The First Human City
Menemkros was founded circa 88 B.R., unique in that it was the first great attempt at a human city-state. Menemkros stands out from other human cities in that, besides being the first of its kind, it was the starting point of several world-changing events. For better or for worse, the city was short lived—a mere eighty seven years were seen by the prosperous city before a natural disaster buried it and its surrounding territory beneath several layers of ash and brimstone. The people, however, lived on.
A human tribal leader, Helotakras, held a great deal of respect among the nomads that inhabited western Hraddas. His tribe, the Menestae, maintained open trade within the borders of their highly arable territory. Neighboring tribes and nomadic groups envied the ‘good life’ experienced by the Menestae, but feared the strength of their numbers more. Helotakras, however, was displeased with the stagnancy of his people. Months after the birth of his son, Lygastres, the tribe leader enacted a plan of systematic assimilation of his neighboring tribes. Diplomatic endeavors were made to present Helotakras’s ideas of unification to the local peoples. His basic plan was to model a society after the tales of the mighty Dwarven cities to the far northeast.
The reaction to Helotakras revolutionary ideals was surprisingly positive. Large numbers of weak or peaceful nomads and tribes flooded to the chance to share in the strength and fertility of Menestae land. Stronger or more individualistic tribes had to be “persuaded to see the benefits of Menestae rule.” This persuasion often consisted of eight hundred or so armed men sacking the problematic tribe. After five years, the mountain-sheltered region of Takras was united under Helotakras’s banner. The people built for permanency, built for security, and built upwards. They built Menemkros.
Taming the Takras
Birthing a civilized society in a wild land was no small feat. King Helotakras (the concept of monarchy was implemented by Helotakras’s merging of tribal ideas with his existing popularity and charisma) spent the remaining fifteen years of his life tempering his new kingdom. Tribes resisting rule, foreign rabble encroaching on their territory, and the vicious Fire Worshippers to the east presenting a constant threat all indirectly trained the early Menemkran military.
Lygastres took the throne after his father. The founder’s son found himself with a mantle that he was strained to bear, but he quickly discovered methods of improving upon the rough political system his father had carved out. A series of social reforms followed the quieting of exterior threats. Immigrants from surrounding territories were soon at the city’s gates, and the once all-human population was mixed with dwarves, gnomes, gnolls, and even halflings.
Lygastres bore two sons: Egron and Hadranon. He worried over them as they grew, for they would be the first generation of Menemkran royalty to be brought up in the palace their entire lives. As a result, a strict hand and an early introduction to civil governance marked the princes’ early lives. As they grew, Egron developed into the bolder, often more headstrong of the two. Hadranon, while more even-tempered and skilled with civil management, was often hesitant in his actions. The two constantly disagreed.
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