Isle of Cynara
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Cynara is a large northern island, located in the Sea of Vaas, off the northern coast of Cyrendar. The island is heavily populated, its largest city is Cyrenica; but in addition there are many smaller towns and villages. The island is dotted with many fortifications, for in its long history, the island has seen much bloodshed; from Hüornen raids, to Iskari invasions, to outright civil war. Today, though, the island is quiet. Its population is a mixture of ethnic Iskari and Vaas, who live together peacefully, although such was not always the case.

Cynara is also home to the Veiled Society, whose fortress of Erôn Khorlöth lies in the eastern most tip of the island. The climate here is cold and bitter most of the year, with terrible winters, and even cool summers. The waters around the island are cold even in the summer months, and choked with ice during the winter. Based on its climate and history, the folk of the island have a well-deserved reputation as hardy souls.

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HISTORY


Long Ago, the Isle of Cynara was actually home to the ancient human kingdom of Khorlöth; an influential independent kingdom that existed in the late Third Age. Khorlöth was populated by early Vaas tribes called the Cynarans, a fierce and war-like people. At that time of the first Iskari settlers, Khorlöth controlled not only the Isle of Cynara, but much of what is today northern Cyrendar and most of present-day Derianor, and was ruled by a fierce leader named King Narmacil Redmond. By the late Third Age, Khorlöth was an expanding regional power, but faced its largest threat; the Iskari. In the fateful year 1137/4, Ilnavel Cyrenäe landed at Wyn Falas with his fleet of ships. Soon the Iskari began expanding across the isle of Westvale. Ironically, in 1137/3, Narmacil completed a great fortress, built in the southern foothills of the Crystalpeak Mountains the very same year that Ilnavel Cyrenäe landed at Wyn Falas. For nearly forty years, Narmacil waged war against the Iskari invaders, until his death at the Battle of Swanford in 1171/3. After that defeat, the surviving Cynarans bent the knee, and his descendants became forever known as the "Kings Without a Crown.'

After the Battle of Swanford, the kingdom of Khorlöth was completely conquered by the Cyrenäe noble family and became absorbed into the mainland Iskari kingdom of Cyrendar, Khorlöth was re-named the Duchy of Cynara, and has remained a Cyrendari vassal state ever since. Even today, the Redmonds are a powerful noble family in the realm of Cyrendar, and Castle Redmond stands as a legacy to the power of that ancient kingdom.

Centuries later, the royal line of the Redmond family died out, and the Duchy of Cynara came to be led led the noble family of Strongfist. King Ilnavel renamed the Cynaran capital city of Akros when he captured the city. It then became known as Cyrenica, a name it still carries today.

ROLE IN THE ISKARI CIVIL WAR


The Duchy of Cynara, led by Duke Teraxas Strongfist, along with the duchies of Hennara and Varia, broke away from the Kingdom of Cyrendar in the year 1068/4. The war began with the death of King Ilcanar Cyrenäe II, who was poisoned by Alokkair’s agents. The king died without a rightful heir and soon disputes arose as to the proper royal successor, fueled by Alokkair’s treachery. For twenty years the bitter Iskari Civil War raged between the four opposed factions before all were united under one banner by King Ikharos Ketharë in the year 1087/4. After the war's end, the Duchy of Cynara was broken into three smaller duchies (Cynara, Lhazar, & Silverdeep) led by loyalist nobles and the ruling house of Strongfist was destroyed. Duke Teraxas and both of his sons were either slain in battle, executed or exiled. For decades after the war, various regions of Cyrendar remained bitter enemies and only time healed those deep wounds. The capitol of Cynara was the city of Akros.