Accession of Actacea
Ancient HistoryAt the dawn of the civilisations, the cities and lands held were sparse. Humans had their towns walled off with pallisades, dwarves had settled into the caves that existed in the various mountain ranges, and the elves and other creatures of the Fey had villages set up amongst the forests. It did not take long for these settlements to grow to become cities. The natural separation between the lands formed the borders of the nations that would rise.
Each nation had a very different tale of their formative years. The peoples of Actacea were plagued with constant threat and attack by the creatures that lurked within the wilds. As one of the greatest dwarven holds, Arlza-Dom, fell to a dragon from ages long past, the peoples in the surrounding area quickly established themselves there once the danger had passed. From here, the capitol of Feldnir was secured. Although the dwarves had seen the occupation as an insult to their lost bretheren, they were not too proud to realise the importance of a unity with the other races. It was in the 1600th year before the current era that Actacea was established.
In Manunus, the seasons which scourged the land, the giants that terrorised the mountains and the dragons which ruled the air prevented any race from establishing proper domain. It was only through the hardiness and determination that the dragonborn were able to begin a kingdom. Initially beginning in a single mountain range, situated between two long dormant volcanoes, the kingdom of Arkhosia established itself and slowly grew outward. This happened 100 years after the establishment of Actacea.
The land of Euronas accomplished the establishment of a united kingdom with ease. As travel between the towns and villages was safe and relatively peaceful, they were able to do so in approximately the 1650th year before the current era. Ephas, on the other hand struggled to unite in order to protect themselves against being absorbed into the nation of Euronas. Bloody wars were fought between the households, each too proud to readily bow to another. It was 70 years after the creation of the kingdom of Euronas that Ephas was finally formed.
The land of Rhodesia, being situated between a vast desert and the borders of Actacea were slow to start. Being mostly nomadic, no permanent towns were established. However, as the threats from the East grew worse, the people were forced to form camps. As the camps were slowly driven together, the primary city was formed. It was here that the Rhodesian tradition of brutal martial practice started, as they had to fend off both monster and raider. As the peoples of Rhodesia were simply barbarians at this time, the exact time that the initial camp started, and indeed when it was fully formed is unknown.
Iptor, having a natural border from the horrors creeping out of Actacea and the possibility of attack from the barbarians of Rhodesia, found the establishment of a kingdom to come naturally. As the need for a military was almost non-existent, the unification of the houses was a peaceful affair. This occurred at around the 1700th year before the current era.
As the proud Arkhosian empire grew in Manunus, so too did the Tiefling kingdom of Bael Turath. It was not long before there was a clash between these two empires. The war fought was fast, yet devastating. Beginning in the 420th year before the current era, and ending in the 400th, both empires were left devastated and in ruins. The citizens of both nations left in great numbers during this war, and these refugees spread out across the other nations.
In the wake of the Arkhosian-Bael Turathian war, the dwarves that inhabited the mountains in the regions, who had the only resources available to take hold in the nation, established themselves throughout the ruins of the previous empire. Using their own natural affinity for architecture, and the riches gained from the ruins of these civilisations, the great dwarven empire of Mornadin was created.
The two nations of Ephas and Euronas had been constantly at war since the establishment of both kingdoms. The nation of Ephas, desiring the natural resources that Euronas possessed, and Euronas wanting to crush Ephas for both it’s safety and revenge. Throughout these wars, the throne of Ephas was constantly being possessed by different houses. The times of war made it easy to stage an assassination or a coup in order to take the throne. However, these did not last long. In the 200th year before the current era, one such usurper, who held the throne for the longest time, of 48 years, King Teodas, upon fearing an attempt on his life from his son, pulled his forces from a battle with Euronas, and attempted to take refuge on the shores of Manunus. After landing in the domain of a thunder titan, it was not long before there was nothing left of the King. The retreat, however simply served to allow Euronas to take hold of several great stretches of land in the south of Ephas.
As the nation of Actacea grew, so too did their reliance on magic. Throughout the nation, many supernatural phenomena were discovered. The research into the mysteries behind these phenomena allowed the Actaceans to gain access to unrivalled amounts of arcane knowledge. As their knowledge and magical tradition grew, the need for a formal method for both instruction and research of the arcane arts arose. It was in the 140th year before the current era that the Grand Arcane University of Feldnir was established.
As the barbarous tribes of Rhodesia grew in strength and number throughout this time, they quickly began amassing forces. Embracing the nature of their lives as one of constant battle and a fight for survival, their armies grew a culture of absolute brutality and ruthless strength. Using these forces, the armies would occaisionally make attacks on the borderlands of Actacea, in order to cut off the creeping horrors where they began. Although no attempt at taking Feldnir was made, the Actacean empire began to fear the Rhodesians.
Following the peace after a long and fierce war to regain the loss of land from king Teodas, the rulers of Ephas and Euronas decided to sign treaties and mix their bloodlines. It was this end of an ancient rivalry that truly marked the beginning of the current era.
In the 57th year of the current era, the inevitable happened. The forces of Rhodesia entered the borders of Actacea, led by the warrior-king Par’Nak. The forces that they marched with were beyond count. Reports from the towns on the borders claimed that the ranks of their army stretched to the horizon.
Unlike the previous attacks mounted, Par’Nak did not head for the darkest corners of the Actacean wilds. Instead, the armies marched straight towards the capitol of Feldnir. Although a direct attack on the capitol had been feared, it was in no way expected. Although small, each establishment that the Rhodesians attacked made a valiant effort. Using their superior magical prowess, they were able to withstand for a short time, yet they would all eventually fall. As the Rhodesians made their way through Actacea, the hearts of each of the rulers of each city and town along the way to Feldnir was sent by eagle to the Actacean king, Berthum.
A year into the invasion, and the borderlands of Actacea were in ruins. The Rhodesians razed every city, town and village they encountered, sparing people only so they could wintess the horror that they had wrought. However, the forces of Par’Nak were dwindling. As they made their way to Feldnir, the Actaceans prepared themselves. Using every available magic user they could muster, from young apprentices to the arch-mage, a barrier was set up around Feldnir. As the Rhodesians closed in on the city, they were unable to break through the defences. As they attempted to enter through the barrier, the mages would allow the wall to weaken, and let small bands in. As they approached the city, the small army that the Actaceans had would be able to defeat them. Although this tactic did eventually work, in the effort, many soldiers and mages were lost.
In the 59st year of the current era, the Rhodesian-Actacean war had officially ended. However, Actacea was left in ruins, and suffered considerable losses throughout all levels of society.
In the wake of the Rhodesian-Actacean war, both nations were left in ruins. Although no blood was shed on Rhodesian soil, the war took a massive toll on their martial forces, which had left them defenceless against the creeping horrors. No official contact has been made with Rhodesia from outside of the nation, though rumours exist that in the first years following the end of the war, the villages along the border were devastated by the Actacean monsters.
Currently, being the 97th year of the current era, there are further rumours that the recovery of the martial forces has been much faster than expected. Reports from Iptor state sightings of large bands of troops, armed with weapons of exotic and strange weapons. Further rumours exist of a large presence of magic wielders within these bands, and of fearsome siege weapons unlike any seen being constructed in great forges.
For Actacea, recovery has been slow and painful. Having most of the peasantry in the west of the nation slaughtered, and the farmlands burnt to cinders, famine and poverty, particularly in smaller communities further destroying the land from within. Further increasing this difficulty, the many ruins of the cities that fell are also being claimed by the wilds. The Grand Arcane University has divided it’s efforts between attempts to help rebuild the nation, and a race to develop greater arcane technologies in order to compete with the rumoured forces of Rhodesia.
The specatcle of the first wars of the current era, and possibly one of the greatest wars within memory has left the rest of the world in shock. The nation of Iptor has been deep in prayer for the survival of Actacea. The lands of Euronas and Ephas are readying their armies in preperation for a possible attack to secure the riches of Euronas. The dwarves of Manunus are striving further to establish their dominion, in order to form a united army should their lands come under attack too.