THE ERPHERONIAN KING MYRACOR THE MIGHTY

APPEARANCE - PERSONALITY - BIOGRAPHY - IMPORTANCE

Myracor (931 b.S.-867 b.S.) is the only son of Thaelrin and Saenessa, and ascended to the Erpheronian throne in 900 b.S. after his fatherís death. Myracor and his wife, Brythea had three children Ė Myrwodin, Myressa and Myrach. Though Myracor was powerfully built Ė he stood over two peds in height Ė and was depicted in paintings as a vicious-looking warrior wielding a massive two-headed axe, he used war only as a last resort. Myracor spent much of his reign negotiating trade agreements with many kingdoms. He also discovered a route to support small-scale trade with merchants in Akdor. It is not until Viocarvio, King of Caltharia (and father of Artero the Weak) comes into power, that trade relations between Erpheronia and Caltharia begin to sour. Erpheronian-Caltharian trade eventually slowed to the point where Myracor closed negotiations with Viocarvio (who was more interested in developing his kingdomís culture rather than its economy) and applied heavy trade tariffs on all non-essentials.

Appearance. Myracor stood an incredible 2.1 peds in height, which earned him the title "Myracor the Mighty". He wore his shoulder-length brown hair in a ponytail, and kept his face clean-shaven. He had dark brown eyes set above a wide nose and a square jaw. His complexion was fair given the amount of time he spent indoors in court or study. Myracor prefered silk or fine cloth tunics with wide sleeves that fit loosely, cloth leggings and soft-soled leather boots. In his earlier years, he was lean and fit, but Myracor grew chubby and weak during his late fifties. He was unable to bear the weight of his armour that had been smithied for him at the time of his coronation. This ceremonial suit of silver-gilded platemail was embossed with a phoenix in the chest plate. Both his family and his allies at court downplayed Myracorís physical appearance, as he was respected for the many trade deals he had successfully negotiated during his reign. Return to the top

Personality. Myracor realized the heavy price associated with undertaking wars, and therefore used his armies only when necessary or as a final resort. Myracor understood financial strategy and economics, and so worked hard to strengthen Erpheronia by developing its economy. Despite his great knowledge of trade negotiations, in typical Erpheronian fashion, he is apt to make harsh decisions when he feels his kingdomís best interests are not being served. For this reason, Myracor all but closed trade relationships with Caltharia when the Caltharian King, Viocarvio, reneged on his fatherís agreement to trade Caltharian gold for the use of the Erpheronianís trade route to Akdor. Return to the top

Biography. Myracorís Formative Years (922-914 b.S.). Myracor studied history, economics and negotiation in the cities of Voldar and Jernais. He spent some time in Thevelin (now Nyermersys) studying warfare. Myracor learned much of his father's desire to spread Erpheronia's influence through colonisation, and overheard many conversations about how his father envied the progress the Stratanians had made in Nybelmar and regretted his own failures in establishing a similar connection with Akdor.

Myracor Ascends the Throne of Erpheronia (900 b.S.). After the death of his father, Thaelrin, Myracor was crowned King of Erpheronia at the age of 22. At his coronation, Myracor made a memorable speech to his court, in which he outlined his plans to strengthen Erpheronia by establishing a trade route to Akdor. First on his mind, however, was increasing Erpheronian influence in Southern Sarvonia.

Myracor Negotiates Trade Agreements with Neighbouring Kingdoms (900-898 b.S.). As a young king, Myracor aggressively set out to formalise trade agreements with Centorauria, Kyrania and Caltharia. Of particular interest to him are the precious metal mines in northern Caltharia.

Myracorís Route to Akdor - Securing the Western Shores of Aden. (898 b.S.).  Myracor had always longed to establish a safe trade route with Akdor, especially since his father Thaelrin had always been jealous of the Stratanians for discovering the Ferreth Islands and then Nybelmar. To do so, Myracor sent an initial naval expedition to chase Strata away from the more northern waters, which took him nearly a year. Even after this initial expedition, Myracor was unable to completely keep Stratanian vessels from entering these waters, though his navy kept the Stratanians in check.

Myracorís Route to Akdor Ė Expansion on the Peninsula of Aden (897-894 b.S.). At this time, the only Erpheronian settlement in Aden, Raevalem, was an outpost with enough military presence to protect itself, but Myracor knew that if he wished to develop a trade route with Akdor he would need to at least colonise a small portion of the Peninsula of Aden. To this end, Myracor sent a a number of small military forces to the western edge of the peninsula, just north of the Domchor Mountains to uproot some of the smaller Osther-Oc tribes living there. Unfortunately, the inhabitants of the Northern Sarvonian region of Caael'heroth proved to be made of tougher mettle than Myracor had expected. In addition, the Osther-Oc's expertise in warfare, and their fortified encampments that protected them from surprise attacks were unexpected. Admittedly, these fortifications were crude by Erpheronian standards, but Myracor spent nearly three years clearing a large enough area around Raevalem that he felt was suitable to begin populating Raevalem with civilians.

Myracorís Route to Akdor Ė Strengthening the town of Raevalem (893-890 b.S.). Even as fighting continued on the Peninsula of Aden, and three additional outposts in the southern reaches of the peninsula were established, Myracor begins to develop the town of Raevalem into a colonial city. Merchants and civilians were given significant tax breaks to establish businesses in Ravelem, and numerous families were provided with residences in the city. A city magistrate and council were established from among these colonists, and though they were Erpheronian subjects, their distance from Voldar did give them a degree of autonomy that they had not enjoy in their homeland. Despite the relative peace that existed around Raevalem, there was constant battling with orc tribes north and east of the city.

Myracorís Route to Akdor Ė Navigating the Outer Sea (889 b.S.). The next stage of Myracorís route to Akdor took him through the deadly waters of the Outer Sea. He quickly learned the difficult truth that he would never be able to make Akdor a large trading partner after losing three of his largest vessels. Despite the losses the Erpheronians sustain, Myracor persisted and finally reached Akdor. Myracorís first ships travelled into the Bay of Wealth and ultimately discover Pendalu. Though Myracorís captains were initially treated with some wariness, the Erpheronians were eventually welcomed, and a trade mission in established.

Myracor negotiates Trade Agreements with Akdor (888 b.S.). Myracor made the difficult journey first from Voldar to Raevalem, and then from the colonial city to Akdor. Within a week, Myracor signed a small, but lucrative trade agreement with Akdor for items not found on the Sarvonian continent. Though the number of items that could be traded were limited by the great distances and dangers involved, Myracor was successful in bringing a few items that could not be purchased in Sarvonia, and so charged exorbitant prices for them, making good profit.

Myracor negotiates Trade Agreements with Caltharia (887 b.S.). Myracor negotiated for a portion of the production of Caltharian gold mines in exchange for use of the trade route to Akdor. Myracor envoyed some of his advisors and Caltharian nobles to the city of Raevalem, and then on to Pendalu during the safest time of year to prove that the route was passable. For nearly 7 years, trade between Caltharia and Erpheronia was brisk, and Myracor was able to rebuild his financial reserves, which had been depleted during his exploration of the route to Akdor.

Myracor places Tariffs on Imports from Caltharia (880 b.S.). In the middle of Myracorís reign, Arteroís father, Viocarvio Carzihmand came to power in Caltharia. Myracor, a typical Erpheronian, attempted to increase trade with the Caltharians. However, Viocarvio was more interested in the arts and philosophy, and making Carmalad a place of beauty. Myracor closed negotiations with the Caltharians, and limited imports of Caltharian goods into Erpheronia by applying heavy trade tariffs on non-essential items (ie. tariffs were not put on foodstuffs and iron).

Myracor Educates his Eldest Son Mywodin (879-869 b.S.). Myracor sends his son away to schools in Voldar (to study geography and history), then in Thevelin, now called Nyermersys, (to study warfare), and finally in Jernais (to study diplomacy and negotiation). It is during this time that Myracorís health deteriorates, due to lack of exercise and poor diet.

Myracorís Death (867 b.S.). Myracorís throne passes on to his eldest son, later known as Myrwodin the Cruel. During the last years leading up to his death, Myracor cloisters himself in his private chambers, knowing that his physical appearance could harm his sonís reputation. Myracor does not die with any regrets, as he recalls his promises to Erpheronia at the outset of his reign, and feels he has met those promises.
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Importance. Myracor was an important regent for two primary reasons. The first was for finding a functioning trade route from Erpheronia to the northwestern continent of Akdor, and negotiating a small, but important, trade agreement with the Akdorians. In addition, Myracor ended much of the trade between Erpheronia and Caltharia, in response to the Caltharian King, Viocarvio, reneging on previously negotiated agreements. This breaking of trust was partially responsible for the poor relationship between Myracorís successor, Myrwodin the Cruel, and the Caltharian King, Artero the Weak.
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 Date of last edit 31st Sleeping Dreameress 1667 a.S.

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