CHAIN OF RULERS

The full list of rulers of the Kingdom of Iron Claw, from the first to the present, and the years of their reigns.

 

Ruler

Reign

Historic Notes

King Graam

204-266

First King of Iron Claw Kingdom

King Goldulf

266-297

Established laws to allow slaves to purchase their freedom through a sheriff. It did not function very well and was prone to corruption.

King Aelfwon

297-315

Laid down most of the laws of the Kingdom, abolished slavery

King Radior

315-392

Commissioned the weaving of the Royal Sage Robes of Office. Encountered the Barrow Lands. Proclaimed an edict that the Barrow Lands would be free of settlers for one hundred years.

King Areneth

389-402

Fought Krakmoor at the Ferris Delta and died on the battlefield

King Bruxhold

402

Fought Krakmoor at the Ferris Delta and died on the battlefield

King Heolfwyr

403-407

Fought Krakmoor at the Ferris Delta and died on the battlefield

King Tarbenn

407

Fought Krakmoor out of the Ferris Delta but was assassinated by poison in revenge

Queen Wynter

407-460

Ruled after Areneth and her three sons’ deaths, each son taking the throne and then killed on the battlefield with Krakmoor forces until Tarbenn: who used mage cadres to destroy incoming Krakmoorish supply ships. Generally thought of by historians as the last of the golden age of Iron Claw’s establishment. Initiated construction of the Iron Fortress.

King Wyradir

460-469

Remembered as ‘The Giant Slayer’, was killed after his vanguard fell to a hill giant charge, is said to have slain seven giants before he was crushed, portraits depict Wyradir as nearly seven feet tall. Moved throne to Ferris to oversee construction of Iron Fortress.

Queen Haethwyn

469-502

Ruled in her husbands wake after he died on the battlefield defending the Iron Claw City against Hill Giants from the northeast. Established the Rangers of Iron Claw from the few remaining elite troops after the war for Ferris. Restarted construction of the Iron Fortress. Attempted to settle the Barrow Lands but the efforts she inspired and subsidised were cut short after Haethwyn was slain by a shadow assassin undead.

King Hadramyr

502-530

Took the throne after his mother’s death. Dubbed Hadramyr the Griever. Commenced a campaign to raze the various barrows and tombs from the Barrow Lands. Whilst the campaign was underway he secretly provided aid to Philo in their war or independence. Hadramyr was forced to cease the Barrow Lands campaign as the Great Plague began to rampage through the Kingdom. His three children all died to the plague and later his wife perished in a horse riding accident. After the Great Plague came to an end he resumed the Barrow Lands campaign only to abruptly cease. Two years later, after forbidding anyone in the royal court to speak about the Barrow Lands campaign, Hadramyr proclaimed a one thousand year edict freeing the Barrow Lands from settlement save for a road and a wayside inn every twelve leagues.

King Odimor

530-552

Odimor was a scholarly king who greatly increased the volumes in the royal libraries writing over 60 various treatises, studies and cyclopaedias on various subjects native to the Kingdom of Iron Claw. His last work was on the Bronzewood Trees of the far northern forests.

King Goldulf the Second

552-570

Completed construction of the Iron Fortress, instituted the edict of royal reserves all up the east bank of the Ferris River.

King Melfanner

570-691

Rumoured to have been a sorcerer, almost achieved an agreement with Krenshae, historical texts state Melfanner inadvertently offended the Kinetic Wizard’s Guildmaster, losing his right eye and hand in the altercation that followed. Longest lived of all the Iron Claw Kings at 141 years old. Melfanner’s Wake is now a public holiday in early spring.

King Eddarath

691-709

Eddarath was slain in battle by Goblin incursion forces that marked the beginning of the Red Bluff actions towards empire.

King Wyrayeth

709-748

A poet-warrior and master archer, left many works and two epic poems, ‘The Last Ride of King Areneth’ and ‘Queen Wynter’s Dirge’, now famous in Ferromaine speaking courts. Wyaryeth fought his whole life against the forces of the Red Bluff Empire as a King in exile. It is said he died of a broken-heart after the town of Yellowbar was slain and raised as undead by Blakh in revenge against a successful sortie. The fragments of Wyrayeth’s experiences at Yellowbar are a popular piece of reading for scholars; it is usually presented as ‘The Siege of Yellowbar’.

King Rowanos

748-751

Established fortress at Kalebo Pass, established Kalebo naval station in anticipation of further Red Bluff incursions. With King Michairius the Eleventh Rowanos orchestrated the Battle of Red Bluff where he died in its failure.

King Eadraith

751-789

Eadraith capitulated to the Goblins of Red Bluff and began paying tribute. It is said by the more stoic scholars that Iron Claw would have been destroyed if Eadraith did not do this.

King Merran

789-818

Military genius, had a critical hand in pushing back the forces of Red Bluff and almost completed the campaign. Merran was shot dead by a Hobgoblin troop of ‘Those without Shadows’ elite assassins.

King Radicane

818-844

Completed the pushing back of Red Bluff forces mainly with heavy cavalry and mage cadres.

King Cannamyr

844-881

Credited with the design of Iron Claw Ranger’s armour. An artisan-smith and master swordsman who established many training disciplines amongst the standing armies of the Kingdom.

Queen Alponna

881-909

Built the toll bridge over Ferry River, moved throne back to Iron Claw City

King Gaar

909-936

Raised the toll on the bridge to force the use of ferries to approach the city of Ferris from the east

King Athalor

936-956

Initiated relations with Krakmoor so that trade could expand without the Philo council leeching wealth as a middle-man

King Oldifane

956-971

Forged the Hill Giant Alliance, laid first stones for Elyos castle, laid first stones for the north Dassault fortress, implemented a large number of extra fortifications for the Iron Claw City palace, commissioned thirty navy ships

King Tarasvan

971-985

Issued royal navy notes, invested in mining the Central Mountains, coined first platinum mantles, led campaign against Krenshae resulting in his death

Queen Kelaren

985-992

Took over the throne of Tarasvan, Little known fact: Queen Kelaren paid an undisclosed weight of gold to prevent forces of Krenshae razing Vulcan Springs and poisoning the Ferris River

King Gravurgath

992-1012

Cunning bastard-son of Kelaren managed to take the throne for a few years before the rightful heir, Nessican, cornered him long enough to lay a claim through a Royal Sage overseen duel.

King Nessican

1012-1048

History records Nessican as an unrivalled cavalier who led a military campaign against Goblin insurgents from the Wild Lands and fought them back into the high plains of Stonecrest. Nessican is credited as the designer of Iron Claw heavy infantry plate armour.

King Tarasvan the Second

1048-1066

Commissioned the ‘Avenue of Kings’ a street of statues depicting all the Kings who died in battle, Tarasvan is not depicted since he died in his sleep at the age of 89.

King Olaf

1066-1111

Established a speaking relationship with Krenshae, Thieves’ City. Organized a great deal of public works, arranged for Phrad to use Iron Claw currency, annexed Port Lenongard.

King Uthas

1111-current

Current king of Iron Claw; dubbed ‘The Wise’, recommitted to the Hill Giant Alliance, trade alliance with Mekong Reldeng, trade alliance with Philo, extracted a tariff from King of Krenshae, incorporated the Borderland City States into the kingdom with a defence-vassal arrangement, annexed the free-cities of Da Dong and Saltive, formed mutual defence alliance with Kingdom of Dun Rohan, defended against invading forces of the Veyrr, pronounced Saint Fergus untrustworthy, rekindled relations with Ferromaine

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