Feydhar

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Feydhar’s Beginnings

After the War of Daishevar, remnants of the human nations began to work their way back into the eastern coast lands of the central continent. It is here that the eventual kingdom of Feydhar would grow. However the road to the nation’s establishment was a long and difficult one.

In the early years after the war, the people were not a united group, nor were they easy to win over. Promises of renewed glory and prosperity were a ryn a dozen and people were beginning to lose faith in those of ‘heroic’ or ‘noble’ backgrounds. Promises did not feed their families nor protect them from the rogue demon hordes. Instead the people turned to men who had proven themselves time and time again, not just in words, but in their dedication to their work, their excellence on the field of battle.

There were a handful of these men roaming throughout the central and northern regions of Ethardowan. These warlords at first sought out battle with the demonic hordes, yet as the growing number of people entered Ethardowan, the groups began to quarrel with one another. Thus the fall out for land and power began.

For many generations the feudal wars in Ethardowan dragged on, with no end in sight. That was until a man named Gauvain Lui VanAldrin was born. Even at a young age Guavain was said to be a strong and intelligent youth, with eyes of steel. In his late teens he began his quest for glory. He became renowned in the region, and by his mid twenties he had garnered far more support and prowess over all the warlords in the region. Several bloody battles took place before the people and land were united under one banner. Gauvain had finally united all of the people and proclaimed the kingdom of Feydhar.

On the cliffs overlooking Lake Ralin, next to the great falls that feed the lake from the River Hyrin, the first major city in the land began its construction. The central keep, constructed of hill stone and brick, was to be the central focus, standing five stories high, taller than any building set up outside the central square of the city. The original buildings were made of plaster and granite, newer buildings after the initial construction being made of wood and field stone. All original construction rooftops were shingled with black slate, newer ones with wood and mortar.

The castle was completed on 545 ADW, and the outlying city walls completed on 552 ADW. Gauvain Lui VanAldrin was crowned their first king, at the age of 38. The VanAldrin line still exists today, with Marius Isaac VanAldrin as her present ruler.

Life in the Kingdom of Feydhar was hard to start. Now that the land was united the people could finally create solid foundations for towns and cities. Farms had to be established, wells dug, towns constructed. The first few years of Feydhar’s existence were primarily of building, cultivation and preservation. Once the city was completed, however, things began to change. The people flourished for a time within the city, many forms of stone craft, jewelry and tools being created within its walls. Pottery and china was also popular in Veluralin, and was the first large source of trade to the other nations once alliances and trade routes were arranged. Of course the demons did not make it easy for them to set up these routes.

For this reason Feydhar’s military became a way of life for many men and women. The people of Feydhar spent many years destroying the remnants of the first demonic invasion. They would push the hordes back, hold and claim more land, and then when they had significant force they would push again. It wasn’t until the late 1200’s that they were able to eradicate the majority of the Israidian presence in Feydhar, and those that survived fled the Feydhar war machine, disappearing into the Briarthorn, Shadowfen, and Ashmoden. Several border keeps were set up on the south border with the Briarthorn Valley, to ensure the demons stayed well out of Feydhar. The lands began to see peace, people began to branch out, and new towns were established.

It is around this time that Feydhar moved into the north-eastern part of Ethardowan, divided off by the Felwin Range. They discovered that this land was already inhabited by a cluster of races, such as scathii and bakhyar. Humans also lived in the realm, and they apparently had lived there for some time… possibly even before the warlords. The land was called Runewatch, and was ruled by a group of magus. They wanted nothing to do with Feydhar’s wars, or any of the lands outside their region, but agreed to open trade with the nation so long as they left their land in peace. So it was agreed and to this day Runewatch has traded with Feydhar. However due to Runewatch’s reclusive nature, its inner workings and society remain somewhat of a mystery.

Patrol units were still deployed regularly throughout the kingdom to help keep demonic threats at bay and protect the people. The land settled down into a state of peace for many decades, and the land and people prospered.

The Feydhar Millitary and Nobles

Many years and bloody battles with the demonic legions turned Veluralin into what she has become today, a capital based upon skill in battle, weaponry and warfare. It was said that the majority of Demon Hunters in days of glory originated from the Kingdom of Feydhar.

The army of Feydhar is a formidable force of honed skilled warriors. Anyone can join the military, from any ranking station, poor to those of noble blood. However, Feydhar believes in equality of rank, and so those who join the military are bound by oath of service and their former position and ranks are discarded. They are given a new basic rank amongst the military, which is the same for all new recruits regardless of prior station, and they can gain new ranks and with it rewards for their dedicated service. Those who receive high rank in the Feydhar military are honored and their families as well.

Because of this Feydhar have two sets of distinct ‘noble’ rankings; those who achieve their rank by the military system and then those who stem from military blood lines. A man or woman of high military rank who is given a noble title is more revered than those of ‘noble’ blood lines. Those who achieve a noble status from the military are given their title by the King.

All of the noble bloods stem from a direct ancestor of a high ranked officer in the army. This is why so many men, especially of poor origins, join the military, to gain honor and stature for their family name. Of course gaining military rank is not easy, and many never achieve the title they seek. Many women do not join the military either, and those who do are typically women of poor origins, who do not wish to burden their families. Women in the military are treated the same as the men, and are given no exemptions based on their gender.

Naturally it is not common for those of a noble family name to enter the military. Why try to gain riches or prestige when they already have it? However, not all of those who extend from noble family lines are rich- nor hold a prestigious namesake. Some lost their riches in bad investing, or squandered their ancestor’s wealth frivolously. Others sullied their family names and are more notorious than favored, a few even being stripped of title. For these reasons one may see a noble man or woman enter the military… to regain or earn their own glories. Many of the noble bloods, however, invested their ancestor’s pensions from the military wisely, purchasing large tracts of land, starting their own crafts, farms, etc, to gain more for their family name. Many of these nobles instead enjoy the luxuries that their parents/ancestors gained for them.

It is also a fact that women from noble families who marry do not carry on the ‘noble’ family name. So, as an example, if a noble woman were to marry a commoner, she would take her husband’s name, and lose her noble rank. She is of course still from noble lineage, but the title and entitlements with the rank are gone. Thus many women from noble families are courted and then married to men of nobility; so as to not only retain a noble name, but also the lifestyle that comes with it. Not unheard of, but rarely, does a man take on the name of his betrothed’s family. This is only done if the King and family of the woman agree that the man is worthy of ‘adopting’ the title. Women of high rank who have no other family or are the last heirs to their line are the most common reason for this occurrence. However, only men of noble lines or notable military rank can be considered for such an action. Noble men can marry women of any rank, commoner to noble, but marrying common women is not widespread occurrence and is frowned upon in most circles.

Veluralin’s Expansion & and the Dwarven Alliance

It was around 2800 ADW that the capital city began to take expansion prospects into consideration. The city had grown past capacity, and many people were leaving for there were no homes, or no room in the homes they inhabited. Yet they had used the majority of their hill stone from the local quarries, and so had to find alternate means of gaining stone. That is when Feydhar approached Goldshard. The two cities both had a sort of mutual standing with each other, and had traded off and on for years, obtaining fine weapons from the dwarves while the kingdom of Feydhar supplied grain, beef and wool.

On Rosedown 14th, 2873 ADW, the Kingdom of Feydhar and the dwarves of Goldshard forged an alliance. In this alliance both sides were allowed free trade. In exchange the Kingdom of Feydhar was given a series of mines along the Shadowspire Mountains. A town was built there which became Mason’s Point. The Dwarves of Goldshard only asked for the Kingdom’s aid when requested, and a monthly shipment of Feydhar Ale. Apparently the dwarves couldn’t get enough of it.

Construction on the new second city began on Rosedown 26th, 2873 ADW, when the first shipment of stone came in. The new city section would increase the city’s population capacity far beyond what it currently was, and with the new arrangement of houses, unlike the first construction, it utilized space in the city. New homes would be arranged as town houses, with small to moderately sized shared courtyards.

Havathenoptera and the Great Affliction

Problems with the Deshiven didn’t begin until many years after the alliance was struck. The deshiven of Havathenoptera began raiding into Goldshard around 2916 ADW, prospecting for expansion on their city and also attempting to steal stores of purified magite from the dwarves. The Dwarves, frustrated by the deshiven and their arrogance, began full on attacks on the Deshiven in an attempt to drive them out, and eliminate them.

Yet the attacks were not proving successful, and the deshiven raids were beginning to take their toll on the dwarves. So they requested the aid of Feydhar to help them in their time of need. The Kingdom agreed and began sending troops into Goldshard to aid their war. The deshiven were enraged that the humans were interfering, and so began sending out raiding parties in the night, to raze local towns in Feydhar.

Mason’s Point began taking a brutal beating, and the shipments of stone that were being sent to the capital were slowed severely due to deshiven attacks. For several years the deshiven caused trouble for the kingdom, and the King grew ever frustrated with the situation. So he sent one of his strongest legions, along with the dwarves, to make a preemptive strike against the Deshiven.

Also, Feydhar had been suffering from a rough drought. The seasonal rains hadn’t come, and so the crops were suffering. Cattle were not growing fat, food was barely being produced, and the people of Feydhar were beginning to feel the pinch.

The nation had been very tight and unified for many years, but the constant battles accompanied by the blight on the land were starting to wear people down. Their daily lives were a constant struggle, and there were many who were not satisfied with their situation. The people of Veluralin were growing crowded in the city, but they couldn’t finish the expansion because of the Deshiven attacks on the stone mines.

People were starving, many dying, disease was growing rampant. Poor crops and no rains year after year began to take their toll. This time became known as the Great Affliction. Veluralin was going through her own personal hell… and it only grew worse.

The Rebellion and the Sheridan

The rebellion began with a set of lesser titled military men who felt that they weren’t getting what was promised to them during their services to the kingdom. Of course the Kingdom was suffering just as they and many went without during these rough times, including the royal family. It certainly wasn’t from lack of caring that the King of Veluralin could not give them what they needed or wanted. The Kingdom was going through a depression- everyone knew it and yet there was little that could be done to change it.

There were several of the lesser noble families that worked together to form the Rebellion, those being: Avent Godard, Guy Régnier, Gerard Baudet, Hugo Augnorin and Agorin Sheridan. All of their lines had served in the Ethardowan militia, and had yet to receive their promised pensions. And so they began to spread rumors.

Of course the common folk were pulled in by promises, and as desperate as some of the people were for change, they decided to make it themselves… and take over the kingdom. So that’s when the Rebels began a revolt within the walls of Veluralin herself, on Windvale 13th, 2921 ADW.

There was a bloody battle within the city herself, and the city was nearly lost. However the rebels had not counted on the King’s main legion returning home from Goldshard. As the First Legion came into the city they began immediately striking down the rioters. The Rebels were pushed back, many killed, and those who survived were forced to flee the city and escape into the southern inhospitable lands.

Veluralin had sent out a legion to hunt them down, but they were spreading themselves thin, and with the city still in disarray, they had to pull back and return. The capital spent the next few months working on replacing order, rebuilding damaged homes and buildings. Trials were set, some sentenced to life in prison, others as marked bonded servants… yet most were sentenced to death, guilty of treason. Executions were conducted in public, the traitors losing their heads within the city square. These bodies were taken south of the city and burned, a fiery pier of promise. Those who betray their oaths and King shall pay the ultimate price.

Things looked grim for those of the Rebellion and they began to fear they had followed the wrong path. Yet once again they were uplifted by words of hope and promise. And so the Rebellion drove further south into the lands of Ethardowan. Once they were out of Veluralin’s scout range they set up a keep. It is here they defended their new claim, and also laid claim to the plains and forests of southern Ethardowan. Veluralin, enraged, did not have the resources to squelch the Rebellion force once and for all, and so made sure that all of the Sheridan Rebels were marked traitors, who would be killed if they set foot back within range of Veluralin and her people.

The Sheridan Rebellion settled down at an abandoned former human settlement in the southern region of Ethardowan, and began rebuilding the central structure, and completing the outbuildings and renovations around 2932 ADW, and Nichols Sheridan, Agorin’s first son, was proclaimed their King. The people of the rebellion settled down to a rather quiet life for a time. However, on 3069 ADW the Sheridan settlement was attacked and nearly destroyed by a horde of demons, lead by Qu’tai. The people lost not only lives that day, but the city was devastated. Reconstruction began, and had been on going up until 3110 ADW.

Veluralin had also begun construction of a new sector for the city in 3030 ADW, adding on a block onto the old city, with a new outer wall. This wall was constructed first and is crafted of crude cut stone, positioned together and cemented. The wall stands roughly twenty feet, and took fifteen years to complete with all the city’s efforts pushed over to the expansion. New buildings were also built within, with wood cut from the forests outside Veluralin, clearing the land outside the city walls which would be used to cultivate farmland. With the farms just outside the city they would be able to protect them easier.

Veluralin had finally completed the city expansion after the First Legion had successfully led a strike with the dwarves of Goldshard. The deshiven had slunk back into their holdings and were not sited again for some time. It wouldn’t be until 3107 ADW that the Deshiven would once again start moving out of their underground city again. They were still a threat to both the kingdoms of Feydhar and Goldshard, but they managed to keep the Deshiven damage to a minimum.

Sheridan sent an envoy north to Veluralin in 3053 ADW, seeking to proclaim ‘peace’ between the two cities. Veluralin had already lifted their creed to kill all Sheridan on sight, yet the nation was still very bitter and the idea of an alliance with the Sheridan was not appealing to the people of Feydhar. The King agreed that peace would be present; however, they refused to acknowledge the Sheridan as a nation for they had ‘stolen’ the land upon which they live. Sheridan claimed it was the lands owed to their people from their times of service to Veluralin. Angered by their arrogance Veluralin denied trade with them, as did the Dwarves of Goldshard.

Feydhar Today

In 3119 ADW the Deshiven hoard of Havathenoptera was destroyed when the Life Tree arose from the earth. The capital of Veluralin rejoiced the demise of their long time enemy, holding celebrations within the Kingdom for weeks after. Envoys were sent to the tree to proclaim the land as a sacred place. The tree and the fertile lands around it were not to be harmed by any living soul as Veluralin’s eternal gratitude for their greatest enemy’s destruction.

News of Sheridan’s destruction also reached Veluralin, which they did not celebrate, but nor did they disdain. Those of Veluralin are firm believers in karma, and that the Sheridan had only received what was coming to them. Veluralin had sent several patrols to the south to help the Sheridan, regardless of their past actions. A grant of amnesty was offered to those of the Sheridan who were left behind by their King, Ithan Sheridan. Many of the commoners had taken the offer, swore oaths to Veluralin and returned to their former homeland, leaving the brutal lands of the Sheridan and the nightmare of the Hope Slayer behind them.

Yet others, mainly those linked to past Sheridan noble lines, refused the aid and the offer, stating that they wanted nothing from Veluralin, not even their pity, and so the bitterness between the two Kingdoms was renewed. They began construction of a new keep along the eastern coast, on the cliffs overlooking the Aeyn Sea. Those who had fled to Calora dispersed, some returning to Sheridan. However those who returned to the Sheridan lands had to travel by sea, as the ancient magus tunnels they used prior collapsed, the millennia old magic maintaining the tunnels falling apart, the system being lost forever. Since their recently appointed King had abandoned their remnants the people appointed the next family in succession, and Tor’den Godard became King of New Sheridan.

Cities & Towns in Feydhar
  • Veluralin
  • Searyn Harbor
  • Fort Kelgrin
  • Mason’s Point
  • Janduin
  • Rohandor
  • Falslade
  • Limarel
  • Rothain Hill
  • Makika