• An enormous fire breaks out at Citadel Rivad, headquarters of the Chelish Hellknights. Its leader, Lictor Daidian Ruel is seen riding off toward the northwest, leaving behind Sheel Leroung's top apprentice to die. He is never seen again.[1]
  • With the disappearance of Ruel, Aligois Thels, a brilliant naval tactician, is selected from among the only two dozen members to lead the Hellknights.[1]
  • Believing that the Hellknights will eventually replace the aristocracy-controlled military, Thels starts restructuring the order, breaking it into various ranks, and modeling it after the military of the ancient Jistka Imperium.[1]