THE NERMERAN CAPITOL NYERMERSYS

Elvish: "Town of Two Battles", called "Thevelin" until its re-naming in 500 b.S. by the Erpheronians, also refered to the "City of Death". Capital of the northernmost Santharian province of Nermeran with currently approx. 14.000 inhabitants. Nyermersys is most famous for its vast graveyard as these lands were occasionally roamed by orcs from the north, barbarians and even dragons from the nearby Tandala mountains.

Coat of Arms. To describe the complete history of the banner of Nyermersys, you’ll need a whole book full of heroic deeds, unbelieveable stories and unforeseen events: The main problem of Nyermersys is that such a vast number of symbols were added to the banner in it's long history of a border fortress that you’ll find dozens of important moments of Nyermersys’ and Santharian history commemorated here. This is the shortest description:

Coat of Arms

View picture in full size The Coat of Arms of Nyermersys, designed by Koldar Mondrakken.

The ancient Coat of Arms from the times when Thevelin was entrenched to a fortress against the dangers coming from the north consisted of two black towers on blue ground guarding the bridge over the Teiphra under a full silver moon. Also the burning crown of Erpheronia symbolized the status of the castle Lord to be only responsible to the King.

Several symbols were added in the years to follow as Nyermersys and its population in the course of time have proven its importance to the kingdom of Erpheronia:

In 602 b.S. after the Great Plague the Lord of Nyermersys added the insignias of Queprur, the Goddess of Death, on his shield in order to honor the priests of the Goddess who defeated the plague when everyone else failed. Also the Temple of Queprur grew to the most important location for the cult of the Death Goddess. The Sickle and the silver Cup, both representing two different aspects of Queprur, were then added.

The three stars in the center of the coat of arms stand for the three dynasties of Erpheronian Kings and Queens who are buried here. Most notable is the Sepulchre of Thar the Great which the silver crown under the bridge stands for.

In the many wars Erpheronia has fought many Lords of Nyermersys died on the battlefield. The most brave and important ones were buried among the Kings to honor them for their deeds. Only three Lords were given this extraordinary privilege, which have found their way on the coat of arms as three red swords on a golden shield.

But this is only the Coat of Arms of the town itself. The coat of arms of the Lord of Nyermersys also contains the broken swords of the Fallen. In the current shields of Voldar and Astran you can also spot these swords, representing their close alignment to the Lords of these cities.

Needless to say that the official Coat of Arms of Nyermersys is very crowded today, and so Nyermersys is one of the few towns having four different banners aside from the main one. They mark different units in this town aside from the banner containing all the described elements.

Historical Development. As the Erpheronian kingdom developed, it assigned land to a row of Lords in the far north to form the Northern Marks (approx. 1000 b.S.). The Northern Marks were planned as a line of castles, fortresses and outposts to form a firm border against orcish tribes, and perhaps the elves from the Calmarios whose strength was rising during this period of time. Thevelin became one of these fortresses at the northern border overseeing one of the two bridges over the Teiphra, and - perhaps more important - guarding one of the most fertile plains in the north, sealing off the northern entrance of the Vale of Kalir, a plain embedded by mountain ranges and the Ishmarin Lake with fertile soil and abundant resources.

Town Map of Nyermersys

View picture in full size Image description: The Map of Nyermersys, the "Town of Two Battles". Map drawn by Koldar Mondrakken [Click on the map for a large, very detailed version.]

Soon new settlements were founded in this region and slowly the village of Thevelin became a town, though a very well armed one. As the Erpheronian kingdom increased more and more in size, the Eastern Marks were established with Astran as the central stronghold in the eastern region of the Tandalas. Together with Nyermersys Astran formed the line which everywhere in the northern world was known as the "Iron Wall": Nyermersys guarded the west and the Teiphra, Astran guarding the eastern region, reaching as far as the Adanian Sea.

Soon after peace was ensured along the Teiphra, Thevelin started transporting goods (mainly grain from the Vale of Kalir and iron from the nearby hills) down the river to the sea. The northern regions became the corn chambers (and its armouries) for the Erpheronian kingdom, exporting mainly raw materials and foods to Voldar and the southern Erpheronian towns. Furthermore the northern regions sent battle-trained soldiers to every battlefield the Erpheronian kings found suitable.

A border town in the north chosen to defend a whole area against its enemies, Thevelin and later Nyermersys had to withstand many sieges and battles in the course of history and on several occasions was nearly destroyed but always rebuild. Its soldiers were never as famous as the Helcrani from Milkengrad, but are known to fight as hard as these warriors and got famous for their iron will to never give up.

In SW II it even withstood a grand elven army that tried to gain the bridge and thus the entrance to the Erpheronian north. The siege failed miserably despite a coordinated attack between the Aellenrhim elves and the Cyrathrhim elves. They left the woods and evaded all outposts to attack the city from the north, while the main fighting was in the south. The human soldiers not only fought off an overwhelming attacking force trying to breach the city walls, but also stopped the northern approach and inflicted fatal losses on the elves there, driving them back over the river. Thevelin was renamed to "Town of Two Battles" for the two victories the outnumbered human armies reached against two elven armies at the same time (500 b.S.).

The elves were forced to break the siege and withdraw soon-after. Reinforcements had been mobilized in the Vale of Kalir, and were then approaching the elven positions, who were encircled by Thevelin and Selidor by these new units. They were forced to a humiliating retreat they didn’t forget for along time.

Excerpt from the Chronicles of Nyermersys (497 b.S.) by Chromsassim, the Elder:

"The elven infantry attacked the southeastern walls in the early morning-hours, and tried to climb the eastern hillsides between the old Nekropolis and the city. The fierce assaults increased in intensity over the day, and soon more and more reserves were thrown into the battle.These detachments slowly dwindled down from the northern walls, until only a small detachment of guards remained.

The elves fought with wild determination, and their bowmen hit the men on the walls with an extreme expertise. Already parts of the city caught fire by flames initiated by the heavy fightings. Finally the garrison was able to strike back, and the enemy was driven away from the walls.

But in the meantime the Cyrathrhim elves from the Calmarios - who gathered during the night, north of the Teiphra – attacked the northern gates with all their might, crossing the river with boats and storming the bridge. Soon they had overwhelmed the small number of guards still there and were already within the citywalls.

The human army was close to panic when it recognized the danger and heard that their comrades were already involved in a bloody struggle right within the cities.

At the last moment the Lord of Thevelin took all remnants of the castle guard and threw them into the fight, personally leading them into a glorious counterstrike. Under heavy losses the elves were driven out of the town and behind the river. The Lord drowned - he and his horse were pierced by many arrows - in the Teiphra when the humans conquered the bridge again.

It was a glorious day for mankind! The attacks have ceased and the elves seemed to prepare their retreat…"

It is not necessary to remark that the castle Lord was buried between the Erpheronian kings as the first non-royal for this act of bravery and heroism. After the war the Fortress of Ah'Tamaen which was errected to strengthen the Dragonthorn Bridge was named after him.

Later in SW II Thevelin or - as it was called after the war - Nyermersys started a bloody campaign of reconquest and retaliation against the Cyratrhim elves, pushing them back, deep into their own forests. These easy but bloody victories represented no strategic value though, and could not prevent the constant downfall of the human armies. Nyermersys was not able to change the odds at the last stand at Selidor either, but still they fought to the last man in a senseless war for a lost cause.

But beside some glorious victories Nyermersys also suffered under several terrible defeats that destroyed most of the town completely. Every occasion not only marked the
towns' population as terrible for the town but also as a staggering blow for the Erpheronian cause.

Most famous to be mentioned is the siege of Nyermersys by the orcs in SW III when the town already was part of the Tharanian kingdom. At this siege the garrison held the city for several months against all odds, and the orcs could only take the city with multiple losses. The garrison of the town was honored by the Erpheronian king for their brave deeds, and since this time has held the name "the Fallen Legion". The Fallen Legion formed an elite troop among the Erpheronian units, and is now still an important part of the Santharian army.

Today in the times of the United Kingdom of Santharia a second ring of outposts are positioned further north of the Teiphra. This ring of outposts now is defending the Calmarios and the feet of the Dragon's Maw. Nyermersys has become the capital of Nermeran, the most northern province of the empire, and although many fortifications will have to fall before the enemy could target Nyermersys, the town is still proud of its strong walls and soldiers with whom they've defended the Erpheronian/Tharanian kingdom for nearly a thousand years.

Time Table of Nyermersys

Date

Incident

1600 b.S. Possible founding of Thevelin
in the middle of the Dragonstorm by refugees fleeing from the Vale of Kalir
1000 b.S. Thevelin is heightened to a "Mark of Erpheronia"
The establishing of a vast castle building on the top of a hill overseeing the Teiphra is conducted replacing the old fortifications.
1000-750 b.S. Settlements are founded
...everywhere in the Vale of Kalir making Thevelin an important river port to transport goods and settlers alike from and to the sea.

602 b.S.

The Great Plague

View picture in full size  A death scene from the terrible pest of Nyermersys at 602 b.S. Image drawn by Faugar..

The Great Plague
...breaks out killing thousands of citizens. As the origin is unknown the town is set under quarantine. The rest of Santharia is safe but the town’s people suffer under terrible conditions. From the original 6000 inhabitants approx. 4500 die during the time of the Great Plague.

After several months of dying the priests of Queprur finally find a way to cure the plague. From this time on the high temple of Queprur is turning into a large pilgrimage site for all kinds of people seeking absolution from the Goddess of Death. The "pest pillar" is erected on the main plaza to commemoraze this terrible event forever.

548 b.S. SW II: Thevelin and the Vale of Kalir become one of the few safe refugee camps
...as the human armies are severely beaten by the elven armies. Thevelin leads several defensive battles against the elves, and makes the final stand with the rests of the human armies at the High Fortress of Selidor.

It is said that unlike the other human troops (which comitted suicide) the Thevelin armies fought till the last man against the elves and even a small detachment of them broke free, and were able to retreat to Thevelin despite all efforts taken by the elves.
501 b.S. Erpheronia surrenders
Thevelin is one of the last strongholds not in elven hands.
500 b.S. Thevelin is renamed to "Nyermersys" 
...which in elvish means "Town of Two Battles". The name denotes the fact that the town was successfully defended against elven attackers who assaulted the city from two sides at the same time. The elven name is given by the humans in order to honor the opponent as a sign that such terrible wars between the two races will never happen again.
482 b.S. The Founding of Tharania
The Erpheronian king Thar the Great unites the realms of Erpheronia, Centorauria, Kyrania and Caltharia to the Tharanian Kingdom. Aside from the capital of Voldar Nyermersys is one of the most important towns of the newly formed realm.
ca. 290 b.S. SW III: Nyermersys is being attacked by orcs and barbarian tribes,
...and despite all efforts, falls to the enemy, not without inflicting incredible losses on the attacking armies making it a highly costly attack for the orcs.

An elite formation of Thevelin Lancers participates in the final battles against the orcish tribes fighting within the king's formation for Tharania.

Information provided by Koldar Mondrakken View Profile