The History of Brisland is fraught with blood spilled over territory and resources. What began as four independant city-states with limited influence outside of their immediate surroundings and dozens of small independant settlements would be forged in the fires of war into a strong unified nation.
The Fisher's War
The beginning of this tempering of allies began with The Fisher's War in 331 I.R. The cities of Estwich and Riverton came to blows over disputed fishing waters, and were quickly joined by the cities of Malavia and Brisburgh. The war lasted two years, ending in the Estwichan and Malavian forces withdrawing from territory claimed by Riverton. The western allies returned again four years later as the Malavian Confederation, a formal alliance between Malavia and Estwich. Raids upon villages and farmlands to the west of Riverton and attacks on fishing vessels again prompted Brisburgh to answer the call of an important ally and supplier of fish and other resources from the sea. The conflict was short-lived this time, with the Malavian raiders withdrawing before any major battles could even be fought. Following this, Brisburgh and Riverton entered into a formal alliance called The Riverton Alliance, joined by the towns of Dornsbury, Kallenston, and several smaller settlements in the region in 338 I.R.
The Verdant Concordant
As the Malavian Confederation turned their attentions to the west, the Riverton Alliance found itself negotiating an uneasy peace with a new power to the East. The King of Halsingly, seeing the unified cities so close to his own lands as a threat, formed defensive alliances with the towns along the Verdant River in 342 I.R., stretching all the way to Hillsbury at the base of the Frostcap Mountains. The lands between these two organizations remained independent and were at the time sparsely populated. There were no territorial disputes between them, but peace between this new Verdant Concordant and the Riverton alliance would last only four decades. In 381 I.R. the Riverton Alliance attempted to expand their influence, and the Greenfields War began between the two unified powers.
The Greenfields War
This six-year conflict began when the king of Brisburgh made a public proclamation that all lands and settlements from Brisburgh east to within five leagues of the Verdant River were part of the imminent domain of the kingdom. While the Verdant alliance had no official ties to settlements further west, they did have trade relations with several independent settlements that did not identify as being subject to the rule of the crown in distant Brisburgh. As the Riverton Alliance moved troops east to secure their newly proclaimed holdings, the Verdant Concordant mustered an impressive army consisting mostly of volunteers who saw this as a threat that would eventually grow to threaten their own liberty. Pushing back the overconfident Alliance forces, the Concordant won battle after battle; eventually taking land almost to the doorstep of Brisburgh itself.
In 387 I.R., Concordant forces took the city of Hillsburgh just east of Brisburgh. The king of Halsingly sent dispatches to negotiate a surrender, using Hillsburgh as a mass hostage in the negotiations but agreeing to return control of the city if terms were agreed upon. The King of Brisburgh refused any offers to negotiate, instead swearing to march upon Halsingly itself. As a last act of desperation to end the long war, the Concordant trapped the entire citizenry of Hillsburgh inside the city and burned it to the ground. The Alliance sent the bulk of their army to reap retribution for this atrocity, but after they were soundly defeated on the field terms of surrender were negotiated. Following the the Concordant built a new town upon the ashes of Hillsburgh, naming it Brisbane to remind their western neighbors of the consequences of any future expansionist efforts.
Only eight years later, in the late fall of 395 I.R., a new King in Halsingly decided that his predecessor had failed to press the advantage. He marched troops upon the independent city of Gerald's Crossing, north of Brisburgh, claiming it for the Concordant. This cut off the Riverton Alliance from an important trade partner in the North, Northampton. Neither the alliance nor the King in Northampton would accept this situation, and the two states allied to retake Gerald's Crossing early in 396 I.R. The concordant held the town for three months, and the incident has since been known as Gerald's Folly.
The War of the Crossing
What followed immediately after this was sixteen years of conflict known as The War of the Crossing, lasting from 396 I.R. to 412 I.R. The united forces of the Riverton Alliance and the Kingdom of Northampton fought and bled for every league of land from Brisbane east to the Verdant River. Upon reaching the river, they faced an insurrection that seemed to include every man, woman, and child in the region fighting to expel the invading army from their homes. Even after the official end of the war in 412 I.R., there would be three more years of bloodshed between the citizens of the region and the occupying armies of the Alliance and Northampton.
The Brisland Unification
In 415 I.R., The leaders of the four kingdoms of the region met in council. The kings of Brisburgh, Northampton, and Riverton gathered in Brisbane along with the military governor who was placed in control of Halsingly by the king of Brisburgh himself. The four men agreed to unite under a single banner to ensure that no further blood would be shed over control of the fields and waters of the region. They also saw the Principality of Remaria to the west - which was formally organized in 367 I.R. - as a growing threat, along with the eastern tribes who all saw the conflicts of the past century as weakening the divided nations.
King Benalas Haverstaad II of Brisburgh was nominated to become the sovereign of the newly unified Kingdom of Brisland. Riverton and Northampton were made duchies, and due to its contested borders, threat of the eastern tribes, and current military governorship; Halsingly was proclaimed the Halsingly March.
A Time of Prosperity
In the nearly four hundred years since the Unification, the Kingdom of Brisland enjoyed relative peace. There were some small disputes with Remaria, although their western neighbors seem content with their current holdings and preoccupied with fighting over their northern lands with Argastilan. The eastern tribes formed their own kingdom after seeing the unified strength of Brisland and have remained a mostly isolationist power. There is however one notable conflict during the history of the kingdom that should be remembered, and may have an impact yet upon the future.
The Kingslayer Rebellion
In 732 I.R., King Rikard Leopold of Brisland died at the young age of thirty-four. His son, Miles Leopold, was crowned as the new king. Because the new king was only eight years old at the time, his uncle Francis Leopold was named as regent until the king rose to the age of adulthood. The late King Rikard and Francis had another brother, Pavish, who was the youngest of the three. Pavish coveted the crown for himself, and had Miles murdered in his own chambers in the dead of night. There was a simultaneous attempt upon the life of Francis which failed, leaving him next in line for the throne.
Pavish raised an army from his allies, most notably using his position as the Duke of Northampton to draw upon almost a quarter of the kingdom's potential military might. This war lasted the better part of a year, coming to an end in 793 I.R. when - forced to retreat back to his home - Pavish and his forces were besieged in Northampton by a vastly superior force. Pavish and his son Nathan escaped from the seige, fleeing to Remaria, and Francis Leopold was crowned the new king of Brisland.
Pavish and Nathan seem to have disappeared after their flight, but if the bloodline of Pavish continues to this day then there may be a rival claim to the throne of Brisland hiding in the murky forests to the West.