“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 an 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.
History begins around the year B 5000 (meaning 5000 years before year 0), when the oldest written document (a large Tarsan record stone) discovered is dated to. The stone merely documents the proceedings of a tribunal, but it seems that by this time, the Tarsans already had walled cities and a government. Tarsan artifacts have been discovered in locations from the northern islands to the wastelands, and the Oltec seem to have found ruins in the south as well. This suggests a nation that far surpasses any known one in both size and possibly technology. Little of Tarsan society is known, with religious texts comprising majority of the artifacts found. Two Tarsan towns have been found so far. One in the marshes of Horn Hill (near the Amanne/Moqol border) and the other near the city of Tirelle in Amanne. A large bas-relief found in the marshes depicts the end of the world as predicted by Tarsans. Scholars are working on deciphering it, but the Tarsans last known writings suggest that their prophecy came true, with their cities destroyed and covered by a “Terrible Darkness”. Scholars claim extreme difficulty when decoding the Tarsan Language. Little more is known about the Tarsans. All records end in the year 0. Interestingly this same year 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 Dragonmen came via boat to Stoneman Isle, 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 Faericmen. After an unsuccessful war, the Dragonmen were forced to seek refuge further south. From Moqolese records, it seems that the Red Men of the south had already built a grand civilization centered at the great fortress of Moq, upon the ruins of a Tarsan city. The leader of the Dragonmen, Aedric, pleaded the Red Men for entrance into Moqol, where they could serve as farmers and warriors. This wish was granted. However the land given to the Dragonmen was barren, and many were taken as slaves by the southerners, namely by King Cefrat II. The northern slaves rebelled, and fled to the reach, where they conquered the native Wildmen, and learnt of the arts of magic. After the death of Aedric, the Dragonmen split into many tribes, spreading across the land. This diaspora eventually led back to the Mistland, which was abandoned by the Faericmen. Here the Dragonmen came to live, and from here the hero Nels was born, who would usher in an era of peace with the southerners, and unity among the northern tribes.
Nels learnt of Illeric from some Eicar of Faeros, and after marrying Eicar’s daughter, converted to the religion that was at the moment, being purged from the islands of everwinter. As a dowry, Eicar promised the marshlands and Zeroll as a prize to Nels. Before he could take his prize however, the southerners struck first (their leader guided by a vision from Tralek), hoping for revenge for the death of Dravic the Fair. Thus began the great war, which would last for two hundred years, and would culminate with the expulsion of the Moqolese from the marshlands, and the establishment of the northern union, which consisted of all the northern cities, save Korhold (which refused). Before his death, Aethelvald II of Phyrra declared Ralan the center of a Kingdom, which would consist of all the northern states. All but Mistwood and Korhold agreed. This uneasy peace lasted until Mistwood, joined the North and Korhold was annexed.
The Red Empire is Founded
Tralek managed to corrupt a small sect of humans, most notably the ancestors of Brendan, and founded the Moqolese Empire, conquering the lands of the Belks, the Magosi, the Neth and eventually the Svalek. This expansion culminated with a war with the Northerners, resulting in the expulsion of the imperial Moqolese from the Reach, and from Svalos.
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. Some scholars suspect that the Oltec introduced the Moqolese to belief in the Sorcerer-Kings through the religion that came to dominate Moqol, Haddism.
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