Irydine was founded upon ruination—ruination brought about by the arrogance of acivilization that vied for the power of the Raavan, a civilization where magic flowedunchecked by wisdom, where the dim light of the moons tried to rival the glory ofIreal, the Sun.It is said that in the aftermath of this ruin, during a time of darkness and despair,Ireal turned his back on the world in anger, and that no propitiations or offeringswould appease Him. In an attempt to understand the Raavanites wrath, one old priestesssojourned to the mountain temple of Ireal’s Oracle at Lake Monlon, only to find thetemple abandoned and the Oracle’s voice silent. In despair the priestess returned toThalia, the valley of her people. There, she called the people of the various clans andvillages to her, and together they climbed the Basran Hill and faced to the East. Fordays they fasted, prayed, and made offerings to Ireal so that He would return Hisradiance to them. On the morning of the eighth day, just as the despair of the peoplehad encompassed them fully, Ireal re-embraced the world, and once again it knewlight.The people rejoiced and hugged one another, and ran to where the priestess sat inprayer. When they reached her and shook her to rouse her from her devotions, theydiscovered her dead, a slight smile on her face, her eyes open to the morning Sun.There, they buried her and erected a shrine in her honor to Ireal of the Morning,whose aspect shines upon the world each day with compassion and hope.That day, Tulca, chieftain and champion of his clan, called for celebration and eventually founded a city upon that hill in honor of the priestess’ sacrifice,and that it would share her namesake, Irydine. Despite being Sineran, the gathered elders selected Tulca as the Chieftain of Chieftains, and Tulca I became the first King of Iridine.After the ascension of Tulca I, Iridine had six monarchs over aperiod of 213 years. His successors were Gaise, Vetallun, Quintus,Tulca II, and Lintari. It was during this period that the foundations,if not the actual incarnations, of present-day political,social, and religious structures were established.It was also during this period that the Irydinians developed their fabledhatred of kings. As each ruler grew increasingly abusive of hispower, the concept of the Republic formed. Lintari, the last monarchof Iridine, was overthrown 213 years after the naming of the first king, andthe Republic was born.Under rule of monarchy, Irydine grew, conquering Monlon andwarring against both and Sinera. These battles havecontinued off and on into the era of the Republic. Today, some 350 years afterthe foundation of the Republic, Irydine is locked in conflict with bothSinera and the Aevestians. Presently, relations with the Aevestian League are calm but tense, while Irydine and Sinera are engaged in war. There have been few decisive battles, and the cost in lives and gold continues to grow.