Elania politics: The Castons

A discerning study of ancient history will show that the Caston family was an offshoot through a daughter of Arnot Rovell I, the original Lord of Elania back in the reign of Emperor Hanor IX. Gregor Caston, grandson of Arnot I, was jealous of his cousin’s looming inheritance and began a life-long campaign to achieve his own Hanorian heraldry so that he could be considered equal to his more fortunate cousins.

Hanor XI, known as “Hanor the Cruel”, rewarded ruthless ambition, so long as it furthered his own goals. Young Gregor was not merely ambitious and ruthless, he was a powerful man with natural charisma and a knack for brilliant tactics. He rose quickly through the ranks of Hanor’s army, receiving multiple battle-field promotions. When General Diasma was slain during the ill-fated Yakeen campaign, Gregor took control of the army and managed to repel the vicious Southern forces and carved out a chunk of Yakeen as a province of Hanoria. However, he was grievously wounded in the battle and even the Royal Healers could not heal whatever curse the Yakeen Shaman had placed on him.

Given the option to remain in Yakeen as Governor, or return to Elania to live out his remaining days, Gregor requested, and received, half the Royal lands of the Rovell’s and the title of “Lord Caston of Elania”. This did not set well with Lord Karell Rovell, and began a feud between the two Lords of Elania that exists to this day.

In spite of the ages old feud, in their younger days Lucen Caston and Geltran Rovell struck up a short friendship as each was serving in the short-lived Ariadoran Uprising, a sudden invasion from the East of orcs, goblins and other evil races. Returning to Elania just as the aging dwarf Forkovr made the fateful decision to return his growing dwarf subjects to Gryggsdraal, Geltran and Lucen at first agreed to share the expected bounty of new trade equally and to invest in the growth of Elania as a cosmopolitan city where culture and research could thrive.

For a short time ancient enmity seemed to be forgotten until Lucen’s son Mika was murdered and suspicion seemed to center around young Tam Rovell. Tam proclaimed his innocence and a very public trial declared him innocent, but the ancient feud had again erupted between the two families and it was not long before civil war engulfed the region. However, Elanian sentiment favored the Rovell clan enough that most local citizens rallied to Arnot Rovell’s banner. And at first it seemed that the Rovell clan would be victorious. But Lucen’s eldest son Orsen enlisted the aid of orcs, goblins and other eastern savages and the tide began to turn in the Caston’s favor. After Orsen routed Tam’s Northern army and began a siege of the Rovell estate, all seemed lost until Captain Kane, with a force of 2,000 Hanorian foot soldiers, appeared and drove off the Castons. To the shock of the entire region, and the humiliation of Tam, Kane left the Hanorian army and took command of the Northern Army. This was the turning point of the civil war. Soon after Kane assumed full command of all Elanian forces and Arnot returned to his father’s side.

After Orsen was slain in the Battle of Flattop by Gart Rovell, Lucen seemed to vanish from the scene. Rumors that Lucen’s youngest son Darin was now the “other Lord Rovell” of Elania began to percolate. Darin himself had no sons, only a daughter, so the line of succession from Darin would lead back to Diasma Caston, oldest son of Orsen. Darin’s daughter, Orchid, just turned nineteen years old, became the face of the Caston clan in Elania, while Diasma, Darin and Lucen were officially designated as traitors and criminals.

Orchid herself has not been seen in Elania for some weeks. Some are beginning to suspect foul play.


2 thoughts on “Elania politics: The Castons

  1. Yeah, I realized that you had the same name as the original Caston when I entered this from my hand-written notes. Coincidence?

    Did Gregor die? Well, nobody seems to have reported him staggering around Elania..

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