Orion: The Explorers of Westmarch
The Last War
894 YK – 996 YK
As King Jarot of Galifar approached old age, questions about the succession of his throne ran rampant. Although by tradition, his eldest scion, Princess Mishann of Cyre was to claim the throne, others doubted her ability to rule.Prince Thalin of Thrane felt he was far more fit to rule instead. However, on the king’s deathbed in 894 YK, he gave Mishann his blessings and bade Prince Wrogar of Aundair to honor his decision.
At the funeral shortly thereafter, Mishann discussed the details of her coronation with her siblings, but they held a deaf ear to her words. Indeed, they personally threatened to send their soldiers to Thronehold to prevent any such action. Only her brother Wrogar remained allied to Cyre, since he was bound by honor. Later in the year 894 YK hostilities commenced. Alliances were formed, shifted, and were broken over the course of the war. Virtually no part of the continent was unaffected.
Divisiveness and greed shattered the kingdom’s tenuous bonds. The scions of Galifar’s last king each vied to emerge as heir, stopping at nothing to claim the throne. Avarice, delusion, righteousness, and naked ambition plunged the kingdom into a bloody civil war that raged for over a century. Indeed, it might have lasted longer were it not for a singular event – the catastrophic destruction of an entire people in one terrifying magical eruption.
The Treaty of Thronehold was signed in 996 YK, two years after the Day of Mourning destroyed Cyre. The treaty effectively put an end to the conflict, although the signatories abide by the treaty, many feel that the current peace will only give way to more warfare. Until one nation defeats the others and claims the throne of the ancient Kingdom of Galifar, many believe there will never be a true and lasting peace.