What Happened Before
After seventy-eight years of siege, the Republic of Ielit fell to the forces of the League of Five Churches. The fall came about when the majordomos of two Trading Houses, Vanduriastir and Elane, betrayed their allegiance with the Republic. They were motivated by fear of House Erlitt’s ruthless scheming for more power on the Governing Council and its rapidly growing wealth due to their controlling of the grain trade. House Erlitt also was a long-time political ally of the Academy.
Vanduriastir and Elane secretly brought League troops dressed in the uniforms of their houses into the city on their ships. Led by the most trusted and capable members of their house guards, the Leaguers took two gates during a well-timed assault by the League, and Ielit fell.