Tyellador - Rise and Fall of the Second Empire
Wishing to accede to the urgent demands of my brethren, and to obey the glorious wishes of our Emperor, I, Gytha, lowest of all servants of Heironeous, write this work, though much in way of deeds and miracles have been omitted for the sake of brevity.
While the history of Bhenor and its first empire is widely known, it is worth lingering upon the tale of the majestic rise of our Second Great and Bountiful Human Empire. In the year after creation 1243, Hyfaidd the Just was unilaterally elected by the council of cities to rule fairly and to solidify the might of all humanity under the flag of Bhenor. After a magnificent rule of thirty years, and several successful campaigns against traitorous movements, Hyfaidd slept and never woke, leaving the care of the Empire to his son. This son passed his imperial burden on to his daughter, who bore it with pride, who passed it to the best of her three sons, who passed it to the best of his children, and so on.
It was Caedraemus the Clever who brought the Empire to its largest and present size, crossing the Great Inland Sea to the mountains of Mizimînbad and subduing all of the cities which lay between them. Through his military campaigns he brought even Tellzmala under submission, and scaled the cliffs of Rasnazrou in the year 1567. Such glory, though met equally in the Empire’s present form, has not been surpassed, though martial endeavours of equal prowess have since honored Heironeous.
In 1600, to the Glory of Heironeous, Ruarus (“Ruairi”) the Reformer received a divine vision exhorting him to drive the sorcerers from Rasnazrou. Worship of Heironeous and the divine family related to him was universally established as opposed to merely being universally accepted, and the sorcerers, including Abazad the Wicked and his Elven consort, were beheaded or driven into the sea.
Due to the weakness inherent in youth, Sitalces IV (1728-39) did not survive beyond his eleventh year and, while usually in such cases rulership devolves to next of kin, he expressed in his divine wisdom that his regent and advisor should rule afterwards, should the council so decide, due to his immense wisdom and experience. The tradition has ever since been that the council commend and approve the Emperor’s successor, who is additionally anointed by the Head Priest of Heironeious at the temple in Cyngordyn . So proceeds a long and worthy line of imperial rulers of the most divine and powerful character, modified when needed by the Council in their benevolent wisdom and approved by Heironeous and His cult in His mercy.
So has it been for nearly two hundred years, despite wickedness from the South and apostasy in the North, and the general wildness of the well-settled frontiers. So shall it be forever, to the glory of Man and Heironeous.
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