Dauban Hess

After Islik ascended to the Heavens, his descendents brought stability and an end to the struggles of the Earthly War in Heaven. While Islik’s descendents were just and strong, they eventually fell to squabbling amongst themselves, and for many years war again rent their lands. Eventually, Dauban Hess, a descendent of Islik, unified them under his own banner and was hailed as the Conqueror King. Some claimed that Islik had descended from the Heavens to sire Dauban Hess himself, so great was his power.

At first, Dauban Hess sought to unify the former lands of Islik, recreating his earthly kingdom. But when Dauban Hess had reached the end of this conquest, he was told of Nymarga the Tyrant, a great lord Thessidia, and by rumor, a son of Ishraha, the hated Rebel Angel. Nymarga had taken power in Thessidia, Thessure, Vanimoria, Galia, and was being hailed as the Worldly Tyrant. When Divine King seers proclaimed Nymarga a son of Ishraha, and Ligrid, the Temptress Queen, Dauban Hess led his armies out of the Gola into Thessidia, and began a great war. For years the Conqueror King and the Worldly Tyrant warred in a bloody conflict, the scale of which had not been seen since the War in Heaven, but Dauban Hess’ skills as a general and warrior proved Nymarga’s undoing in campaign after campaign. After 19 years Dauban Hess slew Nymarga in his Vanimorian capitol of Tir-en-Tiel and his body was cursed by priests of the Divine King and his body entombed in salt. But Dauban Hess continued his conquest, pushing many of the tribes and clans of the savage and monstrous races that had flocked to Nymarga’s empire into the remote corners of the world.

After four years of campaigning against the monstrous peoples, The Conqueror King heard rumors of the Isliklidae, overlords who had crossed the desert take up rule over the peoples of Samarappa, and who claimed descent of Islik during his time in exile. They and their armies had challenged and eventually deposed the princely sons of Jala, The Good Prince, and companion of Islik in his exile, and now ruled the once Celestial Court with an iron grip. Hearing Dauban Hess claimed descent from Islik, the Isliklidae greeted Dauban Hess as their brother and cousin. But Dauban Hess and the priests of the Divine King denounced the Isliklidae and their false claims, saying they were children of Ishraha and Irré, and condemned them for sacrifice to the gods and other unseemly and degenerate practices. For 16 years the armies of Dauban Hess and the Isliklidae fought until the Isliklidae retreated into exile.

Dauban Hess was then welcomed into Samarappa as its savior and High King, and the Celstial Court was reconstituted. For a time he ruled there before returning to conquer Dania and the newcome Aurians. Dauban Hess received tribute from the Isle of Khael, and from cities and kingdoms throughout the Known World, and only Palatia, then a minor city-state, refused to recognize him as the Golden Emperor of the World. Dauban Hess moved the Sun Throne of Illia (a gift of Bragea the Smith to Islik when he was King a King on Earth) to the great city Millene and established his own political court in Avella, capitol of Thessidia, ruling over the largest empire in history. He eventually tired of court life, and 12 years after his defeat of the Isliklidae he gathered a great fleet and left on an expedition to the East to find the Isles of the Dawn, where Helios the Sun rises each day. He was never heard from again.

During his conquests many Men, especially those who worshipped Islik, welcomed him, and joined him willingly. Most nonhumans, and the many Humans who worshiped the Old Gods, resisted Dauban Hess and his Divine King, unwilling to give up sacrifice and their Gods. But city by city and field by field, those who resisted were subdued: destroyed, surrendered, swore fealty, or paid tribute. Wherever Dauban Hess marched, he brought roads, canals, schools, legal codes, and the worship of his ancestor, Islik the Divine King of Heaven and Earth. Cities that stood against him, many built and populated by nonhumans, Dauban Hess toppled, and on their foundations and their ruins, he raised new ones. Thus it is Dauban Hess’ conquest of the Known World that brought the end of many of the great cities and kingdoms of the Elves, Dwarves, and the savage races, and established Human dominance in the world.

Dauban Hess

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