The Unknown Past
Shakalan History Part 3
Shakalan History Part 3: A Time of Peace
he wedding party for Ersintine and Beslia lasted the rest of autumn and all winter. It was clear that the elves took their time with everything they did especially celebrating. During the festivities it was learned that Paladius had given his daughter’s had to Ersintine because since adulthood he had been the warchief of the elves and held his position because he had never been beaten in battle. Since Ersintine was human he was not eligible to take his job. Paladius was impressed not only by Ersintine’s strength and skill with arms but by his courage, honor, and devotion to life. At one time during a particularly private dinner he said to his sister, daughter, Ersintine and the other elven generals, “This human is a better elf than most of our trueborn brothers, now we just need to get him to honor the forest life as he does his people’s and we can knight him. Then my daughter will have the greatest elf of this time as a mate. To Ersintine!”
During the long celebrations the humans and dwarves came and went, but mostly came.
On the first truly warm day of spring, Ersintine made a short speech, “I am proud that my wife has been so honored by her people and mine, but it is time to move forward. I have decided that my wife and I should make our homes closer to her people than the fortress. I will use this place as my home. Any who wish to stay may. My friends, I will build home and a city here in these plains. One that honors the great elf that helped me end our struggles. I will name this city, Paladuis, after the father of my wife and my trusted elven comrade. But this city would not be an honor to him if I were to destroy more of his beloved forest, so I will not allow even one living tree to be harmed in the building of this city of my home. Therefore, I request all of the stonemasons of our dwarven brothers who are willing volunteer come and teach us how to find quality stone and how to build a beautiful city of stone.”
And so the construction of Paladius began. Ersintine labored with the dwarven and human stonemasons. He used his great strength and height to carry and lift the stones. He used his vast knowledge of siege craft to make the buildings and walls impregnable and to make great engines to lift the massive stones into position. His rangers and wood cutters worked with the elves learning to collect only the dead wood from the forest.
It took eight years of hard labor to build the city, for Ersintine insisted that the city walls be built large enough to enclose a population that numbers more than three times that of all the residents of the fortress.
When the city was complete, it stretched for over 350 square miles, spanned the intersection of two rivers, and was built to comfortably house over 200,000 people within its walls. The dwarves, elves, and humans all agreed that this is one of the most amazing structures they had seen. The castle integrated elven artistry with the dwarven master’s stone work. The glistening white and unassailable city walls that wrapped all the way the around the city were a tribute to the intellect, foresight, and work ethic of the humans. Each race claimed a portion of the protected area as its own, with the vast majority being for human occupation.
While the building of the city was going on, word came from the fortress that the Emperor had died and that the new ruler had declared the eastern realm to be nothing more than a drain on Anairia. He had severed any and all support for the eastern realm.
Shortly after the city was complete, immigrants began arriving from Anairia and continued for the next few years. They brought tales of warfare from every side. Duke versus duke, human versus barbarian, church versus politician, even the orcs had returned to raid the ravaged lands of Anairia.
After the city was completed, Ersintine and Beslia finally had time to get to know each other. Ersintine was nearing the age of 40 when he began his courtship of Beslia with a single flower left across her plate at dinner one evening. He seemed to finally pay attention to his wife as more than just a link to the elven court.
The leaders of the military, the guilds and the churches did not want to live through another war especially not one with other humans like was ravaging Anairia. They held private discussions with each other and their members. A decision was reached and the human leaders sent their secret plans to the dwarven clans and the elven court and asked if they supported the plans a representative of each to travel to Paladuis.
Ersintine was accosted early one morning, while walking through the merchant’s quarter with his wife, by the Justicar Knight-Marshall and asked to return to the castle immediately. When he walked into the courtyard there were the leaders of the human guilds, his Knights, the high priests of the churches, the elven queen, and the dwarven master chief.
The Justicar Knight-Marshall who had collected him received a parchment from the elven queen, and read from the proclamation, “We, the representative leaders of human, elven, and dwarven kind, with the full knowledge and consent of our respective peoples, do hereby bestow the title of king of the lands of Shakala upon Lord Ersintine of the house Shakala. Out of respect to his honored service to this realm and his existing commitments, he shall hence forth be known as Sir Ersintine of the house Shakala, founder of the Brotherhood of Justice, Sovereign of the Kingdom of Shakala, Duke of the Eastern Realm, honored prince of the Elven court, and high chief of the Dwarven clan Humanus. So say we all.”
At which time all the assembled dignitaries let loose a resounding. “AYE!”
The dwarven master chief brought forth an elegant, bejeweled, golden crown. Ersintine bowed to one knee and lowered his head as the dwarf silently placed the crown upon it and stepped to one side.
The elven queen stepped forward holding a wooden rod that seemed to be a single branch woven upon itself with no end. She laid the rod in his arms saying, “My nephew, I have called this branch forth from the boughs of my private glade. It still lives and will as long as your line does. You did plan on having a family did you not?” She then stepped to the other side.
The high priest of Bahamut stepped back and raised his left arm while the guildmaster of the stone mason’s guild stepped back and raised his right arm. As they did so the gathered humans parted and Ersintine’s squire led the house servants forward carrying a delicately carved white granite throne. They walked behind Ersintine and sat the throne down. Ersintine’s squire raised his master to his feet then guided him to sit upon the throne.
As he sat, Ersintine looked back at the group of leaders with tear filled eyes and said, “My dearest friends. What have you done?” After a slight pause he continued, “Is this truly what the people want? And these gifts … I do not deserve these.” Another pause and he concluded, “I am so honored and humbled by this.”
“Ah my lord there is one more,” said the Justicar Knight-Marshall. He retrieved a sword and scabbard from a simply dressed man at this left. He said the man, “Come master smith, let us give our new king this noble blade you have crafted.”
He turned to King Ersintine, approached the throne, knelt before his king and held forth the hilt of the sword. Ersintine stood and drew the blade from the scabbard. It glowed with a bright pale blue light. It seemed to quietly hum, almost like it was purring.
Ersintine slowly inspected the blade from tip to pommel. He then moved to the kneeling smith, raised him to his feet, grasped forearms with the surprised man and said, “Master smith, and I truly mean MASTER, this blade you have made for me is remarkable. I have never seen anything that even remotely compares to its quality and craftsmanship. To say nothing of the amazing glow and strangely comforting hum that it gives off. You have given an old warrior what is clearly the best blade in all of the world, and I thank you for the honor allowing me to carry it.”
“I can not accept all the thanks myself, your majesty,” said the smith. “The magic was placed on it by master Gilliam the wizard. He should be here to receive your thanks also, your majesty.”
The king replied, “I will be sure that he is knows that the both of you have your king’s eternal appreciation. As a matter of fact, I want it known that you both may join me at my table whenever you wish. You might even get to bend my ear a bit while you are there, but only if you bend your elbow with me, ay master smith?”
With that the kingdom of Shakala was created and its first king crowned.
The king and queen went on to build a small family. Queen Beslia first bore a son to Ersintine that they named Gennadas in SR 13 who would someday take up the mantle of king. Then when her husband was 82 years old, she bore him twin daughters Nalani and Minurinniel. The king abdicated to his son leaving him the throne, crown, and rod; then he and his queen retired to the elven court with his new daughters.
In SR 72 , when King Gennadas had ruled for 31 years, his mother and twin sisters brought him his father’s sword. His father’s body was being brought to Paladius to be buried, carried on the shoulders of the 12 elven generals he had fought against during the elven war.
An exquisite funeral was held and a massive shrine was constructed to allow the many people who loved this man so deeply to visit.
King Gennadas ruled for another 34 years before he passed in his sleep. He was celebrated as the king of peace and was buried in the royal cemetery on the right side of his father’s memorial.
During his life Gennadas used his athority and resources to finish father’s plans for the country and grow the peace with barbarian tribes, the dwarven clans, and the elven court. He married Alessia of the house Moegaon. She was the granddaughter of a duke of Anairia. Gennadas fathered five children by his wife Alessia; Justintine his heir, Daniela, Maugan, Kenneth, and Bryndis.
All of his children spent the first eight years of thier life in the royal court. After that they spent the next 4 years learning the ways elven court and their elven heritage. His two daughters returned to the royal court to meet suitors. His three sons, Justintine, Maugan, and Kenneth, spent the 4 years from 12 to 16 learning warfare from the dwarven clans. They then returned to Paladius to learn from the human knights and rangers until the age of 22.
Justintine was accepted into the Knights Justicar and stayed a member until he rose to the throne. Daniela was betrothed to a powerful lord in the human court. Maugan became a ranger and excelled in moutian fighting. Kenneth became a paladin of Bahamuht. Bryndis fell in love with a barbarian clan chief’s son and ran off with him to his clan. Later Gennadas accepted Bryndis’ marriage at the request of his son Maugan and the family was reunited.
Shortly after the death of King Gennadas, Maugan brought news to his brother, King Justintine, news of an orc horde advancing into the northern areas of the kingdom. So began the Orc Wars.