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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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,
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
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
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
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.
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.