King Dareon Arellani (the Reluctant King)

(Born. 1201/4, Died. 1289/4) King Dareon was the first ruler of Eldara from the Arellani Dynasty.

In the year 1257/4, Dareon Arellani succeeded King Hagar II, after his death during a Vilzari ambush in the early days of the Incursion Wars.

Dareon was the brother-in-law of King Agathar III and the Uncle of King Hagar. Although Dareon had little prior influence at the Royal Court, he was unexpectedly thrust into the monarchy, because King Hagar was killed without an heir.

Nevertheless, King Dareon soon established himself as a great military leader and went on to win a series of stunning military victories over the hated Vilzari in the Incursion Wars.

A few years after defeating the Vilzari, Dareon went on to fight in the War of Annexation against the "Mad-King," Gayorg Gwynnett.

After winning a decisive victory against Gayorg's forces in 1287/4 at the Battle of Heath's Dike, Dareon was slain in the year 1289/4, at the Battle of Keslyn. King Dareon was killed leading a cavalry charge when he was struck by an arrow early in the battle. Tragically, he never saw the final defeat of the Mad-King, against whom he had fought so heroically.

As a reward for Dareon's sacrifice, Stormbringer; the Elanthir formally wielded by King Gayorg Gwynnett of Rhodara was later given by Orel to Eldara. That sword is still wielded by the royal monarch today. King Dareon is considered one of the greatest of Eldaran heroes, and there are many monuments to him in both Eldara and Orel.