The Arcs of Strife
The Age of The Arkmen
The Sakons, along with their cousins the Garetoths and Edens, originated on the island of Skyecren in the Northern Sea of Giants. The Sakons thrived through trade of wool, iron, and oak. They are the largest of the Skyer Kingdoms. The Sakon ideals of chivalry are present in all of their affairs. Noble obligation is a fixed ideal in society. They are a conservative people but are willing to change if the greater good demands it. On Skyecren, the Sakons ruled through the Tables. A king presided as the Tables-Head, with his greatest heros acting as his council. The Five Kings of Skycren were great and wise leaders, every action they took, they answered to the gods for. The most powerful of the five kings was Edwald the Greater. Edwald came to power after slaying the Last Giant of Skyecren, Raggald Goldgrin, and reclaimed the lands which the giant took from his people. From the Giant’s teeth Edwald carved out a crown and decreed to the gods and men, that he who should wear it shall be king of all of Skyecren. Such an announcement spread far and wide across the icy torrents of the Sea of Giants. Hendle Gravemaker, King of the Isle of Giants, in the far north, heard of Edwald’s arrogance, and sought to avenge his brother Raggald. Hendle amassed his army of 1,000 giants and sailed to Skyecren to slay Edwald and take the Crown of Skyecren for himself. Hendle’s Host sailed to Skyecren on five Greatships, Algast, Grennor, Morken, Yinvald, and Skavick. The Greatships were as tall as castles and wide as great northern glaciers. They broke the sea as the sailed onward, even the greatest tempests yielded to their approach. Their sails could hold hurricanes, and rudders shifted currents. The first boats arrived on Skyecren in 1502BH. The Giants destroyed temples in pairs and crushed entire fields under their savage charge. The Five Kings together could not stop the Giant onslaught. Hendle arrived at the gates of Skyereach with his great host and challenged King Edwald to single combat. Though the fight was hopeless, Edwald accepted honorably. The giant Hendle pulled Edwald’s head off his shoulders, removed the Crown of Skyecren, ate Edwald’s heald like a grape, and used his sword as a toothpick. He wore the crown as a ring and commanded the Skyers to swear fealty to him. The humans thought this would be their demise. But all soon changed. The halfling Borri the Brave met with each of the Five Kings and told them of the giant’s greatships, and devised a plan to save the people of Skyecren. Borri stole the crown off of Hendle’s finger, while he was asleep and hid the crown on the island. Hendle, once awake, went mad searching for the crown, and ordered his armies to search for it. With the giants distracted, Borri and the halflings snuck entire cities into the Greatships. Edwald’s son Harrol led his people onto Algast. Rorry of the Edens snuck his people onto Skavick and Morken. Good King Orren led his people onto Yinvald. Bartus Seaspeaker, the great mage and wiseman, loaded the people of the countryside into Grennor. Ragen, King of the East Sakons refused to flee the home of his ancestors, so he and his people perished. The Greatships sailed west, their stores could sustain the Skyers for 5 years at sea. The rudders took 20 men to operate, and the sails at least 200. But the Greatships made good time. After two years at sea the Sakons landed on what is today North Madren in 1487 BH.
The Reign of King Gottric I
The tale of King Gottric I (507 DW-Present), is one that begins in sorrow. The young king suffered great loss at a young age. Adelpha, the queen died in the birth of prince Benedict, while Gottric was only 9 years of age. His brothers Radius, Philip, and Royce while training at The School of Arcane Peaks lost their lives at the hand of Orcish Marauders. After the death of his father, Radius XVIII, and his subsequent coronation, Gottric I instituted many laws disenfranchising and ultimately executing the population of Northern Magic wielders, and the confiscation and destruction of magical artifacts.- (The rest of this entry is incomplete)