History of Spaartha
HISTORY OF SPAARTHA
Sometime after the fall of Skos and Naduum the tribes of the Anoza were living in the Murmanityed deserts. The Tonien were miners living in the mountains, the Boskan were farmers living near water sources and the Kespon were nomadic herders on the desert plains. As the Bronze Elves moved into the desert and started their empire, the tribes were forced out. The Kespon tried to show the other tribes how to live on the land but most of the Tonien and Boskan members eventually succumbed to the harsh desert and constant travelling.
Eventually the Tribes made their way across the Tranoc Pass and onto the Spaarthan plain. The remanants of the Tonien tribe, weary of traveling, decided to stop once they reached the Spaarthan side of the pass. They befriended the Dwarves of Gurdin Tagor and helped establish trading town that became known as Tranoc.
The remaining Anoza made their way onto the plain. Here they found a near utopia. Water and wildlife were abundant on the plain. Most important to a nomadic people was the herds of wild horses that ran on the plain. The area was not without danger however. The plain was a common hunting ground for dragons and griffins that lived in the nearby mountains. It was not uncommon for dozens of Tribesmen to be killed in a single attack by a dragon.
The Anoza made two discoveries. First was a temple that was made on a scale for people that were larger than humans. The temple was set in the middle of the plain roughly centered between the mountains, river, and sea. They also discovered a village at the mouth of the Spaarthan river built to the same scale as the temple. Both the temple and village were abandoned. It is generally accepted that these were built by the Ansvar, the beings that assisted the creator god in shaping the world. Eventually a schism formed between the Boskan and Kespon tribes living on the plain. The Boskan tribe decided to give up the nomadic lifestyle and return argarian lifestyle. They settled in the forests surrounding the source of the Spaarthan river. The Kespon hold both the Boskan and Tonien tribes in contempt for having turned their backs on the traditional Anozan lifestyle.
Around 330 PN people of Itsenian descent began to settle along the Spaarthan river. The first groups were leaving Barloz because they had grown weary of living in a magic dominated society. They discovered and converted the abandoned Ansvar village for their use, naming the new city Salynndra. As time went on towns and villages were established along the entire length of the Spaarthan river. The Anozan tribes were very wary of these new “Spaarthans” at first. The Tonien quickly accepted them once trading began between Tranoc and Salynndra. The Kespon soon found that that the Spaarthans would pay nicely for tamed horses. The Boskans remained suspicious and aloof in their forests, dealing only occasionally with nearby town of Timbreton.
Spaartha really did not have a central government at this time. Skirmishes between neighboring villages were common. The lord mayor of Salynndra was considered the de facto leader by many outsiders, but he had only limited influence with the other Spaarthan villages and held no sway over the tribes. Spaartha’s only organized military was the cityguard of Salynndra.
Coming of Nagul
In 2 TC Alden, lord mayor of Salynndra, learned of Nagul’s invasion of Ehrenland. He does his best to prepare Salynndra and all of Spaartha for the upcoming battles. This task proved difficult due to the lack of central government in Spaartha. Nagul’s troops came in and begin systematically destroying the villages along the river. Nagul herded the Spaarthans into five major towns along the river. The Kespon were able to avoid capture and harass Nagul’s army but were not powerful enough to slow his advance.
In 5 TC Nagul turned his attention to Salynndra. The siege of Salynndra lasted only a month. The people fought hard but were no match for Nagul’s troops. Galvyn, Lord Alden’s brother, upon seeing that Salynndra could not hold, commissioned a young knight and a young ranger to take his son and flee to Tranoc. There the Tonien and Dwarves of Gurdin Tagor provided protection for young lord Nolor.
Nolor was raised by his mentors to be a leader of men. Sir Keldar, a Knight, and Jareth, a Ranger, trained Nolor to be dangerous foe in combat. Nolor was also befriended by a young wizard named Modoc who taught him the academic skills required of a leader. When Nolor heard of the rebellion in Aruthien in 19 TC he decided it was time to act. Nolor and his companions infiltrated the town of Timbreton and began organizing small cells of resistance. They trained others how to organize cells and soon an organized resistance was present in all the Spaarthan towns, including Salynndra. Nolor was also able to get the three Anozan tribes to work together to disrupt many of Nagul’s supply trains.
In 20 TC Nolor gathered an army of 500 at the Ansvar temple. He had decided that the Spaarthan resistance was going well enough for him to not be needed. [[Nolor] led 500 mounted troops through Barloz and joined Aruthien I, Alhandro, and the others in the rebellion. Nolor and his troops fought well in the following battles to free Tantathia and Barloz. At the battle on the Plain of Lances Nolor led the charge that broke the Legion’s flank. He was also present with the other heroes for the confrontation in Nagul’s throne room.
After the defeat the Nagul Nolor was declared King by acclamation. His closest advisors were given positions in his court. The staunchest fighters from Salynndra, Rapite, Wellfore, and Kadnor were all declared Earls and given their cities as holdings. Timbreton was made a Barony. All the soldiers from the war were inducted into the Order of Steel or the Order of the Arrow. The King used these two organizations as his military.
For many years Nolor reigned in relative peace. However as time went on many of the nobility became disgruntled. The King expected defense of the individual provinces to be handled by the nobles. As raids became more frequent through Tranoc Pass the other nobles started requesting more and more assistance from the crown. The breaking point seemed to when the King sent large numbers of the Order of Steel and Order of the Arrow to assist King Aruthien I. Many felt that that Nolor cared more for his old war friend's kingdom than his own.
In 60 TC King Nolor was assassinated at the celebration of his 30th year on the throne. Leaders in the cities of Kadnor, Guntrite, and Wellfore, along with members of the Kespon tribe, had grown weary of arguing with the king over the establishment of a formal feudal structure. The kingdom plunged into civil war. The loyalist forces were led by Jareth and Keldar, the old mentors of the king. In the end the loyalists were triumphant. Keldar was killed during the war, leaving Jareth as the senior member of the old government.
In 62 TC the 1st Regency of Spaartha began under Jareth. Jareth began his reign by establishing a formal structure of nobility. Salynndra, Rapite, Wellfore, Guntrite and [[Kadnor] are established as the seats of Earldoms. Timbreton, being much smaller than the other cities, is established as a Barony. Jareth put limits on the membership of both the Order of the Arrow and the Order of Steel. He divided the Order of Steel into Guard units placed in each of the new provinces. He also established a formal structure for the Common Army and its garrisons. In 71 TC Jareth created the Barony of Tranoc and granted it to Fynn, the returning Silent Hero, as a reward for his service. This is done without consultation of the other nobles and establishes that Regent is in fact, if not in title, the monarch of Spaartha.
In 72 TC Jareth married the wizardess Laetha and they have their only child, Jarlath. At this time the succession law is enacted. The law states that each noble must name a successor who is of age to immediately assume the title at coronation. The noble may change the successor at any time (such as changing from a younger sibling to a child when the child reaches majority) In 92 TC Jareth abdicated to his son Jarlath. A few months later Jareth walked out of the palace in Salynndra and has not been seen since.
Jarlath assumed the Regency with a specific agenda in mind. He saw in Spaartha lack enforcement for the laws that were established. He set about establishing the Magistracy of Spaartha to sit in judgment and enforce the laws. He also was becoming concerned about the increasing raids through the Tranoc Pass by monsters and barbarians. Two years after assuming power, Jarlath ordered construction to begin on Fort Nolor near the village of Negev. In 107 TC Negev is made a Barony by the Regent. The celebration surrounding the declaration was doubled by the Regent's wedding, which takes place in Negev. It was during the wedding reception that a Barlozian wizard approached the Regent and announced that he has been sent to protect him. After a private meeting with the wizard the Regent announced him as his personal bodyguard. Upon returning to Salynndra an Aruthien free sword approached the Regent also stating he had been sent to protect him. Soon the Regent was never seen in public without the Protectors. After 25 more years of relative peace, Jarlath abdicated to his son, Jarlath II in 132 TC.
Jarlath II assumed regency as an established military commander and a family man. Unlike his father, Jarlath II had married at a very young age and already had children at the time he takes the throne. His military experience leads Jarlath II to create the Corridor. He has seen first hand the threat posed to the kingdom by the hordes coming through the pass. He formally declares Etham, Ezion, and [[Daegan] as provinces. In 146 TC Jarlath II is killed while fighting in the Corridor.
Jarlath II's daughter Jeyna assumes the Regency. The new Regis tries to reinforce the Corridor. She takes 100 members of the Order of the Arrow and permanently stations them in the Corridor for patrol. She also faces civil unrest in the Province of Salynndra. The villages of Veleska bay to the north of Salynndra would like to determine their own political future but the Earl of Salynndra is loathe to give up any political power. The Regis solves the problem by creating two new provinces. Veleska is declared a barony and Salynndra is redefined into a Duchy. Sadly, in 158 TC Jeyna dies after complications during the birth of her son, Jareth II.
Jeyna's younger brother, Jarin, reluctantly assumes the regency. Jarin had never expected to become Regent and was not well prepared for the role. He relied heavily on the advice of his advisers, which fortunately for the kingdom, were good people appointed by his sister. In 166 TC there is an attempt on the Regent's life while in Perdaith. One of Jarin's protectors is killed and the other severely wounded. It is likely that Jarin would have been killed if it had not been for the intervention of a man named Devlin. As reward for his help, Devlin is made lord of the new province of Augrim. By the time Jareth II is 12 he is active in the decisions of the kingdom. He and Jarin start work on plans for expanding the kingdom in 173 TC. In 176 TC Jarin abdicates to his nephew. Jareth II creates a special advisory position for Jarin in his court.
Jareth II proves a very decisive Regent. He unveils a plan to expand the kingdom. Within a few months of becoming Regent he signs a mutual defense pact with Sabatia. As part of the treaty both Sabatia and Spaartha claim parts of the old elven forest to the south. The betrothal of Jareth II to Princess Zaria of Sabatia was also soon announced. With the betrothal it is also announced that upon the death of Queen Sera, Sabatia will formally become part of Spaartha.
Jareth II orders the construction of Fort Jeyna outside Salynndra. He reorganizes the military so that there are garrisons of troops and knights in each province. He dissolves the Order of Steel completely and develops a system of smaller knightly orders. He also commissions the Regent's Elites, mounted rangers used for conveying messages and reconnaissance. After the Pirate War he further increases the garrisons in each province and orders the contruction if additional forts in Sabatia and outside of Augrim and Wellfore. He also establishes the Order of the Wolf as reward for those who fought in the Battle of Wellfore.