Lost Kingdom of Rhodara

Rhodara was an ancient Thannish kingdom founded in the early Fourth Age by Rhodan Mallistäer, after the realm of Valdor collapsed following a war between Rhodan and his half-brother Eldan.

In the later years of the Third Age, the races of man on Corwyn had begun to unite under various tribes and groups. Of these various ethnic groups, the proudest and most vain were the Thanns. The first Thannish kingdom of Valdor was founded in 1136 of the Third Age. The kingdom was founded by Valden Durethë, a great Thannish warrior who spent nearly thirty years fighting a series of wars against his fellow Thanns to unite the them under one banner. He named his kingdom Valdor, and it stretched from the Redpeaks in the south to the Frostcrown Mountains in the east.


After defeating his enemies and being crowned, King Valden married Queen Anavel and had one son; Eldan. A few years later, Valden became involved with a noblewoman from the city of Ashara named Naomi Mallistäer, who became his mistress and bore him a second son named Rhodan. Despite the scandal, the King loved both his sons and raised up his younger bastard son to equal status of prince and made him his second heir.

Unfortunately sibling rivalry and jealousy between the two sons grew as the years went by. By the time Eldan and Rhodan grew into adulthood, they truly hated each other. Because of this bitter rivalry, the future of the Thannish Kingdom was in grave doubt. Around this same time, the threat of Alokkair was growing in the east and all the peoples of the West were preparing for war.

An ailing King Valden was visited by the Council of Sorcerë, who wanted to present the King with a gift of a Melanthir sword. In a compromise to save the western alliance; the Council of Sorcerë chose to grant two Melanthir swords to the Thannish race. The Vaas people, who had rejected the Saar's counsel, were thus excluded. Both of Valden's sons were given a sword, and both Eldan and Rhodan promised their dying father to put aside their differences and went off to war against Alokkair in the War of the Melanthir. King Valden died shortly thereafter.

After Alokkair's defeat, the hatred of the two brothers renewed again with increased bitterness. In a series of frantic negotiations to prevent a massive civil war between the Thannish clans, an agreement was brokered. This resulted in two separate kingdoms being formed in the early years of the Fourth Age. The western two-thirds of Valdor became Eldara under King Eldan; the eastern third of Valdor became Rhodara, under King Rhodan. With this splintering, the kingdom of Valdor was ended. Rhodan chose his home city of Ashara as his capital, and built the Granite Throne and placed it in the Great Hall of Castle Myrkur.


Rhodara was one of two Thannish nations founded in the early days of the Fourth Age. The kingdom of Rhodara was founded by King Rhodan Mallistäer in 38/4, and was ruled by the Mallistäer Dynasty until 1264/4, when King Radovan Mallistäer II was slain during the Battle of Flint Harbor. After Radovan’s death, Rhodara was ruled for a short but disastrous twenty five year period by the Gwyharë Dynasty. Only one Gwyharë king sat on the Rhodaran Crimson Throne; the infamous Gayorg Gwyharë; known as the Mad-King.

Once Gayorg came to power, dark events soon began to take place. The young king worshiped sorcery and the black arts, and had a penchant for violence and torture. Within a year, King Gayorg had turned the Thannish kingdom of Rhodara into a tyranny where its people knew only fear and dread. In 1283/4, King Gayorg decided to invade and conquer the neighboring kingdoms of Orel and Eldara, and began the disastrous War of Annexation. Because of Gayorg’s reputation for cruelty and sorcery, both Alveron and Melinarë eventually came to Eldara’s aid.

By 1289/4, the war was not going so well for Gayorg, his armies were beaten, and he was surrounded by foes, marching on his capitol of Ashara. Gayorg ordered his armies to commit murder, rape and pillage in occupied Orellian territory, causing the deaths of tens of thousands. This evil favor was repaid in kind by the advancing Eldaran, Orellian, and Rynnish armies as they marched into Rhodara.

Finally, at the Battle of Keslyn, Gayorg was slain, his Melanthir sword captured, and his army defeated. With the fall of Gayorg came the destruction of Rhodara, which was broken up into a new and smaller realm callled Gwynne. The war caused not only destruction, but the permanent loss of the Rhodaran Melanthir. The Gwyharë family survived to rule the kingdom of Gwynne, but never forgot the humiliation of the Battle of Keslyn or the loss of the Melanthir which they still believe was their right. Most Rhodaran cities and castles survive today; although, they no longer bear the Rhodaran coat of arms; a white tiger on an orange field. The kingdom of Rhodara encompassed the territories of what are today the realms of Gwynne and parts of Orel.