Exalted! - Flight of the Dragons
The Expansion 603-625
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As the economy recovered the Realm’s position in Creation had not yet. In much of the threshold there were open questions about the Realm’s ability to rule or to contain the Anathema. Princes refused tribute, or found ways to not pay, or just outright rebelled. The Empress founded House Tainena to help bolster her military expansion by giving them rights to keep large numbers of troops deployed in the threshold and certain trade rights into and out of the Satrapies.
The Legions were expanded to their greatest point to date: 74 Legions stood to crush all opposition to the Realm. With much of the threshold restive the Legions were deployed en masse all over Creation to stabilize the Realm’s holdings. More than just stabilize; neighboring lands that had only had loose dealings with the Realm were given a choice: bow to the Empress or be crushed beneath her boot. Inexplicably, many chose the latter.
The Legions concentrated in the North Initially, pushing the Realm’s borders to the edge of the civilizations bordering the great windswept tundra plains and up the Silver River into Linowa where they subdued the barbaric tribesmen there. Then to the Southwest they went, where they and the Navy took the Island Tribes (though they did not find Bluehaven) annexing many of the islands and making it as far south along the coast as the Font of Mourning. Finally the Realm’s steam started to ebb as the Legions pushed out of their Linowan holdings in attempts to take both Halta and link their holdings to Greyfalls.