King Dareon Arellani (the Reluctant King)
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(Born. 1201/4, Died. 1289/4) King Dareon was the first monarch of the Arellani Dynasty of Eldara. In the year 1257/4, Dareon Arellani succeeded King Hagar II, after he was slain during a Vilzari ambush in the early days of the Incursion Wars, ending his line.


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; King Gayorg Gwyharë. After winning a decisive victory in the year 1287/4 against Gayorg's forces 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 Melanthir formally wielded by King Gayorg Gwyharë of Rhodara was 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.