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History of Dornia
History of Dornia
20th Oct 2017, 1:12 PM in Historical events
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Early history. Boltok and Damani

The rise and fall of two powerful human kingdoms Boltok and Damani left a solid imprint in the history of the world.
Both kingdoms were born at the same time in the distant 85th century, when an ancient kingdom Boltania has been torn apart by a bloody civil war. And while two sides of the conflict kept spilling blood of each other, the population of predatory monsters in the region grew out of control. Humans didn’t even notice how a large portion of the land, currently known as Jungle of ruins, became too dangerous to live in and have been forced to migrate deeper into the continent.

This intervention of nature caused both sides of the conflict to stop fighting and brought a long but tense peace. A peace that would last for two and a half thousand years – more than enough time for both nations to recover from the losses, to restore population and to grow solid military power and ambitions.
Population, power of the army and knowledge of magic in both nations grew at approximately equal rate, but the conditions in which they developed throughout the centuries differed and in the long run it affected the balance in favor of Damani.

Boltok occupied the Sothern land where they had no serious enemies to deal with. There were monsters and pirates but neither were a real threat to the nation.
Damani on the other hand had to deal with orcish clans of the Eastern Greenlands who often raided humans for goods and slaves. Constant clashes with the green-skinned barbarians gave Damani a lot of trouble but also provided them with combat experience, talented war veterans and commanders. Tension between two nations never truly faded, and only a spark was needed to reignite open aggression. In the start of 110th century a Twelve-year war has begun.

Damani’s master plan

Twelve years of war between two powerful nations went through active and passive phases and until the 11th year it was not clear who would get the upper hand. In the end of eleventh year of war Damani generals developed a masterplan to defeat Boltok once and for all.
The plan consisted of several stages and required fast and precise movement of the entire Damani army. Thing was, Damiani was stronger than Boltok, but they had to keep a significant portion of their army spread thin across the North, to protect the heart of the nation from orcish raids.
Te plan consisted of eliminating the need for such measures. To eliminate the threat on the North, and to quickly move all forces from there to the Boltok front. With combined forces they could effortlessly crush Boltok in one massive attack.
And so, it began. First of all, Damani sent diplomats to Boltok to organize a fake treaty. After it worked and the front between two kingdoms calmed down, Damani launched a massive campaign to the North and invaded Eastern Greenlands, completely wiping out nine large clans of orcs. Dozens of thousands of mutilated green-skinned corpses had been impaled on pikes and left in the mountains at the Northern border of Damani. This move had only goal – to send a gruesome message for the rest of the clans to stay away.

Immediately, Damani pulled out all of their forces from the North and using the element of surprise, broke the treaty and poured into Boltok territory, reaching its capitol Palima in only three weeks. The large portion of Damani army surrounded the city and besieged it, while the rest of their forces were to spread to East, West and South, pushing back the rest of Boltok forces and causing as much damage to the kingdom’s communications, supplies and spirit as possible. Trapping the Boltok king in his own capitol and capturing him was the main point of the plan and it was working perfectly up until this point. A long, difficult siege of the capitol has begun.

Palima was a well-fortified city with a large garrison of experienced warriors, but most importantly it also homed the most experienced and powerful mages of the kingdom who arrived here using teleportation stones at the first sight of Damani army. Several direct attacks of Damani have been thrown back and led to massive casualties on the side of attackers. Seeing no other choice the generals in charge of the assault, chose a different, passive strategy – to force a long, exhausting siege and to wait for the main forces to finish off Boltok resistance in other regions before trying another full-scale attack. This choice would cost dearly for the entire Damani kingdom, because their masterplan could only work if the victory was reached in the shortest time. And while generals who were responsible for this decision fully realized the risk, they were unaware that they had even less time than they’ve expected.
Events that were happening to the North from Damani would change history of the entire continent and were predicted by several Damani tacticians who opposed the masterplan. Sadly their reasons fell into deaf ears.

The rise of the Green tide

Damani expected that an extermination of several disconnected clans of orcs, who were fighting between each other anyway, would horrify the rest and would buy Damani several months of peace on the North. This is where they miscalculated and got an entirely opposite result. Orcs of Eastern greenlands to this day have specific beliefs and follow a set of unbreakable rules.
Constant internal fighting between the clans was less considered as acts of aggression but rather a competition. Contested territories, hunting grounds, personal grudges and clashes of scouts – were merely excuses for the clans to clash between each other. War was the life-style of these orcs. And to keep fighting forever, clans that fell in battle had to be left alive, so that later in distant future, they could fight once more. To completely wipe out a clan, was the most unforgivable sin of the Eastern greenlands.
Clans who happen to commit such act, would be hunted down by the rest, united under one banner in order to ensure victory.

Despite thousands of years of neighboring with theorcish clans, Damani never bothered to understand their culture and traditions – orcs were simply considered savages who should be destroyed at any convenient opportunity but whose numbers were too great to start an open war with. And when nine clans were wiped out, the entire Eastern greenlands knew about it.

Leaders of hundreds of small clans, who could not deal any real damage to the powerful kingdom on their own gathered together to form a union. Proud and different clans of orcs were so furious by the brutality and disrespect against their beliefs and traditions, that they were ready to put aside any grudges for one task – to teach humans a lesson they would never forget. For the first time in the world’s history all clans of Eastern Greenlands were united under one single banner. This colossal force would be forever remembered as The Green tide.

The great Boltok escape

The siege of Palima lasted for seven long months. During that time Damani forces managed to destroy Boltok’s army in other regions and already captured several towns to the South from Palima. To Tovarn II, the king of Boltok, and to defenders of Palima it was clear that the war has been lost. Sooner or later the city would fall and its citizens would be mercilessly killed.
That’s when the king of Boltok addressed the citizens of the city and offered a brave but dangerous plan of survival. One day under the cover of night the city gate opened and the entire population of Palima rushed in one direction – the East. Forces of Damani who surrounded the city were caught off-guard and their positions have been breached.

The king of Boltok and a large number of citizens escaped into the Jungle of ruins and through it reached Tamir peninsula. Damani army chased them only briefly because at that time they already received the news about the invasion of orcs into their homeland. Here Damani made their second grave mistake – instead of sending the entire army back home, they’ve divided into two groups, one stayed in the Boltok territory to finish their conquest and the other rushed North. Was it simple miscalculation of the orcish threat or Damani generals simply could not accept a possibility of letting their ancient foe to live another day – remains an unanswered historical question.

The end of the Twelve-year war

While part of Damani army went North, blissfully unaware that their kingdom was already doomed, the rest of the Damani army kept raiding, destroying and capturing remaining lands Boltok. To further demoralize the resistance they successfully spread a false rumor about the death of Boltok king. In reality, Tovarn II and a large portion of people from the fallen capitol have successfully reached Tamir and created a settled down there. However, for many years this fact remained a mystery to Boltok people.

Only a few Boltok settlements kept armed resistance. The rest preferred to either escape the kingdom through the Midland sea to the West or to hide within hard to reach and find places, such as mining towns of Turma mountains and Salvation woods.

Damani’s conquest through the land of Boltok didn’t last long. In just a few months the Green tide swooped through Damani kingdom like locusts. Most Damani settlement have been destroyed, defenders and most citizens killed and only a small portion enslaved. Inspired by their success orcs didn’t stop on that and proceeded marching into Boltok territory to continue their vengeful quest.

Seeing no difference between humans of different kingdoms, orcs sought more blood to sooth their rage. Nine clans were destroyed by humans - nine human kingdoms had to fall.
With little effort they tracked down and destroyed the remaining forces of Damani army who lost support from homeland and who were already suffering heavily from Boltok partisans.
After spending a few more months within Boltok territory in desperate search for new foes orcs turned their gaze at another area with large known population of humans – small provinces on the West, across the Midland sea. Using captured boats from both Damani and Boltok they crossed the sea with anticipation of new helpless humans to kill… but upon reaching the Western shore of the Midland sea they faced a large, well prepared army who was already waiting for them. The following defeat threw back and cooled down the appetites of the Green tide for several decades.

The Unrest and the new ruler

In Dornia history the time of unrest is referred to the historical period between 110th and 114th centuries. More than three hundred years the shattered remnants of once proud kingdom had to survive and rebuild what was lost. Even after the Green tide fell apart, orcish clans kept raiding this land, forcing citizens to fight for their crops and lives.

The false news about the death of the king in the end of Twelve-year war caused people to seek a new leader, and gladly for them there was a perfect candidate for such important role. Count Romus, the owner of the small mining town on the Southern hillside of mount Turma was a distant relative of royal family. Workers of this small town were digging into the mountain for many decades before the Twelve-year war began the tunnels were used to hide and protect thousands of citizens who lost their homes in the surrounding lands. The town itself was build in a strategically convenient spot, a flat space in the side of the mountain with only one traversable path to reach it. So even when orcs found it, their attempts to besiege it miserably failed. The town had access to water and food within the mountain, so it could easily survive for a long time. Orcs quickly lost interest to this town after a couple of unfortunate attempts and left it alone.

Count Romus obtained immense respect and love of people during the most difficult years – he went out of his way to accommodate the refugees and tasked his workers to reinforce tunnels to prevent collapses and casualties. Slowly simple mining tunnels turned into rooms, corridors and halls where large numbers of people could live and work.

Unfortunately, by the time Romus has been officially offered the crown, he already an old man. He accepted it but not for himself – his daughter Dorna who by that time was already in her thirties and was performing all of her fathers duty not worse than he once did.
After a humble crowning ceremony Dorna demonstrated immense energy and enthusiasm in decision making. Not only she refused to move to recently re-taken Palima, she declared her mountain hometown as the new seat of power and named it after herself. The kingdom have also been renamed into Dornia.
All her life Dorna dedicated to turning a mining town into a capitol, helped other regions of the former kingdom to recover and took active part in fighting back the orcish raids.

Dornia and Tamir

In the end of 110th century when queen Dorna was in her seventies, she received unexpected guests – a delegation of diplomats from Tamir. Forty years of lies about the death of the true Boltok king Tovarn II had been exposed and now his son, young king August, invited the current leader of Boltok to meet in person and to discuss the future of two nations.
Four months later queen Dorna personally arrived to Tamir’s capitol Kortas where she met the king of Tamir. In her memoirs she could not hold her excitement about the achievements of Palima’s refugees in just forty years. Kortas already at that time was a solid town made of stone with massive structures.

To Dorna’s great surprise August did not plan to return to the homeland of his father and showed no interest in her throne. On the contrary he acknowledged her and her line as new rulers of former Boltok territory and offered to form an alliance. After weeks spent in Tamir Dorna returned to her kingdom with documents signed by both monarchs. Freedom of transportation between two nations for citizens, profitable trade deals, military alliance and a marriage arrangement between princess of Tamir and prince of Dornia.
Without taking into consideration several minor incidents between two kingdoms, to this day Tamir and Dornia consider each other reliable allies.

Consequences of the Fields of the damned. The birth of Purifying light cult

In 114th century Rinara Dusktale, a talented countess with a secret hobby of studying forbidden necromancy, offered the king August an unusual solution to the problem of orcish invasions. It is still unknown if her arguments were strikingly convincing or the king had a secret romance with Rinara, but her plan had been accepted despite loud disapproval of most nobles.
The very existence of Fields of the damned and the idea that it was created with permission of the king planted a seed of mistrust and superstition within the population. Many believed that disturbing the dead was a horrible insult, considering that many of those dead were distant relatives of Dornia citizens, heroes who died for their kingdom during the Twelve-year war. While one side argued that it was disrespectful and insulting to the fallen, the opposition answered with the idea that those defenders would consider the chance to serve the kingdom once again as honor.

Meanwhile not only necromancy but magic in general received a boon in popularity among wealthier portion of the population. Many new magic schools opened in Dorna, Palima and some other large towns. Unfortunately, on par with responsible, talented students there were many of those who wanted to study magic just because it was popular at that time. Needless to say that such power in hands of a fool would only result in disaster. And so all across Dornia took place numerous incidents related to a careless use of magic. From property damage and public inconveniences to fatal casualties.
Mistrust and hatred spread deep roots within hearts of simple people. Like a volatile substance it only needed a spark to flare. And the spark was found a century later, in face of a teaching of the Purifying light.

Augun Fardison came from a simple family but he was recognized in early age as a potentially talented mage. Sent to a magic school in his home town, he showed astonishing results and had been quickly recommended to join the most prestigious school in Palima. Eight years later he successfully graduated and was offered a position of Palima court mage, which he eagerly accepted. However, his true movies were much more different than everybody thought.

During his young years of mastering the arcane art, Augun developed a very specific vision of the world, in which the nature had to be allowed to flow at its own pace and that humanity’s intervention into it would eventually cause the world to collapse. He believed that every living creature had its place and role in the circle of nature, while magic acted as an outside force and brought imbalance. His effortless ability to master it caused him to fear and hate the very concept of magic. If he, such responsible and rightful person, could learn it so easily, someone else with dirty, corrupted mind and ambitions could manage it too. Such possibility had to be prevented.
Emboldened in his growing hatred of magic he studied numerous magic-related disasters and anomalies all around Karandia and wrote a book called “Purifying light of truth” where he laid out his vision of the world without magic and supported it by numerous examples of disasters caused by careless or intentionally aggressive use of magic. Using his high position and hiding his true motives he began printing his book and spreading it in Palima and a few years later in other corners of the kingdom too.

The Purifying light ideology found sympathizers and followers in face of simple people whose understanding of magic was limited, spreading and evolving long after Augun’s death. Groups of followers began gathering in specific places to read prayers for the health or the Earth and disappearance of magic. Followers of the cult sometimes even organized protests before the gates of magic schools, demanding their closure.
For three centuries this movement would gain a huge following and leaders who successfully twisted and radicalized Augun’s vision, leading to a disastrous civil war in 118th century.

Trade path of Kamus

Dornia is situated between three powerful nations – Tamir, Principalities and Inginia, each in good relations with each other. And while Inginia and Tamir always had a straightforward sea trade route between them, Principalities and Tamir experienced difficulties in that. Either it had to be a long sea rout through Midland sea into the Memorial sea or a very dangerous adventure on land from Midland port to Krasan harbor.
It was in Dornia’s interest to create conditions for Principalities and Tamir to trade with each other through its territory and the honor of solving this problem belonged to Kamus Longer who was a keeper of treasury of Dornia in 115th century.
He offered to build six castles on equal distance between each other from Midland port to Krasan harbor. Each castle would hold a large garrison whose duty would be to constantly patrol the areas between the castles and to offer protection to foreign merchants and travelers who wouldn’t mind spending extra coin.
Creation of the Trade path of Kamus had two goals in mind. First of all, the patrols between the castles would clear out monsters and intercept the undead who sometimes roamed too far from the Fields of the damned. This made the Norther regions of the kingdom much safer to live in. Secondly, the taxation and guard services provided by the garrisons created a steady income to the royal treasury, which by calculation of Kamus would fully cover the expenses of the constructions in less than a century.

It took 36 years to build all six castles before they were usable and it caused a heavy pressure on the treasury. But as the history showed – the risk was worth the effort and to this day Trade path of Kamus serves Dornia, Tamir, Principalities and other nations who have access to Midland sea as the only relatively safe land passage through the Eastern Karandia.
For this achievement Kamus Longer has been honored with a statue in the main corridor of Dorna. Sadly he didn’t live long enough to see its completion himself.

The Great purge and the civil war of Dornia

Historians of modern age argue to this day about the personality of Augun Fardison, author of the book “Purifying light of truth” and unofficial creator of Purifying light cult. In his book he wished to see all forms of magic being banned from study and use, but in his works he never made direct connections between magic itself and civilized races who happened to have magical abilities as part of their nature.
After Augun’s book became popular and got in hands of Palima’s court he lost his position and privileges. After that he became a naturalist and for his entire life never admitted any direct connection between his book and the rising cult of Purifying light. This fact didn’t bother the followers as their leaders took over his ideas and kept updating, twisting and radicalizing them for many decades after Augun disappeared from the public view.
While his original book was just a collection of personal opinions, most of which were open for interpretation – new literature written by overly-zealous haters of magic and presented as if Augus was their author, had these questions answered in the most direct way – magic itself was deemed heresy and any creature who used it, willingly or not, was a heretic too.

Starting from 116th century Dornia grew more and more hostile to representatives to any other races but human. Increasing number of elves, fairies and dryads became targets of cultists who shamed them for being who they were. Despite efforts of Dornian nobles to stop its spread, the cult eventually grew to large to contain. Trade with Maledia was completely compromised, countless people had to migrate from Dornia, especially from the Southern regions which were affected the most.
Dirnia’s government had to take more and more drastic and aggressive measures. Many churches had been forcefully closed in Palima and Dorna. Followers of the cult were forbidden from service at Krasan harbor, Midland port and garrisons of the Trade path of Kamus.
The tension grew to dangerous degree and exploded in the beginning of 118th century when the new king came to power. Young Peten I was a follower of the church himself and sought to fulfil its dogmas through his rule.

In just the first month of his ruling, king Peten I forced several radical laws, a period that was later called the great purge. All non-human races had been declared out-of-law and stripped off Dornia citizenship and protection - every citizen was granted a right to hurt and even kill them on sight without any consequences. All magic schools had been closed and known mages were hunted down by freshly organized order of witch-hunters. Streets of cities and towns turned into battlefields where fanatics of the church clashed with citizens who opposed these laws. Even the army fell apart and began taking sides.

The chaos of civil war caused massive destructions and casualties and lasted for an entire year. The war ended when one of the generals, whose name had been erased from history and who was loyal to the king at the beginning of his ruling, personally assassinated him right on his thrown. The general made this decision after his wife had been wrongfully accused in witchcraft and executed by the cultists.

Three kings who ruled after Peten I tried to eradicate the Purifying light church by force but each of them died under mysterious circumstances before they could deal any real damage. It was clear that the church’s root spread deep within the entire kingdom and forceful removal was no longer possible. Fourth king, Alem II, decided to act in a more diplomatic way and to try and find a compromise. A meeting with leaders of the church had been organized and during a long conversation both sides signed Alem’s pact, in which the kingdom had been separated into two zones of influence. On the South the cult could freely practice their traditions but on the North its activity was strictly limited.

Since 118th century to this day Purifying light church still exists. It has its own army of paladins and even created its own spiritual capitol – Citadel of light. To the credit of church leaders, they strictly enforce the Alem’s pact and prohibit its followers any religious activity in the North of Dornia and abroad. Representatives of the non-human races could once again gain citizenship in Northern Dornia.

The memory of the great purge has never gone away and each time a new monarch sits on the throne, the entire kingdom tenses in dread – will the monarch keep the church in check or will the Alem’s pact be lifted and the church gains freedom to act once again?
The lesson of the Great purge has been learnt by the rest of the continent. Thus, the ideology of Purifying light or any imitation of it are strictly forbidden and are actively hunted in every major kingdom of Karandia.
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