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The Battle of Pendraic, nicknamed Neretzes' Folly as a form of ridicule, was a major military engagement in the year 1077 involving all major factions in Calradia. The battle was fought between the Empire and Battania, with the Aserai and Khuzait siding with the former, and the Vlandians and Sturgians the latter.

There is much discrepancy in what actually occurred, but what is certain is that the Empire suffered significant casualties, including the Emperor Neretzes himself, whose death would only further accelerate the decline of imperial authority. In the aftermath, Arenicos (who participated in the battle) ascended to the imperial throne. In his rule as emperor, he slowed the Empire's decline that had resulted from the devastating defeat at Pendraic. 

NarrativesEdit

Several nobles have differing views on what happened in the battle. 

High King Caladog argues that the battle was a major success for the Battanian coalition. In his explanation, he claims that a contingent of Battanian archers and falxmen had ambushed the imperial vanguard in a valley passing covered with trees, annihilating the main forces of Neretzes' army.

Lucon was a junior officer in Neretzes' staff during the battle. He claims that Neretzes had known about the ambush in the valley, but sent his imperial vanguard anyway. When the Sturgians stormed the Imperial camp, Lucon escaped with Arenicos's group of soldiers back to safety.

Rhagaea claims that although she was not at the battle, while Arenicos was alive he told her he unsuccessfully attempted to dissuade Neretzes from marching into the ambush. After the battle was lost, Arenicos managed to escape with a force of the Emperor's guardsmen.

Garios was present as a soldier at the battle, which he alleges he barely escaped with his life, hiding in the woods with his fellow survivors to escape their Battanian persecutors. He credits this experience as the formative moment behind his later ascendancy to the rule of the Western Empire in the Calradic Civil War.

Istiana notes that prior to the battle, she had a low opinion of the emperor, and that she could have assassinated him but chose not to.

The Sturgians, particularly Raganvad, claim that they had done most of the work in fighting the Empire's forces. It was during the battle that Raganvad's father Prince Vadinslav died. Relations between the Battanians and the Sturgians worsened when the Battanians allegedly hoarded most of the loot from their battle against the vanguard, despite not participating in the main assault against the imperial encampment (which the Sturgians headed with their shield walls). This contempt between the Sturgians and Battanians continues to persist in Bannerlord's time period.

The Khuzait telling of the battle mostly concerns the fate of their own clansmen. The Khergit, a Khuzait clan, had joined the Empire as mercenaries, but in the process suffered major losses when they engaged Vlandia's heavy cavalry (including their own noyan, and his sons). In the aftermath, Mesui was forced to lead the Khergit because of the lack of male heirs. As a result, Khergit lands were raided and pillaged by the other clans (without much intervention from Monchug), greatly weakening their authority in the khanate.

The Aserai telling revolves around Nimr of the Banu Sarran. Nimr was a young warrior who, along with other Aserai warriors, was eager to join the Empire. Sultan Unqid allowed Nimr to participate in the battle, but the Aserai, who mostly consisted of javelin-wielding skirmishers, were largely run down by Vlandian cavalry when they were regrouping. Still, when Nimr returned home, he was hailed a hero, until a notorious incident caused his death (as well as a longstanding rivalry between the Banu Sarran and the Banu Qild). Nimr had apparently engaged in a secret affair with a daughter of the Banu Qild, and when the Qildi found out, they captured and hanged him in a town market. 

The Vlandians have differing views on the battle. King Derthert regrets his decision to join the Battanians, as little gain was made in-exchange for much loss (despite a Battanian victory, casualties were high for both sides), but cites that he had little choice when the Emperor Neretzes had called him a coward for hesitating to join them in the battle (Vlandia had previously agreed to a defensive pact with the Empire), thus insulting his honor. Some Vlandian nobles view the aftermath of the battle as a wasted opportunity for invading a weakened empire. 

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