The Bardic Village
Ealla is a Draconian settlement known for its roots in Bardic Practice, therefore giving it the nickname of "The Bardic Village." Most Bards that make a name for themselves end up spending at least some time training and studying in Ealla, or else in Ealla's major musical rival, the Gnomish city of Lebalos and their Bard College. Lebalos is not, however, the major rival of Ealla. That is the Draconian village of Alchemists known as Tamd, an isolationist land that detests the loud, bombastic outgoing nature of Ealla.
HistoryThe Bards of Ealla came, initially, from the Village of Evity. Evity was one of two Draconian settlements, the other being Bortan. Phrixus and Helle. Second, Bortanni generally did not practice magic, while Evitians did. However, many thought that Evity in its initial stages was not great for all mages, and therefore sought to split off to form Villages where they could better practice their techniques. A place where further study of more specific magical practices was not looked down upon. The first one to suggest this was Shirthecmonis Eravarax, a Bard who did not think that Evity treated its musicians well. Bards were loud, a vocal minority that was sick of how it was treated. Therefore, they were the first ones able to organize and begin the process of moving out of Evity. Eravarax therefore led them across Lashmur Lake, to a land that was not too far. A land that still had many of the same resources, but was just a bit further South. A land that would, upon its residents settling down in -1757, become known as Ealla.
A Rival VillageThey were not the only Village to be founded. One year later, in -1756, a village of Alchemists came to be known as Tamd. They, too, had split off from Evity, heading even further south to a peninsula that bordered the Great Sea and the Temple of Helle. Ealla had no hard feelings to anyone, as they were happy that Evity let them leave, and therefore wanted to foster good relations with Tamd as well. So Shirthecmonis Eravarax led a procession, a marching band as it became known, into Tamd to show the progress they'd made, in hopes that Tamd would appreciate it, show them what they'd done in return, and foster strong diplomatic ties between the two Villages. They put on a two hour show, and then at intermission, the bards waited for applause. Instead, they were met with boos, insults, and even explosion potions tossed at them. The Alchemists certainly showed them what they had learned, but it was not in the name of good relations. It was to get the Bards to stop. The show was put to an end, and Shirthecmonis demanded a meeting with their Chief, Colmiceth Nurdesh. Colmiceth agreed, and it is said the summit went so poorly that Nurdesh lost hearing in one ear and Shirthecmonis was nearly strangled to death as the two ended up wrestling. The hatred that erupted between these two men was so vitriolic that it has never been matched, and instead has grown to a Village-wide scale where their two respective settlements hate each other more than anything.
The War of Music and BrewWhat came from this was an event known as the War of Music and Brew, a battle between Tamd and Ealla. First, the Eallans retreated, then sending a lone bard to deliver a declaration of war that included a rap stating that they would be
"Purging and punishing such a poor audience."Colmiceth Nurdesh, seeking to outdo his rival, wrote back an alliterated message saying he, in response, intended to
"Perfectly prepare, and personally pulverize those pompous, performative, pricks."Shirthecmonis was particularly upset at Colmiceth using aliteration against them. That was a Bardic weapon! So, he gathered his best bards and marched once more on Tamd, not for peace, but this time for war. Shirthecmonis was prepared for an old-fashioned battle. Instead, the Tamdians were gathered with cauldrons, each containing a poison they had brewed individually, which they poured out onto the peninsula between the Eallans and themselves. Many Eallans died in the poison, as Colmiceth yelled out:
"Now Perish in my Poisonous Peninsula, you perfidious performers!"Shirthecmonis knew when he had been bested, and ordered a retreat as Tamd was isolated from the world with a mix of all of their poisons. He swore revenge, but never was able to carry it out, as he passed away not long after the war.
The Bardic AgeThe Bardic Age began with the founding of Ealla, and the subsequent skirmish with Tamd. It is called such because there was no ruling force over the Villages, and the Bards believe themselves the most notable thing at the time. The only thing that was consistent through this age is how the Villages told their tales. While Tamdians, Bortanni, and Evitians all wrote written histories, the stories between Villages were only told by Eallan bards and their songs. Therefore, history was written by the Bards. Thus ushering in the Bardic Age. It is bookmarked by two prominent Eallan Chiefs: Shirthecmonis Eravrax at the start, and Vemmuxileth Kiljhan at the end. There would be about a thousand years of wars between Ealla and Tamd, and when there wasn't war, the two Villages competed in other ways, such as the Festival Ninatta. Kilprax Ildial, a Draconian who had been studying under Kath the Eternal for around a thousand years, had come to announce his plans to unite Draconian Territory. Eltec Nurdesh, Chief of Tamd, was hesitant, but the Chief of Ealla, Vemmuxileth Khiljhan, was ecstatic to agree, and ended the war in an instant. He was given a noble title, like all other Chiefs at the time, and became the first noble. With that, Vemmuxileth abandoned Ealla, moving with others in the Great Draconian Migration to the city of Zephys. Kilprax was not pleased that Khiljan abandoned Ealla, as the noble title was meant to be a way to unite the Villages, but now the noble of Ealla didn't even live there nor was he Chief. So he insisted that Khiljan create and sponsor a Festival to find rising young stars, the Khiljan Festival.
The Class of -773It is from this Festival that three rising young Eallans were chosen to attend the newly opened Magic College. The first was a promising young Bard named Driarderoc Wulvull, the second was Neforian Questus, and the final one was a rather underwhelming young man named Tobor Tuldad. Tobor Tuldad was chosen based on criteria that no one really understood. A man who didn't even study the Bardic Practices, many believe the higher ups of Ealla hoped this would set him straight. Neforian was a winner of the Khiljan festival when they were very young, and was saved a spot for years. Driarderoc, all the while, had won the -777 Khiljan Festival and therefore was sent to the Magic College later that very year. While everyone had placed much faith in Neforian, it was Driarderoc that truly exceeded expectations. She was a promising student, but she clashed immediately with the top Tamdian prospect in her classs, Oldruuk Uphal. Oldruuk managed to win only because he was incredibly cunning and intelligent, the smartest in the class. However, Driarderoc was avenged by Cruldor Daxur. This trio became three of the most prominent Draconians of the era, alongside Kilprax Ildial himself of course, as they became Chiefs of their respective Villages with their classmates Laarthan Durzire and Aampeal Ildial. Neforian Questus became the leader of the Chamber, a Bardic organization within Ealla, while Driarderoc led the Village as its Chief. Tobor Tuldad, all the while, fled to the Elves in Camor because of his embarassment having ranked last place in the class and being made fun of for his poor performance.
The Draco-Elvish WarThe Draconian Villages were united under Kilprax, and with Driarderoc in charge, she never went to war with Tamd. Certainly she and Oldruuk did not get along very well, but it was a rivalry that had no need to expand into war. But war came anyway. The Elves that Tobor Tuldad had fled to were not happy with the Draconians, as a man named Elnahil Shirno had heard from Tobor about the Magic College and, therefore, decided he wanted to attend to further his magical studies. Shirno was rejected from the school, as Kilprax only wanted Draconians. Enraged, Shirno approached King Arazion Nerifir, who decided this was the perfect excuse to take over the Draconian lands as his own and expand the Elven Kingdom outside of the Elven Forest.
The Notable Figures and Families of EallaEalla, like other Draconian Villages, has a rich history of nobility that has existed since the -700s with Kilprax Ildial's promotion of the Chiefs to nobility. Children of Chiefs have their families promoted to nobility, but while in most other villages this breeds a sense of elitism and nepotism, Ealla has a creed of giving everyone a chance, which means more people from diverse backgrounds become Chief. Due to this, Ealla has more noble families, which dulls the meaning to ultimately have very little purpose ultimately. Therefore, the noble families listed here are only the most prominent and prescient names out of hundreds. Kiljhan (Orange Draconians) The Kiljhan family were the first nobles of Ealla, a promise given by Kilprax Ildial as a tantalizing reason to unite the villages.
- Vemmuxileth Kiljhan- Chief of Ealla during Kilprax's revelation and therefore was offered a noble title like all other Chiefs at the time. He accepted, and the Kiljhans moved to Zephys, remaining there.
- Shirthecmonis Eravarax- Founder of Ealla and one of the most well known Bards in history.
- Driarderoc Wulvull- The 5th ranked student in the first Magic College Class and Chief of Ealla during the Draco-Elvish War, she was the first Eallan to work alongside Tamd rather than against them.
- Tobor Tuldad- The 2nd Grand Wizard, who sold the Draconians out to the Elves and claimed responsibility for the death of Kilprax Ildial. Often called the most hated man in Draconian history.
- Dranketh Wulfras- A man born into a different, unknown family, he married into the Wulfras family and became the Conductor of the Orchestra in Ealla.
- Luciandrid Zrarakas- Leader of the Chamber in the mid 500s and staunch conservative politician, yet still a supporter of individual rights and art.
- Vriskemphilem Valpora- A Chief of Ealla during the Bardic Age, who started the Fermata War.
- Vultas Valpora- The leader of Lap of Luxury, the Ealla branch of the Publicani, and richest woman in the Draconian Villages in the 500s.
- Tarthekar Padorim- Chief of Ealla during the Chief Crisis, uniter of the villages against Salasar Feaphed.
- Donxosir Padorim- Tarthekar's son and one of the Bortan Orphans of legend that were raised by Nalrik Tilrak.
- Vardid Liloryas Vracrath- Known as the Ice Queen, Vardid was Chief of Ealla in the mid 500s and was said to be one of the greatest and most prominent heroes of the era.
- Kaltoth Vracrath- Chief of Evity in the mid 500s, Kaltoth gave up his position to move in with his wife Vardid.
- Ralpoh Vracrath- While living in Ealla, Ralpoh still continued practicing necromancy, continuing teachings from a man he knew in Evity and founding a practice of necromantic bardic practice.
- Huithol Vracrath Tilrak- Daughter of Vardid and Kaltoth, Huithol would marry into the Tilrak family, both her and her husband Memmas being prominent bards of their time.
- Memmas Tilrak- The first Tilrak to move to Ealla, he disregarded his warrior heritage to take up Bardic Practice.
- Ardar Tilrak- The Bard, also known as the 69th Grand Wizard, Ardar created the Age of Prosperity by leading the forces of the world in the Draqiroth War.
- Sirlini Glirdog- First non-Draconian Chief of a Draconian Village, also known as the Comedian for her cruel jokes and penchant for comedy.
- Panavor Shinebright- First son of Sirlini Glirdog, was killed by the Korvian Prince Stomper.
- Finethir Shinebright- A Half-Elven enchanter who started a successful ketchup company and sought equal rights for Half-Elves.
- Valfarin Shinebright- First son of Finethir and Lorakaen Shinebright, an Elven boy who was skilled in necromancy and tricks.
- Raelia Shinebright- A human girl with a penchant for pranks and Puppetry, it is said she takes after her grandmother Sirlini in ways that terrify many.
- Altora Shinebright- A prominent Elven necromancer and daughter of Valfarin Shinebright who was on Ardar Tilrak's advisorial council and ran a funeral business known as Corpse Rising.