King Valden Durethë; "Valden the Conqueror"

(b:1131/3, d: 33/4) Valden Durethë; commonly known as "Valden the Conqueror," was a powerful Thannish warlord who spent nearly thirty years fighting a series of wars against his fellow Thanns to unite the entire Thannish race under a single banner for the first time in Corwyn's history.

His new nation was called Valdor.


Valden grew up in the city of Tekrit, a cosmopolitan seaport on the coast of the Sea of Ralas and the capital of the small Thannish Barony of Dureth.

As the son of a minor noble, Valden received formal schooling and weapons-training. He soon gained a reputation as both a skilled diplomat and a cunning warrior.

In his childhood studies, Valden learned much of other cultures and became quite worldly. He would later use this knowledge to forge alliances and gain influences while he took control of more and more of the Thannish people.



In the year 1148/3, at the young age of seventeen, Valden's father died and he officially became the Baron of Dureth, and Lord of Tekrit. Ruling the small city did not fit well with Valden's great ambitions; so, beginning in the year 1151/3, he began to expand his power.

Sages tell of the "Five Great Campaigns" that Valden undertook between the years 1151 and 1175/3 to unify and conquer the Thannish peoples.

At that time, the Barony of Dureth was already a great power in the region, but there were many other rival Thannish political enclaves Valden would have to face on his quest for unification.

First, in 1151/3, Valden faced the Iron Duke of the Rin Falar Freehold in a long and bloody military campaign, before defeating the Duke's army, slaying him in battle, and capturing the city of Rin Falar in 1154/3.

In the year 1155/3, he next faced Prince Meraxas of the Sokoro Union and in 1158/3 captured the city of Varistan after a long siege. He did not execute Meraxas, but instead made the Prince of Sokoro an ally and counsel. The two foes became good friends and allies in the upcoming campaigns.

In the year 1163/3, Valden took on the Principality of Azimar, a powerful realm. After a long and grueling campaign, the Prince surrendered in 1166/3, and Valden spared him, and made the city of Azimar, (later Eldarand) a regional capital.

By the year 1170/3, Valden had also conquered the Oramar Confederacy; a loose alliance of five city-states along the coast of the Gulf of Alesard.

In his fifth and final campaign; Valden conquered the Barony of Ghastonne and captured the large city of Ashara in the year 1175/3. With that victory, Valden managed to bring all the Thannish people under one banner, as a single, United nation.


Valden named his newly forged kingdom Valdor, and what a kingdom it was. Valdor stretched from the Redpeaks in the south to the Frostcrown Mountains in the east.

Valden at first chose his home city of Kingsport as his capital. After defeating his enemies and being crowned, King Valden married Queen Anavel and had one son Eldan.

Controversy erupted a few years later when the King became involved with a noblewoman from 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 his younger bastard son to equal status of prince and made him his second heir.

Unfortunately sibling rivalry and jealousy between his two sons grew as the years went by. By the time Eldan and Rhodan grew into adulthood, they truly hated each other. The future of the Thannish Kingdom was in grave doubt.

Years later, 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.

Valden knew that if he gave the sword to one his two sons as a royal birthright, surely a civil war would result and tear the country apart. In a compromise to save the western alliance; the Saar Council 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 both went off to war against Alokkair in the War of the Melanthir.


King Valden died shortly after Alokkair's defeat in the year 33/4. Upon his death, the hatred of the two brothers renewed once again with increased bitterness, and soon open fighting broke out. This bloody conflict came to be called the Twilight War, and lasted from 33-38/4.

After five years of bloody civil war between the Thannish factions, Rhodan was defeated and an agreement was brokered, although strongly in Eldan's favor.

This resulted in two separate kingdoms being formed in the year 38 of the Fourth Age. The wealthier western two-thirds of Valdor became Eldara under King Eldan; the poorer eastern third of Valdor became Rhodara, under King Rhodan.