From Dark Age Redemption
One of the great tragedies of Mercia's fall is the loss of history and knowledge that accompanied it. Massive, sprawling libraries lie destroyed, and a nigh countless number of renowned scholars lost their lives in one disastrous stroke. Details may not be as clear as they once were, but the tale of Mercia's beginnings, glory, and devastating fall are continually studied and discussed to this day. Mercia’s death was violent, destructive, and sudden, and all was lost save for the records of the annals of the ruling nobles instituted under House Bratak.
Mercia was a thriving capital, as far as we can tell, for half of a millennia. Its unshakable military might was key to surviving the assaults of deep dwellers and enemy nations alike, until it was left unrivaled in Leanantla.
These annals provide detail of the genesis of the Federation— its accomplishments and blunders alike. May the annals of the noble house rulers inspire within you a promise to remain far from the ways of the old, but also give you the information to one day reforge bonds that have been broken.
Note: The history below is only available In-Game to scholars, the nobility, and those that would have good reason to know it.
The Age of Mercia
Mercanius discovers Leanantla
Mercia constructed, Lord Garrison of House Bratak takes the throne.
Invasion of the Deep Dwellers
Portcross and Medici established
Andalian territory officially surveyed
The official defeat of the deep dwellers, Federation unified under House Bratak
Sir Tiernan of House Connolaugh proclaimed as King, Justus Bratak slain
Baronial Revolt- Coup-de’etat by Aidik II of House Harador, establishment of Haradoran Rule
Fierth Harador assassinated, King Fabian of House Vorlorn succeeds.
Prince Faris Vorlorn pronounced dead in Eridan, Mercia is destroyed
The Fall of Mercia
The news of the Vorlorn’s death was the first spark in the cataclysmic events that destroyed not just a nation, but all life on Leanantla. That same day, the skies parted above the city, revealing not the comforting light of God, but rather a shadow that enveloped the capital whole. Darkness turned to fire, and to all who remained met their tragic fate in a destroying rain of molten ash. Mercia was gone, and faith in laws and kings was lost. Humanity scattered; the selfishness of man took hold; what started as a tragedy became a fight for survival. The following 76 years has been called the ‘migration years’ for the few that were somehow spared from the shattering of civilization. Urban life waned, and those who remained fled to the far corners of Leanantla.
Migration Years; Agrysian territory claimed
Greycastle finished under Lord Arden of House Firsprin.
Coventry is erected under House Peredhil
[DA Redemption Begins Here]
- Festival of the 'Tamed Wilds'
Agryis is commissioned by Greycastle to summon all citizens of the Federation for a festival of the ‘Tamed Wilds.’ All in attendance are to witness and partake in festival food and drink, games, and tutelage of combat. The most reputable of the Federation has been selected to conduct these festivities, anticipating opportunities to observe and engage in a personalized census of the Federation abroad.
The Festival is abruptly cut short by the rise of the Night Raiders. The Steward of Agryis commits suicide, but not before murdering the doctor Claire Vayne in cold blood before several witnesses. Agryis is sacked. The survivors of the Federation are led by Lord Percival Calador to escape through a connection of caves, escorting them to the safety within Greycastle’s walls.
- New Federation Laws Established
Greycastle finishes the construction of additional noble estates in response to the population flux, ordained by Lord Adrian Firsprin. King Peredhil issues the final publication of ‘Penalties Against the Federation,’ approving the practice of branding as punishment upon those who prove themselves worthy of royal correction. Documentation is issued to the heads of noble houses, while common folk are forewarned by town criers.
- Greycastle Up Close
High Lord Zachary Trevelyan is summoned to trial under accusation from his late fiancé Juliet Calador. The High Lord was found to be guilty of treason by unlawful use of the king’s colors to incite war against Andal. Trevelyan was branded by order of the King and extradited to Portcross as a criminal.
Kaine and the Steel Wardens conduct a continuous investigation within Greycastle to uncover the truth behind a series of murders within Greycastle. All of three bodies found had been brutally dismembered, the final body being the final death of Carlotta Wolfe. Her death marks the first unnatural death of a Godsworn within the Federation in decades.
High Lord Percival Calador orders the construction of a military outpost near the Raven’s Roost as a security check against large-scale threats onto Federation lands.