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While the New Huritians were creating another Empire for themselves the State of Chesapeake was influencing the small tribes near the coasts. Their favorites were the Shinnecock and Montaukett on and around the Island of Paumanock (Long Island, NY). While the tribes in the northeast were fighting almost constantly, the Chesapeake were creating allies with their smaller neighbor tribes. The Wappinger on the land north of Paumanock as well as the Southern parts of the tribes of what is in OLT Central New York and Norther Pennsylvania were becoming strongly influenced by the large Chesapeake State. South of the Chesapeakes there were notably large tribes such as the Tuscarora and the Weapemeoc as well as the Tutelo and Powhatan.
The Chesapeake would also create several advancements in technology, some of which would spread to the people of the Great Lakes. Among them was the wheel and the chariot, which was an adaptation of the wheelbarrow, an invention intended for farming and hauling of grains and other crops. Looking into the types of wood which would make the strongest and best bows would also be a task which the Chesapeake would stumble upon accidentally.
This era of peace would not be interrupted until in the year 1291 (538 AD) when the Totelo and the Powhatan came together and made the first war ever seen by the Chesapeake people directly.
The Totelo-PowhatanThough their name usually emphasised their chiefdom’s dual nature, it was undoubtedly dominated by the Powhatan and can be referred to as Powhatan. The Chariots and Arrows of the Chesapeake were very interesting to these hunting focused people. The increase not only in their meat gathering but also in their killing ability allowed the Powhatan to subjugate their smaller neighbor and gained them a tributary which would prop up the warriors they were trying to build.
The mythology of the Chiefs of Old Hurit, like Abukcheech and his army, were not unknown to the Powhatan. Though the Chesapeake had rejected that as their foundation the thought of conquest of their neighbors and the gathering of their resources tantalized the Powhatan. When this state was starting to grow, during the conflict between the Totelo and Powhatan, they did not go unnoticed in the cities of the Chesapeake.
By the time they were consolidated in the year 1289 (536 AD) the Totelo-Powhatan were building up as many arrows and chariots as they could, especially from their Totelo subjects, who were little more than slaves. They were not going to make the conflict easy for the Chesapeake, being a larger and older state.
The Battle of Conoy
Kesegowase of the Chesapeake State was the Chief of the City of Nanticook (Dover), who had risen to prominence over the Chiefs of the other two cities, move the defenses of the border to meet the Powhatan. The Powhatan Chief, Niyol, was going to move as close as he could before encountering any defenses. He understood well the kinds of defenses that the Chesapeake had. Their large earthworks and trenches which included not only the main cities but also many of the strategic villages would be a drag on the momentum of Niyol and the Powhatan. Kesegowase entered the front of the Powhatan and was attacking from behind the defenses of these villages around the city of Conoy (Baltimore, MD). The Chesapeake moved in through the middle of the Powhatan line and hoped to move outwards from that center. The Powhatan countered by pushing on the Chesapeake from both sides. Eventually though the Chesapeake moved behind the Powhatan and additional reinforcements were coming out from behind the defenses, which was still strong, and would destroy the Powhatan Army.The capture of Niyol was unexpected, by the Powhatan. The Powhatan-Totelo were now without a leader to defend them and the Chesapeake were able to moved into and around their territory. The Powhatan never accepted this development and began venerating the objects of Niyol as sacred. The Chesapeake state was now even larger, and despite predictions by some people, it did not lose its defense-focused prerogative or its ability to develop its technologies. The new people they took under their control benefited from the technologies which they would likely not have had otherwise. The Totelo especially like the freedom which the lax regulations of the Chesapeake imposed. Though the Powhatan were not seen as having a real chance of conquering all three cities of the Chesapeake, their rivalry and conquest would mark a turning point for the tribes which were not involved with the conflicts of the Great Lakes.
The New Superpower and Scrambling on the Michigan Peninsula
The New Huritians had taken over the Enola and the Cha’rissa-Tablita states. Lake Chumani and Lake Enola were once again centered on the city of Hurit and the other states were moving around wondering what to do. The Cheboygan were trying to establish a rival Empire by gaining alliances with the Minwaking and the Zitkala. Michigan was the obvious next step for the New Huritians but they weren’t making a move. The Chief of this new Empire, Hinto, was using even this to his advantage. While the other Chiefdoms waited for what many believed to be, if not a complete victory by New Hurit, than a massacre of their own military, Hinto was building up the defenses needed to secure these recent gains.Posala, Chief of Cheboygan, was the only one of the Chiefs of the four remaining states who was not panicking. The network of information which he had secretly dispersed throughout the lakes returned to the Chief with information about the defenses that the New Huritians were building around all the villages and borders of their new lands. Posala interpreted this differently from the other chiefs. He took this to be a sign of weakness and a lack of support for Hinto from his new subjects. Cheboygan made a renewed attempt to attack the New Huritians. On the edge of the city of Enola the Cheboygan, with Zitkalan reinforcements waiting behind them, Chief Posala wanted to take this city and them move into the Southern parts of the Michigan Peninsula.
Enola, on Lake Wahwehyahtahnoong ( Lake St. Claire), would be a gateway to the rest of Lake Enola. It would be a launchpad for further attacks against this brave new Empire. When the Cheboygan arrived on the scene of the city of Enola, the military was taken aback at the forward attitude of these states. The perception which they believed had permeated the attitudes of these other Chiefdoms was one of fear and paranoia. The soldiers of New Hurit and the Chief himself expected the size and scope of these conquests to cause any possible rivals to back down. Unfortunately for the Cheboygan that was the perception of the Zitkala.
As the Cheboygan began to move into the actual city they could have really used the support of their reinforcements from Zitkala which had sailed behind them. The Cheboygan troops did capture the city, after the defending troops could no longer block the torrent of Cheboygan soldiers coming from almost all angles. This victory was tenuous though and the Cheboygan, though were in control of Enola, needed more support. The Zitkala, as already stated, turned around once the Cheboygan stopped looking behind them. The devastation of this city though went back to the Huritians, slowly, and in that time the Zitkala knew that if the Cheboygan succeeded, rather than fail like they expected, their state would pay the price.
Cheboygan sent word to the Minwaking and invited them to extend their border again to meet with the City of Enola. They did so but the Zitkala were going to be the main subject of debate for Posala. Zitkala, defended themselves by stating their concern for heir own troops. The Cheboygan did not sympathize with these people and demanded that they submit their soldiers to integration with the Cheboygan. The Zitkala refused. Rather than throw away their opportunity to take on the Giant New Huritian Empire, the Zitkala were forced out of the entire conflict rather than be engulfed in a war with Minwaking or Cheboygan.
Cheboygan and the Huritians
The city of Enola was going to be the bridge that the Cheboygan and Minwaking were intending to use to move up through that Lake as well as protect the Michigan Peninsula from being invaded. The Minwaking, in alliance with the Cheboygan, were allowed to move their navies through this city an its large port. The Cheboygan were also extending their influence to the Kingdom of Qochata on the other side of the New Huritians. Hinto, fearing for his Empire, was maintaining the blockade of the Qochata and disregarded them as a threat. By the year 1294 (541 AD) the largest war since the Hurit and the Enola-Huron had begun.
The Battle of Megedagik
The Cheboygan needed to move fast if they were going to maintain the momentum and morale from the sacking of Enola. They were confident that they only had to detach the main cities of the New Huritians in order to dismantle their entire Empire. Hinto expected this to be the priority of any of their rivals and there had been defenses around these cities for decades now, especially the old city of Hurit. Posala, who wanted to wait until he had a glimpse of the current abilities of the Huritians to move into the battlefield himself, sent his most trusted general Mochni into the nearest Huritian city. Megedagik was the first target of the combined Minwaking and Cheboygan force. Almost half of the fortunes of both the Cheboygan and Minwaking were going to this operation alone and the flooding of that city with troops was considered more than necessary considering the depth to which they were moving into their large rival.
Megedagik was not unacquainted with invasion and the New Huritians predicted that their rivals to the west would come through that way. It was no wonder that the battle there was a bloodbath. Around ten thousand people died from both sides in and around that city, especially among the civilians who were told to stand strong and not evacuate. Ultimately the Michigan had won the battle though their forces were severely diminished from the fight. Mochni invited the Chief into the city to lead more forces further and into the city of Hurit or Keme. The Qochata, more confident in the Michigan, were prepared to assist them and attempt to at least put pressure on the other side of the Empire.
The Breakthrough of the Qochata and the Desperate DeclarationThe New Huritians needed to move more troops on the front to protect the cities. The blockade of the Qochata was a drain on the Huritian army but they were able to hold off what was left of the Cheboygan and Minwaking in the city of Keme. The Qochata were finally breaking through blockade as some of these forces moved down Lake Chumani to assist in the fight of Keme. Qochata made it around on sea and both sides of the Nixkamich River. They did not destroy the ships of the Huritians and intended to take and use them to infiltrate the Huritian lines. Many of these troops were not too devoted to their Chief after the long time they had spent on this front keeping the Qochata from entering Lake Chumani.
When the Huritians saw their ships coming in from Lake Chumani they were happy to see the reinforcements but when they helped move the Michigan forces forward instead of fighting against them from behind they were stunned. Keme was also lost to the Cheboygan and Minwaking.
Any remaining troops, from Tablita, Hurit, and Cha’rissa and any villages remaining were what remained to defend the Huritians. Chief Hinto was now at his most desperate and was clamoring to his advisers and generals for any strategy which could slow the move by these invaders. The conclusion of Hinto was to detach their leader, Posala, from the front of command. Mochni should also be dealt with in this approach.
The Michigan War
The Zitkala, who had been forced out of the conflict with New Hurit after their cowardice in the Battle for Enola, rebelled against the Cheboygan refused to accept the blockade and strict border policy around it. The greatest generals and the Chief of Cheboygan himself was moving into Keme at the time when the Zitkala chose to move out from their own borders. The City of Cheboygan was a ways away from the border between these states. However, the army of the Zitkala was able to move around the border troops and then defeat them, which opened up the whole of Cheboygan to destruction. The desperate New Huritians, who were almost destroyed by the moves by the Cheboygan leaders were infuriated by this development and Chief Posala and General Mochni chose not to hesitate to defend their country. The Chief of Minwaking was left with more than half of the total forces in order to move into Hurit and so they would not lose the whole war because of the arrogance of Zitkala.
The City of Cheboygan was taken easily by the Zitkala but when Mochni and Posala arrived on the shores of Michigan they were prepared for total warfare. The Zitkala forests were so consumed with flames that smoke stacks could be seen, supposedly, from as far away as Hurit. The Huritians were much more able to hold off the Minwaking without their leadership. The formation which was told to the remaining generals quickly fell apart as the conditions of the battle changed and few of the generals knew how to react. The vengeful Posala and Mochni moved throughout the Zitkala hinterland but were severely outmatched by the Zitkala army. Posala was able to maneuver some small gains but he lost too many troops from these battles and was no longer able to fight further ones. Posala and Mochni were both captured and executed but the war with Hurit continued.
The End of the WarThe Minwaking and the New Huritians were in a stalemate which the Minwaking seemed poise to lose eventually. The Qochata were moving in fast however. The Qochata were still quite a while from moving into even the city of Keme (Syracuse, NY) by the time of the death of Posala and Mochni. The Zitkala, now in control of Michigan, was a shock to all the troops on this frontier. The Minwaking retreated from the City of Hurit but the Qochata moved into the city of Tablita on the opposite side of Lake Chumani. However, peace was quickly struck between Hinto and the King of Qochata, Utina. The Minkwaking moved to Enola and claimed it for themselves. The Zitkala made no challenges. Half of the areas north of the city of Cheboygan on the tip of the Michigan Peninsula. The Zitkala were not prepared to challenge this grab of former territories either and at the end of the day the Chiefs wanted not much more than peace at the end of the day. Territory became a new priority but many new tribes were going to emerge in the aftermath of these events. By 1300 (547 AD) the New Huritians had driven out any remaining troops from the cities of Megedagik, Keme, and Cha’rissa.
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