Lost Kingdom of Urland
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Urland was an ancient Cynaran kingdom that existed in the late Third Age.

ORIGINS


Long before the Kingdom of Urland was founded, the Isle of Cynara was home to the Cynarans; a Vaas ethnic group. The Cynaran tribes living on the island were well-known for two attributes; their great sea-faring skills and their war-like nature.

For centuries, Cynaran raiding parties sailed both the Sea of Vaas and the Iron Sea, attacking coastal settlements of both Westvale Island and the Eastvale. Because of these raids, the Cynarans were greatly feared. The mere sight of one of their longships usually sent locals fleeing in terror.

Luckily for the people of Westvale and Eastvale, the Cynaran tribes were deeply divided, and fought with each other constantly over both territory and plunder.

That all changed around the year 830/3, with the appearance of a young Cynaran warlord named Endacil Redmond. Unlike other Cynara tribal leaders, Endacil was not content to conduct raids to steal what he called “trinkets and women.”

Over a period of fifteen years, Endacil conducted a series of military campaigns and eventually conquered all of the other Cynaran tribes, and united them under a single banner.

In the year 846/3, Endacil founded a new Kingdom called “Urland,” and was crowned its first King. The new King chose the Cynaran seaport of Akros as his capital.

King Endacil was ambitious and dreamed of expanding Cynaran control over the entire region. Using the strength of the newly-united tribes, he soon began a series of military conquests.

Fleets of hundreds of vessels, filled with well-armed Cynaran warriors, soon began landing on both Eastvale and Westvale, crushing any who opposed them.

By the time of his death in the year 879/3, King Endacil had greatly expanded Urland. The Kingdom controlled the Isle of Cynara, much of the Eastvale, and Westvale Island.

Endacil passed his crown to his son in 879/3, and the House of Redmond was created.

PEAK EXPANSION


By the time King Endacil died, the Kingdom of Urland had become a great nation. In fact, Urland's holdings were so vast, that its rulers could not govern effectively.

This was especially true on Westvale Island, which geographically, was forty-times the size of the Isle of Cynara.

To solve this problem, the Cynarans divided Westvale Island into several "Thaindoms," each ruled by a powerful feudal lord known as a “Thain."

The six largest Thaindoms were each centered around a specific city; there were:

  • The Thaindom of Ghaston; its capital was the city of Eryth

In the year 1137/3, Narmacil Redmond, completed a massive fortress on Westvale Island to consolidate his power there. Its completion was considered the peak of Cynaran power.


Soon after, the Iskari began expanding north and east across Westvale Island, triggering the "Forty-Years War."

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,

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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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.