King's Descendants

The First King of Nor, King Orlen Svestsen, was a mighty dwarven mage. He cooperated with other mages (divine and arcane) in Nor to take it from the fallen world around it. During his reign, he also created the Order of Seven to watch over the newly-made Roads and protect them. He ruled for eighty years.

The Second King, Kaius Orlsen, was a good King. He ruled well and justly for fifty years, but died with no successors. The races convened to bring forth a King. Each race wanted to see their own scions placed in the highest position, and a Human ended up as King.

The Third King, Jurloch Martek, was always a slightly bewildered-looking fellow, but the power of Kingship proved too much for him. He was venal and racist, raising up Humans while squashing the endeavors of the other races. In the end, an allied army of Elves, Dwarves, Raptorans, and Eladrin destroyed the Norheim Palace Guard (which was by then Human-only) and unseated King Jurloch, who had ruled for a mere twenty-five years.

The Fourth King was put forth by the Eladrin, who assumed that their experience with controlling and directing the flows of magic would transfer to controlling and directing the flows of people. (They were mostly right.) King Jhaesan, an experienced Eladrin wizard, accepted the responsibility of Kingship on the Centennial Anniversary of Nor’s salvation. He ruled wisely, putting breaks on runaway expansionism by numerous races, mediating disputes, and setting up Fighting Arenas to vent excess aggression. He was also responsible for the formation of several magical Guilds: The Wave Wizards, Air Riders, and Mages of the Burning Light. After only five years, his rigorously fair, unpartisan approach angered his Eladrin backers (Who had expected what they believed their due for placing him in such high office.). Spurred on by jealousy, the Eladrin attacked Norfeld, the seat of Jhaesan’s power. The other races united in defense, with Dwarf and Human, Elf and Raptoran all pulling together to fight the sudden, vicious onslaught. After months of seige and interracial infighting, Jhaesan agreed to step down to stop the fighting. He walked to the Eladrin lines, which received him peaceably enough; the Eladrin ceased their assault and have been stubbornly reclusive since then.

The Fifth King was again a Dwarf, Knurlgen Wobsen. In this King’s Convention, the Elves had backed the Dwarves for a King, recalling the past idylls of Kaius and Orlen; the Dwarves had easily found enough support for their candidate. Knurlgen Wobsen proved a good choice. Before becoming King, he had been a member of the Tunnel Crew, and had been a member of the party that discovered something. During his reign, he created the Stonesingers as a method of fast transport across Nor, and commerce was much improved as a result. He reigned well and justly for forty years, with minimal friction between the various races and factions of Nor.

The Sixth King, Hroth Knurlsen, was a short-lived King. He spent his life discovering that Nor was not a safe place any longer. The Dragon Threat was upon Nor.

The Seventh King, Giften Valsen, discovered that the Dragons were not invincible, and united the Dwarves and Elves against them, though horrific losses were incurred and even Giften died as a result of awful Dragon Magic.

The Eighth King, Eeyeki Aalorr, was a Raptoran. The King’s Convention had decided that since the enemy had wings, perhaps a winged warrior could combat them effectively. They were right; The Dragons were ill-prepared for aerial assault. Unfortunately, the Dragons banded together, discerning that this powerful group was but a small portion of the forces arrayed against them. The Raptoran Expedition was slaughtered to an aven. Never a populous species, the Raptorans withdrew into their canyons and fortresses after such a brutal rending. The Crystal Palace has been closed to outsiders ever since.

The Ninth King, Hrolf Mysen, had the dubious honor of being the last King of Nor that reigned in Norfeld. Previous Kings had holdings in Norfeld and Norheim; the Dragons, perceiving Norfeld to be the primary locus of power, threw unknown, terrifying magics into Norfeld. Survivors of that terrible winter tell of fire leaping from hearths; icicles snapping themselves and driving into eyes and throats; even the very ground beneath their feet betraying them. The cry from many a throat screamed, “All is lost!” Hrolf Mysen himself narrowly evaded death by dragonfire while escaping the city. From Norheim, he rallied, and called on the Order of Seven for assistance; they figured out a way to put up arcane shields to stop such magic. The people of Nor, dissatisfied with Hrolf Mysen’s failures, evicted him from his throne. He died leading an army into the teeth of a Dragon assault on Norheim, regaining his honor and the respect of many.

The Tenth King, Grolf Knurlsen, managed to persuade the Human factions to assist against the Dragon Threat, though he had to agree to substantial assistance after the war ended. Without his diplomatic genius, the war may well have ended differently. If only his skills in combat and magic had been as fluid as his speech, he might have ended the war singlehandedly: alas, he was slain by a Draconic assassin during a speech.

The Eleventh King, Oftsen Batshen, started his reign well. With the help of the Wizarding Guilds, his aide Silva, the Humans, and the Elves, he almost completely wiped out the Dragon Threat. Though mostly successful, the transformation that he helped enact was not total, and he ended up a mere puppet of the last living Dragon, Dragon Lord Felnich. The Dragonborn were on Nor to stay. He did not perhaps deserve the ire heaped upon him during the latter portion of his reign, because he was not in control of himself. Luckily, (or unluckily) he was slain by Ishmael Grolfsen before Dragon Lord Felnich’s plans could congeal.

The Twelfth King, Ishmael Grolfsen, was responsible for the Reign of Madness. Known to many as the Killer King, he broke the hold of Dragon Lord Felnich on the land of Nor, but broke himself in the process. He saw threats in every corner, plots in every shadow, and blades behind every door. He trusted no one, and summoned countless creatures to combat the darkness. The last years of his reign were terrible indeed as Ishmael lashed out at nonexistent foes.

The Thirteenth King, Jhalf Ishsen, wrested the reigns of power from his corrupt father and tried to right many of the wrongs done in the King’s name. It’s not known what happened to Ishmael: Jhalf knows, but he never spoke of it. He ruled from Norheim for ninety years, stalling hordes of monsters, balancing the politics of incorporating a new race and old hatreds, and generally keeping Nor running. Most were glad to gain a measure of peace at this point, but nothing is ever easy: his first son, Vlad, was murdered in his crib, and the killer was never discovered. Brod, the second son, was given to the care of the Stonesingers, and managed to grow up to succeed Jhalf as King of Nor by popular consent.

The Fourteenth King, Brod Jhalfsen, continues his father’s works, rebuilding shattered Nor, driving monsters from the Roads and populous areas, breaking (well, trying to break) the prejudices against Dragonborn, balancing factions in Nor’s cities, and frantically defending his own power base against others who wish to see their own Kings atop Nor’s hierarchy. It’s been 10 years, and he’s managed so far…

King's Descendants

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