The Karthic Wars

The Karthic Wars were a series of four major conflicts spread throughout a period of 60 years, fought between the Iskari Kingdom of Cyrendar and a series of Vaas strongholds.

The four Karthic Wars, which were fought between the years 537 and 597/4, are still a source of bitter resentment by the Vaas toward the Iskari people, and have had long-lasting political ramifications throughout Corwyn.


Long ago, in the fifth century of the Fourth Age, the Vaas peoples were loosely organized into a series of city-states. The strongest of these was the Kingdom of Karthis, centered around its namesake city. Karthis was ruled by the House of Madrigal; a line of Vaas overlords who were dangerously arrogant.

The Iron Treaty of 536/4

In 530/4, the Iskari people of Cyrendar began sailing east across the Iron Sea and colonizing parts of the Eastvale; the western-most coastal regions of mainland Corwyn. At first these colonies were friendly and a profitable trade was established with the city of Pike's Ferry.


The First War: 537-547

But King Ethelred Madrigal of Karthis was enraged by the Iskari "invasion," and ordered his soldiers to raid the Iskari settlements and drive the colonists off the continent.

These raids were sporadic at first, but grew in intensity and violence. In 537/4, the Iskari village of Crecy was attacked. In the ensuing battle, the Iskari Prince Idris Cyrenäe was murdered, along with several hundred other innocent women and children.

King Ilathrin Cyrenäe II of Cyrendar was so enraged over the death of his son, he ordered his army to invade the Eastvale and "pacify" the region.

At this time, the Kingdom of Cyrendar was far stronger and wealthier than the combined strength of all the Vaas city-states, but the Vaas foolishly provoked open warfare with them. King Ilathrin II sent an army of 50,000 soldiers across the sea, who were well-trained and well-equipped. By comparison, the entire army of Karthis had a strength of only 10,000 men.

The strongest of these Vaas strongholds was the city-state of Karthis; which was eventually conquered by the Iskari and re-named Ilnavar.

the Treaty of Rheems

The First Karthic War came to its bloody conclusion in 547/4 at the epic battle of Mudd River, where several important events took place. First the Vaas were decisively defeated by the Iskari, the Karthic army routed, and both King Ethelred and his son Edmure were captured. The same battle also claimed the life of King Ilathrin II of Cyrendar, causing the unexpected ascension of Queen Isobel to the Onyx Throne. Isobel turned out to be extremely capable ruler; within days of being crowned, she took steps to end the war on favorable terms. THe Queen shrwedly negotiated the famous Treaty of Rheems, an agreemrnt that should have ensure a lasting peace, albeit on terms quite favorable to the Iskari. one of those terms was Isobel would keep Prince Edmure as a hostage, and release Edmure with his promise to keep the peace; a promise made with his son's life as collateral.

For the next 25 years, Ethelred kept his word, and upon his death in 572, Edmure was returned to Karthis unharmed to take his fathers place. This period of history is known as the "Quiet Times."


The Second War: 572-575/4

The Third War: 580-583/4

The Fourth War: 593-597/4

The most important Iskari victory in these wars was the capture of the city of Karthis in the year 597/4; afterward, the city was re-named "Ilnavar" by the Iskari conquerors.

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City-State in the Fourth Age, ruled by Ethelred and Amalric; from the House of Madrigal the Castellan Wars

Rilsav, Rowan, Galtaine, Ezro, Novaro, Reese, Manzero, Madrigal, Brevoy

Battles: Crecy, Mudd River, Anders Crossing, Chandros, Ravenna,