History of Dregordia

War has defined much of Dregordia's history: not only conflicts with the Kal-a-Nar Empire, which have been constant enough with the Empire immediately north of the nation, but also numerous internal wars and struggles. Dregordians are warriors at their very core, and though they have long sought to control their more savage impulses as a people, they are no less focused on the mastery of their martial skills and the ability to defend their homes and their way of life.

Dregordia is also defined by a high level of insularity when it comes to their history and development as a nation. Not only have they fought hard and bitterly to keep invaders out; they have always been just shy of xenophobic, preferring to keep their own counsel on all things and remain apart from other nations and cultures. In more recent times, Dregordia has slowly emerged as a valuable ally to the Southern Kingdoms, finally embracing the mutual benefits gained through cooperating to resist the powers of the north. However, both physical and social remoteness still defines Dregordia's international role in Shaintar.

From what legends and ancient ruins tell us, Dregordians rose from the sea and walked the land sometime between 4700 B.C. and 4370 B.C. Eight families were said to have sprung forth from Ssestina na Ssathis--  the dregordian name for Shanais the Spirit Mother and Life Giver. Illiana was chosen from the dregordians to become one of the Ascended. The eight families went forth from the tail of the land, Ssatay, by riding the river Illiana's Blood to settle in the jungles and marshes that comprise most of Dregordia.

Early Dregordians had a violent confrontation with a race or beings that we only know as the Draykin (or Serpent Riders). A great and terrible war erupted sometime around 4300 B.C.. Who or what the Draykin were is not known. They are always pictured (in crude drawings and carvings of the time) riding dragons, which has lead scholars to believe that they were the first Dragon Cult. Some speculate the Draykin were early Kal tribes, while others think they were a distant cousin of the Dregordians. The war ended when the Dregordians annihilated the Draykin.

Legends speak of The 1,000 Year Conflict that came after the defeat of the Draykin.  Savagery, petty wars, and deadly family conflicts were common during this time in Dregordian history. The society was nothing more than a loose, anarchistic mob spread out over jungles and marshlands. The inner beasts of the people threatened to consume them utterly, forever denying them a place as one of the great societies of Shaintar.

A lone figure emerged in 3300 B.C. that completely changed the face of Dregordian culture. Voltiss vo Ssartis came down from the Hellstorm Mountains, bearing Illiana's gift for the Dregordian people.

"Before us lies the Way. Only the Way can stave off the sserna kresska and allow us to achieve a peaceful unity of mind, body, and spirit." - Voltiss vo Ssartis

Voltiss was the first Adept in Shaintar's history (refer to Where There's A Will There's the Way by Koress na Brssak for more information on the history of Adepts). He went forth among his people, offering to show and teach them the Way. He soon gained many followers, and by 3290 B.C., the first Adept School was built in the fledgling town of Ssatay. By 3015 B.C., there were numerous schools throughout Dregordia dedicated to teaching the Way and matters of discipline and enlightenment.

Dregordian culture changed fairly dramatically as controlling the sserna kresska (or “Inner Beast”) became a rite of passage. Males and females came to be expected to master the basic forms of meditation to control their inner beast by the age of 12 (a spiritual number in Dregordian society).

With an almost unbelievable rapidity, the social structures of the Dregordians began to take new form. Older villages grew to towns, and new villages began appearing in ever greater numbers as the Dregordians embraced the concept of coming together peacefully to share resources without conflict, and to reinforce their mutual need for enlightened existence. Much of this social growth was concentrated along to the two key rivers in Dregordia – Illiana's Blood and the Tolzin River -- fitting, for a race ever drawn to water.

Assiduous exploration outside of Dregordian borders began in 3003 B.C.. Records speak of “the Twelve” venturing forth over the mountains and establishing contact with Fae society. The Twelve lived among the Fae and observed their culture, learning all they could while revealing surprisingly little about themselves. Upon their return in 2979 B.C., they brought with them another change to Dregordian society: A more structured socio-political system began to take place as family lines organized into hereditary Houses, and towns grew into cities.

By 2600 B.C., Dregordian society came to be ruled by a combination autocratic and republican government. Isshiro na Brssak became the first Consul to rule Dregordia after the High Conclave deemed him worthy in 2597 B.C.. From 2600 B.C. to 1575 B.C., Dregordia grew and flourished into a highly advanced civilization, maintaining a neutral and isolationist stance in the early years of what is now known as the Age of Doom. Consul Kavadriss na Brssak, and many other Consuls after her, deemed that “the problems of others are not our concern.

Nonetheless, the Age of Doom marched up to the very doorstep of Dregordia in 1535 B.C.. The Eleran, desert tribes from what is now the Kal-a-Nar Empire, sent a military troop 10,000 strong. Warlord Irekan and his military force marched into Dregordia and demanded that the people forsake Illiana and swear allegiance to Ceynara, Queen of Fire and Goddess of War. The Dregordian nation sent back its answer to the Eleran - the severed head of Irekan, brought back by less than 500 of his troops.

Angered by the defiance, 30,000 Eleran came to crush Dregordia. They, too, were no match for an armed and disciplined Dregordian nation, nor were they prepared for its inhospitable terrain (it is called the Ever Living Jungle for a reason, and you damned well had better have a Dregordian as your guide when venturing to the capital!) The Dregordians kept Ceynara's worshipers out, but their victory was short-lived.

The War of Fire began in 1500 B.C. as Ceynara and her demon forces launched an all out assault on Shaintar. Under the devastating might of Ceynara's demons and childer, the Dregordian nation began to crumble. Dregordia was reduced to a third of its original size in 1220 B.C., forced to retreat further and further westward along the peninsula. The War of Fire threatened to consume them, or drive them back into the sea from which they came. Even after Ceynara and her demons were cast back into Hell in 1200 B.C., the damage to Dregordia was too great. The socio-political structure of the once great civilization fell.

Savagery and warfare among dregordians once again gripped them. Twelve leaders from Dregordia answered the Ascended's call to come to Og'm Drakar in 1000 B.C.. The meeting at “the Eye of the Dragon” marked the Age of Peace as all inhabitants of Shaintar were entreated to end their fighting and find fellowship in Life. These Twelve returned to Dregordia and began the process of rebuilding the country to its former glory. The Consular political system, along with general law and order, was reinstated, and from 1000 to 650 B.C., Dregordia rebuilt itself back to what it was before the War of Fire erupted.

When the Hordes from Shaya'Nor attacked in 600 B.C., the Dregordians joined forces with the dwarves of the Hellstorm Mountains to keep out the terrible army of the Darkness. Then, as plagues and pestilence reached the Dregordian borders in 498 B.C., they once again took on an isolationist stance. From that time until 2220 A.C., nearly three thousand years later, Dregordia remained mostly isolated from the rest of the events and doings of other nations- with the notable exception of the Kal Empire. In 1724 A.C., Jolokas ki Grilnas was named Emperor of the Eleran m' Kal-a-nar and began his reign with further conquest and expansion of the Empire. Jolokas, remembering the insulting defeat the Eleran suffered at the hands of the Dregordians centuries before, was determined that Dregordia should fall. Thus began a border war between Dregordia and the Kal which continues to this day.

An amazing discovery of a new group of Dregordians living in a remote area of the Ever Living Jungle happened in 2100 A.C. Dristak became the Ninth House when Consul Thrak na Brssak bestowed upon them all the rights and privileges of Dregordian nobility.

In 2224 A.C., a religious cult arose to vie for power in Dregordia. The Dragon Cult maintained that the Dragonlords were the first true gods and thus worship of them should be above all others. To gain immense power, the Dragon Cult performed a sacrificial ritual that opened a passage to the Realm of Dragons. Thus the Dragon War began in 2216 A.C., as dragons were unleashed upon Shaintar. The Dregordian leaders realized they could not defeat dragons and the Dragon Cult alone; they sent out their best warriors and diplomats to ask for and give assistance in banishing the dragons and the Dragonlords. In 2234 A.C., the Dregordians, the Hellstorm dwarves, and the Fae nation destroyed the Dragon Cult. Dregordian Adepts joined the gathering of all wielders of magic at Og m'Drakar. It is there they performed the ritual that banished all but a few of the dragons through the “Eye” and away from Shaintar.

But even with the aid of the Dregordians, much of the populace of Shaintar blamed their country for the Dragon War (some still do to this day). After receiving a vision from Iliana, Consul Tssvok na Brssak completely abandoned the country's isolationist policies and opened ties with the Fae Nation, various dwarven Clanhomes, and the Southern Lands. Dregordian adepts were encouraged to travel out into Shaintar to teach the Way, bringing the mystical knowledge to anyone who was capable of learning it. The Houses of na Brssak, vo Drrsshak, and vo Ssartis were given the task of destroying the remaining dragons.

Dssrask na Brssak, a hardliner of very conservative views, assumed the Consul position in 2521 A.C. and immediately set out to reinstate the nation's former isolationist policies. House na Dristak challenged House na Brssak's right to rule and launched a successful rebellion. For the first time in Dregordian history, the reigns of Consular power changed and House Dristak assumed the title of Consul. Under the rule of House na Dristak, Dregordia opened up diplomatic ties with Galea, Olara and the rest of the Southern Kingdoms, becoming a staunch ally to that region against the powers of the North. It is now not uncommon to see quite a few Dregordians roaming and serving in other lands throughout Shaintar.

- Jonkeph Skein, Shaintar: Yesteryears and Today