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Political history of Teddin

The sons of Ganuis Cáma (king of Urnst), Hurin and Turgon land in Teddin in 2792 in the first wave of settlers. Hurin Cáma had been exploring the area for over a decade and had found what he saw to be an ideal location for a new kingdom for the Gwaithor. He had been steered this way by his father; The Cáma family no longer ruled Celene and even in their rule of Urnst, were subject to the will of the king of Perrenland. They build an ostentatious but well designed city-port[1] on the western edge of the main island, facing the Flannaess. This city-port took a vast sum of money; the cash reserves of both Urnst and of the Cáma family were entirely consumed in its preparatory construction alone. Other individuals and small concerns paid for the erection of their own buildings within the city.

Ambitious sons from the families Lomin, Geofodhan, Wigfruma, Goulèd, Gûl and Gwathlo soon joined them. Initially some of the younger Princlings of the empire join with Hurin and Turgon and their sister, Arë. Hurin makes it clear to all comers that the city and the lands accessed thereby are his inheritance and all those who stay accept this, after all he and his siblings are the grandchildren of Hazen and attract a significant Gwaithor following. Vemon Beän and Benés Lomin bring their ilin to the Càma banner. Sindalië from the Gwathlo and Gûl Clans also seize their opportunity. Grynwyn and Tylain, sons of Finarfin and Glordin son of Finwë Gwathlo join with the Teddin adventure. The Grey elves bring Yla and Nhi ilin with them.

The Goulèd are under pressure in Jorassë from the older more established ilin clans and are searching for lands of their own. The Geofodhan and Wigfruma have many sons at this time and the Teddin adventure seems to be good way to keep them out of trouble. The Dre heartland is in the north of Urnst and the Clan strip their available manpower from the Flanaess to support their Lords in their overseas adventure.

The sons of Benés Isenwarien, and therefore nephews of the Emperor Beren II, also joined the campaign. As the Emperor didn’t have any male children of his own they are clearly in the line of succession. Rakh (b.2776) is Benés Isenwarian’s third son; He was trained as ilin in Celene, amongst the Gwaithor. A fine horseman and capable warrior he was urbane and witty. His humour had a cruel streak but he had soft spot for the underdog. This may explain why he took his two younger brothers with him on such a dangerous expedition. In 2792 he joins a group of Ckaeo (his mother’s Clan) seeking their fortune as Turgon Cáma’s ilin in Teddin.

N’tra (b. 2726) Covertly gay, he remains at court for his training rather then going out to one of the other Lords. His father therefore sends N’tra with Rakh when he embarks with his ships. N’tra survives the initial years of campaigning in Teddin. But as a potential future emperor and only junior captain in Hurin’s army, N’tra’s rewards are cash rather than land. After Hurin’s death in 2798 he returns well off and retires to a country estate in Uleck with his favourites, escaping the fate of Turgon. His closest friend and ally, Siegfried Wigfruma[2] , initially persuades N’tra to stay but after the death of Rakh he cannot persuade him to remain.

Malvor b. 2699 (legitimised bastard) he was effeminate of demeanour and suffered thereby during his childhood. He would have fared much worse but for the care taken by N’tra to guard his younger half brother. Although considered to be still quite young he follows N’tra on campaign, greatly impressing their father and greatly easing family tensions thereby. He also follows N’tra into retirement, becoming Hedgelord in turn when N’tra becomes Carnc in Uleck.

In 2787 the princlings elect Hurin to be King of Teddin; a separate realm from the Empire. They build their grand seaport and citadel on the western most point of the land and spread out inland. These neo-Celebrinoth spread out initially in a line due east from the city-port. Soon enough there is war as the earlier, westernmost settlements spread inland and encounter Bugbears. There is six years of fighting, most of which is in the central plateau area. The conflict ends inconclusively bar the loss of Hurin. Hurin Càma dies in battle in 2798. Alongside him Grynwyn Gwathlo and half of the Gwaithor ilin who came to Teddin. Most of Clan Dre gave their lives in the same campaign. A few of clan Dre repair to Nyrond or Jorassë. The remaining score elect to remain with Turgon, now King of Teddin and share his fate. Rakh Isenwarian becomes Turgon’s sheild-man, and dies protecting his back during jungle fighting in 2799.

Hurin was the eldest of the brothers Cáma and leader of the neo-celebrinoth. Despite his towering ego and mild resentment of reliance on Sindalië and mannish allies, he was the glue that kept the kingdom of Teddin together. Turgon was always his brother’s man and during his ‘reign’ achieved little beyond persecution of his brother’s wars. Rakh Isenwarian was a favourite uncle of the future Angborn II. Teddin had caught his attention. Those Ckaeo ilin remaining after Rakh’s death returned to the Flanaess.

In 2821 the future king of Perrenland, Angborn Yuggat Isewarian[3] , visits. He strongly hints that he believes in seats on the imperial council for those who bring new territories into the PE[4].

The Gwathlo and Gûl make a last minute grab for two island chains to the north. They become embroiled in a long naval war[5] against the Sahaguin and Sea Princes (a politically autonomous Aerdy populated state). 2932 is their first year without a fight against either foe. Tylain married Arë Càma, sister of Hurin and Turgon in 2800. They have two daughters, Jadhrim b.2817 (in 3150 she is a Carnc in S.Hisra) and Nithoem b. 2832. Tylain’s youngest is a son, Gwydhal b. 2833. After the death of Turgon, the Gwaithor who remain in Teddin settle in the Impassode isles.

The Wigfruma have already begun work to turn Burnraas (M. Blacksand) into the main port of entry into Teddin, as the only other significant deep harbours in friendly hands are on the eastern coasts, facing away from the empire. Seeing his chance Siegfried sends his younger brother Jergen with the Sindalië to what would become known as Rythym to found a second Wigfruma territory. The Goefothan princlings who remain are dependant on Siegfried’s goodwill for nearly fifty years until their mainland kin begin supporting them with more than words.

In 2839, in support of the empire and Teddin, Glordin Gwathlo, Lord of Alcant marries Melethiel Isenwarian, sister of Emperor Angborn II. Her twin, Linawen, moves to Alcant with her. Glordin has two sons and a daughter by Meletheil and two daughters and a son by Linawen. In 2844 he marries Jadhrim Leodhata. She bears him two sons and a daughter.

In 2902, Angborn II makes good his promise, the individual realms of Teddin become part of the empire and its rulers gain seats on the council. The Gwathlo now have five seats on the imperial council. Diaton, Rythym and adjacent islands begin a process of clearing jungle/rainforest. The Cáma dream of an independent land for the Gwaithor outside of the empire is over. In one hundred and ten years, half of the Gwaithor who had emigrated had died either through combat, accident or a combination of disease and malnutrition. Turgon was not the leader his brother was and suffered continual interference from his father in Urnst. Rakh, Siegfried, Vemon and Benés keep Turgon’s vassal state (The Kingdom of Teddin) together whilst the Sindalië branch out, increasingly on their own.

In 2945 devils begin to appear in significant numbers at the edges of PE territories. These are summoned allies of the Bugbears, who are amassing for war on the central plateau. There are warnings from the Assembly, who detect the diabolic activity. There are warnings from the birds, who talk to the remaining elves and there are warnings, via their more settled cosmopolitan kinfolk, from the Mura tribesmen who still live in the heartland. The initial bugbear invasion is defeated.

The imperial counter attack appears to be going well until a summoned supernatural army appears behind them in the heart of Cáma territory and takes the city-port. Immediately a cry for help is sent to the army in the field. King Turgon’s forces split with a significant portion, under Turgon Cáma quitting the field (jungle) and hastening back to their capitol. The remaining Lords of Diaton and Ryhtym (Benés Lomin and the Sindalië) no longer have enough strength to press home their advantage.

The Sindalië were engaged with the Hurgilin at the time Turgon withdrew. A direct consequence of Turgon leaving the fight at that point was that the remaining neo-Celebrinoth were hopelessly over stretched. The Yla and the Nhi suffered significant casualties. Never strong in Teddin, 50% losses reduced their numbers to a point where there were only a handful of high-born ilin left for each of the Sindalië Lords. A Gwaithor/Mura ilin patrol leader named Larnay Nabrish and his force are cut off and lost to the jungle. The Glordin and his Scròfa ilin saved the remainder and withdrew northwards to Jergen Wigfruma’s holdings in West Rythym. Shattered and broken, the Lords of the Isles and the Lords of Rythym retreat to lick their wounds and guard their own borders. At this point the others pledge their support to Benés in seizing Diaton from Turgon, who they believe is no longer fit to rule. In the east, the kingdom of Teddin is no more. It takes Benés Lomin and the remains of his army six months to make their way to Diaton. The only good news at this time is that Larnay Nabrish and most of his force escaped and are at Diaton to greet their Lord when he returned.

Turgon arrives too late and the city, although intact, is a city of death. Some of Turgon’s men quit Teddin for the Flannaess, he rides back to join the army with the remainder of his force but is ambushed and he is killed and his small force scattered. Siegfried Wigfruma perishes with his erstwhile king. Vemon Beän led the survivors to safety. The Cáma now have no presence in Teddin and most of the lands of Hurin Cáma are now occupied by the Bugbears.

This also disrupts the succession of Urnst, as both Princes are dead, Ganuis is heartbroken, angry and never the same again. King of Urnst, has no heirs, no possible way of putting the Cáma back on the throne of Celene and now no overseas successor kingdom either. The last Cáma Princess is married to the Lord of the Impassode Isles. Her father no longer talks to her as her husband is one of the Lords who would have stripped Turgon of his crown if he had lived. The Sindalië families are too big for Ganuis to take on and he knew that Hurin was King material and that Turgon had trouble following his father’s advice. Ganuis directs his energies to raising armies to crush the Hurgilin.

Elsewhere, the wider imperial public are disturbed by the diabolic intrusions into the fields we know. The Brotherhood of the Black Scabbard is born in Rel Mord and despatches more than one well financed army to assist defend a corner of the empire from humanoid and paranormal attack. Red Priests lead contingents of the faithful from the Flannaess to Teddin to combat the minions of darkness.

Benés Lomin, previously a minor landholder, takes over Diaton; formerly the holdings of Turgon Cáma. Vemon Beän, Hurin’s ilin, takes the remainder of his lands. Benés becomes Lord of Diaton in 2946. The Nabrish, a mixed Nyrondal/Mura family, emerge as an ilin Clan from 2950 (Larnay Nabrish, a wide patrol leader, rises to command roughly a quarter of the Diaton army).

From 2947 the Brotherhood of the Black Scabbard begin constructing a chain of fortress monasteries along the borders of imperial territories. Improved road links back to towns and cities follow, allowing more, successful, settlement. The influx of religiously motivated fighters and their followers into Teddin temporarily pushes the population up on several occasions. However, campaigning aside, Teddin is still a harsh place to live at this time. The Edhrim have begun to emerge as a culture in their own right. Those who fail to assimilate fare worse than their more adaptable compatriots. From 3000, the population of Teddin is one of expanding Edhrim being supplemented by immigrants, rather than waves of immigrants and smaller local increases, as had been the case for the previous generations.

In 3005, in a lull in the war, Goulèd émigrés clash with Gûl forces in North Rythym. The Gûl are trying to settle their Mura allies and the Goulèd are actively chasing them off the prepared farmlands and back into the jungle, into the waiting arms of the Bugbear slavers and warbands. The Gûl protest to the Emperor and set out to defend the Rythym Mura. Denied the farmlands they wanted, the Goulèd move back to Diaton and Blacksand. By 3006, there are no Goulèd settlers on the eastern coast of Teddin. The Emperor arrived in mid summer and he hears the case. Fortunately the Goulèd have already retreated, making his judgement easy. He ratifies the position as he finds it; the Gûl in Rythym and the Goulèd comfortable tenants in Diaton and Blacksand. The Goulèd, frustrated at their failed land grab, are back to having to play the great game in their hunger for land.

Later that year, plague breaks out in Diaton. Many die, mostly the newer settlers. The visiting emperor, Thrandor Yuggat Isenwarian[6], also succumbs to the plague. As his personal priests, magi and physicians are unable to save him, it seems likely that the disease is diabolic in origin.

By 3010, neither the bugbears nor the PE are pursuing engagements on the central plateau. Raiding still occurs, but it is small in scale. The Brotherhood of the Black Scabbard and their allies have settled back into their fortified mountains. The bugbears stalk the jungles of the central plateau. Both sides have robbed all the accessible Mura ancient tombs.

Borric Gefeohtan, with support from the Wigfruma at Burnraas permanently moves to Eagle’s Reach, a trading post in the extreme south east of imperial territory. With the last (tenth) licence granted by Angborn II and the money lent by the Wigfruma, Borric quickly builds new realm; He establishes a harbour, a hill-fort and a monastery in fairly short order. Eagle’s Reach is a poor state however, Borric now has a voice on the imperial council and soon proves to be a staunch supporter of the other Lords of Teddin.

Some of the southern Diaton is now successful farm land. Word passes back to the Flannaess and immigration slows down as the resident population expands. Dwarves of Clan Enza begin prospecting for mineral wealth in the mountains. By the 3030’s they are exporting vast amounts of iron to the Flannaess. They also have copper, silver and other significant operations, including blue and green Lean from close to the volcanoes.

In 3113, forced out of their holdings in the Middle kingdoms by a series hedge wars, Clan Irien quit the Flannaess entirely and move their members, goods and chattels to new lands of opportunity in Udas and Teddin. Many find a welcome in Rythym and the island chains. They bring with them an increased awareness of modern ilinhood. The ilin of Teddin had been getting a better feel of what it means to be ilin in the wider empire from migrants from the Flanaess. Local conditions had often resulted in less horses and more boats, making the locals more militia than ilin. The arrival of the Irien forces the local Clan leaders to reassess their custom and practice and make more of an effort to compete as ilin.

Nithoem Gwathlo, daughter of Tylain and Arë Cáma marries Emperor Mornion in 3029. When Mornion dies, she thankfully removes herself to Hisra earning her place as a blackrobe. She is still treated with great reverence by the Gwaithor as a great grandchild of Hazen. Nithoem’s children are Isenwarian by name but Gwathlo in all other respects. Her son becomes a Fallirochben and daughter a blackrobe.

In 3139 The Lord of Bissel recalls his great nephew Borric from Eagle’s Reach. In his stead, Nearmur Gefeohtan, another great Nephew, is sent out to be the new Lord of Eagle’s Reach. Borric was too independent of his family and too closely tied to the policies and devices of the other Lords of Teddin. Nearmur, who had been a very god hedgelord and was earmarked for Carnc-hood, would be much more a Gefeohtan Lord first and a Lord Teddin secondly, instead of the other way around.

Upon hearing of Borric’s recall, Kasamenzay Gwathlo travelled from Alcant to Eagle’s Reach to offer her services as visir arcana. Borric accepted and Nearmur found her in office when he arrived. His first act was to impose a local tax on personal travel (which has since been repealed). This effectively closed the monastery as the priests were being taxed to carryout their charitable works. Within a few years all of the priests had moved to Kamveluna.

Alone of the Lords of the Empire, Nearmur Gefeohtan rules without Carnc or Hedgelords. Admittedly there is not much scope in such a small realm. However, the Gefeohtan are vociferous in their publicising opportunities in Eagle’s Reach. And yet, to date, Nearmur has not taken anyone on as a Carnc or Hedgelord.

In the spring, the Lords of the Isles[7] and the Lords of Rythym[8] meet, as they regularly do, to discuss their means and policies. These meetings are held at the seat of power of each of the Lords in turn. In the summer, the Lords of the Southern Territories[9] and the Lords of Rythym meet. These meetings are always in Diaton. In this way, the imperial governance remains steady through out the region. In the autumn of every third year, the Lords of Teddin attend the Emperor.

[1] The city-port quickly became a thriving centre for trade and gateway to the new world. It was the hub of activity in the region (not just imperial) for 153 years. After it’s loss, the city was accounted cursed. The speaking of it’s name brought harm upon the speaker and consequently has been erased from the records. It is spoken of now (when it is spoken of at all) as a city of the dead, although it is widely assumed that the bugbears have made their capitol therein.
[2] A younger son of the Lord of Uleck. Elder son of his third wife, he brings his two younger brothers to Teddin. The youngest drowns during a river crossing very early in the imperial influx. Several bridges are named ‘Skald’ in his memory. Siegfried is later first Lord of Burnraas and Jergen is first Lord of West Rythym.
[3] He was the first Isenwarian of the line of Yuggat. Here he is blatantly creating more imperial provinces to gain support in the council of kings.
[4] At this time the ruling emperor has no heir and Angborn (soon to be Angborn II) is making many such promises and suggestions. He secretly gives promissory licences to ten of the princlings of Teddin.
[5] N’tra and Malvor Isenwarian, uncles of the future Angborn II are two of Tylain’s ilin during this time.
[6] Grandfather of Beren II, visiting to marry Avalyne Wigfruma.
[7] Tylain Gwathlo, Lord of the Impassode Is. Morierfox Gûl, Lord of the Damifission Is.
[8] Jaddalt Wigfruma, Lord of West Rythym, Amrod Gûl, Lord of East Rythym, Sitromen Gûl, Lord of North Rythym, Glordin Gwathlo, Lord of Alcant.
[9] Vemon Beän, Lord of Vemon, Alvayne Wigfruma, Lord of Blacksand, Benes Lomin, Lord of Diaton, Glordin Gwathlo, Lord of Alcant, Nearmur Gefeohtan, Lord of Eagle’s Reach

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