The Blood Of Illyra
The founding of the Kingdom
The First King, and the Holy Founder, of the Kingdom of Illyra, which would later become The Holy Empire of Illyra, was a man named, of all things, Illyra. After receiving a vision from the god Erdu to make a great kingdom for his people to prosper, Illyra quickly banded together the city states of the Talpin coast,(Trundale,Thopshire). And founded the Holy Order of Erdu. After a few years of consolidation, Illyra set his sights to the north to the rich and land of Vici. A offshoot of the Republic of Durrotai. That war raged for seven years, with victories and losses on both sides. Only with the capture of Vici City, and with it, the provinces greatest general, Clara did the war end. Known as the lioness of Vici, Clara, when she delivered Illyra received the surrender of Vici City, she immediately asked for permission to commit ritual suicide, as was the custom of her people when defeated, for although she surrendered,for the good of her soldiers and small folk, she had no desire to live with the shame of defeat. Illyra was shocked to hear of this. He had grown to respect and admire Clara. For her skill, and care, of her men and small folk. So he spoke " You have already died. Vici, and all her people, have been slain. And reborn, in the light of Erdu. Rise Lioness of Vici, and take your place as Duke of this land in his name." Clara looked up to Illyra and, knowing his words to be true, fell in love with him. She said " I am reborn this day, but it is not as a duke, but as your Queen." She stood and, drawing her sword, said “Let any who think them selves more worthy come forth, and by the will of Erdu we shall see.” Illyra fell in love with her then, and was glad when no one challenged her. Clara became his Queen,and Illyra,always true to his word, Made their first daughter Caria, Duke of Vici. She took the name Clara for her house, and the lion for her standard.