Duke Varek Bracken

Varek Bracken was a powerful Cynaran ruler of the Duchy of Rhoyden, who along with the Dukes of Cynara and Vharia, rebelled against the Kingdom of Iskandar in the year 1068/4.

In the year 1068/4, King Ilcanar Cyrenäe II of Iskandar was poisoned by Alokkair’s agents, leaving no rightful heir, and Foehammer; the King's Elanthir sword was stolen from Erôn-Wyntharë.

At that time, the Duchy of Rhoyden was led by Lord Varek Bracken, a powerful Cynaran noble who resented his Iskari overlords.

Fueled by Alokkair’s treachery, Lord Varek, along with the Dukes of Cynara and Vharia, rebelled against the Onyx Throne, sparking the bloody Iskari Civil War. For the next twenty years, a terrible conflict raged between the opposing factions before King Irenicus Blackburn finally crushed the rebellion was in the year 1087/4.

Fate of House Bracken

By the war's end, Varek and three sons of his four sons were slain in battle, and King Irenicus ordered his youngest son to be exiled to the Isle of Renthara, destroying House Bracken forever.

Irenicus then broke House Bracken’s massive holdings into three smaller Duchies, called: "Barstow," "Dhalhurst," and “Rhoyden,” all three of which were ruled by hand-picked Iskari Lords loyal to the throne.

The ancient home of Castle Bracken; the family’s ancestral home still exists, atop a broad hill overlooking the city of Tharnia.

For centuries, the fortress has been home to the powerful House of Belsey.

Today, the Duchy of Rhoyden is governed by Duke Imrahil Belsey.