The Massacre at Khadi Junction was mass killing of nearly a thousand priests which took place in Taglios during the Shadowmaster wars. It was orchestrated by Lady, the new Captain of the Black Company, and was a key event of Dreams of Steel.
Dreams of SteelEdit
The Taglian priesthoods were divided into three factions: Gunni, Shadar, and Vehdna. Their ceaseless bickering and disunity caused constant problems for the Prince of Taglios, the Prahbrindrah Drah, and his sister, the Radisha Drah. The problem became exacerbated when the royal siblings hired Croaker as the city's "Liberator" to prosecute the Shadowmaster wars. Key priests betrayed and even attempted to assassinate Croaker and his wife Lady, badly hampering the Company's efforts to defend the city from the Shadowlanders.
After the Siege of Dejagore, Lady ordered building crews to work on fortifications for a military encampment near Taglios. The priests, once again rejecting her authority, ordered the workers belonging to their respective cults to cease all labor on the fortifications.
In reply, Lady sent word to the priests to meet at Khadi Junction, hinting that she would be resigning her position as Croaker's replacement as commander of the Taglian armies. The priests excitedly gathered in their finest clothes to hear her abdication.
Lady had several hundred loyal archers take the owners of homes around the square hostage, and they positioned themselves at windows. Wearing her Lifetaker costume armor, she delivered a speech regarding the pitfalls of factionalism, and the doom that would face Taglios if that factionalism was allowed to continue. She declared that Taglios would put forth one face from that day on, fighting the Shadowmasters relentlessly. As she spoke, more of her troops placed barriers at all of the exits to the square. When her speech was complete, the archers opened fire and all of the priests were killed.
This event had long-lasting political consequences in Taglios. The Radisha was especially frightened at Lady's ruthlessness. From that point onward, the Black Company had far less internal interference in their prosecution of the Shadowmaster wars. They would eventually lead Taglios to victory over Longshadow. Meanwhile, the priesthoods replaced their leaders and rebuilt their organizations. While they never seemed to regain their former levels of authority, they did eventually force the Radisha to share some power with a new high priest, the Purohita.