“Once the game is over, the king and the pawn go back in the same box”
This page details the history of the nation of Amanne, as perceived by the northmen. For a more birds-eye view, consult the history of empires section of States and Empires. More detailed, unbiased or specific information about Amanne or any of the other states is not commonly known. Even the below represents a highly educated perspective.
The world as it is seen by mortal eye, is a mixture of material and spiritual. From this 3 great spirits emerged. Illiric and Kalfes who stood respectively for unity and ambition, and Tralek, who embodied disillusion and despair. Illiric was the eldest, and proceeded to shape the world with his brothers’ help. They together poured their energy into creating a new deity, Luca, who symbolized Life. Aspects of all 3 brothers were inherent in Luca, who is often depicted as a human woman. “She” created nature and human civilization, namely the Tarsans. The rational and communal nature of the Tarsans made Tralek jealous, and he slowly turned them towards the manipulation of spirits, and created numerous false gods whom the Tarsans worshiped. Luca didn’t intervene at the insistence of Kalfes, and the defiling ran it’s course until in the year 0, Tarsa had become so evil, that they destroyed themselves. Tralek was banished to live as a physical being, and Illiric decided to intervene in the course of human development, demanding worship and showing favor to outstanding humans. Kalfes rewarded the ambitious and wise with riches. The remaining humans fled to the barren land of Faeros; the ones that stayed behind settled in the Red Plains.
It is said that the Tarsans were an empire which controlled the known world, and had command over powerful magic through the dark god Tralek. However, they destroyed themselves in what became known as ‘the first remaking’. All records found in Amanne seem to end around the same time. Interestingly this event is mentioned in Ammanian tribal records, as a year when “the world lay in shock”, and the year 2 as when “the rivers no longer ran with soot”.
The Settling of Amanne
The men known today as Amanneans came via boat to Stoneman Isle from Faeros, and settled at the foot of the rocky hills known as the Gods’ Fist. Over time, they settled the eastern coast of Amanne, and founded the city of Zeroll. When they tried to move north, they met resistance from the native Dragonmen. After an unsuccessful war, the Northerners were forced to seek refuge further south. They settled in the Riverlands, the Reach, and the Coastlands. Over time, the dragonmen drove them out of the Coastlands. The mistlands would receive more Faeric immigrants over the next centuries.
The Birth of Nels
Nels was born the child of a Mistlander blacksmith on the night of a great starfall. Such a birth was prophesied by the Faeric priests.
Nels learnt reading from some Eicar of Issheimr, and after marrying Eicar’s daughter, was a soldier of fortune for 7 years. On one such journey, he was stranded in the sea, and a silver flame appeared and gave him warmth to survive. The flame remained an ability Nels was granted from then on.
Eicar and Nels began to expand their realm, and Nels began to receive visions from the flame which Eicar wrote down. They gathered a following and were quickly attacked by Dragonman zealots. Eicar was slain and Nels fled with his followers, regrouping to the west. After 10 years of wandering, the group defeated the Dragonman king Dravic with the power of Illeric. Only then did Nels consolidate his power in the Mistlands, and unite through conquest the many Ammanean tribes. However, he was blocked in the north by Dragonmen, in the southwest by the Khorish and the southeast by Neo-Tarsans.
The Exalted March
After 5 years of assimilating the conquered Dragonmen in his realms by merging their tribes with his own and baptizing them in flame, Nels turned his attention to the northwest, quickly finishing off the splintering Dragonman chiefdoms, and sacked Dravic’s capital. Dravic’s family was converted, and the backing of the entire riverlands was his. The new kingdom of Amanne was then attacked by the Red Men of the Reach, who had recently won a war against the tyrrany of the Tarsans. Nels tried to convert them peacefully, but had to defend himself. The silver flame granted his warriors swords of fire, and with these holy implements, the Reach was conquered and its inhabitants killed or driven out. The silver flame was said to burn all which is impure, and the Red Men were especially sinful – the mass pyres on which they were burnt are still visible in the Riverlands.
The Conquest of the Marshlands
The Marshlands was controlled by 3 great empires, all loyal to the Tarsans – Zeroll (Red Men), Moq (Mechera) and Cervi (Pagan Faerics). Nels marched his army directly to Zeroll, which surrended. However, Nels took 3 years to besiege Moq, and it was his death by a Mechera archer which enraged his companions Hakon and Eirik (son of Eicar) – they burnt the Mechera city of Eis-Daqassos to appease Illeric for their failures, and marched south.
The Subsequent Events
Hakon defeated the Tarsans and conquered Moq, and went as far as Olvos, but couldn’t besiege the city due to the evil magic of the Tarsans preventing his clerics from contacting the silver flame. He accepted two Tarsan princesses and an amount of gold unfathomable to the austere northerners, to sign a truce and withdraw to Moq. The Neo-Tarsans (Magosi Archonate) collapsed shortly thereafter, but fighting would continue for Hakon’s 7-year reign.
Upon his death, Hakon was succeeded by Eirik, who had been sent to unite the Dragonmen. Eirik was the most productive of the initial ‘torch-bearers’, conquering the Mistlands, Marshlands, Coastlands, and Wyrmlands. He was influenced heavily by a prophet named Simon, and his Halwynnysh bodyguards took to heart these teachings. He planned on taking Svalos, but died of old age.
Eirik was succeeded by Geir – a member of the Nylhus, who conquered Korhold through a 31-year war. Geir was murdered by his Svalek bodyguards, who were inspired by a revolt of the Red Men in the Marshlands.
Geir was succeeded by Tadhg, a lowborn Dragonman, who after crushing the rebellion, established the capital Ralan, abolished the King as ‘torch-bearer’ – church leaders would henceforth be elected. Tadhg conquered Stoneman Isle and the Wyrmlands. However, most historians consider Tadhg’s rule as a part of an Intermezzo due to its decreasing centralization, which ended the Empire of Silver Flame which Nels had built.
The ‘Dragonman Intermezzo’
Tadhg’s son Isaac was paranoid and prone to bouts of insanity. He was deposed by his brother Carl, who was a capable soldier. In this time, the native Dragonmen religions were suppressed and slavery banned everywhere but the Riverlands, which would practice it for another 30 years. The gains in Tarsan territory accelerated, and the Kingdom of Bressla was established.
The Red Men produced a revolt which spread to cover a fourth of the empire, but was put down when the leader, ‘Victor-in-Wolf-Blood’ (Vrej ‘Asdvadzadur’ Halraavi) was betrayed by converts. His daughter was given to Carl’s general Aodhan, who’s son would be Brendan. In the reign of Carl’s son Peter, they were almost completely driven from the marshlands (though the mountainous Petzchau protectorate remained). The Mechera were fully converted, and aided in driving the Red Men from their lands.
The great Khorish uprising in the later rule of Peter would coincide with Peter’s wife’s death, and the depressed ruler caused Korhold and the Raveau to be lost.
The Moqolese Empire is Founded
Tralek managed to corrupt a small sect of humans far from the south where he fled, and founded the Moqolese Empire, conquering the lands of the Belks, the Magosi, the Neth and eventually the Svalek. These conquerors were warlike people that even the Tarsans couldn’t conquer in their time. They dominated the world for the next 5 decades, due to the weak Dragonman kings. This expansion culminated with a war with the reachlander House Claudius, resulting in the expulsion of the imperial Moqolese from the Reach, and the strengthening of the allied Kingdom of Bressla.
Over time, the Moqolese assimilated the beliefs of their many conquered nations into their faith, and soon Tralek was no longer the focus of worship. Either the Neo-Tarsan remnants or the Oltec influenced the creation of Haddism, which is Tralekism disguised by pagan elements to be acceptable to the polytheist invaders. The Moqolese took back Zeroll briefly before the wars of Claudius.
The Rise of Claudius
After the First War of the Reach, Claudius was hailed as the savior of the Amanneans from the Moqolese hordes. The Dragonman king was deposed by his soldiers, and the royal family murdered. Claudius usurped the throne of Amanne and quickly marched to the Marshlands, where he gave the Moqlese armies their first major loss in history. They retreated to their desert home, and Zeroll and Moq were claimed. Claudius died and his dynasty now rules Amanne. His son would incorporate Korhold back into Amanne.
However, they would return with Neo-Tarsan support and retake Moq, which they established as capital. During the Claudius period, the pagans, Tarsans, and Red Men were suppressed much more than the sympathetic Dragonmen period. Required to wear identifying dress and educate their heirs in Ammanean courts, the then-rebellious Marshlands were quickly assimilated. The Red Men settlement of Whitetree was also conquered.
The Mechera Lugus family led a revolt against Claudius tyrrany, and established Zeroll as an Archduchy with high autonomy, but would subsequently serve as Amanne’s most loyal governors. However, their mixed-blood ancestry made them more sympathetic to the heathens.
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