Talanor, the Bright Tower
History - Kingdom of Haemil
History of Haemil
Founding of Häfenóst
Aertinen, the eldest of eight fathers of men, takes his tribe to the northwest of Esteparon and settles near the Iron Mountains along the Bhrülinen River. Finding the lands to be fertile to farming and plentiful of beasts, his people claim the land. Aertinen, himself, builds a stone keep and a small city forms as the people begin to trade. The trading post and keep become known as Häfenóst.
The Godling Wars
Following the godling wars, the Alterians remain in western Esteparon and settle the region surroundinghte fields of fire. They claim they are gifted the land by Calladrym as spoils of victory over Kiravor. The Broanins travel east and build the High Tower looking out over Esteparon. Carving a winding stair into the plateau, they eventually make their way to the lowlands.The Nynasians leave Earthenwork and make their way to the eastern coasts beyond the Iron Mountains. Traveling across Leyrtisia they return to the rocky, north shores of the Rynin sea and their ancient homes.
Stewardship of Earthenwork and the Kingdom of Haemil
The Dael’Brügt line of stewards govern Haemil in relative peace during the Reign of Tranquility. In 458 B.E., Rathar Dael’Brügt, eldest son of Boldrik, takes his family south intending to resettle Häfenóst. Hearing the echoing roar of the waters leading south, he names it the Bhrülinen River. Following the river to its end, he takes residence at the Bhrülinen Falls and begins construction of Enwaard, which means End of the World. Following his father’s death, Rathar refuses to return to Earthenwork and abdicates his title as Steward. His younger brother, Öthgar takes the title.
During this time, the Vallens, who had returned to the Northern Coasts have scaled the plateau, carving a city at its base. Invading the grasslands to the area now dominated by the Windspitze. Seizing lands they began to raid the small farming communities in the grasslands. In response, Öthgar sends his armies to repel them. They toppled their fortifications and built the Windspitze to defend against further advancement. Öthgar names his younger brothers and his older brother, Rathar as Margraves of Haemil. The three are charged with building and defending exits from the risen plains of Haemil. The Windspitze and Saeklippe Keep are built along with the Atérfall Stair at Enwaard.
In 439 B.E., Öthgar dies in battle against the nothern men, whom they call the Nordvülk. Öthgar leaves no documents describing the succession line. By tradition, the title of Steward passes to his eldest son, Ekthärd while the remaining lands of Haemil pass to his other four sons. However, neither of Öthgar’s three brothers are willing to give up title to their lands. Ekthärd’s four brothers take arms against their uncles but are all defeated by 432 B.E. The third born son of Öthgar, named Jörn, is able to establish a foothold in Bhrülinen and constructs the first keep in the river lands. In 406 B.E., Rathar is finally defeated by his nephew, Jörn, the Merciful. Jörn executes Rathar but pardons all of the royal family that supported his uncle during the war. All of them swear fealty to Jörn who is crowned King of Enwaard by the clerics of Mylesar and Vra’lithe. Jörn keeps control of Bhrülinen and builds several other keeps in southern Haemil, passing these strongholds to his sons upon his death in 315 B.E.
Ekthärd, in the north, builds Whitefalls Keep as a staging for his campaign against his uncle in the Windspitz. By 416 B.E., he defeats his uncle’s army at the the Windspitz and sets his sights on Saeklippe Keep. However, battling both his uncle’s armies to the south and the invading Nordvülk in the north, he is unable to make headway. Ekthärd dies in 348 E.C. leaving his title and all lands to his only son, Boldrik II, the True. The Warden of Earthenwork sues for peace with his uncle Jörn of Enwaard who had been encroaching north into the river lands, and they both wage war on Saeklippe Keep, defeating their cousin, Fölmar at the Battle of Bludétal in what is now known as the Valley of Blood. One of the largest battles of men against one another, the Battle of Bludétal is immortalized in the epic poem, the March of Boldrik. True to his word, Boldrik granted land rights to Enwaard and all the southern river valley to Jörn and his heirs.
By 112 B.E., the heirs of Jörn had divided the lands of the southern river valley into sixty-two distinct baronies with Enwaard itself, being divided in thirds, and Thurimär II is crowned King of Enwaard, although his rule was restricted to the royal palace in the city and he had no standing army. The previous year, Boldrik IV, grandson of Boldrik the True, had been named Steward of Earthenwork. Having marched a large portion of the armies south for the coronation, Boldrik IV began his campaign to retake the southern kingdom upon his return. The campaign was short and decisive with much of Jörn’s royal lineage killed. In 109 B.E., Thurimär II was defeated and brought to Earthenwork with any remaining descendants of the Dael’Brügt line living in Enwaard or the southern river valley.
In 84 B.E., Boldrik IV retakes the grass lands of southwestern Haemil from the Broanins and claims the keep at Höchmarc Pass. Keenly aware of the Vallens conquest in Esteparon, Boldrik IV continued to reinforce the borders of Haemil, including building Nordühr Keep. Having fourteen daughters, Boldrik IV placed his military commanders in charge of the various keeps on the borderlands and married many of his daughters to them and to numerous clerics of the gods in both Earthenwork and Enwaard. Boldrik IV dies in 4 E.C. with the borders being besieged by the Vallens at three of the keeps. Looking to bolster the power of the throne and complete with the claims of deification of the cron by the Vallens, the Lord Commander’s supported by the clergy in Earthenwork, unanimously name Boldrik’s son, Eurick Dael’Brügt, as King of Haemil and Steward of Earthenwork.
The Rödynn Dynasty
Having lost all of his sons to war, Eurick Dael’Brügt dies in Earthenwork in the year 116 E.C., leaving no male heir. His only daughter, Litburh had married Durand Rödynn, Lord Commander of Earthenwork in 129 E.C. Their son Eurik Rödynn is crowned king and steward. The young man was ill equipped to be king and his father Durand was effectively the monarch during his reign. To gain support of the nobility in Enwaard, the aristocracy rule begin rule by council in the city.
In 1392, a plague strikes the city of Earthenwork killing 25% of the population including much of the royal family. With no living air to take the throne, the kingship transfers to the King’s sister and her family. This dynasty is one of the longest most prosperous periods of the kingdom.
In 3216, Beauregard II takes the throne. A sloven king, he spends the majority the roll throwing lavish parties. Placing each of his sons and daughters in control of the various protective keeps along the Cliffs of Haemil, Beauregard II slowly allows his children to assume command with the various regions. A long live king, Beauregard II, prior to his death, creates the Marches, establishing hereditary titles for his children and breaking up the kingdom. Upon his death in 3267 E.C., there is a power vacuum within the city of Earthenwork and illegitimate son of the king, Hägynn, eventually assumes control of the city command and seals Earthenwork from outside influence. He constructs the northern gates of Haemil. Trade and commerce with Balynndom ceases.
War of the Marches
Seen as a disgrace to the throne, Hägynn I begins a campaign to win the land barons of the river lands. He allows himself to be beaten by the clerics in the temple of Mylesar as penance for his father’s sins and his illegitimacy. Know seen as a vassal of the gods, his rule is blessed and barons flock to his banner. Civil War ensues for the next 400 years in which multiple kings are simultaneously crowned as King of Haemil.
The Gärivald Dynasty
Eventually, a great-grand niece of Beauregard II named Adálÿnd Gärivald I consolidates the outer keeps and turns her sites on Earthenwork. Her daughter, Adálÿnd II eventually captures the city and is crowned queen. Adálÿnd II abolishes the hereditary titles of Margraves and passes command of the outer keeps to military commanders with only a life estate in the lands they patrol. This third dynasty while short-lived in comparison to the others, reestablishes much of the traditions of the ancient city. Another major difference in the third line of nobility is the fact that daughters are given right to be named, The Monarch. After 322 years a rule, this family line dies off as in an effort to preserve the family name, she fails to produce an heir to the throne.
The First Krögen Dynasty
The Krögen line then assumes the throne in 3967 E.C. Temporarily reestablishing the paternal elements of the monarchy. They establish the church of the eternal tempest. By the command of the king and the high priest of the temple, the rift of magic ensues and arcane magic is outlawed. In 3979 E.C., Marwülff Krögen I issues the Magicae Prohibitae, forbidding the practice of magic by non-clergy. This event, the Rift of Magic, causes a ripple effect amongst many of the realms, including the Kingdom of Esteparon with makes violation of the law against arcane magic punishable by death. In 3985 E.C., in response to the Magicae Prohibitae, the First Gathering of the Hazards occurs in Talanor.
The Krögen dynasty lasted for almost 500 years, when a gathering of orcs led by Gutjja the Conqueror descends from the iron mountains and begins a 200 year war in the Riverlands of eastern hemal. For the second time since the godly wars, the gates of Hamel are closed. During the Orcish wars the sons and daughters of the Kroger in line are all killed and the Krogen line fails to maintain the throne.
The Brüghten Dynasty
In 4487 E.C., without an heir of the Krögen line of age, the throne passes through the King’s deceased daughter to the Brüghten family who also claim a connection to the original Dael’Brügt line of kings. In 4647 E.C., King Ulfbëhrd III defeats the last of the orcish tribes at the Battle of Hartfëil, and reopens the doors to Earthenwork the following year. Trade routs to the Northern Coasts are reopened as the Vallens had fought in the Orcish wars for Haemil. In 4651 E.C., King Ulfbëhrd III wife and son are killed by Parthinian spies leading to the conflict between the realms. The king marries a Vallen princess from Manevyk to secure an alliance with the Valllen king. In 4677, King Ulfbëhrd III is assassinated. His son, Esbränd I, grants land estates over the Keeps, reestablishing the Margraves.
In 4683 E.C., with the help of the Vallen mercenaries, the King discovers conspiracies against the throne by the nobles in Enwaard and implicates several families of the nobles. Noble titles are stripped and the King grants peerage to several families steeped in military service to the throne. By 4753 E.C., the majority of noble families now entrusted with the graves have common heritage with both the Brüghten line and the Vallens.
In 4759, E.C., an uprising begins between the old nobles and the Brüghten’s, leading to all out civil war. Wanting to show signs of power, King Esbränd II refuses to close the doors to Earthenwork. His armies are defeated at the gates and a noble takes control of Earthenwork, taking the title of Steward. For another seventy five years, the Dael’Brügt family and the nobles vie for power within Haemil. The current hazard of Earthenwork reveals the origins of the Brüghten’s line and establish that they have no relation to the Dael’Brügt kings, but rather trace their lines to the Vallens of Manevyk. The nobles quickly band together and defeat the Vallens and oust the Dael’Brügt king.
The Schönaryn Dynasty
The Second Krögen Dynasty
7648 E.C. – King Helluddar Krögen XXIII is crowned in Earthenwork as the Krögen-line retake the throne of Haemil.
7973 E.C. – Helluddar Krögen XIX is crowned King of Haemil in Earthenwork.