The Kingdom of Tiranus is one of the oldest Kingdoms of Xroth, being founded sometime during 30 BT. It was founded by Tiranian Cael, who was said to have been a decendant of Taranis Baneheart. The dominanting royal family of Tiranus has been the Dragonblood-line, and even though some other families briefly controlled the Kingdom at times, the Dragonblood has always seen the light of day to reign as Kings and Queens. In 1024 CT, the Kingdom of Tiranus ceased to exist when Exardius I reformed it into the Empire of Iserria. When the Iserrian Empire fell in 1815 CT, the Kingdom of Tiranus was restored briefly for approximately 20 years, later becoming known as the 'Allied States of Tiranus' in 1825 CT.
History of TiranusEdit
The History of Tiranus is rich with violence, cruelty, betrayal and chivalry. Almost ever since its creation, the Dragonblood line has held the throne, but in some rare cases, generals and nobles have successfully managed to hold the throne, until the Dragonblood eventually returned and reclaimed their lost throne.
The Carium AgeEdit
The Nomad WarsEdit
During the Carium Age (Ca. 80 BT to 300 CT), Tiranus was divided into clans, of these, there were seven major clans who ruled parts of the country.
- The Acarias Clan
- The Serennas Clan
- The Rhanac Clan
- The Cala'Tir Clan
- The Tira'cun Clan
- The Kath'arra Clan
- The Hath'an Clan
Of all these clans, Cael was born into the Acarias, who had been formerly ruled by Taranis Baneheart after his supposed victory against Primalicus, almost a century ago. However, since then the Clan had fallen into the leadership of the Ironheart family. When Cael realized that the country and the clans could be united to present an amazingly strong community, he challenged the current leader of the Clan, Sarenicus Ironheart for leadership of the Clan. In some miraculous way, Cael managed to win the challenge, killed Sarenicus and assumed leadership of the Acarias Clan. Cael then proceeded with his plan to unite the Clans, and began what is commonly referred to as 'the Nomad Wars'. During the Nomad Wars, the Acarias Clan (who were settled around Iserria's location) ventured southwards, and conquered clan after clan, yet allowing the conquered to keep their possessions - Cael wanted to unify the Tiranians, not conquer them. In the end, after almost 12 years of warfare and blood, Cael had succeeded: Tiranus had been unified.
Cael the GreatEdit
Many have speculated about Cael the Great, the first leader of the unified Tiranus. Did he call himself a King, or nothing more the Cheiftain? Recent research has discovered ancient tablets from Tiranus' birth, recording that Cael did in fact take on the ancient Titan title of "Kang", which loosely can be translated to King. As for Cael's lineage, the tablet seems to confirm his claims to be related with Taranis Baneheart, as it states the Baneheart family at one point become the Dragonblood. Logically, this could very well be because of Taranis marrying someone with Dragonblood as their surname, and wishing to continue that lineage. What happened though, one can never really be one hundred percent sure of.
The Caelian LineEdit
With King Cael I came much trouble to Tiranus. Many of the minor clans still tried to claim independance, and the countryside was rigged with cultural conflict and crisis'. After Cael's death sometime around 30 CT marked the first time Tiranians actually buried someone. As such, Cael was buried on the largest hill of Iserria City, along with a monument that still stands. Even Cael's death began the unwritten law that the next King should be of the former King's blood, most commonly his eldest son. As such, Caradius I became the second King of Tiranus. With Caradius I, most of the cultural conflicts with the clans that wishes independance ended, and instead, conflicts arose from the many local gnoll warbands. This forced the hand of Caradius I, and he became officially the first ruler of any true nation to gather a professional army. This professional army that was created by Caradius I only numbered 10,000 men, but still it was more then capable of dealing with the gnoll warbands that roamed Tiranus, preying upon defenseless barbarian villages. At the end of his rule, Caradius' Army had almost entirely driven the Gnolls in Tiranus into the mountains, earning their respect and fear.
After Caradius I passed away, Makadius succeeded the throne. King Makadius was however as greedy as any King can become. Using the army established by his father, Makadius turned on several of the "nobles" (Note: Nobles hail from the Ancient Titan word, Nobadel, which mean 'Connected', and was later used to recognize the clan leaders and their families, who became a part of the ruling government of Tiranus). In the end, fearful that Makadius would drag their newly found Kingdom into ruin and civil war, a group of nobles conspiried against Makadius, and in the end, Makadius was assassinated, and the nobles elected his youngest son, Nalicus to become King. Makadius' elder son, Makadius II attempted to rebel, but he was eventually executed for trying to usurp the Kingdom. For almost ten years, the nobles controlled Tiranus as Nalicus' regents, but when Nalicus came of age (16 years old), he proved to be extremely intelligent and quickly tricked the nobles into a meeting, where he had them executed for their assassination of his father. However, Nalicus realized that he could not let the Kingdom fall into chaos, and new nobles from the slain's families were elected and peace continued.
The Calanir RevoltEdit
Around 67 CT, a noble family, known as the Calanir began to speak out against King Nalicus I and his rule, who they considered brutal and unfair. To send them a message, Nalicus began to gather his army, which turned the Calanir to burn down a section of Iserria City (the city was wholly made out of wood, mostly at that time). With the fire in Iserria, King Nalicus I deemed the Calanir rebels of the Kingdom, and wanted them dead. As such, every other noble family began to hunt them down, and the Calanir fled across the Pass of the Cross, into the unfamiliar lands of Erus. What happened there however, changed everything. Erus was barely united, and large clans battled each other. The Calanir however, managed to secure an alliance and then later conquered a clan, and began using its warriors to conquer the other major clans. Around 70 CT, the Kingdom of Erus had been founded, and was now ruled by King Baradius Calanir. With a Kingdom of their own, the Calanir left Tiranus alone for the time being...
The Talonar ConquestEdit
Around 100 CT, King Caradius II ordered the Tiranians to construct large fishing boats, which was then used to transport large amounts of Tiranian warriors across River Delanne, and into the elven homeland of Talonar. The Elves were, unlike Erus, fairly organized, and met the Tiranian army head-on with their own warriors. The fighting in Talonar were tough on the Tiranians, but their incredicle willstrength eventually led them to victory, and in time, they began to conquer western-Talonar. As Tiranian holdings in Talonar grew, the elven high-king sued for peace with the Tiranians in 120 CT. Reluctant, Caradius II signed the truce. However, the Tiranian holdings in Talonar would continue to be ruled by Tiranians for another two hundred years.
Return of the GnollsEdit
In late 160 CT, the vicious Gnolls returned from the high mountains in Tiranus, and surprisingly gathered together in large armed forces. Yet, King Nalicus II was quick to gather the constantly growing Tiranian Army and marched off to meet the returning creeps. The first battle were violent, and resulted in a draw, giving wake to Nalicus II that a war was unavoidable. Shortly after, the Gnolls began conquering nearby Tiranian villages, and Nalicius II retaliated by raiding and viciously plundering the Gnolls for months without offering them a fair battle. After five years of Nalicius' strategy, the Gnolls again retreated back to their mountains. However, this time, Nalicius II followed with his army, and almost entirely wiped out the Gnolls in Tiranus. Only a few survived the brutal slaughter in the mountains...