The peninsula today known as Keledon has long been settled by human beings, but little is known of the remoter periods of time. Of course, Keledoni history begins with King Sothar, but this article will address each pwer on a hill overeriod in turn.
In the eldest days of memory, misty and stretching back before Alindor's light came to the land, a vanished people inhabited the hills and forests. They were the first to build many of the megalithic sites that still characterize the landscape. Many Keledoni have theorized that the Ashani might have been these people, but stonework sites are not in keeping with Ashani tradition.
Local legends and light evidence shows people living settled in some places for ages unknown--especially parts of the Southlands, the Haft and Blackfordshire.
Just Before DawnEdit
In the few centuries before the arrival of the Alindoreans, the men and women of the peninsula were organized into familial clans, each cherishing lineage, traditional lands, and ambitions. The region was dotted with numerous small clandoms, holdings and territories. The clans were loose, and intermarriage common; but the people often venerated different gods and spirits, tied to their local lands and geographical features.
The Alindoreans conquered a great deal of Amallon, including the southern portion of the peninsula, as far north as what are now the southern frontiers of Culain. They established two major settlements--firstly, a port at the head of a great, deep bay, that is today Kalabar. Secondly, they built a great tower on a hill overlooking the great lake in the Kingslands; the settlement that grew around it they called in their tongue Kindem Hua--City of the Falcon--likely because of the veneration the local clan held for their totem--the hawk.
Alindorean rule in the peninsula, which they called Bashan (Al. 'sunset'), lasted for nearly two centuries, but never fully succeeded in quieting the land down. Raids and skirmishes with the unconquered people in Culain and beyond were frequent, and a constant annoyance. However, in the lands they did control the Alindoreans built incredible roads, such as the sinya tea, as well as walls, fortifications and temples, some of which still remain.
The influence on nascent Keledoni culture was profound. Wine was introduced, as were much more efficient agricultural techniques and crops; livestock; and technology. Additionally the Alindoreans imparted a good deal of their social structure--hierarchal and feudal--onto the clans.
After the FallEdit
After the Alindorean Empire collapsed under its own bloated weight Bashan fell back into inter-clan warfare and a collection of small, sometimes warring territories. While the erstwhile kings and princes squabbled back and forth, the Druids of the region began to become more and more organized, seeking a way to unite the peoples of the land peacefully.
Several centuries passed, in which the essential status quo remained unchanged.
On the 23rd day of the month of Highsun, in the 898th year since the fall of Alindor, a boy named Sothar was born to Galen of the Hwalo Clan. In 934 AS tensions would begin to boil over in a dispute between Sothar, now 36 years old and a greatly respected member of his clan; and Halm the Six-Fisted, chieftan of a clan with a large territory in the Blackmoors. Sothar lost the battle, but escaped south with the help of the Druids, ultimately coming to refuge in Capel Derwydd for a period of years. During that time he learned a great deal, and prepared himself to return to his clan.
In 939 AS he returned secretly to his clan and inspired them