Exardius Arsaric Dragonblood was born in 988 CT, and was the firstborn child of King Rasadius II Dragonblood and Queen Cathrinne III. He was supposed to inherit the throne of Tiranus after his father, but when Rasadius was assassinated by General Taralius Ironblood in 1008 CT, young Exardius was by a strike of luck staying in the capital of Erus, Serborn City. Under the protection of King Falian II of Erus, Exardius then managed to gather support and later invaded Tiranus under the context of being the true heir to the throne.
Exardius life however, contained so much more then his participation in the Tiranian War. Exardius himself went to great length to improve Tiranus, eventually leading to it's great demise, which gave birth to the Empire of Iserria. In many ways, Exardius forged his own legend throughout his life, and he would become the most famous leader in Xroth's history. The 21st of December is hailed as a holy day in remembrance to Xroth's greatest hero; Exardius the Great.
History of ExardiusEdit
Birth of ExardiusEdit
Exardius Arsaric Dragonblood was born in 988 CT, and was born into the royal family of Tiranus, which at the time was ruled by King Rasadius II Dragonblood and Queen Cathrinne III. Amongst his family, Exardius later had both a younger brother and sister. The brother being Prince Daceius and the sister being Princess Cassia. Exardius himself carried the title of 'Crown-Prince', although officially he declared himself as the 'Prince of Iserria'. From the early age of 8, Exardius began showing extreme skills in tactics, which was considered extremely rare. King Rasadius II had Exardius sent off to the Tiranian military academy in Caer Veradon at the age of 12, where he learnt and studied military tactics. To everyone, Exardius shocked Tiranus with his ingenious mind, capable of thinking outside the box. During his studies at Caer Veradon, Exardius first suggested a new military formation. This was the first idea of the Legion Exardius most likely had, but the teachers at Caer Veradon dismissed it, arguing that the Nolocitan was superior in every way. At the age of 16, Exardius returned home to Iserria City, where things would change rapidly for him.
Back home in Iserria City, Exardius learned that his father, King Rasadius II was about to depart on a new campaign against the Darksun trolls of Verakosh. Disappointed to see his father leaving, Exardius continued to befriend the young Taralius II, whom he had met in Caer Veradon. Later however, the two would both take an interest in Helenia Blacklance, the young daughter of Lord Herolius Blacklance. For some time, the two briefly fought over Helenia, until she chose that she would be with Exardius, not because of his heritage, but because of his true feelings. The decision shattered Taralius II, and he began distrusting Exardius. In 1004 CT, Exardius left for Erus with Helenia, planning to remain there until his father returned from Verakosh. Unknowing to the public, Rasadius II had requested that Exardius remain in Erus, and he had begun to fear of conspirationists within his ranks. While staying in Erus, Exardius was treated royally by King Falian II, who was a good friend of his father.
The Ironblood CoupEdit
When Rasadius returned home in 1008 CT, King Falian II upheld his promise and kept Exardius staying in Serborn City, and only a few days later, Falian learned that Rasadius II and his family had been slain in Iserria City, and General Taralius had used his military powers to overtake the throne. However, in 1010 CT, Exardius traveled into Tiranus, under the disguise of Caius Drakeblade. During his stay there, he eventually befriended Kane Cornelius, a young mageling and Caran Tiernan, a Knight-trainee. In the end, the three had to flee Tiranus when they assisted outlaw Paralius in saving an innocent woman from being raped. Fleeing across to Erus, Kane and Caran learned of Exardius' secret: His heritage to the throne.
The Tiranian WarEdit
Forging a Legacy: The Exardian LegionEdit
In early 1010 CT, Exardius returned to Serborn City, where King Falian had already begun to assemble an invasion army for Exardius to retake Tiranus with. However, the army used the standard Nolocitan formation, and due to Exardius' recommendations, the army formation was trained into a new one: The Legion. Falian had his doubts first with Exardius' intention with the legionary formation, but Exardius assured Falian that it would work. In mid-1010 CT, the Exardian Legion marched west towards Tiranus.
The Midlau ConquestEdit
As Exardius reached Midlau Forest, it was already engulfted in war between Tiranus and the Adren Warlordship. As such, Exardius easily managed to besiege Hathaas City, and easily claimed it. Having claimed Hathaas, Exardius marched south to take Caeric City, who didnt even resist and converted their allegiance to Exardius. However, a Tiranian army under the brilliant Warlord Iohannes II soon approached Caeric City. At the Battle of the Green Edge in 1011 CT, Exardius managed to utterly destroy the Tiranian army without heavy losses, and truly sent a message to Taralius, that the Legion was in every way superior to the Nolocitan.
From his brilliant victory against Iohannes II (who was always acclaimed to be an extremely skilled tactican), Exardius gained the loyal support of Varadius, the lord of the Vasirin region. Hearing of Varadius' new alligence, the stalwart friend of the Vassirin lord, Marcus Calpur, former lord of Kathia City, re-emerged from hiding, calling what little remained of his loyal troops and joined Exardius. As the news spread far and wide, more lords and nobles began to cling towards Exardius, a noticable number of Taralius' allies turncoating to support Exardius. Bolstered with almost unwavering loyalty from the majority of the nobles of Tiranus (and the populace, who adored Exardius for his humanitarian efforts in war-torn Midlau), Exardius decided to march his legions north to deal with the treacherous Heinrich Adren. From the decisive battle of Ald'ath, 1011 CT, Exardius forced Heinrich to retreat back to his Warlordship. However, Iohannes had by this time resupplied himself with a new army, and marched to face Exardius. At the Battle of the Highmarshes, 1012 CT, both Exardian and Tiranian forces were decimated and the battle ended in a draw, with both sides having lost massively. As Exardius retrains his lost forces, Heinrich Adren begins using his newly established army to pillage the lands under Iohannes, eventually forcing him to battle, where Adren managed to defeat Iohannes, forcing Tiranian supremacy in Midlau away. With a new legion, Exardius prepared to face Adren, and at the Battle of Northmere, 1012 CT, Exardius again managed to defeat Heinrich and force him to retreat. Deciding now to finally deal with the rebellious High Warlord, Exardius marched the legion to Adren City, where the siege began. Within a few months, the Exardian forces breach through Adren City's walls, and captures it. A few days later, Exardius, having established a military tribunal, deems Heinrich Adren guilty of war-crimes (including torture, pillaging, murdering of innocents, and child-killing). Guilty of his crimes, Heinrich Adren is sent to the Isle of Cantellia, where Exardius has the former mage-prison of Spellshrine Asylum converted to a prison complex for the most notorious criminals of Tiranus.
With Heinrich Adren defeated, Exardius waits and rebuilds for a period before marching north towards the Headlands, and ultimately, the final confrontation with Taralius II. After much struggle, Exardius eventually breaks through the barricades of Kaledon Pass, and begins an incursion into the Headlands. Exardius then proceeds to quickly secure Kathia City, which surrenders upon sight. While staying at Kathia City, Exardius sends a legion under Caran Tiernan to secure Oldaron City, having recieved word of their desperation to be liberated. However, the intel was falsified, and Caran's legion is ambushed at the King's Cross Road, and utterly defeated. Exardius later establishes the Exardian Elite, an order of the greatest legionnaires and covert agents, and eventually rescues Caran through their use. This however, caused General Relixius II (Iohannes was captured at Kaledon Pass and imprisoned at Spellshrine) to march his armies south to besiege Kathia City. After some time, the Exardian forces managed to defeat the invading forces, and the Tiranians were forced to retreat. As the Tiranian army begins to rebuild under Relixius III (Relixius II died at the Siege), Exardius marches to Royalia City, and manages to capture it after five months of siege. Inside the walls of Royalia however, Exardius is at long last reunited with his lost love, Helenia Blacklance. During his stay at Royalia, Exardius begins rebuilding and hosts a number of festivals and celebrations, amongst one which he proposes to Helenia.
However, when Exardius thought things were calming down, Taralius reveals a nefarious scheme as conflicts arise when Exardius is held captured in a rebellious building in Royalia. Through the Exardian Elite however, Caran secures the situation although many died from the intense conflict. Knowing that Exardius' men would be demoralized from the crisis, Taralius begins to march with his new, final army. When hearing of this, Exardius quickly assembles the legions remaining and marches to face Taralius near the town of Wosworth.
Battle of KingsEdit
At a cold day in March, the Exardian Army faces off against the Ironblood Army. After a bloody and seemingly endless struggle, Exardius eventually manages to claim victory as in the final moments, he is reinforced by the Royal Army of Erus, having arrived on the shores of western Headlands a few hours prior to the battle. Taralius is captured and as Exardius marches on Iserria, the city capitulates, ending the War. Exardius then proceeds to have Taralius crucified on a cross, where he later dies, ending his terrible reign as Tyrant-King. By the end of 22nd March, Exardius is coronated as King of Tiranus.
Crucifiction of TyrantsEdit
Many wonder why Taralius was not sent to Spellshrine alike Heinrich and Iohannes, but executed instead. Those closest to Exardius at the time claimed that Exardius saw Taralius' death as a neccesity, from which he could send a clear message to the world and Tiranus, that the new Tiranus would never again accept another Tyrant-King. Was Exardius attempt at this succcessful? To a degree. After Exardius, no one who ruled Tiranus/Iserria was never acclaimed as a "Tyrant-King". In fact, few Kings and Emperors were considered tyrannical, with the exception of the Emperors during the Two Years' War.