"The war goes ill for us. This is not a request, human. My people are dying! We need the assisstance of the United Nations now!"
- King Normedus of Argos addressing the United Nations about the war.
The Ork and Sergal War was a large scale conflict in Velous that began in 2156 when the massive ork WAAAGH Ghazghkull under Warlord Ghazghkull Mag Uruk Thraka began an invasion of the Sergal homeland, Argos, along with surrounding territories. The war was long, and difficult for the Sergals. The orks held the upper hand in terms of numbers, and firepower. On top of this, the Sergals were greatly weakened after the deposing of General-Queen Rain Silves, and the subsequent loss of resources and territory. The Sergals were slowly losing ground over the course of the war, as they were forced to abandon more and more to the marauding Orks. The Sergal people requested help from the UNSC many times, but the humans were reluctant to aid the sergals for fear of the Orks turning their war efforts on Terra's countries - this combined with the fact that the Human nations were at odds with the Sergal people after the previous regime in power. This conflict was a source of much political unrest throughout the alliance of Earth governments for many years.
The war concluded in 2170, when the Sergals were beaten back to their very last city-fort before they would face total defeat. In a surprise attack, the UNSC launched a huge nuclear strike on Orsinium, the Ork homeland, killing 80% of the ork population within the span of an hour, and leveling all but Gorgutarn City which was protected with shielding. In the confusion, the UNSC launched a huge last-ditch offensive against the Orks on Argos, which resulted in the retreat of WAAAGH Ghazghkull, where they fell back to Gorgutarn City, to put up a final defensive.
When the UNSC and Sergal combined forces landed on Orkish soil, it began the final battle of the war, the Battle of Gorgutarn City. The UNSC and sergals were initially slaughtered at the beachhead of the City, but regrouped and bravely pushed forward, smashing the beach defensive. When they reached the gates, they again faced very heavy resistance, and fought much like this throughout the city for 3 long days. In the final push, the joint forces grouped up and pushed for Gork'han Hold, throne of the Warlord Ghazghkull. After much fighting and casualties, they broke through and fought against the Warlord, killing him. The orks that did not die in the battle went into hiding, and this ended the war, around November of 2171. Afterwards, the sergals celebrated and began to rebuild their homeland in the wake of the war that nearly destroyed their entire race.
The day of the ork defeat is now an Argopotamian holiday, which is now known as Das k'Alkosh (The Day of Auriel, in the Sergal language).
The roots of the cataclysmic conflict that destroyed much of Argos stem back to the reign of the so-called "Mad Queen" of the sergals, Rain Silves.
Prior to the downfall of Rain's Regime, also called the Empire of Argos, the capital city of all the sergal empire was Elohim, a beautiful and sprawling city that housed over half the entire empire's population within its walls alone. The capital was under the strict control of Queen Rain herself, and it was essentially the nucleus of her empire. By the time of her Empire's downfall, Elohim was the target of the ever-growing rebel faction which was headed by Queen Rain's own brother Normedus, the one who many argued was the rightful king of the sergals. As unrest grew within the Empire, as nation after nation became annexed by Argos, more and more slaves were claimed and cultures were extinguished. The incredible power Queen Rain consolidated was going to her head, indeed, sentiments rose that the Queen was going more insane by the day.
To many, Normedus was a beacon of hope, a leader who descended from the same royalty as Rain, but promised a new dawn for the sergals, where none were at risk of being persecuted, jailed, or worse, from the Queen's harsh policies. It was no surprise that in these turbulent times, Normedus' following grew. Finally, the fateful day came where Normedus was ready to reclaim his father's throne and challenge the Mad Queen, his sister. Normedus' armies marched on the walled city of Elohim, and after a very long siege and reclaiming of the capital, Queen Rain was finally cornered. She surrendered, though driven over the edge by her humiliating defeat. She believed she was so close to claiming the whole world for herself. Normedus ensured her that this was not to be, and instead of executing her, he showed mercy for his sister and had her imprisoned for life, in recompense for her crimes against the kingdom and world.
Following the deposing of the Mad Queen, the sergal empire entered an immediate state of decline. The previous skirmishes across Argos between the rebels and loyalists ruined much of the countryside, to say nothing of the lives and families destroyed by the war itself. The capital itself, Elohim, was ravaged by strife, as untold property damage strained the empire in their efforts to rebuild. Normedus foresaw all this prior to the war's conclusion, and knew that he must secure his power immediately. However this was a challenge, since Normedus sought to reinstate the Imperial Council, which Queen Rain previously disbanded. The Council saw his rebellion as a serious contributor to the Empire's decline, and many were reluctant to stand with their new king. This divided the Council, further weakening the Empire itself.
In the distant land of Orsinium, the bloodthirsty orks were watching the sergals closely. The greenskins have a long and brutal history with the sergals dating back thousands of years, to the days of the Dragon Empire. The orks, and in particular, their strongest and most influential warlord, Ghazghkull Thraka, were awaiting the perfect chance to strike out against their ancient foes and destroy them once and for all. In their current state of decline, while their entire nation was divided, Warlord Ghazghkull knew that now was the time to launch his war.