Glorio Arkhona

Glorio Arkhona is an influential Thannish aristocrat from Ashara.

As the Patriarch of House Arkhona; an ancient and powerful aristocratic family, Glorio has broken somewhat from the tradition of his forebears.

Unlike his more modest forefathers, Glorio often leaves the walls of Arkhona Manor to attend various social functions in Ashara.

Glorio frequently walks through the city streets, unaccompanied by bodyguards, handing out candies to the dirty children of the slums, and copper pieces to their despondent parents.

Scandolously, Glorio often publicly demonstrates affection for his cousin; Melara; whose unearthly beauty counters Lord Arkhona’s rather average appearance.

At court, rumors abound as to the nature of their relationship, but rather than crush such rumors and make the whisperers disappear, Glorio seems to revel in the attention they create.

Lord Glorio's surprising ascendance on the local political scene over the last twenty years has heralded a new and unexpected direction for his family.

The House of Arkhona

The Arkhonas are one the oldest Thannish noble families in the Kingdom of Gwynne, with a history that stretches back even longer than the very nation in which they now reside.

Thousands of years ago, the Arkhonas were trusted vassals of Valden the Conqueror, and were rewarded with control of vast swaths of territory in the eastern part of the Kingdom of Valdor. Indicative of this legacy is the Arkhona River, which is named for their family.

After the Twilight War, Valdor was divided into Eldara and Rhodara. House Arkhona wisely pledged loyalty to the Mallistäer Dynasty and remained influential at the Rhodaran royal court.

Despite their power and influence, House Arkhona was never able to install one of its scions upon the Rhodaran throne. Instead, the family seemed to prefer working from behind the scenes as advisers and often, manipulators.

In the late Fourth Age, the Arkhonas made the fateful decision to support the "Mad-King," Gayorg Gwynnett in his disastrous War against Orel and Eldara — a decision which nearly destroyed their family.

After that bloody conflict ended, King Gayorg was dead, the Kingdom of Rhodara was destroyed, and a new Kingdom called Gwynne had been established. Branded as supporters of the Mad-King, the Arkhonas were stripped of their massive estates.

In the conflict's aftermath, several family members were exiled or even executed. It took several centuries for the Arkhona family to rebuild its reputation, and its political influence was forever diminished.

Recent Events

Long ridiculed, House Arkhona now seems on the rise once again.

Over the last twenty years, the family has become a political force to be reckoned with. This is largely due to Lord Glorio, whose influence now extends to the inner circle of Asharan nobility and the Gwynnish royal court.