Man’s history has been written slightly shorter than their emergence into the realm, this is in part that many other sapient species were here first, and as such should by all right (with much proof offered) take some credit, or blame, for the outcome of all men.
“Go not to the elves for counsel, for they will say both yes and no.” -JRR Tolkien
Most historians have traced mans civilized emergence to the eastern coast of the Dyn Region, south of modern day Ameresh. There, ancient ruins crumble under the weight of an even older jungle that grows upon it and the few artifacts to be found point to an all too familiar path of War, Bloodlines, Societies and Cultures. The first King of man was a warrior leader by the name of Mu-re-tu. He unified some tribes and conquered even more. By his old age, for which he died from, he had won numerous battles and killed many men. This fact is corroborated by the dwarves, whom speak of men at this time with great favor and respect.
Some generations later, a descendant of Mu-re-tu by the name of Jyn (Zjhen), became King of Mu-re-tu’s lands and people. However Jyn was opposed by a rising confederate of western tribes. Men whom favored the older nomadic ways but knew the benefits of walled cities; and so a new kingdom arose around a grand capital city on the western coast of the Dyn Region. The city was named Shen-tu, or “Suns rest”.
In retaliation to the new enemy and their grand city, Jyn ordered the building of an even greater city where his fore fathers had ruled from. The eastern coast became the home of Jyn-pal, or “Jyn’s city”.
Wars erupted and independent tribes flocked to both sides of the conflict, others were conquered or recruited as front lines changed. By this time the dwarves had become reserved in dealing with men and also had problems of their own, orcs were moving up through the delta in hordes and began an assault upon the mountain fortress there. Before the dwarves disappeared to the caverns of the land, they left with men great secrets of metallurgy and forging, and besides the gift of fire, became the biggest influence to mankind.
The wars between these two great kingdoms had drained so many of their will to continue on, and many were weary that the recently successful orcs to the near north would soon turn south and treat the tribes of men to the same fate their lost Dwarven friends must have witnessed.So it is then that the two kingdoms ended their war, and drew lines on early maps. The people of Shen-tu to the west, and the people of Jyn-pal to the east; then there was peace. Jyn had three brothers and now some six legitimate heirs to his throne. So he told them to forge their own kingdoms elsewhere, for he would not see his own sons fight for his seat but promised it instead to a longtime friend and comrade in arms named “Tiber”, thus angering many and losing so much trust earned in the years before.
Nevertheless, four of his six sons went off to forge their own kingdoms in far off lands. Khall and Ahm across the south seas forging the great empire of Khallusia and Ahmshel, Seru west through Shen-tu and across the seas to the elven lands never to be heard from again, and Ku’mel west to the desert islands he eventually named “Ka’mella” and “Ki’mella” for his twin daughters.
Jyn eventually grew old like his fathers before him, never falling in battle but to their aged beds, and the fighting Jyn attempted to circumvent began. Tiber assumed the throne just as Jyn had wished, but the two remaining sons felt it was their right and that they would oust then duel each other for their father’s legacy. The youngest two brothers did just that, and with much support, J’nas and Temut sent Tiber running across Orc infested delta lands and swamps ending the rebellion with a public fight in which Temut mortally wounded his brother and as the tales go, J’nas congratulated and bowed to his brother before promptly dying.
Tiber ran, but did not run alone; he had been an honored and loved Jynese warrior and friend to the royal family. So he gathered those loyal to him, and campaigned to unite the tribes stuck between the orcs and the mountains. Tiber created a powerful group of warriors named Val Guards and a walled town aptly name...“Valgard”. A third Kingdom arose and for a millennium the three remained the only civilizations of men and surrounded the orcs keeping them at bay.
It was these one thousand years that so many men north of the mountains remained in tribes at constant conflict with one another. Beginning to find themselves able to trade and learn from the dwarves now appearing on the northern side of the great mountain ranges, the tribes grew, united, conquered and forged kingdoms like their more ancient brethren had done thousands of years before to the south.
One leader grew above so many others, a tribal leader and warrior named Merenthal. He, influenced by tales told by the dwarves of men from so long ago, wished to build a grand city on his side of the mountains in the north. So Edana was constructed and many flocked to the idea of a city. But just as the first cities of old, enemies arose with jealousy or just pride of their own; a man from Valgard, south of the mountains and descendant of ancient people marched against Merenthal’s creation… “Edana”.