The Broompushers Rebellion was a 27 year long conflict between three classes of Einwimz: the Broompushers, the ClipCloppers, and the Royal Grand Nobles. It was a devastating and bloody conflict that threatened the economic well-being of all Einwimz.
Prior to 1260, the Broompushers were well known for their love of their stallions, and their incredible resourcefulness. As the keepers of the stallion herds, Broompushers were held in high regard. As the cities of Einwimz grew, and the space in between them shrunk, so did the demand for the Broompushers' horses. The Broompushers realized that to be financially solvent, they were going to have to expand their skill set.
They began harvesting products from the stallions, such as hair and hooves, and creating various items from them. Bundles of horsehair tied to the end of sticks, known as "brooms," were fascinating musical instruments that made quite a lovely swish sound as they were dragged across various items. The group wrote scores of music, and choreographed an entertaining dance to accompany the songs. They became quite popular with Einwimz residents, and toured the whole land, thus earning them the name "Broompushers."
The Broompushers were at the height of their popularity in 1258, when a small group of them realized that they could make musical "clopping" noises with the harvested horse hooves. This faction split from the Broompushers and honed their sound. They attempted to touring the land as the Broompushers had, but were not as well received. Later that year, they began touring with the Broompushers, who didn't seem to mind. It enhanced the performance, much to the benefit of all.
When news of the Broompusher/ClipClopper musical dance show made its way to the Royal Grand Nobles, The Exodus King demanded a performance in the grand hall. Because Exodus was the highest point in Eimwinz at the time, this was a very big honor for the musicians.
The group had grown to around 100 Broompushers and 50 ClipCloppers, and they made the journey to Exodus. Upon their arrival, they were greeted with open arms and their performance was as well received as any by the Exodus King and his court.
Over the next few months, the Exodus King requested their service weekly, and wanted increasing control over the choreography, and in what room the performance would be held. The trip was difficult to make, and although the ClipCloppers were grateful for the payment and for the opportunity, the enthusiasm began to wane for the Broompushers.
It was a fateful New Year's evening in 1260. The Exodus King was hosting a large New Year's party, and the full number of Royal Grand Nobles were in attendance. The Broompushers and ClipCloppers had been required to perform every night for a week leading up to the event, for increasingly small crowds, and for increasingly less money. The Broompushers and ClipCloppers were exhausted, and bringing less and less fortune back to their lands and their families.
Archipelago the Master was arguably the finest Broompusher of them all, and it was he who noticed that the King had demanded that their performances be held with the door open. This was a curious fact (especially being the dead of winter) and made for a chilly performance. It wasn't until he overheard two of the Royal Grand Nobles gossiping that he realized The Exodus King discovered that their musical brooms could be used for collecting and removing dust. He'd been using the Broompushers to clean the floors of his castle one room at a time, in preparation for the suaree.
Furious, Archipelago confronted The Exodus King, and vowed to never push another broom. He and the rest of the Broompushers stormed out of the castle and headed for the mountainous road back home. The ClipCloppers did not retreat, but stayed to finish the set. One is reported to have said, "What's the big deal?" and they carried on unfettered.
The Exodus King did not want to hear just the ClipCloppers; the sound was terrible when not accompanied by the sweet swishing of brooms. He also realized that his castle was no cleaner at the end of the set. Still, he needed allies, so he sent them home with full payment and asked them to return again "at an undisclosed time."
On the way back from the castle, the Broompushers were attacked, and all but a few survived. To this day, it is not clear who perpetrated the attack. Some say it was the armies of The Exodus King, in retribution for disobeying the king's orders. Others say it was the ClipCloppers in frustration for breaking up the band. Still some say it was mountainous Cherry Wolves out for their 100 year feast.
Archipelago escaped back to his home, with the remaining few Broompushers. He vowed revenge against The Exodus King and the ClipCloppers for their parts, whatever they may be, in the slaughter of his countrymen.
For the next few weeks, Archipelago rallied horsemen across the Einwimz lands. The Broompushers were beloved entertainers, and when news spread of the injustice of the humiliation they received at the castle, and the mountain attack, recruits joined in droves. They gathered together at Furyus, a city at the heart of western Eimwinz. Furyus was historically a popular destination for rebel leaders to group and coordinate military strategy.
The ClipCloppers were also garnering attention for their role in the mountain attack and for their betrayal of the Broompushers. Many believed that had they left in solidarity with the Broompushers, the mountain attack wouldn't have happened. They received threats from various Broompusher sympathizers. They were forced to recruit and grow their army, or face exile from Einwimz.
The Royal Grand Nobles
The King of Exodus wasted no time in gathering his armies. He took particular offense in the dirty floors of old, and blamed the Broompushers for disobeying his command (and ruining his party).
The Exodus King was the first to officially launch an attack against the Broompushers, although he mistakenly attacked the ClipCloppers, citing "they all basically look the same." The ClipCloppers were rightfully outraged and entered the uprising in earnest.
For the next 27 years, the Broompushers, the ClipCloppers, and the Royal Grand Noble armies battled whenever and wherever they could, all across Einwimz. No music was made during this time, and the population of Einwimz dwindled. Crops were destroyed, stallions ran away, and trade between villages virtually vanished. Einwimz came to an economic standstill, and it sunk farther into poverty and despair.
Ending the Conflict
In the autumn of 1287, as Archipelago was returning home from a battle, a loud bell startled his horse, and threw him from the mount, injuring Archipelago badly. He was unable to travel the remainder of the way home, but his troop provided necessary medical care in his last hours. As he lay dying alongside the road, a scholar and holy man, Theodore ("Theo") Andarvius, revealed himself from behind a rock. He offered his assistance in caring for the man and confessed to have made the noise which caused the steed to react.
Archipelago was overjoyed to learn of the source of the bell noise, for he himself found it to be mesmerizing. Andarvius showed him a small metal disc that had been tied to a string, which he plucked with a metal rod, repeating the sound. Andarvius named the instrument "money." Archipelago revealed a small broom hidden from his coat pocket. He swished the broom, while Andarvius rang his bell. A few moments later, witness accounts claim that Archipelago's last words to Andarvius were, "This will bring peace to Einwimz again. Show them the money."
Andarvius was incredibly moved by his encounter with Archipelago, and decided to bring together the three warring factions in a summit. He implored them to reconsider the conflict, and the devastation it had brought to Einwimz. He brought a shipment of brooms for the Broompushers, and a shipment of hooves for the ClipCloppers, and revealed his money bell-instruments to the Royal Grand Nobles. In his final plea for peace, he encouraged volunteers from each faction to come forward and pick up the instruments. After the jam session, a treaty was signed, bringing official peace to Einwimz.
This group of volunteers would later be known as the Andarvian Brotherhood, and would continue to carry out its mission of peace, charitable works, and healing through the brotherhood of music.