Lost Kingdom of Kerathos

Not much is known about this once great Kratheri civilization that prospered throughout the Kratheri Peninsula, because most of its written records were destroyed long ago.

What is known that Kerathos was founded by Kratheri settlers from Za'Har who fled the Deskari invaders who had desrtroyed their civilization of Krath in the early years of the Third Age. The realm continued to prosper throughout the Third Age, but declined at the beginning of the Fourth Age. Jareesh was the capitol of the ancient kingdom of Kerathos, and its people built two other great cities; Jhovar and Jharë.

In the late Third Age, Kerathos was still strong enough to resist the expansion south from the Torak Mountains by the Hakeen peoples of the Xholar Empire.

Even though it was in decline, Kerathos was the only real military power on the Kratheri Peninsula in the year 179/4, when Eldaran Prince Daghon Durethë and his Thannish colonists first arrived from Eldara. At first, the armies of Kerathos resisted the forces of Eldara, but were beaten back. The turning point for the Kratheri people was the Siege of Jareesh, an eight-year siege which ended disastrously for them, and caused the death of Prince Daghon. The conquering Eldarans destroyed the city and massacred its entire population. Following that tragedy, the other two great cities of Kerathos soon opened their gates and surrendered to the invading Eldarans, who promptly enslaved them. Over the centuries, the Kratheri culture and language has withered, and very little of the traditions of history of Kerathos is known today as a result.

The largest monument to Kerathos is the ruined city of Jareesh, a symbol of Thannish cruelty. The last king of Kerathos before Jareesh fell was Nek'var Barshem.