Ancient and Bloody History
When the Great Rain of Fire washed over the world, man and elf were thrown down from their prideful cities and made to wander into a newborn world. Genalleth, an elf of that new age, went forth from the lands of the south seeking not a restoration of paradise, a new Evergrun, but a new land where the most common elf was noble of bearing and deed.
Genalleth led his followers across the middle sea, and there they met other wandering elves. Knowing that his people would be well tended and that his personal task was done, Genalleth gave
up the ghost. Enoreth his aide assumed the mantle of leadership.
In time all the elves moved through lands filled with bitter humans and those not quite human. It was at one of these beastmen villages that the elves became divided. Many were presumed lost, but
Enoreth led his followers beyond the beasts and beyond the ice to a land untouched and new, and there they learned to live anew in the Valley of Genalleth.
In time, the followers of Enoreth looked beyond their retreat and found cousins to the east, the Geffronell. How they had survived the hordes of beastmen and frozen wastes was unknown, but fellowship was soon made, and together they settled the Lothenar Forest. Enoreth left the Valley of Genalleth to live with the Gefrronell, and he was made king of the elves. But all kingdoms fall.
A great death swept the eastern plateau, and Enoreth, fearful that it might spread to the Valley, ordered that no contact be made between the groups. The plague passed after a time, but the kingdom of elves dissolved as Enoreth was laid to rest. Bereft of leadership, the elves of Genalleth soon made of themselves lords to watch over the settlements as the hobgoblin khan, Akkila, moved through valley.
These lords looked to the lands of the north freed by the glaciers and there settled estates. Their southern members welcomed human barbarians into Kevareth, and the northern lords encountered the Kingdom of Forenath peopled by the sons of Lothenar. But again the death came, and it destroyed Forenath from within. The Genalleth lords abandoned their northern estates and withdrew to the south as savage humanoids captured the vacated lands.
In 662 BC, as the humans reckon time, a healing spring was discovered in humanoid lands, and the
elf-lord Beldareth led elves and humans to create the silver-domed city of Nimbeth around it. A sister city, Thalion, was built far to the west across the Moors of Chlyras, by Lord Aranael. Unfortunately Thalion’s lord and her citizens were cruel to the native humans. It was his lack of fellowship with man that sowed the seeds of his city’s ultimate destruction.
Back in the east, Beldareth was elevated to a kingship when he defeated four Denagothian chiefs at Alvar’s Stead. His realm stretched south, while the Genalleth lords pushed north to reclaim their lost estates. The pressures were too strong in the Northern Wildlands, and soon the denizens of the moors attacked Nimbeth, Thalion, and the Genalleth lords.
King Aranael reaped the rewards of his discord and fell with Thalion. Denagothians swept down once more from the northern Mengul Mountains, and Nimbeth’s King Geldarion moved his seat to Amoleth, as the black Prince Arendyll led the defense of the north. His success was so stunning that Arendyll was poisoned by ambition, and he marched to take Amoleth and make himself king. His breach of the fellowship of kin reaped no reward, for Prince Lerian slew his cousin at King’s Sorrow, and Nimbeth was lost to the people of the north.
The people of Genalleth looked to themselves for protection, and from their midst came heroes who banded together. The greatest of these was Wendar. His Wendarian League provided peace for almost a century. It was a time of good fellowship, but the skill of the hardened warriors lured nobles to again return to the Northern Wildlands and three centuries of war during the Great Northern Campaigns.
The First Campaign was a glorious retaking of northern estates, including Thalion, but jealousy embittered the King of Amoleth. The fellowship of the lords was broken when Amoleth successfully
warred against those who held lands once belonging to Nimbeth in the Second Campaign. With no fellowship to bind them, the lords of Genalleth were unprepared to wage the Third Campaign. Amoleth and Nimbeth were isolated against the hordes of the mountains. In the west, Campaigners sought to remake lost Forenath and in the age’s darkest hour turned against both man and elf. Even Thalion was not spared their attention.
The Fourth Campaign saw Thalion fall to wild humans of the north and Amoleth sundered when King Voronwil provoked the giant Felzuumath. The heroine Nione gathered new heroes about her, and they ended the giant’s menace. The fellowship of the Genalleth Valley was finally restored in the Fifth Campaign, when heroes finally expelled orcs and Denagothians from their lands. The peoples of the mountains returned several centuries later, but they were turned aside by Wendarians and the Defenders of Genalleth under the elf Sylidair.
The Modern Age
The fellowship of the valley was strained a century ago when the words of Idris turned human against elf, but Gylharen of Wendar repaired the breach. When the Denagothians returned organized under the Shadow Lord, Gylharen led the defense of the valley in the Wizards’ War. Initial defeats were reversed with the Elvenstar and the unlikely aid of Thyatian legionnaires enroute to Ghyr. Gylharen was declared King of Wendar, the first king since Amoleth, and other communities and estates came to join the Realm of Wendar.