The World Of Khoras - History

The Age of Thull

1 TIC - 293 TIC

"The Age of Thull saw the formation of Ithria's greatest empire. Drawing heavily on the wealth and culture of those that had come before, the Thullian Empire united lands and people in a way that the Myratz Empire had failed to do so. In its early years, the empire was a model of military conquest and imperial efficiency. It is a great pity that this empire could not remain true to the vision of its founder."

- Drevan Stoor, Lore Master and Historian, Ithell

The Origins Of Thull

During the relative peace that followed the Holy Wars, a human boy named Thull was born. Very little is known of Thull’s early life except that he was born into the ranks of the Order of the Ranyku and apprenticed under Alreth, a Ranyku Master. Alreth was an eccentric, unconventional mage that despised the political conflicts and petty squabbles of the nobles that continually rippled upon the surface of peace that the Ranyku maintained. Alreth did not like the stalemate that had developed between religion and society.

In many ways, Thull adopted the beliefs and practices of his mentor. However, a darker side to Thull, an ego of great ambition, twisted Alreth’s teachings and beliefs. Thull passed the tests to become a Ranyku Master with the highest marks in history and eventually became one of the most powerful Ranyku Masters. However, Thull’s true strength lay in his charismatic charm, his magnetic personality and his philosophies... so many of which were shaped by Alreth.

The Rise Of Thull

Thull gained a strong following in the Order of the Ranyku... a group with philosophical foundations and political ambitions. Thull took advantage of certain internal conflicts within the Order and in the year of 12 BT established a new "order". Thull cared nothing for protocol or consequences and he played by his own sense of honor. He formed a small group of warrior/mages and forged them into faithful servants. With the use of poisons and assassins, he did away with certain stubborn holdouts and replaced them with his own men. He played out a subtle war on two fronts; within the Order, he swayed and coerced the other Masters into supporting him. Within the realms, he moved his own men into positions of power and bribed the nobles he could not replace. Soon, his spider web of connections was complete and Thull attained a position of considerable power but still remained out of sight. After twelve years of careful planning and political manipulation, Thull completed his Only when he had finished off the majority of his enemies did he pull his net tight and reveal the iron grip with which he held much of the realms. Several warring factions, independent groups and local communities were united then under a single establishment. Even though he did not command all the realms, Thull declared himself Emperor. A new calendar was declared, the Thullian Imperial Calendar, and the Age of Thull began with year 1. The following year, Thull began a campaign of conquest to conquer and absorb the many small countries that lay scattered like jewels at his feet. By way of force, he would bend the world to his beliefs.

During this time, the Order of the Ranyku still existed, but had lost much power. The newly formed empire took over the function of keeping the peace. Many Ranyku groups did as their forefathers had done before them and left society to live in the wilderness far from civilization. Both the Traxx Legion and the Irenni League, who had grown in size and stability, kept a close eye on this small empire growing in the east.

Thull II, The Reborn

Even though Thull died in 71 TIC on the Thullian Imperial Calendar, historians continue the Age of Thull. Thull's eldest son, Thull II was known as the Reborn because he was in every way the reincarnation of his father. Poets and artists of the time reveal a man that was in likeness and manner the mirror image of the man that ruled. Thull II continued his father's campaign of conquest and expanded the frontiers of the Empire until his death in 119 TIC. During his reign, several more small nations were conquered and absorbed into the growing Thullian Empire.

Thull III, the Valiant

Thull III, the grandson of Thull, concentrated more on strengthening the Empire from within rather than on expanding the borders. He built up and organized the military forces with the best troops and equipment that were available. Massive armies were raised and organized into a rigid hierarchy.  In 131 TIC, he appointed General Krellian as the head of the military, a war hero and military genius. That, unfortunately, was his undoing.

Thull IV, the Usurper

After nine years of services, General Krellian grew weary of living in the shadow of an emperor and of limitations on his authority. Thull III was killed during a military coup led by General Krellian in the year 140 TIC. This military coup took the form of a massive battle that ranged all over the capital city, ending on the stairs of the imperial capital building. This became known as the Battle of the Fourth Throne. Thull III and his bodyguards were executed. General Krellian then took control of the Empire and adopted the name of Thull. With this symbolic act, Thull became more of a title than a name. Thull IV, the Usurper, redirected the empire to a campaign of conquest and expansion. Eventually Krellian's son took the throne and was known as Thull V. For generations the Krellian line would hold the empire. During those years, the empire conquered many of the smaller nations throughout the east and solidified its hold.

Thull IX, the Restituted

Krellian’s descendants continued to hold the name of Thull and the empire until Thull IX (a true descendant of Thull) retook the throne through another military coup in 302 TIC. This was a famous battle in the capital city and many legends and prophecies surrounded it. In keeping with historical precedent, this was named the Battle of the Ninth Throne. After this battle, Thull IX retook the throne and assumed the mantle of emperor. He was thereafter known as Thull the Restituted.

Historians mark the end of the Age of Thull at the time of the rise of the Alliance.

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