to claim control of the North, which Vanitas held firmly at the time. However, as the Forces of Lord Malus II finally reclaimed Caer Darrow two months later, the M.I.A. steam engine started to lose its fuel for war.
The Vanitas Civil War ended in the summer of last year when Lord Vires came onto the scene and led a relentless assault against any and all M.I.A. positions. The remaining M.I.A. soldiers which survived the onslaught were placed in a secret prison within the inner sanctum of Lord Vires. They were never heard from again.
However, more than a year has passed since the Vanitas Civil War began, and now, the order looks to be making a come back under Lord Malus II once again.
All hail Vanitas!
All hail Lord Malus II!
All hail the Malus Intelligence Agency!