History of the Caladan Empire
History of the Caladan empire
The word Caladania is usually used to denote the large landmass located 2600 km north
of the Gull Peak, the northernmost point of Wendell. In the recent years, however, it has often been used as a catchall for myriad of smaller regions of the South that pledge their
loyalty to the Emperor.
While modern Caladan emerged from the union of the barbaric tribes of the Northern Continent and the enigmatic Eladrin, the first settlers are believed to had arrived somewhere between 3000 AI and 2500 AI.
The recorded history of Caladan begins around 2100 AI when the Tribes, previously organized along the narrow coastal area between the Sareni mountains and the sea, started migrating eastbound.
Mount Sarania by Ignotious Cylla
The Tribes’ early history is marked by a strong military tradition of its leaders and the migratory lifestyle of their peoples. Due to constant dangers of the marauding tribes of carnivorous Trolls as well as having to directly compete with the warlike Goblins for pasture grounds and ore deposits, the Tribes that migrated north of Ringwood took more time in adopting a sedentary lifestyle.
During the first half of the 2nd century AE, petty kings ruled much of the resource-rich south. Constant open hostilities between them ended with the naval expansion in the 17th and 16th century AI.
Porta Aemiliana in 1204 AI
Porta Aemiliana in 1204 AI
The name Caladan was first used as a nomen universalis in 1521 AI, the year the the men of the North engaged in a 10 year long conflict with the Giant nation.
After the war, the lands south of Ringwood remained united under the Basillean dynasty up until the death of King Atreius the Pious, and the subsequent war for the throne
In the subsequent years the kingdom fragmented into many provinces and princedoms. The appearance of the Aurora Medeis in 1019 and first contact with the Eladrin race made way for a plethora of new cults, beliefs and secret societies. These groups, the real powers behind most thrones, dictated the politics of the land.
Bestias Cruentum(The murdering Beasts), an artist rendering of the burning of Galenum Novum (Libro Petrarum, illumination, Collegium Magica, Demonology Department)
In 936. monstrous beings of Caladania fell upon both the agrarian south and the untamed north.
Bassian The Black, the prince of Ardea, founded the Paladin order in 935. and, after pushing back the unnatural invaders, defeated Atalai, the duke of Saradon, who coerced with the Dark Powers behind the invasion.
Bassian’s daughter Juno united the western princedoms and began the recapturing of the lands east of Hlea. After reuniting the lands of the south, she sent to the Druidic dominions and to the chieftains of the boreal tribes, becoming the sovereign ruler of entire Caladania.
A fresco depicting Bassian the Black (Collegium Magica, Archeology department)
The subsequent 200 years were known as the Golden age of Caladan. With the Acta Concordia, signed in 889. AI, the four dominant ethnic groups(the Tribes, the Citizens, the Druids and the Eladrin) of the Northern continent were given their own rights and privileges.
Other races inhabiting the lands of the crown were regarded as second-class and they would often be forcibly relocated or even outright hunted and murdered.
The population of the Caladan Kingdom grew steadily over the years and, in 640s, peaked at 15 million, it’s highest number since the Bedlam.
In 634. Godric the Proud moved the kingdom’s capital from Aesis to Cealenor in an attempt to enforce the crown’s interests in sea trade and exploration. By 579, the islands off the southern coast of Caladan were conquered and became part of the Palatium.
The golden crown – the official currency of
the Kingdom and, later, the Empire
The absolutist regime of Godric’s successors spurred a certain amount of unrest among the princes’. In 523. A number of noble houses, led by Apollo the Shrill, then acting Navigator Supreme, and Albus Silva, a centurion of the royal legions denounced the administrative reform initiated by Godrics granddaughter Marcella.
The dissent soon escalated into an armed conflict after 13 princedoms and 3 provinces seceded, gathering the disgruntled princes’ under the motto ‘Electi statu’, a matter of choice, referring to the rights of the noble houses to a semi-autonomous administration within their own territory.
The conflict was resolved after the dissenting nobles were defeated at Mazinpontes. Queen Marcella arranged for her to be anointed as the high priestess of the Three, strengthening the royal authority with a divine mandate.
Owing much to its strong central authority, rich mineral deposits and the longevity of its people, the Caladans control over the Northern seas grew steadily. In 439. Marcella gathered the fleets of the crown and of it’s vassals and mounted an invasion on the shores of Winholme, the island-state halfway between the Northern continent and the dwarven isles of Foeglin.
After 4 years of warfare, Marcellas armes were forced to admit defeat. As the Caladanian ships were sailing back towards Saradon, they were hit by a hurricane and all the vessels including queen Marcella’s flagship, were sunk.
Queen Marcella sails out for Winholme
(Temple of Ellan’s Glory, Aesis)
The next 117 years, know as the regency of the Watchful eye, saw the Druidic dominions designate themselves regents of Caladania, effectively governing the royal estates, as well as acting as advisers for the independent colonial governments. The juridical authority was handed down from the nobles to the priests of the Three. Small land grants were given to the former serfs and the focus of the economy shifted from urbanized areas to the countryside.
Whether the great malady that struck Caladania at the end of the lengthy reign of the Druids was devised by one of the Princes, a disgruntled Tribal shaman or was a natural occurence is a matter still debated among naturalists, arcanists and theologians alike.
In the year 317 AE, a plague broke out in the town of Sempera and, despite best efforts to contain it, spread across the land. The calamity had been twofold: the dead, stricken down by the plague, would rise the next day as shambling half-living monstrosities.
By 315, two thirds of the population of the Mainland was slain by the plague and what was left of the city-dwellers was forced to abandon their homes and seek refuge among the enchanted groves of Ringwood or in the hallowed grounds of monasteries, lest they were overwhelmed by the risen throngs or the marauding monsters.
The arrival and the years of Warring tribes
The Schism and the foundation of the Druidic Order
Age of sail and the discovery of Terrae Novae
The reign of Basillean dynasty
The Rending, and the arrival of the Eladrin
The Bedlam and the Purgandis malum
The Calado – Winholmian war and the regency of Nature’s Watchful Eye
The Creeping Death the Miracle of Helianthus
The war for Dromedar and the The Twin Crowns
The Great War in the South and the foundation of the Caladan Empire