Lost Kingdom of Khorlöth
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Ancient kingdom that existed in northwestern Corwyn in the later Third Age. Khorlöth was first founded by a fierce warrior named Narmacil, Endacil, Aracil Redmond, who conquered the Isle of Cynara and made the ancient seaport of Akros his capitol. The ancient people of the island were known as Cynarans, an early Vaas tribe. The Cynarans were fierce warriors and great sailors, and they were greatly feared by the populations of both the Isle of Westvale and the peoples living on the coast of the Iron Sea. For three-hundred years, the Cynarans were led by the House of Redmond, and the kingdom of Khorlöth was greatly expanded.

Long Ago, Cynara was actually home to Khorlöth; an influential independent kingdom that existed in the late Third Age. At the time of he Iskari landing, Khorlöth controlled not only the Isle of Cynara, but much of what is today northern Cyrendar and most of present-day Derianor, and was ruled by a fierce leader named King Narmacil Redmond. By the late Third Age, Khorlöth was an expanding regional power, but faced its largest threat; the Iskari. For in the year 1137/4, Ilnavel Cyrenäe landed at Wyn Falas with his fleet of ships and 40,000 survivors of the "Doom." Soon the Iskari began expanding across the island of the Westvale.

Ironically, in 1137/3, Narmacil had completed a great fortress built in the southern foothills of the Crystalpeak Mountains the very same year that Ilnavel Cyrenäe landed at Wyn Falas. For nearly forty years, he and his Cynarans waged war against the Iskari invaders, until his his death at the Battle of Swanford in 1171/3. After that defeat, the remaining Redmonds bent the knee, and became forever known as "Kings Without a Crown.'

After the Battle of Swanford, the kingdom of Khorlöth was completely conquered by the Cyrenäe noble family and became absorbed into the mainland Iskari kingdom of Cyrendar, and has remained one of its provinces ever since. Even today, Castle Redmond stands as a legacy to the power of that ancient kingdom.

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Centuries later, the royal line of the Redmond family died out, and the Duchy of Cynara came to be led led the noble family of Strongfist. King Ilnavel renamed the Cynaran capital city of Akros when he captured the city. It then became known as Cyrenica, a name it still carries today.

This Cynaran expansion came to an abrupt end in the year 1137/3, when Ilnavel Cyrenäe and his 40,000 Iskari sailed from Iskandar and landed at Wyn Falas. For the next four decades, King Narmacil and his Cynarans warred against the Iskari "invaders." The tide turned against Narmacil in 1170/3, when the Saar decided to grant King Ilnavel one of the seven Melanthir swords. With the massive magical power of that weapon behind him, Ilnavel easily defeated all his enemies. King Narmacil was soundly defeated at the Battle of Swanford in 1171/3, where he was slain and his remaining subjects forced to bend the knee.

With that defeat, the realm of Khorlöth came to an end. The Isle of Cynara was annexed and became part of the new Kingdom of Cyrendar, the Cynaran capitol of Akros was re-named Cyrenica, and Narmacil's citadel; Erôn-Khorlöth came to be abandoned. Narmacil's great southern fortress of Castle Redmond still stands today, but is held by the Iskari as part of Cyrendar. Memebers of the Redmond family continued to rule the Isle of Cynara as Iskari vassals for the next three centuries, until the last Redmonds died out, and were replaced by another noble family; the House of Strongfist.