History of the Nordar

by Gerrin


4 PD

The Hartdar dwarves removed much of the military forces from the Hammervald Empire to use against the minotaurs during the Canon War. They believed that one last battle would break the Minotaur Empire and exhausted their resources. The Hartdar High Warden Tildon Copperforge left Hollowvasser to lead the troops on the front line and instructs his son Ren Copperforge to travel with the Ice Legion.

This act left no ruling force in the city but Tildon decided to create the position of Lord Protector to rule in his stead until he could return. He chose General Alon Fateender to become the Lord Protector and left him one legion to command. Fateender ruled from the Warden’s Palace with the authority of the High Warden and waited for his leader to return.

4-1 PD – The Waiting

The dwarves waited for news of a final victory but what they learned was that both sides were still preparing for the coming battle. Times were good for the dwarves living the Hammervald Empire as production demands were high. Lord Protector Fateender has an easy time ruling the empire as many dwarves were happy with his relaxed laws.

1-9 AD – The Drowning and Aftermath

The dwarves of Hollowvasser barely survive the drowning and were shocked to see the destruction caused to their network system linking other cities to the capital. The Lord Protector sent out search parties to learn what happened and to make contact with the rest of the empire. When they returned they brought grim news of the entire Hammervald Empire being destroyed and all that was left was the island they lived on.

Fateender told the dwarves that there were still Hartdar dwarves alive in the world and that they would be seeking them shortly. After the initial shock of the drowning wore off, hope begins as many dwarves heed Fateender’s words and believed that they would be rescued. The months turn into years as no help came from the outside and hope turned to anger.

The dwarves of Hollowvasser began to call themselves Nordar to represent their current status. They forsook their citizenship status as Hartdar dwarves and began to demand that Fateender do something to end their suffering. A struggle for power broke out and Fateender was killed when the Warden’s Palace burned to the ground.

9-39 AD – The Struggle for Survival

The dwarves began to struggle too survive living in there underground city. Many dwarves perished during this time since there was no Lord Protector to ration out the supplies. Factions developed in the clans and began to act in their own interests to ensure their survival.

In 27 AD Tib Battleheart organized the various leaders of the city into a council to vote on issues. Many of the dwarves heed his call and order resumed in the city. Most dwarves know that a way off the island will be needed to ensure the Nordar’s survival.

39-76 AD – Gift of a Goddess

A Dragon turtle offers the Nordar Council a chance to escape the island. The turtle will remove the fear of the sea if the dwarves will begin to worship the dragon’s mistress, Zebiom. The dwarves agreed and began to build ships to travel to the mainland parts of Adlatum.

They found the continent much changed and that many of the human nations of the Midlands refused to trade with them based on credit. The dwarves turned to piracy to find things that they needed. The Nordar Council agreed with the idea and issued a proclamation promoting the idea of taking what they need to ensure survival.

In 56 AD the dwarves began to travel the various islands around them looking for other survivors or possible areas to settle. They located several survivors and relocated them into Hollowvasser. The Nordar also located another city of Ironvasser surviving on a nearby island. This island had a small population and welcomed the arrival of the Nordar.

Also in 56 AD the dwarves made contact with the human nation of Teusten. The two nations went to war and the dwarves were forced to give up many of their islands due to the fact that they do not have an army or navy large enough to secure them. The Nordar carried a grudge from the war and vowed vengeance someday against the Teusten.

In the late 60’s many dwarves begin to feel that piracy was wrong and began to voice their complaints against the practice. Among these dwarves was Tib Battleheart who took the issue to the council where it was debated. The Council then voted on the issue and the final vote outlawed piracy. The Nordar dwarves ignored the final vote calling those who voted for it soft and forgetful of the old ways; among those who were the chief supporter of piracy was Yilan Copperforge, a distant relative to the former Tildon Copperforge High Warden.

In 75-76 AD, Battleheart secretly shipped dwarves out of Hollowvasser and had them settle on the mainland coast. He was betrayed by a young ship captain hoping to win the support of Copperforge. Battleheart and the remainder of his supporters fled to the mainland coast and began to construct the city of Sundarin in the cliffs for protection.

76-80 AD – The War of the Reefs

The Sundar and the Nordar began to raid each other’s settlements because they believed that each other was at fault for the split. The Nordar also believed that because of the Sundar’s departure they lost the war against the Sea Elves and the Sundar believed that they were entitled to the resources of the Nordar.

The war was primarily raids on each others colonies along the Shattered Sea and the mainland coast. The Nordar in 78 AD landed an army near Sundarton and attempted to destroy the Sundar capital city. The Sundar met the Nordar in the Valley of the Eagle and fought one of the largest battles in the war. The Sundar leader Tib Battleheart was killed as was the Nordar General Yilan Copperforge. The Sundar routed the Nordar forces and burned their ships on the beach with a daring raid led by Tib’s son Uloc Battleheart.

In 80 AD the Sundar commenced the last major battle in the War of the Reefs as they conducted a raid on Mt. Anneghis. This attack eliminated any chance of the two clans reuniting and forced the Nordar to sign a peace treaty and recognized that the Sundar were a free an independent nation.

80-277 AD – Age of Warlords

With the death of many of the major leaders of the Nordar during the War of the Reefs, many minor nobles began to fight for the title of Lord Protector. These dwarves were unable to ever hold the title for long and dividde the city of Hollowvasser into many territories.

The council of Nordar continued to meet attempting to stop the war but to no avail. The warlords continued to fight and destroyed large portions of the city. Even when a Hartdar delegation arrived in 146 AD the dwarves took little notice to their cousins. They believed that the Hartdar had come back to claim dominance over them and the council ordered the Hartdar to leave claiming that Hollowvasser was an independent nation on the Iron Islands.

277-385 AD – Creation of the Ironvald Empire

A small element of Hartdar dwarves began to speak of the riches of Hollowvasser and its sister cities. The cause slowly gained support over the years as the Hartdar mines began to decline and many dwarves were forced out of work because of a lack of materials. This caused many dwarves to believe that the riches and wealth of the former Hammervald Empire still lay in the city and that they were controlled by unworthy dwarves.

The dwarves formed a small army that convinced Sundar merchants of their crusade to reclaim past riches. As they waited to board ships many Sundar dwarves joined them to travel to Hollowvasser to reclaim the lost wealth. They journeyed to the former dwarven capital and prepared to take what they wanted. The crusaders were led by Brigg Giantbattler a cruel and jealous dwarf who desired a kingdom of his own.

As they arrived on the island that held the city, they were met by a force of Nordar dwarves and defeated them in battle. Once in the city they discovered the horrors of continual war had created on the Nordar. The city once the jewel of the Hammervald Empire had been for the most part laid to waste as various warlords tried to seize the title of Lord Protector.

Many of the dwarves grew angry when they learned that there was no fabulous riches in the city or in any of its mines and decided to create their own empire to make themselves rich. They enslaved many of the rival clans in the city and created a military government and declared Giantbattler as Lord Protector of the Nordar.

Giantbattler created many changes in the Ironvald capital, Hollowvasser. He first ended the continually fighting there and began to rebuild many parts of the city. The dwarves also began to delve an underwater route to Ironvasser.

Also the Nordar began to battle the sea elves for control of certain areas of the sea, the battles were light and there was never an actual war declare. The dwarves ended the attacks after they were driven back several times in 289 AD. They declare an uneasy truce and secretly vowed that the sea elves would pay for the acts of violence.

For the most of his reign Giantbattler sought to enlarge the empire but was unable to and defeated at every attempt to do so. He does manage to create several new mines and began to trade some with the Midland nations. Even so most dwarves living in Nordar survived on piracy and continued to harass merchant ships around Adlatum.

The forces of Chaos had some impact upon the dwarves living in the Ironvald Empire. The crabmen that would harass the Sundar also attacked the Nordar but not in as great of numbers. The Nordar managed to kill them without suffering many casualties.

In 385 AD, the Nordar learned of the destruction caused by the forces of Chaos in Sundar and planned to overrun their cousins in revenge for the War of the Reefs. A large force sailed from Hollowvasser and met a much smaller Sundarin navy. The Nordar made a temporary alliance with Teusten in the hope that the two nations would destroy and sack the Sundar cities.

The Sundarin navy met the combined forces of the Teusten and the Nordar near the Sundar city of Portswind. The Sundar used fireships to turn back the Nordar and Teusten. Upon hearing the news of his navy’s defeat, Giantbattler suffers a stroke and died a few months later.

385-421 AD – Current Happenings

Brigg Giantbattler was succeeded as Lord Protecter by his son Argent Giantbattler. Argent slowly began to rebuild the Nordar forces and was currently seeking to expand his empire the northern islands by forcing the Teusten off of them. He has created the idea that the humans have invaded the ancestral lands of the dwarves and that they must be driven off.

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