Valdemar began centuries ago when a Baron named Valdemar fled his native land in the East to escape the tyranny of the Emperor. He packed up all his family and servants and peoples and travelled west for many months until they could not travel any further. When they reached the spot that is now Haven, they built a castle and settled down.
Before long, surrounding peoples began to see how good Valdemar was and would come to him for protection. In this way, his territory expanded until his people decided he should no longer be a baron, but a king. Thus they crowned King Valdemar and named his kingdom after him. When King Valdemar began to get old, he began to worry about his kingdom's future. He knew that he was a good king, and he was pretty sure his son and grandson would be good kings too. But he wanted to ensure that all of Valdemar's kings would be good rulers. So he prayed to all the gods he could think of for a way to ensure this. Out of nowhere, the first Companions appeared. Ardatha chose King Valdemar, Steladar Chose Prince Restil, and Kyrith Chose King Valdemar's Herald, Beltran, who became the first King's Own. By the time King Valdemar died, more than twenty people had been Chosen.
Laws of ValdemarEdit
All the laws of Valdemar are based on one principle: There is no one true way. As such, Valdemar has become a safe haven for anyone who is persecuted for his beliefs or actions. The laws of Valdemar are announced, dispensed, and upheld by the Heralds.
The Monarch and the heir must be chosen by Companions.
Rulers of ValdemarEdit
· King Valdemar, his heir was Prince Restil
· Queen Terilee
· King Tavist
· Queen Leshia
· Queen Elspeth the Peacemaker (750 - 798 A.F.)
· King Randale, lifebonded to King's Own Shavri (798 A.F. - ???)
· King Theran and Queen Fyllis (1077 A.F. - ???), his heir was Prince Clevis
· King Arden and Queen Leesa (1270 - 1315 A.F.)
· King Roald (1315 - 1355 A.F.)
· King Sendar (1355 - 1376 A.F.)
History of ValdemarEdit
Most of Valdemar's history is written in three fields, Annexations, Wars, and the succession of Kings and Queens. Kings and Queens having been covered under Rulers of Valdemar above we will confine ourselves to the annexations and wars, however notations of the ruler at the time if known will be provided.
This section will by necessity be incomplete, but should give a rough overview of the expansion of Valdemar.
The Arvale AnnexationEdit
???A.F. (During the Reign of King Tavist) Touched on extremely briefly in Magic's Pawn, it is followed by negotiations with Rethwellan, presumably on the subject of the exact border between Arvale and Zalmon.
The Randale Karseite Border WarEdit
Shortly after 798 A.F: (During the Reign of King Randale) Immediately following the death of Queen Elspeth the Peacemaker the Karseites once again decide to go to war with Valdemar, and temporarily put aside their loathing of 'witches' enough to employ a trio of powerful mages whom they use quite effectively to press their advantage. Herald Vanyel ultimately kills all three of the Karsite mages, but not before they exact a terrible price in the death of half a dozen heralds and hundreds of normal people, including Vanyel's friends Mardic and Donni.
The Baires/Lineas AnnexationEdit
Some time after 798 A.F: (During the Reign of King Randale) As recounted in detail in Magic's Promise, Herald Tashir becomes the only surviving heir to the thrones of two petty border kingdoms when Herald Vanyel unravels a nearly successful assassination plot against the Lineas royal family by the Mavelan family who ruled neighboring Baires and is forced to use a node strike against them. Herald Tashir takes the style Lord-Baron and unites both fiefdoms with Valdemar as a March under the authority of the king. In the hastily written treaty it is stipulated that should there ever be no direct descendants to carry on the line of Lord-Baron the territory will revert to the Valdimaren crown.
The 'Lake District' AnnexationEdit
Some time after 798 A.F: (During the Reign of King Randale) Under the Agis of the new 'Lord-Baron' of the march of Lineas-Baires a swath of sparsely settled teritory stretching from the western borders of the March to the shores of Lake Evandim was brought into the Valdamaren fold, against the will of some residents.