When Borial I, 'the Miser', died in 174AIF without declaring who his heir and successor would be the Empire of Turelion descended into a period of civil war as his three sons, the triplets Tamen, Kelbon and Mallenar fought for the Imperial throne.
Following the end of the Triplet's Interregnum, the new Emperor Mallenar I, shaken by the multiple attempts against his life during the civil war, and still aware that there were many supporters of his brothers still at large founded the Imperial Inquisition to weed out dissenters and malcontents and protect him and his family.
On this day in 439AIF, the crew of the Seacrake, whose ship had been swept from the Centric Sea to the outer reaches of the Ocean of Lasimar became the first people to set foot on the Continent of Zastral for thousands of years. It would take many months for the survivors to repair their ship and make good their escape in a large enough weather break, so that their discovery could be shared with the rest of the Empire of Turelion, but this date is still taken as the momentous moment of discovery in the Imperial Annals.
Seeking to bring the unrest to an end, the Regional Administrator for the Worfal Tundra ordered the troops under his command to forcibly break up a strike that had begun at Lemnar Mine, a rich iron mine in the west of the territory. Finding that the miners were resistant to being disbursed, the Provincial Troops took the opportunity to release their frustrations and reacted with excessive force. Hundreds of miners were killed, and hundreds other wounded.
As news of the massacre at Lemnar Mine spread across the region of the Worfal Tundra, the local populace, either enraged or fearful that they too might be attacked by Provincial Troops, took up arms and began to attack anything or anyone that represented the Provincial or the Imperial government.
Buoyed up by the retreat of the Provincial Troops, the rebels of the Worfal Tundra press home their rebellion and besiege the administrative capital, Hraman. Within days the town was cut off from the outside world and the two forces became locked in a bitter fight for every street and houses.
After months of bitter fighting, the loss of most of the Provincial Troops under their command and the failure of any reinforcements to appear from the south, the Provincial Administrator surrenders the town of Hraman to the rebels. All Provincial and Imperial buildings are sacked by the victorious forces and all known Imperial Servants and Provincial bureaucrats, including the Provincial Administrator are executed.
Following his coronation, Emperor Belliotrix IV officially declares war on Nova Norgantho, a move that both legitimises the Rebel Nation’s claim to be independent, but also notes a seed change in the Empire’s opinion of them and a shift towards treating them a true problem.
Emperor Belliotrix's solution to the Nova Norgantho problem is launched by the beginning of a network of walls and forts across the northern edge of the Destra Wetlands, the Yalthar Jungle and the western edge of the Grunwald Forest, to seal off the area of the Worfal Tundra from the rest of Hunar Continent.