Abridged History of the 10th Age
The people of Llyris are descended from the ancient Llerneans and Llyndreans and comprise a branch of the race of Eastermen that includes Stonelanders, Thegnari, Karlungs, and Weylanders. The kingdom of Llyris itself was founded in the early 7th Age after the Wars of the East, during which time the goblins of the Moon Kingdoms cut deeply into the kingdom of Middlemark. The free regions of the Llyrian peninsula were forced to unite against the goblin threat and incorporated great numbers of Thegnari horse-riders into their populace, driven before the incoming threat of the goblins.
The early Llyrian kingdom was ruled from what is now Oldcastel by the Toren King. The large number of horse-men in the peninsula gave a good breeding stock to the Llyrians and the Llyrian ideal of knighthood can certainly be traced back to this Thegnari heritage. During the early years of Salys Toren’s reign he hired a great number of mercenaries to help fight in the Wars of the East and rewarded them with settlements of land and titles of lordship, thus inviting a good number of foreign customs into the formerly quite undeveloped peninsula.
By XII.376 the Toren family had died out. Crowncastel, which was the original name of what is now Oldcastel, was claimed by a bastard cadet of the Toren house by the name of Themistus Noreth. The Noreth line ended in XII.492 when Gavros Noreth passed the throne to the Helot line. The Helot kings ruled without interruption from Crowncastel until the early 8th Age.
During the War of Ascension the Helots were displaced and ultimately destroyed by the general-sorcerous known as the Ghost-lord. During that time Crowncastel fell into ruin and was ruled by the Ghost-lord. When the Cataclysm came and the Ghost-lord was destroyed at last, a civil war broke out over who would rule Llyris. The capitol was moved the Canton of Crowncastel (which became thereafter known as the Canton of Oldcastel) to a new canton in the south, Régal, and the city that was its seat, Greatgrove. The line of Merolim the Minstrel eventually won the war, and the Merolin Kings have ruled Llyris since the War of Ten Banners when the realm was badly divided. Their rule has been interrupted on several occasions, but eventually a Merolin always returns to the throne.
The current king of Llyris is Thylos Merolin.
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Llyris is divided up into a great many Cantons, each ruled by a count. The counts compose a powerful political class that seems to be defined by internecine fighting and warfare. There are four High Counts of the Great Cantons, which are Oldcastel, Amberdon, Lindry, and Winter’s Rest. These High Counts are the four most powerful noblemen in the realm, and are frequently at odds with one another or the crown.
The lesser nobility are knights, barons, and Marcher-Lords of the two great marches. Crown authority in Llyris is extremely loose, and the barons (and indeed Counts and High Counts) are frequently to be found fighting each other in border wars that result in more damage to crops than any knights.
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