Welcome to Ylan, where the adventurer may find tales from a buried and forgotten past. Please visit the Wiki for links to the people, places, planes, pantheons, and puzzles therein.
What follows is the “official” version of Ylan’s recent history, but as with most of the tales you hear, there may well be more to the truth than what lies on the surface…
For more than 2000 years the Fhrey of Eviran ruled Ylan under the ruthless reign of Malmondun Miralyith. For much of that time the Fhrey were gods to the Rhune and the Dherg fought a losing battle to maintain their sovereignty. Under the heavy yoke of the Fhreyan oppression one Rhune, Raithe, fought back and killed a god, starting a series of events that would throw the Ylan into chaos. The Fhrey retaliated with a vengeance and gore meant to dissuade the Rhune, but it had the opposite effect. A rebellion coalesced.
After 600 years of war with the Fhrey, the Dherg’s numbers had dwindled. The fall of the great fortress Drumindor caused the Dhergian Elders to call the retreat to their ancient labyrinths deep underground. Once again the surface would not see Dherg for hundreds of years and they became legend to the Rhune. The Fhrey knew better and kept a watchful eye for their return.
The Rhune rebels led by Raithe and the widow of a chieftain, Persephone, retreated wary as deer into the forbidding forests at the edge of the Maw, A treacherous canyon rumored to have no bottom and said to lead directly to the Uberlin’s throne. It is there, while battling a tribe of Ghazel, that Persephone and Raithe were aided by Yolric an ancient Rhune mystic with incredible powers. Yolric led them to meet Glom, King of the Dherg and Nyphron, Cenzylor and Techylor, and other outcast Fhrey on the run. This unlikely alliance formed core of the rebellion.
While the Rhune’s lives were short, generations of oppression forged, in many, wills as hard as diamonds and their desire to overthrow the Fhrey infused their very marrow. With the instruction of Nyphron, Cenzylor, Techylor, and Yolric and arms from the Dhergian forges in the Maw, every lesson, every action of everyday of their existence was for one purpose – to liberate the Rhune. Although the Fhrey had superior weaponry and mastery of the Arts, they were relatively few where man was many and within a generation they were ready.
The Fhrey had become complacent and were not ready when the Rhune rebels led by Nyphron emerged from the Maw to attack the Dithmar Valley. The Dherg, led by Glom remerged in Delos to reclaim their land. Raithe, led his contingent out of the Maw and attacked the Bylmar plains. Persophone marched her troops and took Kolnara and the Bernum bottomlands. The rebels sustained massive casualties, losing four to five men for every Fhrey. Raithe was lost in the Battle of Yrvenon. The Fhrey lost at Avempartha and retreated across the Nidwalden River to regroup. Nyphron and the rebels were poised to invade Erivan, the Fhreyan homeland.
Before the invasion could begin the Fhreyan Council sent an emissary to Nyphron with the Horn of Galyndor to challenge for the rule of the Fhrey. Mawyndule, Malmondun’s son had killed his father ending the Uli Vemar. The Council had agreed that no one would challenge Nyphron. However, Mawyndule, who killed his father at the request of the Council and assured he would be forgiven for the crime, was instead betrayed by the council and exiled for the regicide. Stung by the betrayal and seeking a way back into the Fhrey, he grabbed the horn and blew it to challenge Nyphron. Their battle was short as Mawyndule was just a boy, but Nyphron spared his life and exiled him from Ylan.
The fhrey acquiesced to the rule of Nyphron and the healing of the empire began. Nyphron has set up the Ylan Empire made up of Erivan, Delos, and the Governorships of Rhune that serve on the Grand Council who elects the Emperor. The inaugural session met three months ago and elected Nyphron, King of Erivan its Emperor.
That is where our story begins…
*This campaign is for the most part set in the world of the Riyria novels by Michael J. Sullivan, but set 1000 years before the novels. The house magic system is inspired by the Brandon Sanderson’s Mistborn books. Significant creative license has been taken.