Insight — A Foreword: The Recent History of Geldbane

The Nation of Geldbane: A Land Shaped by Fire and Water.

Generations of kings and queens have brought Geldbane to stand proudly above all other realms, the land rich in culture and coin and ruled by the Solace Line for two generations.   But this time of prosperity has been darkened by two wars, the first being the Great War of Erdak.

In this war Geldbane stood triumphant.  To this day, the once great Republic of Erdak now submits to Gelban law.  The northern lands, now known as Old Erdak, lie in ruin.   A poisonous miasma of unknown origin has made the former capital of the republic completely uninhabitable.   With this tragedy(supposedly an act of the Goddess of Fortune) Erdak had lost more than 90% of the ruling parties of Erdak. The entirety of their invading armies and those that masterminded their indentured servant policies had all perished.

The southern lands housed the liberated masses of Erdak. Free of the oppression of their ruling class, they came under the protection of King Guiren Solace.

When King Guiren suddenly passed away, Geldbane found hope in his son, Darius.  The boy of thirteen trained as a librarian (a great scholar capable of memorizing staggering amounts of information), ruled in seclusion under the support of the Grand Libraries.  Thus, a golden age dawned.

Darius was loved by the people. His methods were so impeccable that the county ran with efficient autonomy.  The Edrak that could not find work dared to scavenge materials from Old Erdak.   While not completely immune to the poison, they could endure for days at a time. Even so, no one had laid eyes on the capital and lived to tell of it.  When the young librarian took the throne officially at the age of 19, the people rejoiced.

Geldbane grew into a powerful nation, strong in its military, culture, and wealth.  The population exploded in the west to form the ‘Sea of People’.  To the east near the capital, the ambitious project of the Gold Road was established to connect the capital of Geldmoore to the cultural center Coulain.

All in all, Geldbane enjoyed close to two decades of peace, until Darius declared war on the peaceful desert nation of Dendarg.

The population rallied behind him, regardless of how wrong such aggression may have been.   Empowered by their prosperity and the indomitable Sword and Shield of the King, the assault on Dendarg began.

Dendarg massacred the Gelbane army man to man, and lost skirmishes even when they held four or five men advantages.   Gelban forces were all but helpless fighting in the desert, and when the battles came to the plains of Geldbane itself, they did not fare much better.

Murmurs spread across the country. Disdain, distrust, and dissent was endemic like a sickness,   until the Sword of the King, Barton Holderin, met his end.   Geldbane abandoned its campaign against Dendarg, and shortly after that the nation lost its prodigal son, and King Darius Solace was assassinated.

The second Golden Age of Geldbane came to a close, and the nation and the world of Pange both, stood to lose everything because of it.

4 thoughts on “Insight — A Foreword: The Recent History of Geldbane

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