Melephaeusa

CategoryFallen Empires
WorldBal-Kriav
RegionAzrik, Necrocrypt
GovernmentKingdom
Capital
Phanêthil1016 - 1029
Andrithiach299 - 1015
Population
Races
Kriavian Elf95%
other5%
Alignmentchaotic good
DeitiesCorellon, Melora
EnemiesFirst Khazarkar Empire
Reign299 - 1029
Maps
VetoubahrNithlurik

In 299, the people of Andrithiach voted to install a monarchy. This desire to return to monarchical rule was the reason that three years previously, Tasartir colonists left Pipe Home for a land of their own. These colonists were from families that sought a return to their noble upbringings and traditional bureaucratic governorship of the people; a system or rule that helps constrain the powers of heads of state. This way of rule, the blueprint of the Gwildath Bureaucratic Codices, was followed by their ancestors at Celanil and their ancestors before at Gwildath. Those that founded Tasartir chose an entirely different path, a democracy, with the noble families quipping, "even a peasant, if charming and charismatic, able to rise high in government."

In the western part of Azrik the elves lived peacefully until the rise of the First Khazarkar Empire.

In 1015, the last of the Melephaeusans abandoned Sorfandien. They were leaving behind a land devastated by a series of conflicts collectively called the Domination Wars. A product of reckless use of arcane energies, these wars led to a magical cataclysm that affected nearly all of Gulimbor and into very edges of Azrik and Ma'Ohari. Sorfandien, once a beautiful valley, became a wasteland, wrecked by the Gulimbor Cataclysm. Joining the Great Exodus, the Melephaeusans fled north into Cal-Thaoun land, taking ships north to the isle of Gathrot.

Naval passage and ships were very costly during the time of the Great Exodus. The demand of people seeking to leave Gulimbor far exceeded what the harbors of the rogue states could supply.

- Ermikel the Balance - "The Great Exodus"

Aboard Cal-Thaoun and Ivory Asylum ships, Melephaeusa's refugees went north to the largest island of what would later be known as Necrocrypt. The decision to rebuild their civilization on islands once ruled by the Durkoth and one of their Saints, was largely the province of a long-serving, highly trusted, civil servant named Caliguworm. Seeking the appreciation of something greater than the ministers and leaders of his kingdom, he heard whispers on his surveys of Gathrot and its sister islands. He listened to these dark whispers, convincing himself that Gathrot would best serve his people.

On Gathrot island, Melephaeusa's refugees went to a large ruin. Overgrown with jungle, yet amazingly intact, two millennia ago it had served as the capital city for the mighty Abâthigûr Empire. They faced a number of dilemma's while rebuilding Phanêthil. One was what to do about the occasional zombie or skeleton found wandering aimlessly about. Some were for putting them down, others disagreed saying that the burial customs of the Abâthigûr, even though long gone, should be respected. This meant leaving these mindless, and non-hostile undead to wander. Another issue that tested the refugees was gnarled staffs found in the ruins. These were magical defoliation weapons that their previous owners had no qualms about using, keeping the jungles at bay with nature energy destroying magic. Melephaeusans, nearly all Kriavian Elves, do not hold forests and nature as highly as wood elves, yet enough that a third of the populace were against their use. Other issues followed, with some thinking these tests on the populace's moral fiber the island's curse.

... beyond the ruin's alien architecture, what I'm told is of the Horgon style, the most disturbing thing of the area are colossal ornate structures. They resemble mausoleums, yet once served as places of authority. My cousin's section, responsible for labyrinth clearing, told me that beneath each of these mausoleums are vast empty crypts.

- Dúrildir, worker of Jungle Defoliation, Team 6 - "Where did they go?"

In 1018, dark whispers guided the famed civil servant Caliguworm to the Spire of Molakh-Búle. Once inside, he found the one who had been speaking to him since his first expedition to Gathrot, two decades ago. It was a newly minted god named Thasmudyan. He had long enticed Caliguworm, promising fame and success. Of which Caliguworm got more than he could ever imagined, even awarded the highest medal of the kingdom, "Civilization Preserver". Caliguworm now had to fulfill his part of the deal. He was to spread the teaching of Thasmudyan to his fellow Melephaeusans. This did not go well. Melephaeusa's people had no interest in a young upstart god promising eternal existence by becoming an undead. They were also against the practice of necromancy, which Thasmudyan so openly offered. Failing to get worshipers the normal way, Caliguworm went on a murdering spree, raising the slain, slowly forming an army of undead from his own people. These were supplemented with terrors from the bowels of Mulun'nâth and other undead havens. Those with the means, luck or skill, escaped the clutches of Caliguworm's growing legion. Many fled to their ancestral home Tasartir, others went north joining Brucrmus's cities. Those that could not escape, went on to fill Phanêthil's once empty crypts; and many centuries later becoming the nucleus of Black Tide's undead legions.

The Ultimate Gift of Thasmudyan is the rise of one as a soldier of death, becoming undead, and living for eternity, always gaining power with time, while those of weak mortal flesh perish of sickness and old age.

- Dax Jagg - "The Ultimate Gift"

By 1029, the Melephaeusa kingdom was devoid of the living. After this, Gathrot and her sister islands became collectively known as Necrocrypt, haven for undead, a bastion for the Cult of Worms, and religious heart for the Thasmudyan's growing flock.

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