Post by bandit on Dec 23, 2020 15:27:52 GMT
The Kingdom of Vlandia.
The greatest of all Vlandic kingdoms, the first Balish settlers came to Vlandia proper 250 years ago. In 250 AF, when Lethuc the Gallant first led his people from Balion, he landed his ships on the western coast of Calradia. It did not take long for the Empire to see the value of these light haired warriors. In exchange for land, the Balish were tasked with fighting in the Emperor’s army. Fighting all across the empire, they soon proved their worth, and grew to be respected warriors across Calradia. Years went by, and the Balish mixed with the local populace, in addition to smaller groups of Jumnish settlers. Their territory expanded, and a unique culture emerged.
No longer purely Balish, the light haired barbarians, soon found their territory and power increasing. The lands rewarded to them by the Empire for the exemplary service soons stretched across a good deal of the western coast. In 408 AF, many of the various western clans rallied behind Wilund the Bold in an attempt to break away from the Empire, and form their own sovereign kingdom. After a six year war, the Vlandians succeeded, and Wilund was crowned “King of Vlandia”, after the Calrad’s name for him, Valandion. King Wilund would take the city of Pravend as his capital, building a palace on what is now known as Founder’s Hill. King Wilund I and his descendants would wage a series of wars over the coming centuries, dominating smaller Vlandian kingdoms and Imperial provinces, swelling their budding kingdom with every conquest.
In 468 AF, the Kingdom of Vlandia, along with the whole of Calradia, was plagued by a terror from the east; the mounted hordes of Khuzait warriors. Under the leadership of King Alaric, grandson of Wilund, the Vlandians were able to repel the initial incursions, but after Alaric and his two eldest sons fell in battle at Verecsand, their resolve failed. The Khuzaits swept across the country, annihilating any resistance they encountered. Soon, they capture the capital, Pravend, and the royal family. Alaric’s third son, Osric, a boy of thirteen, was allowed to ascend to the throne and rule his lands with great autonomy, on the exception that a yearly tribute was paid to the Khuzaits. In the decades since, the Khuzaits have not ventured into Vlandia, as the Vlandian king has been sure to pay the tribute, lest he suffer the fate of his father, Alaric. Despite the havoc caused by the Khuzaits, the trade and technology they brought to the west revolutionized many aspects of Vlandian life. The Khuzaits brought armor and weapons the likes of which had not been seen in the west, such as lamellar. In addition, silks from the far off Aserai soon became an item of status among Vlandian nobility.
In the years since becoming a client kingdom of the Khuzaits, the power of the Kingdom of Vlandia has waned with the misrule of Osric . Wars with the Empire and the Despotate of Ostican are intermittent, with their neighbors making raids into their territory, conquering a province or two, and then the war coming to a close. It is almost tradition among Vlandian kings to annex territory from their neighbors at least once during their reign, but Osric had failed to do this, only succeeding in losing several territories to his enemies.. In the year 503 AF, Osric is dead and Vlandia is at a tenuous peace with the Empire and the Despotate of Ostican, having been engaged in a disastrous defensive war only two decades prior. With Osric dead and the young King Vulmar, called by some Vulmar the Boy, recently ascended to the throne, the kingdom is on a rebound of sorts. Vulmar has led multiple campaigns in the south and along the border with the empire, reconquering territory lost under Osric. After returning from the south, some say Vulmar’s eye has turned north, to the prosperous city of Lycia. The western world sits on edge, not knowing what these light haired barbarians may do next...