History of the Dire Valley

10 B.F. After centuries of suffering from raids by giants, the Rhos and the Mythrosi peoples invade the Dire valley simultaneously from the north and south.
0 The city-state of Dire is founded by an alliance of Rhos and Mythrosi as a permanent fortification from which to stage attacks on the giant menace.
476 Hordes of orcs invade the Dire Valley from the east, the Orc Wars begin.
486 The city-state of Raunek is overrun by orcs who rename the city Gruumir after their fire-god Gruumsh. The half-orc descendants of these orcs (called Orkin) rule Grummir to this day.
700 By this year most of the Dire Valley has fallen into orcish hands. Competing orc chieftains rule as little more than bandit-lords, raiding and pillaging each other and the defeated human peasantry constantly.
700 Damaen I is born.
721 A large orc horde demands tribute from the city-state of dire, one of the few remaining human strongholds. Instead of paying tribute or hiding behind his walls, King Damaen I leads an outnumbered force out from the protection of his walls and destroys the horde. The tide begins to turn.
752 The League of Kings, led by Damaen I of Dire, crushes the last great horde. The half-breed orkin of Gruumir side with man against the orcs. Damaen I dies in battle, and without his leadership the League of Kings soon crumbles.
976 King Damaen IV (Known as Damaen the Gentle) of Dire is strangled by his own son, Margaunt Kinslayer. Margaunt and those knights loyal to him seize the palace and force the Archbishop of Dire to crown him King. All men and boys with even the slightest claim to royal blood are put to the sword.
992 Current Year.

History of the Dire Valley

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