Water or Blood
The Bloodsteel Uprisings
The resistance to the rule of the Second Emperor, many small rebellions and disruptions to trade and function of the empire.
The heart of this resistance was the dispossessed Maarish, brought low and left in the lurch by the new emperor. Many candidates from former generals to ex-clergy and dispossessed satraps formed loosely allied bands raiding and subverting imperial power.
The Sovengers lead the fight against them and spent nearly three decades rooting out this network of resistance.
While there were many riots there were no field battles and resistance never became open enough or widespread enough to consolidate behind a single front of resistance.
These uprisings led to a much stronger and centralized imperial power structure and enshrined sovengers forever as Noble Warriors fighting the evils of dissident and forbidden magics.