The Most Powerful Family in Contaria
The Kathars' goals have changed over the course of their existence. However, in the last two and a half centuries they have held the throne, their goals have remained largely consistent from generation to generation. Most of the Kathar monarchs wish to maintain peace throughout their kingdom and with the neighboring kingdoms of Nimberia, Kacuskri, Terren, Mirrum, and Sembal. They try not to use their royal power of the peasantry for personal gain, honoring the vows they take at the coronation ceremony.
One of the major exceptions among the Kathars was King Alexander IV (r. 991 - 1002 AEK). During his reign, he declared war against the northern kingdom of Nimberia in order to gain a great amount of personal wealth from a war deal between himself and a number of warlords in the western regions of Nimberia.
Since her return to Contaria and her coronation, Queen Aralyn II, the niece of King Alexander IV and daughter of King Darius I, has been trying to right her uncle's wrong since his fall. She has eased the tension between Contaria and Nimberia as well as cut off all connections with the West Nimberian warlords. She continues work to sign a new peace treaty with King Richard VII (r. 979 AEK - present) of Nimberia before the fourth year of her reign has ended.
The first mention of the Kathar family is from the year 269 AEK. It began as the head of a small war-lord state in what is now north-western Contaria. They held territories from the towns of Endale and Silan at their southern border to the Algoan River acting as their northern boarder. As the family became more established in the area, they focused on bringing stable prosperity to their holdings rather than gaining more territory from the surrounding war-lords.
In the year 7 BEK, the fate of the Kathar family was forever changed when Lord Joseph Kathar and his wife, Lady Aralyn, took in a refugee of a neighboring war-lord. This refugee was none other than Lydia "Stormbor" Alden. The Kathar family agreed to Alden's request to be trained as a knight in their stronghold at Endale and eventually agreed to support her on her quest to reestablish the long-fallen Ancient Contarian Empire. Lydia Alden's and the Kathar's alliance in 5 BEK, established by the Endale Accords, is what officially began a thousand-year-long alliance between the two noble houses, enduring countless wars, crises, and change of power. When King Atel I (r. 396 - 412 AEK) of the Alden family was overthrown by Lord Robert Panet, the Kathar family still remained loyal to the Aldens and helped to shield them during the following years of political turmoil.
In 776 AEK, the Alden family was the greatest supporter of Lord Edward Kathar when he overthrew King Ferdinand III (r. 772 - 776 AEK) of the Redwin family and became King of Contaria, establishing the Kathar Dynasty. The family continues to rule to this day, despite the fall of the House of Alden during the First Fae Raids on the capital city of Alden (named after Lydia "Stormborn" Alden, the first Monarch of Contaria).
As the ruling family of Contaria, the Kathars have been the source of who some have considered some of Contaria's greatest monarchs, including King Atel III "The Magnificent" (r. 795 - 832 AEK), King Jackson II "The Great" (r. 832 - 859 AEK), and King Joseph I (r. 894 - 948 AEK).
Though the Kathar family once consisted of a large series of extended relationships formed through strategic marriages and births, the family has been in severe decline in the last three generations. Internal conflict, war, disease, and a series of unfortunate miscarriages and instances of infertility have left only one member of the Kathar family as the lone survivor. This is Aralyn Melony Eleanor Kathar, known as Queen Aralyn II or Melony Kathar (r. 1002 AEK - present). However, she has not allowed the Lord of the Council of Contaria to doubt her capability in ruling or keeping strong the Kathar name. Currently eighteen years old, the queen has not yet married or shows any intention of courting any of the young, eligible nobles of the court. Some speculate that she is merely postponing marriage as she continues to right the wrongs that her uncle, the late King Alexander IV (r. 991 - 1002 AEK), committed during his eleven year reign.
Kathar Family Tree
King Edward (r. 776 - 795 AEK)
King Atel III (r. 795 - 832 AEK)
King Jackson II (r. 832 - 859 AEK)
King Peter III (r. 859 - 870 AEK)
Queen Rebecca (r. 870 - 894 AEK)
King Joseph I (r. 894 - 948 AEK)
King Joseph II (r. 948 - 970 AEK)
King Peter IV (r. 970 - 984 AEK)
King Darius I (r. 984 - 991 AEK)
King Alexander IV (r. 991 - 1002 AEK)
Queen Aralyn II (r. 1002 AEK - present)
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