Erdolomin (852 b.S.-800 b.S.) was the eldest son of Myrwodin "the Cruel" and Queen Výsanýa, and eventual heir to the Erpheronian throne in 827 b.S. "Erdolomin the Righteous", as he was later on labeled, and his wife, Erýsa, raised five girls - Cathrena, Shaeossa, Essara, Weyalla - and a son, Aergarim. Though predisposed to show compassion, even to enemies, Erdolomin was responsible for finishing the War for Ancyros and renewing the Treaty of Veltin, which effectively eliminated much of Caltharia’s ability to maintain a military. After the War for Ancyros, Erdolomin worked to strengthen relations with neighbouring countries of Centorauria and Kyrania, and even developed a trade agreement with Caltharia. During his career, Erdolomin completed the construction of the Evergrey Bridge, which was important for the defence of Erpheronia during the war, but also became an important means of allowing greater volume of trade traffic to and from Voldar and Nyermersys.
Physically, Erdolomin was similar in appearance to his father, King
was lean and rangy in build, of average height, with fiery red hair and gray
eyes. Unlike his father, Erdolomin kept his hair cut short and was always
clean-shaven. He had a rugged complexion, and was always tanned as he spent as
much time as possible outdoors, when he was not holding court or planning for
his kingdom. On most occasions he wore simple cloth tunics with long sleeves
that he held in place with a leather belt. He wore cloth leggings and
light-soled boots. He did not carry weapons
with him during court sessions.
In battle, Erdolomin wore a conical helmet with a partially open face that protected the side of his head, but gave him an open view. Erdolomin was often seen with a full-length chain mail armour, and arm and leg greaves. Over his armour, he wore a blue tunic embroidered with the Erpheroniana coat of arms – a phoenix, placed above a star of fire, and a brown cape with the same coat of arms stitched into it.
Personality. Erdolomin was confident in his ability to lead, and therefore made a strong impression among the nobility. He was fairly well liked by most of his countrymen and sought justice tempered with compassion when required to resolve conflicts. Insightful and much less brash than his father or his two brothers, Erdolomin carefully considered any situation before making a decision that would impact other peoples’ lives. He also spent considerable time with his mother, Výsanýa, who was a patient negotiator, and taught him the value of making small, strategic compromises to make larger gains.
At a young age, Erdolomin had a tolerance of their Caltharian neighbours, and did not approve of his father’s hatred for them. Again, his mother was responsible for Erdolomin's perspective on humanity - that irregardless of tribe, Erpheronians could gain by learning from and interacting with neighbouring kingdoms. The young prince studied their culture, and resented his father’s invasion of Caltharia. Though he was nervous to do so, Erdolomin sought his mother's advice and support on whether to approach his father. His mother told him to speak truthfully and simply. The young prince never told his father of his mother's involvement, but at 10 years of age, he disclosed the fact that he hated his father's invasion of Caltharia. Despite this, Erdolomin understood the relationship between his kingdom and Caltharia, and knew that he could not placate the rebel king Mertogran of Cantollio, with an offer of peace, and so continued with his father’s war.
He understood the mechanics of running a kingdom. Erdolomin delegated minor tasks to his advisors, rather than attempting to control every aspect of his rule, but when necessary provided creative solutions to solve problems. He was particularly careful to negotiate long-term trade agreements with neighbouring countries so as to favour both sides, and thus earned their respect.
Erdolomin also understood military tactics, geography (a result of his father’s – Myrwodin's – insistence), especially the location of Caltharia’s natural resources and defences, and the best overland routes to move large amounts of people and supplies.
Biography. Myrwodin's Formative Years (852-842 b.S.). Erdolomin, eldest son of King Myrwodin is born in 852 b.S. For the next ten years, Erdolomin, a serious and studious boy, spends much of his time studying the various subjects his father required him to learn – geography, warfare, negotiation, fencing and riding. This is the happiest time of his life, as he is not exposed to the Myrwodin's cruelty until the War for Ancyros begins.
Erdolomin’s Disillusionment (842 b.S.). One evening after the Battle of Twinnean Peaks is fought, and the Treaty of Doovens is signed, Erdolomin overhears a conversation between his father, his military counsellors and a young officer named Jezla Khizaar. Erdolomin hears of a particular incident in which Khizaar had a Caltharian prisoner tortured and killed as an example of what will happen to anyone else attempting to escape. He is devastated when his father promotes Khizaar to Commander in the Erpheronian army. Erdolomin confronts his father, and labels Khizaar a vicious brute, unworthy of such a position.
Erdolomin’s First Wartime Assignment (834 b.S.). Nine years after the signing of the Declaration of Doovens, a civil war erupts in Caltharia, as the Duke of Cantollio, Mertogran of Carmalad, tries to finally seize the Caltharian throne. Myrwodin is greatly weakened, so Erdolomin, who is now 18, undertakes the task of reinforcing the garrisons in the town of Doovens, which at this time are currently under Erpheronian rule.
Erdolomin Completes Construction of Evergrey Bridge (833 b.S.). A year later, in response to the death of King Artero and continued unrest as the rebel Cantollian duke, Mertogran, proclaims himself King of Caltharia, Erdolomin reinforces the border patrols at Jernais and pushes for the completion of the Evergrey Bridge. He stations three units of foot soldiers, one archery unit, and one cavalry unit at the bridge.
Erdolomin Ascends the Throne of Erpheronia (827 b.S.). With the passing of Myrwodin, Erdolomin is proclaimed king of Erpheronia. Though not in full agreement with his father on his dealings with the Caltharians, he does promise to finish the war.
Erdolomin Defends Against Caltharian Invasion (823 b.S.). A Caltharian army crosses the border with Erpheronia, and defeats Erdolomin’s forces stationed at Doovens, and then at the Evergrey Bridge. Erdolomin moves a massive army from Jernais southward to fortify the towns of Acht and Holt. Erdolomin wins an important battle – the few Caltharian survivors are actually cut off from the south and forced to flee northward into the Silvershire. Ironically, the Silvershire is home to halflings who are assigned to provision the Erpheronian army. Erdolomin moves most of this army just north of Veltin under Commander Khizaar, and places two small forces at the Twinnean Peaks and the Goltherlon.
Erdolomin Defeated at Twinnean Peaks and the Goltherlon (823 b.S.). Erdolomin draws Mertogran into battle at the two lightly fortified border camps at the Twinnean Peaks and north of the Goltherlon. The Erpheronians are defeated on both counts. Despite these victories, Mertogran learns that Erpheronian forces led by Commander Khizaar have massed north of Veltin and are prepared to attack the Duchy of Salazar. Mertogran quickly changes direction and brings his army eastward to intercept the Erpheronians.
Erpheronian Victory at Salazar (822 b.S.). Awakening Earth. Mertogran takes the remainder of his forces east toward Salazar. This land, previously in Caltharian territory, is now a strong point for Khizaar’s army. Given that Salazar is of military importance since it is so close to the ocean, Mertogran orders an all-out attack. Khizaar wins with a smaller force by defending a natural series of steep ridges that collapse the Caltharian lines to half their potential, preventing him from using greater numbers. Mertogran is killed in 822 b.S. at the Battle of Salazar. Erdolomin recalls Khizaar's army as Mertogran's generals concede defeat.
Erdolomin Signs the Treaty of Veltin (822 b.S.). Changing Winds. Erdolomin forces the Caltharians to sign the Treaty of Veltin. This one is harsher, and less merciful than the Declaration of Doovens. In the Treaty of Veltin, the demands of the Declaration of Doovens are renewed and even more Caltharian lands are taken over by Erpheronian, among them Thantocha, north-east of the Ancythrian Sea, including the important city of Doovens. The treaty also restricts the size of the Caltharian army, the equipment their soldiers can legally use, and who can command the army.
The Massacre at Silvershire (822 b.S.). Singing Bird. Erdolomin learns of the massacre and demands that Colonel Khizaar return to Voldar immediately. When the Erpheronian commander reports at the capital, he lays blame for the destruction of Silvershire on the Caltharian forces, and that the Erpheronian army was too late to stop the disaster. Erdolomin is criticized for accusing the war hero of breaking the truce, and to save face, reluctantly promotes Khizaar to Colonel for his part in the War for Ancyros.
Beheading of Khizaar (822 b.S.). Rising Sun. Erdolomin confirms Khizaar’s treachery and his true role in the Massacre at Silvershire, and the Colonel goes into hiding. After a two-week long manhunt, Khizaar is captured in Weyring, where Erdolomin has him beheaded in public as an state an example.
Erdolomin’s Death (800 b.S.). Erdolomin rules in relative peace for another 22 years before dying in a riding accident at the age of 52. The kingdom is fairly stable at the time of his death, given his ability to negotiate trade agreements with neighbouring countries. Even Caltharia becomes a trade partner, if on a limited scale, toward the end of his reign. Erdolomin is succeeded by his youngest child and only son, Aeracor.
Importance. Erdolomin was an important historical figure in three respects. First, he finished the War for Ancyros, during which time trade into both Erpheronia and Caltharia was limited, and brought economic instability to the area. Once the war was concluded, trade agreements were re-established with Centorauria and Kyrania, and even Caltharia to a limited extent. In addition, he forced Caltharia to sign the Treaty of Veltin – effectively eliminating the King of Caltharia’s power, and annexing more Caltharian land. With the exception of the Duchy of Salazar, all the land east and north of the Ancythrian Sea belonged to Erpheronia after the signing of this treaty. Though not officially a subject state of Erpheronia, Caltharia’s autonomy was greatly reduced after the War for Ancyros. Finally, Erdolomin ended the career of Colonel Jezla Khizaar, a tough and merciless commander of the Erpheronian army, but unfortunately he was too late to prevent the deaths of many innocents in the Silvershire.