Located in the southeast, Maior Dahl is one of the most influential countries in the known world. Maior Dahl was formed following the Wraith Wars from the countries of Lyar, Messia, and Khi Dahl, in order to present a stronger front against the powerful nations to the north and west.
The country boasts a mostly temperate climate and varied topography. In the northwest, the Karheen Mountains dominate the landscape along the border with Kel and Durro in the region which was once Khi Dahl (aptly meaning high valley in Old Dahlian). Further east and south, the piedmont levels out onto the plains, which stretch as far as the Sea of Winds. The plains are home to Maior Dahl’s vast agricultural industry, with the soil ideal for growing a number of grains, apples, grapes, root vegetables, and beans. To the south, the soil is poorer for growing crops, but vast forests support a healthy lumber industry. Several veins of iron and silver support a growing mining operation in this region, as well as providing material for the world-renowned metalworkers of Newick and Rimbar.
“…Following the truce which united the countries of Lyar, Messia, and Khi Dahl in the first year of the current calendar, the monarchy was settled with the marriage of the Lyari Princess, Emira of Kaer, and the Dahlian Crown Prince, Falkinav of Laiska. Their regime was supported by a mixed nobility from each former nation.
“For several generations, the House of Laiska went completely unchallenged, ruling under the policy of clemency. It was not until the Great Famine of 345 caused significant shifts in the populations of Durro and Mirasia to threaten Maior Dahl’s borders that a faction of Dahlian nobility began to call for a more aggressive and militaristic government. In 352, King Nikhail of Laiska was overthrown and replaced by Renis of Strall. The first years of this new regime were rocky, but power was solidified following the success of Renis’ armies at repelling the incursion of the Durrani to the north.
“Various short-lived dynasties cycled in and out of the Dahlian monarchy until in 530 when a young nobleman, Falnir of Mara, arrived outside the capitol claiming to be a descendant of the original House of Laiska and demanding the throne as the rightful ruler. Falnir had already built up a substantial following amongst the younger generation of the nobility, and upon his arrival in Rimbar, was the commander of a vast, personal army. The current king, Tanish of Baerwin, fairly advanced in years, ordered his only son, Aelis, to lead their forces out to meet Falnir and crush the rebellion. The battle was long and bloody, lasting nearly three days before Falnir emerged triumphant. There are multiple histories which contain accounts of the battle, all of which agree that the deciding moment came when Falnir and Aelis met in single combat. The duel was purported to have lasted twelve hours, with the participants so evenly matched that each wound dealt was returned exactly. Regardless, it was Falnir who dealt the fatal blow, and, according to a supposed witness to the exchange, as Aelis lay dying, he called down a curse on the House of Mara, that in their direst hour, tragedy would bring an end to their line. This became colloquially known as the Doom of Aelis, and while never confirmed, still lingers in the collective Dahlian memory. Other legends surrounding the battle claim that Falnir was joined by the shades of former kings of House Laiska, seeking revenge for the betrayal of their House or that Falnir was a reincarnation of King Falkinav, returned to restore power to the destined rulers of Maior Dahl. What all the whispers agreed on was that there was something mysterious and otherworldly about this young usurper, and when Falnir officially took power, there were no dissenters.
“The House of Mara has continued its reign through the present day with little challenge. During this time, Maior Dahl’s influence and international power have grown, making it one of the foremost trade nations in the world despite the growing tensions with its northern neighbor, Durro…” (from A Brief History of the World, Lehren of Sael, year 957)