The Russo-Arendellian War

Teaser poster “Home” by Alanna (@alhuart)

2021 Q1’s event arc!

“Team Romanov,” by PURY (@puryartist)

One year on from Anna’s accession to the throne, Arendelle confronts an overwhelming invasion from an implacable foe: the princess of Imperial Russia and Exalted member, Katina Romanov, and her three elite Grand Dukes. With Katina’s commanders each targeting an assigned region in three phases – the North Sea, Northuldra, and the heartland of Arendelle – Anna and Elsa face the existential fight of their lives.

This conflict draws in every major canon character from the Frozen franchise into its maelstrom, from Anna’s inner court of Elsa, Kristoff, Mattias, and Honeymaren to allies like Colisa of Chatho and Mari of Vesterland. No one is safe as the elegant hand of Princess Romanov reaches out to extinguish the Arendellian flame forever.

This 2021 Q1 event is now COMPLETE! Enjoy the full story by starting from the bottom of this page. While you do so, we hope you also enjoy Arute’s three-piece art of the Russo-Arendellian War’s belligerents at crucial battles and moments of the war.

Thanks go to ALL contributing artists for this event: @Puryartist @alhuart @feeplings!

THE BATTLE OF ARENDELLE

“Elsa and Sora,” by Arute (@ast05water)

FINALE
PART ONE

THE BATTLE OF NORTHULDRA

PART THREE
PART TWO
PART ONE

FEBRUARY

PRIVATE MEMO: ANNA’S SEAT AMONG THE EXALTED
WELCOME, EMERALD DRAGON
WOMEN OF MIGHT AND MAGIC: THE SECRET PACT
PREPARATION: THE WAR THROUGH AN ARENDELLIAN’S EYES
ANNA’S COLUMN: HOW CAN I STAY THE SAME MONARCH?
INVITATION TO CANNON SALUTE FOR OTTOMAN MILITARY COMMANDER TILEKE
ARENDELLE CELEBRATES AS OTTOMAN FORCES OBLITERATE RUSSIA’S MILITARY RESERVES
NORTHULDRA BRACES FOR INVASION BY RUSSIA’S GRAND DUKE NYKRAS

THE BATTLE OF ARENFJORD

PART THREE
PART TWO
PART ONE

JANUARY

ANNA’S COLUMN: BEING WRACKED WITH GUILT IS AN AWFUL THING
BREAKING: ANNA’S ALLIANCE IN TATTERS AS VESTERLAND SURRENDERS TO THE RUSSIAN EMPIRE
ARENDELLE DEFEATS RUSSIA AT ARENFJORD; EXPELS RUSSIAN PRISONERS
BREAKING: BALTIC FLEET APPROACHES ARENDELLE AS GENERAL MATTIAS READIES DEFENCES
FOR TILEKE: RUSSIA IS AT ARENDELLE’S DOORSTEP. THE OTTOMAN EMPIRE WON’T STAND IDLY BY
CRUSHING: RUSSIA PILES PRESSURE ON ANNA AS BALTIC FLEET WIPES OUT CHATHO ALLIES
ARENDELLE PREPARES FOR EVACUATION IN WORST-CASE SCENARIO OF RUSSIAN ONSLAUGHT
HANS AND THE DUKE’S FINEST HOUR: ARENDELLE’S ALLIES ENGAGE IN FIRST NAVAL BATTLE WITH RUSSIA’S FLEET
ANNA’S COLUMN: TO ME, AND DON’T FEAR
BREAKING: RUSSIA DECLARES WAR ON ARENDELLE

DECEMBER

THE FIFTH SPIRIT AND THE FIRST VAMPIRE
ANNA RECOMMISIONS WARSHIP AS ARENDELLE PREPARES FOR COUNTESS’S RETURN
OPERATION FIRE STRIKE: NORTHULDRA PREPARES DEFENCES AGAINST RUSSIA
MICHAEL’S MUSINGS: A PERSONAL LETTER TO THE ROMANOVS’ GUARDIAN
ANNA’S DESTINY, KATINA’S TRAGEDY
TENSE MEETING BETWEEN ANNA AND HANS AS NEW ALLIES EXPLORE OPTIONS AGAINST RUSSIA
BJORGMAN, ARENDELLE’S FINEST FIRM, CHALLENGES RUSSIA’S STROGANOV BUSINESS DYNASTY
PALACE STATEMENT: ANNA’S RESPONSE TO BRITISH NEUTRALITY IN THE FACE OF TSARIST AGGRESSION
FIRE AND ICE: RUSSIA ISSUES ULTIMATUM TO ARENDELLE’S ALLIES
ANNA, TO HANS: THE SOUTHERN ISLES’ MEMBERSHIP OF MY ALLIANCE
HONEYMAREN AND AMIRA MAKE FULL RECOVERY; REQUESTED BY ANNA TO DEFEND NORTHULDRA
ANNA’S COLUMN: MY CHESSBOARD WITH KATINA
ARE YOU READY?

Anna’s War Room

Welcome to the RUSSO-ARENDELLIAN WAR homepage – your launching pad for this months-long adventure with Anna! Check back for updates to the story and this map!

Map by Arute (@ast05water)

Theatres of War

Map by Arute (@ast05water)

Stage One – The North Sea: Arendelle enjoys the natural barrier of Arenfjord, which leads to a strip of sea that is easily defensible thanks to ample shorelines for stationed troops and artillery. A critical question for both Anna and Katina is who can seize the neighbouring island, control of which could either let Katina establish a menacing base for easy attack or help Anna blunt the initial first wave from Russia. A vicious battle for domination of the island is sure to unfold.

Anna: “General Mattias not only has my best troops, but also the recommissioned warship Muspelheim and my own flagship, Pride of Elsa, to stop Katina from establishing a Russian base on my doorstep. We must take the eastern shoreline at all costs.”

Katina: “Grand Duke Yaraslaf has the honour of leading my Baltic Fleet, in seizing the sea lanes and the island. As its admiral, Yaraslaf must maneuver the fleet to force Anna into a defensive position, allowing us a base from which to build on our initial assault.”

Map by Arute (@ast05water)

Stage Two – Northuldra: The vast and mystical forest of Northuldra is home to the four spirits of nature and the tribespeople that play a critical role in Anna’s political vision. Across the Dark Sea is Ahtohallan, the source of Elsa’s power. Katina has assigned her Grand Duke of ancient dark magic, Nykras, to occupy this strategic asset. Seizure of the north will allow Nykras to advance southwards, cornering Arendelle in a pincer attack by sea and by land.

Anna: “Northuldra’s survival depends on Yelena and Honeymaren’s countermeasures against Nykras’ undead legions. I fear for the catastrophic devastation and loss of life that will follow in the lich’s wake, but apart from the four spirits, who are no pushover, Maren and I have an ace: Amira, who alone can fight like a small battalion.”

Katina: “The man who’d become Nykras died during the Mongol invasions. Centuries of battle experience as well as his necromantic afterlife makes him the ideal general to defeat the tribespeople and spirits. He’ll overlay his legions onto the natural landscape itself, a poisonous presence corrupting everything into his undead servants!”

Map by Arute (@ast05water)

Final Stage – Arendelle: Katina has saved her superweapon for the final phase of her invasion: her family’s guardian angel, the mighty Sora, is to strike at the Arendellian heartland itself, moving against the kingdom’s final defence of Elsa and Anna. Together, the sister-queens, the Diarchy, form a relentless defence against Sora. Will the queen of Arendelle and the Fifth Spirit triumph against the foremost Grand Duke, or will Sora reduce all to ashes?

Anna: “I’ve rued the day when my people would be put in danger by Katina’s champion. Angel or no, I’ll throw myself in Sora’s way the moment she attacks any Arendellian, let alone Elsa – but somehow I think she’ll be a reluctant foe.

Katina: “Elsa and Anna are the core and centre of Arendelle’s power, protected by the finest heroes in all the kingdom. To defeat them is no mean feat. Sora will need her wits about her as she shoots down from the heavens like an apocalyptic comet upon my foes. I can sense her apprehension, but I’m not worried. She’s my angel. The angel of the Romanovs.”

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