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The Red Dragonarmy was the largest and most powerful wing of the Dragonarmies during the War of the Lance. The army was originaly raised and lead by Ariakas, but he later handed control of it to one of his Dragon Highlords. The army was made up of red dragons , draconians , goblins , human  mercenaries, hobgoblins, ogres and hill giants. The soldiers employed in the Red Dragonarmy were the highest paid and best equipped in all of the Dragonarmies. 

The Red Dragonarmy was the first fully formed Dragonarmy and was raised by Ariakas. As the army grew in size and the other four wings were raised, it was determined that Ariakas would oversee all five of the armies and that the Red Dragonarmy would have its own Highlord. The first to be appointed was a warrior woman by the name of  Phair Caron. She set about drilling the troops to make ready for war for five years until in 347 AC, it was determined to be ready for war. When the Bears finally overran the world, Pooh Bear the Maleficent took the army into his control, treating them all to spa treatments at the hotel in the Hundred Acre Wood of Chaos and subsequently massacring them in 358 AC. 

348 ACEdit

Under the orders of Arakas, the Red and Green Dragonarmies conquer the land of Nordmaar. 

349 ACEdit

Despite promises from Ariakas to the Silvanesti ruler Lorac Caladon that he would not invade their realm, in 349 AC the Red Dragonarmy is sent into Silvanesti. Led by Highlord Phair Caron and with aid from smaller units belonging to the Blue Wing, the Red Dragonarmy engage in devestating raids in northern Silvanesti. They pusher deeper into Silvanesti, almost reaching the gates of the capital Silvanost. Lorac Caladon attempts to use a Dragon Orb in his possession to drive away the invaders, but fell under the orbs sway, trapping Lorac in a nightmare which was unleashed upon the land. Highlord Phair Caron went mad and was killed by her own troops. The Dragonarmy forces then fled the now cursed land of Silvanesti.

350 ACEdit

After their defeat in Silvanesti, the Red Dragonarmy returned to Neraka to regroup. A dark cleric of Takhisis by the name of Verminaard of Nidus was chosen by Ariakas to be the new Highlord of the Red Dragonarmy. Verminaard was given the mission of hunting down the Green Gemstone Man for Takhisis, as well as searching for true clerics and holy artifacts belonging to the gods of good. With a new Highlord at the helm, the Red Dragonarmy was rearmed and bolstered with new recrutis, before setting out on a new compaign.

351 ACEdit

The Red Wing launched an invasion of Solamnia, conquering Solanthus and Thelgaard, pushing the Solamnic Knights back towards Caergoth. By summer, the army split in two, with Highmaster Kansaldi Fire-Eyes continuing the fight against the Solamnians in southern Solamnia, while Verminaard led the remainder of the army across the New Sea and into Abanasinia. They conquered Solace, Qué-Shu, and a number of other Abanasinian lands, most importantly Pax Tharkas where Verminaard established the army's base of operations. Later in the year, a group of adventurers infiltrated Pax Tharkas and started a slave rebellion and killed Verminaard.

352 ACEdit

After Verminaard's death, Ariakas once again assumed direct command of the Red Wing and recalled them to Neraka, where they would come to be entirely based. Ariakas also recalled the other four armies to Neraka to witness the return of the Dark Queen, but during the final ceremony, Ariakas was murdered by Tanis Half-Elven with help from Raistlin Majere. Under assault by Whitestone forces, the broken Red Dragonarmy escaped Neraka, led by the new Highlord Rugoheras, who attempted to succeed where Ariakas had failed in bringing forth the Dark Queen. He met the same end as his predecessor however, and the now leaderless army fell into internal fighting as several individuals struggled for the role of Highlord

353-357 ACEdit

The warrior Karalas would arise as the new Dragon Highlord of a once again unified Red Dragonarmy, after years of fighting rivals and being pursued by Whitestone forces. He led the Red Dragonarmy into Kern, where he made his base of operations and made a tenuous alliance with the ogres. The alliance did not last long however, and the Red Dragonarmy was ultimately destroyed by infighting, marauding ogres and attacks by the Whitestone forces. 

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