Atharkin, once one of the strongest of the old kingdoms, has passed into history. Memories of the kingdom are brought up by those dreaming of better times, of a golden age, before chaos and darkness settled over the fates of men.
The last true king of Atharkin was King Metherin (II), who died in the disaster of the Lichtouched Moon. Metherin proved to be a good man, but perhaps not the best king. Unable to choose between his two sons Metherin (III) and Mathesis, he named both of the twins heirs to the crown, intending for the two to rule over the country in concert. And indeed they did, the memory of King Metherin’s desires were strong in the hearts of the people and his sons, and they did him proud.
The true melodrama of courtly intrigue found fruition in the following generations. Atharkin was split in twain between descendants of Metherin (III) and Mathesis. The border between Western Atharkin and Eastern Atharkin became a battleground of short violent confrontations.
The assassination of King Othardin of Western Atharkin sparked the full scale war that had been brewing for two generations. Opportunistic lords saw the conflict as a chance to expand their power and influence while indulging the growing lust for vengence. For twenty years, Atharkin was united under Western Atharkin’s King Tansom but his rulership was a constant political stuggle with his vassel lords.
Shortly after taking the throne, Tansom (II) found his country consumed by another civil war. Three of his vassel lords declared their independance from Atharkin and one of their number, Tameris, king. The war stalemated for many long years until eventually Tansom (II) sued for peace, officially recognizing Dorsica’s independance.
Five years later, a dispute errupted between two of Tansom’s vassel lords. Despite direction from their king, the two lords launched a bloody border conflict. Tansom had to hire Valisard mercenaires to act as his army in order to quell the violence. The mercenaries became a perminent part of the royal army and the source of the King’s authority. However, Tansom was politically unable to remove the two lords from power.
Upon the death of Tansom(II) his son, Tansom(III) was set to assend the throne. Tansom(III) fell ill and died the day before he was to be corrinated. Once again, war consumed Atharkin, as the vassal lords turned on each other. Two declared themselves King of Atharkin, pitting their armies against each other for rulership.
At nearly the same time as the Atharkin Succession War, Dorsica spiraled toward a civil war of their own. Social and political differences between the decendents of the three lords who succeeded from Atharkin threatened to tear them apart. Presure from foreign trading partners as well as the chaos that consumed Atharkin convinced these lords to settle on a different means to end the dispute. They declared they would now be the Three Dorsica States; Kovir, Dorsica and Temiria. Independant social and economic structures with a united military and diplomantic front.
The financial costs of the Atharkin Succession War broke the two factions before a clear victor was declared. Despite the massive loss of life, the Atharkin lords were still unable to reconsile. Individual lords drew boders between each other, declaring their rule absolute. Atharkin divided into smaller nations; Rivinest, Ervanorst, K’Lenkia, Kaedwen, Ghetria, Sanshara, Ormis and Athar.