The Nemesis Campaign
Marathos is an aging kingdom situated along the western border of the Corinthian Empire. A longtime rival of the aforementioned state, Marathos was badly beaten by King Nadal in the Lancastrian War and is now widely considered to be a dying state. The current king of Marathos, Bartholemeu Daxis, took over the throne in 1100. Nicknamed “Daxis the Unfortunate” for the nearly defunct monarchy he rules, King Daxis has nonetheless promised to bring power back to his kingdom.
Forging an Empire-
Marathon began as a large city-state which traces its founding back to the days of Alphonse Alexander. While the date of its founding is uncertain (Marathon used to measure its years by the reign of its kings), what is known is that Marathon was founded by General Lucas Marath, a commander of Alexander’s armies.
The city-state dominated trade and maintained widespread diplomatic influence over the various leaders in the area since its founding. In 48 BCR, Marathon assumed sovereignty over much of the region in a diplomatic coup and used their newfound military power to solidify their holdings over the region.
The Lancastrian Dynasty-
The rule of the Marath family over the Marathosian Empire lasted 100 years. During this century, the kings of Marathos slowly degenerated into megalomaniacal tyrants, turning the many of the citizens of the empire into serfs and taxing merchants relentlessly. It was this tax that led the Lancaster family, the wealthiest merchant family in Marathos, to lead a revolt that would become the Merchants Rebellion, a bloody conflict that ended in the execution of the entire nobility and lordship of Marathon. The Lancastrian family ascended to the throne and appointed the heads of other merchant families to replace the vacated noble positions. Despite promises to abolish serfdom, however, the Lancastrians passed the merchant taxes onto the general population, and ruled just as tyrannically as their predecessors.
The Lancastrian War-
The Marathosian Empire declares war on the Corinthian Empire in the year 1059. A millenia after their family assumed power over the empire, the Lancasters struggle to maintain their hold on world trade as Dorian, Calimport, Brightdale, and Mithos all begin to challenge their dominance. Marathon’s generals believe that if the Corinthian Empire could be defeated, all of the Lancaster’s other competitors would comply to any demands placed on them. In a suprise attack by land and sea, Marathon attacked the Corinthian Empire with two large forces comprising of 90% of the Marathosian military. King Tyrone Nadal, soverign of the Corinthian Empire, battled the Marathosian army to a standstill in less than two years. Then, recognizing that his enemy had left his own homeland undefended, he sent out small units to eliminated the enemy’s siegeworks, leaving the Marathosians with no offensive power. This completed, he launched his own invasion on Marathos and, with only a small army of several thousand, sacked the capital after a year-long campaign. After trying unsuccessfully for an additional year to hunt down the Lancastrian king, Nadal returned home, receiving the Marathosian surrender a few months after his arival in Calimport.
King Bartholameu Daxis inherited the least desireable throne in Ouranos after his father’s death in 1100. Upon ascending to power, he promised to return Marathos to its former glory and eliminate corruption. Not much is expected from the latest member of the Lancastrian family, however, as Marathos no longer has the military might to secure his aims.
- Marathon- Population: ~40,000, ruled by King Bartholameu Daxis (human):
No longer the most dominant city in trade, Marathon is nonetheless a major port for merchants, especially those seeking to trade to the Western Settlements.