KING THAR THE GREAT

APPEARANCE - PERSONALITY - BIOGRAPHY - IMPORTANCE - TIME TABLE

Thar the Great (542 b.S.-459 b.S.) was the most powerful King of the Centoraurians, the Erpheronians and later on King of the Kingdom of Tharania named after his very self, comprising of the former realms of Erpheronia, Centorauria, Kyrania and Caltharia. Thar managed to unite the four kingdoms peacefully in the year of 482 b.S.

King Thar the Great

View picture in full size Image description. Portrait of one of the most influential kings of Southern Sarvonia of all time: Thar the Great, founder of the United Kingdom of Tharania. Picture drawn by Eratin.

Thar was adored, not only by the Erpheronians but also by all the other human tribes which eventually formed the Kingdom of Tharania. Only one other person gained so much love and respect from his people and he was one of his successors, the Tharian King Santhros the Wise. The latter expanded and completed Thar's visionary work more than four centuries later by uniting the Tharian realm with the remaining kingdoms of Southern Sarvonia. Some bards even compare Thar with a star falling down from heaven to earth bearing a godlike intellect and a heart for the poor and needy alike. In his long reign Thar was vivid in his youth and wise when growing older, and the stability he brought to his subjects never had been seen before at any of the tribes. His death in his 83rd cycle was a shock for his complete kingdom, nobles and peasants alike, and the funeral ceremony lasted one month and was incomparable to all other celebrations ever held before in Southern Sarvonia.

Appearance. Thar had a majestic appearance, adequate for a man of his position. His hair was light brown and his eyes were green. He was a tall, handsome and athletic man. He had his hair short and his face shaved, until he became king of Tharania (then he grew a beard). However, what is memorable about Thar is the magnificence that he emitted. Since he could walk, everybody used to compare him with a king and indeed he seemed to be born for royalty. Valorous and rough in battle Thar was transformed in court to majestic and elegant. An anonymous admirer once carved in a bronze goblet donated to the king ďThe diamond keeps its nature in mud as well and in the sun, but you are he who shines even more in silk or in the dirt, cause you are a sun among menĒ.
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Personality. Thar had a temperate manner; he would never lose his calmness and his eyes revealed wisdom. He was also noble and kind by nature. People that have known Thar report that egoism, anger, jealousy and hate were attributes unknown to him. He would rule over his mind and soul and nothing could disrupt his inner balance. Tharís genius was obvious to everybody that met him and the souls of men were revealed to him with only one gaze. He would remember whole epics by heart and he had a talent in mathematical calculations. Thar was the kind of person that was estimated and his words had the value of law to the others. His superiors (before he became king) respected him deeply and his inferiors obeyed him blindly. Thar is one of the few examples in history that lived without anyone among his subjects challenging his superiority and being recognised and respected among all his rivals. Return to the top

Biography. Childhood. Thar was born in 542 b.S. in Voldar in the midst of the Second Sarvonian War. He was the ninth child and seventh son of baron Corin Heramiel and Anarina Thunderheim, daughter of general Elber Thunderheim. Thar had royal blood from his grandmother of his fatherís side who was daughter of the Erpheronian King. Tharís mother died in labour. So his father sent him to grow up with his brotherís family. Tideus Heramiel had a real estate south of Voldar.

Thar was educated there by the best teachers in sciences, trained in the art of war but mastered agriculture as well. These years defined Thar as a personality. He learned to be humble and esteemed the anonymous countrymen for their offer and labour.

Exile. Thar grew up in his uncleís estate along with his cousin Carbugel. Their relationship was very antagonistic. Although Thar would never antagonize Carbugel or hold a grudge against him, his fellow cousin always tried to surpass him. And some times he did, but Tharís magnificence was manifested equally in defeat as in victory. The strangest element of their relationship was the fact that the two cousins were very close, cared for and supported each other despite the nature of their relationship.

The Second Sarvonian War between the elves and the humans still raged and the two cousins joined the army - as most boys did. They enrolled at the same time and - starting in 522 b.S. - participated together in many battles. Thar was promoted to the Generalís rank by the year 515 b.S., aged 27, while Carbugel was just a Captain in his cousinís regiment.

In 513 b.S. Tharís regiment was ambushed by Aellenrhim elves in the north western outskirts of Thaelon. Thar with his cavalry tried to perform a flanking manoeuvre that eventually failed, because they fell upon enemy reinforcements, that annihilated them all. Thar was injured and presumed dead. He was found by some villagers that took care of his wounds. This way he managed to return to Voldar after a long and arduous march. Tharís main force presumed that their leader abandoned them, because the messenger sent to inform Carbugel was killed before he reached him. However, Carbugel managed to disengage the troops by himself.

After this catastrophe, based to the testimony of a deserter that hated Thar, he was considered a traitor that betrayed his kin - since there were no survivors of the cavalry regiment that Thar lead to battle - and Carbugel was the main prosecutor demanding his punishment. Even he actually believed that his cousin was a traitor, denying a strong feeling he had that Thar was innocent. Carbugelís motives were not entirely without blemish though, as he subconsciously wanted Thar out of the way. Carbugel was in love with a girl that rejected him, because she was in love with Thar, who knew nothing of it. So, after a trial Thar was banished from his homeland and Carbugel married at last his beloved.

Refuge to Centorauria. Although Thar was disgraced and exiled, he could not abandon the human struggle against the elves. So, he decided to join the Kyranians, because he had some distant relatives there and their army was not doing so well, because of lack of leadership. However, when he was on his way through Centorauria, he noticed a fight. There were a couple of Centoraurian messengers against a dozen elves. With his help the humans managed to get rid of the enemy, and he was presented to the Centoraurian general, prince Curocrane. The prince saw the value in the man and invited him to the capital. Thar accepted the invitation, hoping that he could get a ship from Milkengrad to Caelum as the roads were extremely unsafe. There the Centoraurian anactar, advised so by his minister of defence, the Helcrani elf Styrfidel, offered him the position of the commander of the elite Helcrani  cavalry, the Royal Comrades as they were called. However, the reason for Thar accepting this office was nothing else but princess Curogana, who fascinated him with her beauty. Thar however knew that the Helcrani  princess was out of bounds for him, so he didnít express his emotions for her.

The years that followed Thar led the Centoraurians to brilliant victories. He crushed the elves in three major land battles and in one naval battle, he invented a way for the catapults to be more effective by calculating an aiming system and he introduced new training methods. The Centoraurians were so fond of Thar that they used to make fun of the - despised anyway - Erpheronians for exiling such a warrior. However, Thar experienced defeat also. In the Battle of the Shattered Shields (510 b.S.) the elves using hidden siege machines annihilated the Centoraurian army. Prince Curocrane died that day and the Centoraurians suffered heavy casualties. Thar, blinded by his own blood because of a head injury barely managed to disengage the Centoraurian troops, carrying his dead liege on horseback.

This defeat shocked the Centoraurians and granted Thar a scar from over the eyebrow to his cheek. The king almost died of his grief and lasted only 3 more painful years. Curogana took arms and her brotherís place. A year later Ximaxian authorities rebelled against Centorauria demanding its independence in order to continue participating in the Second Sarvonian War. The Centoraurian Anactar Ascandir is decided to crush Ximax and decapitate the traitors. Thar in a memorable speech in the royal council proposes that the Ximaxians are granted their independence in order not to weaken the human effort. He also offers to eliminate the rebels in three months, if his proposal is rejected. After a six hour conference Thar manages to persuade the Anactar for peace using strong arguments, the helcran mentality and cunning.

Affection between Curogana and Thar. In 509 b.S. after a battle that Thar and Curogana fought together and barely survived finally they decided to express their feelings. Curogana made the first step and Thar followed. After a long discussion they decided to keep their love secret from the masses.

There is a legend that Curogana fell in love with Thar upon the Efirhal Hill. The Artapherana created a romantic atmosphere with their light and one exciting melody. This place remained special for them till the end of their lives.

In 508 b.S. the Centoraurian Anactar died and Curogana took his place as queen. Although Thar was raised and lived in a male dominated society, he continued to obey, serve and love Curogana, who was now thar's liege. There were references that Curogana commented to her closest advisors the fact that Thar never tried to take advantage of their relationship in order to advance his views. The following years Thar and Curogana achieved their military goal to secure the Centoraurian  cities against elven attacks and supplied them with food and provisions from the Efirhal Island that was a region completely denied to the elves. Thar played a large part in securing Efirhal Island, because he insisted in reinforcing and fortifying the Ptoliedhra, the seven forts that protect it.

The Tharian Queen Curogana

View picture in full size Picture description. The warrior-anactara and later Tharian Queen Curogana, spouse of King Thar the Great. Picture drawn by Koldar.

End of Sarvonian War II and Marriage of Thar. In 501 b.S. the SW II was over. Three months later Curogana and Thar got married. According to the Centoraurian  laws, Thar could not become a king. He should limit himself in being a prince. However, Curogana - loving her husband and convinced of his abilities - introduced to the Fratric Council and the Great Assembly the question whether Thar should be granted the title of the Anactar, the Centoraurian  king. Thar got the royal title after the unanimous vote of the Council and the remarkable almost unanimous vote of the Assembly. The Council justified its decision by claiming that it was the completion of Ogygorís promise to Ileor the Kind of Erpheronia, since the Centoraurians had nothing more precious than their Anactara and their freedom.

The Idea for a United Kingdom. All these years in Centorauria, Thar discovered the first seeds of an idea for a united Sarvonian continent. This ideal he would follow till his death.

Many scholars supported the greatly disputed theory, that Artahir's "Reflections", the book where this Centoraurian Anactar wrote his plans of uniting the Sarvonian continent, was surrendered to Thar, after his marriage with Curogana, and inspired him in forming Tharania. This dispute still dominates among the circles of Santharian scholars with many arguments pro and against the impact of this book. "Reflections" was published and became available to the public in 212 a. S. by Tychandar of Sostra.

Thar Anactar of Centorauria. Thar as an Anactar of Centorauria was very successful. He fortified the Centoraurian cities and Efirhal Island in order to protect them from a future enemy attack. Thar also revived economy and the rural areas. He boosted trade and built new and impressive buildings or renovated damaged ones throughout his kingdom. Centorauria became the rising power and a factor of stability for the area, while the people ďenjoyed peace two times, for living in safety and having an enlightened AnactarĒ (inscription upon a royal offering for Tharís 45th birthday).

Turmoil in Erpheronia. In the year 496 b.S. the Erpheronian king, the still young Karthach of Ishmarin, dies unexpectedly, leaving no male heirs. Emenhir Goldthorn, the successor of the late king commissioned is not accepted by the nobility. He is assassinated during his crowning ceremony. The country is split into three factions that rival for the throne. These are the followers of the legal successor (Royalists), the faction of Prince Alphred Weinrich (Swords) and the faction of prince Wilhelm Standfast (Roses). Six months later the Roses faction prevails over the rest and the Royalists are scattered. However, their victory was brief as in 494 b.S. the Crimson faction, led by Duke Animron Seramiel rises into power. They are cast out of power by the military faction under General Hulbard Essenfield. He rules very tyrannically and is hated by the people. During this chaos the royal family of Erpheronia is murdered by the opposing fractions.

In 493 b.S. a girl, new servant of Baron Carbugel and daughter of the villagers that took care of Thar, reveals to her master the truth about his ďtreasonĒ. Carbugel, shocked, makes sure that the truth is made known to the Erpheronian people and leads a rebellion against General Essenfield. At the same time he sends a message to Thar, calling him to seize the throne as the last living male member of the royal family of Erpheronia.

Thar faces a dilemma. He is already king of Centorauria and has started a life in this country when he was rejected by his own folk. Everything he loved is in Centorauria. However, he is an Erpheronian and canít abandon his people. He resigns from the throne and decides to leave alone for Erpheronia just like he came. However, the Helcrani Fratrae under the prime of the Fratric Council, Styrfidel the elf, prevent him from doing so.

ďThe Centoraurians do not leave their Anactar alone. We gave you our freedom and our Queen. Even if you choose to leave us, we wonít do the same to you. We gave you our freedom fulfilling Ogygorís oath and we are not taking back our gifts. You may choose to be king of the crows as well, but we will still live and die under your sceptre.Ē

-- From the Fratric Councilís vote

So Thar in charge of a Centoraurian army enters Erpheronia and in 15 days is crowned king of Erpheronia in Molten Ice 1st 492 b.S. The Erpheronian and Centoraurian kingdom unite under the name "United Crowns of Erpheronians and Centoraurians". However, the people call the new kingdom Tharania, since Thar is the one that keeps these nations with a history of warfare together.

The United Crowns experience an unseen era of prosperity the decade that followed. Now there was no need for garrisons in the Centoraurian-Erpheronian border that sucked valuable resources. With this money Thar tried to heal the wounds of all the turmoil that shook his realm and he made it.

Official Founding of Tharania. The prosperity of Tharania did not pass unnoticed by the neighbouring kingdoms of Ximax, Kyrania and Caltharia. Ximax soon discovered that it was not a self sufficient kingdom and had to be a part of a major realm. The only one they could trust were their former countrymen, with whom they shared a common culture. Thar - whose contribution to a peaceful resolution was known - was the best guarantee that the Centoraurians would not take revenge upon them.

Caltharia has plunged into decay and could not overcome the sad heritage of SWII. The economy could not flourish and outlaws looted the countryside. Royal authority was limited to the capital, while local barons were practically independent. The Caltharian king, Arpan Eastborne the Weak, could not rise to the circumstances in order to take drastic measures to limit the nobles, restore order and revive the economy.

Kyrania on the other hand was ruled by weak monarchs that cared only about their welfare and engaged often in petty little civil wars for power. Many Helcrani noblemen with small Centoraurian armies invaded Kyrania, that was once homeland for some of them. It was easy for them to evade the Tharanian troops, that had specific orders to prevent hostilities with the neighbouring kingdoms. At first they would loot the Kyranians and return home, but as they found no resistance, they would take over Kyranians villages and stay. These invaders were recognised as legal lords of the captured villages by Kyrania as long as they pledged allegiance to the Kyranian King, Ginaddon. Kyroan's descentants had fallen into decay. The Kyranian king, who was latter called the Lustful, was interested only in his welfare neglecting state matters and spending his few money into luxuries and fiestas for himself.

At the same time the news of Thar's rise and the welfare of the united crowns reached the rest of the southern Sarvonian kingdoms. The hatred of the war was still burning in many hearts and the Oath of the Young was nothing but a simple promise to them. Thar seemed to be the only king to provide safety and wellfare for his subjects.

In 483 b.S. the Ximaxians sent envoys to Thar, in his capital in Milkengrad, in order to arrange a unification of their kingdom with the united crowns. When these news became known to Kyrania, the people revolted with the same demand. They killed their king and the rebels sent envoys to Thar. An interesting historical paradox is that the Helcrani invaders - who were considered outlaws for Tharania - were the first that the rebels turned to for assistance and commissioned for the task of the embassies to Tharania. The Caltharian sovereign, afraid that his doom was not far away, made the same plead to Milkengrad. He had only one term, that he would have enough estates to live a wealthy life. Thar accepted these pleas and in the 23rd day of Changing Wings 482 b.S. in the Hypheralean square of Milkengrad Tharania was officially founded.

Tharís Reign. Tharís reign was an era remembered for the stability, the development and the justice that prevailed. The communications between the various areas of the kingdom were restored and enhanced with paved roads. Trade flourished and with it the people enjoyed the fruits of peace. Arts and education were favoured. The other races were welcome to participate in Tharaniaís progress and commerce between the humans and the rest of the races flourished. Thar died in his sleep in Sleeping Dreameress 459 b.S.
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Importance. Thar undoubtedly is one of the most important personalities in Santharian history. By the power of his unchallenged excellence he managed to unite the the kingdoms which now form the Santharian north and set the basis for the United Kingdom of Santharia. However, Thar is to be remembered also for his effective combat strategy, his inspired politics, and magnificent structures that let modern historians consider him as one of the two most important kings ever (the other one being Santhros). Thar managed to unite the rivaling nations of the north, using at first his personal status. However, the bonds Thar created lasted long after his death and never again did the nations he united consider leading an independent life. The Centoraurians and the Erpheronians remained the warmest supporters of the Tharanian and later of the Santharian kingdom.

The turmoil that is remembered as the fulfilment of Tacunijaís curse and the resistance to the usurper of the Santharian throne was considered a confirmation of the will of the Santharians to forget the grudges of the past and live in a common kingdom, ruled in justice. After these events the Centoraurians in order to honour the architects of Santharia, Thar and Santhros, decided to carve the large columns of the Golden Bridge in Efirhal Island, that face the mainland with the forms of Thar and Santhros. This was their monument to the architects of the united Sarvonian south and their declared devotion to the idea of a human kingdom that includes all humans under the principals that these two great leaders promoted.
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THE AGE OF THE BLOOD
(YEARS 822 B.S. - 50 B.S.)
666 b.S. Peace Treaties between Helcrani, Centoraurians and Erpheronians
The Helcrani Anactar Artahir
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, Artahirís 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 Ileorís heart and foretells that the Helcrani will surrender their most precious gift to the next Erpheronian who'd have a heart like Ileorís. This Erpheronian will be Thar about a hundred years later, who isn't only given princess Curogana but also the Helcran independence.
  

550 b.S. THE BEGINNING OF THE SECOND SARVONIAN WAR (SW II)
The Night of the Hand
7th of Singing Bird. On the seventh day of the month of the Singing Bird dwarven monks acting as honour guard at the Grave of the Leaders (see SW I) are killed from behind by unknown grave robbers. The Grave of the Leaders is looted, but all the artifacts of Karpicor, the former human Warlord, remain untouched and only elven items are stolen. The bloodshed is discovered in the morning of the next day by other monks residing at the monastery from where they report the occurrences to the leaders of the races on the continent.

The night of the looting, which will turn out to be the beginning of the so-called "War of the Inpious", is later on called the "Night of the Hand". This night will be remembered for many centuries to come. From the time of the Peace Treaty of Nyermersys on, which will seal SW II, the Night of the Hand finds its way into the beliefs of many superstitions people of all races all over Santharia: When night falls at the Night of the Hand people lock their homes and won't leave their houses until the morning. Many put blossoming branches on their doors so that the sign of the Tree of Life will fend off dark minded visitors and they pray to the Goddess Seyella to spare their lifes from the evil roaming the lands.
  

542 b.S. The Birth of Thar
The wife of an Erpheronian nobleman with royal blood by the name Corin gives birth to his seventh son. The child takes the name Thar.
  

522 b.S. Thar's Basic Military Training
Thar finishes basic military training and participates in SW II with the Erpheronians. His military prowess is soon recognised and Thar ascends in military hierarchy.
  

513 b.S. Thar accused of Treason
Thar is falsely accused of treason and is exiled from Erpheronia. The Centoraurian Anactar offers him refuge and appoints him as general of his elite cavalry. The following years Thar will bring glory to the Centoraurian weapons in numerous battles.
  

509 b.S. Independence of Ximax
Tensions grow between Ximax and the Kingdom of Centorauria as taxes increase to pay for the war. After a deadly skirmish within the City of Ximax, the Ximaxian authorities demand independence from Centorauria. In order to continue participating in the Second Sarvonian War, and to avoid another civil war, the Centoraurian Anactar Ascandir accepts and Ximax City officially becomes independent once more. Thar's involvement in the peaceful resolution is considered crucial.

All Centoraurian troops are removed from Ximax, and the city becomes neutral once more.
  

508 b.S. Thar and Curogana
Thar and the Centoraurian princess Curogana fall in love. Curogana from this date on will lead the army fighting as a man.
  

507 b.S. Coronation of Curogana to the Centoraurian Anactara
King Ascandir of Centorauria is killed in the battle of Salazar. His sons are all killed, but with the unanimous vote of the Fratric council his daughter, Curogana, succeeds him. She is both beautiful and daring. She leads the army and fights like a man. She becomes Anactara of the Centoraurians at the age of 20. - Thar continues to serve his beloved with loyalty.
  

501 b.S. Marriage of Thar and Curogana
The Centoraurian Anactara Cumrogana
Queen Cumrogana
As soon as the war ends, the Erpheronian nobleman Thar marries Curogana in Milkengrad and is crowned king of Centorauria. His reign is described as an age of reconstruction. Thar sells large parts of his family fortune to assist in the rebuilding of his kingdom. During his reign the seven forts, which still guard the Efirhal Island nowadays are founded. Although a foreigner, he becomes totally accepted by the untamable Centoraurians. Thar is very popular among the neighboring kingdoms as he helps them as much as he can without asking for anything in return.
  

500 b.S. Birth of Thar's and Curogana's first Son
The first son of Curogana and Thar is born, bearing the name Tharagane.
  

497 b.S. Birth of Thar's and Curogana's second Son
The second son of Curogana and Thar is born, bearing the name Carbug.
  

496 b.S. Death of the Erpheronian King Ishmarin
Karthach of Ishmarin dies bitten by a snake and Erpheronia plunges into chaos as the rivaling parties of noblemen don't reach an agreement.
  

493 b.S. The Call for Thar
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.
  

492 b.S. The Rise of Thar
Thar the Great
Thar the Great
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 Ogygorís 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".
  

482 b.S.
to 459 b.S.
The Reign of Thar
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.
  

459 b.S. Death of Thar the Great
King Thar dies in his sleep in Sleeping Dreameress 459 b.S. He should later on be referred to as "Thar the Great".
Resignation of Curogana
Tharagane rises to the Tharanian throne. Curogana resigns from the office of Anactara of Milkengrad and her second son Carbug takes her place.
  

457 b.S. Death of Curogana
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.

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