History Of Eridus

The traveling nomads found a group of humans, or maybe the humans found the nomads. These humans called themselves Xynthians. The nomads were told of a place they could go and live without persecution. This would be a land they could fight for, a land they could live and prosper in. The Xynthians led them to Eridus

The Settlers

In the year 435 AS (Age of Silence) the nomads finally arrived on the Isles of Eridus. It was a harsh land, untouched by humans. The Eridus Isles were a vast jungle land, the untamed wilds of nature. Mankind found a whole new land where the word heretic didn't exist.

Humans began settling the mainland of Eridus. They quickly found out they were not the first to come to these islands. They found dwarfs in the mountains, elves in the jungles, gnomes in the hills, and halflings were the nomads of these lands traveling the rivers. Surprisingly they all had similar feelings about the gods. They had been abandoned and found they could not live around others of their race that still believed the gods were the answer.

Within a hundred years humans spread throughout the islands. Settlements were built and an economy was formed. Everything they needed could be found on the islands, including precious metals. The first major human settlement was formed; Niltherin grew into the first city of Eridus.

By the year 623 AS civilization demanded structure and the first center of leadership was created. Humans may have found a new start here on the Isles, but they were still human. The upperclassman began taking advantage of the hard working lower-class. Politics began rearing its head on the islands and the land was quickly divided up between the human nobles. The nobles began calling themselves Auristians. It set them apart from the rest of the settlers, made them feel superior to the rest.

King The First

Around 687 AS the social structure began to break down. The commoners no longer wanted to follow the laws set up by the Auristians. The people believed they had equal rights to the land they all now call home. A new group was formed and decided to go against the current law-makers, politicians, and nobles. The Hyperians were the first of the humans to take up arms. The Auristian's words could not fight the sheer brutality of the Hyperians. They quickly surrendered and a new government was formed. The Hyperians elected a leader that quickly rose in power and became the first King of Eridus. Lohann du Voranrid was the greatest warrior among the Hyperians.

Within the next decade King Lohann, with the assistance of his Auristian advisors, made a series of laws that would affect all of Eridus' human settlers. He wrote laws that decided who could own land, who could take up arms, and who could own businesses. This unsettled the people and it look like these laws would mark what a person was worth. Fortunately for the King, these new laws seemed to actually work. It spared the King an uprising.

In the year 735 AS King Lohann dies at the age of 77. The Auristians quickly usurp the throne putting a puppet leader in the chair. Without an heir, the Hyperians had little to fight with against the words of the Auristians. The people were beginning to believe the promises of the politicians. A new war between the Auristians and the Hyperians nearly ensued. When the Hyperians threatened to take the throne by force, the Auristians currently in the capital gave it up. They thought they could keep their lands and possibly their positions if they relinquished the throne. This caused an uproar throughout the Auristian society, causing them to break away from those that lived in or near Niltherin. The outcast Auristians that gave up the throne were now known as Reimarians. Bregor Haswulfsen becomes the new King of Eridus.

The Reign of Bregor

Without the political and financial backing of the Auristians, the Reimarians had to find a new way of life. Using the communication skills all Auristians have, the Reimarians became merchants and traders. Their ability to haggle and deal appeared to be second to none. In addition to being merchants, they made themselves available to whoever was currently in charge. This increased their social standing and wealth. This also marks them as cowards.

Around 748 AS King Bregor I looked back upon what had happened to the heretic nomads. He decides history must be written and sanctions a group of scholars and historians. These historians became known as Elusians, some even became skilled arcanists.

In the dreadful year of 760 AS King Bregor is assassinated. Hyperians blame the Auristians and everyone believed it was true. Unfortunately there was no proof of the accusations. The Auristians mark the working class commoner as Melarians. This puts them in their own class and forever separates them from the Auristians.

For 10 years the Auristians hold the top court. Slowly the people are forgetting about the Hyperian Kings and are living under the heavy taxes of the Auristians. A new group enters the picture, the Kaeparans. Their background is a mystery; most only see them as old men and women. Their words begin to inspire the people. These Kaeparans appear to be wise beyond their years.

King Ersek Regansel

They Hyperians regroup and begin a new crusade against the Auristians. For some reason the Kaeparans appear to be baking the Hyperians but their words are often twisted into riddles. Instead of a frontal assault, the Hyperians decide to try and gain the favor of the people. With growing animosity against the Auristians, their only choice was to give up the throne to the new Hyperian King. Ersek Regansel is named the new Lord of Eridus.

After nearly 400 years, in the year 800 AS the Xynthians returned to the island of Eridus. They brought with them a new way of life. They began spreading the word of faith through the settlements of Eridus. This causes strife with the human people. The Xynthians said their would be no persecution here in this new land. The Xynthians became a target of hate mongers as the people became outraged. These supposed saviors were seen as no better than anywhere else in the world. The Xynthians retaliate with a show of mercy, divine magic. THey begin healing the sick and curing plagues and diseases. Until now, herbal remedies were the only known way of healing and curing, and they didn't always work. Skeptics and nonbelievers called them charlatans, the nobles and politicians called them a threat.

In the year 808 AS King Ersek, like King Bregor, was assassinated late one night in his bedchamber. The Auristians claim they have proof the Xynthians were to blame. The people were quick to listen, quick to judge. King Ersek had a son, an heir to the throne, named Marius. The young Prince was only 10 years old, too young to control a country. The Auristians quickly came in and offered their assistance to the young new King. They were uncontested, not even the Reimarians put up a fight. Everyone knew the Auristians were in control, that the new boy King was simply a tool for the Auristians to gain power. Through the few years that followed King Marius took the word of his advisors as facts and as truth. After all, they had much more experience in this matter. Once again the Kaeparans stepped forward and offered their wisdom to the King. The King's Auristian advisors were against the intrusion of the Wise Ones, but for the first time in the new King's career, he made a decision on his own. He appointed two Kaeparans as part of his advisory staff.

The Boy King and New Faith

King Marius was quickly becoming a man. Soon he would be of legal age and would no longer need counselors and advisors telling him what to do and what to say. There was an assassination attempt on his life, but something went wrong and one of the Kaeparans was killed instead. Once again the Auristians blamed the Xynthians, claiming they had been against them from the start. This time the Kaeparans were the ones with the proof. Evidence was brought to the King showing the involvement of the Auristians in the attempt on his life. King Marius went into a fury and ordered all of his Auristian advisors and court appointed officials put to death. No one questioned his authority. His entire staff was killed, that day King Marius was no longer a boy; he was now a man.

The Year 820 AS marked the retreat of the Xynthians to an island just northeast of Eridus. From here they could defend themselves from the angry mobs but still keep watch over the young settlers. The news of their magic began to spread throughout the Eridus Isles. Word spread of the Xynthians miracles. Their abilities started to raise questions; people were intrigued with their powers, their magic.

The Xynthians began to explain their magic to anyone willing to listen. They explained that holy magic was all around them if they just learned how to use it. They reassured the people that it was not power from the gods, but from somewhere else. The public was slow in believing these words. How can there be divine magic without the gods? How can it be used when the gods had forsaken them? The answer, the Xynthians told them, lied in the Heroes of Legend. Long ago, before the Cataclysm, before the destruction of Awlidan itself, great heroes walked the land. These heroes fought for their beliefs whatever they might have been, and died for them. These heroes; Pelor, Herioneous, Boccob, even Bane could be called upon again. The settlers of Eridus were not without faith; they just didn't put their faith in the gods. The Xynthians brought to them a new faith, something to believe in once again.

The new faith the Xynthians were teaching brought about an explosion of religion. Religion good and evil, lawful and chaotic, spread throughout Eridus like a wildfire. The clerics and priests, healers and monks, weren't taught to call out to the Heroes, simply pray and harness the power they can provide. This new religion was growing rapidly, and not only among the human population. The dwarves, the elves, even the lower races began summoning the power of their legendary heroes, and found their prayers answered. Clerics of all types began to surface around the islands of Eridus.

The year was 852 AS and the King was now in his 50s. He had ruled with wisdom and compassion for all. He was considered to be wise beyond his years. Unfortunately this caused the Hyperians to grow concerned. Maybe he was not Hyperian after all; he truly exhibits the traits of a Kaeparan. Confusion entered the minds of the Hyperians and civil war broke out between the houses. The King was accused of being an imposter. The king was now at war with his own people.

It was the year 854 and after two years of conflict with the houses of Hyperia, the King makes a startling decision. He had decided to step down from the throne. In his final speech he told the citizens of Eridus that they deserved a united land and that could not happen as long as there was strife among the houses. Forever more, the once great King Marius would be known as a Kaeparan.

The Usual War

For four years the Auristians and the Hyperians were at each others throats. The Hyperians were accused of false representation of the throne, while the Auristians were accused of corrupt governing. Meanwhile the land had no King. While the two sides fought, the land laid bare and naked. The Reimarians saw the chance they had been looking for all these years. With a few well placed ideas, a few changes here and there, the Reimarians found themselves in charge of all of Eridus. Nonsuelus Postunius was named Head Chancellor of the Eridus Isles.

The Reimarians' rule was very short lived. The Auritistians used their power and influence once again to get the public on their side. They spun their politics for the people, wanting them to force the Chancellor to abdicate his high seat. The people knew what the Reimarians were capable of. They voice their concerns but to no avail. Without a show of force the Reimarians held their ground and refused to give up the seat. No more than a month went by before the Chancellor Nonsuelus Postunius was assassinated. The Auristians rush in, like rats finding a new garbage hold, to take the throne. Lyrzer Carkel II was named the new Auristian King. The new King made a few changes, easing a few taxes and the people fell in behind him like wooden soldiers.

Around the year 865 AS the bad blood between the Auristians and the Hyperians began to boil over once again. The Hyperians had tried to work the people and get them behind them like they always have been, but the Auristians continued to slip through their fingers. The Auristians made subtle changes in the laws in favor of the people, or gave grants and favors to those who worked hard for the their Liege. They Hyperians could stand by no longer. King Lyrzer was a tyrant with a golden halo but he was a tyrant nonetheless. Ovidius Savo Eburnalus I was an experience warrior and leader. He gathered his men and anyone that would follow him and headed for Niltherin, Eridus' Capitol. In a brutal battle he storms the castle and breaks King Lyrzer's defenses. King Lyrzer tried to surrender but General Ovidius didn't give him a chance. He marched into the throne room and confronted King Lyrzer with a blood covered blade. King Lyrzer was killed, execution style, only a few feet in front of his own throne. General Ovidius surprised everyone by declining his claim to the throne. He addresses the people by saying "A true King cannot rule through violence." He refused to take the throne, leaving it empty.

A Land Without A King

With General Ovidius' refusal to take the throne, all of Eridus is taken aback. This leaves a serious dilemma. Someone has to lead the islands, but who will it be. Will the Auristians demand the seat? Will the Hyperians take it from the general? In the meantime, General Ovidius does his best to keep Eridus going, while the throne sits… empty.

Eridus has been without a King or a leader for almost two years now. The throne remains silent and untouched. There have been many leaders and Kings, but the throne has always been a symbol of strength, leadership, and perseverance. Finally there was a breakthrough in who will be the next leader. The acting leader, General Ovidius, declares the throne open and there would be a vote to declare the new King of Eridus. The news quickly spread through the land like an angry storm. Many were up-in-arms about this decision, but none would go against the general or try to take the Capitol from him. Unfortunately the commoners were still not given the power to choose their own fate. At this time only the nobles were allowed to vote for a new leader. Everyone thought this was a certainty; the Hyperians have been the strongest leaders. It turned out the vote was in favor of the Auristians and Ethver Bertoltsen was given the throne. Once the King was chosen he would have the full power of the a true King. Shortly after General Ovidius left the Capitol city he was set upon by mercenaries on a stretch of deserted road. He and his men were left for dead at the ambush site.

Silent but Deadly Times

The Auristians had the throne for 4 years. THe Hyperians had been quiet, leaving them to their own affairs. Many believed they had given up on Eridus. It didn't take long for the Auristians to go back to their old ways. King Ethver began raising taxes and taking liberties against even the Auristian lords. Many times lands changed hands throughout the Auristian people.

King Ethver had the throne for 6 more years before dying of questionable causes in the year 877. Many speculated he was assassinated by his own people, but nothing was proven. Ludd Ermaennen I of the Hyperians was voted the new King of Eridus.

By the year 890 AS King LUdd I was surprisingly able to dodge two separate assassination attempts. He was known as King Ludd the Invincible. After thirteen years of being Eridus' ruler, he died of natural causes. SOme believ ehe finally succumbed to an attempt on his life, but that was not the popular thoery. The Auristian, Aurnir Ermoden was voted to the Throne. The people were outraged at another Auristian sitting on the high seat, but their voice goes unheard.

King Mad I

It was the year 901 AS, some believed the turn of the century changed King Aurnir. Some say he went insane. He decided that the Elusians were evil spirits and ordered them hunted down and killed. As lord of the kingdom his word could not be denied. The Elusians had never had any political power, nor wanted any. They were scholars, historians, and advisors to many kings, but none were ambitious for the throne. It was hard to say why King Aurnir chose them, but there was now a crusade against them.

By the year 904 AS King Aurnir had gained the title of King Aurnir the Ruthless and King Aurnir the Merciless. Not only were the Auristians themselves terrified of him, the Hyperians were afraid to go against him his rule. He had already ordered the death of thousands due to his fear of their treachery. It was now an act of treason to harbor an Elusian. Entire houses had been put to death for helping even on of them.

Over the next 3 years many Elusians tried to escape the islands. Unfortunately King Aurnir wasn't going to let them go that easily. The sanity of the King was degrading fast. Many innocent people had been killed because of neighbors and countryman marking them as Elusian, even if they weren't It had become a good way to gain land by marking an Elusian. The King's soldiers had stopped asking questions. A black E on the door marked you for a traitor… marked you for death.

The Elusians were ow running scared, they were living a nightmare. The King was completely insane and they were a target of his insanity. After years of persecution and hate, the Elusians were finally able to escape the wrath of their King and countryman. The Elusians were gone from Eridus.

It was the year 910 AS and it would be a year the inhabitants of Eridus will not soon forget. They Xynthians finally came back to Eridus. They did not come back as religious speakers or pacifist monks; they were warrior clerics and specialty priests. They were armored and armed for battle and they had faith on their side and angels on their shoulders. They marched to the Capitol with little resistance. Their strength in divine magic was second to none and no one wanted to risk the wrath of the new gods. They didn't find resistance until they reached the castle itself. With their fighting strength and their magic power they broke through the King's defenses, killing only when necessary. What happened inside the castle was a mystery to most. There were very few witnesses. Some say that only the Xynthians themselves know the truth and they were keeping it to themselves. What was certain was what the people saw… outside the castle. A large black cloud rose from the center of the keep. Within the smoke was pure red fire. Some refuse to talk about it, but others say the red fire formed a sinister face complete with deep red eyes and a fanged mouth. It slowly dissipated leaving behind a clear night sky. Three days later the news came, the King had died quietly in his bed. Only half of the Xynthians that went into the castle left that day.

Who Will Rule

It was 911 AS and the death of King Aurnir brought another vote. Erich Haslender of the Hyperians was voted the new Ruler of Eridus. Immediately the crusade against the Elusians was lifted. They did not return.

Word had come to Eridus of a new school of learning, the new Island of Aeruthus was added to the Islands of Eridus in 915 AS and it brought the School of Time's Knowledge to its people. It did not take long to realize that the Elusians founded this island and created the school. It was open to invitation only. Some Elusians slowly returned to Eridus, but acting as recruiters. Only those given a pass to the island could go and expand their knowledge or even learn magic.

In 920 AS King Erich dies in a hunting accident. Thridir Achtaenen I of the Hyperians was voted the Lord of Eridus. In 12 short years King Thridir ages drastically and dies of old age at the age of 52. Lord Luskarl Fosturid of the Auristians took the throne. His reign did not last long for he was poisoned and killed only a few years later. It was speculated the Reimarians had a hand in it, but there was no proof to back up the claim. THe Hyperians got a commanding amount of votes to take the throne. Aerdgang der Lohannann becomes the new King of Eridus.

The Kaeparans had been quiet for years. They had offered their assistance where needed and been advisors to many kings over the years. In the year 950 AS they would bring news of something else. The news even gains the attention of the Xynthians. They announce to King Aerdgang the birth of a child. No this child had not yet been born, but she would be. Before the end of the century the Celestial Madonna would be born. It was uncertain how to take this news. Who was this Celestial Madonna? They brought a warning; she would bring down the heavens and possibly destroy the world. Either way chang was on the horizon.

Faith in Politics

They Xynthians try to get into politics and gain the throne. Their only explanation was, "The gods must not be forgotten." After King Aerdgang dies, Reef Zeitwulf Wafinann was voted to the throne. The words of the Xynthians were ignored by most.

In the year 970 AS news from one of the southern islands was added to the history of Eridus. The island of Jerhelheim was an island of most nonhuman races. It was an island of dwarves and giants and their conflict was just as legendary as the Auristians and the Hyperians. It was nothing new about a conflict between the dwarves and the giants, but this one was different. The giants had broken through the defenses of the Stoneforge clan hold, defenses that were as stern as the mountains themselves. The dwarves were in trouble, the giants were threatening their inner home. They had broken in and were fighting the dwarves on their own land. Their typical allies were too far to offer aid, but the King's army marched south and the elven navy sailed for their borders. The dwarves weren't going to last long enough for them to help. The survival of the Stoneforge Clan was bleak. Giants, ogres, half-ogres, and trolls were storming the inner sanctum.

Hope came to the dwarves from a very unusual source. They called themselves goliaths and clearly had either giant or ogre blood but they weren't full. They charged into the now open home of the Stoneforge Clan and attacked the giant army. With the aid of the goliaths and the new battlefront, the dwarves victory was close at hand. The giants were only barely able to retreat back to the Garandust Mountains where they had come. The dwarves found a new ally, and rare indeed, a new friend in the goliaths. They were known as nomads on Jerhelheim and had no place to call their own. That quickly changed with the new found friendship. The dwarves showed their gratitude to the goliaths by helping them build the city of Stoneforge. The city was built right in front of the opening to the clan hold entrance. It quickly became a city for both goliaths and dwarves.

After a long stay on the throne, King Reef dies of old age in the year 979 AS. Ryhold Hasach of the Hyperians was announced the new King of Eridus.

The Empire

The year 990 AS was the year everything changed for the people of Eridus. From the north, the horizon began filling up with ships, large warships. They landed at the ports of Eridus attacking each one along the northern coast simultaneously. They were called the Daeruthians and they were known simply as, the Empire. They attacked without warning and without mercy. The majority of their army landed at Morash and Treatus; their victory in those villages were swift and the inhabitants showed little resistance. The Empire stayed at the port settlements until the assault on Tephanel was complete.

Once the Daeruthians had a good foot hold on the port settlements, they marched south. They left a small unit in each of the towns taking most of their army through the Burnt Plains and the Burning Rain Jungle. The Hyperians, Melarians, and even some Elusians met the Daeruthian army as they left the Jungle. Some Xynthians provided spiritual aid and healing to the troops of Eridus. The battle was bloody and wasn't going well for the defenders. The Daeruthians fought with methodical determination and fearlessness. That coupled with their strange, lizard-like beasts they used as both ground and aerial mounts, the defenders could not last. They were slowly being pushed back to the Capitol, but they refused to give up. When the Daeruthians from the Burnt Plains joined the first wave, it evolved from a battle to a massacre. The Eridus defenders made their last stand in the plains outside their capitol city of Niltherin. Their resistance was crushed at that final battle. Eridus fell in what is now called the Fury Plains. There was now nothing to stop the Daeruthians from reaching Niltherin, and the King.

By the year 992 AS the Daeruthians made it through the Eridus defenses and secured the villages around the Capitol. Once the settlements were under control, the Daeruthians marched for Niltherin. King Ryhold had a good defense for the city, but there was little he could do against their aerial assault. The invaders attacked form the backs of their flying lizards and were able to thin the wall's defenses for the ground troops to break it completely. Once the gates were opened the Erudisians were no match for the attackers. They flowed into the city killing anyone that gave resistance. Lord General Atilis Sollus took his troops and marched into the keep of the Capitol. He wore golden armor and a golden helmet with a golden drop sitting on three circles around the helmet. He took King Ryhold and dragged him to the steps of the Keep. Before the eyes of the citizens of Niltherin he shouted, "You will swear allegiance to the Empire!" In a swift motion of his sword he beheaded the King and left his body bleeding on the steps of the Keep. The head he kept as a trophy.

Over the next few years the Empire spread throughout Eridus. Slowly the people stopped giving resistance. They learned that if they just gave in to this new force sweeping across their land, they were shown mercy. Lord General Atilis Sullus was pronounced the voice of the Emperor for Eridus. He was then given the title of High Lord of the land. Under the laws of the Emperor only citizens of the Empire could own and wield arms, although, any settler of Eridus could earn citizenship and be able to own land and carry arms and armor. By the end of the year 995 AS, all of Eridus was under the Emperor's control. The Reimarians found it to be a simple transition. The High Lord needed guides for this land, advisors if you will, the Reimarians were happy to oblige. The Hyperians left Eridus and settled on the island to the northeast, which was dubbed Hyperia. Most of the Auristians were able to keep their lands, some even their titles, if they swore fealty to the Empire. The rest of the people tried living as best they could.

The year 1000 AS seen the Empire spread throughout the islands surrounding Eridus. All of which pay tribute for their survival. By the end of the millennium, the once great city of Niltherin was no more. It was all but consumed by the High Lord's new castle. This great structure was now the new symbol of Eridus, Castle Nollveritus. The Eridus Isles were now part of the Empire.

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