The modern day form of Thyllanor is ruled by House Karthmere and the full title is the Lord Paramouncy of Thyllanor, with its Surrounding Dependencies. The current Lord Paramount of Thyllanor is Dalan II Karthmere.
Thyllanor's history is varied and complex, with multiple houses ruling over it at one point in a fractured state. Beginning in the Age of Legends, Thyllanor was colonized by Edrossi tribes, who eventually expelled the native tribes inhabiting the land and formed their own unique culture there. There, the Karthmeres began to develop, and some of their legendary rulers started what is called the Thyllanorian kingdom, which at its peak dominated all of modern-day Thyllanor, Thunder's Shore, the Kingsland, and parts of The Wetlands and the Moonlyt Peaks. After Anders Karth'maere's death, however, the kingdom quickly fractured, and for most of the Second Era, Thyllanor itself was fractured between several houses, most of which had taken the chance to declare their own kingdoms. Following a series of heroic and unlikely victories, the Karthmeres managed to recover their kingdom, and their borders remained relatively unchanged, with the Thyllanorians participating in projects like the Westfarer and Eastfarer Routes, and managed to prosper until the Dragomyr invasion of Andoras. Being one of the last nations to be targeted, Thyllanor fought bravely, but could not repel the force of Nerion and his rider Draegon Dragomyr, and capitulated, becoming vassals of the newly-formed Kingdom of Andoras in 4 AC, as the Lord Paramouncy of Thyllanor.
Early Thyllanorian history under the paramouncy was fleeting, with calls of war still ringing true, even though they had little chance to overthrow the new kingdom. The Karthmeres, somewhat untrue to their history, remained on the peaceful side during this time externally -- however, internally, the Karthmeres soon became notorious for aggressively enacting policies that were debilitating for certain groups, such as the Alettons. Their treatment of the Alettons eventually lead to a civil war known as the War of the Lions, between the Lord Paramouncy and a faction calling itself the Kingdom of Caeiddfen, led by the long-time rival house House Asmere, who had come to associate themselves with the Alettonic people. The war itself was uneventful -- by most standards, it should have been over within a year, but the Alettons refused to submit on grounds of their cultural preservation and honor. A guerilla war which spanned the entire southern half of Thyllanor was waged for nearly two decades, and the Alettons, though weak in comparison to Thyllanor's military, had become so bothersome in their raiding skirmishes that by the 150s, the paramouncy had to request the help of the kingdom to end the long stalemate. Slowly but surely, the Karthmeres were attempting to forge an Andoras that was cosmopolitan for the Thyllanorian people.
This war had caused enough unrest, but in 156 AC, Nobilis Karthmere took the title of Lord Paramount, and caused widespread chaos with his actions, nearly resulting in a second War of the Lions just from what he did; it is said that Nobilis was one of the first to be afflicted with the same madness that plagued Aegor IV Dragomyr. He was assassinated in 159 AC, and the infant Richard III Karthmere took the throne, under a series of strict regencies that nearly tore the nation apart once more. However, when Richard became of age to rule in 180 AC, the paramouncy suddenly regained its footing, and the independence faction slowly died out, as Richard used his sense of administration combined with his economic abilities to bring Thyllanor out of a depression, and save it from self-destruction. A few years after this, in 183 AC, a Meyronian man named Tyno Greeves immigrated to Thyllanor, and brought with him a new political ideology; Con-crownism. Entirely radical for its time, it was originally shunned and put down, but in places like Colburgh and Voyatia, where the Free Kingdom was originally situated, it began to take root, and would later set the stage for Veddel Markwell and Michael Avleston to form the Farrowhalt Freehold and usher in the Farmers' Revolution, nearly 140 years later.
During the 200s AC, Thyllanor began to regain some of its prosperity that it had as a kingdom pre-Dragomyr invasion, and before long became one of the most powerful paramouncies within the kingdom. When the Kingdom entered its Daerod di Piazz, Thyllanor stood by the Kingdom, with the Karthmere rulers during this period being known as "The Loyal Lions". This was also a mindset established by Richard III, who, unlike his predecessors, expressed support for the crown and considered himself a friend of the Dragomyrs. Thyllanor slowly rose to become the most powerful paramouncy, overshadowing Thunder's Shore and only being outdone by the Kingsland itself. After the Daerod di Piazz ended, however, Thyllanorian opinion of the crown began to waver as some considered the kingdom inept, especially considering how proportionally weak that Meyron was to the Kingdom during The Mournare Nights. Malveus III Karthmere, although craven, was the first real ruler who is known to have started the second anti-Dragomyr ideology in Thyllanor. He passed this on to his son, Dalan I Karthmere, who would later usher in the Farmer's Revolution with Veddel Markwell and Michael Avleston.
The 4th century AC has been Thyllanor's most active century by far, second only to their intense period of conquest and development during the late First Era. In the past 50 years, Thyllanor has been the main contributors to two civil wars, one in which they were (for the most part) the only belligerents on their side, and one in which they mostly led a coalition of other rebel paramouncies to overthrow the Dragomyrs. The Farmers' Revolution was a very large conflict for Thyllanor; while mostly notable as something of a novelty war because of the cause it fought for, the resulting ideals of Con-crownism still remain to this day in the form of principalities. Beginning in the 300s AC, an increased wave of con-crownism spread throughout Thyllanor, which at this point had already been the only bastion of a very minor sect of practitioners. In particular, con-crownism became rampant at the Academia Faercrest, which had been spurned on by recent graduates who had all been peasantry, but lied about their social status in order to attend the Academia. In 311 AC, Farrowhalt Freehold co-founder Veddel Markwell graduated from the Academia Faercrest, and gave a rousing speech in support of the movement. Later on, ostracized and underappreciated polymath Michael Avleston began to aggressively campaign for his newfound ideals, which had come to him due to his father's disapproval of his inheritance of their family's title, the Free City of Emeleth. Combining these two forces with a king who would soon go mad, a paramouncy which had long seen the kingdom as growing decadent, and the death of a king due to lies spread by corruption, it seemed that Thyllanor was already prepared for causing internal war before most even considered it viable or realistic.
The Farmers' Revolution went surprisingly smoothly for the Freehold and Thyllanor, bu after 327 AC, things began to go downhill, and in late 330 AC, the Six-Day-Siege occurred. Dalan I Karthmere died in this battle, and a few weeks later, Michael Avleston and Veddel Markwell were captured and were promptly executed exactly 5 years after the war's beginning. The 330s were not easy on Thyllanor; the Tentative Years began, and one of the first mandates passed by Aegor Dragomyr was the Mandate of Punishment, declaring Thyllanor to have the status of an occupied foreign nation. Taxes on the poor and rich alike were extortionate, and the effects of this combined with the other mandates soon led to starvation and debt within the paramouncy. Thunder's Shore once again regained its title as most powerful vassal of Andoras, while Thyllanor struggled to remain stable, caught between paying for its mistakes and its want for liberty. Tyralt Karthmere, the uncle of the new paramount Dalan II Karthmere, was instrumental in bringing up the young boy with the same ideals that had been encouraged in the House for several generations at this point -- however, he made it a point not to encourage con-crownism or the ideals of democracy, as Tyralt found it foolish and detrimental to the existence of the Paramouncy's legitimacy. Overseer Malric Markwell also gave Dalan a sense of his political ideals, as he handled things how his brother Veddel would, without the threat of starting another revolution or declaring another Freehold within Thyllanor's borders.
During much of the Tentative Years, Thyllanor once again tried to mount its offenses in preparation for another war, but many in the paramouncy knew it could not be done alone, if past experiences had served as any lesson. By this point, Aegor's mandates had been affecting the entire kingdom, and many began to call for change or abolition of the new laws. Thunder's Shore, which had been thoroughly affected due to The Trade Act of Andoras, was now feeling its effects through an economy that slowly began to decline, something that had almost never happened in its history. They were the first to agree, in secret, to join a coalition that would start a protest war to change the mandates. The Moonlyt Peaks then also agreed, but Gardoria made no promises; their loyalties were made clear, however, and aside from the other paramouncies, everyone wanted to see something change before Aegor bled the kingdom dry. In 346 AC, the Abolition Act set out to abolish eight mandates that had been established since the Tentative Years began in 331, but it was already too late for the Kingdom to stop the growing movement; Thyllanor, along with its allies, had already begun their preparations for war. On April 29th, the Civil War began, and after two years that were incredibly hard-fought and bloody, with events such as the Destruction of Crownprice which resulted in thousands of civilian deaths, and battles such as The Pallid Day which involved heavy losses for both the crown and the rebels, it ended with a rebel victory at the Second Siege of Dragonspire, expelling the Dragomyrs and thereby ending the Kingdom of Andoras. The coming days after, the Treaty of Dragonspire was signed and ratified by the rebel forces, and Andoras was splintered into the now-independent Lord Paramouncies, with the Kingsland remaining fractured due to conflicting land claims. Thyllanor had taken the role of symbolic leaders in this war, as they had seen the most harm done to their paramouncy during the Tentative Years, and before that, during the Farmers' Revolution.
Leading into the independent phase of the paramouncies, Thyllanor led the charge, with the Karthmeres focusing on one main goal after this period; to expand their sphere of influence over the fractured Kingsland and garner enough legitimacy to reform their full kingdom; they are still in the process of this as of today, and would be the first non-Dragomyr kingdom since the pre-Dragomyr period. Their process of subjugating the Kingslanders has not entirely gone to plan either, as the Grimolts have the same idea in mind, and the War of Embers has started between the two, and only promises to become more intense as it continues.
Early History: Age of Legends, the First Era
Before the Ethrykian-based Tribe of Karth came, Thyllanor was inhabited by the native Andorasi -- these were the Alettons, who were pushed north into the region by the Sigorians migrating into what is now the Kingsland. 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 somewhat in the northwest of 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" 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 the Kingsland 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, and Garanide 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 after this, very little is known of the Thyllanorians until the Third Era.
The Karthmeres' decline: Second, Third, and Fourth Eras