Tales of the Crescent Isles
Original Settlement and the Golden Age
200 years ago, more settlers arrived. Arriving from the North, they came for the purposes of expansion and personal endeavor. Mostly Dwarves and Humans, they came and settled the Northern portion of the island and erected the fort town of Stonegash built into the side of the Mountain Wall. They named the new land Likai after the expedition leader Lorin Likai.
It would be approximately 6 months before the 2 groups of settlers would meet as the Illeans generally kept to the Southern plains where agriculture was easiest while the Dwarves has started to work their way down the Eastern edge along the mountains.
It was chance that finally saw the two meet for the first time, but after the truce was signed, the Illean and Likian people greatly benefited from the union; the Elves of Illeau, with hundreds of years of experience on the island, were able to provide them with abundances of food/supplies and a greater understanding of the surrounding wilds, while the more industrious Likians provided mundane and magical tools of superior quality along with beasts of burden they had brought on the expedition. This greatly increased Illeau’s industrial and agricultural endeavours. While this peace did not last indefinitely, it greatly affected both cultures to the point where many trace their origins to both Illeau and Likai during this Golden Age.
During the Twenty-Five Year War
The fall of the Golden Age came when Illeau declared war on Likians over what they claimed to be territory disputes. While Illeau had the population advantage, Likai had far more battle-hardened soldiers and better equipment. The following conflict resulted in a bloody stalemate with their Southern neighbours.
It would be over 2 decades before the stalemate would be resolved. Likai, seeking to end the conflict, started diplomatic proceedings with Loccain in order to obtain their support in ending the war. Loccain was reluctant due largely in part to the great financial windfall the war had brought them as traders and merchants. Eventually Loccain conceded, some think only to ensure that there would be at least a survivor left to trade with before long.
The Likians pushed the front, clearing the way for Loccain to take position in the mainland. Thanks to Loccain’s many warships that were able to best the Elven Fleet, they were able to start a 2-pronged assault on the Illeans. Caught between land and sea, Likai was able to push the ground assault to the very doors of the capital. 2 years after Loccain joined, they were able to force Illeau to surrender.
After the War
Likai suffered the second-most casualties in the war, approximately 40% of their war-able men and women died during the conflict. They retreated beyond the Rocky River, giving their lands in the heart of the island to their allies, the Loccaini.
It would later become known that the Loccaini were double-dealing; trading to both sides of the conflict, the only reason they became allies with Likai was that they had made the better deal. Financially, they were unable to completely cut ties to Loccain as much of the land they used for growing crops was now in Loccaini control.
Likai became more withdrawn, and the populace was wary that Loccain or Illeau might attack them at some point, during their weakness. Their fears were unfounded, however, as Loccain was more interested in trade agreements and dealing than warfare, and Illeau’s forces were too spent to do anything threatening.
Likai still holds a great deal of power within the island. Their chief exports of iron, steel and valuable gems and minerals, has allowed them to recover at a decent speed since the end of the war. Many of older generation still are wary of their Southernly neighbours, many still bearing the grudges of the dead and wounded from the decades long struggle.
Likai is an Elective Monarchy, and as such the King or Queen is elected by the common people. Any candidate can come forward, though historically those of non-noble birth have never won. An election is traditionally held every 5 years, though one can be called earlier at the current ruler’s discretion. A council of 3 is also elected in order to assist the ruler in the aspects of Defense, Treasury and Infrastructure.
The current ruler of Likai is the Dwarven King Warren Raithwall. A former soldier who fought in the Twenty-Five Year War, he rose through the ranks and gained public approval through deeds of valour and strength in combat. Elected about 14 years ago, he has won his past 2 elections without much contest. He preaches defense, security, and steady regrowth and is popular with the common people.
Warren Raithwall’s council is made up of 2 Dwarves and a Human: