The Glorious Conquest

The Glorious Conquest was a brutal, forty-year military campaign waged by the Kingdom of Eldara to conquer the Kratheri Peninsula and enslave its native Kratheri population.

The Glorious Conquest began in the year 179/4, when King Aron Durethë of Eldara; who eager to expand his wealth and power, ordered an invasion of the Kratheri Peninsula. That same year, King Aron sent a large Thannish army across the South Sea. Aron sent his eldest son; Prince Daghon; who was an extremely capable military leader, to lead the expedition.

At the time of the Thannish invasion, the peninsula was controlled by Kerathos; a peacful nation made up of the ethnic-Kratheri peoples. King Nek'var Barshem; the ruler of Kerathos at that time, initially resisted the Thannish invasion, but his forces were soon overwhelmed. The Thanns had better troops, better training, and better magic to assist them. The Kratheri forces never had a real chance.

The Campaign came to its peak in the year 185/4, when Daghon's army laid siege to the Kratheri capitol of Jareesh. The Kratheri defenders fought bitterly, and Prince Daghon himself was slain during the final assault upon the city in 193/4.

Enraged over the death of Prince Daghon; King Aron ordered the entire population of Jareesh put to the sword and the city was burned to the ground. Aron also decreed the ruins would never be rebuilt. Legend has it, King Aron even ordered the decapitated head of Kratheri King Nek'var, preserved and sent back to Eldarand as a sick trophy.

The Glorious Conquest finally ended in the year 219/4, when the last Kratheri stronghold surrendered. King Aron's son; Raynor then decreed that the Kratheri would be Thannish slaves until the end of time. The campaign was a stunning victory for Eldara and is remembered in heroic Thannish songs even today. The Kratheri, however, remember the so-called "Glorious Conquest" far differently.