Lost Kingdom of Kerathos

Kerathos was a thriving, Kratheri civilization that once controlled the Kratheri Peninsula. It was destroyed by the Thannish invasion called the "Glorious Conquest."

Today, sages know very little about this once great Kratheri civilization, because most of its written records were destroyed by the Thannish.


Sages agree that Kerathos was originally founded In the early years of the Third Age by Kratheri settlers sailing from the continent of Za'har. These settlers migrated west across the Vhan Myr to escape the demon-worshiping Deskari; who had already destroyed Krath; their civilization on Za'har.

Kerathos continued to prosper throughout the Third Age. During that period of prosperity, the Kratheri built three great cities on the peninsula; their capital of Jareesh; and the cities of Jhovar and Jharë.

In the late Third Age, Kerathos was still strong enough to resist the Xholar Empire; an ancient Hakeen power which attempted to expand south from across the Torak Mountains. For unknown reasons, even after resisting the onslaught of Xholar, Kerathos began to decline in the early Fourth Age.

Even though its power was waning by the year 179/4, the kingdom was still a force to be reckoned with and was ably ruled by King Nek'var Barshem. That fateful year marked the beginning of the so-called, "Glorious Conquest;" when Prince Daghon Del Vecchio of Eldara and his Thannish invaders first arrived ashore. At first, the armies of Kerathos resisted the Eldaran invasion, but they were eventually overwhelmed.

The turning point for the Kratheri was the Siege of Jareesh; a bloody, eight-year campaign which ended disastrously for their side. The conquering Eldarans destroyed the city in the year 193/4, and massacred its entire population.

Following that tragedy, the other two great cities of Kerathos soon opened their gates and surrendered to the Thanns, who promptly enslaved them. Over the centuries, the Kratheri culture and language has been largely obliterated. As a result, very little of either the traditions or history of Kerathos is known today.


The largest monument to Kerathos is the ruined city of Jareesh, a symbol of Thannish cruelty.