The Lunar Occupation of New Pavis lasted about 14 years. The city resisted the Lunar Army in 1610 for a single day, then opened its gates to the besiegers. There was a mutiny, but the ringleaders were caught and slain. Those who would resist were butchered systematically or killed impromptu, depending on your point of view. The purge of Dorasar’s kinsmen was no surprise, but the conflict with the Yelmalio ruling family was surprise to many.
The difficulty of providing food caused most of the Lunar Army to be sent home. By 1620 the area was so peaceful that it seemed likely that even these troops eventually will be sent home, if and when the army command remembers they are here.
Most of the soldiers in these units are stationed up and down the valley in small forts or on patrol. Only about a third of each regiment remained in the city at a time. They live in the established barracks, or are scattered about in rented flats, temporary barracks, or with friendly citizens who volunteer for the duty.
After 1621, it became clear that Prax was not nearly so peaceful, but the high command could not spare any soldiers from its wars in the Holy Country. The Air Temple was closed, land was given to foreign settlers or to Lunar allies, and access to the Big Rubble was much more carefully restricted.
In late 1621, Fazzur Wideread was replaced by Tatius the Bright as Governor-General, and Sor-eel the Short was replaced as Count of Prax. Local Pavisites assumed this was fallout from the Giant Cradle that floated down the Zola Fel earlier that year, but more likely this was because of rivalry between noble houses in Glamour. A minor Provincial officer was appointed as the Count’s replacement. No additional resources were given to the Lunar Occupation.
The new governor, Halcyon var Enkorth, ruled the city with the aid of the Moon Masks – masked thugs in Lunar employ. Suspected enemies were exiled or killed, and the previously friendly relations the Lunar administration had with many nomads turned sour. In 1624, a nomad army gathered in the Poljoni March and defeated the Lunar garrison at Moonbroth, before heading east to Pavis.
This time, the Lunar Army did not open the gates of the city to the invaders. Lunar soldiers defended against several brutal assaults, but then the nomads used magic to crack the walls. The Granite Phalanx attempted a sortie but were massacred outside the walls. Nomads led by the White Bull entered the city and fought their way to the Temple of Pavis. Once there, the city priests acknowledged Argrath as their king, and the city surrendered.