Lost Kingdom of Urland
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Based on the Isle of Cynara, Urland was an ancient Cynaran kingdom that existed in the late Third Age. At its peak, Urland controlled the northern half of Westvale Island and much of northwestern Corwyn; but was itself later conquered by the Iskari.


ORIGINS


The Kingdom Urland was founded by Endacil Redmond; a fierce warrior who conquered the Isle of Cynara, united the competing tribes of Cynarans together, and claimed the ancient seaport of Akros as his capitol. The ancient people of the island were known as Cynarans; an ethnic sub-group of the Vaas people.

The Cynarans had a well-deserved reputation as both fierce warriors and great sailors, and they were greatly feared by the populations of both Westvale Island and the peoples living on the northwestern coasts of the Iron Sea. For over three-hundred years, the Cynaran kingdom of Urland prospered; led by the House of Redmond,.

PEAK EXPANSION


At its peak, the Kingdom of Urland controlled the Isle of Cynara, the northern third of Westvale Island, and large segment of the Eastvale; including the settlements of Amhorst and Stonebridge, In the year 1137/3, the final ruler of Urland; King Narmacil Redmond, completed a massive fortress on Westvale Island to consolidate his power along Urland's southern borders. At that time, Urland was still an expanding regional power, but now faced its largest threat; the Iskari. Ironically, in the same year of 1137/3, Ilnavel Cyrenäe landed at Wyn Falas with his fleet of 1,000 ships and the 40,000 survivors of the "Doom." Soon after, the Iskari began expanding north and east across Westvale Island.

For nearly forty years, Narmacil and his Cynarans waged a long and unsuccessful war against the Iskari invaders, until 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.'

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

THE FORTY-YEARS WAR


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.

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THE LEGACY OF URLAND


With that defeat, the realm of Urland 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. Members 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.