War of Lorian Ascension
“I was there when Star Emperor Do’anär the Venerable died. The parade was spectacular, although the large amount of refugees made everyone a little anxious. We had heard the rumours: that General Veronis Viriwë wasn’t in attendance against tradition, that the human horsemen to the east were restless. And most frightening: the Emperor’s life was in danger from a mysterious group of assassins. Those of us in the crowd were cheering loudly. We wanted to show the world that the Star Empire was still strong despite the fires to the north. Maybe we were the foolish ones, but the draw to patriotism was incredibly strong. We had no idea that our longest-lasting Empire since the Great Sundering was about to collapse. The person next to me saw it first and screamed, and I heard several cries come from the crowd. Following their eyes, I saw the Emperor, a crossbow bolt impaled into his heart. A little blood was trickling from his mouth, and the guard were rushing into the crowd, searching for the assassin. As they began to rough up some people, a group of people in the crowd began to fight back, drawing swords and daggers out of hidden places in their clothing. The guards quickly slew them, and their blood ran red in the streets of Lerdelore. But the Emperor didn’t recover from his wounds; whoever had shot the arrow had used a poison. This poison was so devious that not even the best alchemists in the realm could save him. He was dead within a few days, and with him the peace he had kept for the 816 years of his reign.” ~ Nemar Misoporos, A Rain of Falling Stars.
The war lasted for several years and devastated much of central Orkanis. General Viriwë became the first King of De'aria, and The Khanate of Kahari declared independence from the Star Empire. The Star Empire itself ceased to exist in name, but its northern territories coalesced into The Kingdom of Loria.
The caldilar do not forget, and their loss in this one war has coloured the Kingdom of Loria’s interactions with all other Sedestan nations. The “theft of caldian hegemony” figures very heavily in the culture of the moon elves and their human subjects, and it is commonly traced back to this conflict.