Codex - Hell 2 Miscellany: Three Dozen Wars
We are crowdsourcing the miscellany for Codex - Hell 2! This one is called “Three Dozen Wars (and How They Ended).”
Submissions should be no more than a short paragraph. By submitting here, you’re agreeing to let us use it (you’ll get a credit on the issue). We’re looking for evocative things; the purpose of the miscellany is to inspire the reader. Please avoid anything that seems like misogyny or sexual predation—we won’t publish stuff like that.
Note: if you’d like your name to be listed differently on the Codex credit, send me a DM here (but please keep your submissions in the thread).
Importantly, submissions can be of any genre and can be any type of war, and must include information about how the war ended. Fantasy conflicts, science-fiction conflicts, real-world stuff—all of that and more is good. Actual military campaigns are great, but social conflicts and conflicts that don’t involve anyone dying are also a good fit here. Wars that would be in the history books of the world they took place in should also have a name.
Here are some examples:
“The War of Three Rivers, a conflict between a trio of noble families that dragged on for multiple generations. The three families gave the war its name: House Bernden had the image of a river on its coat of arms; the ancestral home of House Torenden was located in the bend of the great Toren river; and House Reverden, well, that one’s a bit less clear, but it’s most likely the fact that ‘rever’ sounds kind of like ‘river’ (it’s best not to think too hard on these things). The war ended when members of the fourth generation of each family to be involved in the conflict got together and, after some discussion, realized they could no longer agree on what originally started the war in the first place, and figured it was best to just set the whole thing aside.”
“For years, the Duchess of Seradynne was unrivaled in her ability to spread malicious gossip. With a few choice words, spoken to a few choice people, she could ruin reputations, turn the meek into the mighty, and bring whole kingdoms to their knees. But then the Duchess met her match in a minor royal, Prince Theo of Thaynne. For months, the Duchess and Prince circled one another, positioning themselves to glean the best bits of scandalous information at the expense of the other. Their rivalry was officially commenced when they tried to see which of them could more quickly ruin the reputation of the old Countess of Bernden, a woman neither of them had met. After months of effort on both sides, the contest ended when they realized the Countess was a shameless drinker and fornicator, and didn’t give a fig for their ridiculous parlor games.”