The Terath Library

The southern continent of Terath is a vast bastion of military strength and magical power. In Terath, Kings and Emperors struggle for dominion, Dukes and Barons strive to manipulate their enemies in an endless game of court politics, and hidden figures pull the strings from the darkest corners. In Terath, legends rise and fall like the setting sun, dragons rule over men as indomitable masters, and the vile and villainous forces of forgotten realms seek to cloak the world in fire and ruin.

Ancient History

Terath’s known history began thousands of years ago, when ships filled with humans fled The Great Plague of Rhoum. The ships landed upon the shores of many continents, but the ones that landed here eventually founded what became the great Kingdom of Terath. The first King, known as The Vallahorien, was a dragon. He formed many baronies throughout the land, and made peace with the Elves of the eastron forests. Over time, many Kings and Queens have ruled Terath, but it has always remained a true vassal to the Rhouman Empire, now spread over many continents throughout Cyrillia.

Over a thousand years ago, a Queen determined that dragons should no longer rule in the Terathian Kingdom. Many dragons moved to the northwest and established homes under the rule of the Great True Dragon Cureanon. No longer could those that were at least half-dragon rule a Barony or become King or Queen of Terath. Peace with the dragons has been tenuous, with border wars occurring many times in the past, but only very rarely in the last 300 years.

The baronies of old have become kingdoms in their own right, with a High Queen who rules over them as guardian of the land and sworn servant of the empire.

Recent History

An ancient and powerful enemy known as “The Forsaken” returned in recent years and usurped the Barony of Southwatch, destroying their people and killing the ruler of Terath, Queen Octavia Lucius, in the wars that followed. The Forsaken were ultimately defeated and condemned to live in The Forsaken Tower within the borders of what is now the Xelaque Kingdom of Haven. This tower was destroyed using powerful ritual magic, and it is believed that nearly all of the Forsaken were slain.

In the year 208PB, Baron Kajorelle of Westerland took Queen Octavia’s place as the ruler of Terath, and appointed many Kings and Queens instead of Barons and Baronesses. He named himself The High King of Terath and gave more independence to his neighboring kingdoms than had ever been given before.

In the year 209PB, The Empire of Terath began to seethe with political turmoil as the foundations of a world-shaking war began to build across the continent. Alliances were forged, treachery became commonplace, and rumors of Demonic creatures began to fill the darkness.

In the year 210PB, Terath found itself at war, with the primary lines drawn between those who supported the prideful High King Kajorelle, and those that supported the militant King of Ebrus, a Black Knight known as Fallion ‘The Red’. As this conflict, known as The War of Kings , came to a boiling point, a great host of Dragons flew down upon every great city on the continent and burned thousands of innocent common people to death with their terrible Dragon Fire. The two kings were banished from the land, and The Great True Dragon Cureanon returned and proclaimed that he would serve as the Steward of Terath. His demand was that the war be halted, or else the dragons would return to destroy every last breathing man and woman on the continent.

The Year 211PB was spent in recovery after what became known as the Draconic Domination, while a tenuous peace settled over the continent, as the growing hatred and fear of the dragons replaced the rivalry each of the neighboring kingdoms once held for each other. The Great True Dragon Cureanon declared that the old empire and its traditions had been sundered, and a new age had begun. New kingdoms arose, and old ones began to crumble, as the old and new nobility of Terath quarreled over the dragon’s authority to make such a claim.

In the year 212PB, the divided kingdoms of Terath found themselves threatened by a legendary creature known as Typhon, The Father of Monsters . Swarms of wretched beasts crawled up from the sea, entire rivers became poisonous and corrupted, and armies of Ogres, Trolls, and Goblins marched together as one mighty horde. Although many of the kingdoms refused to recognize her claim to the High Throne, Queen Embla Vanir stepped forward to lead the defense of Terath during Typhon’s Invasion. Together, the unified armies of Terath defeated the horde and reclaimed their lands.

At the very dawn of the year 213 PB the Kings and Queens of Terath received a summons from the ruler of The Rhouman Empire. Emperor Gnaeus Bestia Nos Validus demanded that the armies of Terath immediately march to the aid of the empire. Choosing to recognize the ancient mandates, nearly all of the rulers of Terath answered the call and sent their soldiers to the seat of imperial power; The Continent of Verath. Those left behind struggled to defend themselves from the roaming beasts left behind by Typhon’s shattered horde, and sought desperately to protect their people from the predations of a great and terrible red dragon.

The imperial call to arms was soon revealed to be the continuation of a terrible war known as The Pale Campaign, which soon came to the shores of Terath and embroiled the entire continent in a struggle against an army which served the legendary undead creatures known as The Pale Ones. As the armies of Terath returned home, their new enemy returned with them. The war was fought in earnest, with victory against the Pale Legion finally being achieved in the summer of 215 PB.