Before the Age of Shadow the entire ground that this holy capital now stands upon was but a moderate sized fortress protecting the bridge that crossed to the great city, of which sadly we do not know the name of, that covered the entire Isle of Ruin.
- Kingdom: Runelaw(Capital), Tellesasha Empire (One of three Capitals of the Empire)
- Faction Affiliation: Sunlord Alliance (Considered to be the Capital of the Faction)
- Population: Approximately Two Million souls, mostly Terese and Tygrol, some Khyree too
- Languages: Trade-Tongue and Claw-Tongue
- Important Structures: Holy Temple of the Sunlord, Anjithera’s Throne, The Celestial Pool, Arch Temple of Moradin, Arch Temple of Tiffala, Arch Temple of Atah, Arch Temple of the Silver Eye, The Sun Towers, Chambers of the Alliance, Island of Heroes, The Holy Cleansing Shrine, Halberd Arena, Daughters of Tiffala University, Celestial Knights University, Sunlord Alliance Military Academy
History of Tereken
Tereken is currently built upon the foundations and ruins of a fortress that once existed during the time of the True Race. When the Age of Shadow came the forces of the Xugellket made sure to keep the area uninhabited. They considered the site as forever tainted with the essence of the Solimket. Anyone found living in the area of Tereken or the Isle of Ruin (across the channel) would be executed. Over hundreds of thousands of years the city’s cursed nature allowed it to develop into a center for lawless Vampires and eventually into a notorious slaving port. At one point legend says it became the center for massive sacrifices including a brutal competition between powers of the Xugellket to see who could sacrifice the most mortals in a single second. Though this legend has never been verified in anyway.
The First Era of the Tygrol & the Terrajjken Dynasty
The Tygrol first moved into the area of Tereken approximately 10,000 BES as they found the goblins (which at the time were all vampire food anyway) and their livestock (some vampires preferred their food to have been fed meat over grains) to be an easy source of prey. Over many centuries the slavers sought to enslave the Tygrol in the region but were quite unsuccessful as the tribes were adept in combat and use of Primal majicks. By approximately 7,500 BES the slavers and goblins were forced out of the area entirely by a coalition of Tygrol tribes. This coalition was brought together as a small unified kingdom named after and ruled by the Terrajjken Dynasty. The palace of this kingdom was not located within the current city limits but rather on the cliffs which overlook the city today.
The First Terese
In approximately 4,000 BES the first Humans began to appear in the area and over the next 1,000 years out-competed (gained a larger population) the existing hunting Tygrol by utilizing the natural fertility of the land for agriculture. By approximately 3,250 BES the humans were able to kick out the existing Terrajjken Dynasty. They established a new small kingdom with its capital within the present day city limits. They named the kingdom Terrken and themselves the Terese.
The Second Era of the Tygrol & the Terrajjken Dynasty
As the kingdom of Terrken became about 300 years old the Tygrol population began to grow in the area as they not only developed sophisticated fishing techniques but also were migrating South from the Slow-Vine island because of the hatred for them there by humans and khyree. The Tygrol developed a massive force on the jungles in the inner peninsula and then made an assault on its tip crushing the Terese in approximately 2,800 BES. Though many of the Tygrol did not have direct lineage they reestablished the rule of the Terrajjken state. Though many humans were allowed to stay, a great number left to found other kingdoms in the area. This is often pointed to as the reason why most of the humans living in equatorial Visloshell take the name “Terese.”
The Rise of Tereken
In the year 1,954 BES the human Hiquiell Fernhand performed a religious revolution on the aging and corrupt Terrajjken Dynasty bringing the area back under the rule of the Terese. The city was renamed Tereken and made into a religious center for Solimket worship. Any Tygrol who worshiped the Solimket was allowed to keep property and title under the new order (except of course of the heads of state). As this state was seen as a threat (it grew in power, influence, and wealth quite steadily over 700+ years) the Xugellket finally assembled an army to invade the city. The army three times the size of the entire population of the city-state was routed in the year 1,189 BES in the Great Battle of Tereken. It was said that the radiant power of so many righteous people fighting for their lives made the night seem as though day for about a week. Historians of the Sunlord Alliance point to this as the first event to stimulate the Age of Celestial Return.
In the year 989 BES exactly 200 years after the Great Battle of Tereken the city became the capital of the kingdom of Runelaw. Over the course of several more centuries, the Thrathrey dynasty became the main rulers of Runelaw, keeping Tereken as their capital. Wars, shifting alliances, and an overall desperation for peace culminated in the signing of the Tellesasha Treaty in 602 BES in Tereken. This treaty raised up the Thrathrey monarch in Tereken to be an emperor and ultimate arbiter for a very wide swath of lands in the area.
The treaty was expanded centuries later, upon the discovery of plots to bring different kingdoms such as Rajj into war with Runelaw; a second culmination of unified power accompanied the great Tellesasha Alliance Treaty of 107 BES (which was very similar to the first treaty only it included a much wider swathe of lands). This alliance formed mainly to counteract any attempt by the Xugellket to have the various Solimket worshiping nations tear each other down. The original constitution of the alliance is more comparative to what now binds the Sunlord Alliance together in that it stresses the importance of defending, trading with, and being intensely respectful to all other righteous people of the Solimket faith. This alliance which was originally composed of Runelaw, the Rajj, and Coobland (oddly Limlaw didn’t sign the second treaty until much later as they felt it watered down the power of the temples to control war outcomes) later formed the foundations of the Tellesasha Empire; both the alliance and empire had their seat of power in Tereken.
As the five factions were formed, Tereken took the lead role in the formation of the Sunlord Alliance and is the host of the celestial ruler Anjithera. Tereken has a long history of bloodshed, courageous combatants, political negotiation, spiritual renewal, and ever-expanding power. Most denizens of this famous city envision it as being the capital of a peaceful and righteous Zith.