The Clock Strikes 12
Empire of the Sun
The Ruled Kingdoms
The Empire of the Sun was comprised of 7 “Kingdoms” – which were technically referred to as “Empirettes.” Each of these had it’s own ruler, referred to as an “Emperion”, which was a figurehead ruler for the Empirette. In some cases these Empirions were groups rather than individuals – but their function remained the same.
- Collect Taxes
- Pay Tribute to the Empire
- Enforce the Empire’s Laws
- Defend the Empire’s Lands
The seven Empirettes as of the Empire’s fall in 3A 694 were:
|1||Alloria||King Erickus IV||Astrakhan|
|3||The Commonlands||The Council of Nine||None Official|
|4||Hillia||The Iron Brotherhood||Ellesar / Krondhelm|
|5||The Kingdom of Hispatia||Cedric XVII||Hispatia|
|6||The Koren Islands||Honored Seer Q’in D’alar||Mor’Alan Island|
|7||Tizia||Lliowaen Ihlaeren||Tal Seer’a|
The First of Many
High-Emperor Phaedreon moved from one land to another for nearly 25 years, conquering his neighbors and subjugating them as part of the empire.
In 3A 669, the conquest started with the fall of The Koren Islands, taken after a 5-year mixed campaign of boat-seiges and open land warfare. Despite many pleads for aid, the rest of the region did not involve themselves in this fight (as the islands were never really “allies”), and in M2Q of the year 674, at sword-point, Arem D’alar relinquished official control of all 27 islands. As he spoke the final words in front of his family and his people, Phaedreon thrust his sword into Arem’s heart. The crowd gasped, and watched as their beloved ruler fell dead, his life-blood pouring out onto the floor of the Most Honored Place, and his killer calmly handed the sword to a lieutenant and faced them, proclaiming himself King.
Though the islanders feared his cruelty following what they began to refer to as “The Blackest Day” (the day of their leader’s public execution), “King” Phaedreon surprised them a short time later by announcing that he would appoint Arem’s son, Q’in D’alar, then a mere 12 years old, as the new “Emperion” of the islands, and would merely supervise his reign. Q’in D’alar has kept the Most Honored Seat (the Koren throne) ever since, and is believed in some circles to have actually become friends with the emperor – though this rumor is unconfirmed.
Less than a year after the fall of the islands, now “High-King” Phaedreon had rebuilt his army, repaired his ships, and was ready to set sail – which he did, in mid-675M3B (the 3^rd^ Month of Browning), headed for The Port of Hispatia. Having tightly controlled communications and trade in and out of the islands since their capture, Phaedreon took the Hispatians completely by surprise, sacking the mighty port town within 3 days, and reinforcing her defenses before any of the her neighbors could arrive to assist.
Within 2 weeks, General Kronin of Bellath had surrounded the city with his armies, and lay seige for nearly a year. Despite their repeated efforts, and small garrisons of support from several neighboring countries as well, the high walls of Hispatia proved impregnable, and the port-side of the city an easy delivery point for critical supplies from the Islands. Several attempts were made to stop these supply runs of course, but Phaedreon’s sailors were the more seasoned fighters, and his frigates were far more maneuverable than the freighters and galleys of the mainlanders.
On 676 M1B 35, Phaedreon‘s troops, who had quietly landed a few weeks before and made a long circle overland, came up from General Kronin’s rear flank, and, signalling the troops within the city via horn-call, Phaedreon‘s forces attacked the sleepy and unprepared Bellatian army an hour before dawn from both sides. In the ensuing massacre, over 80% of Kronin’s army was slaughtered, despite outnumbering their opponents 6-to-1. In the end, Kronin himself was brought before Phaedreon and held at sword-point. The would-be-emperor demanded his surrender, and that of his people. When Kronin refused, he was stabbed through the heart in front of his men, who, incredibly loyal, were executed en masse rather than joining their captors’ numbers.
The Continuing Struggle
Throughout the next 16 years, Phaedreon‘s armies continued to move from land to land, conquering and taking each of their neighbors. After Hispatia, the self-proclaimed High-Emperor Phaedreon next captured Bellath, and then Tizia. The most difficult battle was that with the Commonlands, which, having no true central leadership, was a war of constant skirmishes with the over 100 tribes of the region. This open conflict lasted nearly 10 years, during which time several of the larger tribes made pacts with the hill giants to their west. Ending officially at the time of the Empire’s official fall in 3A 694, the empire maintained only a tenuous hold on this area, requiring heavy garrisons to hold off continual attacks.
Despite being unable to fully secure the area, as the Empire’s hold on the Commonlands became ever stronger, the High-Emperor again set his sights on new acquisitions, and with troops seasoned through years of battle and training, he quickly marched through Hillia with very little fight, and fnally set his sights on Alloria.
The Allorian Surrender
The Empire held Alloria for just short of 3 years, during which time the Emperor made his home in her famous Palace of Lights, much to the chagrin of King Erickus IV, who was relegated to one wing of his own palace, along with his family.
King Erickus IV is, however, the only ruler whose land the Empire overtook who was not executed, and some historians see this as perhaps a softening of the Emperor’s lust for conquest. Other historians surmise that this is merely a reflection of the fact that Alloria was the only Kingdom held by the Empire to peacefully surrender – making it also the only land for which Phaedreon did not have to fight.
In Quiet of 3A 693, a military coup was executed in which King Erickus IV and his family were successfully smuggled out of the Palace of Lights, and evacuated to the city of Briarville, where an interim government was re-established. In the following months leading up to the Battle of Briarville, tensions mounted between the interim Allorian government and the Empire of the Sun, resulting in several skirmishes and finally climaxing with the battle itself and the subsequent overthrow of the Empire in its entirety.
Throughout the Emperor’s reign, there was wide-spread speculation as to his plans and what direction he might move his armies into next. Believing that they might become his next target, the elven kingdom of Ael Llaen created an alliance with Alloria, providing significant support both in troops and equipment, and arguably turning the tide of the conflict in Alloria’s favor.
While there was also significant speculation that the mineral-rich dwarven kingdom of Krom Dorek might be another likely target, the dwarves kept silent on the subject, and no formal or informal treaties were ever signed. Regardless, several historians have noted that following this period, trade activities with Krom Dorek began increasing steadily, and there is suspicion that a secret agreement of some sort may have been initiated.