The major of Welnin was the conscious and patriotic man by the name of Faruk Welnin. His heart bled with every useless loss of human, elf or other creature life due to fir, birch or pine trunks.
He offered his citizens a new motto - We don't need Avlee, we don't need Erathia, we are our own.
Independence. That was the idea. To refuse claims of the both countries, to stop this endless quarrel and become independent.
The idea maybe was looking as extremely sensible and great from the disputed lands major and his sitizens view, but at the same time as absolutely unacceptable in both Avlee and Erathia leaders' opinion. In this they were surprisingly unite.
Thus the dispute became the Timber War and the yesterday allies Avlee and Erathia began this infamous conflict with the town of Welnin and its major in the center of the activities.
Faruk Welnin was the clear thinking person and understood that the idea of independence might be good but by no means it is enough for the local population to raise in rebellion. The idea needed a symbol. A major symbol of the just course. The thing that could be such a symbol was the Graal. The holy Graal that was lost hundreds of years ago and presumably (what a coincidence!) was still somewhere on the disputed territories, though of course, noone know where exactly.
Faruk Welnin was certain that if anyone could find the Graal, it would be the locals who know these deep woods as their own home.
However, if the leaders didn't want the movement for independence to be killed at the moment of its birth, they had to hurry as they already got messages from Avlee and Erathia of the planned repressive actions against the disputed territories.
All the strategical passages around the land have been already blocked by the militia units. The only hope for the independence movement was that all the commanders of both Avlee and Erathia were either still with the main army body returning home from the front lines or fallen on the battlefields of the last Restoration of Erathia war. The local garrisons were stripped of nearly all available officers altogether.
Also it could be considered as an advantage that though the majority of the disputed territories population still kept neutrality in the affairs and neither supported nor impeded the independence movement, there were several settlements already openly followed the movement and they sent recruits to Faruk Welnin army.
Now eveything depended on the speed of actions. Should Faruk Welnin and his independent movement fail to find Graal and win wide support of the local population with the help of this holy symbol in the most nearest future, then the major of Welnin town and all his other leaders would face the quick fate of being hanged on the closest sturdy tree as the war hardened Avlee and Erathia veteran army units wouldn't be too long in coming to the disputed territories and suppressing any liberal ideas and thoughts of independence.
The Graal searching parties were sent in all directions but there was still no success. Days were passing and Faruk Welnin was besieged by heavy thoughts and doubts caused more not by the lack of news about the Graal, but by the news about the other member of his family.
None else but his own sister was spotted on the north of the territories with the large unit of the War Unicorns. She was in odds with Faruk about the independence movement. Her loyalty to Avlee was unbreakable and untouchable. Any thoughts about breaking off from Avlee were considered by her as the high treason. The fact that her own brother was about to attempt the act of this high treason didn't apparently move her at all.
Despite the best hopes of Faruk that somehow it would be possible to avoid fighting against his will strong sister, the inevitable has happened.
One of the military units pledged to the independence movement stumbled upon these War Unicorns. The ferocious battle was fought. The Unicorns were defeated utterly. Faruk's sister wasn't found neither among fallen nor among the prisoners, but some spoke that she was seen on the battlefield,It wast though not participating in any active actions but watching the fight from a distance.