The Rebirth of a Nation
By the time Cáin Avelson nic Dhána ascended to the throne of Válmía in 6075, the Castian Kingdoms to the north east of Olienn had been embroiled in war for centuries. Desperate to put an end to it, he launched a military campaign in 6080 in an attempt to bring all Kingdoms beneath a single banner. Successful, in 6084 Cáin named this new Kingdom Castrillis and became the first High King. War turned to peace, and for a time the Kingdoms prospered. There were those among the Clans, however, who loathed the loss of their Kingdoms. During several rebellions, they nearly toppled the throne- forcing High King Cáin to search for new ways of maintianing peace and order; forced to turn to Necromancy as a last resort, he was finally able to quell the rebellions in 6088. By that time, however, the damage was already done. Having had his taste of unimaginable power, High King Cáin delved deeper into the Necromantic arts, desperate to uncover more. After a time he began using Castrillians as vessels for macabre, arcane experimentation. These experimentations began, at first, with criminals and those who would never be missed. As his greed progressed, though, he turned his attention to average commoners ... And then to a Noblewoman: Eanna Catháil nic Lulachláin- the young cousin of Deorid Tuáirisc nic Lulachláin, the Low King of Finola herself. The disappearance, and eventually brutal resurfacing, of Eanna Catháil in 9091 marked a distinct turning point in public perception of the High King. Within a year, with the help of his own wife Moirin ac Brádaigh nic Doirnín, he was overthrown. Unfortunately he managed to escape- leaving Castrillis behind as she took the throne. High King Moirin seceeded the throne in favor of her daughter Fína until she came of age in 6102. And beneath her steady (if stern) rule, Castrillis prospered again until a series of brutal attacks in Catríona ushered in the era of the White War. The Kingdoms failed to beat back the waves of undead invaders from the far north, and within five years Castrillis was all but overrun. A breakthrough eventually revealed that her father- now a Lich- was behind the attack. In a last ditch effort to save her Kingdom, High King Fína seceeded her throne and disbanded the nation of Castrillis in favor of founding the ; over a decade of magical experimentation went into the Order's creation- finally culminating in the founding of an elite and highly specialized pseudo-militaristic force intended to fight the undead. Their success brought a quick and decisive end to the White War by 6155, twenty three years after it had started.