To speak about the kingdom of Allia is pretty easy for me, after all this is the first place I’ve created for the world of the 7 Ancients. I could say that this location had few and big changes at the same time. Few, about the land; its shape remains the same with just some additions, while the big changes come in the internal set of the place and its inhabitants.
Here I present you the story of the foundation of the realms, which isn’t that old when we talk about an unified country.
“How I wished I’ve had the skills of a minstrel to better tell the story of this so enjoyable place, from its hard and strong people. How I wished to flourish my words, but, poor me! I’m just an historian who’s wishful to list the Histories of the world; this divine gift, and then, leave it as a bequest to those who shall come after me.”
“What singers and poets do with lies and overstatements, I do with full attention to the facts. My interest lies on true facts. Therefore, I shall concentrate on the facts that made the kingdom of Allia arise and become what it is.”
Thus written by your very dignified historian and traveller Políbius Michelakos
Alia Nurgül bint Almerico de Torre Velha was a noblewoman from Ashioka and the kingdom of Evora ascendance, becoming the first queen of the kingdom of Allia, name given in her honor.
In these days, some may consider her a controversial character, one to be praised by some and for others, a traitor. However, no one can deny her boldness and determination alongside her beloved prince Beal.
Everything is narrated in the famous Ballade of Regain, with more poetry. As for myself, I prefer a shortened version tied to historical facts. Here, I’m telling in a much simpler way the history of foundation of Allia and its first monarchs: Alia and Beal.
The history of the kingdom of Allia as a unified country is relatively new. By the time of the Great Awakening, a vast branch of the astorian people came to abide the place, enjoyable by its wild plains and green seas. Many settlements were constructed and soon they became small villages. It was then, that part of another people, the moresians, arrived at the region afterwards. During the following years, these two people would mix and form the Astori people.
After the fall of the mystical empire of Muria, many of the descendants of the murians migrated to the west in the so called Great Diaspora and joined the other people already settled down. In exchange for the refuge, the murians shared some of their knowledge to the people around and quickly the villages developed becoming cities.
Decades later, the Ashioka Empire in its expansion campaigns, invaded and dominated the south of the continent of Lemari, maintaining there, their power for many years.
At this time, the land was divided in five small kingdoms: Evora, Basquen, Algarias, Port Galo and West Point. The most independent of these five were Port Galo, Basquen and West Point, but still, they were submissive to the Ashiokan Empire. Because of the intrigue and games of power between these kingdoms, only few times they made a common cause to claim their independence and unify the kingdom.
Years passed and the feeling of unity and independence grew in some intellectual currents with the support of many members of the Faith of the Ancients clergy for the Ashioka people had a different faith in the god that they simply call “the Great One”, the one god.
Coming from one of these intellectual currents, a young prince from Port Galo called Beal Galírio of Whitecastle, was strongly influenced by the separatists’ ideas and decided to work in favor of this ideal to upheave the kingdoms and bring the dreamed unity.
His charisma and leadership skills were remarkable, but one day he had been betrayed and found by the Ashioka when he ran across the country meeting with sympathizers of the cause in secret reunions just near to the small town of Old Tower. Many of his comrades went to the gallows for high treason, but since he had noble ascendance, he was held captive until his family paid a ransom and he could be free again.
While his friends were kept in the undergrounds of Old Tower, they kept Beal in a room of the castle of the local lord, Almerico, in an annexed tower meant for highborn prisoners. This tower was the same that gave the name to the city.
Almerico had a daughter by the name of Alia: a girl with long wavy black hair and intriguing yellow eyes. This young woman was loved by the castle servants but also feared by her impetuosity. They say the Astori people is known by their burning passion in their manners and that there is fire inside them. The chroniclers of this time say that this fire burned stronger in Alia threatening to scorch those who came closer.
The two youngsters maintained contact without seeing each other, but Alia became influenced by the ideas of Beal and there she discovered the source of long kept wish: to become her own mistress and to command. After a time, she began to climb the tower to talk with Beal in secret. With his words he could appease a bit the fire consuming the young lady, while by her side, she served as a company and comfort for the loss of his friends. Soon they felt in love for each other. When Beal knew he would be released from his captivity he said:
“My dear Alia, the dream isn’t over. I promise you I’ll call you back and together we’ll build a new country.”
She nodded and answered using her famous phrase, today written, on her grave at the Royal Rest of Faras:
“I’ll be waiting for you, my dear. You shot your arrow and it hit me directly. If you call me once again, I’ll go with you.”
Beal returned, but before, he had to promise the authorities to not conspire again. He kept this promise for some time for he knew there were many eyes upon him. Despite the regrets, his prison brought more sympathizers to the cause and there were many uprising points. He sent many letters to Alia during this period and in his last letter, scared by the Ashioka repression he invited her and her family to come to his lands.
Alia by her time, had a violent discussion with her father, who had discovered the secrets meetings with the prisoner and, fearful for his daughter, he decided to marry her with a noble from Ashioka, what would also, bring some advantageous agreements to Old Tower. When she knew about the arrangement, Alia consulted her mother who supported her since the beginning and wrote a last letter to Beal.
As soon as he received the missive, Beal didn’t think twice; he saddled his horse and with two highly trustful servants, rode to Old Tower. Despite his speed, he arrived just to discover that everything was lost: the marriage already happened on the last day and Alia was moving with her husband to the east. Mad with despair and jealousy after receiving this terrible news, Beal roamed aimlessly.
With his two servants, he arrived at a river. Beal cried when he saw his own reflected image and since then, this river is called “of Pains”. He dried his tears and decided to take his way back home and fight in open war, in this way he could at least die in combat. When he turned back, he bumped into an Ashioka soldier, pointing him a spear.
His despair turned into astonishment and and then happiness and hope when he found that the soldier was no less than a disguised Alia. She explained that she would never submit herself to an arranged marriage. Beal had received the wrong message; she wasn’t married at all, because her ‘fiancé’ wanted to wed in his own land. Alia didn’t give much more details, but told she managed to steal the armor of her dignified fiancé and escaped in the dead of night. Besides, she said:
“Can’t you see? In your last letter you called me, so here I am.”
Beal said nothing, but took her on his arms and kissed her effusively. The two servants of Beal became amazed with the vision: their master was tall, but Alia wasn’t shorter than him and together both really impressed.
Although happy, Beal started to rationalize again and said:
“My loyal servants and my beloved, this action of Alia won’t go unnoticed. There will be a fruitless search and the ashioka noble will complain and make some mess. We cannot lose any more time!”
“Yes”-answered Alia. “I fear for my family but now it would be useless and dangerous to return to Old Tower. We cannot afford to lose any more time and now it is the time to act.”
They’ve rode swiftly, forcing the horses to their limits. After some perils, they’ve returned were received with honor. Here Beal and Alia revealed themselves to be great commanders and speakers. Together they attracted more people to the cause and many could notice that a King and Queen were born.
With the blessings of the priests, they married officially and, as a couple, they gathered troops, expelled the local invaders and marched against the ashioka armies. The chroniclers say about the terror feared by ashioka about an al’dari; a ferocious and powerful woman in combat and the Fahara, just as fierce as she was.
In fact, as told, the only one who could contain the impetuous Alia was Beal. In the battlefield her fire burned all those who come closer, metaphorically speaking, of course. In her longing to unify the country, Alia believed that one must always strive to go forward, no matter the issues or pains.
After some years of civil war, they could expel the ashiokas from many parts of the country. They say this was one of the episodes which culminated into the fall of the Ashiokan Empire. Influenced by the campaigns in Allia, the neighbor countries decided to do the same. Unable to hold many battlefronts and facing many losses and an internal succession crisis, the empire was obligated to retreat and make treaties and promises.
The last battle happened just in front of Old Tower. Alia freed her parents who were kept captives. Almerico only survived enough to forgive Alia and bless her for whatever she wanted to do from now on. This was one of the few times that Beal saw her beloved cry. He said nothing but embraced her and let her cry her tears.
Now, with the battles finished both monarchs found a new combat: the quarrels for lands, titles, and to decide where would be the capital city of the new kingdom; this dispute was more intense between Basquen and Port Galo. Alia was a loyal follower of the Faith of the 7 Ancients, thus, she asked Beal to create a new capital using the old monastery and town of Lara Hill. He consented; the old monastery became a palace and the city grew from the high of the hill to below.
This choice had political connotations too: Beal and Alia had to work with effort to appease every important town and important ruling families. By choosing a neutral place, but still close to Port Galo and Basquen, they sent a clear message of vigilance to their movements and plots.
Beal and Alia were crowned in 1217 and, in tribute to his queen, he baptized the kingdom with her name: Allia, but she answered: “It is a king who rules at the top of Lara Hill, thus it is imperative the capital takes his name”. Beal was called by the ashioka as Fahara’s Bahel and to remind the people of the fights and to make it a symbol, they’ve decided to name the capital as Faras.
For many years, they ruled in peace. It was in this time that the realm had a significant jump in the sciences and arts. Much of the Ashioka culture remained, mixing with the alianic culture.
The naval campaigns were encouraged turning the city of Faras in a center of maritime commerce. They say one of main characteristics of the Astori people is their love for the sea and this passion burns stronger in the heart of the alians.
After the death of the royal couple, the kingdom still had a long blessedness period for a hundred years when after that, started its decay. The kingdom faced many succession issues and civil wars, in addition to a terrible earthquake in 1375. Currently, in the present year of 1421, the kingdom faces a kind of cultural Renaissance and maritime expansion under the command of the sailor king, Basra II.