Talanor, the Bright Tower
History - Kingdom of Esteparon
History of the Kingdom of Esteparon
The Broanin Settlements
Following the vanquish of Kiravor in the Godling Wars, Críodan, the first of the fathers of men, crossed the high plains of Haemil, and led his people to the southwestern corner of the plateau. There they settled and built the High Tower, Túr’sârbhé. Over the next decade, the people built a wall about the tower and began to delve into the ground, constructing a passage to the lower lands. Finally, they made their way into Esteparon and settled in the region between the northern Shadow Mountains and the Rynin Sea, eventually spreading out south along the coastal line into the Phádraig Peninsula and founding First Haven. The high tower remained in their control and a keep was built upon the plain and into the face of the plateau upon which it sat. They named this keep, Caéstlián Telún’aerd, the Castle of the Highlands.
Upon reaching the lowlands of Esteparon, Críodan and his wife, Aíbell, first took their families to the ancient site of Pyrae, paying homage to the Ealintaine and their service to the world. Heading south along the shorelines of the Rynin Sea, they came to a lowland of lush prairies having crossed The Gréntague River, a wide, slow flowing river. Following the river to the sea, they founded Baerney, the first Broanin settlement upon the lowlands of Esteparon.This seaside town started as a fishing and trade village, eventually growing to a thriving city over the next several centuries. As Críodan and his descendants prospered, they ventured further south along the coast until finding the end of the Phádraig Peninsula. There amongst the rocky beaches, they built the Stag Coast Tower. From this point, they began to establish military control over the region. Additionally, First Haven served as the base of political power in the earliy stages of the Braonin’s culture.
As the Quints migrated from Haemil, minor conflicts broke out between the Broanin’s and their ancient brethren. Máelech, the grandson of Críodan, was the first Chieftan to begin to construct fortifications with the establishment of Narwell. Quarried from the stone cliffs south of Baerney, Narwell was a massive castle from which the Broanins could wage war protecting their northern borders. Máelech made peace with the Quints and allowed the nomadic people to pass through Broanin territory. To secure the souther border, he named his second son, f;lajdfljad, Lord of South March and granted him lands and title to Ennisberry, a lowland between the Forest and coastline that marked the southern edge of the Broanin lands.
The Quintan Expansion
Having left Earthengate a decade later than the Broanins, the Quints, led by Manius began what became a forty year journey to southern Esteparon. Their first, permanent settlement was Basgeil. Eventually, traveling west to the Alterian Ocean, the Quints established the port of Axteil. Warring with the Alterians to the north along with the dwarves of Kzumduhl, led to the building of Wynstil to the north of Axteil.
Rise of the Vallens
Following the devastation of the Godling Wars, the nothern coasts were settled by Aghnar and his sons. These strong men were drawn to the sea and over the next two centuries towns of their descendants were formed all along the Northern Sea from Korshavn in the west to Manevyk in the east. These were a hearty people who survived by fishing the open waters as the farming seasons this far north were short and the land rocky. As the bonds of brotherhood were weakened over the generations, wars began to breakout between rival cities. Many of them were then forced to maraud along the coastlines.
In 95 B.E., the Northern Sea was controlled by four main cities: Korshavn, Vryost, Brekkä and Manevyk. Constant struggle between the cities and the small settlements between them for fishing and other natural resources was intense. Raids upon villages and the larger cities was not uncommon. They were mainly a sea faring communities. Vallenkrös, the newly crowned King of Manevyk, was the first leader to align themselves with Mylesar. He called upon the god after his wife was captured and enslaved by his distant cousin, the ruler of Brekkä. While the queen was moved between multiple, small keeps and boarded onto ships at times, Vallenkrös became enraged. After a two year hunt, he finally marched upon Brekkä, killed his cousin and sacked the city for an entire cycle of the ruby moon. Yet, his wife was not found.
Extracting his vengeance upon the city, Vallenkrös killed all males of age 18 or older, while the younger males were castrated and forced into the military. The men of Manevyk took many wives among the young women of Brekkä, yet all infertile women were sent to serve the growing temples of Mylesar. Following that battle, Vallenkrös began a systematic conquering of the settlements leading east until he found his queen in the small seaside village of Varkylä upon one of the last ships flying the flag of Brekkä after three more years of searching. The reunion was short-lived, however, and following the suicide of the queen, later that year, Vallenkrös briefly returned to Manevyk. He then continued to sack the villages east of Brekkä looking for any remnants of their navy and returned to Manevyk after twenty-three years of making war. The western cities continued their maruading, but never came further east than Brekkä. Vallenkrös refused to send his armies or ships to the west. Instead, he protected Brekkä and left his war vessels to create a blockade just west of Brekkä. The sons of Brekkä eventually were all lost to war as Vallenkrös sacrificed them first in all conflicts. By the time, the King had returned to Manevyk, he controlled Brekkä and all the ports east towards his own castle. Further, he had effectively bred out all the Brekkian line of men.
After another 23 years of growth, Vallenkrös II, the grandson of Vallenkrös, took command of the forces of Manevyk and set sail to the west. The young king conquered Vryost, repeating the process of his grandfather. After another calm, he moved on to Korshavn, which proved most difficult to conquer. By this time, the King of Korshavn knew what was coming. A bloody, bitter war ensued which ended in the genocide of the Korshavn inhabitants in 48 B.E.
Having united all the northern coasts under the Vallen’s banner, Vallenkrös II advances his fleet southward into the Bay of Helwâch in 33 B.E. and raids the gnomish villages for silver, gems and other valuables. Discovering the vast quantities of magical trinkets in the gnomish lands, Vallenkrös II attacks Bellstorm in 32 B.E. but perishes as his fleet is destroyed by the gnome wizards. The during the Battle of Bellstorm
Following their defeat at the Battle of Bellstorm, the king’s armies who had been garrisoned in the northern cities, were led southward Vallenkrös III. In 19 B.E., the armies march into the central plains of Esteparon and take the free city of Pyrae on the Rynin Sea. Six years later, Vallenkrös III negotiates with the Broanins for the surrender of Nûerford Keep at the Crossroads. However, assassins left behind by the Broanins, kill Vallenkrös and his family in the Keep the following year. Only their youngest son, Vallenjos survives. Driven by anger, the young king, brings the full army south while leaving the newly restored navy in the Northern Sea. In 7 B.E., Vallenjos captures the Crimson Tower of Narwell. Using the tower as a staging point, Vallenjos lays seige to Quonos for over a year, ultimately taking the city and beheading Queen Áillís Uí Lonagáin. He then turns his attention upon First Haven to finally defeat the Broanins. In 1 B.E., King Earic Ó Béara of Firsthaven dies from disease and the city is captured by Vallenjos.
The Vallen military grew in power due to use of mounted archers and with each successive victory, they expanded for resources and knowledge. If opponent bent knee Vallenjos was generous. If the Esteparon lord would not, the Vallen King would destroy them out. All assimilated cities prospered. Conquering the Broanins in less than fifteen years, Vallenjos I was crowned King of Esteparon in Firsthaven.
The Ruling Family is always of pure Vallen blood, traceable back to the city of Manevyk. The Kings often took multiple wives to spread their powerful lineage, but these children did not bear the Vallen name and were considered destined for military service.
The Vallen Dynasty
Firsthaven is the capital of the kingdom as it is most ancient city of men in Esteparon. However, the Vallens refortified the Citadel of Narwell which was the seat of their military power.
Defeat Braonins & Quints claiming all the western lands of Esteparon. Following the Broanin’s nobility titles, the Vallens’ name Dukes, Earls, and Counts to govern the southern lands of the Kingdom.
After several failed attempts to invade Alteria from the north, the King of Esteparon leads his armies from the south and takes a portion of the Alterian Kingdom. After another century of war, the Alterian King is defeated and beheaded although amnesty was offered and accepted. Constant struggles from Alteria continue for the duration of the Vallen’s rule of Esteparon.
Fall of the Vallens and the Brekkian Insurgency
An uprising led by the Braonins and supported by the Alterians ended with the capture of Quonos and the death of the King of Esteparon upon the battlefields. The Alterians seceded from the Kingdom forming an independent sovereignty. General Hjarnar Vikarsson, the half-uncle of the dead king, takes command of the armies and claims the title Lord Regent of the Kingdom as the infant King is protected by the Priests of Mylesar in Manevyk. After the infant king dies mysteriously, the Lord Regent takes the throne as Hjarnar I, after he completes a military coup. Hjarnar I institutes massive change in the Kingdom claiming the death of the Infant King was orchestrated by members of the Vallen ruling family. After uncovering a vast conspiracy, the new King executes most of the ruling family. The conflict with the Broanins continued.
The Hjarnar-line ruled until 1296 E.C. when the Braonins burned and sacked Narwell. Vallens were pushed back to the northern coast. Following their defeat in Narwell, it was discovered that the Hjarnar-line were the descendants of the northerners from Brekkä that had survived in secret since their defeat in 92 B.E. Additionally, the Brekkians had infiltrated the priests of Mylesar, controlling the church as disciples of Gaeruhn. With their leaders bloodlines decimated, the Vallens retreated to the northern coast line cities regaining any cultural identity amongst the nobles.
The Braonin Rule of Esteparon
Following the fall of the Valens, the Braonins claimed the throne through the newly named Duke of Narwell. His reign was short lived. As the Dukedoms from the waring Braonins factions plotted against each other. The Duke of Narwell was slain by an assassin. His son, too young to take the throne effectively, abdicated and his distant cousin, the Duke of Quonos became King.
The Alterian Empire
The Braonins ruled for nearly 800 years until, the Alterians invade and take the throne. Alterians conquered but were open to all faiths. The first Alterian king was a great leader and had the interests of all his subjects taken into consideration.
An uneasy alliance was built between the Alterians and the Quints. However, when the Alterians failed to marry a Quints woman, war broke out once again.
The Southern Alliance
Eventually the Alterians were defeated and a Quint for the first time became king of Esteparon. The Dukes of both the Quints and the Braonins signed a treaty which created a council of Dukes. Upon the death of the king, the Council of Dukes would select a new king from among them.
Eventually one king is able to garner enough military power and secret alliances so that he is able to assassinate all of the Dukes simultaneously .The co-conspirators take control dukedoms, and they resend the treaty and reestablish a true monarchy.
The kings real become tyrannical, and when it is discovered that the Dukes took power partly due to the influence of Kiravor, The dukes begin to slowly rebel in secret. Does eventually leads to the overthrow of the dragon king and the end of the kingdom of Esteparon.
While Valjoen, the Duke of Wynstil had claim to the throne. He chose to denounce it and disband the kingdom. Since that time the Dukes have reigned sovereign over their lands, although no one claims the small peninsula where the ruins of Firsthaven are found.
The Dragon Kingdom
This Kingdom was ruled from Firsthaven and was a feudal system under a monarch. After several generations, the kingdom was torn apart by a revolt amongst the nobility. The king was killed and Firsthaven was sacked and burned. There were seven dukedoms; Alarid, Axteil, Basgeil, Derncape, Quonos, Talanor and Wynstil. Each Dukedom (except Talanor) is still ruled by a noble family. There is a complex pattern of treaties and alliances between the dukedoms against any common enemies, including other Dukedoms. The noble family of Talanor died out not long after the revolt against the king. The First Hazard who had long been a resident of the Tower is considered by many to be the ‘leader’ but he had left much of the control of the city in the hands of an elected senate that was quite corrupt. Talanor is set in the Shadow Mountains with an east and south subterranean entrance.
Axgar, the King of Esteparon had six legitimate children.
As was customary, his eldest son, Zocon, was the crown prince and next in line to assume the throne. The five younger children (Raktin, Ssvanti, Thavian, Uaeas and Vizzionn) were learned in the magical arts. The Zocon was strong in body but weak in will. Upon his coronation, he named his siblings to his personal council. They conspired with demons and other unnatural powers and soon fully controlled the entire Kingdom. They corrupted the kingdom even further until the Dukes rebelled and destroyed the King, his counsel and the entire capital city with the help of the Hazards. In exchange, the Dukes allowed the Hazards to build towers within the walls of each dukedom.