The Fallen Skies
A Brief History of the North Land, once the Norlandian Kingdoms
As told by the Bard of Saxenford, Nathan Beryl.
The island continent of Norlandia is now home to many civilized and uncivilized folk. Its history is one of turmoil and change.
After the creation and the dawn wars in which the One God turned away from the world, Norlandia was home to many fey and fell creatures. The Eladrin Autumn Court held sway through much of the land, as the tears of the One God still leaked through the Veil of Worlds allowing them easy passage to the Feywild. In the north, giantkin dwelled in gloomy defeat, looking into their hearts and into the depths of the earth for their primordial masters. In the south, tribes of men and halflings and the lost race of gnomes wandered and began to build towns and kingdoms.
Then came the flood and the Drowning, bringing refugees from the Drowned Realms to the shores of Norlandia. These invaders came with spell and sword, settling and building cities along Norlandia’s Eastern shores, slowly yet inexorably subjugating the native tribes. These newcomers were the Kurnish and the Holtz, and they created three great Kingdoms in the south who looked over seas to trade, bringing Norlandia into contact with the wider world. They brought tales of Wodden-kind and they did foray north to the mountains, prodding the sleeping giants to waking.
Then Cathmere rose in the south and her legions came to conquer Norlandia because it was there. The Holtz Kings of Kastern did long withstand Cathmere’s legions, but were at last brought down. The Fey of the Autumn Court, weakened by the closing of the Veil, withdrew or accepted Cathmere’s rule, and all of Norlandia south of the Giant-law was Cathmere.
After Cathmere’s fall, the Regidors of Norlandia held true to the laws and traditions of the Empire for generations. Tormud Verridan first raised the ancient banner of the Holtz kings seventy five years after Cathmere’s fall, and he proclaimed the Castern kingdom in the north. The Regidor of Hadarian followed suit, and for the first time in centuries war returned to Norlandia. The cities of the south banded together and elected their governors to share the Kingship of the Four Chesters. Castern splintered into Holtz Kastern in the north and Verridayn in the south. Hadarian in the west maintained itself along Cathmerean lines, although more and more soldiers from Perdiam and Onset began to play a greater role.
And in the end the Sky Tyrants brought the kingdoms of men to an end.