One of the last of an ancient order, Anorthile is the dominant power in southern Althas.
Posted by Epoch_MEB on Sep 3rd, 2013
One of the last of an ancient order, Anorthile is the dominant power in southern Althas. The most prominent of the three remaining Anointed Kingdoms, Anorthile is a kingdom steeped in tradition, a bastion of Althas's ancient customs and teachings in a world rapidly changing. Under the successful rule of Valos I, Anorthile was reunited and reestablished as the greatest power on the mainland. Now his son, Valos II, seeks to return both Anorthile and the Anointed order to their full glory.
In the first days after the creation of Jevreth by Driomi (who is The One, the creator of all things), Men were divided into seven peoples. After creation fell from perfection, the seven peoples formed seven kingdoms. The first Diasairos, the speakers for Driomi, organized these kingdoms, anointing their first kings. These were the seven Anointed Kingdoms that would be the ruling order over all of Althas for over seven hundred years, providing the foundations for many of the traditional institutions of ancient Althas such as the Temple and Academy order and People's Councils.
In the years following their formation, Anorthile rose to be a leader among the Anointed alongside her sister kingdom of Gorandel. However, despite their united strength, Althas was shaken by ever more intense conflicts. Narthendar was the first to fall, its lands falling under the protection of neighboring kingdoms. Anorthile and Gorandel struggled to hold the Anointed together as the first age of Anorthile continued onward, with divisions and controversies slowly eroding the Anointed Kingdoms' unity.
The various troubles of the first age of Althas culminated in the War of Calamities, the most terrible war in Althas's history. The War devestated Althas, destroying the kingdoms of Gorandel, Driesefair, and Lamniemalos and flinging the lands of the Narthendar region into chaos. Also, the direct lines of the Anointed Kings perished in that war, leaving Althas on the precipice of chaos. However, the kingdoms of Anorthile, Nosmalos, and Vishethas did survive with new lines anointed to rule. But the lands of Gorandel, Driesefair, Lamniemalos, and Narthendar remained leaderless and became known as the Feralands.
With the reestablishment of Anorthile, Nosmalos, and Vishethas, a new age begins: the Years of the Renewed Kingdoms. As the three remaining Anointed Kingdoms rebuild, they try to restore order to the Feralands. Anorthile does experience some success in Narthendar, where they establish the state of Mosvaseb. However, despite these initial successes, the lands remain largely in chaos.
On the homefront, Anorthile struggles to maintain internal unity, with the tensions culminating in a civil war. Out of that war emerges one of Anorthile's greatest kings: King Valos I. Under his rule, unity is restored and Anorthile rebuilds and becomes strong again, maintaining the traditions that now fade in Nosmalos and Vishethas. But in Mosvaseb, confidence in the Anointed wanes as less support is spared for them and the administration of Mosvaseb proves incompetent.
Now Anorthile is under the rule of Valos II who faces a new challenge. Mosvaseb has broken off from Anorthile, the events of which have left both peoples embittered. Now the Kingdom of Thenodar has risen in Mosvaseb's stead, the first great power to rise outside the Anointed order. This new kingdom now threatens Anorthile with war and Anorthile aims to answer. Now is the time for Valos II to prove he is not a lesser son of his great father and for Anorthile to prove that her ancient strength is not lost. And it is on the Feralands that the strength of kings and kingdoms will be tested.