Forty-Years War

The Forty-Years War arose in the late Third Age, when the Cynaran Kingdom of Urland and the recent Iskari immigrants from Iskandar clashed over control of the Island of Westvale.

Centuries prior to the war, tribes of Cynarans from the Isle of Cynara had formed the Kingdom of Urland, with Akros as its capitol city. This kingdom covered the Isle of Cynara, much of what is today Derianor, and about one-third of the northern region of Westvale Island. The Cynarans were led by a fierce warrior; King Narmacil Redmond, who up to that time, had easily defeated all his enemies.

But In the fateful year 1137/3, Ilnavel Cyrenäe landed at Wyn Falas with his 40,000 Iskari survivors of the Doom of Iskandar. For the next forty years, the Cynarans and the Iskari clashed over territory, with neither side able to achieve a significant advantage.

That all changed in 1170/3, when the Saar Council deemed that King Ilnavel should be granted one of the seven Melanthir swords. With this powerful magical weapon, Ilnavel soon gained the upper hand in the war.

He sailed an army of 4,000 men to the Isle of Cynara and besieged the enemy fortress of Erôn-Khorlöth, at the climactic Battle of Swanford. The Iskari were victorious and king Narmacil was slain. After that defeat, King Narmacil's surviving followers bent the knee, and became forever known as the "Kings Without a Crown."

Ilnavel made the Redmonds his vassals, renamed their capitol city of Akros after himself; calling it Cyrenica. For several centuries afterward, the Cynarans remained peaceful, but they would once again rise up against the Iskari monarchy in the Iskari Civil War.