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Urnst

The story of Imperial Urnst is the story of the two houses whose histories run across the land like spilt wine. Others have settled in Urnst, but still these two names conjure up the essence of the last 600 years.

The Dre originated from the Settlement of Ket, their ancestor was one of Laruís original Baklunish Changeling children. He was made Captain of one of the Ďwide patrolsí around 2460[1]. As early as 2480 the Dre had abandoned the light lance in favour of equipping their entire force with bows. They became justifiably proud of their ability to hit moving targets at full gallop before such actions spread to the rest of the clans.

The Dre had their greatest hour at the Dagor RhassŽ, facing overwhelming odds they fought hard, eventually grinding to a halt as their equine losses re-rolÍd them from cavalry to infantry. Still they fought on. After the battle the survivors were swift to find replacement horses and become a usable asset once more. Their chief, Nítra, had them operational again the very next day, scouring the lands for survivors from both sides. Their badge was a sheaf of arrows.

Hazen Cŗma was king of Celene. This effectively made him the high king of all of the Gwaithor west of the Nyr Dyv. Whilst not suspicious of the Celebrinoth or of the motives of its leaders, nonetheless Hazen intended to avoid a wide ranging war across the Flanaess. He had supported Veluna and Furyondy at the Battle of Emriddy Meadows. His three sons were frequent visitors to the camps of Celebrinoth. The eldest meets a lady of the Bešn in 2390 and pays court for four years. Elrohir and Ardoriel are married in 2394. She bears him two sons, Hurin (2400-2798) and Turgon (2467-2945).

It was not until the late 2500ís that Celene enters the PWOC as part of the Celebrinoth. Hazen and his youngest son are slain in Urnst whilst returning to Celene to face Pomar raiders from the south. Hazenís remaining sons Elrohir (ďGanuisĒ)(b 2298) and Meadhros (ďMarylynĒ)(2414-2870) are too young to inherit their fatherís crown and become leaders in Celebrinoth in their turn. Laru despatches Finarfin Gwathlo to succour Celene until a proper solution can be found. Amongst Finarfinís ilin is Vane Isenwarian, younger brother of Borric, King of Perrenland. Vane falls in love with Hazenís widow and pays court to her, despite the obstacles in his way. Finarfin begins by discouraging him, however, seeing the effort that Vane makes to become Gwaithor, eventually recommends the match to the King of Perrenland.

Clan Dre was assigned to Hazen Cŗmaís Gwaithor army as part of the Cavalry support (along with Clan Irien and other non-clan ilin) for the campaigns in Nyrond. The Dre remained a part of the Cŗma detachment until the after the Dagor Tarsil. From 2590 Vhier Dre led her Clan to Urnst after Ganius Cŗma and settled in the north of the country. The Dre had chosen their lands well as they were the cross roads from the eastern empire into the central Flanne Basin, as well as being very good farm lands. Again the Dre rode in support of the Cŗma at the Dagor Tarsil in 2601

In 2590, Urnst, Nyrond and Tenh become part of the hegemony. Ganuis and Marylyn, being of noble birth and great renown enter into negotiations with the King of Perrenland. He allows them to take Urnst for the Cŗma. This they do together. Marylyn then asks his brother for aid in annexing the lands formerly known as the Theocracy of the Pale. Ganuis refuses and Marylyn sets off on his own with only a small force of ilin. But experience has served the Cŗma brothers well and Marylyn is successful. The Cŗma now rule Celene, Urnst and the Pale. When he becomes Lord of Urnst, Elebrill gives Ganuis Hazenís sword[2].

The Lord of Urnst allows members of the ilin clans (S. Nossiaur Ė Old families) to settle in Urnst. Dre, Ckeao, Myya and Ereval make their homes there. Additionally (and much to the comfort of Ganuis), a body of Gwaithor, nearly 10,000 follow Hazenís heir to his new home. They make Celadon wood their own, as it had been in ancient times. Ganuis builds his capitol at Trigol, a little upstream of where the city had stood before the PWOC. Before long, under the governance of his Carnc, wealth begins to flow into Trigol once more.

The Lord of Urnst was known to be grateful to the Dre for their support and allowed them to settle where they would, effectively giving them first choice of any of his lands. He would often visit Vhier in the early years of the peace, giving her advice on governance and two sons, Klodur (2557-2852) and Aellal (2570-2948). The brothers remained devoted to their father and ensured that the Dre were staunch supporters of the Cŗma thereafter. In 2677 Klodur is Hurinís lieutenant when leads a 400 ilin force from Urnst to bolster Tenh against raiding Frunze.

Elebrill, Hazenís widow, eventually marries Vane in 2600. Celene now has an Isenwarian Lord and quickly gains Isenwarian princes. At first this does not matter too much as the Cŗma brothers have Urnst and the Pale. Urnst is rich and green and cannot but generate riches for its Lord. The Pale is a hard land where warriors can show their quality. Between them the Cŗma brothers appear to have an excellent platform from which to take any next step they choose.

Frunze raiding into Tenh and the Pale eventually becomes too much and in 2870 the emperor Edhrim leads an army to fight the Frunze in their own lands. Again with only a small guard around him, this time Marylyn is cut off from the main army and slain. The emperor gives the lands of the Pale to the Lord of Tenh and the vacant seat on the imperial council to the General of Cabut.

The ever-diminishing numbers of Clan Ereval mean that the last of their kin leaves Urnst for JorassŽ in 2698. However, by the mid 2850ís, the GoulŤd have taken their place and more. With encouragement from Ganuis, they dispatch a large contingent to Teddin, arriving in 2844. In many places in Urnst the white hart of the GoulŤd is put up over the three interlocking horses heads of the Ereval. In Teddin, they take with them embassies from Turgonís father. From now on, Turgonís rule suffers constant endorsement and censure, in equal measure, from Ganuis. Fortunately his in-situ advisors[3] are able to mediate between father and son and mitigate the extreme effects of policy reversals.

Celene is lost the Isenwarian, the Pale is lost to the Gwathlo and itís voting rights to the Ithin. Ganuis becomes determined that the Cŗma will rule over a Gwaithor homeland, despite what Corellion may or may not have told Feanor. At court in Veluna his idea does not find much favour and his mother warns him against such a policy. Undaunted, Hurin and Turgon are raised believing that the Gwaithor should live in an independent kingdom ruled by the Cŗma.

Clan Dre lent much of itís strength to the Cŗma for their Teddin venture and then to the Emperor Burrucal II for his wars in Udas. Aellal and his sons took 200 Dre ilin to Teddin in support of Hurin and Turgon. Hurin Cŗma was killed in battle in 2798, along with a Gwathlo Prince and many of the Gwaithor who joined the expedition and over 100 of the Dre ilin, including the sons of Aellal. Clan Dre fought the rest of the campaign as one of revenge. They kept their savagery hidden from their allies but secretly waged a war with no quarter against the Hurgilin. The determination that kept them fighting throughout the Dagor RhassŽ was still very much alive in the Dre.

Aellal remained to serve Turgon. After Turgonís death in 2945 they retreated under the leadership of Vemon Bean. However they eventually settled in Diaton under BenŤs Lomin. Aellal built a fortified ranch (agadir) Phaket Al Dre[4] (bak. ĎRanch (on a) hill (of a man called) Dre.) The Teddin Dre were now down to less than 40 ilin. The combes and hollows behind Phaket Al Dre were studded with the tombs of their fallen. When eventually Aellal was slain in 2948 they raised his barrow at the summit of the hill. The surviving Dre, six ilin and the balance of their families returned to Urnst.

In 2870 the Frunze again attacked the empire. The emperor took a third of ilin from every land he passed on his ride from Veluna to Cabut. The Dre were left with only a fraction (less than one quarter) of what their strength had been 78 years before. Fortunately most of the Dre ilin who rode to Cabut came back. Of those who did not, some had settled in Tenh.

Whilst the Cŗma and their allies were busy in the jungles of Teddin, the Emperor Burrcal II was having an equally unpleasant experience in Udas. In 2889 he called upon his Lords for help and they dutifully answered. Klodur and the remaining Dre ilin (a little over 100) embarked for Udas. The emperor was killed in ambush six months later. Having survived shipwreck and mutiny to get there, they are awed by the desert. The Dre were pitched into battle soon after. Klodur leads his men in attack after attack under the burning sun. The desiccating desert begins to kill their horse at a faster rate then the goblins. Men and horses are lost in the sand sea, others are lost to goblin ambuscades. As the goblins begin to win the imperial armies fall back towards the city of Udas. The passing of Klodur and the last of clan Dre goes unmarked in Udas.

Unhappily for them, Clan Dre lost nearly all the ilin it sent to both places. The few who remained, literally a half dozen who returned from Teddin, had to be content with the reflected glory and the platitudes of their masters. Those women and other dependants who have remained behind were arranging marriages into other Clans and leaving their traditional heft as taxes began to rise. Another disaster for the Dre followed this and the unnatural cursed plagues of the Hurgilin slew the last full blood members of Clan Dre in 3010. To passing merchants, it seems as though northern Urnst has been in constant Jukpudhar for the last two hundred and fifty years.

In 2944 the Lady of Urnst, Ardriel, passes away leaving Ganuis entirely focussed on his last remaining hope, Turgon. After Turgonís untimely death the following year, not only is the succession of Urnst in the balance, but its Lord is also poised for either melancholy or frenzy. Having lost all he had built and dreamt of; Having seen his Clan spill its blood over and over, the Lord of Urnst has become a very difficult man to be with.

Others came to settle the lands of the Dre. Their estates were occupied by Ckeao from JorassŽ, Yla from Tenh and Wigfruma from Uleck. But they were relatively few as it was widely known that the Lord of Urst demanded quite high levels of tribute to finance his war-by-proxy on the Hurgilin. It was to be Flanne farmers from Alvorn and Hisra and Frunze immigrants from beyond the empireís borders who would occupy the bulk of the lands.

In 3078 there was a religiously inspired insurrection in Urnst. The third generation Urnst Frunze were being culturally re-awoken by the shamen of their bloody gods. The Lord of Urnst had no strength remaining. His ilin could defend their own but no more. His ability to purchase force of arms had been used in establishing the Brotherhood of the Black Scabbard. It was left to his neighbour in Nyrond to buy in Jalee from Gran March and Uleck to quell the rebellion before it spread back to Nyrond once more (a similar thing had occurred in Nyrond in 3068). Late in 3111, the Suel shamen try again. This time the Carnc of Urnst are ready and the rebellion is quickly put down.

[1] Dre was the bastard son of Dior GŻl and the daughter of one of the middle kingdom Generals who commanded part of the Proto Celebrinoth in what would become Ard Angra.
[2] Laru had a number of gifts made for Hazen. A set of Ormacil and Nuscil, the traditional long and short swords of the SindaliŽ, a set of Anhathel and Thenmegil, the traditional long and short swords of the Gwaithor and a taiken. Celebrimbor made them all and all bore the coiled dragon of the Cŗma. Hazen was buried with Ormacil and Nuscil, the Anhathel and Thenmacil and taiken were given to Ganuis. He passed the taiken to Hurin on the eve of his departure for Teddin.
[3] Vemon Bešn, BenŤs Lomin and Siegfried Wigfruma. Formerly captains, with Turgon, in Hurinís army.
[4] The hill is topped with a barrow for eight of Clan Dreís ilin (incl Aellal) who fell in battle in the vicinity in 2948. The subsequent Nabrish Agadir was constructed on the ruins of the Dre settlement between 2989 and 3005.


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