|Event Name||Eronidas Invasion|
|Dates and Times||0 AC to 5 AC|
|People Involved||Altalar, Avanthar, Eronidas|
The Eronidas Invasion is one of many events that marked the end of the Allorn Empire, and took place mere months after the Cataclysm and Wildering had torn apart the heartland of the Altalar. The Eronidas were swift in their assault, but ultimately, the growing force of the Altalar response ended what had originally seemed to be a ceaseless green tide. Many names were made famous during the war, and much was also lost, leaving Hyarroc and northern Daendroc pockmarked with Polon while new nations emerged at their borders to serve as battlegrounds for decades to come, or as guardians to protect the other principalities.
The Eronidas people left Guldar some years before the Cataclysm, with estimations ranging from two decades to a full century before the destruction event. This event is often called The Great Leaving. It is rumored that Guldar was consumed by poison when a series of volcanic eruptions devastated the continent, and the Eronidas could not survive. The Great Leaving saw the Eronidas take to vast arks and, led by Great Anaxon Eos, travel to distant Daen, even though it is unknown if that was their true destination. They stripped the islands that dotted their journey bare and took long stops in order to allow their livestock and populace time to recuperate and gather what was needed before a new leg of the journey would begin. This fleet sailed on, and the Allorn were none the wiser. As for the Altalar, they were busy suffering the end of their civilization. Huge sections of the Allorn Empire were going dark, breaking away from Imperial control, with Kathar emerging in The Far West while groups like the Suvial sought to escape the degradation of the Altalar being by completely sealing themselves off. But then came the Cataclysm, and thus the end of the Allorn Empire. Millions died as the Altalar army that was sent to stop the Fifth Void Invasion was crushed, continents shifted, and for Daen, the Wildering consumed the heartland of the Allorn. It was then the first signs of the Eronidas came over the horizon.
Records are vague on the last few months of the Eronidas’ travels; some claim they came into contact with the Suvial, but were forced to go around the Sundial Isles before landing on the mainland. Others believe that Talea Scansä somehow directed the Eronidas to land on the mainland. What is for certain is that by this time, Eos had died, and with the lands of Daen in sight, he said, “go forth and conquer.” So the landings began along the western and northern coastlines of Hyarroc and Daendroc, respectively. These lands were already in chaos, filled with Altalar who had fled from the inland regions while also adapting to the new geography caused by the Cataclysm. They were joined by Cielothar and slave populations who had not managed to free themselves. The most notable of the local states was Talant Mossath-Ëvaal, a vast principality that dominated much of northern Hyarroc. Led by the Teledden bloodline of Gwënnar’toll, their widespread control of the north led many to see them as a safe haven, and they were for a time. But then the Eronidas arrived and started disembarking, and the alarms were sounded. The local Fin’ullen Altalar, weakened by their loss of Magic and large-scale slave revolts, put up a fierce resistance as the Eronidas began their campaigns, but starved and deprived of the skills the Eronidas wielded in spades, the Talant began to crumble away. Its great coastal capital, Soli’cröunnas, was overwhelmed within two months of the first Eronidas maneuvers and tens of thousands were captured for what they largely assumed would be servitude. But the Eronidas did not do this, ultimately freeing their captives after a short time and asking them to join the Eronidas rebirth here in Daen. Granted, their towering forms, weapons, and conquering nature likely caused many to immediately agree to stay out of fear, but those who said no were allowed to flee, though they soon found things not much better elsewhere.
Another local power suffering terribly due to the Eronidas attack was Ol Lavei Terath, a Lesarra-run region of scholars and archivists of literature and art whose hilled landscape was much prized by the invaders. Unlike in Mossath-Ëvaal however, the Eronidas here took few captives as the Lesarra-dominated populace outright fled, and joined the growing stream of refugees now moving away from these lands. In the wider remains of the Allorn Empire, many saw the invasion as mere rumor or an exaggeration, but then Talant Sulleÿ-Fanhaal was targeted and the Altalar realized their mistake. It had taken two years and cost well over a dozen small armies from the lands now being consumed by the Eronidas, but now the threatened Altalar lands earnestly sent out the call for aid as best they could through the new wilds of their homeland. From Tanaar Hyä-Ereya, there came marching a vast army, and in Talant Ilha Faial, the Wall of Morrlond began sending its ships to scout the coastline while on land, their armies also prepared to march. From the northeast, there came more aid, Tanaars Tällassa and Minaëlle shifting a considerable portion of their combined remaining military strength onto the Minaëlle border as they waited to see how the fight would fare. And finally, there were the Avanthar. They did not cooperate with the Altalar but instead worked to harry the Eronidas presence that was beginning to grow in the Ularen Plains, the early Avanthar not yet fully formed yet working as one to resist this clear aggressor. The stage was now set for an epic conflict, and many names were carved into history from here on forward.
One name is remembered above all others in the war: Prince-General Ordonïs Sälarna; a Teledden born in the martial society of Tanaar Hyä-Ereya, and it was he who led their vast army with a host of other military leaders. Against him stood a number of Eronidas leaders, the cracks already beginning to form in the attacking army as, without Eos, the various Anaxon now jostled to take as much of the best land for themselves on this new continent. The greatest of them, and almost as well known as Sälarna, were Anaxons Thera Tarah-Ana-tar, Reos “the Ripper” Sabatum, and Ariston Lipit-Eshtar. Soon after reaching the shore of the Fanah’tir River, the dividing line between the Eronidas and Altalar front lines in the western theatre of the conflict, Sälarna took over the military command, the reputation of the Hyä-Ereyans while scorned years before, were now respected in this matter. What followed was a year of careful probing and defensive measures against savage Eronidas assaults, commonly spearheaded by Reos the Ripper. His aggression against outsiders and his breaking of certain codes of honor labeled him as Baros, and while his presence was disdained by his own allies, he and his warriors were used to push the words of Eos and thus were tolerated. In the strikes carried out over the course of a year, Sälarna learned much of the Eronidas way of war. He also learned much from Eronidas captives who, while honorable with him, he was less so with them, at least at first.
In the fourth year of the war, Sälarna launched into a flurry of action. He finally pushed over the Fanah’tir River, killing Reos in single combat which sent his contingents fleeing from the field, while an expedition group led by Sälarna’s commander of cavalry crossed the Ularen Plains to join the units of the Northern Kingdoms in assaulting the Eronidas led by Thera Tarah-Ana-tar. This separated force encountered the Avanthar, but avoided conflict due to their mutual foe, with the Avanthar instead focusing on harrowing pursuing Eronidas warrior bands. Overall, the fourth year of the war was met with stiff Eronidas resistance, but they could not keep their lines stretched so far with how limited their warrior population was. The conflict was taking its toll, and the divisions among the Eronidas only continued to widen, especially as the Baros grew in population. The fifth and final year saw Thera Tarah-Ana-tar defeated and while not killed, forced to retreat en masse with her troops, back to a new defensive position at the base of the Terathan Peninsula. Meanwhile, the Eronidas were finally driven from the Ularen Plains, and the fighting boiled down to the thrust still maintained by Anaxon Ariston Lipit-Eshtar along the western coast of Hyarroc. Talant Sulleÿ-Fanhaal was slowly stripped of its Eronidas presence, before a final battle began around the half converted former capital, then called Sullprä-san. The Eronidas dug in deep around their work to alter the city into one of their own, but in the siege that followed, thousands died on both sides. The Anaxon ultimately surrendered to the General-Prince, and Sälarna saw fit to merely disarm the Eronidas and send them back over the border to their more secured cities. A rogue general, called Kellsius, tried to pursue the Eronidas and became locked in an unbreakable siege at the Polon of Tiva. It was there that the Altalar learned that the Eronidas were here to stay, and hostilities truly ceased after five years.
The immediate aftermath of the Invasion was a massive rebuilding and restructuring effort on the part of the Altalar as they were forced to come to terms with a significant foreign presence in their territory, and also to understand the new power structures of the region. The Avanthar, with the Eronidas, pushed back and immediately reinforced their sovereignty, harrowing the Hyä-Ereyan army contingent all the way across the Plains until they crossed into what was considered Sulleÿ-Fanhaal territory. From the land these soldiers left, a new Talant was formed, Talant Malhã Enlë, heavily populated by Fin’ullen warriors from both Hyä-Ereyan and Northern armies whose sole purpose was to keep the Eronidas of the Terathan Peninsula bottlenecked. However, nothing could be done to recover Talant Mossath-Ëvaal. In its stead emerged two Narseth, Mossalef and Ëronn, ecologically devastated by the Eronidas and filled with rogue Cielothar and Ailor towns under the nominal power of local Polons, future battlegrounds to skirmishes that saw no true victor. True Eronidas territory, however, gradually coalesced into Staat Kezzeret Artamon, a region dominating northern Hyarroc with multiple Polons, while Staat Ois Teras came to dominate the Terathan Peninsula. As for Talant Sulleÿ-Fanhaal, it remained scarred by its war, the poorer brother to Talant Ilha Faial for many years which only just began to recover.
The war’s effects were soon felt across the broader Altalar world and still echo today. Sälarna is both beloved and rejected by the Teledden as a warrior without Magic. His rise to prominence as the Scourge of Savages, for that is how the Altalar see the Eronidas, has bought him much goodwill over the years. He has survived the centuries and is widely seen as one of the most competent leaders the now reborn Allorn Empire has at its disposal. As for the broader conflict’s view in Altalar circles, it is seen as a failure that would have been worse if not for the cooperation of the Wheel of Time as Hyarroc and Daendroc became infested with Polon, which have proven impossible to remove. Even now, the Allorn Empire makes no moves against these bastions, for 300 years of existence has made them strong. The conflict on the Eronidas’ part is nowadays viewed with some level of shame and more complex discussions. They destroyed much in their arrival, and the fragmentation of their society into the savage Baros and the cultured Polon is seen as a result of five years of constant conflict that allowed for their society’s way of being to decline. However, the names of the great Anaxons are still remembered, and many Polons that were founded during the Invasion still profess the glorious history of their arrival and the obeying of Eos’ last command. Many would point out that the Eronidas arrived at perhaps the worst time for all Altalar-kind, and that is the sole reason they succeeded.
Yet more Races to be impacted by the Eronidas Invasion include the Kathar and the Asha. With the Asha, the extensive Eronidas attack turned many Altalar attentions toward Hyarroc, and so the Asha were able to undertake The Great Journey to the Ashal Islands with relative ease. The Altalar, in their estimation, could recapture these recalcitrant slaves at a later date, since the green wave of these unknown foreign creatures was seemingly not stopping. However, it did due to the focus of the Altalar, but it cost them thousands of Asha who would go on to oppose the many Altalar principalities across the continent of Daen. As for the Kathar, they had made successful efforts at infiltrating and embedding themselves in Talant Mossath-Ëvaal as a land outpost of the still forming Dread Empire before the Eronidas arrived, and their efforts elsewhere on the mainland were similarly proceeding on schedule. However, the Eronidas attack took the Kathar totally off-guard, and destroyed many of their holdings on the mainland. It was also the Altalar that did this, growing suspicious of The Far West and the Kathar as a whole, rejecting their offers and hunting down the cabals that were attempting to influence post-Wildering society. This resulted in the Kathar seeking to rebuild the Allorn Empire in their own image elsewhere, but also saw some Kathar actively seeking to cpature Eronidas as slaves to serve as fighters in gladiator pits or other roles their impressive physical stature called for. The Invasion as a whole has left a lasting impact on Daen’s politics as well as many Races conceptions of themselves.
- Prince-General Sälarna, despite his stellar reputation and nearly four centuries of life, has never married. While most say he is dedicated to the art of war and seeks no distractions in his pursuit, others say his dedication is moreso to his similarly long-lived commander of the cavalry, Prince Luthmär Tölos’tïr.
- There is a conspiracy that the reason the reborn Empress Talea does not attack the Eronidas today is because it was her followers who, centuries ago, directed the Eronidas to Daen, to act as a litmus test against the Altalar of the time, to see if they were worthy of their Empress’s return, and were strong enough without their Magic to persevere. They failed, and so Talea remained dormant for another three centuries.