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Oh, yes. The Karthmeres... they are another story entirely.
- Aegor IV Dragomyr in 341 AC
House Karthmere, sometimes referred to as the Karthmere dynasty, is a royal, prestigious family, and the current ruling family that holds power in the Lord Paramouncy of Thyllanor.

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Prehistory/Age of Legends

From the Thyllanor (modern day) article

Before the Karthmeres came in what is known as the third wave of migration, Thyllanor was inhabited by the native Andorasi, those who are now the Wetlanders, Gardorians, and Moonlytes. The second wave was brought about by the Tegrushkin or a culture similar to them, and resulted in settling Frostfall, which gave rise to the Northmen. Finally, the Edrossi wave came, which included the Thyllanorians as well as the Shoremen (The Edranians came in their own wave some time between the second and third waves).

Several of these tribes came and went for thousands of years, but one never dominated the region entirely until the Tribe of Karth came ashore. Karthmeric Thyllanor began its history before the First Era, in the Age of Legends. The Tribe of Karth, which inhabited a region equivalent to midwestern Ethryke, were part of the great migration which brought many of the present-day Andorasi cultures into Andoras -- legend tells us that Outhdian Karth'maere was the leader when they migrated, establishing his tribe. The Karth were unique, however, in the fact that they followed many generations later, instead choosing to remain in Doras Edrossi for a time. An unknown cause forced them to take the trip across the White Sea, and according to legend they landed where modern-day Faercrest was founded. Starting small, they built themselves up over thousands of years, and by the beginning of the First Era, they were a considerable force inhabiting a well-sized chunk of northeastern Thyllanor. The leaders of these tribes varied and were often chosen amongst the many men who inhabited the lands, but eventually a family of them came to power and instituted an inheritable trait to the title. In a somewhat prideful sentiment, they titled themselves the Karth'maeres, or the leaders of the Karth, and this family eventually became the Karthmeres themselves today.

Recorded history of the Karth, however, only starts when they are visited by missionaries of the Two Paragons in 7,845 BC, or 1E 2155. At this point, they have established themselves a relatively large swath of land, and dominate about 25% of modern Thyllanor. It is around this time that the Karth drop their old title of tribe and begin to refer to themselves as a kingdom -- in their language, as a "Thylla". Various rulers lost to time come and go, but as the Thyllanorians use their new-fledged status as a major power in the region, they slowly grow until it is impossible to ignore their influence in Doras Edrossi. The missionaries, at the time speaking Low Drakonic, dubbed the Thyllanorians the Thyllas Norad -- the king's followers. This eventually mutated into "Thyllanor" for "Land of the King's Followers" or, more broadly translated, "Kingdom of the Loyal", and the term "Thyllanorian" used in the Common Tongue today.

The Thyllanorian kingdom slowly grew beyond its own de jure territory, expanding with the help of the missionaries, who helped them discover gold in their foothills in 7,811 BC. They became more powerful with every passing year, but lost to the Daytons in a war that resulted in the creation of theKingsland in 7,750 BC. They then joined forces with the Shoremen in a war that started in 7,734 BC, claiming a large amount of the northern Kingsland for themselves, and ensuring the conquest of eastern Gardoria for the Shoremen. Their power ensured that no one would dare rise up against them, for a time; then, as if by a miracle, the warmongering king who is as much of a legend as a real man Vaerik Karth'maere was born in c. 7,730 BC, and became king of the Thyllanorians in 7,712 BC. He started a nine-year campaign to assimilate the remaining Thyllanorian tribes in the region, and by 7,703 BC modern day Thyllanor had been encompassed in the burgeoning Thyllanorian kingdom.

Vaerik led the Thyllanorians to form what was one of the largest nations on Andoras before the Dragomyr invasion; by 7,702 BC, he had conquered the remainder of the Kingsland, ruling a quarter of Andoras. The next year, in 7,701 BC, the Shoremen were vassalized, only adding to the then-massive kingdom. He died, unexpectedly, in 7,691 BC, and as a result, the kingdom started to dissolve as the Kingslanders declared their unchallenged independence and the Shoremen clamored to leave the kingdom, without the authority that Vaerik commanded. His son Anders Karth'maere, merely an infant, was given the throne in response, and things appeared disastrous for the new kingdom.

After some time, however, a regency council was established to rule in Anders's stead, in 7,689 BC. He ruled silently under the regency for several years, until the Deathwart outbreak in 7,678 BC, when he went into hiding. He emerged two years later at age 15, and was crowned full king. He had two sons, Daelyn and Orem, in 7,668 and 7,665 BC, respectively. Six years later, he echoed in the image of his father and conquered Dimlight from the Moonlyt Peaks, andGaranide from The Wetlands. One after another, the Edrossian powers began to recognize the Thyllanorian kingdom as a powerful, sovereign entity -- completely detached from their policies on the other powers in Andoras. The First Era ended with this kingdom flourishing, but only 20 years after this, the kingdom falls soon after the death of Anders Karth'maere, Vaerik's son, splitting into warring petty kingdoms of various influence and size, each vying to restore the tribal empire that once was. After the kingdom's dissolution, very little is known of the Thyllanorians until the Third Era.

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Footnotes and References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Never ruled
  2. 2.0 2.1 Twins
  3. Heir apparent