Peace Treaties between Helcrani, Centoraurians and Erpheronians
The Helcrani Anactar Artahir
Accam falls in 666 and in the next year Voldar is besieged. Artahir of Milkengrad dreams of becoming king of Erpheronia, conquering Centorauria and thus being the only human sovereign. However, his dreams are futile. He makes a fatal mistake. In his hurry, he overlooks Westhron and as he is besieging Voldar he is encircled by Erpheronian forces. Artahir is killed in his attempt to break the Erpheronian lines.
Nevertheless, the Helcrani under Ogygor, Artahir’s son, manage to retreat in the southwest. They are trapped in the coasts, a location where they can see the eastern shores of Efirhal. The Erpheronian Warlord, Ileor the Kind, feels mercy for the brave men who defied an empire and offers a peace treaty. According to this treaty the Helcrani would not attack Erpheronia for as long Ogygor lived and a regiment of them would be dispatched to Voldar where it would train Erpheronian cavalrymen and assist the king in his campaigns. Ogygor sees the kindness in Ileor’s heart and foretells that the Helcrani will surrender their most precious gift to the next Erpheronian who'd have a heart like Ileor’s. This Erpheronian will be Thar about a hundred years later, who isn't only given princess Curogana but also the Helcran independence.
Thar's innocence of his alleged treason yeas ago is revealed and the people of Erpheronia send for him calling him to enforce order in the country. Thar faces a dramatic dilemma as he has to choose over love and duty, between Curogana and Erpheronia. Finally, duty prevails.
After years of chaos the people of Erpheronia eventually can convince the rehabilitated countryman, Thar, to claim the throne as he is related with Karthach. With an army of Centoraurians Thar arrives in Erpheronia and after a few battles enters Voldar victorious. There he is inaugurated king of Erpheronia.
The Helcrani decide that Thar is worthy of their most precious gifts. They offered their lives, their queen now offers him their freedom, thus fulfilling Ogygor’s promise to Ileor of Erpheronia. They decide to allow Thar to keep the Centoraurian crown, despite their laws. Milkengrad is privileged in reward to be governed by the heir of the Tharanian throne. This seals the official union of the two kingdoms.
The joined kingdom is called "Tharania", because the Centoraurians don't want to feel subject to the Erpheronians with whom they have fought many times and who they liberated. The official name of this union is "United Crowns of Erpheronia and Centorauria".
Thar, the strongest Erpheronian king so far, manages to eventually unite all four northernmost tribes of the southern Sarvonian continent - the Erpheronians, the Centoraurians, the Kyranians and the Caltharians. The main reason for the willingness of the tribes to subdue themselves to the powerful Erpheronians peacefully was the urging need for support concerning the reconstruction of their destroyed lands. A new era has begun, a major cornerstone to what later on should become the United Realms of Santharia, stretching over the whole of the southern Sarvonian continent.
Thar rules his kingdom with wisdom until his death. His reign is remembered as an era of peace, progress and stability. The communications between the various areas of the kingdom are restored and enhanced with paved roads. Trade flourishes and with it the people enjoy the fruits of peace. Arts and education are favoured. The other races are welcome to participate in Tharania's progress and commerce between the humans and the rest of the races produces great results.
With the promise of a kingdom promoting peace and stability, Ximax accepts Thar's invitation to join the newly-formed kingdom of Tharania. Ximax, on its part, offers to help with the restoration, and soon mages are sent to all parts of the new kingdom to help cities and villages rebuild. In doing so, Ximax bolsters its reputation as a wise if not somewhat meddlesome influence. Regardless, Ximax continues to be regarded as the foremost in knowledge and magical learning.
After Thar's death Curogana fades away in melancholy. Death comes and reunites her with Thar in the 26th of Falling Leaves 457 b.S. She is mourned for forty days and her grave in the Valley of the Kings up to this day is one of the most impressive. Envoys from all Sarvonian kingdoms and races are sent to pay tribute to her grave.
THE THIRD SARVONIAN WAR (SW III): THE COMING OF COÓR'MELÓR
The Sarvonian Dawn (The Approach of the Darkfriends)
Eighty years before the - from the darkfriends - long awaited Mélor'Terquán (the "Night of the Turning Shadow2) thousands of barbarians, orcs, ogers and trolls invade the regions of Nermeran and Vardýnn from the northlands in order to smooth the way for their new coming chieftain, the Dark Lord.
In fact the first assault is only a tempting and minor as well as an unorganized one, where the darkfriends attempted to measure their power with the southern forces. So the first wave is repelled rather easily by the Erpheronians and the northernmost elves of the Calmarion forest, but the revenge of the darkfriends is devastating and will last many more years.
Six years after the first massive invasion of the orcs at the regions of Nermeran and Vardýnn the united armies of the humans, elves, dwarves and halflings are forced by constant orcish approaches to recede with their troops to Carmalad. Although the joined army fights bravely reinforcements can not arrive in time and Carmalad has to be abandoned. As the defenders see no hope to save their lives at the Sarvonian continent the people of the four races leave together on all ships available to escape the unceaseable wrath of the orcs. However, many die before they can reach the ships meant to rescue them. The orcs raid the city, and pillage all they can carry.
The Coming of the Races to Denilou
After a long and stormy voyage the people fleeing from Carmalad after the orcish invasion finally reach the isle of Denilou under the guidance of the elven captain, the Aellenrhim Pherán'Epthaerín (in the human tongue called "Tree Whispers"). The remaining fleet crashes on the cliffs of the island and only a small quantity of the original number of fleeing people survive, managing to get to the shore where they eventually arrange their living with the progeny of the famous dwarf, Brok Strongarm who settled there a thousand years before.
The Reclaiming of Carmalad
Only a few months after the orcish forces have claimed Carmalad, a counter attack is launched by the united armies of the south with a valiant effort, and the human city is regained. The battered army strives to rebuild the city to its former glory.
Although the orcs took Carmalad, an outbreaking clan war for power between the orcish hordes prevents the races living south of Carmald of further assaults from the darkfriends. Gathering a joined army, consisting of human, elven and dwarven forces, the alliance strikes back, retaking Carmalad only a few months after the orcs have taken control over the haven, repelling the orcish hordes to the Silvermarshes and finally defeating the main forces there and at the fields further north which later on become known as the Blood Fields. The orcish chieftain Hourelin dies at the battlefield.
In this respect very much credit has to be given to the Erpheronian heroine Caeorphynn of Carmalad who loses all her ancestors at the Battle of Carmalad at 292 b.S. Caeorphynn has refused to leave the continent without having taken revenge for the death of her family, instead she flees south and finally participiate in the counterstrike, freeing Carmalad and killing more than six dozens of orcs by her own hand. She is well known for her courage to ride with Hourelin's severed head on top of her spear into the midst of the orcish horde, chasing the troops into all directions with her presence only. Caeorphynn dies weeks after the defeat of the orcs at a malicious illness named Urgroum's Call, a feverish infection of which many brave men die who have fought in close combat against the hordes of the darkfriends.
According to the prophecies of the Oracle of Cartoral the Night of the Turning Shadow draws near. Many additional signs hint on the coming manifestation of Coór: twoheaded animals are bred, thousands of ravens cross the skies moving north and occasional rains of acid and blood destroy the harvest. Ximaxian historians note that there were more of the foul omens of the Mélor'Terquán in the Magic City than any other specific place.
People start to fear Mélor'terquán as is written in the books of the elders and begin to prepare for the battles to come against the minions of the Shadow.
The battle for the defence of Crazy Woman Pass is fought in the Mithral Mountains and is in fact only a minor confrontation between orcish and joined human and dwarven forces. The resistance the orcs encounter at Crazy Woman Pass is very important though as the pass leads over the central Mithral between the prominent double-peak, the Chalbern, on the southern side and the massive Archare to the north, and therefore constitutes an essential connection to the region of Mossy Rocks Cove. At Mossy Rocks Cove you can find several smaller fishing villages as well as entrances to the dwarven domains of Kor Mithrid and Tyr Ethran.
As the Tharanian army cannot not provide troups for the defence of this region in time, commoners organize armed resistance themselves under the leadership of the fisherman Annils Norgerinth in cooperation with the Mitharim dwarves. At this battle the orcs are finally repelled from crossing the Mithral and further orcish attacks during the war focus on the west instead, leaving the Mossy Rocks Cove area generally unharmed.
Though the couragous Annils Norgerinth loses his life in battle, the villages Nehlan and Phris (the current Nepris) are spared from major destruction. A tomb of stone harbouring Norgerinth's corpse is hewn into the Mithral by the Thergerim. It is located closely to the Pass near Toran's Fall.
The Aellenrhim leader Aiá'merán sends most of her troops to assist in defending the important human city of Voldar, the capital of the Tharanian kingdom, to prevent its fall to the enemy. Nights after the armies' departure, Coór'mélor himself steals into the chamber of the unprotected Aiá'merán and rapes her. He then departes south, but never wanders too far from his victim's realm, knowing that Aiá'merán bears his heir in her womb.
Aiá'merán gives up leadership of the High Elven Circle, but she remains the Aellenrhim's chosen leader until her death.
Death of Aiá'merán during Childbirth
Ten months later Aiá'merán gives birth to twin boys. The labour is long and with complications during the birth of the second child. The births exhaust the Avá'ránn so much that she dies before the second child is fully born, and it has to be pulled from her womb.
An orc raid takes place in the Bolder Forest searching for sons of Coór'melór. All elves present in the forest are killed. The Great Library is burnt down. The archers posted in the Almartrar return, together with the Order of the Fallen. A'hris, an Aellenrhim Bard, hides one of Aia'merán's children with the High Avá’ránn, while the other one is taken.
At the end of the Third Sarvonian War the orcish hordes are on the retreat. It should later be said more orcs were killed in disputes among clans than in skirmishes with other races. However, under great losses the Ashz-Oc and Losh-Oc clans return to their homelands, not without crushing any resistance they encounter on their way including dark elves and other orcs that do not run fast enough. Soon after this campaign these tribes re-establish the rule over their land without much obvious change.
On the other side orcs from tribes far away coming from destroyed lands have only the choice to stay and fight the allied forces or find a new home. Those refugees flee into the tunnels they used to overrun the north of the Tharanian kingdom, before these were discovered by allied troops and closed. While many of those perish some also find places to survive and take the deserted dungeons of the Tandalas as their new home.
The half-elf Saban Blackcloak, later on known as the Móch'rónn (the "Dark Lord"), is married to Axiastras, the Avá'ránn (the High Elven Queen).
Work on the Starcharts Astrendum in Ciosa begins
People interested in the observation of stars, hailing from various tribes and races, begin the erection of the Starcharts Astrendum in the Port of Ciosa, what should later become Santharia's most famous center for astrology and astronomy. It lasts several centuries until the main buildings are finally completed.
A devastating eruption of the Hèckranian Volcano near the Ancythrian Sea takes place. The Kersolth mines in the near vicinity of the volcano are sealed off to prevent further casualities. Many people and horses die of lung ailments by the vast amount of soot and ash that is carried by the wind in the region northwest of the volcano.
The fortress at the isle in the center of the Ancythrian Sea is built by the Móch'rónns minions and is going to become the center for all dark elven activities. Alvang from this day on is also known as the "Sorcerer's Isle",
Marzevash is the firstborn child of King Sorodin and Queen Dalvanýa. He should remain the only child of the royal couple and would be known until his coronation as the Duke of Narvoss. He will also stay in Narvoss until his early twenties.
Renegade dark elves of Alvang ambush dwarves of the Nerterean fratra of Milkengrad clan at the Aurora fields near Salsaír in order to capture their dead bodies for experiments with dark magic. The terrible bloodshed cumulates at the Battle of the Fores.
Battle at the Fores
At the Battle at the Fores the joint forces of the Milkengrad and Helcrah dwarves try to take revenge for an assault of the dark elves of Alvang, but are defeated in the valley between the High and the Low Fores, which should later on be called "Bone Valley" according to these incidents.
The heir to the Móch'rónn, the elf and Ac'rónn Serveran guides an enormous army to the enclave of Alvang to put an end to the Móch'rónn's dark ambitions. He commands the elven archers and is joined by the human Helcrani leader Corvas with his army and the renegade dwarf Gonthrol and hundreds of dwarves.
The assault takes place at the so-called "Witchking's Night" (as it was named later on). A traitor out of the midst of the elven army has warned Saban so that the gigantic magical trap set out on the isle destroys nearly all fighters and only few of the dark elves still residing on the isle. The Móch'rónn already has left Alvang in order to descend to the Earthen Titan at the Hèckranian volcano.
Descent of the Móch'rónn into the Hèckranian Volcano
The elven Witchking, the Móch'rónn, and his minions descend into the Hèckranian volcano to topple the legendary Earthen Titan. Saban Blackcloak wants to gain immortality by defeating the Titan. In fact the descent should last centuries and will be the cause for many important changes at the surface of the world of Caelereth...
Birth of Marzevash's son Marzevash II.
The Tharanian Prince Marzevash becomes father of a son, who he names after him.
The remnants of the interracial alliance gather for a last desparate strike at the last entrance of the now closed Kersolth mine called "Hegedorn" to defeat Saban. Even the remaining hafling lancers of the Silvershire join into the Battle of Hegedorn, along with many new volunteers who want to protect their families and the shire from the terror of the Móch’rónn. The greatest warriors of Ximax are also sent to Hegedorn to try to defeat the Móch'rónn.
The battle ends with a landslide victory of the dark elven armies as there seem to be no way to stop a defending army in the tunnels of Kersolth. From the Ximaxian division, only one magus and two archmagi, survive the devastating counterattack of the Demon Lord Khalkoroth, who is said to have been summoned during the battle by the dark forces.
The Closing of Hegedorn
The last entrance to the Kersolth mine is closed officially as the activities at Hegedorn have to be kept secret in order to prevent panic among the peoples of the different races. The alliance establishes a base at the entrance of Hegedorn, trying to watch over the activities of the Móch'rónn. In the following years hundreds of elite soldiers and battle magicians die trying to achieve a breakthrough to the Móch'rónn but have no chance against the powerful magics of the Móch'rónn's minions.
Corvas, one of the few human heroes, who managed to survive the Battle at Alvang, is killed at one of the dangerous assaults of the alliance to destroy the Móch'rónn in the depths of the dungeon of Hegedorn.
A son is born to the Erpheronian nobleman Aelric of House Salazath, who should bear the name Santhros. Aelric is a highly respected member of the Voldarian council, his family having earned his name from the victorious battle of the Erpheronians fending off the Caltharians in 822 b.S. at the Battle of Salazar.
Aelric Salazath becomes Human Ambassador to the Alliance
The Sarvonian Alliance, a union of the human, elven, dwarven and halfing races, which was created in order to protect Sarvonian lands from the dark elven lord, the Móch'rónn, Saban Blackcloak, welcomes Aelric Salazath as the new human Ambassador. Aelric's goal is to build further links between the races and thus strengthen Tharania's bond with forces that are not directly under the king's control.
Marzevash "the Adamantly" is crowned King of Tharania
Following the death of his father Sorodin, Marzevash is crowned King of Tharania. Initally he is perceived as a positive, straightforward and inspiring figure throughout the kingdom, but his ambitions will soon get the better of him and he earns the byname "the Adamantly" due to his persistence to achieve his goals, regardless of the costs. Marzevash works diligently on strengthening the ties with the Sarvonian Alliance and brings unforeseen wealth to the kingdom.
Santhros Salazath marries the Caltharian Duchess Cara'Jeshanneh
Santhros Salazath, son of the human Ambassador to the Alliance, Aelric Salazath, is married to the Caltharian Ahreng Cara'Jeshanneh. Ahreng is the fourth daughter of a respected southern Caltharian Duke.
Assassination of the Human Ambassador to the Alliance, Aelric Salazath
The Tharanian King Marzevash "the Adamant" fears to lose his powers and supposedly plots an assassination of the highly respected Ambassador to the Alliance, Aelric Salazath. While Marzevash is a prominent figure in the Alliance between the races, the face of the kingdom to the elves and dwarves is Aelric, who helps to negotiate between the races. The alleged plot to kill Marzevash's internal foe succeeds, but several representatives from other races are killed as well unintentionally during the ambush near Salsair. This causes a part of the plot to be uncovered, linking the assassination to Marzevash. However, Marzevash's guilt or innocence can never be proven in its entirety.
Marzevash, in the eyes of many people directly linked to the assassinantion of ambassador Aelric, is eventually forced to abdicate in order to satisfy the growing unrest in the populace. He flees to the island of Narvoss, taking with him his son Syveric, and instates his son Raegash as the new King of Tharania.
The "Unwilling" Tharanian King: Marzevash's Son Raegash
While his father Marzevash fled to escape the resentments towards him, Raegash's popularity is not overwhelming either. After a few months he decides to renounce the throne and following his wish for seclusion he retreats to a monastery and refrain from politics. As his follower he suggests his friend and comrade at the Order of Armeros, Santhros of the House of Salazath, to the council of elders. Long discussions ensue, so that it lasts over a year until a decision is made, but finally Santhros is accepted.
Marzevash's reaction from his self-declared exile arrives promptly: He denounces Raegash as true heir to the Tharanian throne and declares Syveric his rightful successor. But his hands are bound, as he has no support anymore in the capital of the realm, Voldar.
In his 35th cycle Santhros Salazath, son of the assassinated human Ambassador to the Alliance of the races, Aelric Salazath, is confirmed by the council of elders as the new King of Tharania. The decision is supported by several influential highly ranked nobles and Orders like the Order of the Fallen or the White Knights, due to the fact that a better understanding between the races seems crucial in times of trouble like these. Santhros, who assisted his father in many of his travels to negotiate with elves, dwarves and halflings, is considered as the ideal candidate, as he has many sympathies all around the former Erpheronian, Caltharian, Kyranian and Centoraurian lands. The symbol of the „Oath of the Young“ is burned into his chest the evening before his coronation.
Seeing how the North florishes under Santhros‘ reign, Avennoria accosts Santhros, the Tharanian king, and seeks affiliation with Tharania, which is granted. A political united Southern Sarvonia is suddenly a goal not impossible to reach. Many see similarities to the formation of the Tharanian Kingdom some 500 years ago.
Santhros sends out secret emissaries to test the ground.
Strata and Thalambath agree to strong ties with Tharania. Thalambath gets the secret covenant to become the capital of a future province which will be named "Truban". Strata, nearly destroyed by the past wars, gets the promise of massive funds for rebuilding and reestablishing of their trading fleet. Only Varcopas disagrees.
All the tribes of Southern Sarvonian halflings agree to become part of the Santharian alliance along with elves, dwarves, and men. Though the alliance proves to be shaky at first, the halfling shires are eventually able to return to a peaceful state, and begin to experience a new time of great growth.