Home to the Halflings of Mathandria. Sovin was once simply known as Vin, which meant Paradise in the language of the halfling people, the entire island was surround by a magical barrier created by their deity shortly before she passed from the material plane.
During the Zariger reign of oppression they tried many times to reach the island they could see beyond the barrier, but the magic was simply too strong. The barrier kept them safe until one steel-clad ship of the Zariger empire which was carrying thousands of Orc slaves crashed into the barrier during a mighty storm. Bodies washed ashore, the Zariger perished, their heavy armour dragging them to their deaths. The Orcs however wore no clothes and many hundreds survived.
The halflings on the island knew not of Orc kind, and did not protect themselves at they should have done, the large numbers of now free Orcs quickly took root on the eastern shore, and this started a thousand year war. A war that was only put on hold when they built a mighty stone wall to divide the island in two, a sacrifice of half their land to keep the Orcs at bay.
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Rebellions, civil war and uprisings across Terrainia mark the beginning of the end of the Zariger Empire
Forced to retreat, the Zariger head back to Zarak
An unknown distraction in the Zariger people caused a gradual decline in fresh supplies and new troops, rumour amongst the slaves spoke of power struggle at the top. Noticing an opportunity a single slave rose up against his oppressors and led a revolt, freeing hundreds of slaves.
Alantir frees a host of captured Griffons, including the alpha male of the flock, who in return helped Alantir free the island.
Over the next two years the slave rebellion withered down the Zariger until only the Zar was left, the rebellion leader, Alantir strikes him down in single combat and proclaims the land free once more
With the slaves now free they turned to Alantir for leadership, and he led them into a new age.
Soon the hero and leader is proclaimed King, taking the name Alantir he laws down the laws and code of conduct expected of everyone including himself.
The new king also forms a Ruling Council to guide him and give the people a voice.
The Imperial Calendar is created, giving Alantor its first accurate measure of time.
Alantir dies, passing the Kingship to his first born, as decreed in his laws.
His son Attalan begins his reign by establishing the right for every man and woman to vote on the Council membership every five years.
The King, Brodin, signs a peace treaty with the nearby nation of Talaxion, new trade routes spur on both nations to grow and enter a more prosperous era.
King Galorin dies unexpectedly and leaves no heir, the Council are divided on the right heir.
his indecision leads to a collapse of current council and an almost entirely new one is voted in, their first decree is to announced the formation of the Governorship, a new non monarchy leader to rule in place of a king.
The kings personal guard, the knights of Alantir voice their opposition, they believe a heir to the throne is out in the wider world and begin a quest to find one.
Two years after the appointment of Yiritn as the first Governor, he declares himself to be the new chancellor, and that from this day rule would be given by the council, with voting to take place every 5 years.
The 979 elections become corrupt, a Chancellor is elected who is more tyrant than king, he uses bribery and blackmail to remain Chancellor for two terms.
This method of control continues for many years, several candidates that the people support mysterious vanish or perish in accidents.
The knight of Alantir return with the true heir, but it is too late, the Chancellor orders him to be killed and the knights are forced to flee, with the heir under their protection.
Days later a seer by the name of Erain prophases that the true king will return, but he was silenced and never seen again.
A failed rebellion sowed discord amongst the people, although a new chancellor is elected by the council, this was ruse to make the people believe things had changed.
Chancellor Vidian rules with an iron fist, the people dare not speak out and hundreds go missing with no investigation launched.
A depression starts
After 200 hundred years of depression Alantor begins a recovery, the people become less afraid and the economy grows.
A new chancellor, Elllion is elected whom is praised for turning things around
Elllion is assassinated while visiting the poor, those who seek to take the chancellorship organise a false plot to blame the poor while they make moves to take power
A previously unknown rises to power, the citizens rejoice as he promises them an end to corruption and inequality
The Chancellor, Padatris, is visited by radiant spirit from another plane, who foretells of the kings retune, although he tells no-one he fears for his position and the power it gives him, he seeks help from a witch deep in the forest who offers him a deal.
Padatris issues a decree that prohibits anyone from entering the deep forest, a perimeter fence is built and watch towers stationed at regular distances.
Without warning or seemingly any reason the Chancellor Padatris orders the whole army to mobilise. He issues strategic orders that go against many of the more veteran generals, but they follow them as instructed.
The army is attacked by unknown assailants, whole regiments lost without a clue, the Chancellor pushes forward.
Ralor; a disgruntled solider in the Chancellors army, manages to escape the initial onslaught, he receives a vision from the God Victirus and flees south to the city of Mekis.
With the city in ruins he is forced to leave aboard the ship, The Revenant, and begins what he recalls as 'The Trial of Heroes'.