The Symbol of Rynmere
The Ouroboros (or in this case a Jacadon eating its own tail) is the symbol of the Kingdom of Rynmere, significant because the people believe the land is a large sleeping Jacadon (dragon), that curled up and turned to stone after it was defeated by Ser Verne Andaris, the first Knight Lord Commander of Rynmere. To this day, they still fly the flag of the Ouroboros, both within the city and on the battlefield.
Rynmere was discovered and settled around the year 180 and almost fifteen generations of the royal family have held the throne since that time. It goes without saying that the crown has often been challenged and the land ransacked, which led to the building of an army Idalos has never seen before. Knights, Skyriders, and Sailors patrol land, air, and sea day and night to ensure that the city remains unchallenged, as it has since their founding almost two hundred years ago. Of course, Rynmere has always had Knights, a profession held and continued by the first men that ever reached these shores, but the addition of sailors, and especially Skyriders is still in its infancy.
The city itself was built up around a large, mountain of earth, which the people of Rynmere cut to fill in the gaps around the great expanse of stone walls they erected within the first fifty years of construction. Two large moats complete the work of art, and a large, flat barge ferries horse and carts to the main gates, while up on the top level behind the third set of walls a small passenger ferry sails between the castle and the monastery, zipping the royal family and their guests, or guards back and forth. Since its completion in 487, no outside forces have been able to penetrate the city walls. The location of Andaris City was skilfully planned out by Lord Andaris, his War General, Warrick, and his guide Gawyne, to sit high enough to see to the shore and a vast stretch of the surrounding land either side, but also keep it far enough from the beach to avoid direct attack from the sea.
Andaris has seen war, hardship, and lived on the edge of starvation throughout its construction, but today it is home to many different races who all reside in collective peace under one banner and one religion. The city’s laws and military help maintain the peace and the walls that make it possible. Andaris is a vibrant place to live, providing warmth, food, education, shelter, and protection to those who seek it. After one year of living in Andaris, people can apply for residency as long as they have committed no crimes during such time. Residents are able to compete in the annual games, attend the prestigious university, join the army, and start and run their own businesses. Rynmere is a land of opportunity, come make the most of it.
Timeline of Rynmere
: Rynmere is discovered by a group of men and women numbering some 150 strong.
: Construction of Andaris City begins.
: Work on the walls begins.
: What little progress the people of Rynmere have made on the city is near destroyed by attackers who have sailed from distant lands.
: Lord Commander Verne Andaris dies from his wounds four months after a successful campaign to kill or enslave any who linger unwelcome in the Kingdom of Rynmere.
: The Creed of Silence is discovered.
: Construction of the three walls is complete.
: The construction of Andar castle is finally finished.
: Work on the Monastery begins.
: The city is attacked by foreigners who sailed up river to Lake Krome.
: A peace bargain is struck with the attacks and broken eleven days later. The people of Krome burn the foreigners ships and reinforcements from Warrick take a trail through the Burning Mountains to flank what remains of their forces.
: Fort Venora and fort Warrick are established.
: Fort Krome is established.
: A pass from Nora’s Rest all the way to Warren’s Peak is discovered.
: Fort Gawyne is established.
: Fort Burhan and Endor are established.
: Watchtowers along the Burning Mountains are constructed to alert distant establishments to the sightings of foreign ships on either coast.
: The City of Andaris is attacked and the Prince is taken hostage.
: The Prince is beheaded by his captors and war erupts within the city again.
: The city is finally reclaimed after a war that lasted almost four years.
: Work on the city moat begins.
: The moat is finally complete and water is redirected from the sea across land to fill it.
: City plumbing redirects waste from the city to the moat. The health benefits are quickly recognised.
: Plans to build Fighting Pits and a Grand Arena are submitted to the king, work begins the following year.
: Work on the Fighting Arena is finally complete and games are held in celebration of what will now be an annual event to find The King’s Champion. Many slaves meet their end in the arena.
: Year of the first Jacadon rider since Verne Andaris. The woman's name is Skye Verath.
: Darcy Andaris becomes the first king to ever fight in the arena.
: Fights break out in the streets after Malcolm Luther is named King of Rynmere. After years of the title belonging to those of the Andaris line, people are not happy to see the title of king handed over to a stranger and buildings are burnt to the ground in protest.
: William Luther, the younger brother of King Owen Luther, is killed after an attempt on the king’s life was made in the city marketplace. William moved to protect his brother Owen and was struck through the neck by an arrow with a golden arrowhead.
: A Seeker Cell is constructed alongside the university, people are unsure of what this means for the city and tensions remain high.
: Two rebel leaders of the Seers faction are captured, stoned, and hung after being discovered standing over the body of one of the Seekers.
: The king and queen’s ship is attacked by pirates and sunk out at sea, leaving their only living son, Cassander, to rule in their place.