History of the Sundar

by Gerrin


76 AD

The Sundar plotted to flee the Nordar because they had become frustrated with the piracy and corrupted nature of the government. Tib Battleheart led the Sundar as they secretly fled from the isles to the mainland. Upon arriving on the mainland they began to construct Sundarton on the cliffs for protection against a possible Nordar attack.

76-80AD – 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 believe 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.

81-131 AD – Growth of a Nation

The Sundar continued to grow under the leadership of Uloc Battleheart. Colonies quickly grew from small villages into large towns and the Sundar Nation expanded its borders as new colonies were built. The navy of the Sundar was its pride and joy as it held back Nordar pirates and protected merchant ships in the voyages to the Midlands. This was a time of prosperity and relative peace for the Sundar.

132-135 AD – Plague of the Black

A mysterious plague struck the Sundar dwarves all around the coastline of their empire. Victims of the plague developed a black rash on their body that caused oozing and bleeding. The victims tended to die within four days of showing first symptoms. All known remedies failed and the Sundar began to seek the cause of the plague.

The Sundar believe that the plague was a punishment from the dragon turtle that gave them the courage to take to the seas. A group of dwarven adventurers traveled out into the sea searching the dragon to speak to it to see if it would remove the curse. They locate the dragon and learn from it that the cause of the plague was not her. She tells them of her enemy a black dragon named Telniva who has sent the plague to punish her. The dragon turtle promised the Sundar that if they can kill the black dragon she will no longer attack their ships.

The dwarves search out the black dragon Telniva and located it in the caves of the White Mountain. There they discovered the cause of the illness, a black soot that the dragon produced that drifted into their cities. The dwarves attacked the dragon and managed to kill it but the losses were grievous as the Sundar lose nearly their entire Crimson Guard and leader Uloc Battleheart. Uloc’s son Pick Battleheart succeeded his father as Chief General of the Sundar.

136-210 AD – Golden Age of the Sunday

The Sundar nation grows and begins to create new trade routes throughout the western side of Adlatum. This was a time of relative peace and prosperity for the citizens of Sundar. Contact with the Hartdar dwarves was made and they refused the Hartdar request of joining into a new Hammervald Empire.

211-253 AD – The Wyvern War

The Sundar dwarves were attacked by goblin clans of the Wyvern. These clans were famed for their mounts that they rode into battle. The majority of the war was a standstill as neither side could as the dwarves developed ballista that could accurately shoot targets in the air. The dwarves were unable to attack goblin strongholds in the mountains because the terrain was to steep to haul ballista and goblins were unable to raid dwarven settlements for the fear of the ballista.

The Hartdar dwarves and the Sundar dwarves sign a mutual defense alliance and trading rights pact in 236 AD. The Sundar would grant the Hartdar mining rights in the mountains near their cities in exchange for the opportunity to sell their goods in the Hartdar markets. Also they signed a mutual defense agreement agreeing to be wary of the minotaur and Nordar.

The Sundar would call upon the Hartdar, during the Wyvern War, when the goblins in 247 AD pushed close to the mines of Tolon, a Sundarian city and threateedn to isolate the city from the rest of the nation. The Hartdar arrived and use their famed Ice Legion to turn the tide. The combined forces force the goblins to flee deep into the mountains and the Wyvern War ends with a Sundar victory.

253-349 AD – Rebuilding and Growth of a Nation

The Sundar would spend many years following the Wyvern War reconstructing their cities. They would reconstruct the defenses of several of their cities with the idea of a possible goblin attack. The Sundar would try to negotiate a trade agreement with Brigg Giantbattler in the hope of creating a new market for their goods. The talks ended badly when the Sundar ambassador, Tol Steelforge was found dead in his quarters and the Sundar suspected the Nordar.

The Sundar nation also grew during this time, moving into the areas around the former goblin fortresses. The dwarves would reconstruct several of these fortresses and used them for mining outposts. The Hartdar and Sundar would live in these former fortresses and work the mines together.

350-383 AD – The Return of the Gods

The true gods returned and true clerics returned to the Sundar. It was during this time that the Sundar learned of the Dragon Overlords from their clerics. A young copper dragon disguises himself as a cleric of Reorx and alerted them to the nature of the Overlords and the threat they pose.

The Sundar keep the knowledge of the Overlords a secret as they tried to convince the other nations of the true gods. Sundar clerics traveled throughout Aldatum spreading the word of the return of the gods. Most nations ignored their messages and warnings of a terrible danger ahead.

383-384 AD – Days of Darkness

The Sundar received a terrible message from their Hartdar allies of a war growing in the midlands against a foe that sent horrible creatures against the people. The Hartdar tell the Sundar of one man who was standing up to the forces of Chaos and they were joining him and asked for them to come to help save the lands from the danger. Helm Battleheart, Pick’s grandson, agreed to travel with his Crimson Guard and two full legions to battle the danger. He left his son Belaek in charge of the remaining forces of Sundar and traveled to the Midlands to stand side by side with the Hartdar. Helm was slain in the battle fighting against fire dragons and of the 10000 dwarves of the legion only 1000 of them returned home following the Days of Darkness. Survivors claim tales of empty armor and life draining creatures, several dwarves also suffer memory problems as they were unable to remember mothers or fathers, wives and husbands.

The realm of Sundar wasn’t safe during the Days of Darkness as it was attacked by giant crabmen. Belaek Battleheart led the defense of the coastline and evacuated many of the dwarves into the ancient goblin strongholds. The dwarves defeated the crabmen but the cost was high also as many of their port towns and cities were badly damaged or destroyed.

385 AD – The Sending

The Sundar sent a legion of dwarves to assist Montegron in his protection of the Midlands. Also during this time the Nordar sensed that the Sundar were weak, attempted to renew raiding along the coast but were turned back by the small Sundar navy.

386-427 AD – Current Affairs

For many years the Sundar worked with the Midland nations but began to realize that Montegron was an evil man. The dwarves have withdrawn out of the Midlands but continue to trade with them. The Hartdar dwarves would send much help to the Sundar and help rebuild many of the cities and mines that were damaged during the Chaos War.

With the return of the gods, the clerics have reappeared again in the Sundar nation as the gods were welcomed back with open arms. The times were prosperous for the Sundar as the majority of their ports have been rebuilt and their navy was built up protecting their shores.

The current leader of the Sundar is Belaek Battleheart, a courageous dwarf fighter who has stood up to the demands of Montegron. The Sundar still work with the Hartdar and their pact still stands. Most of the Sundar have returned to the coasts but a minority of the dwarves has remained in the ancient goblin fortresses preparing them to be used again in the defense of the country.

About Trampas "Dragonhelm" Whiteman

Trampas “Dragonhelm” Whiteman is best known for co-creating and administering the Dragonlance Nexus fan site. He is co-author of three Dragonlance books – Holy Orders of the Stars, Knightly Orders of Ansalon, and Races of Ansalon. When not evangelizing Dragonlance and other settings, Trampas is a husband, father, podcaster, and web designer. Trampas also enjoys reading comics, reading fantasy and scifi novels, and playing D&D.
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