Summary of Recent History –
Yrkenland, associated lands and peoples
DE – The brave band begins its adventure.
DE – Duke Erekose goes renegade and takes those loyal
to him across the Troos. Declaring that all who will not follow him are not
Yrken, he commences to raid North Yrkenland
for supplies and arms. The Lord Protector names him an enemy of the Yrken Cause
and places a 100,000 g.p bounty on his head.
821 DE – The 2nd Eldren War. General Prava leads the
army of the North against the Eldren invaders and is routed. Prava
and the wizards known as the First and Third of the Protector, as while as
thousands of others go missing in the Wounded Land of Tristram. The
Yrken take horrific casualties, with some entire armies lost to the man. The
Lord Protector forbids crossing the Troos, on penalty of death.
818 DE – The 1st Eldren War. The Eldren land at
Province, and take the
city in a storm of fire and wizardry, reducing it to ruin. Eldren ships fill
the harbor, and an army of 10000 Eldren fans out to the west, northwest, and
southwest, conquering all the lands north and east of the Troos and south of
the Iron Mountains. Tens of thousands of Yrken
are killed, predominantly with Eldren weapons that petrify the victim.
Thousands more flee in ragged refugee caravans. The Duke of Tristram
unwillingly flees with his retainers and the remainder of his forces to Galava Province.
The Eldren begun construction of a fortress at the site of an isolated mining
village called Gloss-On-Renn, which will be later known as Caer Eldren. Their
purpose is unknown, but all who approach the place never return.
DE – General Prava defeats the King’s army at Nodpesken in the Summer Country.
The King’s forces mercilessly burn and sack the city in their retreat, spurring
further rebellion against him. Facing the collapse of the Kingdom, the King’s
ministers arrange a treat of peace with the Northern Lords, effectively
splitting the country into autonomous North Yrkenland and the Kingdom of South Yrkenland.
DE – The Northern Lords declare Eracusin the Lord Protector of the North, and
General Prava the Defender of the North, declaring North
Yrkenland independent from the greater kingdom. The Protector
gives his blessing to the young Duke of Tristram, Erekose Bainne and declares
Tristram to be a new province
of North Yrkenland in
return for the support of his family. King Laertes declares open warfare
against the rebels.
DE – The Loor of Charn attack “Tristram
Province” in force,
seeking to retake the land that Ambrose left to them. To support their attack
they also cross the border in great strength in Strathclyde, Rheged, and Dyfed.
Outnumbered and completely surprised by the ferocity and prowess of the Loor
armies, the Yrken are nearly overrun. After a series of bloody battles, General
Prava leads the army of the bastard Eracusin to victory, driving them back
across their borders in disarray. Charn sues for peace, yielding Tristram to
DE – After years of battle the Northern Lords led by Eracusin, rumored to be
the bastard son of Laeton, raised as a commoner, fight the Loor to stalemate.
General Prava, once the King’s Defender, figures heavily in the critical
battles, defeating the Loor against great odds more than once.
DE – Loor armies roam unchecked through the north of Yrkenland, and threaten to
penetrate into the heartland. Loor scouts are seen outside the walls of the
capital Nodpesken. The new King, Laertes son of Laeton, indicates his intent to
sue for peace by apologizing personally for the incursion across the Troos and
by demilitarizing the northern provinces. The nobles of
the north, soon be to known as the “Northern Lords”
rebel, followed by the King’s Mages, an assortment of powerful families, and
trusted ministers. The King damns them as arrogant fools who reject the lessons
of Ambrose for an oath-breaker. All of the King’s forces,
and most of the strength of the south is withdrawn to the Summer Country to
defend the heartland.
DE – King Laeton dies in his sleep at the age of 73. His son Laertes gains the
DE – After a decade of silence, the Loor of Charn strike back, and five massive
armies march into “Tristram
Province” from five
directions. Duke Errant, leading a daring raid, slays two of Charn’s five High
Lords, but is killed while returning by a sole Loor sniper just outside the
walls of Vagnicae. His teenage son Erekose carries his father’s body into
Vagnicae, swearing to never leave Tristram, and leads the army of House Bainne
to many small victories.
DE – Duke Errant, cousin to King Laeton disobeys his liege and strikes across
the Troos with a great army of Yrken, proclaiming to take the rich land between
the Iron Mountains and the Troos and make it a
place where Yrken have “elbow room”. The Loor are completely stunned by the
breaking of Ambrose’s promise and are driven with terrible loss out of the
land. Duke Errant names the conquered area “Tristram Province”
and threatens the Loor with their destruction if they should interfere. King
Laeton stops short of naming the powerful Duke renegade, but effectively shows
his displeasure by pulling all of the family’s lands and titles. The Duke
responds…”Better to rule in Tristram than serve in the Summer Country.”