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[!] Gates of Delzoun

Founding
Delzoun, a hold embedded within the south-east Herzal mountains on the edge of Dungrin’s basin. Founded by the third Underking Delir for a dwarven tradition of founding a hold when a dwarf becomes the underking. The hold was constructed by the legendary dwarven architect Dungrin’s apprentices. Delzoun was a hold to rival any past, present, and future hold. Legends tell of it’s gilded gates, lined with mithril, silver, and precious gemstones. Many dewizem throughout the ages migrated to the hold, seeking wealth from it’s rich mines, said to be blessed by the Earth Mother herself. Many dwarves claim Delzoun was the gilded heart of wealth, a title the hold boasted arrogantly. The lordship of Delzouns changed often depending on the underking in power. Although the lord kept his position until death, no set lineage of inheritance was in place. The first lord of Delzoun was Orepin Coinbeard, a close friend to Underking Delir who funded his campaign. Coinbeard was an economist by trade, and made most of the wealth Delzoun had for ages to come. He is also responsible for creating the Vault of Delzoun, a legendary hoard where seas of gold, silver, and magical artifacts lie. But all dwarves age and die. After his death, Coinbeard was buried in the Vault he created, a tradition all future leaders of Delzoun followed. Siznaut Haldtothson I was then made the lord of Delzoun by the last Underking Haldorath.


[!] The Vaults of Delzoun

The Great Feud
When Hadorath was assassinated and the royal clan splintered, Siznaut Haldrothson I, the most gluttonous and greedy of the sons of Haldroath, laid claim to Delzoun as it’s king. Siznaut was a man of many words, often described as charismatic. Known for his eloquent feasts and a boisterous laughter, the King was a unique personality. As the years passed, Delzoun mostly kept neutral in the other hold’s affairs. Preferring to sell resources to fuel their feuds. This expanded the hoard of the Vaults of Delzoun, allowing further luxuries and works to be held by the grasping hands of Delzoun. But Siznaut’s greed hungered for something more, and he looked westward.

Seizing of Khimbor
The hold of Khimbor, which lied to the west of Delzoun, was a fertile land which Siznaut has desired for years. This desire formed a deep grudge between the two holds which would grow for years. Khimbor snapped when multiple Delzounian raiding parties would attack citizens of bordering villages to collect debts, thus declaring war on Delzoun. Siznaut, seizing the opportunity, sent his greatest general, Marshal Hunvald Silveraxe, a fierce warrior known for his battles against the undead, to first defend the border from the encroaching army, led by Marshal Kreuk Justbow, one of the best archers of the age. Justbow’s March, as it was called, began as the Khimborian forces spread inwards towards Delzoun as a massive wall, conquering all in it’s path. Despite being a smaller hold area wise, it’s population was larger. However, Hunvald responded by splitting his army into two forces and pronged the approaching wave, cutting a majority of the Khimborian forces in the center from the rest and began to tighten their grip onto Justbow’s position. This led to the turning point of the war at Akenvald, a small hamlet northwest of Delzoun. Silveraxe cut down Justbow’s force in a major victory. Without a leader, Silveraxe took the advantage and began to push the Khimborians back to the border. However, Siznaut declared that Khimbor now belongs to Delzoun as reparations of a debt. Because no such debt existed, this move was unsavory to the rest of the dwarven holds, however they were too busy with their own fueds to interfere. Thus Hunvald began to push into Khimbor. Thusly named Silveraxe’s march, a mocking gesture to Justbow. It was a ruthless conquest of Khimbor where towns were raided and burned until Khimbor unconditionally surrendered to Delzoun’s subjugation.


[!] Phases of the Seizing of Khimbor

Siznaut Haldorathson II and The 60 Year Glory
The damages caused by the Seizing of Khimbor were immense. Not only was Akenvald in rubble, but many Khinborian towns after Silveraxe’s March. As Siznaut Haldorathson I grew weary with age, he passed away in 705 A.L. His son, Siznaut Haldorathson II, became the king of Delzoun, left to clean up the war. A young dwei, coronated at the age of 51, who did not wish to be like his father. His first command as king was to repair damages caused by the Seizing of Khimbor. Although he wished to give Khimbor back, the nobles disapproved and called him naive if he did so. Siznaut gave a large sum of wealth to the repair of his own kingdom and the new territory. The people gave him the title of Siznaut Haldorathson the Generous, which he took humbly. His rule over Delzoun was peaceful and prosperous, almost as prosperous as its founding. Many great works were constructed during this king’s reign. Infrastructure was peaking once again in only a few years. As the elves encroached northwards, Siznaut joined the defensive pact in 708 A.L. offering to sell Delzoun’s resources to the other holds in the pact. The nobles protested at the young king’s actions, but left them no mind. After years of being ignored, the nobles then assassinated the king in 765 A.L. The commoners weeped, and many many of the conspiring nobles were executed for treason by the aging Hunvald Silveraxe. The remaining conspirators ran to the other dwarven holds. Siznaut Haldorathson II’s reign would be immortalized as “The 60 Year Glory.”

Ulbraek the Nervous and The Long Peace
Ulbraek Siznautson, crowned as a youth, wanted to be as great as his father. Although his reign was not as prosperous as his fathers, it marked an era of peace in Delzoun. Ulbraek was a nervous king plagued with anxiety, always believing he was not good enough. He eventually abandoned the name Suznautson because of this. This action was frowned down upon by the citizens of Delzoun. The nobles, taking advantage of the ruler’s weakness, pressured Ulbraek to drop out of the defensive pact in 775 A.L. Many years passed by until 888 A.L. where the now 168 year old king became dearly ill. He remained in bed for the last 2 years of his life, becoming the longest reigning king of Delzoun. His reign then became known as The Long Peace.

Thorin Mythforge, the Master Smith
Coronated in 890 A.L., the now king Thorin Mythforge was considered the greatest craftsman of Delzoun, dubbed “the Ruler of Crafters.” His most famous policy was the opening of Delzoun, which allowed immagration to the hold. A policy not done since the founding. Throughout his reign, Delzoun was a center of culture of the dwarves. Artists, weaponsmiths, and woodworkers alike created the greatest works of it’s day. According to legend, Thorin wore the most eloquent armor, gilded and covered in beautifully cut jewels, and wielded the finest sword named Fehu, which was a greatsword forged from mythically strong steel. All these items Thorin forged himself. Records claim that the king worked in the forge from sunrise to sunset. Time passes and the Ruler of Crafters loses his strength, and soon passes away peacefully. His many works are said to be buried with him to this day in the Vaults of Delzoun.


[!] Fehu, Thorin’s legendary sword.

Viklung Mythforge and the Annals of Delzoun
Coronated in 1038 A.L. after Thorin’s death, Viklung Mythforge was considered the wisest of the kings of Delzoun. Viklung was known for his interest in magical artifacts. During his reign, there was a massive growth in population due to his father’s policies. The aging Viklung, however, feared he would be forgotten as time marched onwards. Thus he commissioned the story of Delzoun on it’s gilded walls in 1138 A.L. from the greatest artists who resided in the hold. The task took 100 years to complete, however Viklung Mythforge passed away from old age before it was completed in 1238 A.L. In his final breath, Viklung commanded that every future king’s legacy must be sculpted within the now titled Annals Of Delzoun.


[!] The Annals of Delzoun

Civil War of Delzoun
A wealth gap was present between the nobles of the hold and the commoners of the slums, primarily caused by the next king, Thuvan Mythforge, a dwarf more greedy and gluttonous than his Siznaut Haldorathson I. Many of the commoners described Thuvan Mythforge as a tyrant, due to him often banishing those who angered or annoyed him, if not executed. He was also known for having many extravagant and luxurious parties. The people of Delzoun saw this flaunting of wealth as wrong and disgraceful to the kings before him. The commoners revolted in 1302 A.L., sparking a civil war. On one side, those who have been banished and the common people, mostly consisting of migrants. Albeit inexperienced in combat, were many. The leader of the resistance, Wekhome Brownmaul, was a strategic master as well as the former marshal of Vilklung Mythforge. On the other side, the nobles and Thuvan, sporting masterwork armor and weapons to flaunt their superiority. For many years the dwarves fought, brothers and sisters spilling kinley blood. The assassinations of Thuvan Mythforge and many nobles marked the ending of the war in 1327 A.L. However, it was a pyrrhic victory at best, with many lives lost on both sides, including Brownmaul. A power vacuum occurred, and the lieutenants of Brownmaul squabbled for power over the empty hold. The hold was then abandoned, and left to erode. Any hope of reclaiming the hold was lost by the calamity in 1333 A.L. Thuvan’s body was never recovered. The Civil War, as well as Thuvan Mythforge, were never recorded in the Annals of Delzoun.

 
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Reviewed. We'll consider incorporating parts of this into the official Delzoun history lore.
 

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